Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 20, 2014

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Week of October 20, 2014

Item 27 features a give-away.

We have placed an article in the Creating Compassionate Congregations Clergy Tool Box on Select the tool box from the menu and then click on Welcome from the pop out menu, than click on “Doing Small Things with Extraordinary Love: Congregational Care of People Experiencing Mental Health Problems” to read this thoughtful piece by John Swinton.

1. CDC will provide information about the Ebola outbreak, and updates on CDC’s activities in the US to address concerns about Ebola on a conference call tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 22. Dr. Abdul Shaikh will discuss the potential role of places of worship, community, and family in addressing Ebola concerns for those living in the US. Read more>>

2. Emory University's Candler School of Theology invites the public to take part in the official commemoration of the school's 100th anniversary with a centennial convocation on Friday, Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory. Luther E. Smith Jr., professor emeritus of church and community at Candler, will deliver the convocation address. Jan Love, dean of Candler, will recognize 56 individuals selected as Centennial Medalists for their extraordinary service to the school, the church, and society over the past 100 years. Full story at >>

3. “Make A Joyful Noise”: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral at the High Museum of Art, is now on view at the High Museum of Art. Hear J. Robert Adams, bass, of Clark Atlanta University, Saturday at 11 a.m., and the Ritornello Recorder Quartet at noon. The Georgia Tech Chamber Choir will perform Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. Read More>>

4. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3480 East Main Street, College Park, invites the community to a free health information expo sponsored by St. John’s Health Ministry Team, Saturday, October 25, 9 – 1 , with Atlanta Legal Aid, Silver Sneakers, Co-AGE, Dynamic hospice, Vitas Hospice & VA Programs, GA Emergency Preparedness, Donate Life GA, Red Cross Blood Donor, NAMI, St. John’s Ministries (food, bargain shop, health ministry, AA) and more.

5. Fall Festival at Mount Zion UMC, Saturday, Oct. 25, 4-6 p.m. There will be a cake walk, face painting, sand art, treats, and hotdogs. The community is invited and all food and activities are free. Mt. Zion is at 984 Panola Road, Ellenwood.

6. Atlanta High school seniors, church groups and adult groups are invited to a Gospel Concert at Carver College, 3870 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta, Saturday, October 25, 5 p.m. Free admission with a church program or high school ID. Tickets are $10. Concert features Chanel Haynes, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Teddy Austin, Jonathan Slocumb. Lots of free pizza.

7. The Jung Society of Atlanta presents Jutta von Buchholtz, Birmingham based Jungian Analyst, in lecture, “Art as Soul Food, Images by Southern Self - Taught Artists,” Saturday evening, October 25, 7:30 p.m., at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., NW. She will present and discuss the works of four Southern artists: Charlie Lucas, Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, and the quilters from Gee’s Bend. Jung Society members – free, public -$20, Students - $10. Public is invited. Additional information is at

8. The Rev. David Lewicki of North Decatur Presbyterian Church is the featured preacher on Day1 this Sunday, October 26. Read more and find your local station here.

9. Archbishop Wilton Gregory recently said, “Domestic violence occurs in affluent homes as well as in poor ones. It can be physical and verbal. It speaks every language and can be found in every cultural context. It deserves our attention, our prayers and our resolve to address it.” The Archdiocesan Mass for Domestic Violence Awareness Month will be celebrated by Bishop Luis Zarama and hosted by Holy Cross Catholic Church on Saturday, October 25, at 5:00 p.m. Holy Cross is located at 3175 Hathaway Court, NE, Atlanta 30341. Mass will be interpreted in American Sign Language. For information, contact or 404-920-7898.

10. Big Bethel AME Church will celebrate it's 9th Annual National Children's Sabbath with thousands of other congregations across the nation on October 25-26. An Interactive Forum highlighting Health and Wellness with key focus on Foster Care and Adoption will Saturday, October 25, at 8:30 am. with group discussions for children and youth facilitators on Bullying, Gun Violence, Self-Esteem. Activities will end with an aerobics workout. All are invited to continue to support this effort by attending Sunday Worship Service at 7:45 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. 204 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30303.

