Church Action eNewsletter Week of May 11, 2015

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Week of May 11, 2015

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1. Tom Cox to Speak at Faithful Lawyers Breakfast, Fri., May 15, 7:30-9:00 a.m., Ellis Hall, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree, Atlanta. Cox will share personal reflections about the creation and history of the Atlanta Faithful Lawyers as well as his own faith journey. All are invited. Cost for the breakfast is $8 per person, payable at the door. Proceeds go to the Men of Hope, an alumni group of Covenant Community. Email Darren Hensley at or Tom Cox at by today, Wed., May 13 if you plan to attend.


2. The International Traveler’s Study Team, a research team in the Global Health Department at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, is conducting a research study for international travelers, 18 years and older, who are traveling by plane or boat (cruise.) The results of this study will be used to develop vaccine recommendations for international travelers. They need to recruit 538 participants and would like your help. Study participants will be compensated. Please read a letter from the team if your congregation plans an international mission trip this summer here.


3. The Humane Society U.S. Faith Outreach program engages faith communities in animal protection issues; religious values call upon us to act in a kind and merciful way towards all creatures. The program offers ideas for community ministry through The Fill the Bowl Project to help families with pets and animal shelters in need; Eating Mercifully, a documentary on factory-farming issues, and Humane Backyard, projects to celebrate nature and wildlife God created. Seasonal resources include Compassionate Living for Lent and St. Francis Day in a Box.  They seek volunteers in our area to implement this important work.  Read more about this here.

3. Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (AIB) is offering a free media camp for children from all backgrounds.  If you know of any child who would like to learn more about how they can be a voice for peace, justice, and unity using media tell them about this opportunity.  The camp is limited to 12 kids.  Deadline is May 15. Click HERE for more information or to download the application.

4. 'The Spirituality of the Prayer Book' with Derek Olsen, Ph.D., a Baltimore biblical scholar and author of the just-released Reading Matthew with Monks: Liturgical Interpretation in Anglo-Saxon England, Friday evening, May 15, and Saturday morning, May 16, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Parish, Decatur. Olsen, who holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Candler School of Theology, serves as secretary for the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission for Liturgy & Music. All are welcome. more 

5. The Jung Society of Atlanta presents a lecture and workshop, May 15 and 16, by Monika Wikman, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst. She is the author of Pregnant Darkness: Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness. The title of her lecture is “Refining the Inner B.S. Detector: Humor, Hermes, and the Human Shadow.” The Friday lecture is at 7:30 p.m., and costs $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and $10 for students.  The Saturday workshop is from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. and costs $60 for members, $70 for non - members, and $50 for students ( the price of the workshop includes the lecture fee); and $25 for CEUs. The location is Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., 30327. More information is at

6. Amazing Grace Hymn Fest, a free concert celebrating the revival of hymn singing featuring the Rev. Alonzo B. Taylor and special performers, Saturday, May 16, at 3 p.m., St. Mark Lutheran Church, 4137 Washington Road, East Point 30344.

7. The William Baker Festival Singers Annual Piccolo Spoleto Bon Voyage Concert, Sunday, May 17, 3 p.m., St. John United Methodist Church, 550 Mt. Paran Road, Atlanta 30327. Classic works by Gretachaninov and Christiansen; modern works by Lauridsen and Whitacre; and Sacred Harp and spirituals by Alice Parker, Moses Hogan and Byron Smith. Tickets at the door or online are $15, senior adults and students $10, children 12 and under free. Tickets online.

8. Organist Herbert Buffington performs at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta. A graduate of Duke University, Peabody Conservatory and Vienna International Music Center and the Hochshule für Musik in Austria, he is organist and associate choirmaster at Peachtree Christian Church. His program will include works by Arthur Bliss and others.

9. Choral Guild of Atlanta at Northside Drive Baptist Church, American Jazz and Contemporary, Missa Gaia (Earth Mass) by Paul Winter, Gershwin/American Medley, Sunday, May 17 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel. The mission of Choral Guild of Atlanta is to program outstanding choral works from all musical periods including works that are not often performed.

10. Journey Celebrating 40 Years Young Singers of Callanwolde in Concert at Glenn Memorial UMC, Sunday, May 17, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary.  For more information and tickets, visit All are welcome. 1660 North Decatur Road NE, Atlanta 30307, Emory University Campus. Ticket information.

11. Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Faith-Based Communities, Tuesday, May 19, 2 - 3 p.m. ET. Faith communities can work to prevent suicide by enhancing many of the activities that are already central to their mission.   Find out about research on depression and suicidal behaviors in African Americans and the role of faith in healing and implementing health ministries as a foundation for suicide prevention. This one-hour webinar includes an opportunity for dialogue with the webinar presenters. Register here. 


12. Career Quest at St. Ann’s Church features  “Creating Your Value Proposition” by Dave Gallagher on Tuesday evening, May 19, everyone is welcome, there are no charges, no reservations needed, dress is casual, Wi-Fi is available. Learn more on the St. Ann website St. Ann's website. Or call (770) 552-6400 ext. 6104. The church is at 4905 Roswell Road/Rte.120, Marietta, 30062, behind the main building, door sign states JOB NETWORK TONIGHT.


13. Southwest Ecumenical Emergency Assistance Center (SWEEAC) Mobile Free Food Distribution, Thursday, May 21, 11:00 a.m. Food will be distributed until supply is depleted. First come, first served.  Please bring bags for food received.  No documentation required. 1040 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta 30310. If you have questions call 404-756-1699.


