September 1, 2022

by C. Anderson James, Stated Clerk

The Presbytery of Greater Atlanta gathered via Zoom for a Stated Meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. We continued our two-year exploration of the Seven Marks of Vital Congregations as we considered the importance of “Outward Incarnational Focus.”

This outward focus was exemplified throughout the meeting as we celebrated our Presbytery Partnerships by lifting up their work and their leaders. Representatives of Presbytery Partnerships assisted in worship. Rev. Irene Wong, executive director of Atlanta Ministry with International Students (AMIS), offered a sermon on Luke 19 and the story of Zacchaeus that looked at Jesus’ engagement with Zacchaeus as a series of actions of hospitality and invitation that are examples for us to follow as we taste the goodness of God and share it with others. The meeting closed with breakout rooms designed to provide Presbytery members with an opportunity to learn more about the important work happening in the partnership ministry of their choice. Click here to continue reading the highlights.

A word from NCDC Executive Director, Lindsay Armstrong:

We have a fantastic group and much to discuss as immigration changes not only the United States but also the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). For now, our coming together for this conversation is being postponed until Spring 2023. Let me be abundantly clear: the Secret Sauce Conference in Atlanta on September 12-13 is postponed until Spring 2023.

Again, thank you for your interest and commitment. The promise and potential of these conversations and of organizing to welcome the changes God is bringing is immense, timely, and exciting. I look forward to leaning in together, when the time is right.

Until then, enjoy the blessings of these days.

PGA Clergy Crowdsource Zoom Meeting Dates

The PGA Clergy Crowdsource Zoom meeting will continue on the second Wednesday of the month from 12pm to 1pm. For the Zoom link, contact the Executive Presbyter or your Congregational Consultant. 


If you are a pastor and would like to join the Facebook group, you may click here and request to join. You do not have to join the group to get a link to the meeting.


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Conversations with the Clerk

by C. Anderson James, Stated Clerk

It was wonderful to see some of you at our first Conversations with the Clerk on August 22! If you missed it and would like to watch the recording, take a look here.

Our next Conversations with the Clerk will be on Saturday, October 1, at 9am on Zoom. Join us as we continue our look at the actions of the 225th General Assembly this summer with a review of the actions taken that impact church issues. Come and learn about how these items impact our presbytery and especially our congregations. Register now!

Mark your calendars for other events in the series as well:

  • Monday, October 24, 7pm: Church Discipline in the Book of Order
  • Saturday, January 7, 2023, 9am: Book of Order Amendments
Register Here
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Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2022

Stewardship Kaleidoscope will be in Savannah, Georgia, at the DeSoto Hotel, and on-line for virtual attendance September 26th–28th, 2022. This conference moves around the country, so this is a great opportunity for churches in the southeast to attend without having to fly.

Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual conference offering excellent plenary speakers, informative workshop leaders, provocative worship experiences, and incredible networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity. Drawing leaders from across the Presbyterian Church (USA), the ELCA, and other ecumenical partners, Stewardship Kaleidoscope is designed to help participants explore stewardship in its many colorful dimensions!




Single, group, First Call Pastor, and virtual pricing options are available. 


Questions? Contact 

Savannah Presbytery's J. Richard Bass School of the Laity

For those on the lookout to learn, Savannah Presbytery's School of the Laity provides a don't miss opportunity for anyone who may be interested - three courses from which to choose - at the October Session of School of the Laity.

Courses are scheduled for Saturday, October 1st at 8:30am through Sunday, October 2nd at 3pm (via Zoom or at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island) For more detailed information, click here.


SOL Registration and Payment can be done at SOL Registration - Savannah Presbytery 

Questions? Contact Marty Susie, Savannah Presbytery Program Coordinator, at or 800-616-3671 ext. 7003 

International Peacemaker Visiting in October

by presented by the Peace & Global Witness Partnership

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International Peacemaker Pastor Helivao Poget of Madagascar will visit the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta in person October 7- 9, 2022. Please R.S.V.P. by October 5, 2022.

Friday, October 7 - lunch program at Columbia Presbyterian Church, 711 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Saturday, October 8 - program (with light refreshments) at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, 3700 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, 4 - 6 pm

Sunday, October 9 - 9:30 presentation and worship at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta 

Sunday, October 9 - lunch program at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2461 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, 12:30 - 2 pm

No charge for lunch/refreshments. To RSVP for an event, please email Karen Turney at For additional details about opportunities to visit with Rev. Poget, contact Karen Turney, or Rena Marroquin,

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Fall Grants Applications Now Available

by Chip Blankinship, Director of Operations

The Grants Committee is pleased to announce that we are currently receiving applications for the Diaconal Ministry Grants, a grant opportunity which includes what were previously known as the Compassion and PATH grants. The application form is a fillable .pdf file that can be completed without printing and scanning. (If you are unable to complete the online application, please send a request to and a text copy of the application will be sent to you.)

The application, which is available here, is due by midnight on Sunday, October 16. The committee will meet soon after that date to review grant submissions.

We look forward to receiving your applications, and to learning about the innovative and life-changing ministries taking place in our midst.

