Holy Week
NORTHSIDE NOTES: March 16, 2016 
Pastoral Reflections 
  by James Lamkin

"Donkey Fetchers"
 
   For some reason, the Gospels give an inordinate amount of time to the donkey...the donkey of Palm Sunday. And nobody is exactly sure why.
     Take the Gospel of Mark. It is the briefest of the four and could fit on the front page of a newspaper (if there were still newspapers). Yet, even economical Mark uses ample verses on the donkey which Jesus rides into Jerusalem: where to look for it, how to ask for it, the conversation with the people around it, and the eventual acquisition of it. What's with the donkey?
     We can speculate, of course, but I like Tom Long's guess in The Christian Century, years ago. He supposes that the real story is about the Donkey Fetchers, the two disciples Jesus dispatched to go get the animal in the first place. Some disciples observed miracles, some witnessed the transfiguration, others were the first at the empty tomb. But these guys get called on to fetch a donkey. Talk about the ministry of the mundane!
     Yet, discipleship has that texture. It's the big high-profile stuff, but also the little things...like working behind the scenes, doing small random acts of kindness, and not being a pain.
     Holy Week is upon us. It is the balloon note of the Christian Year; the Final Four in the life of Jesus. There are sacred services to attend, fueled by theology as heavy as a freight train. But every week is a holy week. Every week I watch everyday disciples of NDBC, fix food, deliver flowers, love people, teach kids, sing songs, give money, send cards, be kind, and help out.
     No small deed, done for God's sake, is forgotten. I give thanks to each Northside Driver who gives the gifts of self and service. I hereby pronounce you: Lifetime Members of the Ministry Guild of Donkey Fetchers. You are in good company.
NDBC Discernment Process on Same-Sex Marriage
  by Don Janney, Church Moderator
     On behalf of the Church Council, I want to thank all NDBC members who have participated in the on-going discussions that are part of our Discernment Process concerning same-sex marriage. We began these discussions on February 14 with Rev. Tom Conley, who served as NDBC's Senior Minister from 1976 to 1991. The discussions continued on March 13 with Dr. Diane Lipsett, who is Minister of Faith Formation and Education at Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC and Assistant Professor of Religion at Salem College and who reviewed biblical texts concerning homosexuality and same-sex marriage during her visit with us. Our next session is scheduled for April 3 during lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the morning worship service, when we will discuss the process that led to the NDBC Diaconate's unanimous adoption of the "Statement of Self-Expression" (copies of which are available in the Church Office) and positions taken by other like-minded churches regarding same-sex marriage.
     As I have pointed out in earlier articles, our church's Vision Statement affirms our belief that "God calls us into Christian community with the challenge to discern and act upon the ongoing revelation of God in our time and place." In keeping with that affirmation, I encourage all members of NDBC to participate in the discussion on April 3 with an open heart and an open mind as we continue to ponder whether our church should offer the ministry of marriage to same-sex couples within our congregation.
Where Are You in God's Toolbox?
Ruth Kramedjian
for the Nominating Committee
     We are in the season of Nominations, where we commit to tasks in our church life and prayerfully consider the nomination of self and/or others to carry out the work of God in our lives, church, and world. Our committee members will be present in the Narthex to accept your nominations for Moderator, Diaconate, Finance Committee, and Personnel Committee. We also encourage you to volunteer on the many splendid ministry teams that help bring us such great opportunities for learning and loving. You may also link to the nominating form on the Northside Drive Baptist Church website and in the Northside Notes. Consider this your invitation. I'd ask you to ponder these choices and help us complete this process by April 3.
     I have my own "toolbox" story for you. This is the last hammer that my father used and treasured. It is a symbol for me of the great servant heart that lived in my father. Hear these descriptors: Son, Husband, Father, Sailor, Saddletree Maker, Salesman, TV/Radio Repairman, Farmer, Fisherman, Collector of Tools, Carpenter, Friend. He was also: Deacon, Song Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Chair of the Building Committee, Pastor, Mission Participant.
     I believe my father lived out his mission in all of these jobs. In one of my favorite photos, Dad, in his overalls and baseball cap, stands on a ladder in a new church addition in upper state New York, oblivious to the camera, as he hammers a nail into a piece of wood.
     It is God's work---whatever the job we do. There are many jobs at NDBC, and you represent all the tools we need. We ask for your prayerful and joyous commitment.
Lenten Evening Services
"Story, Song, & Spirit"
A Lenten Path to Easter
February 18-March 24
6:45 PM in the Chapel
(Childcare Provided)
 
