NORTHSIDE NOTES: August 10, 2016
| Pastoral Reflections
by Rev. James Lamkin
Linda Clark Asked Me..."
Long ago, Linda asked me about my fear.
The question came only a few years after I had come as pastor of NDBC. I had stopped by for a regular, routine pastoral call. Linda made tea. We shared some cookies. Then out-of-the-blue, she asked me, "James, what are you afraid of?" She persisted, "I sense that you fear something. What is it?"
Linda died a few days ago, just one-month shy of her 101st birthday. She lived a large, aware, and involved life. She had a quick wit and a cackling laugh. She died with a lot of grieving, but grateful, friends.
The day before she died, I visited her. 'Twas a brief conversation; but during it, I said, "Long ago, Linda, you asked me about my fear. That question helped me. Thank you."
What I feared was: not being able to handle the weight of the congregation's expectations that it was my job to grow the church. And grow didn't mean grow in prayer, grow in spiritual depth, or grow love and relationship to God. Said more poetically, it felt like my responsibility to "restore the glory of NDBC."
Of course, not all members saw it that way, but some had said it directly, "The pastor's job is to increase membership and attendance." I was sad about this misconception of what it means to be a community of faith; but I understood it and it is not uncommon. Per this perspective, Jesus would make an abysmal pastor.
I try to stay close to the scriptures so as to handle my own worries and fears; and also to discern what it is that God asks congregations to be and do. I find that the more anxious I am, the less loving I am.
If the church were only a business, it would need a CEO. If it were only a non-profit, it would need an ED. If it were a sports team, it would need an athletic coach. But the church is a church...a local outpost of the Body of Christ whom the Holy Spirit has birthed to be a community bent toward seeking the ongoing revelation of God in their own time and place. Wow...and whew!
Sure, I still get fearful. Sure, we still get anxious. And sure, it is a mystical calling God asks of us as a faithful community. However, I knew Linda Clark. I watched Linda Clark pour her feisty faith into her friends and in her church. That equity gives me hope.
Long ago, Linda asked me about fear; but she also reminded me what the Bible says, "Love casts out fear." How did she know I needed that?
|Luncheon for the Gregg Family
Sunday, August 21
Noon in the Fellowship Hall
As you are aware, last Tuesday Mike Gregg, our Associate Pastor and Minister of Educational Life, announced that he has accepted a call to serve as Pastor of Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. While we are still grieving over our loss, we are very happy for the Greggs as we recognize what a wonderful opportunity this is for Mike, Amanda and their family.
In recognition and appreciation of the more than nine years that Mike and Amanda have nurtured us, loved us, taught us and been community with us, we would like to send them to Texas with our love and a love gift. A love offering is being collected for the Greggs and will be presented to them at the luncheon following worship on August 21, their last day with us.
Everyone in the church has the opportunity to participate in this endeavor. If you are interested in making a contribution to the Greggs, please send your tax deductible gift to the church, designated for the Greggs' Love Offering, by August 19, recognizing that your gift should be "over and above" your current commitment to the church. As for the luncheon, please call the church by Wednesday, August 17, to make your reservation so that plans can be made accordingly.
We look forward to having a wonderful celebration with the Greggs on August 21, sending them on their way to Texas with our blessings in their hearts and something in their pockets.
Hartwell Dew, Church Moderator
|New Church Directories
Update your information with us.
A new church member directory is in the making---going to print August 15! 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
, postal-mail, or call the church office with updated contacts (address, email, phone numbers) or family information (DOB's, births, weddings, deaths).
Family Lunch & Water Play
Saturday, 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
from 11 AM to 2 PM. Lunch will be provided and fun is promised.
|20.30's August Events
End of Summer Gathering
Saturday, August 13
Grub Burger Bar at 7 PM
Have you had a busy and non-stop summer? Are you ready to relax with some friends? Now is the perfect opportunity to do just that! On
Saturday, August 13
, the 20.30 group will be going out to dinner to enjoy good food and quality time with each other. We will be going to
Grub Burger Bar
at 7 PM that night. Grub Burger is located on Cobb Parkway (2955 Cobb Pkwy, Unit 820, Atlanta, GA 30339). Please feel free to contact Jeffrey,
, if you have any questions. Look forward to seeing you there!