14. Radcliffe Presbyterian Church will host The Faces of The Beatitudes Dinner Theater performance on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23, with dinner from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.; performance at 7:00 p.m.. Guests can expect a catered dinner, as well as some group singing with audience participation.  This play is a series of short skits that were adapted from a 2011 - 2012 Presbyterian Women's Horizons Bible Study series. A donation of $25.00 is requested. Come experience the dramatized messages of the Beatitudes. Contact the church office at (404) 799-8286 if you have questions.

15. Join Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia for the Eighth Annual Mama Tales Mothers Day Tribute.  Hear original stories of wonderful lessons of life for and about mothers and mother figures, music, drums, door prizes. Saturday, May 23, 3-5 p.m., Hammonds House Museum, Historic West End, 503 Peeples St. SW, Atlanta 30310. Admission $15 adults, $10 youth, children ages 6 & under free. For more information contact Gloria Elder at 678-576-4332.

16. Interfaith Prayer Pause, May 26, 1-1:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip, The Rt. Rev. Keith Whitmore and Rabbis Peter Berg and David Spinrad from The Temple will offer prayers that, as members of faith communities and our civil society, we may stand together committed to finding a way to offer each and every young person in our nation opportunity, hope, and justice.  Interfaith Children's Movement Coordinator Pamela Perkins-Carn will conclude the event with thoughts on the state of our nation's youth. Come to the outdoor labyrinth in front of Lanier House, 2744 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta 30305.  This event is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta’s Commission on Human Trafficking.

17. Empowerment Resource Center is taking applications for its Programs for Positive (P4P) Peer Educator Certification Program.  Application deadline is May 27, 2015. Space is limited. The P4P Peer Educator Certification Program is a free training program designed to build capacity in communities of people living with HIV and AIDS and develop intergenerational peer networks which support entering care, remaining in care, and adhering to medical treatment.  The program is funded in part by the Georgia Department of Public Health's CAPUS Program.  Click here to learn more about the P4P Program.  

18. The 8th annual Benefit Rib Festival and sale of smoked pork butts is Saturday, June 6, in the parking lot at St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church, Marietta. The event will raise money to send children from Emmaus House to summer camp. Orders for the smoked pork butts may be placed ahead for pick-up June 5 and 6. The event is sponsored by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. For details click here. >

19. Life Sentence is a musical project inspired by the story of the wrongful conviction and 18-year incarceration of Clarence Harrison, who was ultimately released through the work of the Georgia Innocence Project. Harrison will share his story accompanied by musicians Melanie Hammet and Ben Holst who were inspired to write twelve spirited, soulful, and seriously awesome tracks about Clarence Harrison’s journey to freedom.  The Georgia innocence Project will be on hand to share information about their efforts to help individual who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit. No registration necessary.  Reception to follow program. June 9, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presented by the Social Justice Ministry of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 2855 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta 30329. $15 suggested donation. For more information contact Adriana de la Torriente at

20. Friends of L’Arche Atlanta invite you to join them for Family Bingo Night & Potluck Supper, Saturday, June 20, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Transfiguration Catholic Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta 30066. Meet in the Family Life Center, 2nd Floor, accessible by elevator. All are welcome! For the potluck please bring a dish to feed 6-8 according to the first letter of your last name: A-K main dish; H-Q salad or side dish; T-Z   beverage. This is part of a series of social events for adults with intellectual disabilities and others who come to enjoy these times together. L'Arche believes that our differences enrich the lives of us all. No R.s.v.p.s required, but if you know you are coming please email 

21. Georgia Supportive Housing Association Reentry Housing Conference, one-day opportunity to learn more about Georgia's Criminal Justice Reform Initiative and the role that housing will play for it to succeed. Community leaders and organizations will be needed to help returning citizens find a new and productive way of life. June 24, The State Bar of Georgia Conference Center. Register Now and get Information!


22. Messiah Lutheran in Decatur is hosting a training event this summer. It will be practical, hands-on training to help our people engage and share the faith with our post-Christian neighbors.  Pastor Paul Hoffman, who recently retired from Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle, will be leading the workshop on how to adapt the ancient catechumenate into a thriving outreach ministry like The Way, at Phinney Ridge. The event will be Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The registration fee of $20 will reserve your spot, as well as a wonderful book and a delicious lunch. Register online at Contact Pr. Nathan Hilkert at for more information after you read the flyer on our website.


23. Mercer University Preaching Consultation, James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology, has a new location, Co-sponsored by CBF Alabama, CBF Georgia, CBF Tennessee, and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the event will be Oct. 4-6 at The Chattanoogan Hotel and Conference Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dr. Tom Long, Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology is the keynote speaker. For more information contact Diane Frazier at (678) 547-6470 or


24. The Atlanta Community Food Bank reminds us to Plant a Row for the Hungry. Late spring is the perfect time to plant tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, black-eyed peas, butter beans, snap peas, okra and eggplant. Plant an extra row of these veggies in your garden and donate it to a partner agency.


25. The Salvation Army does everything possible to give children opportunities like going to summer camp. There are only a few weeks left before summer camp starts. You might like to help youth from Metro Atlanta experience the joys of Camp Grandview. — fishing, swimming, singing, hiking, creating arts and crafts, studying the Bible, and more. They will make meaningful connections with positive adult role models and peers that will stay with them when they go home. Donate here.



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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