Church Action eNewsletter Week of July 14, 2014


God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Week of July 14, 2014


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1. The Emmaus House Middle School Arts Camp will present “Designed 2 Wear”, a fashion show of repurposed clothing items, on Friday, July 18 from 6  – 7:30 p.m., free and open to the public with refreshments after the show. Students will exhibit drawing, designing,  and sewing skills they learned using models who live near or work at Emmaus House. Items will be available for sale.  The items all have a  positive story to tell, like gaining knowledge will lead to a positive future.  Chapel at Emmaus House, 1017 Hank Aaron Dr., Atlanta 30315.  For more information, contact Charlotte Cameron, (404) 525-5948, ext. 22 or

2. Community Health Fair, this Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cliftondale United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 4095 Stonewall Tell Road, Atlanta 30349. Come out for screening, exercise, and lots of health and safety information. Sponsored by Girls Today Women Tomorrow Mentoring Program and Cliftondale UMC.  (770) 964-4912

3. AIB introduces a new entertainment series, OFFStage with Reginald Prince, beginning July 19, at 10:30 p.m.  Prince explores the lives and personalities of mainstream gospel artists on location.  OFFStage also includes a studio segment with personal conversations with featured artists. OFFStage also features in-studio performances by noted Atlanta-based gospel and inspirational artists. For more, go to

4. The Jung Society of Atlanta presents Catherine Meeks, Ph.D., in “An Exploration of The Beasts of the Southern Wild,” this Saturday evening, July 19, at 7 p.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30327.  Please note the time change to 7 p.m.  Dr. Meeks will give a short introductory lecture and lead a discussion following the film highlighting the personal messages and the collective cultural messages in the film.  Visitors - $20, students -$10, Jung Society members – free. Dr. Meeks was visiting distinguished scholar at Pepperdine University and  Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor at Wesleyan College. A newspaper columnist, radio commentator, and author, she has received numerous awards for her contributions to social change, literacy, and racial harmony.

5. The Rev. Joe Evans, senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, Tenn., is the featured preacher for July 20 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at  Evans earlier served Good Shepherd Presbyterian in Lilburn. His sermon “Pacing in the Waiting Room,” is based on Paul’s letter to the Romans, Chapter 8.  “’The creation waits in eager expectation,’ like a laboring mother who knows that nothing deserves her attention so much as the work that her body is doing – but like a distracted father,” Evans asks, “are you more anxious than eager?”

6. A sermon series that will use some of the most popular recent animated movies to illustrate how to live a life of faith that is full, vigorous, and even a little fun continues at Sandy Springs Christian Church. 301 Johnson Ferry Road NW, Sandy Springs  30328. July 20- Despicable Me: "Adventures in Missing the Point" based on Mark 6:45-52; July 27- Frozen "Fear-Let It Go" based on 1 John 4:11-21; Rev. Danny Gulden.

7. There has been an address change for the Iftar Dinner with Neshama Interfaith Center. “A Fast Such as This?” will be held at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy Street, Alpharetta 30009.  Sunday, July 20, 7:30 – 10 p.m. R.s.v.p. here.

8. Simple Abundance benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank. This month Chef Robert Rambo of SMASH Kitchen and Bar shares his Southern heritage through food including what to do with all of those jars of pickles, relishes, and spreads in your pantry. He’ll utilize these and other canned or preserved items in the recipes he’ll prepare. Reserve your place for this great class, happening Monday, July 21!

9. A gigantic, church-wide garage sale at Roswell United Methodist Church, Friday, July 25, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Saturday, July 26, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. On Thursday, July 24 a $10 donation gets you into the Early Bird Sale, 4-7 p.m. The public is also invited to a furniture pre-sale on Saturday, July 19, 8 a.m. – noon at 1255A Grimes Bridge Rd., Roswell. Garage sale will be indoors in the church’s fellowship hall area. The church is located at 814 Mimosa Blvd. in Roswell. More information.

10. AMERIGROUP Community Care brings a back to school event to East Point on Friday, July 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. East Point Commons, 2757 Main Street, East Point 30344, with free health screenings (dental, diabetes, vision, sickle cell, and blood pressure), entertainment, games and activities. Fun for the whole family! Free school supplies while they last. Child must be present.

