Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 17, 2016

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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


Church Action eNewsletter Week of  October 17, 2016



October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, remember and honor the valuable contributions of disabled lay and clergy who have served, and currently serve, within our churches.


1. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Service on Wednesday, October 19, from 7-8 p.m. at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2601 Henderson Mill Rd NE, Atlanta 30345. Anyone who grieves infant or pregnancy loss, whether recently or long ago, is warmly invited to honor and remember your child. This time for reflection is open to all, wherever you are on your spiritual journey. Light refreshments will be offered. Questions? Contact Rev. Caroline Magee at or call (770) 938-9797. 


2. Enjoy an evening of free entertainment sponsored by the St. Anthony's Guild at the Cathedral of St. Philip as the "lighter side" of the Capitol City Opera presents the music of Stephen Sondheim on Thursday, October 20, in Child Hall. Coffee and cake will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. This event is free, but donations are appreciated. Please R.s.v.p. to the Information Desk, (404)365-1000, by October 19.


3. Buckhead Christian Ministry's Seeds of Change Society invites you to join them on the morning of Friday, October 21, for the "Sowing Seeds of Faith" women's breakfast featuring Barbara Dooley at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. Barbara, whose husband is legendary UGA football coach Vince Dooley, is a witty author and speaker with an inspiring story to share. This event is sure to sell out. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


4. Know Your Rights! The Constitution and You is a presentation of Cascade United Methodist Church’s Church & Society and Business Alliance that will help you to understand how the U.S. Constitution affects your life daily.  Presentation will be followed by a Safety Seminar led by the Atlanta Police Department designed to help you become more safety conscious.  Saturday, October 22, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at 3144 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta, GA  30311.  No cost to attend, all are welcome.  There is limited seating so you must register at


5. You are invited to Jazz on the Lawn, Saturday, Oct. 22, 3-6 p.m., at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 3050 Cascade Road SE, Atlanta 30311. Vendors will have food and beverages; you are welcome to bring your picnic basket, lawn chairs, and blankets and the whole family. Jazz will move to the sanctuary if it rains. Consider making a $25 donation and becoming a Jazz Patron. For $100 you can be a Table Sponsor and reserve a table for ten and invite family and friends. R.s.v.p. by this Sunday by calling the church office (404)699-0346. 


6. Trey Clegg Singers, March to Freedom: Songs of Sorrow, Justice, and Hope, 7 p.m., Oct. 22, St. Mark United Methodist Church, 781 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta 30308. The Trey Clegg Singers bring hope through the warmth and magic of their singing in a variety of styles and genres from the cathedral music of Vaughan Williams and requiems of Mozart to the Broadway musicals,  “The Lion King” and “Ragtime,” to African American Spirituals to R&B to Gospel. Purchase Tickets Through Fresh Tix or $25 at the door.


7. The Rev. Chris Henry, pastor of Shallowford Presbyterian Church is the featured preacher on Day 1 Sunday, Oct. 23. He tackles the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in his sermon “The Problem with Piety.” Hear or read the sermon and find your local station and lots of audio and video resources at 


8. Columbia Theological Seminary will host a special Forum on Wednesday, October 26 at 11:00 am titled “Shoe-Strings for Abundant Life: Voices from Congo Speak Out for their Voiceless Sisters.” Speakers Misenga Monique Ngoie Mukuna and Elsie Anne McKee, leaders of the non-profit organization FEBA/Woman Cradle of Abundance, will provide a presentation. Forum will be held in the Ellis Room on the Columbia Theological Seminary campus located at 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur.


9. The Buckhead community is invited to a Trunk Or Treat event for children and their families in the Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church parking lot on Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30-7 p.m., 2715 Peachtree Road, 30305. Volunteers with decorated car trunks or tailgates will pass out candy to children dressed in costume or otherwise. We will have food, games, crafts, candy, a kids costume parade, and more! Invite a friend, co-worker, neighbor, or family member to this safe family-friendly event! Need more info? Visit


10. North Fulton County Mental Health Collaborative open forum with Fulton County Commissioner Bob Ellis to discuss the mental health needs and services in North Fulton County, Thursday, Oct. 27, 9 – 11 a.m., Mt. Pisgah UMC, 9820- Nesbit Ferry Rd., Bldg. A.  This group is open to all behavioral healthcare stakeholders in the community- providers and consumers.  Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for light refreshments and networking. If you plan to attend reply here.


11. “African Americans & Breast Cancer: What Everyone Needs to Know.” Remember that the Ben Hill United Methodist Church Breast Cancer Awareness and Empowerment Forum is coming up on Saturday, Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, go to BHBForum or email


12. St. Catherine’s Concert Series, free and open to the public. Concerts are open seating and are held in the beautiful sanctuary distinguished for its acoustics. Directions and Contact. St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 571 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068. Thursday, Oct. 29, Skylark presents “Lieder + Love Songs,” directed by Matthew Guard. A smaller ensemble of the group will sing an entirely a capella program from the American Songbook. 


13. The Lynn Swanson Festival Singers perform a cappella works of Bach, Grieg, Clausen, Elder, and Amsen with spirituals and gospel songs of Dawson, Fleming, and Gardner. Ticket information.

