Church Action eNewsletter Week of June 27, 2016

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Church Action eNewsletter Week of  June 27, 2016

 

 

1. The Rev. David Lovelace is the featured preacher on Day 1 this week, July 3.  Lovelace was the popular rector at St. Paul’s Newnan for years. Find blogs, video reflections, sermon archives, and your local station where Day1 is broadcast at Day1.org.

2. Strengthening Families at St John Neumann, Friday July 8, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., 801 Tom Smith Rd SW, Lilburn 3004. This is a free program and it is conducted in Spanish. Evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, alcohol and drug abuse in children and to improve social competencies and school performance.  

3. Roswell United Methodist Church invites children in the community to Music and Drama Camp July 11-15, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The children will put together a musical, Heroes of the Faith, based on Old Testament leaders. A performance will be Sunday, July 17, during the 11 a.m. worship service at the church. In addition to learning the musical, the children will have fun making new friends and playing on a huge water slide. Registration is $25 rumc.com/summercamps

4. Bint El Haress (The Guardian’s Daughter), Friday, July 15, 7:00 p.m. film, 8:50 dinner (after sunset), Alif institute. Movie is free and open to the public, dinner is $18 / $15 for Alif members, vegetarian option available upon request. To reserve a meal, please R.s.v.p. by Thursday, July 14, by calling (770)936-8770 or Emailing info@alifinstitute.org. About the story: A young girl's father is fired from his job as a guard because there are no more criminals left in town so she pretends to be a thief in order to stir up trouble and get him his job back. Alif institute, 3288 Marjan Drive, Atlanta 30340.

5. From Georgia Cares: Are you part of or know a group that would benefit from learning more about Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking? If you'd like to request a training, please fill out the request form found HERE and submit it to admin@gacares.org !  Upcoming trainings include July 16, 2016, Pillars of Faith Seventh Day Adventist Church, Lithonia; August 8, 2016, Cornerstone Church, Athens; September 10, 2016, First United Methodist Church, Powder Springs.

 

6. The Importance of Religious Culture in a Multi-Faith World, Sunday, July 17, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Emory Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 1886 N Decatur Rd, Atlanta 30307. There is no charge for attending this event. All are welcome to this discussion of how national and ethnic culture influences the practice of faith traditions. A panel of experts will examine the role that cultural understanding plays in a world where religion and culture are often at odds with one another. There will time for questions and small group discussions.

 

7. 2016 State Conference, Homelessness: Outside the Box, September 14-16, Savannah.  Topics include alternative affordable housing solutions, recently passed and needed legislation, the importance of understanding human rights, housing first, and many others. Follow the links provided to register at the Early Bird rate. Participants will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Register Today: 2016 GAEH State Conference and Award Ceremony 

 

8. North Decatur Presbyterian Church continues a summer series on Sabbath through July, NDPC is at the corner of Scott Boulevard and Medlock and North Decatur Roads. Summer worship is at 10 a.m. All are welcome. More summer sermon and formation series in area churches are on our website.

 

9. safeTALK is a 3 hour suicide alertness training for anyone over the age of 15.  If you'd like to request a training for your group (over 20 people, please), contact Chris Owens.  The Atlanta Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention does these trainings free of charge with funds raised here in Georgia. 

 

10. Read about one suicide prevention tool everyone can use from Living Lutheran here.

11. Atlanta congregations are invited to the 3rd Annual Rose G. Bates Memorial Concert at the Central DeKalb Senior Center, 1346 McConnell Drive, Decatur 30033,  Saturday, August 6,  at 5:00 p.m. There will be performances by several local gospel artists, dance ministries, and a gospel choir. Ticket prices range from $10 - $25 and are here or call (404)490- 3272. All proceeds will be donated to the Georgia Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma. To learn more about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other ways to support them, visit www.LLS.org.

12. Would you like to come spend a year at Koinonia Farm? One way to do that is to apply for the internship program. There are a couple more spaces available for the August to August term and applications for the January to January term are being reviewed. Those interested in a shorter internship may apply for the June to August 2017 term. It is not too early to apply for 2017.  ==> Learn more.    ==> Apply for internship program online.

13. A message from the National Immigration Forum: Legislators plan to bring up legislation on national security. Some of the bills — such as H.R. 4731, the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act, and H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015 — would add additional bureaucratic steps to the screening process or would curtail or stop the entire refugee resettlement program. The refugee screening is already one of the most intense processes an individual must undergo to receive an immigration status in the U.S. If you would like to let your elected officials know you continue to support refugee resettlement please do so before July 15. To contact your legislators, click here.

14. Listen First Project, Urban Confessional: A Free Listening Project, and The Listening Center are combining forces to promote listening around the Republican and Democratic national conventions. They seek volunteers to join them in Cleveland (July 18-21) or Philadelphia ( July 25-28) to encourage greater understanding, respect and cooperation through listening. Many people across the country are deeply troubled by the spectacle of demagoguery – even violence – that has come to define our national discourse. Failure to listen is harming our relationships and productivity at every level. If you plan to be at a convention find out more at ListenFirst2016.com.

Check out our website at www.rccatl.org and remember we will be happy to put your announcements of special musical events, educational opportunities, volunteer needs, etc. in the newsletter. Just send announcements in the body of your email, no attachments please; be sure to include all contact information and pertinent links.

Peace,

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