October 27, 2016
| Pastoral Reflections
Rev. James Lamkin
"Halloween and Holy History"
On All Hallows' Eve 1517, a monk named Martin Luther nailed a few talking points to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Eventually, the document would be called his
95 Theses. These days, he would have just blogged about it; or put it on his Facebook page.
Luther's nemesis was a guy named Tetzel who was a fund raiser. However, he did make a lot of money for the Mother Church, and coined (pun intended) the jingle: "
As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs."
Luther disdained such indulgencies and invited a debate. However, the pounding on the church door echoed throughout Europe and amplified the coming avalanche called
The Protestant Reformation.
The Christian Century, the town of Wittenberg has diminished over the years. There's not much left. The church is still there, but it is a rebuilt one. The original burned down in the 17th century.
Luther actually downplayed his own role in the Reformation, saying that it happened, "while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends. I did nothing; the Word did everything."
And so, lift a glass! Offer a Luther salute. Between his beliefs and his beer... amidst his sleeping and his preaching...the Holy Spirit was at work breaking down church doors and spilling-out God's amazing grace into the world.
Halloween's mantra may be "Trick or Treat," but the real treat is that this strange holiday has a really Holy History. Thank God.
|Winners of 2016 The Callaway Cup
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Chuck Stines won the tournament with the lowest score, while Hartwell Dew shot closest to the pin on the par-3 7th, and Theron McLarty got the longest drive on number 8. In addition to the usual suspects, we were joined by Theron's son Will (not pictured, could only play 9), and NDBC guest Adam Carroll.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Dr. Lloyd Allen
holds the Sylvan Hills Chair of Baptist Heritage and is Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation at McAfee School of Theology. He received his B.S (1974) with a double-major in psychology and sociology from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. His training for Christian ministry took place at the Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, which awarded him the M.Div. (1978) and Ph.D. (1984) degrees. Dr. Allen teaches in the areas of church history, Baptist heritage, and spirituality; and is currently working on a brief history of Christian spirituality and a comparison of spiritual formation in various religious traditions.
Off campus, Dr. Allen is a frequent faculty member for the Academy of Spiritual Formation and was the Executive Director of the W. H. Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society for over a decade. He and his family are members of Parkway Baptist Church in Duluth. He enjoys reading novels, watching movies, playing tennis, hiking, and taking road trips in his Mazda MX-5 roadster.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
5:00-6:30 PM in the church parking lot
Get ready for costumes, candy, and colorful faces at Trunk-or-Treat! This year, we'll need your help with spooky bounce houses and pumpkin painting! We'll have a family photo booth and face painting, too. Invite your kids, your neighbors' kids, and of course all grandchildren. Set-up will be done following worship that Sunday morning. Everyone will grab a chair or a table and take it out to the parking lot. The rest of our set up will start at 4:00 PM. We will serve freshly grilled hot dogs and chips for $2. Childcare will be provided for children of volunteers. Bring your festive car trunks filled with candy and put on your smiling faces! Let's work together to make Trunk-or-Treat a fun, community-wide event for all ages! Contact Anna Kate Wilson for volunteer sign-ups at email@example.com.
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.
|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.
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.
|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.
| 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.
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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SUNDAY, October 30
9:30 AM - Church School
10:25 AM - Children's' Choir Rehearsal
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
5:00 PM - Trunk-or-Treat
7:00 PM - Hand Bell Practice
TUESDAY, November 1
10:00 AM - Staff Meeting
WEDNESDAY, November 2
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
THURSDAY, November 3
6:00 PM - Yoga in Fellowship Hall
7:00 PM - Prayer Shawl Ministry
7:30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
October 30, 2016
November 6, 2016
The TLP is a Diaconate ministry. Each week's list contains the rotating names of three or four NDBC senior adults.
Jack & Joey Guynn
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Mike Egan - 28
Hartwell Dew - 28
Christopher Davis - 31
Jordan Davis - 31
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.