Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 14, 2013


God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

Weekly Church Action eNewsletter

Week of October 14, 2013

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Dear reader,

Last week’s eNewsletter was truncated somehow by the delivery system and a good many announcements were lost. This comes to you early because there are events we have taken from the lost announcements that are happening in the new few days and you do not want to miss them.


1. The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Marietta, has called the Rev. Thomas C. Pumphrey to serve as its fifth rector. Pumphrey has served parishes in the Diocese of Pennsylvania, most recently as associate rector at St. David's in Wayne, and is a 2004 graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary. Read more>>

2. Joint Recruitment Information Session at Emory.  Representatives from top theological schools will visit Emory University on October 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Prospective students for master-level and doctoral-level programs are invited to meet admissions officers and explore theological education. Reception follows with light hors d'oeuvres. Participating schools: Emory/Candler School of Theology, Harvard Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary, University of Chicago Divinity School, and Yale Divinity School. Cannon Chapel, Brooks Commons, 515 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta  30322. For more information email or Register Here.

3. Discovering Unity in Diversity: Maintaining One’s Faith within a Larger World View hosted by the Temple and First Presbyterian Church, Wednesday, October 16, First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, featuring High Ground: Rev. Joana Adams, Imam Plemon El-Amin, Rev. Joseph Roberts, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, Moderator Rabbi Peter Berg. 6:30 p.m. registration and refreshments; 7- 8:30, panel discussion. A reception will follow.

4. Senior adults in the community are invited to the 2013 Fun Day, Thursday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Roswell United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 814 Mimosa Blvd. PrimeTime Singers will offer a Hoagy Carmichael tribute. Bingo with tons of prizes follows the Georgia-themed meal ($6). Call or email Rev. Julie Wright, 770.261.1732 or, to see if there is still room.

5. One Region Atlanta invites you to hear acclaimed scholar and internationally recognized author, Reza Aslan, for a lecture and discussion on his newest book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. October 17, 8:00 p.m.,  Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta  30305, Admission is $5 for Atlanta History Center members, $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are required for all lectures. Please call 404.814.4150 for ticket reservations.   Read more>>

6. At One Gallery, Church of the Atonement, Art Reception for the October artists Debra Williams and Kathy Broyles will be Thursday, October 17 from 5-8 p.m.  The exhibit will be up through November 6. Atonement is at 4945 High Point Road, Atlanta 30342.

7. The Cinema Café of St. John's Episcopal Church, College Park, will host a screening of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Friday, October 18, at 7 p.m.  Reasonably priced concessions will be available beginning at 6:30 pm.  The community is invited to join this congregation for food, film, and thought-provoking discussion afterwards.

8. Antioch Baptist Church North will host its 2nd Annual ACE Job Fair & Business Expo on Saturday, October 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year’s job fair, a collaborative partnership between the Antioch Christian Entrepreneurs and the Atlanta Business League, will focus attention on the need for jobs and factors that impede  employment. There will be a workshop for youth on the entrepreneurial spirit. Antioch Baptist Church North, 590 Building, 590 North Avenue, Atlanta 30318.  Contact Helen Burgess, 770-333-6383, for more information.

9. A Halloween for Haiti Carnival and Haunted Trail runs from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Christ Church Episcopal, 400 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross. Treats include food, live music, carnival games, cake walk, inflatables, crafts, and ghost stories.  Haunted Trail opens at 7 p.m. and runs till 10 p.m. Proceeds benefit an education, medical and dental mission to Haiti. Wear your costumes and join the fun. Read more>>

10. Empowerment Sunday at Old Friendship Missionary Baptist Church where Rev. B. A. Jenkins is Pastor with special guest preacher Rev. Herman Cain, Sunday, October 20, 10 a.m. 731 Friendship Church Road, Marietta. The whole community is invited to hear this inspiring man of God.

11. Radcliffe Presbyterian Church will celebrate Men's Day on Sunday, October 20, at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Milton J. Little, Jr, President of United Way of Greater Atlanta.  The program theme is "Our Charge: Partnering with Religious and Community Organizations Dedicated to Saving Black Youth and Young Adults." The church is at 286 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, NW (formerly Hightower Road), Atlanta 30318. Call (404-799-8286) if you have questions.  Reverend Dr. Andrew L. Stephens, Jr. is the pastor of this church which is extending an  invitation to the faith community and interested individuals to come on October 20  to witness the radical hospitality of the congregation when you enter the door. 

