2nd Sunday of Advent
December 1, 2016 
Pastoral Reflections 
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like..."
Rev. James Lamkin

      Christmas. It's coming; ready or not; and the path we walk to get there is Advent.
      Grateful, am I, for the artists, choreographers, worker bees, choristers, Flower Ministry Team, and all who are helping make our sacred space beautiful.
      Last Sunday, our church kids placed the new, bright, and durable Chrismons on the trees. Parents and church folk enjoyed coffee and cookies in the Art 'n Soul Classroom. The Advent Wreath's Candle of Hope was lighted by Barrett Boekhaus; and we sang Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus to herald the season.
      Soon the nativity crèche will be up. Poinsettias will be all around. So, yes. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
      I can't get that song out of my head. Perhaps I've listened to too many Firestone and Goodyear albums when I was a kid. It was written in 1951 by Meredith Wilson. It's been sung by everybody from Perry Como to Bing Crosby to Alvin and the Chipmunks. Here's a piece of trivia: Meredith Wilson not only wrote this piece, he wrote all the lyrics for the hit Broadway musical, The Music Man.
      Here's my favorite stanza of the song:
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
soon the bells will start,
and the thing that will make them ring
is the carol that you sing
right within your heart.
      OK. It's not Mary's Magnificat. It's not a Rutter Requiem, and certainly not Handel's Messiah. It's just a modest verse in a popular song about how Christmas originates in our hearts before it happens anywhere else.
      Let us continue to decorate and adorn. Let us watch and listen as our elegant sanctuary echoes the yearning of our hearts.
      We light candles. We remember the meaning of Chrismons. We support the Atlanta Food Bank. We provide gifts for children who have few under the tree.
      In the meanwhile, "Let every heart prepare...," because you know what the season is "beginning to look a lot like...." Amen?
Pledging the NDBC 2017 Budget... 
"Giving Generously"
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      Didn't we learn as children that all we have has been given to us by the grace of God?  How many times have we said this grace (or one very much like it)?
      "Heavenly Father, Bless this food to our use, and us to thy service; make us grateful for all your blessings, and mindful of the needs of others. Amen."
      This short prayer encapsulates the whole concept of Christian gratitude and giving in a way that even a small child can understand. Being mindful of the needs of others is what we are doing when we fill out our pledge card.  It should not be a dreaded chore to be left to the last days of the pledge campaign; it should be as easy as saying: "Heavenly Father, Bless this tithe for your use, and us to thy service.  Amen".
      OK-it's not that easy.  In the consumer-centric culture we live in, financial giving is rarely the 1st monetary decision we make; more often it is simply an afterthought.  We make choices about what we are willing to spend for food, clothing, housing, transportation, and entertainment-to name a few-before we make any decisions regarding giving.  For some, the basic needs like food and shelter have been replaced with a luxury-edition, super-sized version of 'basic needs'. As a result, the ability to give generously is down-sized.  We live in a culture that believes more is better and as long as we hold that value, we'll never have enough to satisfy our perceived needs and certainly not enough to give generously.
      If we are honest with ourselves, we may see that the financial burden of maintaining our modern lifestyles often takes precedence over our Christian obligation to share our financial resources to support Christ's mission on earth.
      Let us be generous givers whose giving is not controlled by our personal wants, but by our gratitude to God for the blessings we enjoy.
Submit Your Pledge for 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 rose@northsidedrive.org.

Concert Venue Moved
Northside Drive Baptist Church Sanctuary!
      The Festival Singers of Atlanta open their 35th season with a concert titled "A Season of Celebration" scheduled for Friday, December 2, at 8 p.m. Northside Drive Baptist Church Chapel, 3100 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 and Sunday, December 4, at 3 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 781 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30307.
      The program includes works by Parry, Lauridsen, Morley, Howells, Victoria, and Atlanta-based composer N. Grant Pfeifer. Concerts are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.  For more information, check our website at www.festivalsingersofatlanta.org.
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      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, atchley2005@gmail.com or Geneva.Hall-Shelton@atlantahabitat.org, if interested.      
Advent Studies 
Art and Soul Classroom @ 9:30 AM on Sundays
  1. December 4: Annunciation Blue with Jordan Clark with art work
  2. December 11: Broadway in Judea: Luke with Steve Sheeley
  3. December 18: On the Road: Matthew with Steve Sheeley
NDBC 20.30 Yo u ng Adults, Family, Professional Christmas Party
Sunday, December 4, 2016
      Get ready to pull out your tacky Christmas sweaters!  The Young Adult and Young Parents Tacky Sweater Christmas Party will be Sunday, December 4th at Patti and Jordan Clark's house! Join us for good food and good company as we bring in the holiday season. If you did not RSVP by November 30, please contact Jeffrey at jeffrey@northsidedrive.org for information. All are still welcome to come and enjoy each other's company. Food will be reserved for those who sent in their RSVP.
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     Our annual cookie and choir party is December 3rd at 10:00 am.
      The Celestial and Cherub choir will be singing in worship on December 11th.
They'll practice with Mary Lou first while parents get the cookies set up to be decorated. Please sign your family up to take a church member or two cookies! Below you'll find two links - one is to sign up to deliver cookies and the other is to sign up to bring cookies, sprinkles, icing, and containers to deliver the holiday cookies in. If you have any questions, please let me know at annakate@northsidedrive.org.

