Church Action eNewsletter Week of May 1, 2017


Church Action eNewsletter

Week of May 1, 2017

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


1. Camp High Five 2017 needs volunteers for a one-week period, June 18 - June 23. A typical camper for Camp High Five is HIV infected or affected —has an infected parent, sibling, residential relative, or has lost a family member due to HIV/AIDS related complications. The staff and volunteers strive to provide an atmosphere that is free from the worries, fear, stigma, and hassles of living with HIV. Youth attending Camp High Five have the opportunity to be around other children with the same life experiences and will not have to feel different or strange. Sometimes, camp may be the first time that these children have been around other children living with HIV. Read more about this opportunity at


2. Join 147-year old Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, Decatur's oldest historic AME church, for its 47th annual Ole Fashion Fish Fry on Saturday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fish dinners, baked and green beans, fresh cole slaw and homemade pies.  The proceeds support the church's senior, youth, and special projects.  2977 LaVista Road, Decatur 30033. Call ahead for pre-orders (404) 633-2288.

3. Dr. Linda Lagemann will be special guest speaker on May 6 at 6:30 p.m. A psychologist, she will address why 23 veterans kill themselves every day! She'll also cover what is being done about it on a legislative level. Join the Church of Scientology Atlanta, 5395 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs 30342, for this informative session. Please R.s.v.p. to (770)394-4414

4. Interested in finding out more about the Episcopal Church? St. Anne’s offers a special series on getting to know the Episcopal Church.  How to pray, learn, and serve the Episcopal way. Sundays at 9:15, on April 30, May 7, and May 14, in the library of St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 3098 Saint Anne's Lane, Atlanta, GA 30327.  Questions?  Contact St. Anne's at (404)237-5589 or

5. Flavors of Haiti, a fundraiser for the Eco-Villages School, Sunday, May 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Avenue, Clarkston 30021. The event will honor Kent and Bob Lesile and the impact of their passion for peacemaking and global mission. Come celebrate the 4th year of developing the School for the Eco-Villages of Colladere, Haiti. Enjoy Haitian dancers and delicious Haitian cuisine. Learn about the April trip to visit the school and see students’ projects. Attend Event . If you have questions contact Kathryn Hornsby

6. Food, housing, and budget impact on black church communities is the topic for a nationwide call, Monday, May 8. Please join Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III, Dr. James C. Perkins, Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, Mr. Eric Mitchell, and Circle of Protection in a National Clergy and Lay Leaders Call and Action, Monday, May 8, 8:00 p.m. It will focus on specific actions that clergy and lay leaders can take. Register here.

7. Marina Bengoa will present a piano concert at noon on Wednesday, May 10, First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30309.

8. "Sunday on Thursday" - a new family-friendly Holy Eucharist on Thursdays, 6:00 pm, beginning May 11.  Come as you are for child-friendly music and a service that is less than an hour long. St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 3098 Saint Anne's Lane, Atlanta, 30327.  Questions?  Contact St. Anne's at (404)237-5589 or

9. The Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Friends of Cathedral Music present a free concert performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Friday, May 12, 7:30 p.m., St. Philip’s Cathedral, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305.

10. University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club will be in concert at First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30305, Friday, May 12, at 7 p.m. $10 general admission tickets, $7 seniors and FPC members, students free.

11. Mental Health Month, NAMI DeKalb will celebrate a theme of “Into Mental Health: Inspired, Informed, Involved.”  Join them for a candlelight vigil, “Out of the Darkness into the Light,” Friday May 19, Street Theater, 7:00 p.m., Decatur Square Bandstand in Decatur.

12. A priority of Georgia Cares is to raise awareness of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and to train community members and professionals on warning signs and resources. On a monthly basis, they provide free training open to the public in communities across Georgia. Click here for May 20 training, St Mark United Methodist Church, Atlanta. To request a community training near you, please contact

13. Smith Chapel UMC Woman’s Day: Recover and Ignite Your Spiritual Fervor,  Sunday, May 21, 11:30 a.m. Morning Worship with guest speaker, Mrs. Marjorie Woods, M.A.C.E. Lunch will be served. Afternoon Worship at 3 p.m., Rev. Brenda McCastle, associate pastor at Ben Hill UMC will preach.  Smith Chapel United Methodist Church is at 3325 Humphries Hill Rd, Austell 30106, and the Rev. Debra Stewart is pastor. Church telephone , (404)915-1946

14. Atlanta Master Chorale presents Brahms’s  Ein Deutsches Requiem, Saturday, May 20, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 21, at 4 p.m.,  Emory University’s Schwartz Center 1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta 30322. This seminal piece is celebrated the world over for its power, beauty, and transcendence. Incorporating texts from the Lutheran Bible and set in German, Brahms’ Requiem is like no other in the choral literature. Single tickets on sale now. Call (404)727-5050.

15. Joy Night is 5 p.m., Sunday, May 21. This celebration of joyful gospel music and formal appreciation of community leaders is hosted by First Baptist Church, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur. Free and open to the public. Joy Night will showcase gospel music and African American spirituals, as well as other genres of choral music. Choirs from surrounding areas will perform separately then combine for a grand finale. Participating groups include Greenforest Community Baptist Church, William Calloway, director; Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Edgar Scruggs, director; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Will Buthod, director; and First Baptist Church Decatur, Kathryn Hartgrove, director. 

16. One City Many Voices  2017 concert  featuring Atlanta homegrown artists, Jimi Cravity (Passion City Church’s Six Step Records), Crystal Garrett,  and Reese Soul, will be Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 – 9 p.m., at Monday Night Brewing, Atlanta. Guests must be at least 21 years old. One City Many Voices is a ministry of Orchard, which periodically holds concerts as a way to expose people to the work of Orchard. These music events profile a diverse collective of artists and tend to attract an equally diverse crowd. This allows people to interact with each other from different places in life and different parts of the city.

17. Two stimulating events are coming up with George Lakey, Quaker activist, strategist, and author. Both events are free and open to all.

  • A book talk and signing of his latest book Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right – And How We Can, Too, Friday, June 9, 7:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Friends Meeting, 701 West Howard Ave., Decatur 30030.  Light refreshments and childcare will be available. For more information, contact Susan Firestone,
  • A Nation Divided – Where do we go from here? Strategic Planning Workshop with George Lakey. Saturday, June 10, 9 am – noon, at Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Drive, Decatur 30030. For information and to register, contact Leslie Withers


18. All Saints’ Concert Series presents Alcee Chriss, organist, Wednesday, June 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets here. Alcee Chriss has performed in the United States and Europe and is an outstanding young concert artist of virtuosity and versatility. He has won top prizes at both national and international competitions. Chriss is a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and is now pursuing his doctorate at Magill University. This program will be the first in the series of the 2017 Atlanta Summer Organ Festival. 

19. The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia will offer the popular, author-led overview to the Horizons Bible Study for the 2017-18 year, Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews.  Led by the Rev. Dr. Melissa Bane Sevier, the class will take place July 31-Aug. 1. The program fee is discounted until June 1. After June 1, there is a discount for two or more persons from the same group. For registration, click here. For additional information, contact Sarah Erickson, (404)687-4526 or

20. We thought you might like to know that United Bible Societies reports the full Bible is now available in 648 languages spoken by nearly 5.16 billion people and a further 1,432 languages spoken by 657 million people have a New Testament. This leaves 434 million people with only some portions of the Bible and a further 253 million people with no Scripture in their language.


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Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

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