NORTHSIDE NOTES: May 18, 2016 
Pastoral Reflections 
  by James Lamkin

"Job Opening: Sinner in Residence"
     I will miss Jeff Brewer. He, like most members of NDBC, was a character!
     One of his earliest jobs was as a Coca-Cola undercover sampler...a secret agent of quality control. He would go different soda fountains, order a Coke, then covertly siphon some into a flask in his coat pocket. The sample was then sent to HQ for analysis. "00 Brewer."
     He also spent many years using calculus to craft an equation to understand the rise and fall of the Stock Market.
     At his memorial service, I read part of a note from him. The sentences were short; and the humor, quick. It was signed, "Sinner in Residence."
     I told the congregation, "First, I will miss this 'Sinner in Residence,' and second, we now have a job opening!" I told them that we would begin receiving applications; and that they could use me as a reference.
     The punchline is not the sinner part...for we all are that. It is the in residence . Whatever it means to be community, church, and congregation, it means to reside. We reside in relationship to one another, even as we abide in God.
     Jesus did that. As the Gospel of John puts it, "And the Word became flesh and resided among us." Eugene Peterson translates it: moved into our neighborhood .
     Said another way, Jesus Christ became our "Savior in Residence."
     Even as I write these words, other words sit nearby. They are obituaries for Willie Hicks's wife, Hillary; and Carol Fox, a good friend of Wilton and Martha Looney, who also was a friend of Joan McIntyre; plus, there are the funeral plans for Bill Grant, beloved brother of Walter Grant. The muddy boots of death have left their tracks among us.
     However, the bottom line of the Gospel is that there is a Savior in Residence. This is Good News, wonderful news, for all of us who qualify for the Sinner in Residence job. Thank God. (And by the way, saintly folk need not apply.)
Welcome Dr. Keith Walker 
     Dr. Keith Walker has been selected by the Personnel Committee upon recommendation of the Music Search Committee to serve as Director of Music Ministries effective July 1, 2016. Keith holds the BS degree from Georgia Tech, the Bachelor of Music from Georgia Regents University in Augusta, the Master of Music from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of South Carolina. He has worked with church choirs from the time of his childhood, taught and directed music at Darton College in Albany, and serves a variety of community arts groups including Director of the Festival Singers of Atlanta. He is well known in the music community and has worked with Greg and Bettye Colson. He will have responsibilities for the quality of all music ministries, planning worship with the staff, leading the Sanctuary and Handbell Choirs, and collaborating with Interim Organist Jeff McConnaughey. 
Update on NDBC Discernment Process
  By Don Janney, Church Moderator
     On behalf of the Church Council, I want to thank all NDBC members who participated in our Discernment Process concerning whether to offer the ministry of marriage to same-sex couples within our congregation. The discussions during this process led us to adopt the following statement of policy at a special called meeting of the Church-in-conference on April 17, 2016:
     Northside Drive Baptist Church, believing in the love of God for all persons, will provide equal access to all facets of the life and ministry of our church (including membership, baptism, ordination, marriage, teaching, staffing, and leadership) without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.
     Of 115 ballots cast at the meeting on April 17, there were 99 votes (86%) in favor of the policy and 16 votes (14%) in opposition to the policy. There was also one recorded abstention.
     As a result of our adoption of this statement of policy, we need to revise our current wedding policy, primarily to incorporate gender-neutral terminology in the policy and to modify some outdated provisions. Theresa Goriczynski, who has been the chair of our Wedding Committee for several years, will serve as chair of an ad hoc committee to revise our wedding policy. Ken Brant, Cheryl Dewell, Brian Knight, and Elizabeth Sheeley will serve with Theresa as members of this ad hoc committee.
Summer Missions Project
Snacks for summer camps
     The Andrew P. Stewart Center and Park Avenue Baptist Church provide summer camps for children living in the Pittsburg and Grant Park communities. The Missions Team is collecting snacks for both camps.
     Requested items are individual serving size juice boxes, granola bars, goldfish, fruit cups, applesauce cups, and chips (regular or baked). Collection baskets are available at the entrances to the Chapel.
children's choir
Children's Choir Party! 
Sunday, May 22, from 10:15-10:45 AM in the Fellowship Hall
     The children of the Celestial and Cherub choirs are invited to celebrate their successful season of singing, fellowship, and service with an end-of-year choir party on Sunday morning, May 22, from 10:15-10:45 AM in the Fellowship Hall. Come join us as we enjoy light refreshments, games, and musical instruments.
Church School Teacher Recognition
Sunday, May 22, 2016
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
~William Arthur Ward
     Northside Drive is not only a church that loves to learn, it is a church that desires to teach. The teachers, community leaders, and volunteers for Church School and Children's Choirs reveal that Northside Drive truly has great and inspirational people. The congregation, staff, and leadership thank you for your long hours spent in preparation, prayer, and practice.

