NORTHSIDE NOTES: June 8, 2016 
Pastoral Reflections 
  by James Lamkin

"...Not a Lack of Imagination"
     While listening to a radio show a few weeks ago, this quotation rose to the surface: " Let death be what takes us, not a lack of imagination."
     I had to pull off the road and write it down. " Let death be what takes us, not a lack of imagination." It is both sobering and invigorating; also, oddly empowering.
     The radio show was On Being; and Dr. BJ Miller was the interviewee. He is a palliative care physician for a hospice in San Francisco. He is also paraplegic. An accident, long ago in college took both of his legs and part of one arm. He says this experience "reshaped" him in more ways than one. He now helps people reframe their relationship to their imperfect bodies. His voice blended a playful grace with a profound gravitas.
     As a hospice director, he frequently reminds people that there is plenty that we cannot control about living and dying. However, we can and should live sensibly and fully every day...until we die.
     As you and I deal with our own lives, anticipate our own deaths, tend to our own families, our aging parents, our beloved institutions, our vocations, our medical care and expenses, our end-of-life choices, and maybe even the future of human life on this planet...I say to you: "Let death be what takes us, not a lack of imagination."
     May NDBC continue to be an imagination engine powered by grace-filled people and empowered by the out-reaching Holy Spirit. From "Team Taliaferro" that heads out in two weeks, to an insightful Sunday School Series, to a summer stroll through the rock-the-boat prophets, to sacrificial gift-giving, to the holy ground of weddings, to the cemetery grounds of remembering...true, we don't control much; but given the Holy Spirit's inclusive, imaginative impetus...we are called to do the same.
     "Let death be what takes us, not a lack of imagination."
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 Pittsburgh 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.
book clubNDBC Book Club 
June 15, from 1-2:30 PM
in the Fellowship Hall
     A book review of The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown will be Wednesday, June 15 , at 1 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Susan Harlan will be the facilitator and Nancy Davis the hostess. Bring your lunch; dessert and beverages will be furnished.
Upcoming Northside Kids' Events...

Family Lunch & Activity
June 26 - at Souper Jenny's after worship
     Do your kids love the Atlanta History Center? Do you love Souper Jenny? We have the perfect activity for you and your family. On June 26 following worship we will meet at Souper Jenny near the Atlanta History Center and follow with some fun at the History Center. If your family has a pass, this is the perfect time to come! We hope you will join us!!
Family Pool Play
July 9 - at the Clark's at4 PM
     On July 9 at 4 PM we will have a Pool Play Day at the home of Jordan and Patti Clark. This is a time to have fun, relax, and play! With all the traveling and busying that goes on during the summer months, we want to offer a time to just relax and spend time with fellow families who are also exhausted from all the busyness of summer!
Family Lunch & Water Play
August 13 - at the Gilbert's from 11 AM-2 PM
     What better way to escape the summer heat than with a Water Play Day! The Gilbert's have opened their home to us again to have a fun day playing in sprinklers, having water balloon fights, sliding down the slip n' slide, and so much more! We hope you and your family will join us on August 13 from 11 AM to 2 PM. Lunch will be provided and fun is promised.

Summer Sermon Series
Not-for-Profits Prophets
Sundays, May 29-September 4 @ 11 AM in the Chapel
June 12 - I Kings 21
Elijah: Payday Someday
June 19 - I Kings 19
Elijah: Still Small Voice
June 26 - II Kings 2
Elisha: Make It a Double
July 3 - II Kings 5
Elisha: Addiction to the Extraordinary
July 10 - Amos 7
Amos: Plumb Awful
July 17 - Jonah 3 
Jonah: The Rest of the Story
July 24 - Micah 6 
Micah: Let Justice Roll Down
July 31 - Zephaniah 1 
Zephaniah: The Man with the Lamp
August 7 - Isaiah 6 
Isaiah: Finally Comes the Poet
August 14 - Habakkuk 1 
Habakkuk: Daring to Ask Why?
August 21 - Ezekiel 37 
Ezekiel: Between Times
August 28 - Joel 2 
Joel: A Theology of Entomology
September 4 - Jeremiah 18
Jeremiah: The Potter's house
Summer Lecture Series
Family, Gender, and Sexuality in the Bible
Sundays, June 5-August 28 @ 9:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall
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?
Update Your Information with Us
     Has your email address changed? Dropped your home phone line? Have a new postal address? We encourage you to update your membership profile regularly. This will allow NDBC to deliver information to you in a timely manner. You may login to your   Access ACS account,   email , postal-mail, or call the church office with updated contacts (address, email, phone numbers) or family information (DOB's, births, weddings, deaths).
Church Week
SUNDAY, June 12
  9:30 AM - Children's Church School: Music & Missions
  9:30 AM - Adult Summer Lecture Series
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:15 PM - Diaconate Meeting
12:15 PM - Youth Encore!
  1:00 PM - NDBC Book Club
  7:00 PM - Prayer Shawl Ministry

Volume 8 - Issue 23

June 12, 2016
1 Kings 21:1-10, 15-21a
Psalm 5:1-8
Galatians 2:15-21
Luke 7:36-8:3

Summer in the Chapel
NOW thru September 4.
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
Missions Project
NDBC Book Club
Northside Kids'
Sermon Series
Lecture Series
Update Your Information
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.

Gordon & Billie Davis
Louise Davis
Nancy F. Davis
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Steve Konenkamp - 1
Jolene Thomas - 1
Caitlyn Cook Furr - 2
Barney Moore - 3
Nancy Elaine Davis - 4
Jackie Poole - 5
James Gilbert - 6
Myrtie Cope - 8
Maria Schroeder - 8
Graham Mudd - 10
Larry Prince, Jr. - 10
Jacob Eassa - 11
Sandy Dunn Smith - 13
Rose Hidlay - 15
Gene Hill - 18
Deborah Oakley - 18
Len Willingham - 18
Joleen Neel - 18
David Fletcher - 21
Barbi Avery - 22
Dorsett Davis - 24
Melissa Boekhaus - 25
Joann Warmack - 26
Steven McAllister - 26
Lisa Bridges - 26
Jim Nicol - 27
Paige Whiffen - 27
Henry Hurst - 27
Lois Pickering - 30
Matthew Dew - 30
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.

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 

Prayer Shawl Ministry
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 770-377-3869.

stained glass book



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