March 23, 2017
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!
20th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon 
Pastoral Reflections 
"Pastoring NDBC Part II"
Rev. James Lamkin
     Last week, I spoke of what I've learned in these twenty years at NDBC. This week, I want to talk about gratitude, my gratitude, for these years...and I will start with last Sunday.
     What a party! From the worship service to Fellowship Hall, from laughter to laments...we partied. I am grateful to many of you who planned and prepared, who sent well-wishes and kisses, who ordered BBQ and gave speeches. All good.
      A few shout-outs:
     Thank you, Louise Davis, for the extravagantly hand-painted and inscribed (by a charter member) commemorative china bowl.
     And thanks Don Janney and William Armsby, for the laser-etched woodcut. What a tornado meant for evil, you repurposed for good. You took a piece of a poplar tree, felled in the church's backyard; then you sawed it, pickled it, lacquered it, and presented it with a beautiful brass inscription. Wow.              Thanks for the testimonials from Susan and Jordan and Kay and Cathy and Kristofer ( in absentia) and Hal who also brought the gift of song...which always makes me cry.
     Also, the Myrtie Cope slideshow...which had more precious memories than I could remember. And Tim Getsay who read a love letter that touched my soul. Plus, there was Aunt Jane who gave the most beautiful flower arrangement in the world. Thank you, thank you.
     The whole church blessed Liz and me. Jack Guynn handed an envelope (to Liz!) which included a generous monetary offering. Mercy!
     There is a math to life, with a lot of pluses and minuses, losses and gains. So much so, that we take most of life's daily, small equations for granted.
     But on rare occasions, life draws a line. Suddenly, the tiny 2 + 2's are tallied; and the invisible sum becomes clear.
     Surprised, are we, of how much life has been lived, and how much love has been shared. There is a meaning to this math. Grace + Hope + Memory + God = Gratitude. Always.
Do you remember the parable about a mustard seed? 
     Jesus told a story about the tiny seed which grew into a large tree whose branches could shelter many different birds.  Our church is much like this metaphor, having grown from a small beginning (charter members) to a larger congregation that serves the needs of many different people.  But the tree needs to be cared for -- watered, pruned, etc. -- and that's where all of us have a responsibility.
     Beginning this month, the nominating committee is offering you the opportunity to nominate members for the Diaconate, Finance Committee and Personnel Committee.  In addition, you may volunteer for one or more of our other ministry teams.  Forms will be ready for you in the Narthex after worship on March 26, and April 2.  You may also link to the nominating for m on the Northside Drive Baptist Church website and in the Pinnacle at:
     We especially invite those of you who are relatively new to the church and might not have participated in a ministry team to volunteer.  It's a great way to know other members and build up the work of our congregation.   .
     ~Mary Lester
Rogues 'Round the Cross
(Lenten Thursday Evening Reflections)
6:45 pm
NDBC Chapel


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
The Season of Lent, 2017
Northside Drive Baptist Church
Thursday Evening Lenten Services
Now through April 13, 2017 at 6:45 p.m.
"Rogues 'Round the Cross"
 NDBC Chapel
Palm Sunday
April 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
NDBC Sanctuary
Maundy Thursday
April 13, 2017 at 6:45
 NDBC Chapel
Good Friday Service
April 14, 2017 Noon-2:00 pm
"Meditations on the Seven Last Words"
 NDBC Sanctuary
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.
 NDBC Sanctuary
Easter Sunday
April 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
NDBC Sanctuary
(Children's Easter Egg hunt following worship)
Classes now through Easter Sunday!
Sunday School Class 
Art & Soul Classroom
9:30-10:45 AM 
All are invited! 

Lenten Studies based on the book Forgiveness A Lenten Study.

**Individuals may order the book Forgiveness A Lenten Study by Marjorie J. Thompson on Amazon or on The Thoughtful Christian website for about $8.00. 
Session 2 
Young Adults 
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
NDBC Refugee Project Update!
     When we started the Good Neighbor Team, we had no idea how complicated the process would be! In response to the Syrian refugee crisis, a number of us at Northside Drive came together and asked what we could do to help. We decided to partner with World Relief, a resettlement organization that would pair our church with a refugee family resettling in the Atlanta area. We formed our team, completed our training and all the necessary paperwork, and we were ready to be paired with a family. Then an executive order on immigration put our efforts on hold. After federal judges blocked the executive order, it looked like we would quickly be paired with a family! We began collecting everything the family would need for their apartment, and the church members were incredibly generous in their giving. We thank you! Then, a second executive order (which has now been blocked) halted our efforts again. This has been exhausting!
     Unexpectedly, the team was notified on Wednesday, March 22 that World Relief is resettling refugees again, and we have been asked to partner with a family from Afghanistan. The family includes a husband, a wife, a one-year old girl, and a baby on the way. The Good Neighbor Team voted to partner with this family, and we are very excited! We will donate the items we have collected for their apartment and help with the move. Once they are moved in, our main responsibilities will be to love them, be conversation partners, and help them navigate and adjust to life in Atlanta. I know Northside Drive to be a kind and hospitable congregation, so I think that won't be any problem at all!
     Thank you for your support and generosity,
The Good Neighbor Team
Barbara Atchley
Kay Braswell
Nancy Davis 
Susan Dew
Jeffrey Dunkerley
Caitlyn Cook Furr
JB Gilbert
Nancy Hall
Geneva Hall-Shelton
Susan Harlan 
Rhonda Harris
James Lamkin
Sue McSwain
Hal Meeks 
Easter Lilies*
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.
At the Table
Sunday, March 26 
     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

