by Rev. James Lamkin
"Jesus, Easter, and Waffle House"
Years ago, I wrote an article about Jesus showing up at Waffle House on Easter Sunday morning.
A week later I received a letter from the CEO of Waffle House, along with an official Waffle House jacket. The following week, I got another letter, this time with a Waffle House umbrella.
Turns out that his friends, Wilton Looney and John McIntyre, both had sent my article to him.
If it is true that we are judged by the company we keep, then God has been generous to NDBC through the "good company" of Wilton; and former trustee, John McIntyre.
It was just a little after Easter that year, that John crossed the Jordan. In memory of him, here is that article from long ago...
If Heaven Ain't a Lot Like Waffle House, Then I Don't Wanna Go. That should be country music song! Grill-sizzling ambiance, plus generous hospitality reminds us of home...and maybe of church.
I go for breakfast at Waffle House about once a month. I take my Lipitor. I bring my journal. I sit on my pew. Why?
First, I like being called "Hun." "Welcome to Waffle House, hun," they say at the door. "What can I gitcha, hun?" I'm asked at the counter. We're family.
Second, I can pronounce everything on the laminated menu; plus, it doubles as a placemat. You can't go wrong with the All-Star Special.
Third, my order is shouted-out with twang, texture, and confidence: scattered, capped, smothered, and all the way! And that is just the eggs!
Who's to say employee conversation should be quiet and confidential? The slam/bam dialogue seasons the food. It's dinner theatre. The woman beside me says: "He done run off with her, but they ain't told them others 'bout it yet." Since all Lamkin men cook with a cacophony of hollering, burning, boiling, and pot banging...Waffle House makes me homesick.
If Jesus Christ were to get himself resurrected from the dead this Easter Sunday, I figure he would head straight for a stool at the counter. He would blend in with the regulars: sulking disciples, absentee apostles, burned-out preachers, a few firemen, and some weary women who bear the weight of the world.
Watch for him on Sunday. As sure as the world, Jesus will be at Waffle House, nail-scarred by the wounds of life. A puffy-eyed waitress named Mary M. will greet him. She's cried all weekend because a good friend died.
Years later she'll tell of that Easter morn. She'll tell of the familiar voice of the scarred stranger on the stool-the one who called her by name, "Mary." She'll tell of his stack of waffles, his cup of coffee, and a side order of grits. Years later...when she tells the story, her eyes will smile as she says, "That Easter morning...it was a lot like...communion."
Northside Drive Baptist Church
April 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
(Children's Easter Egg hunt following worship)
April 13, 2017 at 6:45
Good Friday Service
April 14, 2017 Noon-2:00 pm
"Meditations on the Seven Last Words"
Good Friday Musical Presentation
April 14, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
"The Choral Stations of the Cross"
Presented by Our Lady of Lourdes Church Choir
"The Mother Church of African American Catholics in the Archdiocese of Atlanta"
Easter Egg Hunt - April 16
It's here, it's here
!! The long awaited, highly anticipated, Easter Egg Hunt is finally here! We will hunt for colorful, candy filled eggs immediately following worship on Easter. Bring your baskets and join us outside of the Narthex, in front of the church with your Children (grades 0-6th) for lots of fun and celebration.
~ Anna Kate Wilson, Director of Children's Ministries
The Season of Lent 2017
Northside Drive Baptist Church
Rogues 'Round the Cross
(Lenten Thursday Evening Reflections)
April 13, 2017
"Simon Peter, the All-Too-Human Disciple"
Classes now through Easter Sunday!
Sunday School Class
Art & Soul Classroom
All are invited!
Lenten Studies based on the book
Forgiveness A Lenten Study.
Music for Holy Week and Easter
As we all know, the Music Ministry of any church plays an important role especially during Holy Week and Easter. We have a variety of musical offerings taking us through the self-reflection of Maundy Thursday, the darkness of Good Friday, and the celebration of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The Sanctuary Choir will offer a setting of
Ubi caritas (Where charity and love are, God is there.) for Maundy Thursday. Alan Johns, Joel Stouffer, Jada Getsay, Jeff McConnaughey and I will offer musical reflections during our Good Friday Service.
We will celebrate the Resurrection on Easter Sunday with trumpets, handbells, voices, and organ. The Sanctuary Choir will present an arrangement of "Thine is the Glory" from Handel's oratorio
Judas Maccabeus accompanied by our Handbell Choir and guest trumpeters Collin McCane and Derrick Montgomery. In the NDBC tradition, our final hymn for the Easter service will be "Hallelujah" from Handel's
We look forward to sharing these services with you as we reflect and celebrate during this special season of our church year.
~Keith H. Walker, Director of Music Ministries
NDBC Book Club
Everything I Never Told You
Author: Celeste Ng
Facilitator: Anne Raymond
Hostess: Pam Wamberg
Dr. Irwin Ray invites you to hear his final concert with
THE OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY SINGERS and CHORALE
Friday, April 21 at 8:00 pm
Conant Performing Arts Center, Oglethorpe University
4484 Peachtree Rd., NE
COME, YE SONS OF ART
Franz Joseph Haydn's
TE DEUM IN C
with Guest Soloists and the Oglethorpe Chamber Orchestra
plus many of the choir's favorites from the last thirty years
April 23, 2017
April 23rd's Tummy and Soul event will be the first of an annual fundraiser to benefit the work of Urban Recipe, an Atlanta non-profit that provides food for those who need it most in a way that affirms dignity and builds community.
