60th Annual Mission Conference // April 22- April 30, 2017


But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. -Amos 5:24

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. -Romans 12:12-16

 

Schedule

Sunday, April 23

Wayne Gordon preaches "Every Life Is Precious" 

>> 9 a.m. Contemporary & 11 a.m. Traditional Services

A Deeper Dive with Wayne Gordon

>> 4:30 p.m. 
Paul Hamalian moderates a conversation expanding on the morning's sermon and exploring community development principles.

 

Our Voices: Witness & Contemplation

>> 5:45 p.m. Evening Service

A “Ted Talk” style presentation featuring Jenny Cochran, Terence Lester, Jeff Delp, and Laurel Boatright. These Atlanta-based justice advocates give glimpses into their work in our community.

 

Sunday, April 30

Marilyn Borst preaches "When the World Is Watching" 

>> 9 a.m. Contemporary & 11 a.m. Traditional Services

 

Living Justice: Our Call to Prayer

>> 5:45 p.m.

An interactive prayer service focused on praying for the Middle East including worship and communion

 

Saturday, April 22

Refuge Coffee 5K First Serve

>> 7:30-10:30 a.m.
Serve on the Registration Team or Hospitality Team
This First Serve opportunity is currently full.

>> 9 a.m.
Run in the Refuge Coffee 5K. Register here.

>> 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Experience Clarkston at the Clarkston Culture Fest with various foods, music, vendors and activities. See details here.

 

Saturday, April 29

Where Atlanta Meets the World: A Clarkston Experience
Family-Friendly Mission Opportunity

>> 9 a.m. -12 p.m.

Meeting refugee friends,  guided prayer and walking tour of the Clarkston community, and visit to the “Mommy and Me” program with Friends of Refugees. See details and register here.

SPEAKERS

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Dr. Wayne Gordon

Rev. Dr. Wayne L. Gordon is the founding Pastor of Lawndale Community Church and Chairman of the Christian Community Development Association (C.C.D.A)  He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

In over 37 years of ministry "Coach," as he is affectionately known, has played a key role in numerous community development initiatives. He is one of the founders of the Lawndale Christian Health Center, a healthcare ministry that sees over 150,000 patients per year.

Wayne was the founding president of the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation.  The Development Corporation is the arm of Lawndale Community Church that facilitates economic development, education and housing.  LCDC has seven different housing ministries and under Wayne's leadership, over 400 units of abandoned housing have been rehabbed.  LCDC places special emphasis on home ownership for residents of the community.

Coach is an adjunct professor at several seminaries and graduate schools.  He heads up a Lawndale campus of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and along with Dr. John Perkins directs a Doctorial program in Christian Community Development.

Wayne authored the inspiring book "Real Hope in Chicago."  This book details the power of God working in a community in need.

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Marilyn Borst 

Marilyn Borst is Associate Director for Partnership Development of The Outreach Foundation, a Presbyterian global agency. She works with churches around the United States to help them discern God’s call to global engagement while connecting them to that work alongside the Global Church in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East---a particular area of specialty for her. She travels extensively, nurturing relationships with church leaders, assessing ministry initiatives and leading short-term vision teams---her mission journeys have taken her to Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Oman, Israel/Palestine, Cuba, Haiti, Brazil, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Mozambique, Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, China and North Korea. Prior to joining The Outreach Foundation staff, Marilyn served for over 6 years as Director of Global Ministry at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, where she oversaw the international partnerships of the PC(USA)’s largest congregation in over 33 countries. Marilyn holds a B.A. in Classical Studies from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), an M.A. in Art History from Michigan State University, and an M.A. in Theology from St. Thomas University in Houston. She has participated in four archeological digs in Jordan and Egypt and taught as adjunct faculty at the University of Houston for 20 years. She is an elder at North Avenue and she and husband, Mark, have been married for 38 years.

 

Opportunities to Dig Deeper

A Deeper Dive with Wayne Gordon

Sunday, April 23 // 4:30 PM
Paul Hamalian moderates a conversation expanding on the morning's sermon and exploring community development principles.

 

Our Voices: Witness & Contemplation

Sunday, April 23, 2017 // 5:45 PM

Come hear from people actively involved in the Atlanta community. Similar to Ted Talks, these 10-15 minute talks will give you a window into what Living Justice can look like in real life.
Care for children 2nd grade and younger available in the BMC.

Jeff Delp Jeff Delp moved into the neighborhood of Historic South Atlanta in 2001 looking for a community to call his own after moving from Pennsylvania.  Little did this Mennonite from a small town in rural PA know that he would indeed find his home in South Atlanta - but he also find his vocation.  He serves at the Director of Economic Development for Focused Community Strategies (FCS) - www.fcsministries.org where he operates 3 small business in the neighborhood of Historic South Atlanta: Carver Neighborhood Market, Community Grounds Cafe, and South Atlanta Bike Shop.  The shops help bring life, jobs, a sense of community, and access to food to the community that is underserved by other retail outlets.   When Jeff is not working, you will find him on the soccer field, out in the woods, coaching one of his kid’s sport activities, or riding MARTA or his bike around town.

