NORTHSIDE NOTES: March 2, 2016
by James Lamkin
"Worship as Out-of-Control"
One of the "ah ha's" talked about after last Sunday's Church School gathering, was the notion of ecstasy in worship. That level of elation, bliss, and joy doesn't fit the definition of worship as "decent and in order." McComb lecturer, Dennis Covington, read a section of his book on snake-handling. It "rattled" (pun intended) us more than we expected.
The largest rattle was not from the crazy notion of handling snakes in church...it was the thought that the worship of God could leave us out of control...thus, leaving God in control. So much of our lives is about the illusion of control. I suppose holding up a timber rattler would be extreme therapy for our "control problem."
Joy is a first cousin to ecstasy. As far as I can tell, joy overcomes us as a gift; we don't add up a list and then find joy as an achievement to check-off.
This coming Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent. It is called Laetare Sunday. It is Latin for rejoice. Churches and some clergy wear rose colored vestments and Paraments on this day. On it, we stand on tip-toes, beyond the rigors of Lenten disciplines, and see all the way to Easter. It is like Gaudete Sunday (the third Sunday of Advent).
So, I know we've all got problems. I know things are not (and never will be) just as they should. I know that some of us are a quart low most every Sunday. But, it is Laetare! Against all odds..., what if we all prayed, "God, overcome us...with uncontrollable joy!"
Northside Drive Baptist Church Discernment Process on Same-Sex Marriage
by Don Janney, Church Moderator
On February 14, we began our series of discussions on same-sex marriage with Rev. Tom Conley, who served as NDBC's Senior Minister from 1976 to 1991. These discussions are part of a Discernment Process that responds to the NDBC Diaconate's "Statement of Self-Expression," which our deacons adopted unanimously last summer. In this statement, the deacons asserted that all members of our congregation should be afforded "the opportunity to celebrate the ritual of marriage" in our church; and to that end, the deacons expressed their hope that our church will offer the ministry of marriage to same-sex couples with the prayers and support of our congregation.
Our church's Vision Statement affirms our belief that "God calls us into Christian community with the challenge to discern and act upon the ongoing revelation of God in our time and place." In keeping with that affirmation, we encourage all members of NDBC to engage in the Discernment Process as we ponder the Diaconate's statement concerning the marriage of same-sex couples in our church. As part of this process, we invite all members to participate in subsequent discussions, which are scheduled as follows:
* Sunday, March 13, 2016-Dr. Diane Lipsett:
Dr. Lipsett is Minister of Faith Formation and Education at Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC and Assistant Professor of Religion at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. She will preach during the morning worship service and will discuss biblical texts concerning homosexuality and same-sex marriage during a meal in the Fellowship Hall after the service.
* Sunday, April 3, 2016-Congregational Discussion:
This discussion will occur during a meal in the Fellowship Hall after the morning worship service and will cover several topics, including the NDBC Diaconate's process leading to its "Statement of Self-Expression," the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in
Obergefell v. Hodges
, and positions taken by other like-minded churches regarding same-sex marriage.
Please come and participate in these discussions with an open heart and an open mind as our congregation considers this important matter.
Lenten Evening Services
"Story, Song, & Spirit"
A Lenten Path to Easter
February 18-March 24
6:45 PM in the Chapel
March 3 -
James Lamkin, story
April 10 -
Steve Sheeley, hammer dulcimer
April 17 -
Kurt Thomas, guitar
- Maundy Thursday Service
|Where Are You in God's Toolbox?
for the Nominating Committee
We are in the season of Nominations, where we commit to tasks in our church life and prayerfully consider the nomination of self and/or others to carry out the work of God in our lives, church, and world. Our committee members will be present in the Narthex to accept your nominations for Moderator, Diaconate, Finance Committee, and Personnel Committee. We also encourage you to volunteer on the many splendid ministry teams that help bring us such great opportunities for learning and loving. You may also link to the
on the Northside Drive Baptist Church website and in the Northside Notes. Consider this your invitation. I'd ask you to ponder these choices and help us complete this process by April 3.
I have my own "toolbox" story for you. This is the last hammer that my father used and treasured. It is a symbol for me of the great servant heart that lived in my father. Hear these descriptors: Son, Husband, Father, Sailor, Saddletree Maker, Salesman, TV/Radio Repairman, Farmer, Fisherman, Collector of Tools, Carpenter, Friend. He was also: Deacon, Song Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Chair of the Building Committee, Pastor, Mission Participant.
I believe my father lived out his mission in all of these jobs. In one of my favorite photos, Dad, in his overalls and baseball cap, stands on a ladder in a new church addition in upper state New York, oblivious to the camera, as he hammers a nail into a piece of wood.
It is God's work---whatever the job we do. There are many jobs at NDBC, and you represent all the tools we need. We ask for your prayerful and joyous commitment.
|Easter Lily Orders*
February 28-March 20
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, February 28
, on the Easter envelopes provided in the Narthex, or send your money to Rose in the church office with your dedication information included. Please respond by
Sunday, March 20
. For more information see a Flower Ministry Team member.
*U.S. tax regulations do not allow us to offer contribution credit for Easter plants because the plants are returned to the giver.
| Triple E - REVISED
"The Bayeux Tapestry"
March 8 at 11 AM, Fellowship Hall
The Bayeux Tapestry is nearly 1,000 years old and illustrates the events leading up to the conquest of England in 1066. No event in English history was more transformational than this invasion. Both Napoleon and Hitler carefully studied the tapestry as they sought to replicate the success of William the Conqueror in invading and subjugating Britain.
