Church Action eNewsletter Week of May 13, 2019

Week of May 13, 2019
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

There are so many opportunities for service, worship, education, enrichment, connection in the next few weeks. Take a look at the Community Event Calendar on our website and celebrate all the good things that people of faith are doing. You will also find the last few weeks' editions on our home page

1. Faith for Just Lending is a diverse ecumenical coalition bringing together churches that, while differing on some issues, are united in opposition to exploitive and unjust lending. Today they call for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to not repeal regulations designed to protect individuals and families from predatory payday lending. Learn more about the background and current efforts to weaken it at this one-pager developed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Head over to Faith for Just Lending to take action on this issue before the end of the day, May 14!

2. A support group for families dealing with addiction meets every other week at The Lake Oconee Community Church at 6:15 p.m. This month meetings will be May 15 and May 29. Contact the Kludts at for information.

3. Those who are interested in advocating for restorative justice in metro Atlanta are particularly invited to attend the next meeting of the End New Jim Crow Action Group, this Wednesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at Atlanta Friends Meetinghouse, 701 West Howard Ave, Decatur 30030. Please come with your information and enthusiasm! Rep. Becky Evans and DeKalb NAACP President Teresa Hardy plan to be there. The meeting will also be open to brief reports and announcements related to other aspects of ending mass incarceration.

4. Find out about the Dementia Friendly Brookhaven Initiative. The Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce presents Dr. Hu, Professor of Neurology at Emory University and a national and international champion of Dementia Inclusive & Friendly Communities, May 16, 8 – 9:30 a.m. Read more>>

5. For those involved with prison and justice ministries-- “Advocating for Second Chances: Children of Incarcerated Parents,” May 16, 6:30 p.m., Liberty County Courthouse, Multipurpose Room, 100 Main Street, Hinesville 31313. Free and Open to the public. Call (912) 877–54293 if you have questions. Sharon Turner of Atlanta’s Save Kids of Incarcerated Parents will speak along with the superintendent of the Liberty County School System, a judge with the juvenile court, and a professional counselor.

6. Interested in being part of a Prayer Shawl Ministry? Every 1st & 3rd Thursday at 7:00 p.m., knitters and crocheters and those who would like to learn meet in the Church Parlor at Northside Drive Baptist Church. This group is open to anyone who would like to join! For more information call Susan Harlan at (770)377-3869.

7. During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Muslims gather to break their daily fasts with a meal called Iftar. Join FAMA and local community organizations, Thursday, May 16 at the 3rd Annual Interfaith Iftar to foster meaningful friendships and partnerships with other Atlanta faith communities. The focus to expand our connections past one meal and to work together to stand in unity against the hatred that targets all of our communities. Seating is limited so reserve your free ticket on Eventbrite today for what is sure to be an inspiring night! Tickets.

8. Jewish Family & Career Services presents The Tasting, Thursday, May 16, 7 – 10 p.m. The Stave Room. This event with creations from 20+ acclaimed restaurants will benefit the Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program, a nonsectarian programs that helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and caregivers. Tickets at jfcsatl.home.

9. The Action Ministries Georgia Concerts for Hope at Dunwoody UMC, Smyrna First UMC, or Decatur First UMC, are May 17-19. Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder will be performing a three show benefit concert for Action Ministries’ programs that help end hunger, end homelessness, and close achievement gaps for Georgia’s children. For tickets and to learn more, visit!

10. Share the Journey presents a Prayer Pilgrimage from Decatur to Clarkston, Saturday, May 18, 8:30 a.m., St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Decatur. Information

11. The deadline to register for Grace in Gardens May 18 at St. Mary’s Sewanee with June Mays or the One- Day Introductory Centering Prayer Workshop is Noon, Wednesday, May 15.
If you have questions or need more information, call (931) 598-5342. Or to reserve a place in either workshop, call St. Mary's Sewanee or click here to get to the online event calendar.

12. Don’t forget Earth Day at St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church. This is a family-friendly event and children are welcome. Organizations participating include Carlton Farms, Catalina Gardens, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Georgia Sierra Club, Georgia Conservancy, Georgia Extension Service, Jean's Garden, Lost Mountain Nursery, Norwex, and more. A little late, but shouldn’t every day be Earth Day! Saturday, May 18, starting at 11. Earth Day Celebration, St. Teresa's Episcopal Church, Acworth.

13. The monthly donation drive for Simple Needs Georgia is Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Marietta warehouse. Email for the address or if you have any questions. An updated list of needs here. Simple Needs Ga obtains birthdays of homeless children from social workers and gives them a birthday present. If you would like to help with that here is the My Birthday Matters SignUp Genius.

14. Beyond Sandwiches: A Symposium on Poverty, Race, and Homelessness hosted by Church of the Common Ground, Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., All Saints’ Episcopal Church. Learn and connect with an impressive panel of experts and partners who work with housing and food provision, medical care, criminal justice reform, and race relations, and street ministers and people experiencing homelessness. Register here. Cost is $10. If you have questions contact Monica Mainwaring at

15. The Atlanta Resistance Revival Chorus Spring Concert, Saturday, May 18, 7-8 p.m., will benefit Sister Song . At Neighborhood Church, 1561 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta 30307. Tickets are $10, kids $5 Tickets by Eventbrite

16. The Rev. Hardy Kim, pastor of Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church in Sunnyvale, Calif., is the featured preacher May 19 on “Day 1.” Hear “Food and ‘Them and Us’” in the Atlanta area Sunday morning at 7:05 on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB. “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 74 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. For more information, check the program’s website, .

