NORTHSIDE NOTES - June 6, 2012
By Rev. Michael Gregg
A Family of Misfits...For All
As I continue to dream about and be jealous of the exciting adventures that James is having on the Camino de Santiago, I am struck by the ways in which his pilgrimage has affected my own thinking and sermon preparation. Numerous church members, including Wilma Underwood just recently, have mentioned to me the movie, The Way, with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez. It is a stunning movie about the journey of a father to Santiago de Compostela after the death of his son. It is a story of loss, grief, and struggle accompanied by Tom's (Sheen) encounter with three other pilgrims, or shall I say misfits, who have lost their way. These friends have moments of great dysfunction and hatred towards one another. Yet, in the midst of their dysfunction they end up inspiring more change in one another than simply the 800km route could do alone. Despite this quad's struggles on their journey, they become something like a family.
We can think of many metaphors that could describe the relationship of God to humanity: Master and slaves, Creator and created, Ruler and subjects, Bridegroom and bride, Parent and child. In my own reading of the Bible, family is a foundational concept to describe God's relationship with humankind. The Bible begins in Genesis, not with talk of nations, kingdoms, and tribes, but with families. We see families with problems, a brother killing a brother, moments of dysfunction that would give us pause when we think about traditional or biblical family values. But, regardless of how families act, behave, or mess up, the Bible seems to bring us back to the idea that those who believe in God and follow the will of God are a family.
As I prepared to preach the lectionary text in the third chapter of Mark, I found that Jesus' family was frustrated with and extremely worried about him. They heard that Jesus had become very popular and that everyone was scrutinizing his actions and words. Jesus drew crowds and people were saying he was crazy. His biological family didn't want their names dragged through the mud when his radical teachings went against the rigid structures of religious and political life. They also knew what tended to happen to rabble-rousers...death. His family wanted to stop him. They went to restrain him.
So what was Jesus doing that was so horrible that his dysfunctional family had to get involved? He decided that people were more important than practices. He decided that if someone needed healing on the Sabbath then the infirmed should not have to wait one more day to experience the healing of God. He decided if someone was hungry then that person shouldn't have to wait one more day to be filled with the goodness of God's physical and spiritual food. Jesus's radical love for people opened up the house and allowed everyone who wanted to enter the chance to be a part of the family of God. Jesus's new family members were those who decided to do the will of God. When you do the will of God you get the chance to be Jesus's brother, his sister, and even his mother!
Jesus' family is now wide open and everyone is invited to be on the inside instead of the outside. Granted, we will bring dysfunction, pettiness, jealousy, and frustration in the door with us. But, we might just find, like the group of misfits on the Camino de Santiago, that through our journey together we have become a closely-knit family of God.
So, come on in. Everyone is invited.
|NDBC Co-Ed Softball
The Northside Line-Drivers are looking forward to a new year.
As always, we need a co-ed church softball team with 20-25 people. The team must be 50/50 female/male when on the playing field.
The season begins May 14 with games times are between 6:30-8:50 PM M-F and 10 AM-12:20 PM on Saturday's. Game times will be at different times each week.
