Church Action eNewsletter Week of October 21, 2013


God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

   Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta 

Week of October 21, 2013

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Dear reader,

Next week’s edition is coming to you early. We will not be publishing the week of October 12-27.


1. Episcopal Bishop Robert Wright will speak Saturday, Oct. 19, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, about growing up as a child who was left in an orphanage for adoption. His luncheon talk is part of Ebenezer's Weekend of Hope, and he'll be addressing African-American boys and young men, many of them currently in the foster-care system. The talk, addressing the conference theme "Building a Pathway to Hope,” begins at noon. November is National Adoption Month. Read more>>Wright is speaking at the invitation of the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, senior pastor at Ebenezer.

2. If you are interested in Disaster Preparedness, be sure to register for this free workshop in Gwinnett County: Oct. 24, 9 to 4. A free Gwinnett County Disaster Preparedness Summit for the leaders of Faith-based communities. The Joseph’s Network in partnership with American Red Cross.  Register

3. Journey the labyrinth on Thursday, October 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with people from all faith traditions on United Nations Day! The labyrinth provides a unique opportunity to journey with one another without words or the necessity of theological agreement. We come together seeking peace, understanding, and a view of one another as common travelers in relationship with the same God. Walk under the evening sky on the Cathedral’s outdoor labyrinth located in front of the Lanier House on the Cathedral campus, rain location is Child Hall. Sponsored by Neshama Interfaith Center and hosted by the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta.

4. The Shrines of the Black Madonna of the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church will host its Synod and celebrate 60 years of Christian Service, Oct. 25 - 27, 2013, at the Dolce Atlanta  Peachtree Conference Center. The church will expound upon its "Best Self Theology" and chronicle the national and international impact of its groundbreaking Black Liberation Theology, small group devotionals, Science of Kua, Beulah Land argi-business and more. Register  at Shrines of the Black Madonna Synod and 60th Anniversary. For more information, 404 217-5244. The 2013 Synod is open to the public. Registration here..

5. The Atlanta Interfaith Immersion Weekend, October 25-27, involves leaders from all faith backgrounds. It is coordinated by Dr. Ben Campbell Johnson, Professor Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary. The cost for this program is $150.  The experience begins at Atlanta Masjid Al-Islam, continues to Temple Sinai. Day two is Vedanta and Hinduism. Day three experience Buddhism. To register visit the ICI Registrar

6. Standing in the Gap for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Prayer Breakfast Saturday, October 26, 8:30 – 11 a.m.,Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Magnolia Room, Suggested donation $10. Register at

7. The Cathedral of St. Philip will host the 25th Annual Homeless Requiem at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, to commemorate homeless people who have died on the streets of Atlanta. Before the service, the congregation will serve dinner to their guests: the many homeless men, women and children of Atlanta. Groups and individuals may sign up to volunteer or to help pay for the meal; registration deadline is Oct. 27.

8. James McBride at First Baptist Church, Decatur, October 28, 7 p.m. McBride is an author, musician and screenwriter. His landmark memoir, The Color of Water, is considered an American classic and is read in schools and universities across the United States. His latest novel, The Good Lord Bird, about American revolutionary John Brown, was recently long-listed for the 2013 National Book Award.  An accomplished saxophonist, McBride and his band will present a musical performance inspired by The Good Lord Bird and the many folk songs and legends about John Brown. This program is sponsored by Georgia Center for the Book and hosted by First Baptist Church Decatur Conversations.  No tickets or reservations required. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

9. The Salvation Army doing the Most Good Luncheon will be held on October 30 at noon at the Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street, Atlanta 30313 Find information here here or call Meagan Davis at 404-486-2921 for more information.

10.  A community costume carnival and fundraiser will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Atlanta, and will benefit the Admission is free, but donations to Agape Center are encouraged. Those who donate at least $5 will be eligible for a raffle. For details, click

11. Most of us think about Bethlehem in December. But life goes on in that little town 365 days a year and is incredibly challenging for the people who live there. On October 30, three young musicians and a talented teacher, scientist, and author from Bethlehem University will describe their experiences and share the rich rhythms and songs of the Middle East. Daoud Nassar, grandson of a Christian evangelist, will share his family’s struggle to remain on their land. The event is sponsored by the Tree of Life Educational Fund and Joining Hands for Justice Partnership of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. Bring your friends to this dynamic event. You’ll leave with vivid images and sounds of the authentic Bethlehem today. Advent this year will have special meaning as you wait with the people of Bethlehem for the Prince of Peace. 6 pm Dinner ($10) · 7 pm Program, “The Lodge” across from Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3417 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta 30305. R.s.v.p.  to Rev. Fahed Abuakel at (404) 441-2702 or email

12. Conversations on Syria and Egypt with Sandra Mackey, Trinity Presbyterian Church Member and veteran journalist, who has written many books on the Middle East, including “ Reckoning: Iraq and the Legacy of Saddam Hussein,” Wednesday, October 30, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta,  1328 Peachtree Street, NE, Reception immediately following.

13. A special celebration will mark the tenth anniversary of the Woodall Lecture Series at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Thursday, November 7, 7 p.m. The Rev’d Barbara Brown Taylor, the first Woodall lecturer in 2004, will also be the tenth lecturer. Reserve your seat now!

14. Paradise Missionary Baptist Church is wrapping up its celebration of  143 years. Read more>> Read more

15. Did you know that The Breakfast Club at select T.G.I. Friday Restaurants provides a free, private, breakfast on Saturday mornings, between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. for up to 25 of your church group members (no fewer than 15 persons).   In order to participate, your group must be from an established church serving in the community. Call 404-505-8188; ask for Carmen Hampton, to schedule your breakfast.


16. Date correction for the 9th Annual Thanksgiving Diversity Luncheon. Tuesday, November 19 is the day, 12 – 1:30 p.m., Maggiano’s in Buckhead. Doors open at 11:30 and the ticket is $35. R.s.v.p. and get tickets HERE.


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.



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