Church Action eNewsletter Week of May 22, 2017

Church Action eNewsletter

Week of May 22, 2017

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

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The Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto urges interfaith cooperation and denounces religious bigotry.

In the latest blog post Jan Love, Dean of Candler School of Theology, Emory University,

reflects on the intersection of political history and religious responsibility. Read her comments here. 

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1. The Voting Rights Project, Saturday, May 27, noon to 3 p.m. Eagles Nest Church, 50 Mansell Court, Roswell. The program will feature a screening of Greg Palast's, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, a panel discussion on Georgia voter suppression, counter-strategies and tactics, and a press conference. Free tickets. Register at Stop Cross


2. The Rev. Charles K. Robertson, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Mission Outside the Episcopal Church, headquartered in New York City, is the featured speaker May 28 on “Day 1.” He is the author of several books. “Why Go to Church?” is coming out this fall. Aired by WSB in the Atlanta, 750 AM and News 95.5. For more information, call toll free 888-411-Day-1 or check the program’s website,  


3. Interested in exploring another denomination? St. Anne’s Episcopal Church begins a 5-week series on the Not-So-Common Book of Common Prayer this Sunday, May 28. What is this book that is central to the prayer and worship life of the world-wide Anglican Communion? How can it strengthen and enrich your relationship with God and others?  Sundays at 9:15 a.m., May 28 through June 25, 3098 Saint Anne's Lane, Atlanta, 30327.  Questions? Contact Scott Miller at or (404)237.5589.


4. Congratulations! First African Community Development Corp. Food Pantry gave away 250,000 pounds of food in its first year. They are continuing to serve. The Parking Lot Food Pantry is open Wednesday, May 31, 11 a.m., First African Presbyterian Church, 5197 Salem Road, Lithonia 30058.


5. Read about Church Women United and join them to celebrate everybody’s birthday with food, fun, and entertainment. Friday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Peachtree Christian Church, 1580 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.  Suggested donation is 50 cents for every year of your life. We have been told the Atlanta Chapter was one of the earliest racially diverse religious organizations in the city.


6. Atlanta’s premier jazz ministry First Friday at First features Alex Lattimore, June 2, 6 – 9 p.m., Admission is $15, for advance tickets call (404)659-6255. First Congregational Church of Atlanta, 105 Courtland Street, Atlanta 30303.

7. "Souls To The Polls" Initiative for 6th District Congressional runoff election led by the Legislative Clergy Council in a Georgia-based collaborative partnership. This non-partisan community forum with 6th District congressional candidates Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff (Ossoff confirmed), is 7:00 p.m., Friday June 2, the Cathedral of Turner Chapel AME Church, 492 North Marietta Pkwy NE, Marietta 30060.

8. Ramadan is an important time for practicing Muslims to share their tradition with friends and neighbors over delicious food and through lively conversation, a special time when people of all backgrounds come together and share in the Iftar experience, learning about different cultures and faiths in the process. Through the Atlantic Institute host families will begin offering the Iftar dinners every day, June 2 - July 18. Contact them at to find out more. Or, Click here to R.s.v.p.

9. Alpharetta Presbyterian Church is hosting a young adult series called Life 101#adulting.  The first of these free workshops is Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Fellowship Hall, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta 30009. It is designed to help people in their 20's and 30's navigate the real world of adulthood. The first seminar, "Make Yourself at Home," will explore the pros and cons of renting vs. buying and reveal tips and strategies from a realtor, lender, inspector, and closing attorney on how to successfully manage the home buying process. Contact the Rev. Caitlin Phillips at for information.

10. The Choirs of Oakhurst Baptist Church will present the annual choir-led worship service at the morning worship time, 11 a.m., Sunday, June 4, with Minister of Music Karen Bryant Shipp directing. The service will include a variety of selections of the year's favorite songs and anthems from the Sanctuary Choir and Gospel Choir, 222 East Lake Drive, Decatur 30030.

11. JUSTGeorgia Institute on June 7, Wesleyan College, Macon. The JUSTGeorgia Institute is an opportunity to gather some of the best minds and organizations committed to social and juvenile justice reform to plan for the future of child advocacy in Georgia. This day-long symposium will feature discussions of social and juvenile justice issues affecting communities across the state, effective grassroots organizing, exploration of federal and state political climate for reform, applying collective impact to agenda-setting. Register here.

12. All Saints' Concert Series, Alcee Chriss, organist, Wednesday, June 7, 7:30 p.m. Chriss is an outstanding young concert artist of virtuosity and versatility. He has won top prizes at national and international competitions. This program is the first in the 2017 Atlanta Summer Organ Festival. Tickets are available on the All Saints' website or at the door. Contact Ray Chenault at with questions.

13. Taking Awareness to Action from Southeast Fatherhood & Families Institute, Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9, at Clark Atlanta University. The Department of Public Health Administration for Children and Families, Clark Atlanta University, Alabama A & M, and Fathers & Families Coalition host this unique institute. CEUs available. Find out more and register HERE.

14. Ser Familia invites the community to the second annual Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration Dinner, local latino chefs celebrating the flavors of The Island of Enchantment. Part of the proceeds will benefit Ser Familia's programs and services.  JP Atlanta Restaurant and Bar on Saturday June 10 at 7:00 p.m. Ticket includes delicious food and beverages. To purchase your tickets, please visit

15. To Kindergarten and Beyond... Hasta el Kinder y más allá... Is a free, bilingual night of family fun at First Presbyterian Church Marietta. On June 14 at 6 p.m.,  a delicious dinner will be served at no cost to participants and children will make new friends under the watchful supervision of volunteers. Adults will play the Brain Architecture game with GEEARS, have a chance to get to know organizations in Cobb dedicated to the healthy development of their children, and join a panel of parents and educators in English and Spanish to explore what it really takes to get our kids ready for Kindergarten... and beyond! R.s.v.p. here.

16. In the newly launched 4C Your Legacy project youth in sixth through twelfth grades will work through creativity, collaboration, commitment, and connection to develop a legacy that honors diversity in others. Post for Peace Workshop, June 16-18, Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta 30307. Contact to find out more.

17. GALEO and New American Pathways will host a free citizenship workshop June 17 at the Mexican Consulate, 1700 Chantilly Dr. NE, Atlanta 30324, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. At this workshop, green card holders will be helped to apply for U.S. citizenship, will be given one-on-one assistance in completing their application forms and fee waivers, provided with individual legal review, and given a clear list of next steps. The link for LPR's who need to pre-register for assistance is

18. Saint James Episcopal Church will hold its 11th annual Flower, Garden, and Liturgical Arts Festival on Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Saint James is located at 260 Warwoman Drive, Clayton 30525.  Visit this celebration of “Bible Stories in Flowers.” Gardening and flower demonstrations will be offered on Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m.  Learn more here. You can contact Saint James Episcopal Church at 706-782-6179.

19. If you minister to veterans and their families and would like some training and insight, you will find “Bring Them All the Way Home” from Army One Source of value. To find out about free trainings visit

20. Georgia Cares has created an interactive learning tool that will increase the knowledge of interested individuals on the issue of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). This new learning tool includes facts and figures, survivor stories, myths and facts surrounding this issue, and a quiz at the end so viewers can see how much they've learned.  The new learning tool will also serve to assist Georgia Cares with developing community members statewide who can take action through volunteering.  To have a look, go here.

Visit our website for a complete community calendar, links to the Toolbox  for Mental Health Ministry, websites for daily devotionals, and many other resources.



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.



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