For 25+ years, Urban Recipe has been doing this through its unique member-run food co-op model, by which those in need become members of a 50 family co-op, meet every other week throughout the year, and work together to distribute over a ton of food at every co-op meeting.
This year's inaugural Tummy and Soul has a special dual focus--to celebrate Urban Recipe's 25th anniversary and to honor the work and leadership of Founder and long-time Director, Chad Hale.
Tummy and Soul will be held from 4 - 7 PM on April 23rd at a beautiful gallery in Midtown Atlanta called Mason Fine Art, whose owner Mark Karelson has graciously donated the space for the evening.
The event will include:
- small bites and a bar,
- live music and a special program to honor Chad,
- a photo series on "The People of Urban Recipe" by Atlanta photographer Johnathon Kelso,
- paintings by the late Constance Hawkins, a folk artist and former Urban Recipe Co-op member,
- the launching of the Chad Hale Legacy Fund, with special donations being used further the expansive vision and long-term dedication of Chad Hale.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
ENCORE, April 23rd
Sunday, April 23rd, the youth are communing together around a table at a local restaurant. In the midst of a busy school life and work, we are intentionally taking time to be in fellowship with one another. Invite your friends to join us immediately after the worship service on April 23rd. We will gather in the Narthex and ride together. If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Dunkerley at
NDBC Men's Ensemble to Sing
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Men, do you miss singing, but are unable to make weekly choir rehearsals? We have an opportunity for you. A new men's ensemble has been created that will sing two to three times a year with 4-6 rehearsals prior. (You don't have to attend all the rehearsals.)
We will sing during morning worship on Sunday, April 30. There will be 3 rehearsals on Sunday and 3 Thursdays so you have some flexibility.
Sunday rehearsal will be on April 9 and 23 at 10 a.m. in the choir room.
We will devote the last 30 minutes of our Thursday choir rehearsal to this piece on April 13, April 20, and April 27. If you can come on a Thursday, please join us in the choir room at 8:30 p.m. Enter through the porte-cochere door.
Ladies, watch for our women's ensemble announcement soon.
~Dr. Keith H. Walker, Director of Music Ministries
31st Annual Women's Retreat
April 28-30, 2017
Robbinsville, North Carolina
For more information:
Joyce Wilson (770) 773-3333
Virginia Gilbert (770) 333-8933
SUNDAY, April 16
10:25 AM - Children's Choir Rehearsal
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:30 PM - Easter Egg Hunt
7:30 PM - Festival Singers of Atlanta Rehearsal
MONDAY, April 17
Church Office Closed
10:00 AM - Staff Meeting
WEDNESDAY, April 19
11:30 AM - Worship Planning
12:00 PM - ROMEOS
7:00 PM - Church Council
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
1:00 PM - NDBC Book Club
THURSDAY, April 20
5:30 PM - Yoga in the Fellowship Hall
7:00 PM - Prayer Shawl Ministry
7:30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
April 16, 2017
The TLP is a Diaconate ministry. Each week's list contains the rotating names of three or four NDBC senior adults.
Jon & Janet Bell
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Chance Cooper - 1
LeAnna Anantaraman - 3
Linda Long - 4
Anne Hunt - 4
Dot Clark - 5
Allen Abbott - 5
Greg Colson - 6
Kay Braswell - 6
Allison Blaisdell - 6
Jackie Hardin - 6
Letty Konenkamp - 8
Jennifer Sardone - 10
Mary Schwartz - 12
Brian Knight- 12
Robbye Taylor - 13
Suzanne Stearns - 13
Zach Stines - 13
Marjorie Rives - 14
Tim Whiffen - 14
Ken Brant - 16
Liam Collins - 16
Daniel Moore - 16
Cali Almeida - 17
Hardy Pickering - 17
Dick Houston - 17
Ryan McClure - 17
Wilton Looney - 18
Jada Getsay - 20
Theresa Goriczynski - 20
Heather Bongers - 20
Dave Wooten - 21
Patti Clark - 21
Simon Goodhead - 21
Noah Davis - 23
Gerry Humphries - 30
Namaste Y'all! Yoga is Back!
in the Fellowship Hall.
The instructor is Shelia Cooper. Her children are in our weekday preschool. Free childcare will be provided in the nursery area of the building.
$10.00 per person
Retired Older Men
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month our "Retired Older Men" eat lunch together at Piccadilly Cafeteria from 12 PM-1 PM. It's a time to visit with friends, tell stories and eat good food (bring your lunch money)!
1715 Howell Mill Rd.
Wednesday @ 10:30 AM
We meet weekly from 10:30-11:30 AM, in the church's Conference Room. We study the texts selected in the Revised Common Lectionary for the next Sunday. Large print editions are available each week and for the upcoming Sunday. Discussion is deep and wide and lively. All are invited.
led by Susan Harlan
Every 1st & 3rd Thursday at 7:00 PM
Come join us on the first and third Thursday of each month, at 7:00 PM, in Room 207, the Parlor, to knit or crochet a prayer shawl. If you are not sure how, no problem, there will be plenty of people to help you get started. This group is open to anyone who would like to join! For more information call Susan Harlan at 770-377-3869.