Officer Training
Oct
26
9:30 AM09:30

Officer Training

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Please join us for a morning of training for elders, deacons, and clerks of session. We will gather for plenary and breakout sessions designed for the different groups.

There is no charge for this event. However, we request that you register by clicking here so that we can be sure to accommodate all attendees. Light refreshments will be served.

Tentative Schedule:

  • 9:30 - Welcome

  • Keynote

  • PCUSA Structure

  • Corporate Board v. Session Meetings

  • 10:45-11 - Break

  • 11-12:30 - Breakout Sessions designed for clerks, deacons, and elders

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Clifton Sanctuary Ministries 40th Anniversary
Oct
27
3:00 PM15:00

Clifton Sanctuary Ministries 40th Anniversary

On November 1, 1979, members of Clifton Presbyterian Church drove their church van downtown and convinced 3 men who were homeless to come back to the church where they could sleep on mats in the sanctuary, have a hot meal provided by loving volunteers, and take a shower. Every night of every year since then, men who are homeless have slept in the church sanctuary......pretty amazing! Clifton shelter was one of the first, if not the first, faith-based shelter in Atlanta and some of our volunteers have been volunteering for close to all of those 40 years.

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Dinner & Dialogue: The 1619 Project
Oct
27
5:00 PM17:00

Dinner & Dialogue: The 1619 Project

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Members of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and the wider community are invited to join First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta staff members and outside speakers for dinner and dialogue about “The 1619 Project.”

Published by the New York Times in August 2019, “The 1619 Project” is an initiative observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in America. “The 1619 Project” seeks to reframe the conversation about the history of our country and the lasting consequences of slavery in contemporary society. In so doing, it re-centers both the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the heart of the stories we tell ourselves about America. 

The Dinner and Dialogue is from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on October 27, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta in Fifield Hall. The evening will include dinner, table conversations, a panel discussion, and time for question and answer. To get the most out of the evening, participants will read a portion of “The 1619 Project” before the conversation. Access to an electronic version of the project along with a reading guide and other learning materials will be provided upon registration. Registration for the event is $10 and covers the cost of dinner. Register at https://tinyurl.com/fpc1619. For more information, please contact Rev. Dr. Chris Holmes at cholmes@firstpresatl.org

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Memorial Drive Ministries Friendraiser and Cookout
Nov
9
3:00 PM15:00

Memorial Drive Ministries Friendraiser and Cookout

YOU’RE INVITED!

Memorial Drive Ministries’

INTERGENERATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL COOKOUT & CELEBRATION! 

Saturday, November 9
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Food -- Children’s Games and Activities -- Tours

Meet the 14+ partners and discover how you can be part of their ministries of education, community development and economic justice. 

Come eat, play, tour, and make new friends. 

Learn how you and your group can partner with MDM

in a ministries of hospitality and joy at the Memorial Drive campus --

5140 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA  30083

 

RSVP: https://memorialdriveministries.org/

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1001 New Worshiping Community Assessments
Nov
11
to Nov 14

1001 New Worshiping Community Assessments

The Presbytery of Greater Atlanta is full of exciting new worshiping communities. In fact, we have 26 communities currently under care, and if you are feeling called to start a community, let's talk.

We want to help visionary leaders discern whether or how they might prepare for this ministry, and we want to identify strong leaders for this demanding yet energizing call. As you read this, we are preparing and recruiting potential church starters to take part in a 3 ½-day assessment in Atlanta (November 11-14).

This is a time when leaders discern how their own leadership style, strengths and capabilities lend themselves to start up. The New Church Development Commission has two scholarships for PGA members who are interested.

If you are interested, if you'd like to be considered for a scholarship, or if you'd like to nominate a candidate, please get in touch with NCDC Executive Director Lindsay Armstrong at larmstrong@atlpcusa.org.

NCDC will host 1001 New Worshiping Communities Discerning Missional Leadership Assessments at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur on November 11-14, 2019.

Please register for Assessments by October 4.

Photo: Mary Cox (NCDC Moderator) and Michael Gehrling (1001 Associate) during 2017 Assessments.

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Presbyterians for a Better Georgia | 2019 Legislative Forum
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Presbyterians for a Better Georgia | 2019 Legislative Forum

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Presbyterians for a Better Georgia | 2019 Legislative Forum
Theme: "Faith-Based Civil Discourse: Bridging the Divide in 2020"
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church
Doors Open at 6:30 PM | Event Starts at 7 PM

Join faith leaders in a discussion with Georgia state legislators about public policy, plus learn about issues central to this year's legislative session and how to be equipped for the 2020 election cycle.

This event is free and open to all. You do not need to be a member of Presbyterians for a Better Georgia or affiliated with a PCUSA congregation to attend. Refreshments will be served!

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Annual Christmas Luncheon for Retired Ministers, Christian Educators, & Spouses 2019
Dec
5
12:00 PM12:00

Annual Christmas Luncheon for Retired Ministers, Christian Educators, & Spouses 2019

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Annual Christmas Luncheon for Retired Ministers, Christian Educators, & Spouses 2019
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 12-1:30PM @ Trinity PC Atlanta
Leaders: Sam and Cora Jane Pope
Greetings: Aisha Brooks-Lytle
Speakers: Rev. Tom Farmer, Parish Associate for Pastoral Care and Senior Adult Ministries, Trinity Presbyterian Church of Atlanta

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Hunger Walk/Run 2020
Mar
15
2:00 PM14:00

Hunger Walk/Run 2020

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Since 1984, the Hunger Walk/Run has been an annual 5K/“fun run” of the The Atlanta Community Food Bank and its partners. Proceeds benefit the ACFB and other local nonprofits, programs, and ministries focused on hunger relief. These benefiting partner organizations help recruit participants and receive a percentage of the funds raised to support their direct hunger relief programs.