Summer Brain Challenge
Sunday, August 21 at 7 PM
Do you have what it takes to escape after being kidnapped? Test your escaping abilities as the 20.30 group takes on Breakout Atlanta on Sunday, August 21 at 7 PM. We will meet at the church at 6:30 PM to carpool to the location. Tickets cost $27 each. Please RSVP to Jeffrey if you are able to go. Contact him at
, or at 205-790-2030. If you have any questions, please let Jeffrey know.
| Eat & Greet for Newcomers
August 14, 2016 at Noon
Are you a new member, visitor, or newcomer to Northside Drive Baptist Church? Join us for a time of fellowship after worship on
, in the Fellowship Hall. As the title suggests, we will eat good food and greet one another. This is a great event to learn about the ministries, programs, and people of NDBC. Please RSVP to the church office or to Syd Janney at
| NDBC Book Club Planning
August 17 at 11:45 AM
Bring a salad to share and two books maximum to review. Choose from a biography or the classics. See you there!
|Sanctuary Choir Retreat
Saturday, August 20 at 9:30 AM
The Sanctuary Choir will start the fall season with a retreat on
Saturday, August 20
, in the Undercroft and Choir Room at the church. We will gather at 9:30 AM. for a light breakfast and fellowship. Rehearsal will start at 10AM, and we will rehearse until 1 PM. (We will take a break in the middle.) We will have lunch and fellowship on campus to close our day together.
The focus of the retreat will be the music for Gaudete Sunday (December 11), and anthems for the first few weeks of fall worship services. Yes, Christmas is still four months away, but I like to plan ahead.
As we transition into fall, we have opportunities for you to participate in the Music Ministry at NDBC. I want to extend a personal invitation to anyone who is interested in singing in the choir to join us for the retreat. If you are unable to attend the retreat, weekly rehearsals being on
Thursday, September 8
at 7:15 PM. For more information, please contact Keith at
Summer Lecture Series
Family, Gender, and Sexuality in the Bible
Sundays, June 5-August 28 @ 9:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall
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?
Summer Sermon Series
Sundays, May 29-September 4 @ 11 AM in the Chapel
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
It's almost "Back to School" time and NDBC is collecting supplies for the children served through Agape (Bolton Road area), Edgewood Church (Memorial Drive) and Taliaferro County. Check the ads for great sale prices and help us collect notebook paper (wide ruled), pencils, pens, colored pencils, erasers, crayons, etc. so that children have the materials needed to begin a new school year. Collection baskets will be at the entrances to the Chapel.
SUNDAY, August 14
9:30 AM - Children's Church School: Music & Missions
9:30 AM - Adult Summer Lecture Series
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:15 PM - Adult Ed. Ministry Team Meeting
12:15 PM - Eat & Greet
12:15 PM - Youth: Encore!
TUESDAY, August 16
12:00 PM - ROMEOS
WEDNESDAY, August 17
11:45 AM - NDBC Book Club Planning
THURSDAY, August 18
7:00 PM - Prayer Shawl Ministry
SATURDAY, August 20
9:30 AM - Sanctuary Choir Retreat
August 14, 2016
Habakkuk 1:1-14, 3:17-19
Hebrews 11:29-31, 39-40, 12:1-2
| CHURCH COUNCIL
The first 2016-2017
Church Council meeting
, at 7 PM,
in the Art & Soul Classroom, #202.
| SUMMER WORSHIP
IN THE CHAPEL
NOW thru September 4
| GAS TURNED OFF FOR THE SUMMER
Back On - Sep 1
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.
The TLP is a Diaconate ministry. Each week's list contains the rotating names of three or four NDBC senior adults.
Wilton & Martha Looney
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Charlie Chandler - 1
Lindy Welch - 1
Jack Isakson - 2
Sabrina Thomas - 2
Jim Lester - 3
Nancy F. Davis - 5
Helen Schroeder - 5
Andrew Schwartz - 6
Sofia Tunon - 7
Alan Johns - 7
Sue McSwain - 9
David Bell - 9
Pam Whiffen - 10
Joyce Raley - 10
Carolyn Mahaffey - 11
Fay Brewer - 12
Reid Milligan - 13
Terrell Kilgore - 15
Eliza Molina - 15
Dale Schroeder - 17
Michael Fletcher - 18
Gary McAllister - 18
Beatrice Gregg - 19
Mark Bryson - 20
Brooks Bell - 21
Joey Guynn - 22
Sydney Johnson - 22
Ann Grant - 23
Jo Hunter - 24
Susan Isakson - 24
Suzanne Barksdale - 25
Jack Fletcher - 26
Curt Tucker - 27
John Davis - 27
Preston Davis - 31
Elizabeth Sheeley - 31
(Retired Older Men
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 12 PM-1 PM
(bring your lunch money)!
1715 Howell Mill Rd
|PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
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.
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
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