Church Action eNewsletter Week of May 20, 2019

Week of May 20, 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. What keeps people from participating fully in our community? Come be part of a conversation about how to create inclusive community, Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Sponsored by Compassionate Atlanta and the Frazer Center, at the Frazer Center, 1815 S. Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta 30307. If you have questions contact

2. American Clergy Leadership Conference Prayer Breakfast. It will be held next Thursday, May 23 from 9-11 a.m. at the Atlanta Airport Marriott. Rev. Dexter Kilgore, pastor of the World Restoration Church in Conyers and certified trainer for John C. Maxwell, will speak on Identifying and Developing Leadership. The hotel is at 4711 Best Road, Atlanta. Parking is free if you use the self-parking lot. The meeting will be in the Voya Restaurant. Each person orders his or her own meal.

3. Food Pantry Forum, co-hosted by United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Regional Council of Churches, Thursday, May 23 from 2 -3:30 p.m., at the offices of United Way, 40 Courtland Street, Atlanta 30303. The Atlanta Community Food Bank, Community Assistance Center, and Emmaus House have partnered to pilot a "Food First" pantry which increases access to nutritious food for clients in order to promote longer term food security and economic stability. We will hear the preliminary promising findings of this innovative framework and discuss practical strategies for transitioning to the client choice, market-style pantry, which is foundational to the approach. We will have opportunity for networking and discussion. We look forward to seeing you there. To R.s.v.p., click here.

4. “Truth Worth Telling” by Scott Pelley, well known reporter on 60 Minutes and CBS Evening News, has written a collection of inspiring tales that remind us of the value of values in uncertain times. Each chapter is a profile of someone who discovered the meaning of their life in the great events of our times, from NYC firefighters on 9/11 to an Air Force nurse in Iraq. He is the most awarded correspondent in the history of 60 Minutes. Talk and signing May 23 at the Carter Center at 7:00 p.m.

5. There are a couple spots left at Peacebuilders Camp this summer, so please pass on the word that registration is still open.

6. Talk Saves Lives prevention education program from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on May 25 at Noonday Church in Marietta. All of the details can be found here.

7. The Rev. Hardy Kim, pastor of Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church in Sunnyvale, Calif., is the featured preacher May 26 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at and via podcast. “Connect with Real Life, Connect with Jesus,” Kim’s sermon for May 26, draws from John 14:23-29, Jesus’ words of instruction and comfort and to his disciples. Listen on Sundays at 7:05 a.m. on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB.

8. A man who as a boy survived the Holocaust by entertaining the Nazis with magic is coming to the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. Magician Werner Reich, 91, will speak May 26 at 2 p.m. in a talk with magician, author, and entrepreneur Joshua Jay. It’s one of at least a dozen events the museum is hosting in conjunction with its new exhibition, “Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini,” which opened April 14 and closes Aug. 11. Admission to Reich’s talk is $12 for adults, $8 for senior citizens 62 and older, $6 for students and educators with ID, free for Breman members. Get more information or R.s.v.p. at or call (678)222-3700.

9. Faith and Science at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist, a five-part, interactive SPdLU series curated by a special teaching team, Wednesdays at 6 p.m., May 29, June 12, 19, and 26, capped by a Sunday Lunch & Learn, 12:15 June 23 . Visit here for all the details about speakers and topics.

10. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church is offering Midday Music, Wednesdays in May, at noon, May 29, Patrick Scott, Cathedral of St. Philip, will be featured on the Mander, Schantz, Van Daalen portative and Estey harmonium. Enjoy a 30 minute noon recital and lunch from Gourmet Innovations for $10 or bring your own lunch and enjoy the recital for $5.

11. Amani Sasa - meaning "Peace Now," Kampala, Uganda, is a non-profit created by CBF field personnel to offer shelter, counseling, training, and empowerment to men, women, and families who have been affected by trauma, abuse, and war. Fundraiser is May 31 from 6-8 p.m., at Smoke Rise Baptist Church. Tickets are $25. There will be food, fellowship, and storytelling, as well as an African craft market and an auction. Tickets must be purchased here.

12. Atlanta Episcopal Diocesan Hispanic Ministries Commission invites you to the annual Taste of Latin America Celebration and Dinner on June 1. Parishioners from 12 Hispanic churches will bring authentic dishes from their cultures for this special potluck meal. There will be music, singing, dancing, a raffle, silent auction and a piñata for the children. Admission is free, though donations will be used to help our friends in Latin America and the Caribbean. Come join the Fun! Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta 30305.

13. The link to the silent retreat at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, June 6-9, was incorrect in last week’s eNewsletter. The correct link is here. Call to Personal and Global Transformation features the internationally known speaker and author, Edwina Gateley, exploring how God as Lover, Healer and Seducer invites us to new possibilities and to believe in our potential to make a difference.

