Weekly Church Action Newsletter Week of July 11, 2011

 Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta

God calls us to some things we cannot do alone.

Week of July 11, 2011


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1. A last minute opportunity to find out about Alpha, Spanish language, tomorrow. Fifteen million people have taken the Alpha course around the world.  Find out about it.

Degustación de Alpha , 10am-12pm en Mceachern Memorial UMC, 4075 Macland Road. Powder Springs 30127: Preguntas y respuestas sobre los contenidos básicos del curso Alpha. Esta capacitación le permitirá adquirir o refrescar los contenidos básicos de Alpha así cómo los aspectos prácticos de forma interactiva. Este entrenamiento está abierto a todas las personas de todas las denominaciones. Necesitamos la confirmación de que va a asistir. También háganme saber si necesita guardería. (Se comenzará y acabará puntualmente.) Sin costo. Personas de contacto: Pastores Hur y Lucy Morales; lucilamorales@gmail.com o teléfonos: 770-943-3008 ext. 6025. Celular: 404-889-1315.

Here’s the translation Taste of Alpha: Questions and Answers, Thurs., July 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  at Mceachern Memorial UMC, 4075 Macland Rd., Powder Springs  30127: Q&A about the basic contents of the Alpha course. This presentation will introduce you to or refresh you on the practical aspects of the Alpha model of small group interaction. This event is free and includes food, materials and childcare. Contact Pastors Hur and Lucy Morales- lucilamorales@gmail.com; 770-943-3008 ext. 6025 or 404-889-1315 to let them know you plan to attend.

2. The story of the founding of the Poverty Rights Center at Emmaus House in Peoplestown will be told in a dramatic performance at 6 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Emmaus House Chapel. The event closes the third annual Middle School Summer Arts Camp, 1017 Hank Aaron Drive. Find out more...


3. For congregations in the New Era Convention, the New Era Congress of Christian Education will convene at the New Era Convention Center located at 1229 Green Valley Road in Griffin, beginning Sunday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. through Thursday, July 21 at 9:00 a.m.  For more information contact NewEraConvention@bellsouth.net.


4. Ties that Bind—The Presbyterian Church and Race (Presbyterian History and Reformed Theology Lecture Series at Montreat Conference Center, 7/18/2011 - 7/21/2011, will present aspects of the ways African American and European American descendents in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have related to each other and the ways these historic patterns shape our ties in the church and the world today. These presentations will encourage us to build more just and loving ties that bind us together in the ministry of Jesus Christ. The afternoon lectures will be held Monday-Thursday. In addition, Dr. Timothy B. Tyson, author of Blood Done Sign My Name, will give a dinner presentation on Wednesday evening following a reception at 5:30 p.m. in Convocation Hall. Tickets for the event are $40 plus tax and include the reception, dinner, and the lecture. They may be purchased online at montreat.org


5. The Civic League for Regional Atlanta will host Get a Move On: A 10-County Town Hall on Transportation, Growth, and the Future of the Atlanta Region. This meeting will bring together hundreds of participants in a facilitated conversation designed to get feedback on topics central to the debate leading up to the July 2012 transportation sales tax referendum – topics like priorities for a fast-growing region; environmental sustainability; economic growth; investments that could truly make a positive difference in the region’s future; and accountability and governance.  It won’t be much of a conversation if everyone in the room agrees so the Civic League is working to bring together a mix of participants who are geographically, demographically, and politically representative of the region. Come and join in the conversation, Saturday, July 23, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland St., NE, Atlanta. It is free and open to the public, though space is limited. Get more information and register on line at civicleagueatlanta.org or by calling 404-221-1553. IMPORTANT: The Civic League for Regional Atlanta neither supports nor opposes the 2012 transportation sales tax referendum.


6. St. Timothy's, Decatur, welcomes women to take a break and enjoy some fun and pampering (massages, facials, games and shopping) from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the church, 2833 Flat Shoals Road, Decatur. For information call Vanita Johnson, 404-964-6325.


7. Singer, songwriter and Grammy-award nominee Jessi Lynn will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, in the parish hall at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Dunwoody. Tickets are $8 at the door.  The evening is sponsored by the St. Patrick's 20s/30s group and is designed for people 21 and over. More information...


