God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Church Action eNewsletter Week of March 14, 2016
1. Community Day in conjunction with Black Chronicles II, an exhibition exploring the Black presence in late 19th century Victorian Britain through the prism of studio portraiture at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Saturday, March 19, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. This educational exploration is for participants of all ages and includes make-and-take art activities, guided tours, a performance by Soweto Street Beat, and a special interactive experience by DiasporaU- creating arts programming for children focusing on the African presence in the world. This event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. Call (404)270-5607 or visit http://bit.ly/1T8dINa to register.
2. The Jung Society of Atlanta presents Beyond the Hero: A Storytelling Program by John Gentile, Saturday evening, March 19, 7:30 p.m. Dr. Gentile, award winning story teller, theatre artist, and professor, will offer stories from around the world which take us beyond the hero and help us live successfully. The location is Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., NW, Atlanta 30327. Fees are $20 Public; $10 Students; free Jung Society Members. The public is invited. Additional information is at www.jungatlanta.com .
3. The Rev. Nancy S. Taylor, senior minister and chief executive officer of Old South Church in Boston UCC, is the featured preacher on Day 1 this Sunday, March 20. Her sermon for Palm Sunday is based on Luke 19:28-40 and entitled "Players and Protagonists in the Kingdom of God." Hear it, read it, and find blogs, resources, videos, and more at Day1.org
4. Renowned actress Brenda Bynum will read the Passion of Christ from the Gospel of St. Mark at the upcoming Southern Folk Passion Palm Sunday, March 20, at 4:00 p.m. at the historic Druid Hills Baptist Church, 1085 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta. Admission is free; a free-will offering will be taken. Southern Folk Passion interweaves folk hymns with the Gospel narrative and is modeled on historic musical Passion settings similar to those of J.S. Bach. Conductor and folk music scholar Steven Darsey will lead the Meridian Chorale and the congregation in folk hymns from Georgia’s 19th century tune book, The Sacred Harp. For directions and information about Meridian Herald, Steven Darsey, and The Meridian Chorale, visit www.meridianherald.org
5. Cobb Faith Partnership will feature Commissioner Lisa Cupid with local updates next Wednesday, March 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. At 11:45 as you grab a provided lunch selection, Evangelist Sharon J. Hill will present an interactive social media "One Click at a Time" mini-session to advance your digital imprint for non-profits and small businesses. You are invited to attend and share with Cobb ministries, organizations, and individuals dedicated to assisting the least of these. Would you like to be a presenter call (678)733-1479. Connect your resource online
6. Atlanta Legal Aid’s newest fundraiser Cocktails & Connections features an opportunity to connect with the in-house counsels of some of the largest companies here in Atlanta. It will include live and silent auctions. Auction prizes will be lunch (or some other get together of your choosing) with the attorneys on which you bid successfully. All bid proceeds go to Legal Aid. Tickets are $150 each and include a premium open bar and great food! March 24, 6:30- 9:00 p.m. Register here.
7. The Roswell UMC Elementary Choirs will perform “The Tale of the Three Trees” on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. The musical is based on an American folk tale about three trees who dream of what they want to be when they grow up. It will be an inspiring and moving Holy Week service as we are reminded in music and drama that God can work through all things for good. The public is invited to this Maundy Thursday service in the historic RUMC Chapel located at 814 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell.
8. The 36th annual Ecumenical Good Friday Pilgrimage (Urban Way of the Cross) sponsored by the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Office of Justice & Peace Ministries is Friday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “Do you see me? What will you do?” We will begin with an opening reflection by Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory and then proceed on a walking prayer that includes scripture readings, reflections, prayers, and music as we remember the passion of Christ and the social injustices in our world today. All are welcome to this yearly pilgrimage. Details are here.
9. The Atlanta Children's Shelter's will host the 8th Annual "5 to Thrive" March 26 to raise funds for ACS programs serving homeless children and families in Metro Atlanta. This family-friendly event will be in Piedmont Park and includes a 7:30 a.m. Prep Rally, a 5K Run/Walk, a 1K Bunny Run for families with strollers and young children, with several Atlanta Athletic Team Mascots, and a live DJ. Registration will open at 7 on the morning of March 26. Registration is $35 per runner or walker until March 25 and on-site registration is $40. All early registrants receive a T-shirt; sign up by visiting the Upcoming Events tab at www.acsatl.org.
10. How can seminarians and church leaders apply lessons from the Civil Rights era to the church and world today? Joseph T. Reiff will be at Emory University Tuesday, March 29, 4:30- 6:00 p.m., for a panel discussion on this question. His new book, "Born of Conviction: White Methodists and Mississippi’s Closed Society," tells the story of 28 white Methodist ministers in Mississippi who spoke out against school segregation and racial intolerance at the height of the white South’s resistance to the Civil Rights Movement. They wrote the “Born of Conviction” statement seeking to bring white Methodists into the conversation on the need for racial justice. One of the drafters and signers was James L. Waits, who served as dean of Candler from 1978 to 1991. Waits will join Reiff for the panel discussion in Cannon Chapel. Robert M. Franklin, James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor of Moral Leadership at Candler, and Bobbi Patterson, professor of pedagogy in the Emory College of Arts and Sciences’ department of religion, also will serve as panelists. The panel discussion is free and open to the public, and registration is encouraged. Register here.
11. Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence partners with the Center for Women at Emory University to bring you a special screening of the critically acclaimed movie Miss Representation. The film exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Tuesday, March 29, 5:00- 7:00 p.m., Harland Cinema, Emory University, 605 Asbury Cir, Atlanta, 30322. Free parking Peavine Parking Deck, 29 Eagle Row, after 5 p.m. Reserve your free tickets online via EventBrite.
12. A reminder of Lutheran Services of Georgia Prayer Breakfast is March 31, 7:30 a.m., Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 731 Peachtree Street, Atlanta. Click here to register
13. Annual "A Taste of Latin America" Dinner, Saturday, April 9 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Child Hall at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305. Hispanic parishioners from 10 Episcopal congregations will be prepare special dishes to share with guests. There will be music, dancing, a raffle, silent auction, plus a piñata for the children. Reservations and tickets are not required. After dinner, donations will be accepted for humanitarian projects in Latin America. All are welcome. Bring your family and friends to this happy fiesta!
14. Resilient the 11th Annual Emmaus House Gala, Sunday, April 17, 5:00 pm - 8:00 p.m., The Carter Center, The Ivan Allen III Pavilion, 453 Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta 30307. You can purchase your tickets now HERE!
15. "Spring into Wellness," sponsored by View Point Health and the Department of Behavioral Health and Disabilities, is a holistic and free outdoor fair, featuring healthy organizations from the Metro-Atlanta area. The fair offers free health screenings, a dental van for children, and live demonstrations including aerobics, martial arts, and dance performances. It’s a day of fun for everyone with a bouncy house, music, games, a fun run and more. Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Pinckneyville Park, 4758 S Old Peachtree Road, Norcross 30071. For more information call (678)357- 3127. Does your organization have a presentation to offer?
16. Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence asks you to contact the Governor's office and the Lieutenant Governor's office to urge them to give HB 827 a committee hearing and a vote in the Senate. It has passed the House but is stalled in the Senate. This bill will help to prevent rape kit backlogs and is important for victims of assault. Gov. Nathan Deal (404)656-1776; Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (404)656-5030.
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Ethel Ware Carter
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.