Church Action Newsletter Week of May 7, 2018

Church Action eNewsletter
Week of May 7, 2018
God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

1. Christians around the world are pledging to mark the time between Ascension Day on May 10 and Pentecost on May 20 with a single prayer Thy Kingdom Come. This is the third observance of the invitation to Christians across the globe to join in prayer. Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry provides someprayer resources. 

2. DeKalb County PD will be on hand for Coffee With a Cop on Friday May 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at The Corner Cup, 2625 Lawrenceville Highway at the intersection with McLendon, behind the CITGO station.

3. Feast of Lady Julian and 40th Anniversary of St. Julian’s parish's founding, Friday, May 11, 7:00 p.m., St. Julian's Episcopal Church, 5400 Stewart Mill Road Douglasville 30135 St. Julian’s, Douglasville is celebrating their 40th anniversary as a parish all year long. For this and many other parish celebrations throughout the year, go to St. Julian’s website where you will find the full listing of ways in which this parish honors its ministries and ministers – past, present, and future. Learn More

4. 5th Midtown Race for MAC, Saturday, May 12, 8:30—11:00 a.m. at Piedmont Park. This walk/run 5k, is fun for all ages. The proceeds go directly to Midtown Assistance Center in their mission to prevent homelessness and hunger. Sign up at Pheidippides at Ansley Mall, 1544 Piedmont Ave NE #119, Atlanta, 30324. For more information, contact Tori Cole at

5. The DeKalb Choral Guild closes its 40th season with a concert The Choral Calamities of P. D. Q. Bach. The program features Oedipus Tex, The Birthday Ode to Big Daddy Bach, and The Triumphs of Thusnelda. The concert is Saturday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Rd, Atlanta 30329. Tickets are $5 each. For more information, see

6. The Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas is the featured preacher on Day 1 this week, Sunday, May13. His sermon for Ascension Day is “Why Are You Looking Up?” Hear Day 1 every Sunday on News 95.5 and 750 AM WSB at 7:05 a.m. Visit for more.

7. Morningside Presbyterian Church presents Mac Frampton, pianist in concert Sunday, May 13, at 3 p.m., 1411 N. Morningside Drive, NE. The Atlanta Journal heralds him as “impressive and heaps of fun.” This concert is a benefit to help the choir of MPC fund an upcoming choir tour. All donations appreciated. More information can be found at

8. Amidst the annual craziness of May, wouldn’t it be great to have a guaranteed four hours of silence (plus lunch) at beautiful and peaceful Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center on the Chattahoochee? Is this just what you need? Orchard’s next Sabbath Rest is Tuesday, May 15, 12 to 4 p.m. The cost for registration and lunch is $22. Scholarships are available to those who wish to come but cannot afford the cost. Please register at

9. Morningside Presbyterian Church will host the first Sacred Harp Singing School Tuesday evening, May 15, at 7 p.m., 1411 N. Morningside Drive, NE. This event is free and the public is invited to attend. Learn how to sing this great style of music using the shape note traditions. More information is available at

10. Faith in Public Life Georgia is gearing up for the Annual Spring Event: Faith Leads on Gun Violence Prevention, May 15 at 7 p.m. and you’re invited! Discussion at this gathering will be hopes and concerns we want to share with youth leaders, clergy, and the legislators who will be making decisions about Georgia’s gun laws. You can R.s.v.p. here. The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta 30309. Come and share your vision for a safer Georgia.

11. Emmanuel Lutheran Church continues to celebrate 70 years of ministry in Southwest Atlanta. May 16 is the actual anniversary date and there will be a special candlelight service to celebrate this day, Wednesday, May 16, 6 p.m. The community is invited to help celebrate at this beautiful event. 3050 Cascade Road, SW, Atlanta 30311.

12. The Great Public Service Commission Forum, Wednesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. Hosted by Georgia Interfaith Power & Light partner Glenn Memorial UMC, attendees will have a chance to meet and chat with their PSC candidates. What do candidates think about Plant Vogtle, renewables, rate structures, broadband in rural Georgia, and expansion of electric vehicles? Find the details at this link.

13. Are you interested in solar but unsure where to start? Join Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, friends, and the Solarize Atlanta team at St. Anne's Episcopal Church to learn more about pricing and the process of installing solar on your home or house of faith, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. Solarize Atlanta includes a free solar evaluation for any congregation, business, or residence in the city of Atlanta – including preliminary site design, energy usage profile, and financial analysis. It’s for a limited time, so come on the 17. Note: a free evaluation does not commit you to any kind of purchase. 3098 Saint Anne’s Lane, Atlanta 30327, (404)237-5589.

14. The Festival Singers of Atlanta continue their 2017-2018 season with “Big World, One Village” Friday, May 18, at 8 p.m. Northside Drive Baptist Church Chapel, 3100 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta 30305 and Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 781 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30308. The program features music from around the world representing various cultural traditions Concerts are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. For more information, check out

15. Learn about starting your business, 501c3, charity, church, nonprofit, retail, or real estate practice from Biblical Principles to Entrepreneurship in a laid back atmosphere with food, fun, and prizes. There will be a workshop in Fayetteville on May 19 focusing on steps to acquiring business credit and 10 steps to get your business off on the right foot. You must R.s.v.p. by calling (678) 907-0200. Min. Bolden, go to to find out more.

16. The Annual Spring Jazz Vespers, in conjunction with the Atlanta Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary at First Congregational Church, 105 Courtland Street, NE, Atlanta, 30303. 

