Church Action eNewswletter Week of April 27, 2015

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Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

Weekly Church Action eNewsletter

Week of April 27, 2015


Remember that all events from past editions are on the Community Calendar at

Community Health Interfaith Partnership has one more session of Mental Health First Aid to do this spring. Contact Mary Wilson at to discuss the possibility of a training at your house of worship. Mental Health First Aid prepares the public to ameliorate a mental health crisis until help arrives just as First Aid does for a physical condition. An important part of serving the community is to be prepared to help your neighbor.

1. The Rev. Fred Craddock passed away March 6. The Candler School of Theology gave a memorial for him April 9, 2015.  You may view this service here – Craddock. The Craddock Center is having a celebration of his life on his birthday, tomorrow, Thursday, April 30, 5:30 p.m. For more information see Craddock Celebration.  

2. Trinity Explores! The Affordable Care Act in Georgia: It’s Impact and Potential, speaker is Tim Sweeny; April 30, 7:00 p.m. Did you know over one million Georgian's are uninsured? AND Georgia was home to the fourth most uninsured children of any state in 2013? Life turns out differently for our citizens that can't afford basic health care.  Join Trinity Explores on April 30 to find out how we can close this gap. Tim Sweeny has served as Georgia Budget & Policy Institute’s health care policy analyst since 2005. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta 30327, Room B104 – 106.

3. Compassionate Atlanta Community Conversation, Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore, 5531 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, 30342, Thursday, April 30, from 7 – 8 p.m., a community discussion on compassion and human connection. Discover the many ways you can expand the vibration of compassion in your world. Click here for more information and to R.s.v.p. on the facebook event page. Everyone is welcome.

4. Historical Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 220 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, 30303, (recognized for its landmark neon blue “Jesus Saves” over the urban skyline) is pleased to announce it will host the 141st Session of the AME Atlanta North Georgia Annual Conference, May 1-8. See the complete schedule of activities here.


5. St. Luke Lutheran Church in Atlanta is hosting its second Beer and Hymns event in the church building with food and drinks provided by the community and would love for others to experience this event in a local church setting. Bring your singing voice, a friend, and beer and/or snacks to share. There will be music, food, drinks, and alleluias aplenty!   Friday, May 1, 7:00 p.m., St. Luke, 3264 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta 30327. If you have questions e-mail or call the church office at (404)237-4413.


6. The Women’s Ministry at Roswell United Methodist Church invites women of the community to a breakfast and fellowship with Rebekah Lyons, author of Freefall to Fly, on Saturday, May 2, 8:30 a.m. - noon in the fellowship hall (Chapel building). Rebekah will teach what it means to take the leap into becoming the women God calls you to be. Registration necessary here. For information contact Rachel Turner,


7. Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (AIB) and host Bill Traylor bring Cheyenne Country to Atlanta. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, this family program features both nationally recognized and new artists performing Christian music with a country flavor.  Artist interviews round out each program.  Songs reflect faith, family, and country. Cheyenne Country premieres Saturday, May 2 at 9pm. Find your station.


8. The Rev. Juan Huertas, lead pastor of Grace Community, a United Methodist Church in Shreveport, is the featured preacher on Day 1, Sunday, May 3. His sermon for the 5th Sunday of Easter, is based on John 15:1-8 and entitled "Abiding Fruit." Find your local station at


9. Organist Catherine Rodland will play Louis Vierne's entire Third Organ Symphony at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Cathedral of St. Philip. A graduate of Eastman School of Music, Dr. Rodland serves as artist in residence at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. Choral Evensong follows.


10. Neshama Interfaith Center presents "A Woman's Journey" (but NOT just for women!) Sunday, May 3, from 4 to 6 p.m., Roswell Community Masjid, 345 Market Place, Roswell  30075. This event from Neshama and the masjid, a week before Mothers Day will celebrate the women in our lives. Three women from three different faiths - Hounada Sinno, Rabbi Pamela Gottfried, and Anne Alexander – will share their stories of faith and their own personal journeys ... and then join in the conversation about our own individual journeys. Light refreshments will be served. A suggested donation of $15 is to cover the cost of this event. Reserve your seat by email to Sue Chase More information.


11. The Lent and Easter portions of Messiah will be presented at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Grace Episcopal Church, Gainesville. The Grace Parish Choir of 40 singers, a 20-piece orchestra and 12 vocal soloists will take part. There is no fee for admission and a reception follows.


12. Spring Jazz Vespers at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 5135 Memorial Dr., Stone Mountain 30083, May 3, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., Rock of Ages welcomes the community to this much anticipated service.