11. Conversations at First Baptist Decatur, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur  30030, announces that Marja Mills  author of “The Mockingbird Next Door” will share her story on Friday, July 25, 7:00 p.m.,  Carreker Hall. In 2004, Chicago Tribune reporter Mills moved next door to Harper Lee author of the beloved “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Her book details eighteen months of life as Harper Lee’s neighbor. Fans of Harper Lee will not want to miss this intimate look at the author’s life, as Mills shares a rare portrait of Harper Lee.

12. The free summer concert series continues at Episcopal Church of the Atonement, 4945 High Point Road, Sandy Springs. Capital City Opera will perform Broadway favorites and more on July 25, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. All are welcome; babysitting, dessert, and coffee provided. Bring your own beverages and a canned food or other nonperishable item for the Community Center Action Food Bank. To view or download a flier, click blocked:: 

13. "Overcoming to Excel" is coming up July 26, noon to 3 p.m., at Overcomers Christian Fellowship Church, 7373 Covington Highway, Lithonia (near I-20 and Evans Mill.)  There will be songs, praise dancing, and a preview of an upcoming play about domestic violence, also 30 informational booths from various organizations and free health screenings including HIV testing.  For additional information, contact Sharon Hill at or Overcomers Christian Fellowship at 770-465-8687. 

14. H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. is getting ready for its annual Back to School Bash, July 26. This nonprofit is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS through enriching programs, unforgettable experiences, and connections with the community. If you would like to help visit the website for more information or call (404)236-7411.

15. Eric Litwin, author of the New York Times bestselling “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes,” has a brand new picture book coming out on this very day! “The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nuthouse” is the first in a new series and is bound to be another classic. Eric will be reading and singing and guitar playing and book signing (and generally creating magic). Conversations at First Baptist Decatur, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur 30030, Tuesday, July 29, 7 p.m., Sanctuary, doors open at 6 p.m.

16. Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, offers Divorce Recovery Sessions to the community. The next Divorce Recovery 8-week session, led by Dr. Charles Qualls, begins on Wednesday, August 6 at 6:15 p.m. Contact Dr. Qualls to inquire or to sign up at (404) 591-4341 or email at

17. Real People, Real Faith at Sandy Springs Christian Church will bring Marcus Borg to us in September. Borg will be speaking on “What it Means to be a Christian Today.”  There will be two lectures:  Friday, September 12, 6:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, September 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Details about costs and reservations can be found at

18. Those of you who minister in rural areas surrounding Atlanta will be interested to know that “Rural Chaplains and Clergy Caring for Veterans: Paving the Way Home After the Wounds of War” training sessions are now available online and can be viewed  on the My VeHU Campus website, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, free, on a computer or a tablet. For more information, view the Clergy Training Session Information page on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Rural Health (ORH) website. Visit here to enroll. To help you get started, you can download the QuickStart Guide here.



“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” presented by Alpharetta Presbyterian Church’s ACT 1 Theater tickets at

ONE chapter starting in Roswell. Sunday, July 20, New Community Church, 1560 Old Alabama Rd., Roswell, Sunday, 2 p.m. RSVP here.

Career Quest has a great line-up for July 22, starting 6:30 p.m. Call (770)-552-6400 ext. 6104. St. Ann’s Church, 4905 Roswell Road/Rte.120, Marietta, 30062, behind the main church.

Cobb Faith Partnership Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church, 492 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta 30060. Call (678)757-4592 to find out more. Or join the group on July 23 at 11:45 a.m.

Georgia Catholics against the Death Penalty “Restoration, Reconciliation, and Forgiveness: A Catholic Perspective on the Death Penalty”   Saturday, August 2, for information go to  To assure your spot at this limited seating engagement, R.s.v.p. to

Praise in the Park, August 2, noon to 8:00 p.m., Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. W., NW, Atlanta. Praise 102.5/102.9 - largest free inspirational concert in the country.

Shy Temple CME Church will be hosting its 2nd Annual Community Wide Health Fair on August 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 2012 Memorial Drive, SE Atlanta 30317.

United Methodist Night at the Gwinnett Braves”, Saturday, August 9. Buy tickets here.

Weekend Retreat–Listening to God, August 29–31, Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Georgia 212, Conyers. See the website  for additional information or to register.

Only Four Things Grow a Church 21st Century Strategies Mini Tour 2014 is coming to Powder Springs First United Methodist Church September 13. Register here.

2014 Women in Ministry Conference September 15-18. See



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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