17.10 Gifts from Jung to Help a Crazy Time with Jack A. Graham, M.Div., Th.M., LPC and Helen H. Graham, LCSW, Jung Society of Atlanta, Sandy Springs Christian Church, 301 Johnson Ferry Rd., is May 19, 7:30 p.m. This free informal discussion focuses on Jung’s importance for our time, how Jung can help us with our current world, and what we can do to help change it. See for specifics.

18. Georgia Reflections On Access And Fairness In The Courts Summit: Engaging The Faith Community, May 25, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., The Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, Atlanta 30313. Click Here to R.s.v.p.

19. Do you know a lawful permanent resident who would like to become a citizen? There will be a free citizenship clinic on Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro 30236. Appointments are required, please call (404)890-5655 for Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Other sponsors are The New Americans Campaign, Clayton County Library, and The Peoples’ Agenda.

20. The Atlanta Music Conservatory Summer Camp will be held Tuesday, May 29 – Friday, June 8, at First Congregational Church downtown. For more information, contact the Church Office at (404)659-6255.

21. Starting June 1, Silver Sneakers FLEX, a new wellness program that allows older adults to get active in classes held outside of the traditional fitness center, will be holding morning exercise classes at Highpoint Episcopal Community Church in the parish hall. Cardio & Strength classes will be held at HECC on Monday and Friday mornings from 9:15 - 10:00 a.m. The classes are free for Silver Sneakers cardholders. Non-cardholders will pay $5.00 per class or one may purchase class cards ($40.00 for 10 classes). Participants can check eligibility and print their SilverSneakers ID card at For more information about the Silver Sneakers FLEX program, click on this link. This is a great way to get back in shape.

22. Killing Kryptonite Tour, Atlanta, Tuesday, June 5, 7:00 p.m., With teaching from John Bevere and worship led by Bethel Music, these gatherings will give the Church a powerful invitation to experience lasting transformation. Mt. Pisgah Church, 2850 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek 30022. Get Tickets.

23. Chris Heuertz will be giving a two-day workshop based on his book The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth. As a sacred map to our soul, the Enneagram is a compassionate tool, sketching our possibilities and opportunities. On Saturday, June 9, from 9:30-4:30, full day introductory workshop. On Sunday, from 1-5, an optional half-day deep dive into the Enneagram as a tool for spiritual growth. This workshop from People/Place/Purpose is done in partnership with CenterForm,, an innovation hub for Christian ministry in downtown Atlanta. Cost: $200 for both / $125 for Saturday / $85 for Sunday. 115 M. L. King, Jr. Drive, SW, Suite 3B/4B.

24. Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra's Two-week Summer Academy for string students of all levels will be place June 11-22 at First Congregational Church in downtown Atlanta. For more information, contact (404)328-0840 or

25. Save the date to relax with Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, Saturday & Sunday, June 23-24, at the Big Canoe Nature Festival! If you did not attend the Sacred Activism Workshop, you'll have a chance to attend the workshop at this festival (more details to come). This fun-for-the-family weekend includes guided walks and hikes, bird watching, and an exhibition of nature-related art and photography. Come for one day or stay the entire weekend!

26. Tickets are now available for Gospel Meets Jazz, a concert presented by the Westside Winds Jazz Orchestra, who rehearse at First Baptist Church of Lithia Springs, at Southwest Arts Center, two shows, June 23 and 30, both at 6 p.m. Call for more information (678) 410-5053 or (404) 528-1312.

27. For clergy: The Training and Counseling Center at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church offers unique Clinical Pastoral Education for clergy this summer to strengthen pastoral care skills. TACC’s Engaged Social Action approach accelerates the learning process by exposing clergy to people and experiences that are different from themselves. These experiences awaken pastoral gifts and enhance an understanding of the living human documents in both students and care-seekers. TACC’s social justice settings offer a unique opportunity to deepen this process. Atlanta Medical Center - For students wishing to experience CPE in an urban hospital setting, the AMC program accommodates students who prefer to work in a Level 1 Trauma Center. TACC offers a rich learning environment that combines clinical, reflective, and integrative experiences. These include Peer Retreat, Artistic Explorations, Theater Arts in Social Justice, Interfaith Hospitality. Please contact Karen Miller, Director of CPE, (404)876-6266 ext 2014 or, for dates, application, and fee information.

28. Explore Rowan Williams’ books Being Christian and Being Disciples on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. this summer at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. These short, easy-to-read books explore the basics of the Christian faith and how to practice it. See the schedule for chapters and topics for discussion at to Faith in Action, to Lifelong Formation, and scroll down) or use this link.Feel free to drop in for the discussion whether or not you’ve read ahead. The nursery will be open for childcare and there will be a special “pray ground” in the Parish Hall also, where children can read, play, and be in their own space. If you have any questions, contact Rev. Tim Meyers at or (404)237-5589. All are welcome to attend the book study, 3098 Saint Anne’s Lane, Atlanta 30327.

29. Young Adult Guidance Center, a state licensed group home and emergency shelter that served over 12,000 young men, ages 13-24 in its 31 year service history, closed its doors in December because of lack of federal funds. The YAGC Corporation is presently seeking to sell the Light House Facility unit - over 9000 square feet and in perfect condition. This facility would be ideal for a church that would like to extend their service mission to include emergency shelter service. This is a unit zoned for outreach supportive service activities and has a special use permit to provide community service in the Carrie Park Community at 1230 Hightower Road in NW Atlanta. For more information contact Fred Coleman at (404)660-9435.

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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