Church Action eNewsletter Week of June 22, 2015

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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

Weekly Church Action eNewsletter

Week of June 22, 2015


1. In light of this week's shootings at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, several ON Scripture writers reflected upon what they would be preaching. Brought to you by Odyssey Networks.  Read more here.

2. World Interfaith Harmony Week is the first week of February. Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta, Interfaith Community Initiatives, and Neshama Interfaith Center plan an afternoon of learning, experiencing, dancing, playing, eating, and celebrating for people from all the diverse faith communities in and around Atlanta. Volunteers are sought to help in all sorts of ways. Email

3. A decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on marriage equality is due any day. Should the justices hand down a decision in favor of marriage equality, there will be an interfaith worship service of thanksgiving at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Atlanta, at 7:30 on the evening of the announcement. Clergy have been invited to vest and join the procession, and all are invited to join the celebration.  Childcare will be provided. Updates at

4. Columbia Presbyterian Church hosts Dinner and a Movie, a good classic movie and a meal, and fellowship. Friday, June 26, 7 p.m. Please call (404)284-2441 or email if you are interested.

5. On Day 1 this Sunday a special series begins celebrating the 70th anniversary of The Protestant Hour and Day 1. The Rev. Louis C. Schueddig presents a fascinating overview of the history of The Protestant Hour, which began weekly broadcasts in 1945 and today continues as Day1. For 30 years Skip served as president and executive director of the Episcopal Media Center and the Day1 parent organization Alliance for Christian Media. Find out  more and find your local station at

6. Johns Creek Baptist Church invites you to their annual patriotic Celebrate America! concert on Sunday, June 28, at 6:00 p.m.  Join the 120-voice choir and 30-member orchestra in a flag-waving good time celebrating our nation’s veterans and the proud heritage of our country and faith.  Admission is free to this family-friendly concert at Johns Creek Baptist Church, 6910 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta, GA 30005.  Call (678)474-4415 or go to for more information. 

7. Smoked pork butts may be ordered in time for the July Fourth weekend from St. Teresa's Episcopal Church, Acworth. Call Paula at (770)883-4835 to reserve your "Blessed Butt" for $40 each. Be sure and let Paula know if you want your butt frozen or ready to pull. The packaged meat may be picked up between noon and 6 p.m. July 2 and 3. The parish is raising money to complete a parish kitchen remodel.

8. The International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous meets in Atlanta over the July 4 weekend. Two Episcopal parishes will host a 12-Step Eucharist at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at All Saints', Atlanta, 634 West Peachtree Street. It will be followed by a fried-chicken supper. The Rev. Scott Petersen, rector of All Saints of Warner Robins, will preach, and the Rev. Geoffrey Hoare of Atlanta will serve as celebrant.

9. Neshama Interfaith Center and The Atlantic Institute present the Annual Interfaith Iftar Dinner, Sunday, July 12, from 7.30 – 10 p.m., Istanbul Cultural Center, 591 N. Main Street, Alpharetta 30009. The community is invited to this wonderful evening with three speakers of the three Abrahamic faiths in conversation: Mr. Kemal Korucu, Director of Interfaith Affairs of the Atlantic Institute; Rabbi Michael Bernstein of Congregation Gesher L'Torah; and Father Jeffery Ott of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. The topic of conversation is The Power of Our Words. Listen, learn, explore, and share. The program will conclude at nightfall with the Iftar dinner. The program is free and open to the whole community.  Reservations are required.  To reserve your seat (via Eventbrite), please click here.  Space is limited, so reserve your seat early! Any questions?  Email Sue Chase

10. Ezra + Nehemiah: Rebuilding Life after Destruction, Mid-day Bible Study at Lake Oconee Community Church, July 8 and July 29, 3 p.m. at the LOCC. Click Here for more info.

11. Freedom Park Market, The Carter Center, Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. features a Slow Food Atlanta Lexicon of Sustainability exhibition. Stop by for local fruits and vegetables and to explore the language we use to address issues of environmental stewardship and food justice.

12. Art Spark Igniting Faith Through Creative Expression at First Presbyterian Church, July 13-19, is a series of events, music, writing, visual arts, you will want to register for. Sorry if that was not clear. Check out the glorious array here.

13. Youth Performance The Best Is Yet To Come: Today The World, Tomorrow The Stars! Friday, July 31, admission is free. Come celebrate the lives and achievements of the youth at CCYA. This year the youth will be featured on The Strand Theatre stage, sharing and showcasing their interests and talents! The show needs and audience, come fill the seats and cheer for the kids on this special night.  Bring friends, family (children are welcome), church groups, civic groups, etc. - your support is needed! The Strand , 117 North Park Square, Marietta. Please send R.s.v.p. to Shelley Williams at

14. The Beecken Center, Sewanee University, in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaith Network (NDIN), invites clergy and spiritual caregivers of religious leaders of all faiths to take a two-day disaster chaplain training, August 4-5. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer in their own diocese or faith community—or with NDIN and its national partners. NDIN can also assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States. This course may also be taken in conjunction with Engaging Faith Communities in Disasters on August 3, 2015, in the same location. Complete information here.

15. Save the date, August 15, for the next L’Arche Summer Celebration, Christ the King Cathedral, 2699 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305. There will be BBQ, a corn hole tournament, and movie music trivia. All are welcome. Find out about L’Arche and its special mission at

16. Save the date, September 16, Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author, will speak at Peachtree Presbyterian, 3434 Roswell Rd. NW, Atlanta 30305. His engaging biographies of William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer made the names of these two heroes household words. 7 Men, portraits of widely known great men from history, tells inspiring stories of men who sacrificed themselves heroically for the sake of others.

17. The Women In Ministry (WIM) Conference brings together professional women from all across the country who serve in ministry as pastors, professors, chaplains, executives, activists, authors, psalmists, seminarians, evangelists, missionaries, licensed, and ordained ministers. This four day event provides valuable insight, relevant information, and cutting edge resources. Mark your calendar for September 21-24 for the event at the Westin Atlanta Airport. Registration is open. Click Here For Online Registration Download The WIM Conference Brochure

18. Amis, Atlanta Ministry with International Students, has just announced that the 38th Annual International Student Welcome Reception will be at Georgia Tech on Sunday, October 11, at 3PM! The Kennesaw State University Jazz Trio will perform during the reception in Georgia Tech's Student Center Ballroom at 350 Ferst Drive, from 3-5 p.m. Georgia Tech has more than 3000 international students and scholars on its campus alone, and a huge impact on making Atlanta a global city. Want to help? Click here to download a volunteer informational flyer.


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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