Church Action eNewsletter Week of March 27, 2017

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Church Action eNewsletter Week of  March 27, 2017


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1. Memories of Heart Mountain, a presentation by Sam Mihara, Thursday, March 30, Georgia State University Perimeter College, Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Road, NC Bldg. Auditorium.   After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt’s executive order forcibly removed all Japanese-Americans on the West Coast. Over 110,000 people, most American citizens, were moved to internment camps in desolate areas. Nine-year-old Sam and his family were transported under guard from their San Francisco home to Heart Mountain in Wyoming and imprisoned for three years. Mihara went on to become a successful rocket scientist. Today he works with Central American refugees and travels the country telling his story so America can learn from what happened 75 years ago. Map and directions.  Registration.


2. Georgia State University Singers directed by Dr. Deanna Joseph at First Presbyterian Church on Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m. Free admission. Program highlights include D. Argento, V. Miskinis, J.G. Rheinberger, folksongs, and other popular tunes. 1328 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30309. Complimentary parking is available in the LAZ lot (1337 Peachtree St. NE) across from FPC.


3. The Rev. Elizabeth Goodman, pastor of the Monterey United Church of Christ in Monterey, Mass., is the featured preacher April 2 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program in the Atlanta area on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB. Her sermon for April 2, the fifth and final Sunday of Lent, is from the story of the raising of Lazarus in John 11. Visit to hear or read it now and find many audio, text, and video resources.


4. The April 2 Daffodil Dash is a 1mile & 5K Run/Walk in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and supporting children in Darfur, South Sudan, and Rwanda. This race is being organized by the Am Yisrael Chai! Teen Initiative, where teens are empowered to Remember the Past and Reach for the Future. Sunday, April 2, 9:00 a.m., registration at 8; 1 mile run/walk at 9:15. Starts and ends at Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody 30338. Click here to sign up


5. "Why We Can't Wait - The Urgency of Time" North Georgia Black Methodist for Church Renewal Revival, Sunday, April 2 - Tuesday, April 4, hosted by Ben Hill United Methodist Church with an inspiring lineup of preachers.

Sunday at 6 p.m. - Bishop Sue Haupert Johnson

Monday at 7 p.m. - Bishop Woodie White

Tuesday at 7 p.m. - Rev. Dr. Byron Thomas (Pastor BHUMC)

Donations will go to support Clark Atlanta University, Paine College, and Gammon Theological Seminary, checks may be made to NGBMCR. Ben Hill United Methodist Church, 2099 Fairburn Rd, SW, Atlanta 30331.


6. Hava Tequila: A Night of a Little More Charla, An Evening of Storytelling on Identity in the Jewish and Latino Communities, Wednesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m.  Registration; 7:00  Dinner and Program No Mas! Cantina. Cost: $10. Dinner will be provided Check out the Facebook event! Register here. 


7. Become a New American Pathways volunteer and learn to advocate for refugees in Georgia at the April 6 Volunteer Advocacy Orientation, 5:45-7 p.m. Contact Mary to R.s.v.p. at


8. A priority of Georgia Cares is to raise awareness of the issue of DMST and to train community members and professionals on warning signs and resources. On a monthly basis, free training is open to the public in communities across Georgia. Click on the link to register. April 8, 2017 Boy Scouts of America Atlanta, GA. To request a community training near you, please contact


9. The Church of Scientology Atlanta is sponsoring a Foundation for a Drug Free World  Open House, highlighting the education booklets "Truth About Drugs". Come between 2-4 p.m., April 8, to 5395 Roswell Rd Sandy Springs 30342. 


10. An Afternoon with Blood at the Root author, Patrick Phillips, at Cumming First United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 8 at 4:00 pm. Click here to learn more and register. 770 Canton highway, Cumming 30040.


11. Morningside Presbyterian Church will host the Atlanta-based choral ensemble, Coro Vocati at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 8. Now in its 7th season, this group will present a concert of music for Holy Week featuring 3 stations -- Gerald Finzi’s “Lo, the full, final sacrifice,” for choir and organ, James MacMillan’s “Miserere,” and a set of metaphysical texts with musical settings by Blake Henson, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and J.A.C. Redford.  The path between these stations is connected by a series of early American folk hymns reflecting on the “Full, Final Sacrifice.” Tickets, $20.00, may be purchased at the door beginning at 6:30.  For more information, email Jonathan Crutchfield at jcrutchfield  All are welcome.  


12. Central Presbyterian Church is pleased to welcome back bestselling author Anne Lamott, to discuss her latest book, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy. Event sponsors, Charis Books, Charis Circle, and Central will host An Evening with Anne Lamott at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. Lamott offers a powerful exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes hidden) presence, why we ignore it and how we can embrace it. Tickets are $20-$30 depending on option and doors open at 6 p.m. Included in your ticket is the price of the book. Parking will be available at the State of Georgia Department of Public Safety Garage located at 180 Central Avenue, SW. For more information visit  

13. A reminder -the Stations of the Cross began as the practice of pious pilgrims to Jerusalem. Later, for the many who wanted to pass along the same route, but could not make the trip to Jerusalem, a practice developed that eventually took the form of the fourteen stations currently found in almost every Catholic parish. On Good Friday, April 14, at 3:00 p.m. the Music Ministry of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church will present “The Choral Stations of the Cross” at the Northside Drive Baptist Church located at 3100 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta  30305. Lourdes’ pastor, Father Jeffrey Ott, and Northside Drive’s pastor, Rev. James Lamkin, say, “In a day when some are building walls, we want to build a bridge. Join us for a service of passion and hope.”