Thank You Church School Teachers 2015-2016!
Christina Bayne, David Bell, Patti Clark, Myrtie Cope, Lynda Day, Jeffrey Dunkerley, Mike Egan, Tim Getsay, JB Gilbert, Virginia Gilbert, Amanda Gregg, Geneva Hall-Shelton, Jackie Hardin, Susan Harlan, Rhonda Harris, Gail Hermance, Mary Ann Hickman, Shawn Hodges, Syd Janney, Jill Johnson, Brian Knight, Ruth Kramedjian, James Lamkin, Mary Lester, Karen Massey, Jim Mahaffey, Larry McSwain, Graham Mudd, Susan Pearson, Karen Perry, Teri Rhodes, Ken Rhodes, Kristofer Schleicher, Helen Schroeder, Steve Sheeley, Becky Shoaf, Mona Stines, Joel Stouffer, Mary Lou Swann, Anna Kate Wilson, Cathy Wooten, & Dave Wooten
NDBC's Annual Business Meeting
Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 6:45 PM
     As required by the NDBC bylaws, the Church's annual meeting will be held at the next Church-in-conference, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 26 , beginning at 6:45 PM in the Fellowship Hall. The annual meeting provides an opportunity for you to receive updates on the works of the Church's ministry teams and committees. Please come to learn more about our activities!
20.30 - Braves Game 
Young Adult & a Braves Game
Saturday, May 28 
     This season is the Braves last season at Turner Field. Join the Young Adults in the congregation as we go to cheer on the Braves in this historic stadium on May 28 at 4 PM. Please RSVP to Jeffrey if you are able to attend so the proper amount of tickets can be purchased. Carpooling from the church is an option as well. As the date approaches, we can figure out details about carpooling. Go Braves! 

Summer Sermon Series
Sundays at 11 AM, May 29 - September 4
     This Summer's Sermon Series is built upon the odd, angular preachers of the Old Testament: the Hebrew Prophets. They functioned as Israel's immune system. Whenever the Hebrew Faith became too aligned with culture or comfort or power or privilege...God sent a prophet. By today's standards of success, productivity, winning, or profit-making...the prophets failed. They were Not-for-Profit, Prophets . But they are called by God to be faithful...and so are we. How shall we respond?
Youth Summer Celebration 
     As the school year comes to an end, get ready to celebrate together as a youth group. We will usher in the summer months with a fun time of games and movies on Sunday, May 29 , starting at 7 PM. The event will end at 10 PM that night. Come prepared to take a break from school and relax with each other. If you have any questions or suggestion on the games or movies to play, please contact Jeffrey at . See you there!!
Summer Lecture Series
Family, Gender, and Sexuality in the Bible
Sundays, June 5-August 28 @ 9:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall

June 5 - Dr. David Bell
Dirt, Darwin, and Creation
June 12 - Dr. David Bell
Lilith and Gender Justice:
The Construction of the Fall and Feminine Gender
June 19 - Dr. Karen Massey
Was Dan Brown Right?
The Relationship Between
Jesus and Mary Magdalene
June 26 - Dr. Lewis Bozard
To Value or To Vanquish:
Christianity's Mixed Messages About the Body
July 3 - Holiday Weekend
July 10 - Dr. Nancy L. deClaisse-Walford
Feminine Images of God in the Psalter
July 17 - Dr. Nancy L. deClaisse-Walford
A Feminist Reading of Psalms 90-92
July 24 - Rabbi Judith R. Beiner
Dreamgirls of the Bible: Women Who "Worked It"
A Look at Tamar and Ruth
July 31 - Rabbi Judith R. Beiner
Dreamgirls of the Bible: Women Who "Worked It"
A Look at Miriam and Esther
August 7 - Dr. Tina Pippin
Heavenly Women
August 14 - Dr. Steven M. Sheeley
Watching What We Say and Sing:
Committing to Inclusive Language
August 21 - Dr. Tina Pippin
Family Values in the Bible
August 28 - Dr. Steven M. Sheeley
Are We Really Reading Scripture?
Calling All Strings 
     Do you play an acoustic string instrument? Or do you have one around the house that you have been meaning to dust off and learn to play? Are you interested in joining others every now and then to make traditional music? If you're interested, email Steve Sheeley ( for more information.
TTWLTouching Taliaferro with Love 
June 20-23, 2016
     Time to think about Touching Taliaferro with Love June 20-23! The landscape has changed a bit and the time commitment is shorter, but we still hope to provide times of stories, games, crafts, recreation and fun with the delightful children in Taliaferro County. If you can devote four days, one day, or even a half day, join the team. For more information, contact Susan Harlan.
May 1 Callaway Cup Results
     Jordan Clark is a back-to-back Callaway Cup winner. Against a small but highly competitive field, Jordan posted a net 70 at Wolf Creek on May 1. Two notable shots were Closest to the pins on par threes by Jordan Clark and Hal Meeks. Chuck Stines was low gross, but is was more gross than usual.       
Church Week
SUNDAY, May 22
  9:30 AM - Church School
10:25 AM - Children's Choirs Rehearsals
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:15 PM - Young Adults: At the Table
10:00 AM - Staff Meeting
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
  6:45 PM - Church-in-conference
  7:15 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
  4:00 PM - 20.30's Braves Game

