"Twenty Years of Pastoring NDBC, Part III"
Rev. James Lamkin
Pastors traffic in
hope. It is the beat we walk in the ICU hallway. It is the whisper of the wind as a green awning rustles over a graveside. It is a child's smile during a dedication service just as 101-year-old Gerry Humphries pronounces, "That's the sweetest baby!"
Pastors are handlers of hope; but hope gets heavy. Yes, heavy. Hope, always, is built from the stones of the past. Just ask Israel.
Long ago, my college religion professor pointed out that the last thing...
the very last thing...the disciples asked Jesus just as he ascended into heaven was this:
"Are you NOW going to restore the Kingdom of Israel?" (Acts 1:6) Imagine that! After all they'd been through...the healings, the teachings, the "my kingdom is
not of this world," the praying, the "follow me" invitations, the downward mobility, the crucifixion, the resurrection appearances, and the forgiveness...after all that, they
still asked about restoring the physical (and fiscal) kingdom. Or, said another way, "Are you now going to make the Kingdom of Israel great again?"
Twenty years ago, there was a lot of talk about the hope of making NDBC great again. Perhaps it was my projection, or perhaps I was hearing voices, but stories of the days of Camelot were told large and with far away looks. But the mortar of Camelot is always mixed with gun powder; and when things blow, they do so big time. Like Morgan Freeman says in
Shawshank Redemption, "Hope is a dangerous thing."
Alas, if we only had a Time Machine, and could go back to the church that some remember. And it is too bad that the same techniques, meeting times, and edgy theology don't work the same way they used to. These days, numerically growing a "traditionally progressive" church is like constructing a building during an earthquake. By the time you drive the last nail, all the boards have moved, and the roof has fallen. Hope has to wear a hardhat and life-jacket.
In the meanwhile, as the spiritual seismic shift finishes its 500-year cycle, hope does what it can: it waits on God, it works on relationships, it serves generously, and it keeps on learning to love.
Pastoring NDBC has been my laboratory of loving; and I am a slow learner; but you have been patient.
Since pastors traffic in hope, I will claim my wheelbarrow full and get back to work. Sunday's coming.
The previous one was printed in August 2016. If your contact information (email address, cell phone, home phone, postal address, etc.) has changed since then, please notify the church office. We will be printing the new hard copy around April 20, 2017.
New NDBC Congregational Directory
We had a great family lunch this past Sunday!! We gathered in the Undercroft for food and fun! The kids played on the trikes, racing each other from one end of the Undercroft to the other. They were also able to enjoy the beautiful spring weather on the playground! We had a blast and hope you can join us for our next event, The Easter Egg Hunt!!
~ Anna Kate Wilson, Director of Children's Ministries
The Season of Lent 2017
Northside Drive Baptist Church
Rogues 'Round the Cross
(Lenten Thursday Evening Reflections)
March 30 ~ Barabbas
Call Me "Lucky"
April 6 ~ The Dying Thief
The Last Minute Theologian
April 13 ~ Simon Peter
The All-Too-Human Disciple
Classes now through Easter Sunday!
Sunday School Class
Art & Soul Classroom
All are invited!
Lenten Studies based on the book
Forgiveness A Lenten Study.
Do you remember the parable about a mustard seed?
Jesus told a story about the tiny seed which grew into a large tree whose branches could shelter many different birds. Our church is much like this metaphor, having grown from a small beginning (charter members) to a larger congregation that serves the needs of many different people. But the tree needs to be cared for -- watered, pruned, etc. -- and that's where all of us have a responsibility.
Beginning this month, the nominating committee is offering you the opportunity to nominate members for the Diaconate, Finance Committee and Personnel Committee. In addition, you may volunteer for one or more of our other ministry teams. Forms will be ready for you in the Narthex after worship on April 2. You may also link to the nominating for
m on the Northside Drive Baptist Church website and in the Pinnacle at:
We especially invite those of you who are relatively new to the church and might not have participated in a ministry team to volunteer. It's a great way to know other members and build up the work of our congregation. .