14. Shallowford Presbyterian Church invites the public to Easter Week Services beginning with Good Friday services at 12 p.m. in the chapel and 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Saturday morning, April 15, a Pancake Breakfast at 9 a.m. will be followed by an Easter Egg Hunt at 10, bring your own basket.  SPC, 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta, GA 30345 , .7 miles east of I-85 in central DeKalb County. Call (404) 321-1844 if you have questions.  


15. Summit on security and safety issues at houses of worship.  The training will be held on April 19, at the Porter Sanford Community and Performing Arts Center, and is sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DeKalb County Police Department.  Training begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 4:45 p.m.  The training is being provided to faith leaders and others who have responsibility for security issues at Houses of Worship.  Please use this link to register  Space is very limited, so please register as soon as possible.  Federal funds may not be used to provide food so eat before you come.


16. Save the date: Georgia Justice Project will hold its 2017 Grass Roots Justice Awards event Wednesday, April 26, 6:00 p.m., the Commerce Club in Downtown Atlanta.   For sponsorship information, click here. This year the Coca-Cola Company will be honored for its commitment to criminal justice reform, including crafting company policies that remove barriers to opportunity for those with a criminal record. For sponsorship information, click here. To sponsor, purchase a ticket ($125 each) or make a donation to the Grass Roots Justice Awards, simply click here and choose “Grass Roots Justice Awards” for type of donation.


17. Ellis Marsalis Quintet, Thursday, Apr 27, 8:00 p.m., Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Center, reserved seating.  The Urban Residential Development Corporation presents this performance for Santa Fe Villas, a nonprofit organization. VIP tickets $125.00 - include a Meet and Greet reception at 7:30. To VIP tickets online, please enter VIP in the promo code section. Standard tickets $75.00.  Tickets.  


18. Save the date: Crossroads serves more than 4,200 men, women, and children each year. 20/20 Vision for Crossroads Gala is Thursday, April 27, 6-9:00 p.m., Mason Gallery, with fabulous food, auction, music, libations, and more. Come have fun and support Crossroads Community Ministries Learn more here. 


19. If you are missing the GreenLaw monthly conversations on critical environmental issues Sunday mornings on WGST 640 because you are in worship services, you can listen to the podcast from March 26. Listen Now!  


20. Save the Date, Georgia Supportive Housing Association Connecting the Dots: Georgia Aging Convening. Come hear about policies and innovations in supportive housing that are advancing healthy aging in place.  The Convening will address the housing and service needs of this vulnerable population and next steps in effectively addressing them. Monday, May 1, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., State Bar of Georgia, 104 Marietta Street, Atlanta 30303.


21. On May 6, 2017, at 9 a.m., Catholic Charities of Atlanta and the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials will host a free citizenship clinic at the Archdiocese of Atlanta, in Smyrna.  At this event, legal permanent residents (green card holders) will be given guidance and assistance in the application for their U.S. Citizenship.  Please help spread the word for both potential applicants and  for people interested in volunteering.  All types of volunteers are needed. Everyone is welcome to participate: immigration attorneys & paralegals, other attorneys, law students, interpreters, and non-attorneys.  The only requirement to volunteer is to have a positive disposition! Breakfast & lunch will be provided for volunteers. The enormous sense of satisfaction that you will receive by helping hundreds of people complete their U.S. Citizenship application will be all your own.

To register for the event as an applicant - Register here.

To register for the event as a volunteer - Register here.


22.  Our Lord has instructed us to pray “so that they may all be one” (John 17:21). It is in a spirit of ecumenism that you are invited to join other Christians for a few hours of conversation about Christian Unity. Unity Factor Conversation, Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 2855 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta  30328. The conversation is a collaborative experience for Christians from different traditions to envision a new missional future for the church. This is an opportunity to see how relational partnerships can have a long-term city/global impact. Lunch will be provided. There is no charge for this event. Click Here to Register. 


23. The Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, pastor emeritus of Providence Missionary Baptist Church and ICI Advisory Board Member, comments on the importance of the Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto.  Read the post and endorse the Manifesto at


24. Interfaith Community Initiatives Immersion Program.  Is your congregation, organization, or company interested in learning and experiencing the diversity of faiths and backgrounds in Atlanta? Are you curious about other traditions and beliefs? Do you like to learn through experience and engagement? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you and your group are ready for an Immersion Experience. ICI is expanding the program to reach new communities.  They are ready to work with you to schedule a program. Click here to let ICI know you're interested. 


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Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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