8. Please let your congregation know that the Fulton County Housing and Community Development Office will host an information workshop on the County’s Housing Rehabilitation Program. The session will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Palmetto Neighborhood Senior Center.  The center is located at 510 Turner Avenue in Palmetto. The Housing Rehabilitation Program provides Fulton County residents with Emergency Assistance Grants and Deferred Payment Loans funded primarily by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Grants help low and moderate-income residents obtain roof, electrical, heating/air and plumbing repairs.  DPL provides low and moderate-income residents with loans to obtain minor home repairs to correct health and safety violations. For more information on the session, contact Audra Pender at 404-612-3024 or Ronald Edwards at 404-612-8111.


9. St. Paul Vacation Bible School will be held Wednesday, July 27, – Friday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. nightly.  You are invited to join them for a HALLELUJAH Praise Time!  St. Paul says, “Come and let the word of God dwell richly in the Head, Heart, Hand, Feet and SOUL…  Praise is what we do.”  St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church is at 2870 Headland Drive, East Point, where the Rev. Dr. Clayton E. Taylor is Pastor and the Rev. Christopher Taylor is the Youth Minister.   For additional information call the church:  404-349-0660.


10. Malachi's Storehouse, a feeding ministry of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Dunwoody, needs help providing backpacks filled with school supplies for the young children it serves.  Attend Backpack in the Park from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, July 30, at Piedmont Park's Greystone Pavilion. is a filled . Backpack in the Park is a fun filled family event. The admission ticket is a new backpack filled with school supplies. Read all about it...


11. Come and drink of the Living Water and go deeper with God in your life, faith and church by attending the Oasis of Living Water Retreat hosted by Kelley Presbyterian Church, August 12, from 6 - 9 p.m. and August 13, from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m..  The retreat leader is Rev. Joan Gray, Moderator of the 217th (2006-2008) General Assembly and minister member of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. Brochure here...B Please register by August 9 with Nancy Isaac at 770-957-7992 or kepresbyterian@bellsouth.net .


12. From All About Developmental Disabilities As you may already know, 99% of AADD's participants live below the poverty line, with over half experiencing deep persistent poverty.  Many of the families we support have children in need of school supplies to prepare them for success in the 2011-12 academic year.  Starting July through August, AADD will be hosting the Annual Back to School Drive.  Please drop off your school supplies at AADD, 1440 Dutch Valley Place Atlanta 30324, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  If you can't come during these times please email Suzie@AADD.com or call 404-881-9777 ext. 205 to schedule a drop-off appointment. 


13. Please announce to your congregation or organization and clients that the DeKalb Board of Health provides back-to-school services for students in daycare, and public and private schools. The services include childhood immunization, dental, vision and hearing screenings and much more.  Call 404-294-3700 or visit www.dekalbhealth.net for your nearest health center. The agency has adopted extended hours from 8:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. on specific days and times the week before school begins for DeKalb County Schools and the week during.


14. The National Council of Churches Interfaith Relations Commission plans to recognize congregations that engage with communities of other faiths. Read about nominating your congregation or another at www.ncccusa.org


15. One of Albans most popular writers has a book available entitled Becoming a Blessed Church: Forming a Church of Spiritual Purpose, Presence, and Power. Read about N. Graham Standish and this book at alban.org. Read Dr. Standish’s Essay on mysticism and the modern church.


16. Do you know someone who has not interviewed for a job in years or would just like to sharpen her skills? Help is only a phone call away. Delta Air Lines Reservations employees and Family Life Ministries have joined together to form New Direction where women experiencing financial hardship can go to seek career development services and business attire assistance. Individuals who complete the workshop will be invited to visit the boutique to select an outfit to wear at a future job interview. Five more summer classes have been scheduled, July 27, August 9, August 24, Sept. 13, and Sept. 28. Workshops are conducted at Family Life Ministries in East Point, 2810 Church Street.   Anyone in the Atlanta area is invited to attend. The first step for a New Direction is to reserve a place by calling 404-761-6283.



Empowering Our Community By Demystifying Mental Illness & Treatment, a free community program for National Minority Mental Health Month, Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 LaVista Road. For information, contact NAMI DeKalb Affiliate at 404-604-2350 or email outreach@blackmentalhealthnet.com           

Cobb Faith Partnership, General Meeting, Wednesday, July 27, at Turner Chapel AME Church, 492 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta. Lunch will start at 11:45 a.m., meeting at noon. Be sure to bring a guest or two with you and experience what CFP is all about. For more information, email info@cobbfaithpartnership.org

The Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta is a partner in C.H.I.P. an interfaith and community-based coalition in which public, private, non-profit agencies, and faith communities work collaboratively to assure that every person in Georgia have meaningful access to the full range of information and services related to mental and addictive illness. See C.H.I.P. for more and contact us at ecarter@rccatl.org.


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