Church Action eNewsletter Week of March 19, 2012

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone. 

 Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

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Lenten Resources including community events, series, and study and liturgical aids. 


1. Monthly Meeting of Coalition for Homeless People With A Mental Illnesstoday, Wednesday, March 21, 3:30 to 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 16th Street at Peachtree Street, Room 156.  The agenda includes updates on four important issues discussed at the February 15 Meeting. Visit  for a recap of the issues and a preview of the reports expected from Dr. Chris Gault, Director of Mental Health Outpatient Services at Grady Hospital, Michael Link, Regional Administrator for Region 3 of the Ga. Dept of BHDD, Dave Lushbaugh, former national board member of NAMI, and Alan Harris.


2. Anne Lamott will be at First Baptist Church Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave, Decatur,  on Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m., for lecture and signing of her new book, ”Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son.”


3. All Saints' Episcopal Church adult and youth choirs will join to sing Mozart's Missa Brevis in F within the context of the worship services on Sunday, March 25, 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. Written by the 18 year old Mozart for the Archbishop of Salzburg in 1772, this is one of the few sacred works of the composer's youth still performed today. Conducted by Choirmaster, Raymond Chenault, the Missa Brevis will include choirs, soloists and orchestra. Don't miss this lovely work known for its supple and tender melodic writing. 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30308. 


4. Music on the Hill at Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta, for March 25, 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., will feature Schubert's Piano Trio in B flat major, D. 898 and Arensky's Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Helen Kim, Violin, Charae Kruger, Cello, Robert Henry, Piano. Northside Drive Baptist celebrates the life of the human spirit, freedom of the human spirit, freedom of thought, and the power of imagination through the arts and welcomes the wider community to experience the beauty and joy of chamber music.


5 . If your congregation or an associated ministry works with people suffering from mental or addictive disease you  will be interested in a presentation that will be held at noon on Monday, March 26, at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Talley Wells, Atlanta Legal Aid, will discuss the rollout of the Department of Justice settlement with the State of Georgia concerning delivery of mental health services. We will learn what has happened thus far and how it affects those we serve as well as look at some of the opportunities and challenges. This event is sponsored by C.H.I.P. (Community Health Interfaith Partnership) and you should reply to Bring your lunch and we’ll have drinks.  


6 . Monday, March 26, Ministry and Context student D’Andre P. Mayberry will be hosting a community forum and conversation entitled “HIV/AIDS in the Bluff: Is Your Theology Killing Me Pt.2 (Sexuality, The Black Church, and HIV/AIDS) with Dr. Percy D. Johnson in the Costen Building, rooms 101-103. The event will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 6. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Maria Bryson in the Johnson C. Smith office at 404-527-7781.


7.  Next General Meeting of Cobb Faith Partnership is on Wednesday, March 28, at Turner Chapel AME Church, 492 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta.  Lunch will start at 11:45am. The scheduled speaker is Cheryl Mayerick with the Atlanta Regional Commission's Lifelong Mableton project. As always, the meeting will feature the popular networking and information sharing segment. Bring your old cellphones and ink cartridges for recycling. Have Some/Need Some- you can bring stuff you do not need so that someone else can take and use it if they want it


8. Father Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., former master general of the Dominican order and Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome will speak at Emory on March 28. Radcliffe is known for addressing the relevance of Christianity in contemporary culture and has written about difficult issues in the Catholic church such as the priest scandals and the role of women. “The Christian Imagination and the Contemporary Search for Wisdom” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, Emory University’s Glenn Memorial Auditorium,1660 N. Decatur Rd. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be reserved by visiting


9. The Stephen Ministers of St. Catherine's Episcopal Church, Marietta, are offering a free program on Assisting the Families of Substance Abusers from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 31.  A local counselor and an attorney will present valuable information for families needing help.  All are   welcome.  R.s.v.p. to St. Catherine’s is on Holt Road in Marietta.


10 . The Middler Class at ITC presents From Jim Crow to Death Row; Racism and Inequality in the Criminal Justice System, a presentation by Kung Li, Franklin Auditorium, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  A discussion will follow the presentation facilitated by Dr. Johnny Hill, Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar in Residence. Please contact Elyse Ambrose at 504-913-7735 if you have questions. ITC is located at 700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, S.W. Atlanta 30314.


11 . They talk about it everywhere, except my place of worship… how different faiths are responding to the 2012 election and politics in general. Appropriate manner? Proper means? April FAMA luncheon. April 4, 2012 from 12:00-1:30 p.m., St. Mark United Methodist Church, 781 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30308.  Panel includes the Rev. Dave Allen Grady, the Rev. Caroline Kelley, and the Rev. Rob Hughes. This program includes a presentation by Amy Dosik, a specialist in national exempt organizations from Ernst & Young LLP. Register at  faithallianceofmetroatlanta. 