Contact Coach Brian Knight (cell: 404-759-9063) if you are interested. All of the games will be played at the NDBC ball field. For more information about the NACL website, go to
The Northside Line-Drivers Schedule:
Thursday, May 17 @ 7:30 PM (L)
Saturday, Jun 2 @ 11:50 AM (C)
Saturday, Jun 9 @ 11:50 AM
Thursday, Jun 14 @ 7:40 PM
Wednesday, Jun 20 @ 8:50 PM
Thursday, Jul 12 @ 6:30 PM
Wednesday, Jul 18 @ 7:40 PM
Thursday, Aug 2 @ 6:30 PM
Wednesday, Aug 8 @ 7:40 PM
Wednesday, Aug 8 @ 8:50 PM
Combined Adult Summer Church School
June 3-September 2, 2012
9:30 AM-10:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall
CONTEMPLATION | SABBATH | PRAYER | LECTIO DIVINA | MEDITATION | SOLITUDE | FASTING
June 3 Mary Ann Hickman............Introduction
June 10 Mary Ann Hickman............Contemplation
June 17 Paula Clayton Dempsey.....Alliance of Baptists 101
June 24 Cindy Bell.........................Sabbath
July 1 Cindy Bell.........................Sabbath
July 8 Mike Gregg.......................Prayer
July 15 Mike Gregg.......................Lectio Divina
July 22 Zach Bay..........................Meditation
July 29 Zach Bay..........................Prayer
Aug 5 Carol Younger...................Solitude/Silence
Aug 12 Carol Younger...................Solitude/Silence
Aug 19 Brian Knight......................Fasting
Aug 26 Brian Knight......................Fasting
Sept 2 OFF
Sept 9 Church School Kick-Off
|A Knitting Ministry
Several members of our church have been meeting once a month for the last several months to knit prayer shawls. The knitting group will continue to meet on the third Wednesday of each month during the summer. The summer months will be spent knitting children's hats for the Craddock Center. The Craddock Center is a non-profit organization located in Cherry Log, GA. The founder of the Craddock Center is Dr. Fred Craddock, a nationally recognized theologian and preacher who has been a long-time friend of our church. The mission of the Craddock Center is to enrich the lives of the people of Southern Appalachia, especially children, through programs of education, cultural enhancement, and service.
One of the goals of the Craddock Center is to meet the physical needs of the poor families that it serves in Appalachia. As one small way of fulfilling this goal, the Craddock Center needs approximately 800 knitted hats to keep small Appalachian children warm during the cold winter months. Our church will be helping the Craddock Center meet this need. The knitting group welcomes all who are interested in participating in this ministry, even those who are unable to attend the monthly meetings of the group. If you would like to make some knitted hats for the Craddock Center, please contact Susan Harlan or Ann Grant. They will be happy to provide you with information (including patterns for the hats) regarding how you can participate in this ministry.
NDBC Book Club
June 13, at 1 PM, in the Fellowship Hall
A book review of Caleb's Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks, will be Wednesday, June 13, at 1 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Jane Fitzgerald will be the facilitator and Helen White the hostess. Bring your lunch; dessert and beverages will be furnished.
|Touching Taliaferro with Love
June 17-22, 2012
"Caring for God's Creation"
The earth is the Lord's,
and everything in it, the world,
and all who live in it.
~ Psalm 24:1
The TTWL Mission Team needs your help! Our theme this summer focuses on caring for all creation-natural resources, animal life and people-so our stories and activities will incorporate the concept of preserving and reusing. We need your help in collecting items to be used for crafts.
There is a box in the Narthex for the following items:
- two liter soft drink bottles with or without lids
- pie tins
- magazines with pictures of plants or animals
- paper towel tubes
- small sea shells to border picture frames
- CD jewel cases
If you want to volunteer to help for one or more days during the week, please contact Rhonda Harris or Susan Harlan.
Agape Center Extreme Room Make Over
Among its many programs in the Bolton Road and Marietta Road area, Agape Community Center serves children from low income households offering tutorials, mentoring and athletic focused summer camps for boys and girls. This spring Agape sponsored opportunities to completely re-do children's bedrooms for some of the client families. Northside Drive provided teams that painted and re-decorated the bedrooms for two families. With eager participation from the children, volunteers painted, assembled study desks, hung window treatments and added new linens to the beautiful bunk beds. It was an exciting and happy time for families and volunteers alike as rooms and lives were transformed.
Beth Laxton has been a member of NDBC since 1988.
Beth's Deacon Families are:
Gene & Alice Ledbetter
Michael & Jennifer Sardone
Armand & Ruth Kramedjian
Tommy & Rowena Clyatt
Turner & Joann Warmack
|Celebrating Our NDBC Staff...
The NDBC staff celebrates the anniversaries of two of our colleagues in June!
June 1 - Paul Fletcher, 4 years
June 11 - Mike Gregg, 5 years
We are glad that Paul and Mike are a part of our team!
James Lamkin, Zach Bay, Jeff Harbin, Rose Hidlay, Renee Gamache, Vanessa Johnson, & Richard Willingham
A Sabbatical Pilgrimage Quotation
"Pilgrim you do not walk the path, the path is you, your footsteps, these are the Camino."
-- El Burgo Rancero
Praying the Psalms
The congregation is invited to read A-Psalm-A-Day during 2012.
