Church Action Newsletter Week of August 15, 2011

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

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9/11 commemoration planning and events including a comments from Eboo Patel and sermon notes from Trinity Wall Street’s rector.

Two RCCA members in the news, Candler School of Theology and Cascade United Methodist Church, see featured article on website
1. A screening of God Grew Tired of Us, the award-winning documentary about the Lost Boys of Sudan, with a Q&A and discussion session will led by Lino Momo, a survivor himself, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, in the parish hall at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3480 Main Street, College Park. Momo will guide the audience in a conversation about the current genocide and famine in East Africa. The program is free of charge. All ages are welcome. For information contact

2. Bring your children to the Peachtree Road Farmers Market, August 20, at 9:30 or 11 a.m. for a special presentation from the Cathedral Book Store of The Duck Pond Hawk: A True Story about Caring, Courage and Growing Up. This will be a lively, interactive presentation by Susan Murray Euart, the book's author and photographer, as she tells this wonderful story. You might stop by the bookstore to see the great selection of books and gifts for children and more. The Cathedral Book Store and Farmers Market are located at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. Call 404-237-7582 if you have questions.

3. Governor’s Office for Families and Children offers 3D Parent Empowerment Workshop, August 20, a 4 hour presentation (including lunch) that will help you understand your teen’s pressures and risks as well as discover the steps you can take to help your teen make healthy choices. Find out all about it

4. An Old-Time Radio Show will be presented by the Christ Church Players at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Christ Church Episcopal, 400 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children, 12 and under. They may be ordered through the church office, 770-447-1166, ext. 222, or Proceeds will benefit Rainbow Village's program for homeless families and Norcross Cooperative Ministry.

5. In 2010 the Academy of Parish Clergy named the Rev. Dr. Peter Marty “Parish Pastor of the Year,” an award recognizing leadership excellence and faithfulness in congregational development. Marty will be the featured preacher on Day 1 on August 21 and August 28. Formerly known as “The Protestant Hour,” “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 66 years. It is currently distributed to more than 215 radio stations across America and overseas. For more information, call toll free 888-411-Day-1 or check the program’s Web site,

6. Remember that Brad Sherrill will perform Prophets at Roswell United Methodist Church, Sunday, August 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Prophets (based on the prophetic texts of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Amos and Micah) is brought to life with the assistance of powerful multimedia imagery which gives these Scriptures even greater relevance for our lives and times. Old Testament biblical scholar and author Walter Brueggemann has called Brad's performance "compelling" and "provocative." It had its theatrical debut in Atlanta at the Conant Performing Arts Center in 2010 and now tours churches throughout the U.S. For tickets/more information

7. The Cobb Alzheimer’s Resource and Educational Services extends an invitation to attend an informative presentation on Wednesday, August 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cobb Central Library, 266 Roswell Street, Marietta. Cobb Alzheimer’s Resource and Educational Services is a non-profit organization that is geared toward the care and treatment of Alzheimer clients, family members, and healthcare professionals in Cobb County. For additional information or questions contact Briggett Washington at 770-842-5809 or .

8. 2011 Youth Explosion Music is Life, Friday, August 26- Sunday, August 28, at Cascade United Methodist Church. Get the details and find contact information at

9. Rocky Head United Methodist Church invites you to its Homecoming Celebration on August 28 and its Homecoming Revival, August 29-31—7:00 p.m. each night. The theme for this year's Celebration and Revival is "New Birth" with dynamic pastoral leadership at each worship service. The Homecoming Celebration begins with the 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship service with Rocky Head's Pastor Rev. Tanya Y. Pittman and a 3:00 p.m. worship service with Rev. Richard D. Winn, Senior Pastor of Ben Hill UMC. Rev. Winn will also be the guest Revival preacher for Monday night. Rev. Dr. Elaine Crawford, Associate Pastor of Cascade UMC, will proclaim the Word for Tuesday night's Revival, and the Revival will conclude on Wednesday night with Evangelist Veronica Daniels. You are all invited to this spirit-filled celebration and worship experience.

10. Second Annual DeKalb County Emergency Preparedness Fair presented by the DeKalb Emergency Management Agency, Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair will be located behind the First Baptist Church of Tucker at 4073 LaVista Road in Tucker. Learn how to compile emergency kits, fire safety, pet and large animal crisis care, and much much more including a live band, D.J., and children’s carnival. If your congregation is not prepared or you know its members may not here is a chance to help protect your families and community. For additional information contact Robert Swanson at 678-406-7858 or

11. Registration is now open for the 9/11 Interfaith Gathering. Atlantans of all faiths are invited to participate in this event designed to foster dialogue and mutual understanding, Sunday, 9/11/11 at 5:00 PM at Decatur Hotel and Conference Center, 130 Clairemont Road, downtown Decatur, Georgia. Parking is available at the hotel for a charge and there is free parking at the Decatur First Baptist Church next door. The 9/11/11 Interfaith Gathering planning committee includes Atlantans from a variety of faith expressions, including Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, and Muslims. Please visit the FAMA website for all details to register for this open and free event.

12. Parker Palmer will keynote Awaken The Courage to C.A.R.E. conference on October 6-8, at the Georgia Tech Conference Center. Participants will experience the power of new practices for re-shaping Christian culture in congregations as places for listening, dialogue, inquiry and understanding that support the call of the next generation to receive and respond to God's gift of abundant life. Read all about it at . This conference is led and sponsored by the Fund for Theological Education.

13. The Cathedral of St. Philip is pleased to announce that registration is now open for A New Harmony, the Spirit, the Earth, and the Human Soul a day with J. Philip Newell on Saturday, October 8, 2011. J. Philip Newell is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality. With a passion for peace in the world and a fresh vision for harmony between its great spiritual traditions, Dr. Newell will be exploring the theme of new harmony in our lives and world. Register today! For more information and registration options see

14. Did you know that the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest offers online classes for laity and clergy? Fall term is Sept. 12-Oct. 28. Each class offers 20 CEUs and costs $170. Registration deadline is Sept. 6. Course offerings are: "Reading God" (sacred texts around the world), "Reflections on God and Country" (a critical examination of the nexus of religion and patriotism), "Ministry in the Spiritual and Cultural Diversity of Health Care," and "Starting Hispanic Ministries" (gleanings from the field of domestic missions in the Southwest). Find out more at

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