"Lent...a Slow Turning"
By James Lamkin
Preachers probably overdo the dividing line between two kinds of time:
Chronos is time calculated by clock and calendar.
Kairos is time measured by meaning and significance. For instance, nine months is
chronos; but, pregnancy is
Though I may try to preach poetically about the
kairos time God uses for redemption, salvation, and conversion, I cannot separate it cleanly from the routines of
chronos time when the dishes need washing and the clothes need folding. They are joined at the hip.
It may be a
kairos moment when you cross the marathon finish line, exploding with elation and weeping tears of joy; but without a long
chronos of calendared time when you get in shape and run your legs off, you'll never get to the 26.2 mile mark.
As Lent begins, I'm plugging
chronos. I need the repetitive cycles of the Christian calendar to dance with the Divine. With two steps forward and one (at least, one) back, I repent, confess, profess...then repeat. Lent is not an elective; it is Christian core curriculum.
Here's how Macrina Wiederkehr put it in her book,
A Tree Full of Angels. "Conversion is what happens between birth and death...conversion is a process. Even people who have had a dramatic encounter with the Divine, still must go through that daily purifying process of continued conversion. A deep and lasting conversion is...an unfolding,
a slow turning and turning again."
With 40 Lenten days ahead of us, we take time to turn. We do it year after year. We practice. We keep practicing. And God meets us right there every day...on the practice field.
The Season of Lent, 2017
Northside Drive Baptist Church
Thursday Evening Lenten Services
March 9, 2017 - April 13, 2017 at 6:45 p.m.
"Rogues 'Round the Cross"
April 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
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
"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"
April 14, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
April 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
(Children's Easter Egg hunt following worship)
Rogues 'Round the Cross
(Lenten Thursday Evening Reflections)
March 9 ~ Judas
From Faltering Disciple to Fall Guy
March 16 ~ Pilate
Epitaph of a Pleaser
March 23 ~ Herod
The Grand Inquisitor
March 30 ~ Barabbas
Call Me "Lucky"
April 6 ~ The Dying Thief
The Last Minute Theologian
April 13 ~ Simon Peter
The All-Too-Human Disciple
Starting March 5, 2017 through Easter Sunday!
Sunday School Class
Art & Soul Classroom
All are invited!
Lenten Studies based on the book
Forgiveness A Lenten Study.
Youth Group Series
Lock-in, March 5, 2017
"I'm not sleeping at all," said several youth as they walked into the building for the lock in Friday night. The adults all looked at each other thinking, "Why don't I have that energy anymore?" The night was filled with laughter and games. We started the night off with a scavenger hunt around the church. Their knowledge of the church's history and random facts was tested as they raced against the clock and the other team for some candy. Shortly after, we made our way to Andretti Indoor Karting and Games to play laser tag. As we struggled to breathe leaving the facility, we were ready for a break. What better place to relax than Steak and Shake. We enjoyed food, some of us ate too much food, and shakes in order to recover from the excitement. Upon returning to the church, the energy continued to drain as we played Sardines around the church, a game that requires thought and sneakiness. After two rounds, no one could keep their eyes open anymore and we finally gave in. I want to give a big thanks to Brian Knight, Anna Kate Wilson, and Zeke Stephenson for sacrificing their Friday night to hang out with the youth. As you see the youth, ask them about their experience, especially ask if they have recovered from lack of sleep yet
Kenyon College Chamber Singers Spring Tour 2017 Concert
at Northwest Presbyterian Church
The Kenyon College Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. Benjamin Locke, will be performing on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at 7:00 pm in the recently renovated sanctuary of Northwest Presbyterian Church (4300 Northside Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30327). The Chamber Singers, consisting of fifty-five undergraduates chosen by competitive audition, is Kenyon's premier touring ensemble. The group is noted for its versatility of vocal style and broad repertoire. The Chamber Singers will present an eclectic mix of a cappella choral repertoire on their 2017 Spring Tour. The members of Chamber Singers come from nineteen states, South Korea and Portugal. A free-will offering will be collected to support future programs in the NWPC concert series.
Executive Director of
the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
Preaching: March 12, 2017, at NDBC
Amanda is brand new at the BJC, having recently followed Brent Walker as the Executive Director. She leads the organization as it upholds the historic Baptist principle of religious liberty, defending the free exercise of religion and protecting against its establishment by government. A native of Austin, Texas, Tyler grew up hearing about the cherished Baptist principles of religious liberty and the separation of church and state as a member of Highland Park Baptist Church. Because she was committed to these principles, Tyler sought out the Baptist Joint Committee when she moved to Washington to attend Georgetown University, and she began volunteering in the office as a student. She will be lecturing at McAfee School of Theology the following week. We welcome her on this day.
Amanda Tyler will give a short presentation,
March 12, 2017, during the Art & Soul,
Sunday School Class.
Our Children's Ministry keeps growing! And that calls for celebration!! On March 12th our Tired Parents class will celebrate the new babies born prior to Christmas. We'll have a time of fellowship, breakfast and celebration during the church school hour. We are grateful to continue our growing children's ministry!