Grants Info

Boundaries Training October 18 Via Zoom

by Andy James, Stated Clerk

All active ministers of the Word and Sacrament and others serving in pastoral roles are required to complete Boundaries Training at least once every five years. The next opportunity to fulfill this requirement is coming up on Tuesday, October 18, from 12:30-3:30. This particular session is designed for ministers serving in congregational settings and will be facilitated by Rev. Holly Tickle. Topics will include navigating the waters of social media boundaries, appropriate friendships with parishioners, sexual misconduct prevention, child protection, self care, and more. Register now! Contact Stated Clerk Andy James at with any questions.

Boundaries Training Registration

To all clerks, elders, and deacons: please save the date on Saturday, October 29, 2022, 9:30am-12:00pm for officer training. We look forward to gathering virtually for an emphasis on Empowered Servant Leadership, the fourth mark in the Vital Congregations Initiative. We will also have breakout rooms for training for clerks, elders, and deacons.

Interested in Volunteering?

by Debbie Durden, Nominating Committee

The Presbytery Nominating Committee invites all who may be interested in serving on a committee or commission of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta to complete and submit a Volunteer Interest Form (VIF). Committees can only be as demographically representative as the individuals willing to serve. Please review the full descriptions of committees and commissions found at, and complete and submit the electronic VIF, also found on the website, so that the Presbytery Nominating Committee can know of your interests, talents, and skills.


Terms of service on committees and commissions of the presbytery are ordinarily three years, with the upcoming class beginning January 2023 and ending December 2025. Committees and commissions work on a wide range of issues pertaining to the mission of the church and the operations of the presbytery. Some committees/commissions require members to be ordained elders or ministers while others do not. All committees offer training, so don’t worry if you have never volunteered at the presbytery level before!


The Nominating Committee will work in August and September to nominate persons for the Class of 2025 and to fill any vacancies that have occurred in the past six months. As it selects nominees, the Nominating Committee seeks to represent the demographic makeup of the presbytery in all committees and commissions, as well as to provide the skills needed by the various committees/commissions to do their work effectively. Please prayerfully consider lending your skills and talents to the work of the presbytery. Complete the VIF today!

Volunteer Interest Form

Check out Ministry Collaborative Podcast "Forgiveness as a Radical Act," featuring James Goodlet of First LaGrange. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Morningside Presbyterian Church hosts a Hymn Festival with Mary Louise "Mel" Bringle, the architect of the Glory to God hymnal. The dates are Sept. 10-11. Click here for more information.

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The Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta invite women to participate in the PW of the Synod of the South Atlantic event, Oct. 21-23. The deadline to register is Sept 2. To register, click here. To read the PW newsletter, click here.

Click here to read the Peace and Global Witness Partnership's September newsletter.


Prayer Box

Each month we are taking the time to pray for our churches and new worshiping communities throughout the year. Please take a moment each week to lift up the following communities in prayer:

9/4 - Fellowship, First Afrikan, *Centro Familiar

9/11 - First Atlanta, First Bremen

9/18 - First Jonesboro, First LaGrange, *Chin Presbyterian

9/25 - First Manchester-Warm Springs, First Monroe

*Denotes New Worshiping Communities

The Presbytery Staff will never email you asking for money or gift cards. If seeking donations, staff will direct you to the Presbytery website or invite you to mail a check. If you have any suspicion, please reach out to one of us directly before responding! Stay safe in cyberspace!

Upcoming Events

Sept. 10 - Hymn Festival with Mary Louise "Mel" Bringle @ Morningside PC

Sept. 14 - PGA Crowdsource Meeting

Sept. 26 - Stewardship Kaleidoscope Conf. @ Savannah/hybrid

Oct. 1 - Conversations with the Clerk - Zoom

Oct. 7-9 - International Peacemaker Events @ various locations

Oct. 11 - Facilitating Healthy Pastor - Congregation Relations, Lombard - Zoom

Oct. 12 - PGA Crowdsource Meeting

Oct. 16 - Diaconal Ministry Grant Deadline

Oct. 18 - Boundaries Training for Parish Ministry - Zoom

Oct. 21-23 - PW Synod Gathering: Plug in and Recharge @ Epworth by the Sea

Oct. 24 - Conversations with the Clerk - Zoom

Oct. 29 - Empowered Servant Leadership Town Hall & Elder Training - Zoom

Oct. 30- Nov. 2 - Evangelism: Addressing Harm, Embracing Hope @ Montreat/hybrid

Nov. 9 - PGA Crowdsource Meeting

Nov. 10 - Bryan Stephenson Lecture @ Trinity PC, Atlanta

Nov. 12 - Stated Meeting of the Presbytery @ Korean Central PC

Click here for CTS's Center for Lifelong Learning courses and events.
Click here for the Calvin Center's programs.
The presbytery advertises employment opportunities within our congregations and partnerships. If you would like to browse opportunities or submit a new opening click here.

The next newsletter will go out October 3. Articles will be accepted through September 19. The following newsletter will go out November 1. To request space for an article, email your Congregational Consultant or Mark Sauls at msauls@atlpcusa.orgClick here to view submission guidelines.

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