Church Action eNewsletter Week of May 23, 2022

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of May 23, 2022 
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc. 

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

 

We want your announcements! We are happy to help get the word out about anything you would like the greater faith community to know. Send announcements to ecarter@rccatl.org.

1. Today, Monday, May 23, 7 p.m., the second Honest to God program for 2022, David Brooks, founder of Weave: The Social Fabric Project, and Dr. Catherine Meeks, executive director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, Atlanta, take a deep dive into the importance of local relationships amid global challenges. In person in D.C. and online. Tickets start at $10, with an option to pay what you wish. Washington National Cathedral | Ticket Search Options
 
2. Wednesday, May 25, from 2-3:30, Mountain Top Learning will interview Brian McLaren and discuss his newest book, “Do I stay Christian: A Guide for the Doubters, the Disappointed, and the Disillusioned.” If you would like to join this free program, click us02web.zoom.us/meeting/ to register. All the MTL lectures, since 2016, are available on the Mountain Top Learning YouTube Channel.   www.youtube.com.
 
3. Remember the North Fulton Mental Health Collaborative, Thursday, May 26, 10 a.m., Register here. The collaborative engages community leaders and families in an on-going dialogue to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention in our faith communities, schools, businesses, and community at large.
 
4. Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center offers a one-night retreat for Black women “In Search of...” May 28-May 29. Lauren Morton directs this one-night retreat that explores the unexpected ways our encounters with God cause us to grow.  Learn More
 
5. The Hispanic and Latino Ministries Committee of the North Georgia Annual Conference UMC will present eight similar workshops on immigration.  Topics include the theology of immigration, legal aspects, a global perspective, personal experience, and reasons behind immigration.  The next Immigrants Our Neighbors workshop is Saturday, May 28, at Covington First UMC.  The workshop starts at 9.30 a.m. and ends at 2.  Lunch is included in the $10 registration fee. To register, text Ash at (423)777-0357 or email to ash.mceuen@ngumc.net
 
6. The Trey Clegg Singers spring concert will feature Nathaniel Dett's Chariot Jubilee and Aldophus Hail Stork's I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes with the Atlanta based Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers, members of the Morehouse College Glee Club, and the Wendell Whalum Community Chorus, under the baton Maestro David Morrow, director of the Morehouse College Glee Club. A "Spring Concert" in honor of our Carnegie Hall Debut Tickets, Sat...
 
7. The Rev. Joe Evans, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Marietta, is the preacher May 29 on “Day 1.” “The Next Book” is drawn from the story of the Ascension found in Acts 1:1-11. Evans says, “Just because Jesus leaves, that doesn’t mean the story ends. It means a new chapter is beginning.” Broadcast every week for 77 years, “Day1” features outstanding preachers from across the U.S. For more information, check http://day1.org. Hear it in Atlanta on WSB 95.5 and 750 AM Sundays at 7:05 a.m.
 
8. Unity Atlanta, 3597 Parkway Lane, Peachtree Corners, is kicking off Pet Appreciation Week with an outdoor Animal Blessing and Pet Vendor Showcase for the community. Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dogs, cats, and other animals–small, large, furry, and non-furry are welcome, along with their humans. You don’t have to have a pet to participate, just come and celebrate the joy animals bring us. Local animal-focused businesses and organizations will be on hand to share information about their services, and the Gwinnett County K9 unit will be stopping by if they aren't called to duty. Full safety guidelines are available at unityatl.org.
 
9. St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church Annual Caribbean American Festival, Saturday, June 4, 11:00 a.m., 2833 Flat Shoals Road, Decatur 30034.
 
10. Find out about volunteering with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Starting June 1, the food bank will welcome volunteers 12 and older. Register by visiting www.acfb.volunteerhub.com or sign up to bring a group here.
 
11. The Wellsprings Circle offers a time for quiet stillness, reflection with scripture and other sacred texts, intimate prayer and conversation with other delightful seekers, and silent meditation, now on Zoom, first and third Tuesdays, 7-8 via Zoom. June 7 is the next meeting. Come and find rest and nourishment for your weary soul. Check out the Wellsprings Contemplative Circle.
 
12. Save the date: June 12, for “We 4-C Healing: Faith Leaders Behavioral Health Luncheon” sponsored by the Ga. Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Registration will open soon.  
 
 13. Houses of Worship Security Briefing hosted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of GA, and ADL (Anti-defamation League), Southeast Region.  The briefing will be free to faith leaders and those involved with security at houses of worship, June 23, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at The Carter Center.  Please see the attached invitation flyer for registration details. Please register to attend by June 1, 2022.
 
14. Find out about the Community Children’s Choir at St. David’s Episcopal Church, a 5-week summer session that will end with a concert and pizza party on July 31.  Two rehearsals will be offered each week with the children expected to attend ONE of these offerings each week - both if they wish. Register Here! Contact Susie Clements for more details.
 
15. SUMMA Theological Debate Camp 2022 is July 19–27 on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. Read more about this opportunity for high school students at SUMMA Theological Debate Summer Camp.
 
16. The Women In Ministry Conference announces that it is back in person and registration is now open.  September 12-15, Women in Ministry Conference 2022 - The Reunion. The theme for this year is “Sacred Rhythms: Aligning with the Heartbeat of God.” For more information about the conference, hotel, vendor/sponsorship opportunities or to register, please visit us online at www.cynthialhale.org or click here.  Registration deadline is Monday, August 15, 2022. If you have questions or need additional information, call 770-696-5100, ext. 234, or email at wimconferenceinc@gmail.com.
 
17. Have more faith-filled conversations at home. Click here Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (alabamacbf.org) for a new resource providing families with weekly Spiritual Conversation Starters.

18. Camp High Five enables children affected by HIV/AIDS enables to canoe, bike, seine, hike, take nature walks, and so much more. These memories cannot be made without amazing volunteers.  What it looked for in a volunteer? Someone who is at least 18 years old, patient, responsible, attentive, works as part of a team, has a big heart, and loves to have fun with children. If you think this is you, call (470) 321-3102 EXT 249 or email Tylah Hankerson (Assistant Camp Director) at thankerson@heroforchildren.org. Camp is Monday, July 18, to Saturday, July 23, at the Camp Jekyll/GA 4-H on Jekyll Island (round-trip transportation from Atlanta and Augusta will be provided).

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Peace,
Ethel Ware Carter

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