November 3, 2016
| Pastoral Reflections
Rev. James Lamkin
"All Sinners Day"
If there's an
All Saints Day
, shouldn't there be an
All Sinners Day
One church in Denver, Colorado, overtly includes both in its name:
House for All Sinners and Saints. This Evangelical Lutheran congregation is a wonderfully sacred assortment of stray cats: straight, gay, transgender, questioning, boomers, millennials, politicians, recovering addicts, and homeless people. All normal folk.
Their pastor, Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, is 6'1" and is heavily tattooed with the liturgical year and the Gospels down her arms. She's a weightlifter, former alcoholic, and stand-up comedian. And...some think she may just single-handedly save the Lutheran Church!
The Washington Post said, Rev. Bolz-Weber is, "...a tatted-up, foul-mouthed champion to people sick of being belittled as not Christian enough for the right or too Jesus-y for the left."
I, myself, think she is one of the best preachers ever. Her
New York Times bestselling book is a few years old now:
Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint.
Theologians who comment on what's going on in religion these days, say she is part of the new Reformation...the emerging church being birthed from the exoskeleton of the past. Biggest paradigm shift since the fourth century, they say.
Amidst this spiritual/religious earthquake, we of Northside Drive Baptist try to carry on, faithfully doing our part. We don't have a flashy title like
The House for All Sinners and Saints, but we are, in fact, a house for all sinners and saints. And we do our best to keep taking steps toward walking that walk, not just talking that talk.
This Sunday, November 6, will be
All Saints Sunday. But don't let that keep you away. Sinners, too, are included. Otherwise, I would never be allowed in the building.
Namaste Y'all! Yoga is Back!
The plan is to begin again with weekly
Yoga classes on Thursday,
November 3, 2016,6:00 - 7:00 pm
in the Fellowship Hall.
The price for the classes will be something similar to the amount charged by Amanda Gregg.
However, the November 3 class is FREE!
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.
2016 Habitat for Humanity Build
November 5, 12 & 19 and December 3, 2016
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, email@example.com or Geneva.Hall-Shelton@atlantahabitat.org, if interested.
|Harpist Nelle Rigell joins us for Worship on All Saints Sunday
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Nella Rigell has enjoyed an active career as an orchestral harpist, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher, performing in concert halls from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Ole Opry. As principal harpist with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra for twenty-seven years, her orchestral experience also includes having played second harp with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and principal harp with the Atlanta Opera Orchestra for eleven years.
Winner of the 1979 Atlanta Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, Ms. Rigell has performed with such diverse orchestras as the Theater of the Stars, Chattanooga, Savannah, Dekalb, and Cobb Symphony Orchestras, Spoleto Festival, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, Gwinnett Philharmonic, Mississippi Symphony, Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Georgia Sinfonia, Agnes Scott Orchestra, the North Georgia Symphony, as well as other regional orchestras. (from Ms. Rigell's website)
As is our tradition, Ms. Rigell will join us and share her talent during worship on All Saint's Sunday, November 6. Please make plans to join us for this service of remembrance.
|All Saints Sunday
The following will be remembered during the worship service on
Sunday, November 6, 2016.
Northside Drive Church Members
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
11:00 AM Fellowship Hall
with Mary Newton
"MoneySMART Volunteer Services Coordinator, Atlanta Regional Commission"
We are all aware of the increasing number of scams targeting our seniors and many other unwary victims. Come hear our speaker talk about how to plan ahead for financial wellbeing; learn to identify and prevent financial exploitation including identity theft, scams, and homeowner mortgage schemes.
|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 on 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
|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 about lunch.
| NDBC Book Club
Wednesday, November 19, from 1-2:30 PM
in the Fellowship Hall
A book review of
The Prayer Box
by Lisa Wingate will be Wednesday, November 16
, at 1:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Eunice Glover will be the facilitator and Jane Lamkin the hostess. Bring your lunch; dessert and beverages will be furnished.
|Prayer Shawl Ministry
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.
|Community Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Rabbi Neil Sandler, preaching
Northside United Methodist Church
2799 Northside Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
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.
|Pledging the NDBC 2017 Budget...