  Christmas Giving
at Northside Drive
      During the Christmas season, Northside Drive provides many ways to brighten the holidays for those in need. Through gifts of clothing, toys, time, and money, we share Christ's love.
Joyous Toys Christmas Store---Buckhead Christian Ministry
      Help Atlanta's children---infants to teens--- by supporting the annual holiday program, Joyous Toys.   Gift suggestions include Fisher Price sets, Tonka trucks, stereo headphones, African American and Hispanic doll sets, and sports equipment. Please bring the UNWRAPPED gifts by December 4. 

The Extension and the Crafton Center
      These homes provide support to men and women who are in counseling to overcome addiction. Gifts include toiletries (hotel or regular size), NEW clothing, towels, twin sheets, and blankets. Please bring the UNWRAPPED items by December 11.
Morningstar Children and Family Services
      Through the Giving Tree, we can help the children in Morningstar's residential care feel the love, joy, and peace of the Christmas season. Select a gift tag from the tree and return the UNWRAPPED gift by December 11.

Guadete Sunday 
by John Rutter
Sunday, December 11, 2016, 11:00 AM
      As we celebrate the Joy of the Advent season, the Sanctuary Choir will present Magnificat by John Rutter on Sunday, December 11, during the 11 a.m. service. The choir will be accompanied by chamber orchestra and will feature Katherine Carey, Courtney Loner, and Sharon Simons as soloists.
     Under the direction of Mary Lou Swan and accompanied by Joel Stouffer, the Cherub Choir and the Celestial Choir will share their Joy of the season. We invite all our members and friends to join us for the joyous musical service.
Jeff McConnaughey
Accepts Organist Position
       It is with great pleasure that we announce that Jeff McConnaughey has accepted the offer to become our organist. Jeff has been interim organist for a year, and we are excited to have him as a permanent part of the NDBC staff.
      Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Mars Hill College and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jeff is an attorney with the Atlanta office of Cozen O'Conner practicing in the fields of construction litigation, products liability litigation, commercial litigation, subrogation litigation and energy claims.
The NDBC Personnel Committee and Staff
Audrey Clark, NDBC Administrative Manager
      Audrey Clark has been working in the NDBC office as a temporary Administrative Manager since July. Following this time of productivity and hospitality, she has said, "Yes," to the church's invitation to be our full-time Administrative Manager.  Her job will include being our "front-line" person of welcome to persons on the phone or at the door.  Also, she will manage our publications and printing.  She is from Huntsville, Alabama; and her father was an academic physicist!  Please welcome her as a new (and needed) staff member.
Triple E 
Triple E
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Music of the Season
Dr. Steven Sheeley
     Come learn more about the dulcimer and enjoy songs of Christmas with our own both novice and expert, Steve Sheeley.  We'll have great fun around the tables as we listen and perhaps even sing along.
Christmas Poinsettias Poinsettias
      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.
NDBC Preschool 2016/2017 Fundraiser
      The 2016/2017 Preschool Fundraiser is up and running and we need your support!  Why we fund-raise :
  • Nice "extras" for children boy_donation_jar.jpg
  • Capital expenses
  • Teacher and staff motivation
  • Opportunity to "get involved," particularly if short on time or live far away
      We aspire for transparency and simplicity in fundraising through our Targeted Giving Program. Reminiscent of an annual fund or Kick-starter campaign, our website lists out " wish list" items available for purchase.
  • You choose where your investment goes
  • 100% of investment stays at the school
  • Fully tax-deductible
  • The only fundraiser of the year
      Our goal is 100% participation at any level and to fulfill our wish list. The program ends in 4 weeks on Friday, December 2nd.
Click here to invest in The Preschool: 
      We appreciate your support!     
404-237-9060 (phone)
404-237-1682 (fax)
Church Week  
SUNDAY, December 4
  9:30 AM - Church School 
10:25 AM - Children's' Choir Rehearsal
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:15 PM - Young Adults: At the Table Class
12:15 PM - Youth Encore! 
12:15 PM - Landscape Committee
  7:00 PM - Hand Bell Practice 

TUESDAY, December 6
10:00 AM - Staff Meeting 
WEDNESDAY, December 7
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
THURSDAY, December 8  
  6:10 PM - Yoga in the Fellowship Hall
  7;30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
FRIDAY, December 9
10:30 AM - Preschool Christmas Pageant and Celebration

Volume 8 - Issue 47
December 4, 2016
Isaiah 11:1-10
Romans 15:4-13
Matthews 3:1-12 
Pastoral Relfections
The Festival Singers of Atlanta
2016 Habitat Build
Advent Studies
NDBC 20.30
Magnificat by John Rutter
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.
Paxton Cooper        1
Steven Sheeley      2
Mary Lester           5
Susan Richards     5
Hans-Luca Davis    6
Syd Janney           7
Victoria Tunon       7
Laura Butts           7
Caleb Younger       7
Lisa Barksdale       8
Andrew Hardin       9
Jack Guynn          10
Ava Grace Cook    10
Elaine Eassa        13
David Nelson         13
Clay Manley          17
Charlotte Dalke      20
Brian Hendrix         21
Jenn Knight            23
Joan McIntyre         24
Emma Chandler      27
Joseph Cassata      27
Amanda Gregg       28
Ruth Trager            28
Bill Jones               28
Muriel Hardy           29
Jeanne Goodwill      30
Namaste Y'all! Yoga is Back!

Holiday Class Schedule 
December 8 & 15
January 5

Thursday's from
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. 
$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 is located at 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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