Saturday, October 29, 7:00– 8:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 183 West Main Street, Cartersville 30120. The Saturday performance will feature two special guests, the Northwest Georgia Festival Singers and the Voices of Bronze Handbell Choir of First Presbyterian.  

Sunday, October 30, 3:00– 4:30 p.m., St. John United Methodist Church, 550 Mount Paran Road, Atlanta, 30327. 


14. Reformation Sunday Guest Preacher at Northside Drive Baptist, 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30305, 11:00 a.m., Oct. 30, Dr. Lloyd Allen holds the Sylvan Hills Chair of Baptist Heritage and is Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation at McAfee School of Theology.  Allen teaches in the areas of church history, Baptist heritage, and spirituality and is currently working on a brief history of Christian spirituality and a comparison of spiritual formation in various traditions.  


15. Shallowford Presbyterian church invites the public to a Pipe Organ Dedication Concert with Scott Hamilton Atchison, guest organist; William Fred Scott, guest conductor. Emily Floyd, conductor and Director of Music Ministries at Shallowford leads the Chancel Choir, Youth Choir, and two children’s choirs, and brass ensemble. To showcase the musical beauty of the new Casavant organ, the concert will include organ solos, music for organ and brass instruments, organ accompaniment for hymns sung by the audience and for anthems by the choirs.  2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta 30345. Sunday, Oct. 30, at 4:00 p.m. Call the church at (404)321-1844 if you have questions.


16. Emmanuel Lutheran Church is hosting its annual Trunk or Treat event for church members and the community. Come and bring your children, grandchildren, and the children and grandchildren of your family and friends. Feel free to share this on your social media channels. They look forward to seeing you, Monday, October 31, 2016 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., at 3050 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta 30311. 


17. 24th Annual Homeless Requiem and Dinner will be Thursday, Nov. 1, Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30305. Dinner at 5 p.m.; music – 6; Requiem – 7. Bishop Robert Wright is the guest preacher at this banquet and service for homeless men, women, and children of Atlanta. St. Philips invites the community to join in the dinner and attend the service. The cost is $10 per person, and you are welcome to make a contribution additional guests. For other information contact Kimberly McOmber 404-467-9425 or


18. Remember the Interfaith Community Initiatives 2016 Friendship Luncheon coming up on Wednesday, November 2, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., TWELVE Hotel Ballroom at Atlantic Station, Celebrating Uncommon Friendships: A Conversation with The Higher Ground Group. Individual Tickets: $60.  Click here to purchase. For more information visit


19. “An Afternoon with Brian McLaren,” a gathering for Christian pastors and lay leaders, but faith leaders from other traditions will also find the afternoon relevant, practically helpful, and inspiring. Speaking from his newest book, The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to be Christian, McLaren will invite participants to set out on the most significant spiritual pilgrimage of our time: to help Christianity become more Christian. First Baptist Church, Decatur, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur 30030. This gathering is Nov. 3, 1:00-4:30 p.m. and requires a ticket. Cost is $99 and includes a free copy of the book for the first 24 registrants ($15.75 value). Register here.  


20. Annual Women’s Forum “Breaking Bread with a Broken World,” Nov. 3, 6:00 p.m., Glenn Memorial Auditorium, free; registration required. Candler’s Women, Theology, and Ministry welcomes Sara Miles, writer and founder/director of The Food Pantry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. The author of Take This Bread, Jesus Freak, and City of God, Miles was a forty-something atheist when she wandered into St. Gregory's and ate a piece of bread and took a sip of wine that changed her life. She has created a food ministry that serves thousands, and she speaks, preaches, and leads workshops around the country. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and on NPR. Free and open to the public, but registration is required by November 1 at 12:00 p.m.  here.  


21. 25th Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA is coming up Nov. 5-20 with 40+ authors and a range of new events: a live musical concert, a cultural Jewish food tasting, “In Conversation” interviews between authors and local journalists, and various book club programs.  Authors include Peter Bergen, Andy Cohen, Yael Dayan, Jonathan Safran Foer, Daniel Gordis, Shep Gordon, Alice Hoffman, Carson Kressley, Kenny Loggins, and Jeffrey Toobin. MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody.  Details and tickets. 


22. Legends of Atlanta Hospitality Roast, Nov. 7, 6 p.m., Flourish, 3143 Maple Drive, Atlanta 30305, will bring together three Atlanta hospitality legends: Chef Ford Fry of Ford Fry Restaurants, Chef Kevin Gillespie of Red Beard Restaurants and Chef Linton Hopkins of Resurgens Hospitality Group for a roast, reception, and three-course dinner. Proceeds benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Buy Tickets.


23. The Center for Congregational Health, a partner with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, is hosting a Vital Mergers Workshop featuring Dirk Elliott (Detroit Conference UMC) on December 1, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Decatur, GA (308 Clairemont Ave. 30030). The cost is $99. Register online at Rev. Elliott will describe a successful model of merging congregations that results in healthy, growing, new church starts.


24. Atlantic Institute's Art & Essay Contest theme for the year of 2016 is Compassion in Action...Caring Matters! The contest is open to middle and high school students in Georgia, and submissions are due by Wed., December 7, 2016. For more information and specific contest details, visit or email


Visit our website for a complete community calendar, links to the Toolbox  for Mental Health Ministry, websites for daily devotionals, and many other resources. We will be happy to include your announcements in an upcoming eNewsletter. Send them to



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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