Church Action eNewsletter Week of September 26, 2016

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta


Church Action eNewsletter Week of  September 26, 2016



Dear Readers,

We are very grateful for who send our eNewsletter to all 17,500 of you. Last week the newsletter was truncated, who knows why? Remember that it is always available in its entirety at our website, the first item under Featured Activities, as soon as it is sent to you.  Don’t miss any of the amazing opportunities to learn, serve, pray, and worship.


1. Come Turn the Pump, Thursday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Columbia Presbyterian Church, 711 S. Columbia Dr., Decatur 30030. We have plenty of safe water, Malawi does not. We have a superabundance of guns. The people of Columbia Pres have a vision like Isaiah’s: instruments of war can be turned into implements that give life. Come find out about a powerful message of peace.  David Barnhart will film portions of the event for inclusion in a documentary about the project. He is the producer and director of Trigger: Ripples of Gun Violence.


2. Perimeter Church, 9500 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek 30097, will host the 40 Days of Noonday Prayer for our Nation at its beautiful Outdoor Chapel each day between noon and 1 p.m. beginning Thursday, Sept. 29, through Monday, Nov. 7 except Sundays. These days of prayer are open to all and focused only on recalling God’s promises, repentance, and praying for the restoration of our nation.  It is an apolitical meeting where no names of political parties or individuals will be mentioned. If you or a fellow church/org leader are interested in volunteering to lead prayer on one of the remaining days, contact Kipper Tabb at


3. A reminder that the American Baptist Historical Society presents Deborah Van Broekhoven exploring the challenges experienced by black and white Baptists who cooperated to sponsor New Era Baptist Institutes. Free and open to the public.  Friday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. Mercer University-Atlanta Campus; Atlanta Administration and Conference Center Auditorium (2nd floor), 2930 Flowers Rd. South, Atlanta 30341.


4. Central Presbyterian Church will offer a hands-on drumming workshop, Saturday, Oct. 1, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., led by Brien Hehn. Brian has received rave reviews for his work. He has worked with children, youth, and adults to help them lead and experience worship that is energetic and participatory. You will leave with skills and loads of ideas to use with your congregation. The workshop is appropriate for adults and youths interested in ways to use drumming in worship. Please bring your own (or borrowed) djembe or other drum. Click here to sign up for the African Drumming Workshop.


5. The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, senior pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., is the featured preacher Oct. 2 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at  Hear it here and find much more at


6. Dr. Cindy Trimm, CEO of Cindy Trimm Ministries International, will be the special guest speaker Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9:00 a.m. at The Body of Christ Church International, U.S.A., 3650 Flat Shoals Road in College Park 30349, where Dr. Joseph M. Ripley, Sr. is pastor.  All are welcome to attend!


7. You and your four legged friends are invited to the Lake Oconee Community Church and Congregation Chai community Blessing of the Animals, this Sunday, Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m., Plantation Point Pavilion, Reynolds, Lake Oconee. Please bring pet food for area food banks and humane societies. Click here to learn more about this event and its history.


8. Central Presbyterian will host a benefit concert for the Outreach & Advocacy Center in the sanctuary Sunday, Oct. 2, 2:30 p.m., 201 Washington Street, Atlanta 30303, planned by Eckhart Richter in memory of Rosemary Richter for her years of service with Central's OAC. For info contact Dave VanderMeer  Guest musicians include: Calvert Johnson, Organist; Stuart Stephenson, ASO Principal Trumpet; Eckhart Richter, Cello, and the Central Chancel Choir.


9. The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary offers falls classes with something for everyone. Click on the links below to explore these opportunities.

The Role of the Minister in a Dying Congregation (Online) Oct. 3-28
Governance and Ministry: The Art of Cultivating Staff-Board Partnerships, Oct. 5-7
Practicing Sabbath (Certificate in Spiritual Formation), Oct. 20-23 
Talking Politics During Polarized Times, Oct. 21
Preaching the Verbs II, Oct. 24-26
Contemporary Readings in Christian Education (Online), Oct. 31-Dec. 2
Leadership in Ministry Atlanta , Nov. 14-16
Browse the website for additional information.


10. Faith and Politics Lecture, Oct. 5, 6 p.m., Candler School of Theology, Abraham Lincoln and Political Agape: Lessons for Our Own Context, Timothy P. Jackson, Professor of Christian Ethics. Register here:

11. Purchase tickets to Georgia Justice Project's "Blues for Justice" benefit, to hear an exciting blues band and support an organization that provides direct service to disenfranchised people in the criminal justice system and advocates for criminal justice reform. Hear The Breeze Kings at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Oct. 6. Purchase your $25 tickets here (special $15 tickets for students).


12. First Friday at First, jazz vibraphonist artist Jay Hoggard at Commons at First Congregational, Oct 7, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., 105 Courtland Street, NE, Atlanta 30303.


13. At The Aquinas Center St. Catherine of Siena: Brought to Life, Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m., Emory University, Cannon Chapel, 515 Kilgo Circle, Atlanta 30322. Sr. Nancy Murray, O.P., will perform her one person play.  Come see this special performance celebrating 800 years of the Dominican order and a very special woman. Read more>> 


14. L’Arche will have a talent show and a costume contest at their Fall Fest, Oct. 15, and there will be prizes! If you would like to participate in the talent show, R.s.v.p. your talent in advance to Tim Moore at Saturday, Oct. 15, 5:30-8:00 p.m., St. Thomas More Church, 636 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur 30303. Please bring the following for potluck dinner, according to the first letter of your last name: A-D: Dessert; E-L: Side dish or salad; M-Z: Main dish. This is part of a series of social community events for adults with intellectual disabilities and all who come and enjoy these times together. 