~ Anna Kate Wilson, Director of Children's Ministries
Growing Young Session 2
March 26, 2017
After a great first session discussing the stereotypes surrounding young adults in church, we now move to unpack the ways a church can start to grow young. Growing Young by the Fuller Youth Institute argues there are six key elements the church needs to emphasize in order to grow young: Keychain leadership, empathy today, Jesus' message, warm relationships, priority everywhere, and best neighbors. All are options that we, as young people, need to think through and find ways to get the church focused on these ideas. Join us Sunday, March 26th at 12:15 PM above the Narthex as we brainstorm ideas that we can work with the church on. If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Dunkerley at
. See you there!
~Jeffrey Dunkerley, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries
Landscapes for the People
~Ren and Helen Davis
This year marks the centennial of the National Park Services, one of our nation's treasures. Though his name is largely unknown, George Alexander Grant was the first chief photographer of the National Park Service. In Ren and Helen Davis' new book, they introduce us to the work and the story of this man who traveled ceaselessly, capturing more than thirty thousand images and documenting a crucial moment when the park system underwent tremendous growth and transformation.
NDBC Book Club
When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalinithi
Facilitator: Nancy F. Davis
Hostess: Helen White
GOOD NEWS from
The NDBC Missions Ministry Team!
Refugee Family Ministry
After much discussion, discernment, and research, we are excited to announce that NDBC is working with World Relief to resettle a refugee family in the Atlanta area! We are collecting donations from church members to furnish the family's apartment
now through March 19 in the undercroft of the church (elevator accessible).
If you'd like to make a donation, please visit our Sign Up Genius page: (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f49adaa2eabfa7-stock).
Select which items you'd like to donate, or you can choose items to donate from the Giving Tree that is in the Narthex. Donations may be new or gently used. Then, bring your donations to the church anytime between now and March 19 and store them in the undercroft.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Caitlyn Cook Furr at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep the church updated as we receive more information from World Relief about the family!
The NDBC Refugee Support Team
The Pastor's Anniversary Celebration
Everyone is invited to a special luncheon to celebrate James Lamkin's 20
th anniversary at the church. The luncheon will take place on
Sunday, March 19, in Fellowship Hall following the worship service.
The menu will be BBQ chicken and pork, macaroni and cheese, slaw, fruit and cake.
There is no charge for the luncheon but reservations are required
. Please make your reservation by calling the church office (404.237.8621) by noon on Tuesday, March 14. Please indicate the number of adults and children to be included in your reservation.
Movie Night: March 19
Need a break from school work? Well, on March 19th, come see a movie! The youth are venturing out to a local theater to see a movie as we spend time with each other. The movie is not picked yet, so suggestions are encouraged. Invite friends to join us as we splurge on movie theater popcorn, candy, and soft drinks. The time is yet to be determined and will vary based on the movie selection. More information will be communicated as the date approaches. If you have any questions, contact Jeffrey Dunkerley at
Easter Lily Sales Begin March 26 - April 9
Our Personal and community histories have been enriched by our family and friends, both past and present. At Easter, the Flower Ministry Team provides you an opportunity to make a tangible expression of gratitude with Easter lilies on Easter Sunday. Your $20 donation, in memory or celebration of loved ones, makes this memorial possible. Please sign up, beginning Sunday, March 26, on the Easter envelops provided in the Narthex, or send your money to Rose in the church office with your dedication information included. Please respond by Sunday, April 9.For more information see a Flower Ministry Team member.
~Virginia Gilbert, Chair
*U.S. tax regulations do not allow us to offer contribution credit for Easter plants because the plants are returned to the giver.
A Word from Jeffrey Dunkerley
On March 26
th, I get the opportunity to preach in worship. I am so grateful for this chance to continue to grow in my ministerial identity. Thank you for encouraging me through this journey. I will be preaching from a familiar Gospel story, the woman at the well. As Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman, like we encounter people from different cultures around us, there are things to learn. In the midst of Lent and with Easter fast approaching, how can we apply this to our lives? How do we follow Jesus' example? Perhaps it starts with not judging others. Seems simple, right? Not judging requires more action than we might think. I hope you can join us in worship!
At the Table
Don't want to get up before 9 AM? Join this class of young singles and couples in their 20s and 30s at the big table in the balcony of the Narthex after the worship service in an informal setting for snacks and coffee. We will gather around the table Sunday, March 26th, to briefly examine the lectionary texts, deconstruct the sermon of the day, and fellowship together.
Teachers: Jeffrey Dunkerley
Family Lunch at 12:15 PM, Undercroft
Join us for a Family Lunch on March 26th immediately following worship in the Undercroft. We'll have a catered meal and the kids can play outside! All families are welcome!
~ Anna Kate Wilson, Director of Children's Ministries
Choral Stations of the Cross
April 14, 2017
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
1219 Van Allen Mews
Atlanta, GA 30318
Welcome NDBC Member
SUNDAY, March 5
10:25 AM - Children's Choir Rehearsal
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
7:00 PM - Handbell Practice
10:30 AM - Weekday Preschool Ministry Team Meeting
THURSDAY, March 9
5:30 PM - Yoga in the Fellowship Hall
6:45 PM - Thursday Evening Lenten Service in Chapel
7:00 PM - Prayer Shawl Ministry
7:30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
March 5, 2017
The TLP is a Diaconate ministry. Each week's list contains the rotating names of three or four NDBC senior adults.
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Sarah Wolff Milligan-15
New class time!
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.