Church Action eNewsletter Week of May 25, 2015

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Weekly Church Action eNewsletter

Week of May 25, 2015


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 1. Best-selling author Jodi Picoult will speak at 7 p.m., tonight, Friday, May 29, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Decatur, for a program sponsored by Georgia Center for the Book. She'll be speaking with her daughter and co-writer, Samantha van Leer, on their latest book, "Off the Page." The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6 p.m., and numbered bracelets will be given to attendees starting at 5:30 p.m.

2. It only takes a short time for unpaid family caregivers to start experiencing the emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial challenges… feelings of inadequacy and burnout are common. Come to Piney Grove Baptist Church on Saturday, May 30, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. for a caregivers conference.  Contact Pastor Herman Hayes for more information at HHAYNES@PINEYGROVEBAPT.ORG OR (678)517-6261.

3. Dr. Cynthia Weems of First United Methodist Church in Miami is the featured preacher on Day 1, Sunday, May 31. “A Complete Makeover,” her sermon for Trinity Sunday is drawn from John 3:1-17. Find your local broadcaster or read or listen to the sermon at .

4. Radcliffe Presbyterian Church, 286 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr., Atlanta 30318, would like to invite the community to join the congregation for Vacation Bible School. "Shining Star: See the Jesus in Me!" is coming, June 1 - 5, 5:00 - 8:30 each night, with FUN DAY on Sunday, June 7, after the 11:00 a.m. worship service. All are welcome to join us.

5. Jan Kraybill, principal organist for the Dome and Spire Organ Foundation and organ conservator at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, will perform as a part of the Atlanta Summer Organ Festival, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at All Saints' Episcopal Church, Atlanta, 634 West Peachtree, Atlanta.

6. Armed Forces Mission announces the following community workshops as part of the 2015 I WILL INTERVENE CHALLENGE.   To receive advanced notices of upcoming workshops register for the AFM eNews. Contact AFM through the website find out about bringing a suicide prevention workshop to your community.

  • June 4, L3 (Listen-Learn-Lead) Suicide Intervention Training.  The L3 curriculum by is the newest line up in the AFM line up and has received rave reviews from participants. Harps Crossing Baptist Church in Hollinville (Pike County) time 8:30 - 4:00, open to all over age 16.  7 Hours CE credit available for LPCA and NASW members. 
  • June 15, Mental Health First Aid Training
  • June 16 L3 (Listen-Learn-Lead) Suicide Intervention Training. Visit to learn more or register.   Individuals who register for both the June 15 and June 16 receive a multi-day discount. In Fayetteville, 8:30 a.m.  Open to all with CE credit available for LPCA and NASW members.  


7. Recycling at SecondPonce de Leon Baptist Church, Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for more information.

8. The upcoming Plant Sale at Holy Comforter will be the season’s last, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 6, at Holy Comforter Church, Atlanta,  Seedtime & Harvest Greenhouse and Garden of the Friendship Center, at Holy Comforter. There will be a variety of plants for sale. Learn more > 

9. 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. >

10. There are a few seats left at Lake Oconee Community Church’s mystery dinner theater next Sunday, June 7. Find out more here.

11. Images of Israel, a project of the Shalom Hartman Institute, is back at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, five Tuesdays at 10 a.m., starting June 9. Please register for this exploration of the complexity of Israel through relevant scriptures, ideas, and historical documents, by email to Dr. Charles Qualls at

12. Introduction to Co-Listening led by Thee Smith & Associates — Co-Listening is a simple but powerful practice where two people take turns listening to each other without interruption. Remarkable results can be achieved by people across all age groups and multiple backgrounds who learn to listen effectively. These classes are offered by the community introduced at Wednesdays, June 10 – Sept. 30, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. There will be three introductory evenings before closed class begins. Cathedral of St. Philip – Room 133 (Lower level near Bishop’s Offices), 2744 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta  30305. Directions  No cost for the introductory classes. Sliding scale for the class. For more information visit . R.s.v.p. to Thee Smith at  (404)727-0636 or   

13. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta 30305, will host a Summer Organ Festival concert featuring Marilyn Keiser, professor emeritus at Indiana University, Bloomington, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10.

14. "Count Your Blessings" is the theme for the ninth annual Flower and Liturgical Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 12-13 at St. James' Episcopal Church, Clayton. The festival features floral arrangements and art works created by St. James' members, as well as tours of various gardens. There's also a Saturday demonstration. Learn more >

15. Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans will experience a mental health condition this year? United Way and its agency partners will host a free event to discuss how we can work together to reduce stigma and help drive change. The Carter Center, June 18, 8:30-11:30 a.m. R.s.v.p. deadline is June 15. Click the link below, view the invitation, and click the register button at the bottom of the summary screen. Click here to respond

16. The National Baptist Congress will hold its 109th annual session in Atlanta at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on June 21-26. The unofficial opening will be held at the Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, 1701 Glenwood Avenue, Atlanta, on Sunday with Dr. Chandra Bennett teaching Sunday School, 8:30 a.m., and Dr. E. Wayne Gaddis preaching, 11 a.m. Dr. William Flippin, senior host pastor and senior minister of Great Piney Grove will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday. Thursday evening at 6 p.m. “Forget Me Not” will be presented at the hotel. This play focuses on Alzheimer’s in the African American community. Tickets are free and may be secured at The congress will features a variety of classes, performances, and preachers.

17. The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, hosts the fourth and final concert of the Summer Organ Festival, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, with Benjamin Straley, organist and associate director of music at Washington National Cathedral.

18. The rates of new HIV infections in Atlanta are staggering – as are the number of people showing up at Grady with AIDS – persons who have never been tested, didn’t know what symptoms to watch for.   Empowerment Resource Center will be in Hurt Park, 100 Edgewood Avenue NE, on June 27, 12 to 6 p.m., for National AIDS Testing Day, their 8th annual free HIV testing event.  Volunteers are crucial to the success of this event. If you can help R.s.v.p. to attend an orientation (required) June 11, 17, or 20. Contact Karla Porch at (404)526-1145 to reply or for more information.

19. The St. John’s Bible, the first Bible to be written and illuminated entirely by hand since the invention of moveable type more than 500 years ago is on display through June in Richmond at the Baptist Theological Seminary. If you are headed that way find out more at The seven-volume Bible is the work of six calligraphers and six artists. Replicating the process used by monks in the Middle Ages to create illuminated Bibles, the calligraphers handwrote the pages using quills of large flight feathers from geese, turkeys, and swans. A rare 19th-century Chinese ink was used. The process was medieval but the illustrations are contemporary and multicultural.

20. John Wesley’s birthday is June 17. Each weekday until that date visit to test your knowledge of Methodist history.  This quiz is a partnership between United Methodist Communications and the General Commission on Archives and History

21. An Evening with the Gaither Vocal Band, First Baptist  Woodstock, 7 p.m. Friday, July 15, at 7 p.m. You can charge tickets by telephone at 1-855-484-1991 or visit Call 1-800-616-8863 if you need more information.

22. Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and the University of Georgia School of Social Work have partnered to offer a dual master’s degree in divinity and social work. It is the first dual degree to be offered between the two universities. The Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work Program will prepare professionals who are equipped to deal with both spiritual and practical issues related to aging, addiction, grief and loss, and other stressors. Full story at >>



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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