      March 17 - Kurt Thomas, guitar
      March 24 - Maundy Thursday Service
Young Adults 
20.30 Potluck Dinner
Saturday, March 19
6 PM in the Fellowship Hall
     The 20.30 group is having their first potluck dinner of the year on Saturday, March 19 , in the Fellowship Hall. The dinner will start at 6 PM. Please see Jeffrey for details about what foods need to be brought. Please join us as we gather together with all kinds of food in fellowship with each other. Bring empty stomachs and some food and that would be great. See you there!
LILY Easter Lily
March 20--Last chance to order your Easter lily!
     Our personal and community histories have been enriched by our family and friends, both past and present. At Easter, the Flower Ministry Team provides you an opportunity to make a tangible expression of gratitude with Easter lilies on Easter Sunday. Your $20 donation, in memory or celebration of loved ones, makes this memorial possible. Please sign up on the Easter envelopes provided in the Narthex, or send your money to Rose in the church office with your dedication information included. Please respond by Sunday, March 20 . For more information see a Flower Ministry Team member.
     *U.S. tax regulations do not allow us to offer contribution credit for Easter plants because the plants are returned to the giver.
Children and Youth Waving Palms
Sunday, March 20, 11 AM Worship Service
     Attention all children, youth, and families! Sunday, March 20, is Palm Sunday! We want you to help us praise Jesus by waving palm branches in the air! Please meet Mr. Mike and Ms. Anna Kate in the Narthex before the 11 AM Worship Service on March 20 to get your palm branches and instructions about waving them in the morning worship service. Bring a friend to Palm Sunday!
Holy Week at NDBC
Holy Week
Palm Sunday: March 20, 2015 @ 11 AM
     Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday . On this day we remember Jesus' "Triumphal Entry" into Jerusalem riding on the back of a donkey. The Gospel writers vary on the timing of the event and even its meaning and scope. Some say cloaks were tossed on the road, others say "leafy limbs," and John's Gospel speaks of "palm branches".
     The 11 AM worship service will begin with a Processional Hymn as the children, youth, choir and ministers enter waving palm branches. It is a festive day, though a penultimate one. The joy of celebrating the Christ who reigns, will soon be followed by the juxtaposed image of the Christ who has come to die. The shadow of the cross reaches all the way back to Palm Sunday.
 
Maundy Thursday: March 24, 2015 @ 6:45 PM
     The 6:45 PM service of Maundy Thursday in the Chapel remembers Jesus' last supper with his disciples. To them he gave the commandment to "love one another." Thus, Maundy Thursday is from the Latin, Dies Mandati , or Day of the Mandate. In this quiet evening service we observe a solemn communion service with prayer at the rail and own the darkness within ourselves and our need for grace.
     It is a Northside Drive tradition to end the Maundy Thursday service with The Office of Tenebrae (Shadows) . There are eight scripture readings. The candles on the menorah and on the Chancel will be snuffed. The service will end in darkness.
 
Good Friday: March 25, 2015 from Noon Until Three
     This is the most somber of all services. One Gospel writer comments that as Jesus died on the cross, "there was darkness from noon until three." Thus, the sanctuary will be open during this time for any who want to spend the afternoon in worship and reflection.
     The Noon Until Three service contains seven rhythms focused on the seven last words of Christ (a composite from the four Gospels). Each rhythm lasts about twenty minutes and includes a tolling bell, a scripture reading, instrumental music, a brief homily, a prayer, and silence. It is "come and go" or feel free to "come and stay".
 