11. St. Andrews Presbyterian Church at 4882 LaVista Road in Tucker celebrates its third annual “Kirking of the Tartans” on Sunday, October 26, during the 11 a.m. service. This service of morning worship with bagpipes and tartans reflects the Scottish heritage of the Presbyterian Church. Music of Scotland, past and present, highlights this service which emphasizes the traditions of the reformed church. A shortbread reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

12. Rev. Shelli Latham, Installation and Celebration, Sunday, October 26, 11 a.m., Druid Hills Presbyterian Church 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta 30306. Join the church and the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta for the official installation of Rev. Latham as the new pastor. One of DHPC’s previous pastors, Harry Beverly, will offer the charge to the congregation. The service will be filled with art, fun music. Stick around for a celebration on the lawn, with food, games and crafts. Consider bringing your lawn chair for comfy seating and good conversation! More info at

13. Andrew Cain Memorial Masterworks Concert celebrating 30 years of the Festival Singers in Atlanta and Dr. William Baker’s final season as Music Director with the Orchestra of the American Heartland featuring R. Douglas Helvering And I Saw a New Heaven, Ralph Vaughan. Sunday, October 26, 3 pm., St. John United Methodist Church, 550 Mt. Paran Rd, Atlanta 30327 Tickets $20 adults; $15 Students and 65+, at the door or at

14. Trunk or Treat! For neighbors of Northside Drive Baptist Church, in the parking lot, Sunday, October 26, 5-6:30 p.m. with costumes, candy, and carnival games.

15. Jim Harrington, the author of Wrestling with Free Speech, Religious Freedom & Democracy in Turkey, is a human rights attorney with nearly four decades of experience and is the founder and director of the Texas Civil Rights Project. Lunch and a lecture Oct. 28, noon, at the Istanbul Cultural Center, 591 North Main Street, Alpharetta 30009. Space is limited so R.s.v.p. now!

16. The Care and Counseling Center of Georgia invites their friends to “An Open House Celebration of Healing and Hope,” Wednesday, October 29 from 4:00-7:00 pm at 1814 Clairmont Road, Decatur GA 30033. The Center was heavily damaged by water in the January vortex and now is back in full force. Come see the newly renovated building, meet the staff, and share art, music, complimentary food and drink.

17. October is Fair Trade Month. During this focused season of awareness of fair and just compensation for those who provide our goods and foods, consider how GIPL's Buy Wise program can help steer your congregation toward more sustainable, faithful purchasing to help care for the Earth and sustain the people who inhabit it. Read more from Georgia interfaith Power & Light.

18. Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra; Rolando Salazar, conductor, in observance of All-Saints’ Day, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s moving Requiem will be presented in candlelight for a time of reflection, prayer, and meditation. Sunday, November 2, 7:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 1328 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta 30309.

19. Azar Nafisi visits Conversations at First Baptist Decatur, November 3 at 7 p.m. Ten years ago, Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics to her eager students in Iran. In this exhilarating follow-up, Nafisi has written the book her fans have been waiting for: an impassioned, beguiling, and utterly original tribute to the vital importance of fiction in a democratic society. What Reading Lolita in Tehran was for Iran, The Republic of Imagination is for America. 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur 30303

20. Registration is required for “Practices, Peoples, Partnerships, and Politics: A Conference on Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health” at Emory University, November 5-7, This conference brings together scholars in public health, religious studies, theology, medicine, nursing, law, ethics, anthropology, and sociology to discuss the new book, Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health (Oxford University Press, 2014, Ellen Idler, Editor) and to map the sometimes contentious, sometimes cooperative intersection of these two sectors. Register here..

21. Dr. Dwight D. Andrews and musical colleagues will offer "Jazz, Spirituality, and the Church" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, for the Woodall Lecture at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St., Atlanta. Lecture and post-lecture dessert reception are free and open to the public. No registration required. Andrews is associate professor of music theory and African-Americanmusic at Emory University and senior minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Atlanta.

