God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Weekly Church Action eNewsletter Week of Sept. 14, 2015
1. Preventing suicide in older adults; webinar, online toolkit, tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 17, 3:30 p.m. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and older adults have a higher risk of suicide than the general population. Suicide is preventable. Learn more by joining the National Council on Aging for the “Suicide Prevention and Older Adults” webinar. Expert speakers will highlight risk factors for suicide among older adults and will discuss successful strategies for preventing suicide. This webinar is also an opportunity to learn more about the recently released toolkit, Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Centers. You can read more about the toolkit at the ACL Blog. Click here to register for the webinar.
2. The Jung Society of Atlanta lecture and workshop, “To Live Again!” by Guy Corneau, a Montreal based psychotherapist, Jungian Analyst, international lecturer, Canadian talk show host, and best-selling author. Corneau will discuss his personal journey through the ordeal of cancer: the death of someone close to him as well as his own diagnosis and healing from terminal cancer. In the workshop, he will focus on transformation and joy- designed for persons going through illness and suffering as well as for persons who want to experience the joy of being themselves. Friday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 -5, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd., NW, Atlanta 30327, Fees are Lecture: Public - $25, Students-$10, JSA Members - $20. Workshop fees (include lecture fee) are: Public - $70, Students - $50, JSA Members -$60. CEUs are an additional $25. Additional information is at www.jungatlanta.com . The public is invited.
3. Handley Helping Hands, Inc. a non-profit outreach ministry of Mathalama AME Church announces a free mentoring program for middle school and high school males, Cornerstone Mentoring. An informational session for Parents and Students will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Clayton County Library (Morrow Branch) 6225 Maddox Road at 11 a.m. This is a FREE program designed to positively impact the lives of our Young Males in the following Impact Counties: Fulton, Henry, Fayette, and Clayton. Call (470)222-5985 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Applications may be downloaded here.
4. The Rev. Dr. Rosalyn Nichols, organizing pastor of Freedom's Chapel Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Memphis, is the featured speaker this Sunday, Sept. 20, on Day1. Find your local station and time and read or hear the sermon online at Day1.org. Her sermon is based on Proverbs 31:10-31 and entitled "A Mother's Wisdom."
5. Have you been fascinated and moved Humans of New York on social media? As part of Georgia State’s Distinguished Speaker Series, its creator photographer Brandon Stanton will give a free public talk Monday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. in the Student Center East ballroom. HONY is followed by nearly 14 million people and is the fastest-growing Arts and Humanities page on Facebook. Stanton’s third book, HONY: Stories, will be released in October 2015.
6. Thriving and Surviving at Morningside Presbyterian If you are the mother a young child (or a mother to be), please join Morningside folks on September 21 at 10:00 a.m. or October 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 201 at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 N Morningside Dr. NE, Atlanta 30306. You will be discussing baby nurture, life changes, and coping and adapting resources. The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Sarah Juul, the mother of a young child, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, and a perinatal psychiatrist in private practice. The discussion will be limited to no more than 12 participants in order to encourage active participation. There is no cost to participate in the discussion and childcare will be provided. For more information or to R.s.v.p. contact Ellen Behm at email@example.com by September 19. If you wish to participate, please indicate which discussion date you prefer.
7. Come for a panel discussion “Georgia Catholics and the Death Penalty” in the parish Social Hall of All Saints Catholic Church, Dunwoody, Tuesday, September 22, 7-9 p.m. The panelists will be the director of the Archdiocesan prison and jail ministry and the Atlanta chapter director of Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. With ample time for questions, this session will provide an opportunity for growth and understanding. Refreshments will be served. Hosted by Faith in Action: www.allsaints.us/FaithinActionFaith-in-Action
8. Prevention of suicide is possible through training. On Sept. 23 the I WILL INTERVENE CHALLENGE returns to Fayetteville, Ga. Register today at NoMoreSuicide.com.