Winter Clothing Collection
Donations of gently worn shoes and winter clothing are needed for the homeless veterans program at Fort McPherson. Items most needed are men's shoes and boots. Other items requested (for both men and women) are coats, sweat shirts, sweat pants, jeans, hats and gloves. Donations may be left in the Narthex.
A Choral Guild Concert
"Maurice Durufle's Requiem"
March 13 at 4 PM, Sanctuary
The mission of Choral Guild of Atlanta is to program the outstanding choral works from all musical periods, including works that are not often performed. See George Taylor for ticket information. NDBC member ticket price is $10.
Children and Youth Waving Palms
Sunday, March 20, 11 AM Worship Service
Attention all children, youth, and families!
Sunday, March 20, is Palm Sunday! We want you to help us praise Jesus by waving palm branches in the air! Please meet Mr. Mike and Ms. Anna Kate in the Narthex before the 11 AM Worship Service on
March 20 to get your palm branches and instructions about waving them in the morning worship service. Bring a friend to Palm Sunday!
Donate Easter Eggs for
the Easter Egg Hunt
The children in our church and community eagerly anticipate the Easter Egg Hunt every year. Please donate 1-2 dozen stuffed plastic eggs (no peanut products) for the event. You may drop off the eggs at the church office during the week or in the Children's Sunday School room every Sunday until Easter.
Nursery Help for Easter Sunday
March 27 from 11 AM-12 Noon
Easter is one of the best opportunities to welcome guests and their children. In order to keep our nursery safe with an increased number of children during Easter Sunday Worship, the Children's Ministry Team needs you to volunteer to be in a preschool room or the nursery. Please contact Anna Kate Wilson
for availability and more information.
|Stations of the Cross
The NDBC Chapel
February 10-March 27
The Stations of the Cross represents certain scenes in the Passion of Christ, each corresponding to a particular incident, of the special form of devotion connected with fifteen key events on the day of Christ's crucifixion. A majority of the images represent Jesus's walk through the streets of Jerusalem, carrying the cross.
The Stations originated in medieval Europe when wars prevented Christian pilgrims from visiting the Holy Land. Thus, European artists created works depicting scenes of Christ's journey to Calvary to help pilgrims make a spiritual journey to Jerusalem even if they could not go physically. The faithful installed these sculptures, paintings, or images at intervals along a procession path, inside the parish church, or outdoors in order to have a devotional route in which to stop and pray at each "station."
The object of the Stations is to help the faithful make in spirit a pilgrimage to the chief scenes of Christ's sufferings and death by passing from station to station, with certain prayers and devout meditations upon the various incidents of Christ's final days. The Stations of the Cross will be in the NDBC Chapel throughout the Lenten Season. Simply follow the instructions attached to the walls and walk the Way of the Cross.
SUNDAY, March 6
9:30 AM - Church School
10:25 AM - Children's Choirs Rehearsals
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:15 PM - Children's Ministry Team
12:15 PM - Young Adult: At the Table
TUESDAY, March 8
11:00 AM - Triple E
WEDNESDAY, March 9
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
10:30 AM - Weekday Preschool MT
THURSDAY, March 10
6:45 PM - Lenten Thursday Service
7:15 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
Daylight Saving Time 2016 begins at 2:00 AM on
Sunday, March 13, 2016
March 6, 2016
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
| DAILY LENTEN DEVOTIONAL
Dr. Steve Sheeley will be writing devotionals through the Lenten season.
If you would like to be
on his email list and
receive his musings,
you may email him at
May the longings of this Lenten season lead us to the resurrected Christ.
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.
Jim Mahaffey - 1
Jo Meeks - 1
Greta McLarty - 1
Janet Bell - 2
Virginia Gilbert - 2
Parker Holloway - 2
Austin Chandler - 3
Jordan Clark - 3
Emily Getsay - 3
Ginger Cooper - 7
Kellan Tatum - 7
Caroline Sisk - 12
Wendy Overton-Ervin - 14
Lauren Whiffen - 15
Benjamin Cadaret - 15
Sarah Wolff Milligan - 15
Aline Cofield - 16
Charley Joyner - 18
Jane Fitzgerald - 18
JL Jerden - 19
Jim Barksdale - 20
Jill Johnson - 20
Harper Bell - 21
Don Wamberg - 24
Dan Oakley - 26
Raj Anantaraman - 27
Calvin Dalke - 29
Walter Grant - 30
| WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
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.
| PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Led by Susan Harlan
Every 1st & 3rdThursday
@ 7 PM in the Parlor
For more information call Susan Harlan at 770-377-3869.
(Retired Older Men
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 12 PM-1 PM
(bring your lunch money)!
1715 Howell Mill Rd
| CHILDREN'S CHOIRS REHEARSALS
The Cherub Choir
Children ages 2 through Kindergarten
from 10:25-10:50 AM
in the Room 103
The Celestial Choir
Children in grades 1-5
Ms. Mary Lou
from 10:25-10:50 AM
in Room 116
| TIRED PARENTS CLASS BREAKFAST
With all the crazy things going on in our lives each month, we wanted to create a time and space where you can fellowship and socialize with other tired parents. We will meet in the Undercroft and share breakfast together once a month (2/21, 3/13, 4/10 & 5/8) during Church School. If you are still looking for a church school class, please join us!
| AT THE TABLE
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.
THE STAINED GLASS WINDOWS BOOK
A copy of the book is in the Narthex for previewing and the cost is only $30. To get your copy, call us at 404-237-8621 or email the church.
THE PAPERLESS PINNACLE
The Pinnacle is emailed as a link to the congregation and is available on the church website at www.northsidedrive.org.
If you would prefer not to receive the Pinnacle by U.S. mail, please call404-237-8621 or email us
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