June 15, 2017
Summer in the Chapel
Pastoral Reflection
By James Lamkin

"...The Gunshot of the Devil"
      During Sunday's worship, Theresai Manley read The Creation, which is the first chapter from James Weldon Johnson's, God's Trombones. 'Twas a moving interpretation of God flinging the stars, hanging the moon, and calling Creation into being.
     Johnson (1871-1938) was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, a civil rights activist, and a graduate of Atlanta University. As a student, he went to rural Georgia to work with the descendants of slaves. He said, "In all of my experience, there has been no period so brief that has meant so much in my education for life as the three months I spent in the backwoods of Georgia." Emory University now has institute named in his honor.
     I knew of God's Trombones. I knew of The Creation. But, I did not know of the introductory prayer. It is a call to worship, a prayer for the day's preacher, and a benediction for the end of life. Its language is more colorful than a typical Sunday morning at NDBC...but that may be a good thing. I especially like the request of God to keep the preacher out of the gunshot of the devil! Here are some excerpts...
O Lord, we come this morning
Knee-bowed and body-bent
Before thy throne of grace.
O Lord -- this morning --
Bow our hearts beneath our knees,
And our knees in some lonesome valley.
We come this morning --
Like empty pitchers to a full fountain,
With no merits of our own.

And now, O Lord, this man of God,
Who breaks the bread of life this morning --
Shadow him in the hollow of thy hand,
And keep him out of
the gunshot of the devil.
Take him, Lord -- this morning --
Wash him with hyssop inside and out,
Hang him up and drain him dry of sin.
Pin his ear to the wisdom-post,
And make his words sledge hammers of truth --
Beating on the iron heart of sin.
Lord God, this morning --
Put his eye to the telescope of eternity,
And let him look upon the paper walls of time.
Lord, turpentine his imagination,
Put perpetual motion in his arms,
Fill him full of the dynamite of thy power,
Anoint him all over with the oil of thy salvation,
And set his tongue on fire.

 And now, O Lord --
When I've done drunk my last cup of sorrow --
When I've been called everything but a child of God --
When I'm done travelling up the rough side of the mountain --
O -- Mary's Baby --
When I start down the steep and slippery steps of death --
When this old world begins to rock beneath my feet --
Lower me to my dusty grave in peace
To wait for that great gittin' up morning -- Amen.

2017 Summer
Sermon Series
Sibling Rivalry, Stressed
Parents, and Anxious
Families in the Bible*
in the Chapel 
June 18 (Father's Day)
James Lamkin, Preacher
Two Sons Who Never Looked forward to Father's Day
(Jacob and Esau)

June 25
James Lamkin, Preacher
Being Blessed is a Mixed Bag
(Genesis 12: Abraham and
the burden of being a blessing.)

July 2
James Lamkin, Preacher
The Tale of Two Sisters
(Mary and Martha)
July 9
Jeffrey Dunkerley, Preacher
A Certain Mother Had Two Sons
(Genesis 25-27, Esau and Jacob)

July 16
James Lamkin, Preacher
Wherever You Go, There You Are
Genesis 28 (Jacob's Ladder)
July 23
James Lamkin, Preacher
There Are Many Kinds of "Biblical Families"
(Ruth and Naomi)
July 30
Hymn Sing-A Worship Service of Song
Keith Walker, Director of Music Ministries
August 6
Jeffrey Dunkerley, Preacher
The Spiritual Gift of the Limp
(Jacob wrestles God...and loses.)    
August 13
James Lamkin, Preacher
You're My Favorite
(Joseph sold into slavery by his brothers.)
August 20  
James Lamkin, Preacher
God's Grace is Greater than Siblings are Mean
(Joseph forgives his brothers.)
August 27
James Lamkin, Preacher
Deacon Ordination 
When Pharaohs Forget...the Anxiety of Production
(The times of Moses.)
September 3
James Lamkin, Preacher
Collect Call
(Moses and the vocation of liberation)   
*I will be consulting with Daniel Headrick about preaching occasionally.  Also, some of the sermon titles and topics may shift over the summer.

Reflections on Last Sunday's
Church School

Take home notes from our conversation with Dr. Rob Nash, Part 2:
  • There is conflict, along with many diverging views, in the world of Islam just as there is in the world of Christianity.
  • The extremists of Islam are a tiny portion of that faith community.
  • Cultivate the ability to "see" from the perspective of the other.
  • Cultivate relationships with the other.
  • Live to reflect the best elements of your own faith: mercy, grace, love and justice.