Easter Sunday: March 27, 2015 @ 11 AM
     What a day of rejoicing it will be! On this day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. The choir offers joyous and celebrative music; and before we go, as always, there will be a congregational singing of The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah .
 
Easter Egg Hunt: March 27, 2015 @ 12:15 PM
Nursery Help for Easter Sunday
March 27 from 11 AM-12 Noon
     Easter is one of the best opportunities to welcome guests and their children. In order to keep our nursery safe with an increased number of children during Easter Sunday Worship, the Children's Ministry Team needs you to volunteer to be in a preschool room or the nursery. Please contact Anna Kate Wilson for availability and more information.
Donate Easter Eggs for
the Easter Egg Hunt
     The children in our church and community eagerly anticipate the Easter Egg Hunt every year. Please donate 1-2 dozen stuffed plastic eggs (no peanut products) for the event. You may drop off the eggs at the church office during the week or in the Children's Sunday School room every Sunday until Easter. 
Stations of the Cross 
The NDBC Chapel
February 10-March 27
     The Stations of the Cross represents certain scenes in the Passion of Christ, each corresponding to a particular incident, of the special form of devotion connected with fifteen key events on the day of Christ's crucifixion. A majority of the images represent Jesus's walk through the streets of Jerusalem, carrying the cross.
     The Stations originated in medieval Europe when wars prevented Christian pilgrims from visiting the Holy Land. Thus, European artists created works depicting scenes of Christ's journey to Calvary to help pilgrims make a spiritual journey to Jerusalem even if they could not go physically. The faithful installed these sculptures, paintings, or images at intervals along a procession path, inside the parish church, or outdoors in order to have a devotional route in which to stop and pray at each "station."
     The object of the Stations is to help the faithful make in spirit a pilgrimage to the chief scenes of Christ's sufferings and death by passing from station to station, with certain prayers and devout meditations upon the various incidents of Christ's final days. The Stations of the Cross will be in the NDBC Chapel throughout the Lenten Season. Simply follow the instructions attached to the walls and walk the Way of the Cross.
Missions Corner
     Mark April 6 on your calendar if you would like to participate in serving a meal at the Barbara J. Crafton Women's Center in Marietta. The center provides a home where women in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction can have a place to get back on their feet. The center has meetings for them to attend, job placement and help with the skills needed to rejoin the workforce. For more information about this mission opportunity contact Susan Harlan at 770-377-3869.
Youth Island Adventure 
Jeffrey Dunkerley, Director of Youth
& Young Adult Ministries
     We escaped! The youth took on the challenge of breaking out of a room the last weekend of February. We managed to get off of the island before the volcano erupted. The rest of the night we played games and shared laughs over milkshakes. Thank you to all of the adults that helped make this event possible.
     We are officially registered for Passport Camps this summer too. We will be going to Danville, VA, to participate in Passport Missions on June 26-July 1 . If you or anyone you know would be interested in chaperoning this trip, please let me know.
Church Week
PALM SUNDAY, March 20
  9:30 AM - Church School
10:25 AM - Children's Choirs Rehearsals
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:15 PM - Worship & Music MTM
12:15 PM - Nominating Committee
12:15 PM - Young Adult: At the Table
12:15 PM - Youth Encore!
MONDAY, March 21
  7:00 PM - Church Council
TUESDAY, March 22
10:00 AM - Staff Meeting
WEDNESDAY, March 23
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
THURSDAY, March 24
  6:45 PM - Maundy Thursday Service
  7:30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
FRIDAY, March 25
12:00 PM - Good Friday Service
SATURDAY, March 26
  9:00 AM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal 