12. St. Joseph's, McDonough, has called the Rev. Scott M. Harding to be its next rector. A 1997 graduate of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Harding has been rector of the Church of the Messiah, Glens Falls, N.Y., since 2004. He leads worship for the first time in McDonough Oct. 20. Read more>>

13. You're invited to the Georgia WAND Fall Membership Party! Whether you're a member or just curious about the work, come enjoy good food, great city views, mingle with members, and hear about exciting opportunities to get involved. Sunday, October 20, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Please call for more information on location or to R.s.v.p., 404-524-5999. 

14.  A special St. Luke’s Day  Evensong will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Atlanta, with works by Brahms, Dyson, Hurford, and Phillips sung by the parish's adult, youth,  and children's choirs. A reception follows. Complimentary parking is available directly across Peachtree Street from the church.  St. Luke’s is at 435 Peachtree Street, Atlanta

15. October 20-26 is Pastoral Care Week Find some resources for observation Here.

16. Holocaust Survivor Magda Herzberger will speak at Oxford College of Emory University on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Williams Hall.  Her talk, “Surviving the Holocaust,” will be about an hour with time for questions.  She will be selling two of her books at this event, which is free and open to the community.  For more information, please contact Rev. Lyn Pace at  To learn more about Mrs. Herzberger, visit

17. A reminder of the   Interfaith Children’s Movement Annual “Call to Action” Prayer Breakfast, October 23, 7:30 a.m., at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, featuring the Rev. Joanna M. Adams, Interim Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Register Here.  

18. Istanbul Center & Atlantic Institute will host Mayor Linda Blechinger in the Midtown Luncheon Series. Wednesday, October 23, 12:00 - 1:30 pm, Two Midtown Plaza, Suite 1010, 1349 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta 30309. Linda Blechinger is the Mayor of the Auburn, GA. She wrote "Mourning to Morning: A Book about Grief, Death, Heaven and Healing." This book will challenge you to believe in more than you can see, feel, and hear. It is an account of learning to trust God as He walks us through the deepest pain we could possibly imagine. R.s.v.p. is required to reserve your seat and tickets are $10 per personLunch will be served and books will be available for purchase.

19. Idealist Grad Fair at Georgia State University on Wednesday, October 23, 5 to 8 p.m. If young people in your congregation are thinking of going to grad school in the next year or two, they will find this free fair very helpful. Hosted by the Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, the fair is for undergrads, professionals, and anyone thinking of graduate school to further their social impact career. Read more>>

20. Refugee Women’s Network presents the Annual Awards Reception, Friday, October 25, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Further Studio & Gallery, 75 Bennett Street #M-2, Atlanta, GA 30309, $30/person. Donations and sponsorships also accepted. R.s.v.p. by October 23. Click here to register! This is the annual fundraiser for RWN and includes the Refugee Woman of the Year award and features a Silent Auction that includes artwork, crafts, and products from refugee women-owned businesses.

21. Marriage Intensive (FREE) for Married and Single Adults. Mark your calendar for two incredible days with Bishop Wellington Boone and Pastors Gregory and Regina Gober at the annual Marriage Intensive at The Father' House in Norcross, October 25- 26--two days that will strengthen your marital relationship. Single adults are invited; everyone receives insight that will allow you to have Heaven In Your Home.  To register, go to: or call 770-840-0888.  

22. Homecoming Weekend 2013 at Carver 70 years of laying a firm foundation. October 25-27. Read all the details here.

  • §         Founders’ Banquet Friday, October 25, 7 p.m.     
  • §         Alumni Luncheon, Saturday, 11 a.m.
  • §         Cougars Basketball Game, Saturday, 3 p.m.                                                                                  
  • §         Homecoming Concert Saturday 6 p.m.                                                                                               
  • §         Alumni Worship, 11 a.m., Sunday, October 27, Greater Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church, 4555 Campbellton Road SW, Atlanta 30331

23. Friendship Baptist Church Women’s 2013 Outreach Workshop presents “Human Trafficking in Atlanta: Keeping our Children Safe.” Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. to 12 noon with Out of Darkness Hope & Rescue, Wellspring Living, Inc., and Street Grace, also GBI Sex Crime Unit, Fulton County D.A.’s Office Trafficking Unit, and the City of Atlanta Police Department, and a survivor’s story. Historic Friendship Baptist Church, 437 Mitchell Street, SW, Atlanta 30313. There is no admission fee and light refreshments will be served.

