November 10, 2016
| Pastoral Reflections
Rev. James Lamkin
"Not Done with All Saints Sunday"
Grief is called
grief work for a reason. Whatever else it is, it is
Grief is sneaky. You'll think you're done, that you've moved on, that you've "gotten through it." But no. A song will come on the radio...a familiar scent in the air...the feel of an old book...a sound from down the hallway...and of course, the holidays.
All of these are natural, every one of them. Painful, they are; but sometimes, oddly comforting. As one friend says, "Grief has both soft fur...and sharp fangs."
Grief work requires courage. Courage wells up within us. It walks us toward our loss...sometimes before we are ready. And then, by the alchemy of God's grace, our wounded lives are strengthened and stitched and mended. When this happens, our children and grandchildren and friends take heart. Like the poet said, "Life breaks us all; but some grow strong in the broken places."
All of the above is residue leftover from All Saint's Sunday when we named aloud and tolled a bell for each of those who died in our congregation this past year. For me, it always is a "touching" service, in more ways than one. The cloud of witnesses and the company of heaven are as close to us as our pew backs and communion cups.
As I called the names, I thought of each. And I wanted to invite you to eavesdrop on my memories:
Dene Maltbie and her ever-current conversations.
Tommy Clyatt with his love and advocacy for our NDBC Preschool.
Beverly Hall and her playful exasperation with her husband, "Oh Don!"
Glenn Allen, a humble charter member and preacher's kid.
Floyd Carroll, with her good humor and voracious reading.
Jeff Brewer who called himself our "Sinner in Residence."
Linda Clark, younger women's mentor par excellence.
Tom Hicks, biblical student and dedicated churchman.
Miriam Wright, delightful twin and as giddy as they come.
Tom Conley with his bawdy spirituality and love of family.
Gary McAlester, a gentle giant who could see into your soul.
Mary Chance, resourceful wizard and matriarch of the Roadhouse Diner.
, a woman of few words but magnanimous generosity.
The fabric of my faith and our congregation has been strengthened by these saints. Fortunate am I to have been their pastor.
Namaste Y'all! Yoga is Back!
6:10 - 7:10 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.
We will give it a go...and then go from there. Estimated cost is $10.00 per person.
|NDBC 20.30 Group Headed to Atlanta Hawks Game
Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 6:30 PM
The 20.30 group is headed to Phillips Arena to cheer on the Hawks! Join us as we explore events to do in Atlanta o
n Saturday, November 12. We will meet at the church at 6:30 to carpool and caravan to the arena with tip off coming at 7:30 PM. Please let Jeffrey Dunkerley know by Sunday, November 6if you are able to attend. He will purchase the tickets together so we can all sit together. If you have any questions, contact him at
November 12 & 19 an
d December 3,
Mark your calendars for the 2016 Interfaith Partnership Habitat for Humanity Build. The build began October 15 with the dedication on December 3. Contact Barbara Atchley, firstname.lastname@example.org or Geneva.Hall-Shelton@atlantahabitat.org, if interested.
|At the Table Guest Teacher
Caitlyn Cook Furr
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Northside Drive Baptist Church has been ordaining women for decades. But what has life been like for women in the broader Baptist world? Join us at At the Table as Caitlyn Cook Furr leads us in a discussion about the role of women within the Baptist denomination in history and today. The series will begin on November 13 at a reserved table at the church luncheon that day. Any questions can be directed to Jeffrey Dunkerley at
Carson & Laura Foushee, Sunday, November 13, 2016
Guests in Worship
Carson and Laura Foushee are Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel serving in Tokyo, Japan, in partnership with the Japan Baptist Convention as Japanese language students in preparation for their long-term ministry presence in Japan. For their first three years as CBF field personnel, they served alongside Japan Baptist Convention churches in Kanazawa and Toyama by leading English ministries in both congregations. The Foushees helped to bear witness to Jesus Christ in regular preaching through translation in both congregations, as well as by leading English Bible studies for adults at various levels of English abilities. In addition, Laura was ordained at NDBC; and Carson and she were married here.
Laura will be preaching in worship; then following worship, the NDBC Mission Ministries Team will host a light lunch and Q & A in Fellowship Hall. All are invited.
Please RSVP for complimentary lunch.
|Pledging the NDBC 2017 Budget...