Volume 8 - Issue 11 

THIS SUNDAY'S
LECTIONARY TEXT 
March 20, 2016
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 19:28-40
CHURCH COUNCIL
The next Church Council
meeting will be
Monday,
March 21
, at 7 PM,
in the Art & Soul
Classroom, #202.
EASTER MONDAY
 The Church & Preschool  
offices will be closed  
Monday, March 28 
in observance of  
Easter Monday.
DAILY LENTEN DEVOTIONAL
Dr. Steve Sheeley is
writing devotionals through the Lenten season.
If you would like to be
on his email list and
receive his musings,
you may email him at   ssheeley4@comcast.net . May the longings of this Lenten season lead us to the resurrected Christ.
HIGHLIGHTS
Discernment Process
Where Are You in God's Toolbox?
Lenten Evening Services
20.30
Easter Lily Orders
Palm Sunday
Holy Week Schedule
Easter Nursery Help
Donate Easter Eggs
Stations of the Cross
Missions Corner
Youth Update
Church Week
Lectionary Texts
Church Council
Easter Monday
Church Council
Birthdays
Paperless Pinnacle
NN Archives
Social Networks
Affiliations
This Week's
TENDER LOVING
PRAYER
 (TLP List) 
 
  The TLP is a Diaconate ministry. Each week's list contains the rotating names of three or four NDBC senior adults.

Jon & Janet Bell
Reidar Bjornard
Jeff & Faye Brewer
  
If you would like your name placed on our rotating TLP list, please give the church office a call.
MARCH
BIRTHDAYS
Jim Mahaffey - 1
Jo Meeks - 1
Greta McLarty - 1
Janet Bell - 2
Virginia Gilbert - 2
Parker Holloway - 2
Austin Chandler - 3
Jordan Clark - 3
Emily Getsay - 3
Ginger Cooper - 7
Kellan Tatum - 7
Caroline Sisk - 12
Wendy Overton-Ervin - 14
Lauren Whiffen - 15
Benjamin Cadaret - 15
Sarah Wolff Milligan - 15
Aline Cofield - 16
Charley Joyner - 18
Jane Fitzgerald - 18
JL Jerden - 19
Jim Barksdale - 20
Jill Johnson - 20
Harper Bell - 21
Don Wamberg - 24
Dan Oakley - 26
Raj Anantaraman - 27
Calvin Dalke - 29
Walter Grant - 30
WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
We meet weekly at 10:30 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.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
shawl
Led by Susan Harlan
Every 1st & 3rdThursday
@ 7 PM in the Parlor
For more information call Susan Harlan at 770-377-3869.
ROMEOS
(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 

CHILDREN'S CHOIRS REHEARSALS
children's choir
The Cherub Choir
Children ages 2 through Kindergarten
Directed by Ms. Amanda
Sunday mornings
from 10:25-10:50 AM
in the Room 103
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Celestial Choir
Children in grades 1-5
Directed by Ms. Mary Lou
Sunday mornings
from 10:25-10:50 AM
in Room 116
 TIRED PARENTS CLASS BREAKFAST
With all the crazy things going on in our lives each month, we wanted to create a time and space where you can fellowship and socialize with other tired parents. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall and share breakfast together once a month (4/10 & 5/8) during Church School. If you are still looking for a church school class, please join us!
AT THE TABLE
In the Balcony of the Narthex after Worship


Don't want to get up before 9 AM? Join this class of young singles and couples in their 20s and 30s at the big table in the balcony of the Narthex after the worship service in an informal setting for snacks and coffee. We will gather around the table every Sunday to briefly examine the lectionary texts, deconstruct the sermon of the day, and fellowship together. We will then go to lunch together after class.

stained glass book

 

THE STAINED GLASS WINDOWS BOOK

A copy of the book is in the Narthex for previewing and the cost is only $30. To get your copy, call us at 404-237-8621 or email the church.

THE PAPERLESS PINNACLE

The Pinnacle is emailed as a link to the congregation and is available on the church website at www.northsidedrive.org.

 

If you would prefer not to receive the Pinnacle by U.S. mail, please call404-237-8621 or email us
at info@northsidedrive.org
to let us know. 

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