Church Action eNewsletter Week of June 9, 2014


God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

Weekly Church Action eNewsletter

Week of June 9, 2014



A few more summer series in local churches:

Our Health and Wholeness: Body, Mind, Spirit is the Summer Series 2014 at Central Presbyterian Church. See the complete schedule Here.

Second Ponce de Leon Baptist SPdLU Summer Semester (Wednesday nights), offers two more weeks on the Sermon on the Mount and Hymns of the New Testament (2 week series) begins this week. Read about how to get involved with this educational event at SPdL Here.

Sunday Summer Series at Atlanta First Presbyterian – Hunger in America June 8 – July 6, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.


There are always events of interest to those who work in counseling, mental health ministry, and pastoral care on from the Community Health Interfaith Partnership.


1. Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, Inc. (AIB-TV) has selected Central United Methodist Church as the faith community to feature for the month of June. The television series includes four different shows that tell the good news of the multi-dimensional ministry that takes place daily at Central. The shows will air on Sunday, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 8:30 p.m. Shows will encore on subsequent Mondays at 11 p.m. and Fridays at 11p.m. The Rev. Yvette D. Massey is Senior Pastor at Central UMC.

2. Hillside Spirit of Brotherhood Luncheon featuring Derrick Boazman, host of "Too Much Truth" on WAOK Radio 1380 AM, in honor of Father's Day. The topic is "Where Do We Go from Here? The Charge to Control Our Destiny."  Ladies are welcome. Saturday, June 14, 11 a.m., Hillside International Truth Center, 2450 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta 30311.

3. Celebrate Art with a Purpose. Wine & cheese, art, and fundraising at an artists reception hosted by Charitable Connections, Thursday, June 19, 4 – 8 p.m., M. Rich Building, 115 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Suite 38, featuring Dallas artists Ginnie Johansen Johnson and Sarah Johnson. R.s.v.p. to Michelle Uchiyama at (404) 788-9750.

4. World Refugee Day observations include, Friday, June 20, 7:30 p.m., film screening and panel discussion of” The New Entrepreneur” featuring some folks from Clarkston, Inman Park United Methodist Church, 1015 Edgewood Avenue Atlanta  30307.

5. World Refugee Day Celebration at the Clarkston Community Center Soccer Field, 12 – 3 p.m., Saturday, June 21.  The celebration will be a fun afternoon of live performances, food, informational booths, games and activities, a naturalization ceremony, and special guests including Jana Mason, Senior Advisor for External Relations and Government Affairs at the Washington, D.C. office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Kat Graham from the hit TV show, The Vampire Diaries, will be an honored guest this year! As an UNHCR spokesperson, Kat has recently returned from visiting the Zaa’tri refugee camp in Jordan.

6. Disciples Women leadership has issued an invitation to our readers to participate in a “Pilgrimage Celebration” to remember and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act— a highlight of the church’s “Quadrennial Assembly” taking place in Atlanta.  The event is Saturday, June 28, 3:00-4:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 105 Courtland Street 30303.  Guided by the theme “I See You Free”, the celebration will be an opportunity to remember our difficult past, dream about a hopeful future, and be encouraged take action toward preserving our freedoms. Mary Frances Early, a Disciples woman who integrated the University of Georgia and was the first person of color to graduate from UGA, and Joan C. Browning, life-long civil rights activist and former freedom rider, will offer their personal witness as part of the program. If you will be present for this celebration please R.s.v.p. to

7. To all talented worshipers in and around Atlanta, the Central UMC Young Adult Ministry (YAM) is hosting "Saturday Night Live" during YAM weekend on June 28, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Come join the group in the sanctuary at 501 Mitchell St., S.W., Atlanta 30314, to praise and honor God with your extraordinary gifts.

8. Benefit Concert for Veterans, Sunday, June 29, 7 p.m. with American patriot music performed by Jens Korndorfer, First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta 30309. If you have questions call (404)892-8461.

9. “Living with Loss as You Journey toward Acceptance and Hope,” Wednesday sessions, 1 – 2 p.m., Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, 717 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell 30075. Facilitated by Doyle Hamilton, Pastoral Counselor, July Session: July 9, The Uniqueness of your Particular Grief; July 16, Factors which Influence your Experience of Loss; July 23, Walking by Faith in the Midst of Frustration and Anger; July 30,  Soul Care while Depressed and Sad. Contact Dr. Hamilton at

10. Flea Market! United Methodist Children’s Home Auxiliary, July 11 - 12, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 500 S Columbia Drive, Decatur 30030. Find treasures including furniture, jewelry, china, clothing (vintage too!), baby gear, toys, books and electronics. The sale supports the mission of the United Methodist Children's Home Find a great bargain and support our community’s children at the same time. Credit cards accepted. 404-327-5820. The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) is a safe haven for abused children and struggling families, and has been since 1871. Read more>>

11. “Chaplains fighting suicide" was on Living Lutheran last week. Read the story Here. 

12. Promote cross-cultural understanding while changing a young person’s life forever. International High School Students arrive August 1 and CIEE, a nonprofit educational exchange organization, is seeking host families for the 2014-2015 school year. Host families come in all shapes and sizes and welcome a student into their home for 5 or 10 months as one of their own. CIEE provides 24/7 local and on-call support to families and students during their stay. To learn more about hosting or to start the process of selecting a student for your family, contact Diane Stofer 585-670-0435 or You can also visit

13. Open Door Community needs back packs. They gratefully accept donations Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Monday8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 2 to 8:30 p.m., at 910 Ponce De Leon Ave Ne, Atlanta, 30306


14. The Rev. Alexis Chase, Executive Director at Georgia Interfaith Power & Light since 2010, will be the new vicar at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church replacing Mike Tanner who retired on June 1.  About 60% of the congregation lives with mental illness. The diverse community gathers for the Friendship Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for Evening Prayer or a healing service and dinner on Wednesday evenings, and for Holy Eucharist on Sundays.   For information about the mission and vision of the Friendship Center, please click here.

15. Joseph D. Mole has been named executive director of Emmaus House, the Diocese of Atlanta social service ministry in Atlanta’s Peoplestown. Mole has long focused on social justice for marginalized communities, first as an associate pastor at an inner-city mission and then for 10 years with the Salvation Army. Since 2011 he has worked for Cabrini Green Legal Aid in Chicago implementing and expanding a hybrid offering of legal aid and social services. He served in Atlanta during three of his years with the Salvation Army. Claiborne Jones retires this month from Emmaus House.

A couple of reminders:

Shape-note singing will be featured on the third Sunday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Church of Our Saviour, Atlanta. A brief singing school with instruction for those new to shape notes will be offered at 6 p.m. All are welcome. The next program is June 15. For information call 404-872-4169 or email

 “Dementia Friendly Congregations: How Faith-Based Communities Can Be Champions of Change” is a conversation for community clergy, June 20, 10 a.m. to noon, hosted by Chaplain Robbye Jarrell at Lenbrook Event Center, 3747 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30319. Registration and coffee begins at 9:30; valet parking is complimentary. Faith communities are a vital part of the care team. . Space is limited – Please R.s.v.p. by Monday, June 16. Call Kathy Ray at (770)677.9336

The New Baptist Covenant Luncheon being held during the CBF General Assembly here in Atlanta will feature Dr. Allan Boesak, the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Friends and colleagues are invited to hear Dr. Boesak address the role of the faith community in the work of reconciliation. June 26, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. You may register and buy a ticket at or call the NBC office at (335)213-2353. 


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.



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