Church Action eNewsletter Week of July15, 2019

Week of July 15, 2019
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

There are so many opportunities for service, worship, education, enrichment, connection in the next few weeks. Take a look at the Community Event Calendar on our website and celebrate all the good things that people of faith are doing. You will also find the last few weeks' editions on our home page

Local organizations working with refugee families who utilize volunteers include:
World Relief
New American Pathways
Inspiritus (formerly Lutheran Services of Georgia)
KIND, ensuring that no child appears in immigration court alone without high quality representation, needs translators in Atlanta

1. Concerned about coal ash? Or, are you asking yourself, “what is coal ash?” Join Georgia Interfaith Power & Light for a conversation about coal ash storage and disposal in Georgia. Co-sponsored by Georgia Water Coalition, Environment Georgia, GIPL, and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, participants will have the opportunity to see coal ash in person and learn about the impact of coal ash runoff on all creation. Right now in Georgia, coal ash looms as a significant threat to our clean water. Learn more about The Problem with Coal Ash. This event is free and open to the public. July 18, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Cobb Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta, GA 30060.

2. Creative Connections is more than just a craft club– it’s a community of folks who believe they can use creativity for good. Third Saturdays of the month 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Creative Connections gathers to work on crafting projects together. Bring your own project or join a project with other people in the community. Coffee is always provided; bring a snack to share if you’d like. Next meet up is Saturday, July 20. Neighborhood Church, 1561 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta 30307.

3. Free English as a Second Language Family Literacy Workshop. Learn how you as English language learners can help your young children become strong readers and writers. For parents of children ages 0-6. Saturday, July 20, , 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Hapeville First United Methodist Church, 3510 Atlanta Ave., Hapeville 30354. Free childcare and refreshments provided. For Information, Call 1-800-557-0908.

4. Wheat Street Baptist Church celebrates 150 years of visionary leadership serving the Old Fourth Ward Community and the Atlanta metro area on July 21. The anniversary worship service will is 10:30 a.m. on that Sunday. The picnic is Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m., at Anthony Flanagan Recreational Center, 2340 W. Manor Circle SW, Atlanta 30311. Join in this historical celebration of a church that has been a beacon in our community for 150 years. For answers to questions, contact the anniversary committee chair, Deacon Jimmy Hodges at or 770-490-3872.

5. The Rev. Henry Brinton, pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church, Fairfax, Va., is the preacher July 21 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at and by podcast. Brinton’s sermon is based on the familiar story of Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and Mary. Hear it in Atlanta Sunday morning at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and WSB750 AM. For more information, check

6. The MICAH Project at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St, Atlanta 30308, offers a monologue written by Minka Wiltz, performed by Leah Burnette, and produced by Ariel Fristoe's “Out of Hand Theater. “A Few Honest Moments With Sam” is a young black woman’s meditation on her life as a child, student, young professional, and mother. dramatic reading and discussion about how we see each other, Sunday, July 21, 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Find out more The MICAH Project at All Saints’

7. Drawing Closer to God: Icon Writing, Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28, at St. Mary’s. Icon writing is a rich spiritual practice, a meeting place between the divine and the human. Part of the icon's symbolism is transmitted through the step-by-step technique used to create it, including style, materials, stance, and actions. This three-day workshop, led by artist and teacher Martha Keeble, is an exploration of visual prayer using a traditional Byzantine image to draw closer to God. No prior art experience is necessary and all materials are provided. For more information or to register, click here.

8. An evening with Ilise Cohen, Monday, July 29, - 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at 184 S. Candler St. Decatur 30030, $5 suggested donation. Atlanta Jewish Voice for Peace organizer and writer Ilise Cohen comes to Charis to discuss her contributions to the anthology: Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation. In this powerful collection of personal narratives, forty Jews of diverse backgrounds tell stories about the roads they have traveled from a Zionist world view to activism in solidarity with Palestinians and Israelis striving to build an inclusive society founded on justice, equality, and peaceful coexistence. This book will be controversial. Its contributors welcome the long overdue public debate.

9. Courageous Conversations pairs black voices trained in both conservative and progressive spaces to discuss topics that are relevant for the church and culture. Hosted by the Greater Piney Grove Church in Atlanta, August 1-2, 28 prominent black scholars and pastors from different theological positions to discuss topics like hell, biblical interpretation, sin and sexual ethics. For a list of panelists and event details, visit

10. Centering Prayer retreats are the heart of St. Mary's Sewanee and are offered throughout the year. In this form of Christian silent mediation one lets go of thoughts during periods of prayer typically lasting 20 minutes. It is rooted in the self-emptying love that forms the heart of Jesus’ teaching and life. The effect on those who practice it is an ever-increasing awareness of God’s action and presence in the course of ordinary life. One-Day Introductory Workshop: 9 a.m. Saturday, August 3 ǀ Eight-Day Silent Retreat: August 4-11, 2019 ǀ Centering Prayer as the 11th Step: August 23-27, 2019 ǀ Advent Centering Prayer Weekend: December 13-15, 2019 ǀ Eight-Day Silent Retreat: January 5-12, 2020.

