NORTHSIDE NOTES: September 21, 2016 
Pastoral Reflections 
Rev. James Lamkin


      My sister and I recently traveled to a bump in the road in Jackson Parish, Louisiana. It is a humble place; but it is the epicenter of "all things Lamkin." It is the site of our annual family reunion.
      The building is called Prospect Church, built around 1870. It is now, as it was then: wooden structure, white paint, slat-back pews, no electricity, no plumbing, and wires still dangle from the ceiling where kerosene lanterns hung. The cemetery is on the west side. Outhouse on the east. And in the front, between the church and the road under a far reaching, pastoral oak tree, is a permanent, industrial strength, dinner-on-the-grounds table. Sixty feet at least, I'd say. The boards are stout, necessary to withstand the heavy laden load of fried chicken, black-eyed peas, okra, and jambalaya.
      Within the table's gravitational field, food is eaten, stories are told, "Grace" said, cousins talk, laughter is heard, and gratitude abounds. You could argue that the real Communion Table is not inside near the pulpit; it is outside under the tree.
      We remembered Uncle Charlie who was a real string bean...and Papaw who always talked about his bowels...and Uncle Fred and Aunt Cleo who lived next to Aunt Sally. We told of Mamaw loading-up all the family furniture and kids (including our father, Uncle Bill, plus brothers and sister) on the back of a wagon. She then headed up the road and into a new life. The team of mules only took them ten miles, but it was an adventure as large as the Corps of Discovery in search of the Northwest Passage.
      At the reunion, we listened long enough to hear the lament and love of trials and tribulations, successes and failures, all between the long nights and longer days of farming and saw-milling. They birthed and buried and they prayed to God. Holy sounds on holy ground.
      Northside Drive Baptist Church will have a family reunion this weekend: Sunday, September 25th. Our 64th anniversary will be a feast. Melissa Bryson is cooking. We are eating. God will be worshiped. Stories will be told.
      Unlike Prospect Church in Jackson Parish, electricity and indoor plumbing are provided. Y'all come. All y'all.
Anniversary Sunday, September 25
12:15 PM in the Fellowship Hall
     Come join us, just after the 11 AM worship service on Sunday,
September 25 , for our annual anniversary luncheon. Melissa Bryson will be preparing the meal. The menu is still to be determined. Cost: $10/pp with a $25/family max. Make your reservation for the luncheon by filling out the Welcome card attached to the Order of Worship, call the church office at 404-237-8621, or email your reservation to no later than Wednesday, September 21 .
Called Church-in-conference
12:10 pm in the Sanctuary following worship
The purpose is to elect the Search Committee to fill the Ministerial Staff vacancy. This position is vital to the life of Northside Drive Baptist Church; and we commit ourselves to a thorough, prayerful, and expeditious search process.
Re-purposing Eleven Surplus Pews 
     The Facilities Ministry Team has been asked to re-purpose eleven surplus pews that the congregation can no longer utilize, maintain, or store safely. These pews have not been used in the Sanctuary for many years. The wooden pews are of differing sizes and condition and are located in several areas of the Sanctuary building.
     Before we list them on 'Used Pews' or make them available to another organization on October 8 , we want to give church members the first opportunity to re-purpose a pew for any personal/historic/spiritual reason. A list of all the available pews, along with their size and current location, is available on the tables near the entrances to the Chapel and Sanctuary. You may also request a list be emailed to you by contacting Liz Harris-Lamkin at .
     1.   A piece of paper is taped to each available pew. Please place your name and date on the paper to reserve it. Additionally, notify Rose Hidlay at .
     2.   Moving and transportation will be the member's responsibility, no later than October 7 . Keep in mind church office hours for access.
     3.   Lastly, because the pews came at considerable expense to the young NDBC, please make a donation back to the church . Consider flagging it for the Facilities Contingency Fund to help pay for some of the upkeep and repair items for an aging building.
Triple E Triple E 
"Leadership and Life Lessons from Literary Legends"
with Melita Easters, Playwright & Producer
October 11, @ 11 AM
in the Fellowship Hall       
      There are many common threads in the life stories of Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee, winners of Pulitzer Prizes 24 years apart. This insightful lecture focuses on the timeless lessons about friendship, boundaries and empathy one learns from their vivid characters as well as the lives of the reclusive authors themselves.
Atlanta Habitat logo  2016 Habitat for Humanity Build
     Mark your calendars for the 2016 Interfaith Partnership Habitat for Humanity Build. The build will begin October 15 with the dedication on December 3.  October 15 will be NDBC Lead Day when we provide both workers and lunch. As in previous years, child care will be provided at the church on our Lead Day. The other work days are: 
October 15
November 5, 12 & 19
December 3
book club NDBC Book Club 
October 19, from 1-2:30 PM
in the Fellowship Hall
       A book review of Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler will be Wednesday, October 19 , at 1 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Jane Lamkin will be the facilitator and Carolyn Mahaffey the hostess. Bring your lunch; dessert and beverages will be furnished.
Church Week
SUNDAY, September 25
  9:30 AM - Church School
10:25 AM - Children's' Choir Rehearsal
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:00 PM - Anniversary Sunday Luncheon
12:15 PM - Kids Family Lunch
  7:00 PM - Hand Bell Practice
TUESDAY, September 27
10:00 AM - Staff Meeting
WEDNESDAY, September 28
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
THURSDAY, September 29
  7:30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

Volume 8 - Issue 38

September 25, 2016
Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 16:19-31
Anniversary Sunday
Surplus Pews
Triple E
2016 Habitat Build
Book Club
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.

Jack & Joey Guynn
Nelle Holbrook
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Bess Goodhead - 2
Mary Caroline Goodhead - 2
Jennifer D'Amato - 2
Eleanor Chandler - 2
James Goodhead - 2
Dick Underwood - 3
Jim Hermance - 3
LaDonna Foxworth - 3
Larry Prince - 4
Camden Armsby - 4
Qingsong Wen - 5
Mona Stines - 6
Addie Cook - 7
Geneva Hall-Shelton - 9
Carolyn Herndon - 10
Lindsey Bryson - 10
Louise Davis - 13
Valerie Waters - 13
Mike Fletcher - 14
Barbara Atchley - 14
Joe Schneider - 15
Billie Davis - 15
Helen White - 15
Stuart Meeks - 15
Susan Harlan - 16
Marie Nelson - 16
Dianne DaLee - 17
Sloane Mudd - 17
Bruce Dick - 19
Janna Chandler - 20
Nelle Holbrook - 21
Michael Sardone - 21
Dot Houston - 23
Elizabeth Granger - 23
Triston King - 24
Cassandra McAllister - 25
Mike Egan - 28
Hartwell Dew - 28
Christopher Davis - 31
Jordan Davis - 31 
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 Wednesday @ 7 PM
Come join us on the first and third Wednesday of each month, at 7 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.

stained glass book



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