Jeff Delp

Jeff Delp moved into the neighborhood of Historic South Atlanta in 2001 looking for a community to call his own after moving from Pennsylvania.  Little did this Mennonite from a small town in rural PA know that he would indeed find his home in South Atlanta - but he also find his vocation.  He serves at the Director of Economic Development for Focused Community Strategies (FCS) - www.fcsministries.org where he operates 3 small business in the neighborhood of Historic South Atlanta: Carver Neighborhood Market, Community Grounds Cafe, and South Atlanta Bike Shop. 

The shops help bring life, jobs, a sense of community, and access to food to the community that is underserved by other retail outlets.  

When Jeff is not working, you will find him on the soccer field, out in the woods, coaching one of his kid’s sport activities, or riding MARTA or his bike around town.

Terence Lester Terence Lester is a minister, speaker, community activist and author who co-leads Love Beyond Walls, a not-for-profit organization focused on raising poverty awareness and community mobilization.  He and his wife, Cecilia, founded the community-based center in College Park in 2013. Since that time they have led hundreds of creative service projects designed to display the skills and gifts of those living in poverty; led homeless and poverty awareness campaigns in schools and throughout the metro Atlanta area; and mobilized more than 5,000 volunteers through church and business partnerships.  At the age of 16, Terence was a high school dropout and a member of a gang. A rebellious teen, he’d spend time living on the streets himself and had even attempted suicide. It would take four years for him to make a change for the better.  Terence is the proud husband of Cecilia, and proud father of Zion (8) and Terence II (6). 

Terence Lester

Terence Lester is a minister, speaker, community activist and author who co-leads Love Beyond Walls, a not-for-profit organization focused on raising poverty awareness and community mobilization. 

He and his wife, Cecilia, founded the community-based center in College Park in 2013. Since that time they have led hundreds of creative service projects designed to display the skills and gifts of those living in poverty; led homeless and poverty awareness campaigns in schools and throughout the metro Atlanta area; and mobilized more than 5,000 volunteers through church and business partnerships. 

At the age of 16, Terence was a high school dropout and a member of a gang. A rebellious teen, he’d spend time living on the streets himself and had even attempted suicide. It would take four years for him to make a change for the better. 

Terence is the proud husband of Cecilia, and proud father of Zion (8) and Terence II (6). 

Jenny Cochran Jenny Cochran is the Director of Embrace Refugee Birth Support.  Jenny brings over 14 years of Childbirth Education experience to Embrace and 6 years of experience in Labor Doula support. Jenny writes and maintains the course curriculum for the healthy pregnancy classes at Embrace.  She has also written and taught Embrace’s Culturally Sensitive Labor Support training for Embrace’s volunteers and for students at Emory’s School of Nurse Midwifery. Jenny also maintains relationships with Emory’s Nell Hodgson School of Nursing and Rollins School of Public Health. Jenny is a certified Childbirth Educator, trained labor doula, and member of CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association). Jenny is also an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor. Jenny has taught over 500 families and attended 60+ births in the metro Atlanta area.

Jenny Cochran

Jenny Cochran is the Director of Embrace Refugee Birth Support.  Jenny brings over 14 years of Childbirth Education experience to Embrace and 6 years of experience in Labor Doula support. Jenny writes and maintains the course curriculum for the healthy pregnancy classes at Embrace.  She has also written and taught Embrace’s Culturally Sensitive Labor Support training for Embrace’s volunteers and for students at Emory’s School of Nurse Midwifery. Jenny also maintains relationships with Emory’s Nell Hodgson School of Nursing and Rollins School of Public Health.

Jenny is a certified Childbirth Educator, trained labor doula, and member of CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association). Jenny is also an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor. Jenny has taught over 500 families and attended 60+ births in the metro Atlanta area.

Laurel Boatright Laurel Boatright has been a member of North Avenue Presbyterian since 2013.  She is also an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Georgia where she currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator.  After practicing for five years in Houston as a commercial litigator, this Texas native moved to Atlanta to realize her lifelong dream of becoming a federal criminal prosecutor. During her time as an AUSA, she has worked in the Transnational and Organized Crime Section where she primarily investigates and prosecutes Mexico-based drug trafficking organizations as well as rogue clinics and medical professionals who illegally dispense prescription painkillers.  Since 2014, Laurel has spearheaded the USAO's Drug Market Intervention (DMI) in the English Avenue neighborhood of West Atlanta (colloquially known as "The Bluff").   Laurel is also a proud participant in the Atlanta Bar Association's all-lawyer musical production of the Atlanta Bard Show.

Laurel Boatright

Laurel Boatright has been a member of North Avenue Presbyterian since 2013.  She is also an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Georgia where she currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator.  After practicing for five years in Houston as a commercial litigator, this Texas native moved to Atlanta to realize her lifelong dream of becoming a federal criminal prosecutor. During her time as an AUSA, she has worked in the Transnational and Organized Crime Section where she primarily investigates and prosecutes Mexico-based drug trafficking organizations as well as rogue clinics and medical professionals who illegally dispense prescription painkillers.  Since 2014, Laurel has spearheaded the USAO's Drug Market Intervention (DMI) in the English Avenue neighborhood of West Atlanta (colloquially known as "The Bluff").  

Laurel is also a proud participant in the Atlanta Bar Association's all-lawyer musical production of the Atlanta Bard Show.

 


Living Justice: Our Call to Prayer

Sunday, April 30, 2017 // 5:45 PM

An interactive prayer service focused on praying for the Middle East including worship and communion. 
Care for children 2nd grade and younger available in the BMC.