22. Dr. Barbara King of Hillside International Trust Center will be the guest speaker at Bethel United Methodist Church “Phenomenal Women” Prayer Brunch on Saturday, November 8, at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Atlanta Airport Hotel. Contact Patricia Neal-Stinson (404) 271-9281 or Tickets are $40 per person.

23. Come out to support Central Outreach and Advocacy Center , Sunday, Nov. 9, 3-6 p.m., at Monday Night Brewing, 670 Trabert Avenue NW, Atlanta 30318, with an evening of craft brews, delicious food, and live music. Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door and include: Monday Night Brewing pint glass; -Six pint glass-sized drink tickets to try out all of MNB's brews, including the "Fu Manbrew" and "Hipster Fresh Hop"; a chance to explore an actual brewery beyond Decatur; plates full of homemade, delicious food, prepared by food blogger and director of COAC's development, Sharon Anderson Damelio; Hours of live music; games and activities suitable for extraverts and introverts alike. And, of course, the chance to support the work of COAC and learn more about issues of homelessness and poverty here in Atlanta. Tickets.

24. Northside Drive Baptist Church Preschool 6th Annual Silent Auction will be held in the Fellowship Hall November 10-14, 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30305. This event is open to the public. For more information, contact Bess Goodhead at

25. The Gospel According to Monty Python! Emory Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 2 Tuesday Nights – November 11 & 18; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. each night. A “Wine & Wisdom” class series led by the Rev. Tom Buchanan, Associate Pastor. British comedy troupe Monty Python is one of the legendary acts in the history of entertainment. Join Emory Pres and discover underneath their irreverent absurdity a powerful take on how to live life, on religious hypocrisy and pretensions, and on taking ourselves too seriously. And we get to laugh a lot! The series is free and open to the public. Voluntary donations accepted to help defray the costs of refreshments.

26. Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness: Quality Enhancement Standards and Support Training Accreditation Program. Cobb Galleria Centre, November 13. If your congregation offers services to homeless people you will be interested in this program, Cobb Galleria Centre, November 13. This assessment process helps organizations assure efficient and effective use of personnel and funds. Get more information

27. Many Presbyterian Churches have purchased a new hymnal called “Glory to God.” It’s really great and St. Andrews in Tucker is using it. They have sent word that they would like to donate their 300 used Presbyterian Hymnals. They will pack and deliver them to anyone who needs any number of them for a ministry or a church. Contact Phyllis Bearden at

28. If you have uninsured people in your congregation you will want to tell them about the Urban Health Initiative which includes two licensed health insurance navigators posted with Financial Counseling at Grady Hospital. Beginning November 15, they will be assisting people to enroll in Affordable Health Insurance, also known as Obamacare. There is a special period now, during which a person with a new child, certain job changes, changes in marital status, new to Georgia, etc., can enroll. They are on the ground floor of Grady Hospital and work under the Emory-Grady Urban Health Initiative. All their services are be provided free of charge. They do not receive a commission for each person that they sign up and cannot steer those they help to picking one plan over another. To reach the navigators send them an email at or call at 404-616-7213 (Jamila) or 404-616-6975 (Kevin).

29. As a special incentive to participate in Georgia Interfaith Power Power Wise program, congregations that sign up by December 31, 2014 will be entered into a drawing for a cash prize of $2,500. This money will be used to help the congregation further their creation care efforts.

30. The October issue of The Clergy Connection from Rural Clergy Training is devoted to the most vulnerable members of the military family. Children, often the least outspoken of those who suffer, may bear the burdens of their parents. This special issue of The Clergy Connection explores the effects of war on the young. Click links below to view stories: Practical Pastoral Tips ∙Research: Stress and the Military Child ∙Reflection: In Their Own Words ∙ Your Story Matters: Teaching Us About Families ∙ Did you know? Military Children and Parenting ∙ Community Success Story: Project SOUTH ∙ How to Make a Referral to the VA

31. The New Baptist Covenant will meet in Atlanta January 14-15, 2015. Read more>>

Ethel Ware Carter
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.
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