Church Action eNewsletter Week of June 8, 2015

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

Weekly Church Action eNewsletter

Week of June 8, 2015


1. The Rev. Ricardo Bailey has been appointed vicar of Emmaus House Chapel, an Episcopal worshiping community in the center of one of Atlanta's poorest neighborhoods. Bishop Robert C. Wright announced the appointment June 1, saying, "Father Bailey brings to this work a unique background and gifts....We see him as a missioner to the neighborhood as well as vicar for the chapel." More about Emmaus House>>

2. Clean Your Closet for a Great Cause, The Z Boutique is in need of your clothing, jewelry, and household items. Find out about the Z Boutique at Zion Hill here.

3. Cop and Community Town Hall Meeting, Saturday, June 13, noon at the MLK International Chapel at Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive SW. Take MARTA to the Westend Station. In response to officer involved violence against citizens, nearly every police chief and sheriff in the Atlanta area will join community leaders, officers, and other citizens of every race to discuss tension and fear. Voices will be heard; questions will be answered. Come let your voice be heard.

4. The Rev. Dr. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker, pastor of United Presbyterian Church in Peoria, IL, is the featured preacher on “Day 1” this Sunday, June 14. His sermon, based on Mark 4:26-34, is entitled "Big Enough." Visit to read or hear the sermon or to find your local broadcaster.

5. Fida Qishta’s film “Where Should the Birds Fly”, the first film about Gaza made by Palestinians living the reality, will debut in Atlanta on Sunday, June 14, at 5 p.m. The event is to help provide funds for her to continue her education in film and media production at New York Film Academy. The Tree of Life Foundation asked for Atlanta to be one of four location to help her raise funds for her education.  They believe Fida is “ A woman whose voice should be heard.” The Alif Institute, 3288 Marjean Drive, Atlanta 30340. R.s.v.p. to or call (404)441-2702. Visit Tickets include dinner and may be purchased at the door. If you would like to use a debit or credit card, make a donation below and type “Scholarship” in the memo.  Please bring confirmation of purchase for admission. PayPal

6. Helping Veteran Families: PTSD and Family Relationships, June 17, 1-2 p.m. This free interactive webinar from Rural Clergy Training Program will equip community clergy to help caregivers of veterans recognize and respond effectively to stress in children and others in the family affected when a veteran has symptoms of PTSD. Register for this seminar here.

7. World Refugee Day is June 20. Find resources for congregations including bulletin inserts, liturgies, and sermon ideas on our website from Church World Services appropriate for many denominations and from the Episcopal Church and the Lutheran Church and the Interfaith Immigrant Coalition. You will also find a link to this years' UNHCR campaign. Films featuring celebrity supporters tell the human side of the refugee plight.

8. Celebrate Summer with Interfaith Power & Light, Interfaith Gathering in the Gardens, Holy Comforter Church, Ormewood Park Neighborhood, 737 Woodland Ave., Atlanta 30316, Saturday, June 20, 2015, 5:30 p.m. `til sundown. $10/ticket or families $30 max. Live music with Caroline Herring & Vivian Slade. Crafts for kids of all ages, potluck supper, & BYOB. There will be something for everyone!  GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

9. There is still time to register for the first Reentry Housing Conference, June 24, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., State Bar of Georgia Conference Center, 104 Marietta Street, Suite 100, Atlanta 30316. The DCA Homeless Count for the Balance of the State Continuum (largely non-urban areas) showed a 24% drop.  However, the proportions of homeless veterans and chronically homeless individuals continued to climb. Register now and get information! Sponsored by United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, The Governor's Office of Transition, Support and Reentry, and the CSB Association.

10. Are you running in the July 4 race? Care and Counseling Center of Georgia invites you to join their Peachtree Road Race Team. Run and cheer with 3CG. The dollars you raise help support CCCG as they increase access to mental health care for all those in need.   You can be a team member as a runner or as a cheerleader Here’s how: 1. Click your page to create your own Crowdrise donation page. 2. Let friends know about this great opportunity (Facebook, Twitter, email) to support mental health for all. 3. Have fun (if possible) running and/or cheering July 4. 4. As a bonus, receive a handsome dry-wick CCCG t-shirt. 5.  Let Tom Van Laningham know if you have any questions

11. Remember the Gaither Vocal Group will be at Woodstock First Baptist on Friday, July 15. Charge tickets by telephone at 1-(855)484-1991 or visit Call 1-800-616-8863 if you need more information.

12. Learning the Way: In the 21st Century Christian are Formed not Born. We announced this workshop at Lutheran Church of the Messiah in May. Pastor Paul Hoffman, who recently retired from Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle, will be leading the workshop on how to adapt the ancient catechumenate into a thriving outreach ministry. We want to stress that this event on July 18 is open to other denominations.  For more information and registration Click Here.

13. Alternatives to Violence Basic/Advanced Workshop, August 22-23, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Learn how to respond nonviolently to situations where injustice, prejudice, frustration, and anger can lead to violent behavior. This is open to all. Suggested donation is $20 -no one excluded due to lack of funds. More detailed information on the web at You may call Heather at (315)263-1502. You may register at Those who complete the basic and advanced workshops as well as a training workshop become qualified to lead a workshop.

14. Save the Date for the 9th Annual Jane Baird Lecture. Stuart Higginbotham, Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, will present "Toward the Practice of Christian Mindfulness,” 7:00 p.m., September 17, 2015, The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, 30305.There is No Charge for this event but please R.s.v.p. to the Book Store at (404)237-7582 or 

15. Dr. Alveta King will present a landmark address, Tuesday, October 6, at First Baptist Jonesboro. Dr. King is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The occasion is the 30th anniversary of the Pregnancy Care Center. Special music for the evening will be provided by two time Dove Award Winner Babbie Mason. There will be a reception for Dr. King and Babbie Mason at 6 p.m. in the church fellowship hall by ticket only. The message by Dr. King will be in the Worship Center and admission is by donation. For more information contact

16. Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice is the theme of the Trinity Institute coming in January. What an array of speakers! Check it out here and find out about attending in NYUC or becoming a partner site.


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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