Join us next Sunday as Jordan Clark introduces us to the art and architecture of Islam.


~Ruth Kramedjian 
Summer Lecture Series 
Now till August 27, 2017 at 9:30 AM 
Fellowship Hall
June 18: Study of Islam
An Art Historian Looks at the Art and
Architecture of Islam
Jordan Clark
June 25: A Physicist Presents...
With a Surprise Lecture
Dr. Jim Mahaffey
July 2: No Church School
July 9: Study of Islam
A personal Look at Islam
Imam Plemon El-Amin
July 16: Study of Islam
A personal Look at Islam
Imam Plemon El-Amin
July 23: Study of Islam
A Personal Look at Islam
Imam Plemon El-Amin
July 30: A Physicist Presents...
With a Surprise Lecture
Dr. Jim Mahaffey
August 6: Jesus and the Subversive Gospel:
Matthew 5 - Subverting Moses
Dr. Steve Sheeley
August 13: Jesus and the Subversive Gospel:
Matthew 6 - Subverting the Priests
Dr. Steve Sheeley
August 20: Jesus and the Subversive Gospel:
Matthew 7 - Subverting the Pharisees
Dr. Steve Sheeley
August 27: A Physicist Presents...
With a Surprise Lecture
Dr. Jim Mahaffey
September 3: No Church School

Forefront Arts Summer Camp
     We had a great week with Forefront Arts Drama Camp last week! There were around 15 children ages 4 to 12 who learned, planned, and acted in the production of Beauty and the Beast. They all did a great job and it was a joy to watch. I gave a short bible story every day and really enjoyed getting to talk to the children and see how their minds were working as we talked about God and the love that  God has for us all.

~Anna Kate Wilson, Director of Children's Ministries.   

What:  Ted Yoder House Concert   

When:  Friday, June 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Where:  Home of Ruth & Armand Kramedjian
             3961 Paces Ferry Drive
             Atlanta, GA  30339

Cost:  Donations requested - there will be a no "cover" charge or tickets sold; our generous donation will continue to support Ted's music.  Ted will also have recordings for sale.

RSVP:  Space is limited to 50 people; please let us know you're coming by emailing Steven Sheeley (ssheeley4@comcast.net).

     National Hammered Dulcimer champion Ted Yoder has been called "the Bela Fleck of the hammered dulcimer."  Ted profoundly reimagined his instrument of choise, inventing a fresh musical vocabulary along the way - "Yoderizing" - and his virtuosity is boundless.  His recorded body of work has garnered him plaudits from the jam band community, the folk scene, worship music fans, and music lovers of all ages.  When he plays live, everyone becomes a fan.  You can learn more about Ted and his music by visiting his website (www.tedyoder.com) or looking for him on YouTube.  Please come join us...you won't want to miss this!
Missions Ministry  

Concert Saturday, June 24

     The Festival Singers of Atlanta, an a cappella chamber choir, will present a summer concert Ease on Down the Yellow Brick Road on Saturday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Wade Hall at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 781 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308. The program features music from The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, and Wicked. Desserts and soft drinks will be served. Tickets are $20 per person and available through our website and at the door. Proceeds will help fund future concerts and commissions of new choral works.

For more information, visit our website www.festivalsingersofatlanta.org.
~ Dr. Keith H. Walker, Director of Music Ministries 
The CBF is Coming!
The CBF is Coming!
     The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) is one of our Baptist families to which NDBC connects and financially supports. This year, their annual meeting is here in Atlanta, June 28-30.
     You will see from the advertisement, there are many venues and learning opportunities. Plus, the annual Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty Luncheon will take place of Friday, June 30.
     Among all the workshops, one will be: Welcoming the Refugee: How Churches Practice Hospitality in 2017. One of our NDBC members will help lead it: Caitlyn Cook Furr! She is a Masters of Divinity/Masters of Public Health Candidate at Emory University; and she is a CBF Vestal Scholar. She will discuss how churches can walk alongside refugees in the resettlement process in the United States, and how such mission work impacts individual and congregational health.
Register for free at www.cbf.net/assembly.
            Y'all come!
Prayer Shawl Ministry shawl
Summer Schedule
Our Summer Schedule is as follows:

June 29th - We will meet at 4pm at Whole Nine Yarns,  

826 Main St. Woodstock, for shopping and then dinner in downtown Woodstock.


July 20th - We will meet at 12pm at Eat, Pray, Knit,         

6400 Highland Pkwy, St.1, Smyrna for shopping and then lunch in Smyrna.


August 17th - We will meet at 4pm at Cast-On Cottage,      

860 Marietta Hwy, Roswell for shopping and dinner in Roswell.


 Then we should be back to our regular schedule in September.
 ~ Susan Harlan
Missions Corner
School Supplies
     School may be out for the summer, but it's time to prepare for "Back to School" projects this summer.  NDBC is collecting supplies for the children served through Agape (Bolton Road area), Edgewood Church (Memorial Drive) and Taliaferro County. Check the ads for great sale prices and help us collect notebook paper (wide ruled), pencils, pens, colored pencils (12 count), erasers, crayons, etc. so that children have the materials needed to begin a new school year. Collection baskets will be at the entrances to the Chapel.

~Barbara Atchley, Missions Ministry Team 
Read All about It!
Pinnacle Publication Schedule,
Summer 2017
     A brand new electronic/digital version of the
Pinnacle will continue to come out every week.
Watch for it in your email Inbox (and make sure it doesn't go to your Junk or Bulk mail).  Usually it is emailed on Thursday morning.
     The hardcopy version of the Pinnacle will come out every other week (with the exception of the July 4th holiday) and will be available at the doors of the Chapel each Sunday.  In addition, we postal mail this hardcopy of the Pinnacle to our "homebound" members and those with limited mobility.  If anyone wishes to receive a hardcopy, let the church office know, and we will put you on the postal mailing list.  The Pinnacle will be printed on: June 8, June 22, July 13, July 27, August 10, August 24. 
     Read all about it!  And be a part of our learning, serving, worshiping community...all summer long.
Flowers in the Chapel
this Summer 

     Would you like to donate flowers for the Sunday services in the  Chapel this summer? The price is $100, or you can share the cost with someone. If you are interested, please call Nancy F. Davis at 404 252 9154.

~Virginia Gilbert, Flower Ministry Team Chair
4th of July Holiday
JULY 3 - 4, 2017
Church Week 
SUNDAY, June 18  
    9:30 AM - Summer Lecture Series in the Fellowship Hall 
11:00 AM - Morning Worship in the Chapel
12:15 PM - Youth & Children's Ministry Coalition 
TUESDAY, June 20
 10:00 AM - Staff Meeting

Volume 9 - Issue 24
June 18, 2017 
  Genesis 22:1-8
Genesis 22:9-14
Matthew 9:35-38 
Move to the Chapel
Pastoral Reflection
Summer Sermon Series
Reflection on Last Sunday's Church School
Summer Lecture Series
Forefront Arts Summer Camp
Ted Yoder House Concert
Missions Ministry Retreat
Festival Singers Concert
The CBF is Coming!
Summer Schedule Prayer Shawl Ministry
Missions Corner
Publication Schedule
Holiday Schedule
This Week's
 (TLP List) 
The TLP is a Diaconate ministry. Each week's list contains the rotating names of three or four NDBC senior adults.
Jack & Joey Guynn
Nelle Holbrook
Muriel Hardy 
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
  Steve Konenkamp - 1
Jolene Thomas - 1
Caitlyn Cook Furr - 2
Barney Moore, Jr. - 3
Nancy Davis - 4
Jackie Poole - 5
James Gilbert - 6
Myrtie Cope - 8
Maria Schroeder - 8
Larry Prince, Jr. - 10
Graham Mudd - 10
Sandy Smith - 13
Rose Hidlay - 15
Micah Nelson - 16
Gene Hill - 18
Joleen Neel - 18
David Fletcher - 21
Barbi Avery - 22
Dorsett Davis - 24
Melissa Boekhaus - 25
Joann Warmack - 26
Lisa Bridges - 26
Steven McAllister - 26
Henry Hurst - 27
Jim Nicol - 27
Lois Pickering - 30  
Retired Older Men
Eating Out 
    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)!

Piccadilly Cafeteria
1715 Howell Mill Rd.

No Bible Study during Summer Break 
June - July 2017

Wednesday @ 10:30 AM
Conference Room

     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.
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