12  . Here is the corrected registration link for the webcast with Fr. Richard Rohr on Francscan Mysticism, Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. - noon, Mountain Time. Register for the LIVE webcast (suggested donation: $15 per viewer)  or  to attend in person- it’s nice in  Albuquerque in April.


13. Hands On Atlanta will host Global Youth Service Day on Saturday, April 21. They have prepared service projects for youth ages 5 and up throughout the metro area. The projects are available on their website . Have a look at this engaging website and consider your youth group’s involvement. Most projects are from 9 a.m. to noon and are located all across the region, north, south, east, and west. If you have questions contact Genora Crooke, Volunteer & Community Relations, 404-979-2820 or


14. Rescheduled for June 8. Communication is Key: Healthy church strategies for email, websites, social media, and communication, has been rescheduled for June 8. We will have updated registration information in due time.


15. A New Creation. A New Tradition: Reclaiming the Biblical tradition of man and woman, one in Christ. This is in Texas but someone might be out that way or find the topic compelling enough to occasion a trip.  April 27-28, Heights Church of Christ, 1548 Heights Blvd., Houston TX  77008 Scriptures which form our theology tell us that when Jesus died, we weren't just saved - we were changed into His likeness and His body ....we became new creations in Christ. That is why slave and free, Jews and Greeks, Muslims and Christians, black and white, are not limited by ANYTHING when it comes to access to God. It isn't just about salvation. It isn't about gender. It isn't about roles. It is mind-blowing transformation of EVERYTHING that we thought we knew.


16. The Festival of Homiletics returns to Atlanta for its 20th Anniversary with the theme of Transformational Preaching at the Crossroads. May 14-18 at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Atlanta. Just have a look at the riches in store and register at


17. The SFSP is looking for eligible sponsors to serve nutritious meals to low-income children during the summer months.  The program is administered in Georgia by Bright from the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. If you are interested in having your church, school, ministry, or non- profit agency be a site for summer food service to children you can read all about it  at 


18.  Life Long Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary has so many wonderful opportunities for this month and next. See them at  CTS.   


19. Last week we mentioned the Stained Glass Window Tours at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta also welcomes groups to see their beautiful windows.  Dr. Sprole Lyons, the founding pastor, conceived the plan and designed the windows to depict the story of the entire Christian message.  Artists of Tiffany, D’ Ascenzo and Willet created the artistic depiction. Then artisans skilled in glass window construction completed the windows. Dr. Lyons planned each window to be “beautiful, to be true to history, and to carry a message, the Christian message.” Later Dr. Gardner, who had followed Dr. Lyons as Pastor, noted that the windows came into being through the generous hearts of devoted members. If your group would like to hear more and see these beautiful widows William Lyons would be happy to talk with you. You can contact him at


20. Hands On Atlanta is recruiting AmeriCorps members for the 2012-2013 school year. These positions pay a stipend and are great ways to develop leadership skills and increase knowledge. The deadline is April 6 for applying to be a part of helping transform partner school into centers for community. See


21. An AmeriCorps service project for the city of Atlanta involves developing a volunteer program that will serve the participants at the Thomasville Center of Hope pilot center (1835 Henry Thomas Drive, Atlanta 30315). The majority of the volunteer opportunities available involve working with the after school program, which is facilitated by the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta. One immediate need is for volunteer tutors. You can find additional volunteer opportunities by going to the City of Atlanta volunteer website,


22. Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate a series on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) tackled four different dimensions of evil, cruelty, and forgiveness, including the story of the Rwandan genocide.  Acclaimed writer, producer and director Helen Whitney explores a compelling range of stories, from personal betrayal to global reconciliation after genocide in these segments.  I recommend this particular website for information on the segments, discussion guides, and more. The DVD can now be purchased and is quite reasonable priced.  Read more at


23. Only 2 Weeks Left for Early Bird Rates at Cobb Faith partnership’s 9th Annual "Cobb Ministries Making a Big Difference"   See!/cobbfaithpartnership



27th Annual College of Ministers & Laity, Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, clergy and laypersons of all faithsApril 9 – 15 Showing Up in the World: Answering the Call to Learn, Serve and Lead. Read more and see register  at   


Annual Emmaus House Gala ,  5 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Foundry at Puritan Mill, Atlanta. Read more about the event and purchase tickets  here...   


Read about encouraging young people called to preach at Academy of Preachers  and be thinking about  that young person in your congregation who needs your support.  National Festival of Young Preachers in Atlanta January 2013!!


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Ethel Ware Carter

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


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