Volume 8 - Issue 20 

We will be in

the Chapel
for Sunday worship
NOW thru
September 4, 2016.

May 22, 2016
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
Psalm 8
Romans 5:1-5
John 16:12-15
We will not have Church School on May 29 (Memorial Weekend). However, the clergy
will have coffee and conversation waiting for you in the Parlor (Room 207)
at 9:30 AM.

Summer in the Chapel
Due to Chapel renovations the summer worship in the Chapel dates have been changed to...
June 5-September 4
The Church & Preschool
offices will be closed
Monday, May 30
in observance of
the Memorial Holiday.
Turned off - April 30
Back On - TBD
As a cost savings to the church, the gas is turned off in the Spring and turned back on in the Fall. This is part of the summer savings program with Infinite Energy. We will have an electric water heater for use during those months.
Pastoral Reflections
Welcome Dr. Keith Walker
NDBC Discernment Process
Summer Missions Project
Children's Choir Party!
Teacher Recognition
20.30 - Braves Game
Summer Sermon Series
Youth Summer Celebration
Summer Lecture Series
Calling All Strings
Callaway Cup Results
Church Week
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.

Gerry Humphries
Wilton & Martha Looney
Helen White
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Kate Pearson - 1
Renee Gamache - 1
Laura Seay - 1
Barry Ervin - 2
Caroline Singleton - 2
Jeffrey Dunkerley - 4
Irwin Ray - 5
Aidan Collins - 5
Gene Ledbetter - 6
Missy Lester - 7
Nathan Hermance - 9
Gigi Collins - 10
Turner Warmack - 11
Garrett Ray - 11
Randy Korando - 14
Hadley McClure - 15
Fulgencio Ferrer - 16
Susanna Schleicher - 17
Wilma Underwood - 18
Sam Egan - 18
Judy Schneider - 19
Avi Anantaraman - 21
Beth Singleton - 23
Amy Hurst - 23
Kenneth Dean - 25
Valerie Hardy - 26
Melissa Bryson - 26
Cameron Sardone - 27
Jay Mudd - 29
Jerry Poole - 30
Sandra Prince - 30
Amy Taylor - 30
Kristofer Schleicher - 30
Josh Davis - 31
Shannon Lee Moore - 31
children's choir
The Cherub Choir
Children ages 2 through Kindergarten
Directed by Ms. Amanda
Sunday mornings
from 10:25-10:50 AM
in the Room 103
The Celestial Choir
Children in grades 1-5
Directed by Ms. Mary Lou
Sunday mornings
from 10:25-10:50 AM
in Room 116
In the Balcony of the Narthex after Worship

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 every Sunday to briefly examine the lectionary texts, deconstruct the sermon of the day, and fellowship together. We will then go to lunch together after class.
Lunch after Church

The Youth meet once a month after church---either in the afternoon or the evening. Encore! serves
as a time into which we place various events, including but not limited to after-church lunches, afternoon outdoor activities, evening movies, service projects, and trips to nearby spiritual sites
(i.e. Monastery of the
Holy Spirit, etc.). Any
given month's Encore!
event will be publicized
 via email, Facebook,
and the youth newsletter. For more information contact Jeffrey Dunkerley at .
(Retired Older Men
Eating Out)
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 12 PM-1 PM
(bring your lunch money)!

Piccadilly Cafeteria  

1715 Howell Mill Rd 

We meet weekly at
10:30 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
@ 7 PM in the Parlor.
(June 2-Sept 1 the Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet
in members homes.) 
For more information
call Susan Harlan at

stained glass book



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