Church Action eNewsletter Week of June 25, 2018

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of June 25, 2018
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

Things slow down a bit in the summer and the eNewsletter will take a break the third week in July so please get announcements to me in time for us to get them out. Send them to

1. Anyone in this network who is a keyboardist or organist or knows one who can fill in from July 15 for four Sundays in the Marietta area, please contact Father Scott Harding at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church would be interested in persons wanting to be a fill in musician other times as well.

2. Are you in college and wanting to learn more about the issue of DMST and Georgia Cares? There is an unpaid fall semester intern position currently open. More.... 

3. The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development at St. Mary’s Sewanee announces programs and retreats for upcoming months. Topics include “The Grace in Gardens,” centering prayer, meditation, contemplation, art and icon writing, leadership, aging, and more. See them all here.

4. Prayer, worship, congregational life, Old Testament, professional formation, liturgy —these are just a few of the opportunities now available at Columbia Seminary Center for Lifelong Learning. Register now for one at

5. Stanford University organist Robert Huw Morgan will perform in an Atlanta Summer Organ Festival recital at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Wednesday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. A native of Wales, Morgan is a lecturer in music, director of the Stanford University Singers, and director of the Stanford Memorial Church Choir. A $15 donation at the door is suggested. 2744, Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305.

6. National VA Chaplain Center "Delineating Moral and Spiritual Injury and Suggesting a Pastoral Response,"June 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Learning Objectives include: Be able to distinguish between moral and spiritual injury; Appreciate the role of the family system in healing; Familiarize one's self with potential pastoral responses. Register for this webinar here. You will receive the link to the webinar with your registration confirmation.

7. The Rev. Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan, senior minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Asheville, N.C., is the featured preacher July 1 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace. Buchanan was senior minister of Pilgrimage United Church of Christ in Marietta for 16 years. Her sermon is based on the encounter of Jesus with the woman who suffered from hemorrhages. She asks, “What if her faith didn’t have to be gutsy? How might the story have gone differently if the woman had had a community of friends and family?” On News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB Sunday mornings at 7:05. More at

8. Family-to-Family, a life-changing free 12-session education program for family, partners, and friends of adults living with mental illness offered by NAMI DeKalb. Sundays, 2 – 4:30 p.m., Georgia Regional Hospital, beginning July 8. To register contact Becky at or (404-281-9870.

9. Regular monthly meeting of the End New Jim Crow Action Group, Wednesday, July 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur 30030, about 1/2 mile east of East Lake MARTA station. Ponchellis Jackson, Executive Director of Uplifting People, Inc., will speak from his experience and let us know how we can take action to help keep people from returning to prison. Ponchellis is a husband and father of three. For more details on Uplifting People, see Call (404)680-4799 if you want a ride from East Lake MARTA at 6:45 p.m.

10. “Praying with the Saints and Mystics,” July 19- 22, Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Dr NW, Atlanta 30328. How does silence nurture prayer? Can meditation and contemplation transform our lives? These are the kinds of questions that the great saints and mystics of the past two thousand years address. Come explore the relevance for our lives today in the deep quiet of the retreat center. Register the comfort of a private space, prepared for you at or call for more information (404) 255-0503

11. The Men’s Fellowship of First Congregational Church UCC presents the annual “O Taste ‘N’ See,” Saturday, July 28, 5- 7 p.m. Great food, live entertainment, and prizes all for $15 adult, $10 student, and $5 for children under 12. Call (404) 659-6255 if you have questions. The Commons, 125 Ellis Street, Atlanta 30303.

12. Knowing “the other” is the first step in building understanding and community. The Interfaith Speakers Network is an educational resource for religious and secular school educators and other organizations seeking engaging, interactive programming. Teachers and others seeking an opportunity to interact with local practicing representatives from many religious traditions are invited to an Interfaith Speakers Network Panel, Sunday, July 29, 2018 3P - 4:30PM at the Emory University, Candler School of Theology, Room 252 Amphitheater, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

13. Sisters in Ministry registration is open. Get ready to Dig Hard Ground! Join Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, Dr. Claudette Copeland, Dr. Jessica Ingram, Dr. Gina Stewart and other extraordinary speakers, experts and presenters at the 2018 WIM Conference Sept. 17. Connect with women in ministry from all across the country. For more information and to register visit here.This conference is for all women who are actively involved in any aspect of ministry.

Visit for a complete community calendar, links to the Toolbox for Mental Health Ministry, websites for daily devotionals, and many other resources. And, send us your announcements to

Ethel Ware Carter
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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