13. North Avenue Presbyterian Church will host the youthSpark Legislative Roundup, Tuesday, May 4, 7:30 a.m. In addition to hearing feedback from senators and representatives on the 2015 session, the Honorable Attorney General Sam Olens will also make special remarks highlighting the importance of community participation. Tickets are only $10, register here now! 607 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta  30308. Registration Required! Register via PayPal the website by clicking the "donate" button and enter $10.00 as amount. You will receive a confirmation email that will serve as your rsvp. Click here to register.


14. Churches across the city are praying for the city on the 125th birthday of the Salvation Army, May 5-9, 125 hours. Find a location near you here or sign up to participate here.


15. World Affairs Council of Atlanta presents Pope Francis as International Statesman at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Tuesday, May 5, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Read all about this here.


16. Join the National Council of Churches Christian Unity Gathering, May 7-8, Washington, D.C., Keynote by Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Workshop on How to Respond to Religious Extremism. Two workshops focused on using art as a means of peacemaking. Film screenings of "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" and "Mothers of Bedford." Click here for full schedule. If you have questions about the registration, contact Verna Sodano-Richards at


17. The City of Atlanta and The National Center for Civil and Human Right’s International Human Trafficking Institute are collaborating on an art exhibition in the Atrium and on Concourse E of the Atlanta Airport. “Freedom Expressions Atlanta” will display art by 21 artists in the Atrium and more than 60 student artists on Concourse E.  The show will raise awareness on human trafficking locally, nationally, and globally. Volunteers are sought to serve as docents for the exhibition. There will be a 1 hour training required which will cover information on human trafficking, the art being displayed, and other topics relevant to the project. The training will be held Saturday, May 9, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta 30327. Come at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., or 1:00 p.m.  As you enter the church campus, follow the signs to park near the Welcome Center, enter through the Welcome Center and follow the signs for the training location.

18. The Brotherhood of St. Timothy is sponsoring its annual charity golf tournament, Monday, May 11, at Northwoods Golf Club in Gwinnett.  The Brotherhood is accepting teams and individuals who wish to play, as well as hole sponsorships and donations for the raffle.  Proceeds will benefit the Holy Cross Academy Preschool that ministers to the local community.  For more information, contact Steve Smith (404)787-5416. Holy Cross Anglican Church, Cathedral Church for the Anglican Diocese of the South, Loganville 30052. Office (770)466-2888 ext. 112

19. The Beecken Center of the School of Theology, Sewanee, offers a retreat with writer & speaker Carl McColman on “Mindful Discernment, Contemplative Community” a current hot topic—mindfulness as it relates to all manner of things, such as health, business, leadership, and parenting. This retreat will draw on the insight of two leading figures from Church history, Saint Benedict and St. Ignatius of Loyola. Friday evening May 15 through noon on Sunday, May 17, DuBose Conference Center, Monteagle, Tenn.  For more information and to register follow this link.

20. Choral Guild of Atlanta brings American Jazz and Contemporary to Northside Drive Baptist Church, Sunday, May 17, 4:00 p.m., Missa Gaia, Paul Winter, and Gershwin/American Medley, 3100 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30305.

21. Camp Beech Grove welcomes young children (5-8 year olds.) They will hear sacred stories, sing, have hands-on nature and science activities, do yoga, play, and learn the ways of compassionate communication. Central UCC Church is in the midst of the Central UCC Nature Preserve: a forest sanctuary for people, native plants, and pollinators. The camp will have weekly sessions, Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., June 1 to July 10. Cost is $175. Location is Central UCC, 2676 Clairmont Rd. NE 30329. More information at or contact us at

22. Conversations at First Baptist Decatur, 308 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, 30030, is pleased to host An Evening with Pat Conroy and Friends, May 18, 7:00 p.m. sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book; no tickets or reservations are required. A Story River Books presentation. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Conroy will host a panel discussion featuring four authors whose works are recently released from the series imprint of the University of South Carolina Press, John Lane, Bernie and Maggie Schein, and the Townsend Prize for Fiction and Lillian Smith Book Award winner, Mary Hood. Books will be available for guests to purchase and have signed at the event.

23. The NewLife FM 20th Anniversary Celebration, Friday, June 12, 7 p.m., Griffin First Assembly of God, 2000 West McIntosh Road, Griffin, will feature Babbie Mason in concert with the full choir and orchestra of Griffin First Assembly and introduce Brent Vernon and Sam the dummy. Audrey Amaka the Neckless Giraffe will be there, too.  A fun, free, inspirational, celebration for all ages. 

24. GROW day camp  Powder Springs First United Methodist Church,  July 13 - 17, 2015.  Archery, nature study, belayed tree climbing, and time in worship and study outside are all core to the experience. Activities contribute to learning new skills, appreciating God's creation, building Christian community, and experiencing worship in new ways - See more here. Available for rising 1st graders through rising 6th graders.  Other locations available throughout North Georgia. 


Ethel Ware Carter

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Inc.


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