9. Pack up your church bus and bring mature adults to a fun, free, informative event at the Shepherd Center-Free Falls Prevention Awareness Day. There will be activities such as health assessments (falls risk assessments, medication review, blood pressure, blood sugar, hearing/vision screens, bone density screenings, and MORE!) and Prevention Activity Demonstrations (Tango, Tai Chi, Music Therapy, and Matter of Balance), FREE LUNCH, FREE PARKING, BUS ACCOMODATIONS, DOOR PRIZES. Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta 30309, Friday Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the 7th floor of Shepherd Center. Anyone who is aging is invited particularly those 55+. R.s.v.p. is crucial so there will be enough food for everyone. R.s.v.p. to Emma Harrington at Emma_Harrington@Shepherd.org or (404)350-7559 or to Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org
10. St. John’s Lutheran Church will welcome Cathy Crimi, Chair of the ELCA Southeastern Synod Anti-Racism Task Force, for a community conversation entitled, “Race: The Power of an Illusion.” The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John’s, located at 1410 Ponce De Leon Ave NE in Atlanta. Rev. Beverly Shaw, Associate Pastor for St. John’s, said “We will explore the science of race and the roots of race and how it informs, not only our politics, economics and culture, but how it serves to justify, even rationalize social inequities as ‘natural,’” she said. Lunch will be provided by the Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta. Those who would like to attend are asked to Rs.v.p. to email@example.com. Come and join the conversation and invite your friends and neighbors.
11. Revival at Radcliffe Presbyterian Church, (404)799-8286, Sat., Sept. 26, thru Tues., Sept. 29. Activities include a community outreach event, with sessions on prayer, yoga, crafting, and balance, and four worship services. There will be messages from Rev. Olive Mahabir, Church of the Master (Sat. 1:30 p.m. ), Dr. Jerry L. Cannon, C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church (Mon. 6:45 p.m.), Dr. Aaron L. Parker, Zion Hill Baptist Church (Tues. 6:45 p.m.), and Radcliffe's own Dr. Andrew L. Stephens, Jr. (Sunday 11:00 a.m.). There will be fun and fellowship, with children's activities on Saturday. They would love to have you there.
12. Remember the Walk the Road at Emmaus House, Sunday, Sept. 27, 3 p.m. This is an opportunity for adults and youth and youth leaders to learn, serve, and walk with our neighbors in Peoplestown and explore the community’s voice in the re-development process after the Atlanta Braves leave Turner Field. Come for a day of panel discussions, service projects, a guided tour of the neighborhood, and a community cookout. The theme will be moving forward as a community as our neighborhood experiences change following the Braves' relocation. Registration ($5 or 5 cans of food) at 3:00 – 3:15 p.m. R.s.v.p. at the facebook page.
13. McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University Preaching Consultation with Dr. Tom Long is Oct. 4-6 in Chattanooga. This is a venue change and what a great time of year to be in the foothills and this vibrant city. More information and registration.
14. Welcome to the Rev. Stephen D. Friedrich who will be installed as pastor at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 4814 Paper Mill Road SE, Marietta, on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 3:00 p.m.
15. An evening to celebrate the Pregnancy Care Center which has been helping women for thirty years. It will be a great night of testimony and music with Dr. Alveda King and Babbie Mason. Admission is free and an offering will be received to benefit the Pregnancy Care Center, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6:45 p.m. at First Baptist Jonesboro, 147 Church Street Jonesboro, Ga.
16. Dr. Ron Cole will present "Christ and Adam: Rethinking Bible and Theology in Light of Human Origins Research" Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. at Columbia Seminary, 701 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur. He lectures as part of the “Science for Seminaries” program sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Dr. Cole-Turner serves as Vice President of the International Society for Science and Religion and sits on the Advisory Committee for the "Science for Seminaries" project. He is the author and editor of several books on the relationship between science and technology and the Christian faith. He is most widely known across the church as the author of the hymn text, Child of Blessing, Child of Promise.
17. Immersion Experience: An Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life, Oct. 8-11, Columbia Theological Seminary Life Long Learning, Discover the key ideas and foundational practices for the grand adventure of life in the Spirit! During this Thursday evening - Sunday afternoon course, you will explore the origins of the Christian spiritual tradition, while learning the formative elements of Biblical, monastic, and Christian spirituality from the Reformation onward. Read more and see other opportunities here.