17. Come to St. Anne’s Sunday, May 19 for a picnic PLUS! Plus bounce houses, live music, face painting, dessert bake-off, and Holy Comforter Church plants/arts/crafts for sale, so be sure to come prepared to buy something that catches your eye! Proceeds from the Holy Comforter sales will help support their programs which promote the well-being of adults marginalized by mental health challenges and by poverty. Picnic is $7/adult, $5/child, $25 family max. 3098 St. Anne’s Lane, Atlanta 30327, (404)237- 5589,

18. Atlanta Chamber Players, Sunday, May 19, 2:00 p.m. The program includes Franz Schubert’s Trout Quintet in A major, D. 667 and Johannes Brahms’ Horn Trio in Eb major, Op. 40. Since 1976, the Atlanta Chamber Players have dedicated themselves to the preservation and performance of small-scale classical works. And they don’t limit themselves to Brahms and Beethoven but vary their repertoire to include selections from contemporary composers. The group fosters up-and-coming talents as well, founding the “Rapido!” 14-day composition contest that invites submissions of new works from across the country. Free parking at Lanier lot, 1337 Peachtree St. NE. First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree St. NE, 30309, except for the Click here for tickets.

19. Andrew Phillip Schmidt and the New South Festival Singers perform their 30th annual Piccolo Spoleto Bon Voyage Concert, Best of the Season, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Sunday, May 19, 3 - 4:30 p.m. The Festival Singers have performed to capacity audiences at Charleston's Piccolo Spoleto Festival each year since 1989. Tickets

20. Neighborhood Church is beginning a series of evening prayer and liturgy featuring the music of local singers and songwriters. They will welcome the Atlanta-based band on May 19. Evening Lit: a modern liturgy for the close of the day. Sunday, May 19, 7 p.m., 1561 McLendon Avenue, NE.

21. Women in Ministry Luncheon hosted by FaithTalk Atlanta and 104.7 The Fish, Tuesday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, 4355 Ashforde Dunwoody Road, Atlanta 30346. Come enjoy lunch and an encouraging message from Marilynn Chadwick, co-founder Women Under Construction. She believes that God still speaks today. With warmth and wisdom, she’ll help you discover practical ways to make listening to God a natural part of your daily routine. Check-in starts at 10. Tickets are $10 and are on Eventbrite.

22. Naturalization Training at New American Pathways presented by the League of Women Voters of Georgia, 2300 Henderson Mill Road, Suite 100, Atlanta 30345, May 21 at 10:30 a.m.

23. New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels Alafair Burke visits the Georgia Center for the Book for the release of her latest thriller, The Better Sister. She will be joined on stage by Karin Slaughter, bestselling Georgia author. This event is free and open to the public and will take place at Holy Trinity Parish. Charis Books will provide books for sale. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is at 515 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030. May 21, 7:15 p.m.

24. Faith in Action is pleased to host Dr. Sarah Allred on May 22, 7-9 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, in Kiernan Hall (lower parking lot), 2443 Mt. Vernon Rd, Dunwoody 30338. Dr Allred is Associate Professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Berry College. Dr. Allred will speak of her work with the innovative Inside-Out program, a partnership between academic and prison institutions, where residents of both interact and learn from each other. A valuable program for those involved in prison ministry or justice reform advocacy,

25. Balm in Gilead: the Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative invites you to learn more about prevention at Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m., 1879 Glenwood Ave SE, Atlanta 30316. For more information contact state coordinator Patricia Yates-Rand at (706) 496-1036 or
26. Downtown Ringgold, less than 2 hours up I-75, celebrates 1890s Day 2019 with a Family Gospel Night on May 24, 6 p.m. Check out the line up at here.

27. Ride for Restoration! with Georgia Cares on June 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Picnic Park in Peachtree City. The 13.9 mile route represents the average age of the victims that they serve. Proceeds will go towards ensuring our youth are equipped with the resources, treatment, and support necessary to get on a path to recovery and restoration following their traumatic experiences. Information.

28. Three-night silent retreat at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, June 6-9, Call to Personal and Global Transformation with the internationally known speaker and author Edwina Gateley. "In the midst of our violent and hurting world, we will explore how God as Lover, Healer and Seducer ever invites us to new possibilities and to believe in our potential to make a difference.” Here is the link about the retreat and Gateley and here is a blog about her.

29. Simple Abundance Class on making pasta with chefs from Fifth Group Restuarants, The Cook's Warehouse, 1544 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 403-R, Atlanta 30324. The cost is $85 for this Atlanta Community Food Bank fundraiser, Monday, June 10, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Attendees will be guided through the pasta making process for a variety of fresh pasta dishes. Evening includes wine tastings and a chance to win tasty door prizes. If you'd like to attend this event you can purchase tickets online here.

30. “Beloved Community as the Way from Scapegoating to Ubuntu,” 12th Annual Theology and Peace Conference, American Baptist College in Nashville, is June 17-29.

31. Did You Know? Preventing Youth and Young Adult Suicide Tip Sheet, to download this resource click here.

32. Do you have questions about Ramadan? What about your children's teachers and administrators? The Islamic Speakers Bureau has developed an informational guide and video to answer common questions about Ramadan, the holy month for Muslims all over the world.

Remember that all events previously announced go into the Community Calendar on our website. Visit for the calendar, the Clergy Tool Box for Mental Health Ministry, and more.
Ethel Ware Carter

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