24. Buckhead Baptist Church is holding its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 26, at the Church Fairgrounds, behind 4100 Roswell Road, from noon until 4 p.m. Come one, come all, and all for fun, frivolity, and lightheartedness, food games, popcorn, cake walk and Heaven knows what else we will think of… free and open to kids of all ages.

25. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Atlanta, will host as a health initiative "Dancing under the Stars" Saturday evening, Oct. 26, at Dance City Ballroom, 800 Miami Circle, Atlanta. Dance lessons begin at 7:15 p.m., and a dance party runs from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. All are welcome. Admission is $25 per person. For more information and registration, click here.

26. St. Aiden’s Episcopal Church, Alpharetta, will host a pig-roast fundraiser for Mikell Camp and Conference Center from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the church at 13560 Cogburn Road. All are invited for food, fun, and games for all ages, plus music. Tickets are $15 or $40 per family. To purchase tickets, click here.

27. The Women, Theology and Ministry Program at Candler School of Theology, Annual Women’s  Forum, November 1, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Cox Ballroom, Emory University. Living Out Love: Advocacy for Women as a Theological Practice, the Rev. Becca Stevens. This forum will include address, book signing, and an optional discussion session for those interested in action strategies for women’s advocacy in Atlanta.. Cost: $15; free for Candler students. Limited scholarships available for students. Email for more information.

28. Faith and Literature: the Journey of the Soul, a retreat at St. Mary’s Sewanee, Nov. 1 – 3. Through the lens of literature and the Biblical story this retreat will explore the soul's journey through different seasons of life. A reading list will be provided before the retreat.  Read more>>

29. The Islamic Speakers Bureau announces the "2013 Building Bridges Awards Dinner" on November 2 at the Marriott at Perimeter Center at 6:30 p.m.  This year's Mistress of Ceremonies is well known news Anchors Brenda Wood. Join leaders from the government, media, interfaith, education, and business communities as they gather to honor recipients of the "2013 Building Bridges Award." The event will feature a networking reception, a dinner, and an awards ceremony.  To view event information, please click here.

30. Big Bethel AME Church will celebrate its 8th Annual National Children's Sabbath Observance along with thousands of faith communities across the nation, Saturday, October 19, with an Ecumenical, Intergenerational Prayer Circle on behalf of children.  Prayer begins at noon and ends at 1 p.m.  This invitation is for all children, school officials, all faiths and cultures, who want to join in prayer for the children of the world. An Expo with services, support materials, refreshments will be available.

31. The Volunteer Service Guild of Radcliffe Presbyterian Church presents the dynamic, soul-stirring, all sistah, award-winning, dance, cultural, musical elephant leaders of women Giwayen Mata, Sunday, November 3, at 5 p.m. at the church at 286 Hamilton Holmes Drive NEW, Atlanta 30318. No admission charge.

32. Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church presents its 83rd annual performance of Heaven Bound, November 8 – 9¸ 2013 at 7:00 p.m. The Friday night performance is the traditional version and the Saturday night performance is the contemporary version. This legendary African American folk drama tells the story of pilgrims on their way to heaven. Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church will celebrate its 166th Church Anniversary in October, and for one half of those years has been annually producing this legendary African American folk drama. Tickets do sell out. Save your place at  Here  or call at (404) 827-9707.

33. Read about the Common English Bible Here.  Likely the largest cross-denominational translation project in recent memory, the work united Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, United Methodist, and numerous other faith traditions to create a broadly accessible Bible for the 21st century.

34. Care & Counseling Center of Georgia invites you to Wellness Wednesdays for Yoga every Wednesday from Noon-1 p.m.  Sessions are held at the CCCG Decatur office, 1814 Clairmont Rd. Decatur, GA 30033 map.  This series is appropriate for beginners or advanced students who would benefit from incorporating mind/body techniques to manage stress related to personal and professional concerns.  The sessions are led by Angel Brutus, a licensed professional counselor, hypnotherapist, and level V Yoga instructor.  To register, contact Angel at (404)636-1457 x530 or  Drop-in fees as well as monthly discounted fees are available. Space is limited.



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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