October 13, 2016
| Pastoral Reflections
Rev. James Lamkin
"Prayer = Humility + Chutzpah - Hubris"
Sometimes I think that a lot of the Bible was written just to annoy us. A biblical writer will raise an issue...and then what follows is ambiguous, cryptic, and vague.
This coming Sunday's Gospel text is like that. "Here's a parable," says Jesus, "about the need to pray continuously and not lose heart."
That's good. I need help with prayer; and I frequently struggle with "hope fatigue." So, I lean into the text. But instead of clarity about prayer and stamina, we get a bizarre story about an unjust judge and a badgering woman.
That annoys me. Would an explanation of prayer and a definition of justice been too hard to ask? But no! We are handed an opaque parable instead.
Show-up this Sunday. We'll ponder boldness. We will offer humility. We will confess hubris. And if we do all the above, it may even equal prayer.
2016 Habitat for Humanity Build
Build Begins, Saturday, October 15, 2016
Mark your calendars for the 2016 Interfaith Partnership Habitat for Humanity Build. The build will begin October 15 with the dedication on December 3.
October 15 will be NDBC Lead Day when we provide both workers and lunch. As in previous years, child care will be provided at the church on our Lead Day. The other work days are:
|The Callaway Cup 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
The after-church outing is for all members, regardless of age, gender or talent. The highly coveted Callaway Cup is named in honor of Raymund Callaway, a long-time member of NDBC. To sign up call Bil Caderet (678-371-3280); or check with him for more information.
| NDBC Book Club
Wednesday, October 19, from 1-2:30 PM
in the Fellowship Hall
A book review of
by Anne Tyler will be Wednesday, October 19
, at 1 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Jane Lamkin will be the facilitator and Carolyn Mahaffey the hostess. Bring your lunch; dessert and beverages will be furnished.
|Choir Rehearsing Rutter Magnificant
Friday, October 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM
The Sanctuary Choir is rehearsing the Rutter Magnificant for December 11. We invite anyone who would like to sing this piece to join us for an extended rehearsal on Friday, October 21. Dinner will be provided with a rehearsal following. We welcome anyone who would like to sing the Rutter, but is unable to join us long term to attend this rehearsal. We also work on the Rutter each Thursday during the first 30 minutes of rehearsal. If you would like to join us for this special service, please email Keith Walker at
|Northside Drive Musicians Represented at Boxerstock
October 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Three Northside Drive members will be performing at Boxerstock Music Festival at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. The festival is from Noon to 6 PM and features music all day, including Northside Drive's very own, Kurt Thomas, Valerie Waters, and Dianne DaLee. The festival itself is in support of Atlanta Boxer Rescue. There will be vendors, food trucks, and a Kid's village. Let us gather together to support three of our own. Tickets are available at
. If anyone is interested in carpooling after worship that Sunday to the event, contact Jeffrey Dunkerley at
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Dr. Lloyd Allen
holds the Sylvan Hills Chair of Baptist Heritage and is Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation at McAfee School of Theology. He received his B.S (1974) with a double-major in psychology and sociology from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. His training for Christian ministry took place at the Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, which awarded him the M.Div. (1978) and Ph.D. (1984) degrees. Dr. Allen teaches in the areas of church history, Baptist heritage, and spirituality; and is currently working on a brief history of Christian spirituality and a comparison of spiritual formation in various religious traditions.
Off campus, Dr. Allen is a frequent faculty member for the Academy of Spiritual Formation and was the Executive Director of the W. H. Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society for over a decade. He and his family are members of Parkway Baptist Church in Duluth. He enjoys reading novels, watching movies, playing tennis, hiking, and taking road trips in his Mazda MX-5 roadster.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
5:00-6:30 PM in the church parking lot
Get ready for costumes, candy, and colorful faces at Trunk-or-Treat! This year, we'll need your help with spooky bounce houses and pumpkin painting! We'll have a family photo booth and face painting, too. Invite your kids, your neighbors' kids, and of course all grandchildren.
Set-up will be done following worship that Sunday morning. Everyone will grab a chair or a table and take it out to the parking lot. The rest of our set up will start at 4:00 PM. We will serve freshly grilled hot dogs and chips for $2. Childcare will be provided for children of volunteers. Bring your festive car trunks filled with candy and put on your smiling faces! Let's work together to make Trunk-or-Treat a fun, community-wide event for all ages! Contact Anna Kate Wilson for volunteer sign-ups at email@example.com.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
11:00 AM Fellowship Hall
"MoneySMART Volunteer Services Coordinator, Atlanta Regional Commission"
We are all aware of the increasing number of scams targeting our seniors and many other unwary victims. Come hear our speaker talk about how to plan ahead for financial wellbeing; learn to identify and prevent financial exploitation including identity theft, scams, and homeowner mortgage schemes.
|Prayer Shawl Ministry
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.