15. Men Stopping Violence, a nonprofit whose mission is to organize men to end male violence against women and girls, is providing a training called Safe Families, Safe Communities: Equipping Clergy to Stop Domestic Violence. Speakers will discuss with clergy and lay leaders the services MSV offers to abusive men, as well as how to talk with your congregations about domestic violence. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, 118 2nd Ave, Decatur 30030. Read more about the event here.


16. Mike McHargue, better known as Science Mike, will be speaking for free at Dunwoody UMC Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7:00 p.m. Science Mike he is a relatively new voice in the Christian world and is featured on two excellent podcasts—The Liturgists Podcast (with Michael Gungor) and Science Mike Podcast. Mike became an atheist after a crisis in his life led him away from God, and through the world of science (and a dash of Rob Bell) came back to a relationship with God. Anyone who has questions about this science/faith issue, or has lost hope that the church can actually believe in things like evolution AND God at the same time, would benefit greatly from listening to Mike.Find out more about at; register to hear Mike here.


17. Unfinished Worlds: Jürgen Moltmann at 90. Candler will host world-renowned theologian Jürgen Moltmann for a conference, Oct. 19-20, on issues of contemporary theology, the contemporary church, and the contemporary world, as seen through the lens of his highly influential work. Presenters include Moltmann and 12 other scholars and practitioners. $30 conference fee; registration is required. Register here.


18. J.B. is a modern retelling of the story of Job from the Bible. “Why do innocent people suffer?” is the question explored in the Bible and in this Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play. First asked 2500 years ago, it is a question for our time. We may not answer it but we need to confront it to live with integrity and hope. See the Archibald MacLeish play at Theater at Oxford, Emory, Oct. 20, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Oct. 22. To reserve a seat email Dr. Clark Lemons at your name, date and time requested, number of tickets, and any special needs. Tickets are $5.


19. The Atlanta LEAD Institute will present Dan Hayes, executive director and founder of Atlanta Community Ministries, who will share workable and powerful ways to put prayer's rocket fuel into your organization.  Join this free class Oct. 21, 9 -10:30 a.m.

Seating is limited, so contact Chris York now at 404-502-3314 or


20. Join Joan Chittister for “Women and Moral Leadership,” a live-streamed webinar, as she articulates why church and society are locked in a leadership crisis in an era when we have never needed vision more. Saturday, Oct. 22, 11:00 a.m. to Noon EDT. Cost is $30 and includes six months access to the presentation. Register here.


21. Central Outreach and Advocacy Center will have a fundraiser called "Cheers for Change" at Monday Night Brewing, Oct. 23. The information is here.


22. Interfaith Children’s Movement 16th Annual "Call to Action" Prayer Breakfast, Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 a.m. at The Temple with the Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Register Online Today To pay by check, complete and mail this form 2016 Prayer Breakfast Registration & Payment Form.


23. "Religion and Ecology,” a part of the Woodall Lecture Series, Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:00 p.m., All Saints' Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St., Atlanta. Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-director of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, will speak on the growing ecological crisis and how religious communities are healing and restoring people and land. The lecture is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by Georgia Interfaith Power and Light. For more information, contact Gail Rogers at


24. Ben Hill United Methodist Church presents a Breast Cancer Awareness and Empowerment Forum, "African Americans & Breast Cancer: What Everyone Needs to Know."  Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m.– 12 noon, 2099 Fairburn Road, Atlanta 30309. Solutions shared by committed medical experts and breast cancer survivors that could save your life or the life of a loved one.


25. Nearly 150 years old, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary continues to be one of the most dramatic manifestations of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s commitment to diversity and equity. The seminary provides customizable, competency-based theological education to advance communities of faith, justice, and compassion across the lines of race, class, ethnicity, and gender. Enrollment is now open for the Certificate in Worship Leadership, an online course starting in Oct. with a June 2017 immersion practicum in Atlanta. Scholarships available. Read more>>


26. If you have not had a look at the Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto calling for religious cooperation and denouncing religious bigotry, you can find it here. Stand with us and sign the Atlanta Interfaith Manifesto here. #ReligiousCooperationATL


27. First African Community Food Pantry launches a new food justice program for DeKalb seniors. Read more>>


28. From the National VA Chaplain Center, in case you missed it, the recording of the CCTP webinar “Practical Guidance for Clergy in Teaching Forgiveness of Others and Oneself,” presented by Dr. Everett Worthington, can be viewed online here


29. This is a shameless plug for our Christian booksellers in the area. When thinking about baptism gifts, Christmas presents, housewarming trinkets, that special something for someone who needs a loving touch, stop by your local church book or gift shop and have a look. I was delighted by the lovely books and gifts I saw last week. Here are the shops I know of- I’m sure there are others. Let me know.

Cathedral of St. Philip Bookstore, 2744 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta 30305 (404)237-7582

Dogwood Gift Shop, gifts from local and global artisans, Peachtree Road UMC, 3180 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta 30305

First Baptist Atlanta, 4400 North Peachtree Rd, Atlanta 30338 (770)234-8461

The Mustard Seed, First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree St, N.E. (404)201-6442



Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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