"A Single Garment"
By James Lamkin
As an embedded pastor, I get to see and feel the fabric that connects us.
At times, I have a wide-angle view...like when Liz and I walked the Mall in Washington, DC, bracketed by the Capitol and the Washington Monument. That 1992 Sunday afternoon, we moved silently among the AID's Quilt. Acres of patchworked names and faces and dreams and nightmares. I knew, as sure as I was standing there, that though AIDS was not my story, it was my story, because it is part of the wide human story. Sometimes I'm allowed to see destiny's panorama.
Other times, I stand so close, I can see only one thread at a time. Even in these recent days, as church families have limped along the road of loss...Clark's, Janney's, Jerden's, Isakson's, Poole's, and others...their weary and weighty journey have felt up-close to all of us who love them.
And, there are parties! My calendar recalls the Young Adults' Tacky Sweater gathering, to the Children's Choir Cookie making, to the Christmas Eve debut of the Wandering Wise men led by an ambling star.
Also, you and I share the memories of a prophet's voice. A fellow Baptist from the south, Martin Luther King wrote from Birmingham Jail in April 1963, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,
tied in a single garment of destiny
Last night, I reminded the Church Council of our primary questions. The primary questions are not about fixing the church, growing the church, or maintaining the church, as important as those are. But the essential questions are:
What is God doing now; and how are we part of that?
We are like the needlepointed sheep on our chancel kneelers. We follow the
Angus Dei, the victorious Lamb of God. We are like the needlepointed critters on Noah's Ark, also crafted by Gerry Humphries, in the preschool hallway. From alligators to zebras, they are woven into a single garment of destiny...so they may as well enjoy the ride.
As an embedded pastor, the single garment wraps and warms me, too. And for that spiritual connection, I am eternally grateful.
New Year's Lunch
for Young Adults
Sunday, January 22, 2017
After a busy holiday season visiting friends and family,
come relax with the 20.30 group at a local restaurant on January 22nd at 12:15. Gather in the Narthex after worship that morning so we can ride to a restaurant together. The restaurant is yet to be decided so if you have any suggestions, please let Jeffrey Dunkerley know firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, January 26, 2017
The first Church-in-conference meeting of 2017 will occur on Thursday, January 26, 2017, beginning at 6:45 PM in the Fellowship Hall. The agenda for this meeting will include Finance committee's presentation concerning any adjustments to the Church's Operating Budget for 2017 that was approved by the Church-in-conference in October. Please come for this presentation and other important matters affecting our church community.
Our Annual Souper Bowl Sunday
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Volunteers are needed to either prepare a pot of soup or chili, or to bake cookies or brownies! If you are not fond of cooking we can always use help with set-up or clean-up. Whatever your talents are, join us that day for fellowship and fun. The donations we collect that day help support the Hunger Fund. To volunteer contact Mona Stines at
Alliance of Baptist Sunday
February 12, 2017, 11:00 AM
NDBC is a founding church in the Alliance of Baptists. 30 years ago, Tom Conley, Jim Strickland, Buddy Shurden and others met in our sanctuary. Out of their discussion and passion, the Alliance of Baptists was born.
James Lamkin will be preaching on February 12; however, Jim Strickland will speak a good and grateful word on behalf of the Alliance. Betty Conley, also, has been invited to the service that day.
Jim Strickland and Rachel Lackey, a husband/wife team, have been the managers of Sabbath House in Bryson City, NC, since its inception, construction, and five years of operation. They are well aware of the demands of contemporary culture on everyone and the unique demands our culture makes of clergy, laity leadership, and caregivers. They possess a combined total of 60 years of parish ministry experience. Both are ordained Christian clergy and have been trained in pastoral care. Jim holds a Doctorate of Ministry Degree in pastoral care and counseling from Columbia Theological Seminary, and Rachel holds a Masters Degree in Religious Education and has worked in Clinical Pastoral Education.
You are cordially invited to the annual
Honoring NDBC retired members
Tuesday, February 14, 2017,
12 o'clock noon, in the Fellowship Hall
Special Performance by Kurt Thomas
We are so lucky to enjoy his music from time to time i
n Worship. Now we have the opportunity to get to know Kurt even
better as he shares with us some of his favorite music as well as stories of his life and songs.
RSVP by February 9
to Barbara Atchley
Executive Director of
the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
Preaching: March 12, 2012, 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.
31st Annual Women's Retreat
April 21-23, 2017
Robbinsville, North Carolina
SPACE & TIME ARE LIMITED
Reservation deadline is Sunday, February 12, 2017
Make your reservation with a $100.00 deposit
(made out to Joyce Wilson)
& give it to Joyce Wilson or Virginia Gilbert
For more information:
Joyce Wilson (770) 773-3333
Virginia Gilbert (770) 333-8933
Minister Search Committee
After extensive discussions with church groups and individual members, the Minister Search committee finalized a job description for the new Associate Pastor position in December. The job description summarizes a broad role across all ministerial and pastoral duties with particular emphasis on ministry to young families and their children including a strong passion for membership development for NDBC. You can find the description on the church's website.
The Minister Search Committee would like to thank everyone who had a hand in creating the preferred qualifications for the new Associate Pastor position.
In early January, the Associate Pastor job opening was publicized and advertised to a broad range of sources to qualified applicants. It is our hope that we will receive a significant number of expressions of interest, and that the Search Committee will be able to begin reviewing applications and scheduling interviews with the most promising candidates in late January and February. When a preferred candidate is identified, the Church-in-Conference will be presented with a final candidate for consideration.
For more information please contact the Search Committee. We welcome your thoughts.
~Jack Guynn for the Search Committee
SUNDAY, January 22
9:30 AM - Church School
10:25 AM - Children's Choir Rehearsal
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:00 PM - New Year's Lunch for Young Adults
7:00 PM - Handbell Practice
TUESDAY, January 24
10:00 AM - Staff Meeting
WEDNESDAY, January 25
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
THURSDAY, January 26
6:45 PM - Church-in-Conference
7:30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
Psalm 27:1, 4-9
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
The TLP is a Diaconate ministry. Each week's list contains the rotating names of three or four NDBC senior adults.
Jack & Joey Guynn
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Chelsea Clarke - 1
Armand Kramedjian - 2
Barbara Schroeder - 2
Len Shelton - 2
Gary Clark - 3
Jon Bell - 4
Kennedy Molina - 5
Katherine Bryson - 6
William High - 7
Ruth Kramedjian - 7
Joyce Wilson - 7
Jerry Smith - 8
Don Janney - 9
Cynthia Tunon - 9
Pam Wamberg - 9
Charlton Roberts - 14
Sebastian Almeida-Hall - 15
Libby Martin - 15
Jeanne Hill - 16
Jane Jerden - 16
Anne Ledbetter - 16
Fabio Molina - 16
Lewis Bozard - 17
Donna McLarty - 17
Annie Molina - 19
Gail Hermance - 22
Harry Mathis - 22
Luke Fletcher - 22
Nancy Hall - 23
Levi Milligan - 24
Will Egan - 25
Stephanie Jones - 25
Jackson Singleton - 25
Michael Hermance - 26
Lanier Meeks Yi - 28
Karen Perry - 29
Riley Isakson - 31
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.