Letter from Betty Conley
October 10, 2016
My Dear Northside Drive Family,
I want to thank you for the beautiful cards, phone calls, and visits you showered on me after my dear Tom's death. The pain of losing him has been great. We were each other's best friend and pal, and for the last year and a half had been together 24/7. His health was so fragile that I could not leave him.
So many of you were at the memorial service and what a beautiful show of support. Our whole family was so thankful for that gesture, and commented on it at our family gathering at Sunday lunch.
I have a huge favor to ask of you. Every Sunday for fifteen years they recorded the worship service and Tom's sermons, and I am trying to gather as many of those as possible. If you know where they are, or even have some would you be willing for me to have them? Just hearing his voice brings me a small measure of comfort. If it is my good fortune to have a positive response call me at (404) 231-2196 and I will arrange to pick them up.
Your pastor, James Lamkin, has been very supportive during this time in our lives. His visits to Tom in the hospital were so welcome! After Tom's death he was here to offer support and comfort. For his support we are thankful.
Life is precious, let's live it with joy and appreciation.
As a follow-up to Betty's letter...
Let us keep loving Betty as she faces these challenging days for her and the family. Loving is one of NDBC's superpowers; and we will continue to do just that.
Let her know if you have a recording. Nancy Davis and I have searched for Tom Conley recordings at the church (in the archive room, the conference room, the copier room, etc.) and have not found any. Tom's last Sunday was Easter 1991; and there are none (though there may be some funeral tapes) before that time. However, we will keep looking. Also, we are giving Betty a CD of the presentations Tom did on Same-Sex Marriage at NDBC in February of this year.
Bless be the ties that bind.
James Lamkin, Pastor
Search Committee for the Open Minister Position Begins!
Their first meeting was Tuesday night, 10-11-16. The five committee members voted-on by the church are:
Jack Guynn, Elizabeth Sheeley, Graham Mudd, David Bell, and George Taylor. Jack Guynn was selected as chair of the committee.
Conversation around the table was lively and discerning. Good questions were raised; and good directions were pursued.
They will be pondering:
As God continues to lead our congregation to "do and be" our part in God's big story...what do we need from an additional staff minister to help us "do and become" just that?
Mike Gregg lead and loved us in this role for nearly a decade; and now we look for new leadership.
Pray for the committee as they listen and learn and love and look...and as they lead us.
SUNDAY, October 16
9:30 AM - Church School
10:25 AM - Children's' Choir Rehearsal
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
7:00 PM - Hand Bell Practice
MONDAY, October 17
7:00 PM - Church Council
TUESDAY, October 18
11:00 AM - Staff Meeting
12:00 PM - Romeos @ Piccadilly's
WEDNESDAY, October 19
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
1:00 PM - Book Club
7:00 PM - Prayer Shawl Ministry
7:30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
6:30 AM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
October 16, 2016
The TLP is a Diaconate ministry. Each week's list contains the rotating names of three or four NDBC senior adults.
Gordon & Billie Davis
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Bess Goodhead - 2
Mary Caroline Goodhead - 2
Jennifer D'Amato - 2
Eleanor Chandler - 2
James Goodhead - 2
Dick Underwood - 3
Jim Hermance - 3
LaDonna Foxworth - 3
Larry Prince - 4
Camden Armsby - 4
Qingsong Wen - 5
Mona Stines - 6
Addie Cook - 7
Geneva Hall-Shelton - 9
Carolyn Herndon - 10
Lindsey Bryson - 10
Louise Davis - 13
Valerie Waters - 13
Mike Fletcher - 14
Barbara Atchley - 14
Joe Schneider - 15
Billie Davis - 15
Helen White - 15
Stuart Meeks - 15
Susan Harlan - 16
Marie Nelson - 16
Dianne DaLee - 17
Sloane Mudd - 17
Bruce Dick - 19
Janna Chandler - 20
Nelle Holbrook - 21
Michael Sardone - 21
Dot Houston - 23
Elizabeth Granger - 23
Triston King - 24
Cassandra McAllister - 25
Mike Egan - 28
Hartwell Dew - 28
Christopher Davis - 31
Jordan Davis - 31
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 is located at 1715 Howell Mill Rd.
| PASTORS WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
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.