A-Psalm-A-Day Upcoming Schedule:
June 6 - Psalm 73
June 7 - Psalm 74
June 8 - Psalm 75
June 9 - Psalm 76
June 10 - Psalm 77
June 11 - Psalm 78
June 12 - Psalm 79
June 13 - Psalm 80
|Young Adults Calendar
1 - Unplugged, 7 PM, Off Campus
17 - Small Group, 6:30 PM, Undercroft
13 - Unplugged, 7 PM, Home of Jordan & Patti Clark
22 - Small Group, 6:30 PM, Undercroft
10 - Unplugged, 7 PM, Home of Dave & Cathy Wooten
19 - Small Group, 6:30 PM, Undercroft
SUNDAY, June 10, 2012
9:30 AM - Summer Church School
11:00 AM - Morning Worship in the Chapel
TUESDAY, June 12, 2012
10:00 AM - Staff Meeting
WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2012
1:00 PM - NDBC Book Club
5:30 PM - Music Together
THURSDAY, June 14, 2012
7:00 PM - TNT
| CHURCH FAMILY CONCERNS
Steve Konenkamp - 1
Barney Moore - 3
Nancy Elaine Davis - 4
Jackie Poole - 5
James Gilbert - 6
Myrtie Cope - 8
Maria Schroeder - 8
Graham Mudd - 10
Larry Prince, Jr. - 10
Rose Hidlay - 15
Jon McCrea - 17
Gene Hill - 18
Deborah Oakley - 18
Joleen Neel - 18
David Fletcher - 21
Barbi Avery - 22
Dorsett Davis - 24
Joann Warmack - 26
Steven McAllister - 26
Lisa Bridges - 26
Jim Nicol - 27
Paige Whiffen - 27
Michael Harbin - 28
Anne Maust - 29
Lois Pickering - 30
(Retired Older Men
Every third Tuesday
of the month from
11:30 AM-1 PM.
A time to visit with friends, tell stories and
eat good food
(bring your lunch money)!
Every 3rd Tuesday
|NORTHSIDE YOGA |
Wednesdays at 6 PM on the 2nd floor (Room #202) with registered Yoga Teacher, Amanda Gregg. Bring a mat, water,
and the $10 fee.
Yoga has been cancelled for the summer and will resume in the fall.
To make a reservation
for a Wednesday's class,
email Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org
or for more information, visit www.northsidedrive.org.
Thursday Nights Together
People of all ages from NDBC meet
at 7 PM every
Thursday night for dinner.
Young Adult Unplugged evenings. These are casual dinners at our homes where Mike will bring the main course and everyone else brings a side item. They are on Friday nights once a month at 7 PM.
If you are interested in attending an Unplugged event contact Zach Bay
for more details.
The cost: $40 PER CHILD for NDBC members for the whole 10 weeks. Usual cost is $157.
The place: Music Together is on the first floor down from the Preschool hallway near the handicap accessible door (Rm 109).
The days: Wednesday's,
April 10-June 25,|5:30 PM
Please register ONLINE to confirm your space as soon as possible.
Come join us on the 3rd Wednesday of each month beginning October 19, at 7 PM, in the church 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.
Encore! is a once a month youth event on either Sunday afternoon or Sunday evening. We focus this time on fellowship, discussion, and/or mission service.
Contact Zach Bay with questions.
YOUNG ADULT: SMALL GROUP SUNDAYS
The young adult small group reads a book each month on various faith-related issues. We meet on the third Sunday of the month at 6:30 PM for discussion and then go off campus for dinner together. The small group meets in the Undercroft.
to sign up.
The youth café, UNDERGROUNDS, will be open for a light breakfast at 9:30 AM each Sunday. Youth Church School will meet in the newly renovated youth space and will begin at 9:45 AM.
THE STAINED GLASS WINDOWS BOOK
A copy of the book is in the Narthex for previewing and the cost is only $30. To get your copy, call us at 404-237-8621 or email the church.
THE PAPERLESS PINNACLE
The Pinnacle is emailed as a link to the congregation and is available on the church website at www.northsidedrive.org.
If you would prefer not to receive the Pinnacle by U.S. mail, please call 404-237-8621 or email us at email@example.com to let us know.
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