11. Trinity Anglican Church will host a special screening of “Summer in the Forest,” a beautiful documentary about the life and legacy of Jean Vanier, and two L'Arche communities in France and Bethlehem, Thursday, August 8, 7 p.m., 630 East Lake Dr, Decatur 30030. The movie is in French, Arabic, and English, with English subtitles. The event is free and perfect for anyone over the age of twelve. Please R.s.v.p. at You can see a trailer here.

12. The King Center’s second annual “Beloved Community International EXPO” is Saturday, August 10, 11 a.m. -7 p.m. The expo is free and open to the public. In collaboration with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, the Atlanta Consulate Corps and other key partners, the Expo will transform The King Center’s campus and the adjacent street into a “World House” of celebration, fun, music, dance, performances, and activities. Read more.

13. Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build, August 10 and September 8, needs volunteers from the interfaith community to help make Ms. Williams' dream of being a homeowner come true. A certified nurse assistant for over eight years, Ms. Williams enjoys church activities and spending time with her family. She is eager to have her own home. Having a home of her own will help keep her family together. She will be there to assist in the building of her new home. Can you help? There are two available dates to participate: Saturday, August 10 and/or Sunday, September 8. Sign up online here.

14. The Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness encourages you to register now for the upcoming, August 15, full day (at the beach) training event. Lunch will be provided. This day will be packed with three, 2 hour trainings, on beautiful Cauble Park Beach in Acworth. The trainings will be centered on building practical understanding of serving intact families for homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing as well awareness of child abuse/exploitation prevention during transitional periods. Register.

15. Mercer University McAfee School of Theology's 23rd Annual Founders Day Celebration is Tuesday, August 20. Dr. Nancy deClaisse´-Walford will speak on "McAfee's Twenty-One-Year Legacy." Cecil B. Day Hall, 3001 Mercer University Dr., Atlanta 30341. There will be coffee before the 11:00 a.m. Founders Day Service.

16. The Amayz Rock County Gospel Concert is an annual benefit concert supporting Ceek To Fulfill. This year's concert features a pre-show with vendors, food, and entertainment. Vendor spaces are available. If you would like to be a vendor at this event, click here to sign up . The concert will be August 31 at Trinity Baptist Church in Conyers. More information later.

17. How Can Religion Be a Source of Good in the World When So Many Do Violence in its Name? “Religion: A Source of Good - An Interfaith Morning of Reflection” at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center on Monday, September 16, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Spaces are limited, so we are announcing this early. The program cost is $45, which includes the program with a panel of six guest speakers, a continental breakfast on arrival, and lunch served at the end of the program (vegetarian options are available). Guest Speakers are Fr. Peter Fink, SJ, Sr. Mary Priniski, OP, Rabbi Michael Bernstein, Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser, Mr. Kemal Korucu, Dr. Zehra Ozturk Register here.

18. Two local authors tell the story of Ida B. Wells in “Passionate for Justice.” Catherine Meeks, Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, and Nibs Stroupe, pastor of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Decatur for 34 years, recount a life that is a profound witness for the visionary power, resistance, and resilience of faith-based work. They speak through this lens to our world today. Available in September; Preorder here.==

19. The American Baptist Historical Society, now on the Mercer University Atlanta campus, is the archive of American Baptist Churches USA made up of 5,800 churches and 1.5 million people. It is also the Baptist historical society of America, collecting documents from many different Baptist denominations in North America and around the world. As the oldest Baptist historical organization (founded in 1853) with the largest and most diverse collection of Baptist historical material, these holdings are of irreplaceable value to church, national, and global history. The shelves hold unparalleled resources documenting African-American church associations, women’s work, missionary movement, local church and association minutes, and the social gospel movement. Among the rarest of the materials is an original of the London Confession of 1644, the first statement of Baptist principles. They publish the “American Baptist Quarterly,” interpreting for modern readers the lives and issues of the past that shape who we are today.

20. Simple Needs GA Uniforms for Excellence program helps schoolchildren in Cobb County “dress for success” by providing them with required school uniforms supplied by donors. These items include new or gently used khakis, skirts, and polo shirts that meet the requirements of individual schools. Simple Needs GA opened and continues to supply a school uniform closet at the Powder Springs United Methodist Church, where school social workers can find uniforms for the children they work with. If you’re interested in helping , keep an eye on clearance racks at discount-oriented retailers. Email for the address or if you have any questions.

21. Dementia Spotlight Foundation presents Alzheimer's Music Fest Feat the Reverend Horton Heat in an Intimate Solo Performance, Gurufish, Zangaro, Donna Hopkins, Lefty Williams, Ralph Roddenberry, and Mikail Peterson, The Manly Hero, Saturday, Sept. 21, $50 - $75, Madlife Stage & Studios Doors, Woodstock, 6:00 p.m., all ages. Tickets here.

22. Each week Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Michael Curry introduces one of the seven Way of Love Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. Listeners are invited into deeper engagement with each practice. New episodes air Tuesdays through July 30. Visit the Way of Love podcast webpage to subscribe.

Important news about free breakfasts and lunches for Fulton County children. Read the AJC article here.

Remember that all events previously announced go into the Community Calendar on our website. Visit for the calendar, the Clergy Tool Box for Mental Health Ministry, and more.
Ethel Ware Carter
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