Church Action eNewsletter Week of July 30, 2018

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Church Action eNewsletter
Week of July 30, 2018
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

1. “Christ and Criminal Justice” continuing today and next Tuesday at Greater Turner Chapel AME Church, 5 – 7 p.m., 4650 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30331. Today’s topic is bail reform. Come explore how the church can be a part of the movement to end Mass Incarceration.

2. The Rev. Dr. Susan Cartmell, pastor of Pilgrim Church, United Church of Christ, in Harwich Port, Mass., is the featured preacher August 5 on “Day 1” heard in the Atlanta area on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB also accessible online at Her sermon “What Have You Done?” is drawn from 2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:10, the story of David and Bathsheba. For more information and many other resources check the program’s website.

3. Shallowford Presbyterian Church has a vigorous music program with lots of opportunities for young people, three- year olds through high school students. Choirs for children and youth and children’s bell choir are inviting new members and kicking off the new church year with gatherings on Sunday, August 5. Games and crafts and more about choir and the children’s ministry for the younger kids, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Messy games and pizza for older kids, 4 - 6 p.m. Call if you have questions (404) 321-1844. Shallowford is at 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta 30345 (.7 miles east of I-85 in central DeKalb County).

4. Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Sandy Springs, 6700 Riverside Dr, Atlanta 30328, hosts an Atlanta Prays of Reflection at no charge for prayer, quiet, rest, and worship for church and community leaders land members. Friday, August 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration is open here.  

5. The Institute for Muslim Civic Leadership is an initiative of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, a Georgia-based leadership and outreach organization. The mission is to develop the skills of leaders, 25 to 40 years of age, through assessments, collaborative projects, workshops, panel discussions, and much more. The program is designed with an understanding of the community's needs. Registration is now open. Class size is limited. The deadline for application is August 10. Application.

6. safeTALK suicide alertness training on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Noonday Missionary Baptist Church, Marietta. Free of charge but online registration is required. All information and sign up is here.

7. HHS Partnership Center webinars on Prevention of Substance Use, August 15, Prevention in Practice: Building Communities that Strengthen the Resiliency of Future Generations, Wed., 12:00 —1:00 p.m. Chicago’s Jewish Center for Addiction and the Georgia Prevention Project share strategies and youth-led programs they are using to strengthen the resiliency of young people and protect future generations from harm. Register here.

8. Talk Saves Lives and AFSP GA 101, Saturday, August 18. Learn more about the Atlanta Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and attend the basic suicide prevention program. All info available at For questions about this event, contact Stuart Winborne at, 1961 North Druid Hills NE, Atlanta 30329.

9. “Mosaic of Mary” an evening of interfaith dialogue with Father Ray, Rabbi Slomovitz, Ann Marie Martin, and Kemal Budak considering Mary as a woman of great faith in Judaism, Islam, and Catholicism. Wednesday, August 22, 7 – 8:30 p.m., LaSalette Hall, Catholic Church of St. Ann, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta 30062.

10. Grace House Campus Ministry Low Country Boil is Saturday, August 25, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 731 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta. Click here for more information. If you have something to donate for the auction, E-mail

11. AMAYZ Rock the County, Sat, August 25, 5- 7 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 301 Honey Creek Road SE, Conyers 30094. Tickets are $5. Gospel Concert sure to have you standing on your feet and clapping your hands. Amayz, a contemporary gospel group of four brothers and sisters, is an inspiration for every generation. Their music is a mixture of traditional gospel, gospel hip-hop, and the contemporary Christian style. This event is to raise funds for Ceek To Fulfill and you can find out about this nonprofit here 

12. Mom 2 Mom, friendship, encouragement, and support at Wieuca Road Baptist Church. A new season begins on September 6, discussing “A Year of Blessing.” This group meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Childcare opens at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at 11:45 in the Heritage Room, program is over by 12:55. The first session is $10 for lunch and the book. Contact Angie Durden at to R.s.v.p.

13. The Lutheran Synod reminds us to save the date for Milagro: Creating Miracles in Guatamala, Milagro Gala 2018, Downtown Hilton, Atlanta, September 8, an evening of fun and fund-raising to benefit Milagro Women's Education Center in Guatemala. For tickets and more information, contact

14. L’Arche Atlanta Sixth Birthday and Benefit coming up on September 9 at St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2045 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta 30307. “We are people, with and without developmental disabilities, sharing life in communities of faith.“

15. Ga Alliance to End Homelessness 2018 State Conference From Crisis to Permanency, Sept. 12 – 14, Savannah.Here’s all the information.

16. Baptist Church Decatur offers a 6-week Parent Enrichment Course, September 16- October 21, Monique Wischusen, licensed marriage and family therapist, will lead “Prepare/Enrich for Couples, Parenting. The cost for materials is $35 per couple which includes an in-depth assessment. The course contains skill-building exercises that will help you to understand and apply the insights from the assessment. You will gain insight into parenting styles, family dynamics, and couple communication. First Baptist Church Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, Room E-206, 10:00 -11:00 a.m., Sundays, September 16- October 21. Childcare will be provided if needed. For registration and if you have questions contact Monique at (404)369-1041.

17. Emmaus House invites you to rally your friends, families, youth leaders, and church communities to “Walk the Road” on September 16. This is an opportunity to learn, serve, and walk with neighbors in Peoplestown exploring the community’s experience living in the neighborhoods south of downtown Atlanta. This year, the theme is gun safety. Save the date for an afternoon of service projects and a guided tour of the neighborhood. Before the march to the Capitol Building Plaza, clergy and advocates will share perspectives on gun safety and legislation. The afternoon will conclude with a community meal.

18. An early save the date announcement for a popular author and speaker: Author Sean Covey will discuss the challenges facing adolescents and young adults today and how young people and families can build resilience to meet those challenges. Sean Covey is the best-selling author of a dozen books. Building Hope and Resilience in Teens and Families, Thursday, November 8, 7:00-9:00 p.m., The Carter Center, 453 Freedom Pkwy NE, Atlanta. This is a free community event. Pre-registration required. Learn more here.  

19. Spiritual Journeys now On Demand at YouTube from AIB Studios. The AIB Network features the two-part spiritual journey of the Rev. Dr. David Sapp, who served Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta for 13 years before his retirement. This moving conversation will inform and inspire viewers as Rev. Sapp reflects on God, life, and a theology of love. Enjoy these episodes anytime at the following links: Part 1. Part 2. You may also enjoy the spiritual journeys of Rev. Woody and Carol Bartlett and Rev. H. Thomas Money.

20. What are opioids? … this and answers to other questions you may have as you minister to your congregation. Here are the basics from the CDC.

21. Members of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty staff enjoy speaking in communities across the nation about the importance of their work defending and extending religious liberty for all. Staff members are glad to come to your area to lead an informational session, speak or preach at your church, or participate in a community event. Visit the online calendar to see where they will be in the near future. Fill out the form for more information, and a member of the staff will contact you.

Ethel Ware Carter

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