As a benefitting partner, the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta keeps 60% of the funds we raise, which supports our P.A.T.H. Grant (Presbyterians Answer to Hunger) program. All PGA churches are eligible to apply for a P.A.T.H. Grant to support hunger initiatives within their congregation. The remaining 40% that we raise goes to the Atlanta Community Food Bank where - among many other outstanding results - they leverage every $1 into $9 worth of groceries for hunger relief (enough for 4 meals!).

In recent years, the youth of our presbytery have raised approx. $140,000 for hunger relief, $35,000 in 2017 alone (up 94% from 2016). Our youth have paved the way for us to become a strong benefitting partner. Let’s all join with them to reach our 2020 goal!

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Grant Applications Due
Oct
15
12:00 AM00:00

Grant Applications Due

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Compassion Grants: The Grants Committee is now receiving applications for the annual Compassion Fund Grants. All applications must be received by midnight on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. For a description of the grant and to access the grant application, please click to visit the Grant Opportunities page of our website. We look forward to reading about the great work being done in our congregations in the area of compassion ministries. Notice of awards granted will be sent in early November.

PATH Grants: PATH (Presbyterian Answer to Hunger) Grants are typically offered each fall. However, due to very low participation in the Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run last Spring and, therefore, very little money available for PATH grants, the PATH Grant will not be offered this fall. The Grants Committee is hoping that participation levels will be back up for the 2020 Hunger Walk/Run and that the grant can be offered again next fall. (Mark your calendar: Hunger Walk/Run 2020 will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Please plan to participate! Click here for Hunger Walk/Run 2020 info.)

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Atlanta Premiere | “Flint: The Poisoning of an American City"
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Atlanta Premiere | “Flint: The Poisoning of an American City"

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Created by Barnhart Films and Story Productions, a ministry of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, “Flint: The Poisoning of an American City" is the first feature-length documentary exploring the critical question of how the ongoing water crisis could happen in an American city.

This film intersperses interviews with area residents and experts in lead and water with testimony at congressional oversight committee hearings.

With over 5,300 cities across the US in violation of federal lead rules, Flint serves as a warning for the rest of the country. This documentary educates and inspires action, seeking to radically change how we view and value water.

Atlanta Premiere | “Flint: The Poisoning of an American City" | October 10, 2019 | 7 pm | The Plaza Theatre | Cost: $12.50/ticket

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CoInspire Conference at Montreat
Oct
7
to Oct 10

CoInspire Conference at Montreat

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On October 7-10, Montreat Conference Center will host CoInspire, a conference focused on addressing systemic racism in the church.

For this event, Montreat is offering an incentive for groups. Type "Todd Speed Group" into the Comments box located on the last page of registration. You will receive a $25 discount for being part of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta Group.
Note: Your discount will not show on your first confirmation, but will show on your second receipt. No refunds after September 30.

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TheoEd Talks
Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

TheoEd Talks

TheoEd Talks | September 22 | 5pm | The Carter Center

By: Ryan Bonfiglio, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Old Testament and Director of Public Theological Education at Candler School of Theology

TheoEd Talks is an ecumenical speaker series that brings together leading thinkers in the church and the academy to give a TED-style “talk of their lives” in 20 minutes or less. The next talk will be held on Sunday, September 22 beginning at 5 pm in the Carter Center (453 John Lewis Freedom Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30307).

This season’s speakers include: 

  • Jonathan Merritt, an award-winning journalist on religion and culture, and author of Learning to Speak God from Scratch

  • Austin Channing Brown, a leading new voice on racial justice, and author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

  • Mihee Kim-Kort, an ordained Presbyterian (USA) minister who writes and speaks on kinship, identity, and Asian-American feminist theology

  • Ted Smith, Professor of Preaching and Ethics at Candler School of Theology whose work focuses on the intersections of theology, ethics, and society

TheoEd is presented by First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. For tickets and more information, visit TheoEd.com.

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Self-Development of People Community Workshops
Sep
19
to Sep 21

Self-Development of People Community Workshops

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Self-Development of People in Partnership with the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta

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Community Engagement Days

Dates: September 19 -21, 2019
Location: Various (see flyer & registration link)

Join us for workshops and panel discussions focused on issues affecting your community.

Workshops/Panels:

  • Refugee Care and the Church’s Role

  • The Least of These: Engaging Presbyterians in the Work of Preventing and Alleviating Poverty

  • Community Organizing

  • Farming Cooperatives

  • SDOP Grants for Grassroots Groups

  • Panel Discussion by Local Clergy and Non-Profits

Who Can Benefit?
Presbyterians & the Atlanta faith-based community, local grassroots groups., community-based organizations, community activists, foundations, and more.

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Boundaries Training
Sep
17
12:30 PM12:30

Boundaries Training

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The Presbytery of Greater Atlanta requires all Teaching Elders, Commissioned Ruling Elders, and Honorably Retired Ministers who are serving churches to receive Boundaries Training (previously known as Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training). Please click this link to read the policy: Policy 16

Trainings are held at the Presbytery office, and the cost is $30/person.

Click the button below for additional information and registration.

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