WHERE RESOURCES ARE SHARED GENEROULSY
by Kathy Harris
Right there smack dab in the middle of the N
DBC Vision Statement is our stated commitment to
share our resources generously. Not only is this communal sharing of res
ources how the original Christian churches choose to live together over 2,000 years ago, but - if we take the words of our Vision Statement
seriously-it is also how we as Northside Drivers have
actively chosen to live an open-hearted, open-handed Christian life together in community. Sure it's not easy, but if you think trying to make ends meet in Atlanta today is a struggle, compare it to 1st century Roman-occupied Palestine as an outlawed heretic sect.
Every year at this time we collectively review our God-given resources and pledge our financial support to our beloved church community through the annual pledge campaign. The very life of our church is dependent on everyone sharing resources generously. Each Northside Driver's pledge to share their resources generously ensures that NDBC can confidentially plan to meet all our needs (and yours too!) in 2017. Make your pledge on a pledge card, online, or on the back of cocktail napkin, but make your pledge soon-and make it generously.
NDBC VISION STATEMENT
"We believe God calls us into Christian community with the challenge to discern and act upon the ongoing revelation of God in our time and place.
We live out this vision by being a church rooted deeply in liturgical traditions, where intergenerational friendships are valued, all members can be known by name, open-mindedness is the basis of spiritual formation, resources are shared generously, and where hands-on service is crucial to our own discipleship and the mission of Christ in the world.
We celebrate this vision through the intimacy of a loving congregation, the strength of Baptist freedoms, and the reach of an ecumenical and inclusive spirit."
It has long been our tradition at Northside Drive to give poinsettias each Christmas in honor/memory/thankfulness for our friends and family. This year our annual poinsettia display will be in place on Sunday, December 18. After the 10:30 pm service on December 24th, you will be able to take your memorial poinsettia home. Each poinsettia plant is only $20. Order envelopes are available in the Narthex for your use. Simply fill it out and drop it in the offering plate, or call Rose Hidlay at 404-237-8621 with the number of poinsettias you wish to give, and the memorial details. Then mail your check to the church office. The deadline for orders is December 9.
*U.S. tax regulations do not allow us to offer contribution credit for Easter & Christmas plants because the plants are returned to the giver.
The 2017 Church Budget
Through Any of These Ways:
You can return your pledge card by postal mail.
You can pick up a pledge card at the door of the church office, fill it out on the spot, and leave it in the envelope on the Business Manager's (Rose Hidlay) door.
You can pick up a pledge card in the Narthex, fill it out and drop it in the offering plate (or hand it to an Usher).
You can call the church office (404-237-8621), ask for Rose, and tell her your pledge (or even leave her a voice mail).
You can e-mail your pledge to Rose at email@example.com.
Trunk or Treat 2016
SUNDAY, November 13
9:30 AM - Church School
10:25 AM - Children's' Choir Rehearsal
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:00 PM - Search Committee
12:00 PM - Mission Lunch
12:15 PM - Young Adults - At the Table
12:15 PM - Youth Encore!
7:00 PM - Hand Bell Practice
TUESDAY, November 15
11:00 AM - ROMEOS @ Piccadilly's
WEDNESDAY, November 16
1:00 PM - NDBC Book Club
THURSDAY, November 17
6:10 PM - Yoga in Fellowship Hall
7:00 PM - Prayer Shawl Ministry
7:30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
SATURDAY, November 19
10:00 AM - Missions/Flower Teams
November 13, 2016
The TLP is a Diaconate ministry. Each week's list contains the rotating names of three or four NDBC senior adults.
Jon & Janet Bell
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Claire Blackwell - 1
Grace Collins - 1
Mary Lou Swann - 2
Laurie Nickless - 2
Sylvia Dick - 7
Rob Schwartz - 7
Elizabeth Cassata - 7
Nancy de Jonge Davis - 8
J. Gordon Davis - 9
Larry McSwain - 10
Joel Stouffer - 10
Mathilde Boekhaus -10
Emma Martin - 11
Sheila Nicol - 13
Herb Avery - 14
Kurt Thomas - 15
Tom Vander Ven - 18
Benjamin Schleicher - 19
Louisa Schleicher - 19
Beverly Allen - 20
Conda Abbott - 21
Ted Clyatt - 22
Greg Hawkins - 23
Mary Margaret von Herberstein - 23
Kristin Youngquist - 24
George Smathers - 26
Teri Rhodes - 28
Reidar Bjornard - 29
Annaleigh Gregg - 30
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.
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.
Wednesday, November 16,
from 1-2:30 PM
in the Fellowship Hall
A book review of
The Prayer Box
by Lisa Wingate.
Eunice Glover will be the facilitator and Jane Lamkin the hostess. Bring your lunch; dessert and beverages will be furnished.