14. Sunday on Thursday at St. Anne’s, June 6 - August 1. Come enjoy this family-friendly, come-as-you-are Holy Eucharist, Thursdays at 6 p.m. It’s less than an hour long with child-friendly music! Perfect for the summer months. St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 3098 St. Anne's Lane, Atlanta 30327, 404.237.5589,

15. Songbird Virginia Schenck will be at First Friday at First, June 7, 6-9 p.m., great food, fun, and fellowship! Tickets are $20, students $10. Call (404)659-6255 to inquire about season tickets. The Commons, First Congregational Church, 125 Ellis Street, Atlanta 30303. Free parking in the CARE lot on Piedmont Ave.

16. All Night Prayer and Praise Service, Fri. June 7, at 7 p.m. - Sat., June 8, at 7 a.m. Whatever your desires, whatever your prayer, for whomever you are praying, come expecting a blessing. Hillside International Truth Center, Inc., 2450 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta 30311. Bishop Dr. Barbara L. King is founding minister and Bishop Dr. Jack L. Bomar is exec. Bishop. Phone: (404)758-6811. Email:

17. Contemplative Outreach of Atlanta will offer an Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop at St Andrew’s in the Pines Episcopal Church in Peachtree City on Saturday, June 8, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The registration fee is $35 and includes breakfast and lunch. Included in this program are six follow-up workshops beginning on Tuesday, June 11, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. The series will introduce participants to the four simple steps of Centering Prayer and provide opportunities to practice the discipline in daily life. If you have any additional questions, please contact Maggie Winfrey at Register here.

18. Are you interested in volunteering at Georgia Cares? Plan to attend the quarterly volunteer training orientation on June 8. In 2018, volunteers served over 4,000 hours at Georgia Cares. Everyone has a role in the fight to eradicate child sex trafficking in Georgia; volunteers are an essential part of working towards this vision. Information and registration.

19. Holy Comforter Friendship Center Plant Sale, Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with beautiful flowers for your pollinators, including Shasta daisies, goldenrod, cannas, hostas, daylilies, bergamot and agastache . . . plenty of milkweed and bronze fennel for butterfly larvae and culinary herbs as well. For late season harvest we have cherry tomatoes and a special on large tomatoes, peppers and eggplant for $1 a plant. Come fill in your beds and extend your harvest with the last plant sale until September, 737 Woodland Ave, SE Atlanta, 30316.

20. Be Part of the Solution: Confronting Human Sex Trafficking, Saturday, June 8, at Holy Innocents’ Church, 805 Mount Vernon Highway NW, Atlanta 30327. Holy Innocents' welcomes author, speaker, and women’s advocate Katherine Lee for a discussion of sex trafficking, Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. She will discuss how sex trafficking affects our communities, why it happens, who is at risk, and what we can do to make a difference. For questions or more info, contact Nancy Warner

21. The Crowns We Wear: A Renaissance of Style at First Congregational Church UCC, the Altar Guild signature fundraiser for this historic church at 125 Ellis Street, Atlanta 30303, June 9, 3 – 7 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Attire? Over the top! Contact for ticket information. Did you know that a Spirituality & Jazz Study Group meets at First Church on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.? Call if you have questions about either (404) 659-6255.

22. 13th Annual Flower, Garden, and Liturgical Arts Festival celebrating "Women of Faith" at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15 with demonstrations on Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Friday's topic is "Feminine Celebration Flowers" and Saturday's topic is "Growing Wild Things in a Polite Neighborhood." The church grounds will be full of beautiful arrangements. 260 Warwoman Road Clayton, 30525. Details.

23. Juneteenth at the Atlanta History Center, Saturday, June 15 and Sunday June 16. This two-day family program focuses on the end of slavery in the United States. Guests explore the themes of freedom and family history through activities, immersive museum theatre performances and crafts. The center is at 130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta 30305. There is no charge for this weekend event. Read more . . .

24. There will be a fascinating opportunity to learn more about Methodism in Georgia this summer and everyone is invited. The 2019 meeting of the Southeastern Jurisdiction Historical Society hosted by Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, July 9-12, “Turning Points in Georgia Methodism." The four-day event will take place at primarily at Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, with a one-day trip to Oxford and Salem Camp Ground. Cost is $89. For more information and to register, visit

25. Watch for the International Human Trafficking Institute’s “The Truth in Trafficking” billboard campaign focused on disrupting and re-orienting the perception of predators. The dramatic and captivating ads depict ravaged dolls designed to show the predators’ perception of the victims as something less than human. The digital ads will be on display in 23 locations across Metro Atlanta from Cumming down to South Fulton, West Cobb to Gwinnett, crossing Major Interstates 1-85, 1-285 and 1-20, with total weekly impressions estimated at approximately 9 million. MARTA will also display the ads on buses and trains. The campaign will run through June 16.

26. Special Summer Series around town- we’ve been notified of two congregations with special series for the summer. Send us yours and we will add them to the website. Read more . . .

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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