18. A Ministry of Shalom for Clarkston Middle School Children, Sunday, Oct. 11, 3-5 p.m., Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 5140 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain 30083. This event will be a unique opportunity to learn how a team of paid and volunteer workers conduct a program to assure middle schoolers peace and balance in their lives. By participating we demonstrate that concern for the healthy development of children knows no ethnic, racial, or religious boundaries. Parents of the Clarkston students will be preparing and serving light refreshments. No pre-registration is required. There is no charge for attending this event. Attend to learn and to show support for this significant program and the Clarkston community which it serves.
19. The ‘God Question’ in Contemporary Cinema II: Respecting Holy Mystery, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Candler School of Theology, Room 252. Free; registration required. A lecture by Lloyd Baugh, Candler’s distinguished visiting professor in the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture. The lecture will explore how film directors choose to evoke the divinity of Jesus while still maintaining the mystery of God. Free and open to the public, but registration is required by October 8 here.. Candler School of Theology is located on the campus of Emory University, at 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322.
20. Join congregations across the nation in celebration of the 2015 National Children’s Sabbaths, “How Long Must I Cry for Help? Bending the Arc toward God’s Vision of Justice for Children,” October 16-18, or any nearby weekend. Places of worship across the nation will focus on real solutions to significantly reduce child poverty now. Read more, find resources, and action steps your congregation can take now here.
21. Holy Conferencing: From Wesley to 2016- The 2015-16 Mallard Lay Theology Institute at Candler School of Theology, Emory, will focus on the origins, history, and current issues facing the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, to be held in Portland, Oregon, in May. Two separate sessions will feature Candler's Methodist Studies faculty and respondents who have had extensive experience with the General Conference over the past 40 years. The fall session is in October 17 and the spring session is in April. Lunch is included in the registration cost of $50. Learn more at: http://tinyurl.com/mallard2015
22. Action Ministries invites you to the first We Are Life-Changers Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 16 at 8 a.m. The event at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church will feature a heartwarming and personal exchange between two sports giants - Bill Curry and Homer Rice - who have dedicated their careers to leading young people in changing the stories of their lives. The honorary event chair is Dan Reeves, former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit Action Ministries and its mission of leading people out of poverty in Georgia. Early bird tickets are available for $35 through Sept. 21. Regular price is $50, and space is limited. Tickets may be purchased online here.
23. Trinity Community Ministries invites the public to join them on October 21, at Peachtree Road UMC from 7:00-8:45 a.m. for an Honorary Board Breakfast that brings together business and community leaders with the Trinity House-Big Bethel program residents for a morning of inspiration and information. Learn about the ministry’s programs to help formerly homeless men in Atlanta, many whom are veterans, return to their families or communities as mentors and leaders. The morning includes a hot buffet breakfast, a guest speaker, a resident speaker, and insight into the brotherhood of mutual love, community, and support that comprise their programs. There is no cost to attend but registration is required for headcount. Register here.
24. Diversity in Disaster DeKalb County, October 29, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Stronghold Christian Church, 724 Rock Chapel Road, Lithonia 30058, presented by DeKalb County, American Red Cross, Joseph’s Network, and DEMA. Read more and register here.
25. From On Scripture, Syrian Refugee Crisis: Our Chance to See God. Read this thoughtful reflection.
26. Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued a statement on the current worldwide refugee crisis. Read more and find suggestions for congregational and individual response here.
27. Have you been downtown to a Trinity House Fish Fry Day? The residents of the Trinity House-Big Bethel program serve a fish lunch every Friday from 11am-2pm at 21 Bell Street, NE, Atlanta, 30303 that is open to the public. Historic Trinity House is just steps away from the Sweet Auburn Market Stop of Atlanta Streetcar. Proceeds from the lunch benefit Trinity Community Ministries and help in the effort to provide life-saving services for the formerly homeless men who walk through their doors. All visitors are welcome to request a tour of the facility before or after eating lunch. Directions.
Ethel Ware Carter
The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.