The Generosity Factor
By Kathy Harris
The Generosity Factor: Discover the Joy of Giving Your Time, Talent, and Treasure, the "One Minute Manager," co-authors Ken Blanchard and Chik-fil-A founder Truett Cathy write that being generous has nothing to do with how much you have, but with the joy that comes to your life in being a blessing to others. The authors refer to this as "The Generosity Factor" and they see it as the path to contentment, fulfillment and positive social change. They're not the only ones who realize the power of generosity either. The Dalai Lama was once asked what the answer to world hunger is, to which he simply responded, "Sharing".
But this is not news to any of us, is it? As children we learned (but may have forgotten) that it makes us feel good to give. Love and grace work in our hearts in such a way that, little by little, a life of giving becomes a greater and greater pleasure. All of us-at all income levels-can experience the joy of sharing and embrace a lifestyle of generosity.
Generosity not only brings us joy and helps others, but it is also praise to God; it is a form of worship. All that we have and all that we are, are gifts to us from God and giving to our church is a way to say thank you for all that we have received, as well as an expression of our hope for a better world.
Each fall, your Finance Committee presents the congregation with a detailed budget for the coming year with a list of our projected income and expenses. Instead of calling it "the budget", let's call it what is truly is NDBC's "Mission Spending Plan: A Statement of Faith''. Your generous financial support of the 2017 Mission Plan is what allows NDBC to plan, develop and grow our ministry. Share in the joy of generosity to support God's work in our church, our community and our world.
Ministerial Search Committee Update
The Ministerial Search Committee has begun the task to find a new Associate Minister to work with James. The initial focus now is to work with James to determine what experience and personal characteristics are desirable for this position.
Our committee is made up of church members who were selected from a variety of different age groups and church programs. These individuals were selected for their ability to draw from their church contacts to help us determine the thinking of the congregation in order to successfully fill this position.
While the timetable for our work is not yet set in stone, we were hoping to have a well-thought-out "position description" for the new hire developed by the end of November. This will give us the time during the month of December to seek out candidates to be considered. Then we can begin the process of screening and interviewing candidates early in 2017.
We welcome the congregation's counsel to help us determine what roles and personal qualifications the new Associate Minister's position should play in the future of our church. Please call or seek out any of us serving on the search committee to share your thoughts or questions.
Ministerial Search Committee Chair
The 2017 Church Budget
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Trunk or Treat Recap
Sunday, October 30, 2016
We had a wonderful night at Trunk-or-Treat! I want to thank everyone who brought trunks, children, volunteered, and helped set up and clean up! Without everyone's help the evening wouldn't have turned out as great as it did. We had over 80 children, 23 trunks, and ate nearly 130 hot dogs! There were a great number of families from our church, the preschool and from the community. Children were constantly on the bounce houses, decorating pumpkins, trunk-or-treating, or getting their face painted. There were ninjas, Queen Elsa's, spidermen, unicorns, star wars characters, disney characters and even Peppa pigs plus many more! Here are a few pictures from the night. Thank you again for another great year of Trunk-or-Treat!
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
SUNDAY, November 6
9:30 AM - Church School
10:25 AM - Children's' Choir Rehearsal
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:15 PM - Diaconate Meeting
7:00 PM - Hand Bell Practice
TUESDAY, November 8
11:00 AM - Triple E
WEDNESDAY, November 9
10:30 AM - Preschool Ministry Team Meeting
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
THURSDAY, November 10
6:00 PM - Yoga in Fellowship Hall
7:30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
November 6, 2016
The TLP is a Diaconate ministry. Each week's list contains the rotating names of three or four NDBC senior adults.
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.