Church Action Newsletter Week of April 16, 2018

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of April 16, 2018
God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

1. Men’s Breakthrough Weekend. Are you anxious or depressed much of the time? Do you lack trusting friendships with other men? Do you think you may be a jerk? Find out about the Mankind Project, an nonprofit organization whose goal is to build and support the emotionally mature, accountable, and compassionate male role models that our communities desperately need?Read more>> There is now a component in the Southeast and there are a few spots left in a training retreat that is coming up at FDR State Park this weekend. Participants have called this experience transformative, life-changing, and powerful. retreat It is open to all men and there is no specific faith component.

2. Come worship with the Church of Mary Magdalene in a service of song, message, and sharing silent and spoken prayer on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Church of Mary Magdalene is a place where women preach, all are welcome (for real). They meet at the Atlanta Friends Meeting at 701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur, 30030. Facebook page Contact

3. The Synchronicity of the Two Red Books: Jung Tolkien and the Imaginal Realm, Friday April 20 Jung Society Lecture 7:30 p.m., Members $20, Non members $25, students with ID $10. Saturday April 21 Workshop 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. members $60, non members $70, Students with ID $50. Sandy Springs Christian Church, 301 Johnson Ferry Rd. Sandy Springs, Ga 30328. For more information and registration see

4. Between the Bookends at Kirkwood United Church of Christ, Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Join the congregation and community for this exploration of the transformational stages of our lives – everything between the bookends.More about this...

5. Live B 4 U Die Summit, a wake-up call for teenagers and youth, Saturday, April 21, 2 p.m., Friendship Baptist Church, 80 Walnut Street, Atlanta 30314. For more information contact Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta, (404)221-1222, (404) 935-5859, or Reservations are being taken on line at

6. The Rev. Jason Micheli, executive pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Va., is the featured preacher April 22 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Visit Day1.orgto find the sermon and many other video, audio, and text resources. And, listen on Sundays to News 95.5/750 AM WSB to Day 1 at 7:05 a.m.

7. Earth Day Sunday is April 22, more ideas from Creation Justice Ministries.

8. Spirituality in Films-What's it all about? $10 Lunch and talk by local screenwriter and teacher, Joe Conway. Conway will show clips from and discuss the films of Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, Days of Heaven, Badlands, Tree of Life). Malick is a devout Christian. Conway will talk about characters in Malick's works who are lost souls on a quest for meaning. Also Mr. Conway will bring everyone up to date on Malick's current film about the life of Franz Jagerstatter, a conscientious objector, who refused to fight for the Nazis during WW II and was executed for his beliefs. Conway will also discuss Atlanta's film industry. Sunday, April 22, 12:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30309. Register here.

9. AMIS Day 2018 - Celebrating 40 years of international friendships"is April 22, 3-5 p.m., at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 3110 Ashford-Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta. The suggested donation is $5 through the website here.. Founder Rev. Dr. Fahed Abu-Akel will reflect on the past forty years and Executive Director Irene Wong will provide insight looking forward. For more information, contact

10. Ecumenical Prayer Service in commemoration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cathedral of Christ the King, Monday, April 23, 7 p.m., 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Bishop Gordy, ELCA, will participate in the service led by Archbishop Wilton Gregory and his auxiliary bishops. A reception will follow in the Kenny Hall. All are welcome.

11. Mix, Mingle, & Serve, Thursday, April 26 from 7 – 9 p.m., Industrious Ponce City Market,
675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE #8500, Atlanta 30308. Young Professionals: Interested in getting involved in your community but not sure where to start? Civic Orgs/Nonprofits: Need volunteers for your nonprofit or civic organization? HOPE (Helping Organizations & People Everywhere) and Compassionate Atlanta are inviting you to a night of opportunities to serve together. Register here.

12. Married 4 Life Walk, April 28, at 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Grace Community Church in Marietta, 770 Kennesaw Ave. NW Marietta, and end at Kennesaw Mountain National Park. The purpose of the walk is to encourage couples to connect, share, and stand with other likeminded couples who also are committed to stronger, healthier marriages. Register

13. Cascade UMC Gospel Concert important correction: There is no charge or donation expected for this concert. The phrase drifted in from another announcement. Cascade United Methodist Church Music and Arts Ministry presents Songs of Jubilation, Traditional Style, the Gospel Choir in Concert, Saturday, April 28, 4 p.m., 3144 Cascade Road, Atlanta 33011. Call (404)691-5770 if you have questions.

14. Preaching workshop, Extraordinary Preaching in Ordinary Time: Visioning and Planning your Proclamation for the Summer, All the information, will be held April 30 - May 2, 2018 at the Hinton Rural Life Center, Hayesville, NC. Click on the link above for information.

15. Opportunity Fair for young people between 16 and 24. More than 20 national and local companies doing interviews and making offers at the event. May 3, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Find out more and register for this free event here. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ is concerned about the 4.9 million Americans, aged 16 – 24, who are out of school and not working. Employers are looking to hire strong talent. The fair creates pathways for youth and meets critical business needs. For more information, visit

16. Concerts at First, Atlanta Symphony Brass Ensemble, Sunday, May 6, 2 – 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, 1328 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30309. More information here.

17. Mark Lee in Concert, May 6, 6:00 p.m., Northwest Presbyterian Church (website) in the sanctuary, 4300 Northside Drive, Atlanta 30327. Come listen to the lead guitarist of Third Day sing some acoustic versions of his songs and talk about the events that inspired his latest book, Hurt Road. The book talks about the early days of Third Day and the hardships he dealt with as a teenager. As hard as those times were, they put him on the path to a more intimate relationship with God. He will share his story in the hope that it will help you when you find yourself on your own hurt road. All proceeds from the concert will go to support the work of Buckhead Christian Ministries. A $5 donation is suggested.

18. Pray With Orchard Monday, May 7, noon. And at Prayer Life, an intimate evening gathering focused on cultivating a dependency on the Lord, 7 p.m. on Monday, May 5. There is no charge and food will be provided.  Register here.

19. Emmanuel Lutheran Church celebrates 70 years of ministry in Southwest Atlanta, Honoring the Past, Nurturing the Present, and Growing the Future. A series of events is planned to celebrate. Bishop Julian Gordy will preach on Sunday, May 6, at the 10:00 a.m. service. The community is invited to join in this special service. Emmanuel Lutheran, 3050 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30311.

20. Michael ac Maynard, business consultant, mentor, and author from the UK, is conducting a free pop up work shop in Atlanta specifically tailored for faith-based enterprise. Maynard is the author of the best- selling "How to build a Christian Business and The 7 Key steps to build a successful business.” May 11, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., downtown Atlanta. Come explore your idea and what you need to get started. In this meeting you will explore your business idea and what you need to get started. To register go to or see for more about mentor Michael Maynard.

21. Metro area clergy are invited to lunch with the Rev. Naim Ateek, Friday, May 11, 12 – 1:30 p.m., at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta 30305. Ateek, born in the Palestinian village of Beisan, is a Palestinian priest in the Anglican Communion. In 1991 he founded the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology in Jerusalem. He is the author of Justice and Only Justice, A Palestinian Theology of Liberation.

22. Are you interested in working for racial justice through your church? New Baptist Covenant offers that opportunity through its Covenant of Action program. Covenants of Action bring together Baptist churches from different racial and ethnic backgrounds in the same city or region to build relationships with each other and work together to create positive change in the community beyond their churches. For information on how you can form a Covenant of Action, click here. Apply for a grant here.

Visit our website for a complete community calendar, links to the Toolbox for Mental Health Ministry, websites for daily devotionals, and many other resources. And, send us your announcements to

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

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