March 26  
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 
Triple E 
April 11
Transformed by Travel:
A Trip to the Holy Land
Susan Dew & Kay Braswell
     In October 2015, Susan and Kay made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a group from Peachtree Presbyterian Church.  Since then, several of us have heard bits and pieces about the trip.  They spoke of its incredible impact, how it has changed their view of political realities in the Middle East, and that it was an incredible spiritual experience.  Join us to hear about this special journey.
Choral Stations of the Cross
Good Friday
April 14, 2017
3:00 PM

Easter Egg Hunt - April 16   
   It's here, it's here !! The long awaited, highly anticipated, Easter Egg Hunt is finally here! We will hunt for colorful, candy filled eggs immediately following worship on Easter. Bring your baskets and join us outside of the Narthex, in front of the church with your (grades 0-6th) for lots of fun and celebration.
~ Anna Kate Wilson, Director of Children's Ministries
Calling All Easter Eggs!

     It's that time of the year again!  We need to start collecting pre-filled Easter Eggs for our annual Easter Egg hunt!  Please bring a dozen or two of candy filled colorful eggs to church.  There will be bins in the Narthex that you can drop them off in.
NDBC Book Club 
April 19 
Everything I Never Told You
Author:  Celeste Ng
Facilitator:  Anne Raymond
Hostess:  Pam Wamberg
NDBC Men's Ensemble to Sing
Sunday, April 30, 2017 
     Men, do you miss singing, but are unable to make weekly choir rehearsals? We have an opportunity for you. A new men's ensemble has been created that will sing two to three times a year with 4-6 rehearsals prior. (You don't have to attend all the rehearsals.)
     We will sing during morning worship on Sunday, April 30. There will be 3 rehearsals on Sunday and 3 Thursdays so you have some flexibility. The first Sunday rehearsal will be on April 2 at 10 a.m. in the choir room. The other Sundays will be April 9 and April 23. We will devote the last 30 minutes of our Thursday choir rehearsal to this piece on April 13, April 20, and April 27. If you can come on a Thursday, please join us in the choir room at 8:30 p.m. Enter through the porte-cochere door. Ladies, watch for our women's ensemble announcement soon.
     ~Dr. Keith H. Walker, Director of Music Ministries
31st Annual Women's Retreat  
 April 28-30, 2017
Blue Boar Retreat
Robbinsville, North Carolina    
For more information:
Joyce Wilson (770) 773-3333
Virginia Gilbert (770) 333-8933
Missions Ministry

Church Week
SUNDAY, March 26    
  9:30 AM - Church School 
10:25 AM - Children's Choir Rehearsal
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:00 PM - Family Lunch Undercroft
12:15 PM - At the Table  
  7:00 PM - Handbell Practice
TUESDAY, March 28
10:00 AM - Staff Meeting 
WEDNESDAY, March 29 
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study 
THURSDAY, March 30   
  5:30 PM - Yoga in the Fellowship Hall
  6:45 PM - Thursday Evening Lenten Service in Chapel    
  7:30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
Volume 9 - Issue 12 
March 26, 2017 
  Psalm 95:1-7
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 4:5-14, 28-29, 40-42 
Jeffrey is Preaching
Pastoral Reflections
Nominating Committee
Rogues 'Round the Cross
The Season of Lent 2017
Lenten Studies
Growing Young Series
NDBC Refugee Project Update
Easter Lilies
At the Table
Family Lunch
Triple E
Choral Stations of the Cross
Tired Parents Lunch
Easter Egg Donations
NDBC Book Club
Men's Choir
31st Annual Women's Retreat
Missions Ministry Retreat
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.

Louise Davis
Nancy F. Davis
Mary Dutton 
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Jim Mahaffey-1
Jo Meeks-1
Janet Bell-2
Virginia Gilbert-2
Parker Holloway-2
Jordan Clark-3
Austin Chandler-3
Keith Walker-4
Ginger Cooper-7
Corbin Boekhaus-7
Kellan Tatum-7
Caroline Sisk-12
Jose Tunon-13
Wendy Overton-Erin-14
Sarah Wolff Milligan-15
Benj Cadaret-15
Aline Cofield-16
Jane Fitzgerald-18
JL Jerden-19
Jim Barksdale-20
Jill Johnson-20
Harper Bell-21
Don Wamberg-24
Raj Anantaraman-27
Anant Anantaraman-29
Calvin Dalke-29
Walter Grant-30

Namaste Y'all! Yoga is Back!
Thursday's from
5:30 - 6:30 pm
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
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.
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.
  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.
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Northside Drive Baptist Church | 3100 Northside Dr NW | Atlanta GA | 30305
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