Northside Drive Baptist Church
April 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
April 13, 2017 at 6:45
Good Friday Service
April 14, 2017 Noon-2:00 pm
"Meditations on the Seven Last Words"
Good Friday Musical Presentation
April 14, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
"The Choral Stations of the Cross"
Presented by Our Lady of Lourdes Church Choir
"The Mother Church of African American Catholics in the Archdiocese of Atlanta"
April 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
(Children's Easter Egg hunt following worship)
Growing Young Session 3
April 9, 2017
After two great sessions discussing the stereotypes surrounding young adults in church, we now conclude our Growing Young Workshop by discussing the final three elements. We will conclude our overall discussion and work to implement strategies the church can start immediately. All are options that we, as young people, need to think through and find ways to get the church focused on these ideas. Join us Sunday, April 9th, at 12:15 PM above the Narthex as we brainstorm ideas that we can work with the church on. If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Dunkerley at
. See you there!
~Jeffrey Dunkerley, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries
NDBC Refugee Project Update!
When we started the Good Neighbor Team, we had no idea how complicated the process would be! In response to the Syrian refugee crisis, a number of us at Northside Drive came together and asked what we could do to help. We decided to partner with World Relief, a resettlement organization that would pair our church with a refugee family resettling in the Atlanta area. We formed our team, completed our training and all the necessary paperwork, and we were ready to be paired with a family. Then an executive order on immigration put our efforts on hold. After federal judges blocked the executive order, it looked like we would quickly be paired with a family! We began collecting everything the family would need for their apartment, and the church members were incredibly generous in their giving.
We thank you! Then, a second executive order (which has now been blocked) halted our efforts again. This has been exhausting!
Unexpectedly, the team was notified on Wednesday, March 22 that World Relief is resettling refugees again, and we have been asked to partner with a family from Afghanistan. The family includes a husband, a wife, a one-year old girl, and a baby on the way. The family will arrive on Wednesday, April 5 at 8 pm at Hartsfield Jackson Airport. We need volunteers during the day to help set up the apartment and we will meet the family at the airport. If you can participate in either/both of these activities, please contact Caitlyn Furr. firstname.lastname@example.org
Once the family is moved in, our main responsibilities will be to love them, be conversation partners, and help them navigate and adjust to life in Atlanta. I know Northside Drive to be a kind and hospitable congregation, so I think that won't be any problem at all!
Thank you for your support and generosity,
The Good Neighbor Team
Caitlyn Cook Furr
The Art of Being Northside Drive...
Opening Reception - April 8 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Pixels and Patchwork -
Documenting a Southern Tradition
by Myrtie Cope and Marshall Dewell
Myrtie and Marshall will be e
quilts and photos of quilts.
Myrtie is the photographer; and Marshall is the quilter.
The exhibit, "Pixels and Patchwork" will hang at A Novel Experience
which is a bookstore in Zebulon, Georgia, from April 3 - April 29.
A Novel Experience
426 Thomaston Street
Zebulon, Georgia 30295
Join us on Sunday, April 9, 2017
The Children's choir will be singing in
Sunday Morning Worship!
Easter Lily Sales now until April 9
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. Easter envelops provided in the Narthex, or send your money to Rose in the church office with your dedication information included. Please respond by Sunday, April 9.For more information see a Flower Ministry Team member.
~Virginia Gilbert, Chair
*U.S. tax regulations do not allow us to offer contribution credit for Easter plants because the plants are returned to the giver.
|The Flower Ministry Team
The Flower Ministry Team has purchased two new Chrismon trees and would like to give away the two old trees that have been lovingly used for many years. One is in great shape except that some of the white lights do not work anymore. The other tree needs repair on the base to stand correctly and is also missing some white lights.
Please call or text Virginia Gilbert if you are interested at
770 617 1809. Deadline for picking up trees is April 7th.
Chair, Flower Ministry Team
Transformed by Travel:
A Trip to the Holy Land
Susan Dew & Kay Braswell
In October 2015, Susan and Kay made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a group from Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Since then, several of us have heard bits and pieces about the trip. They spoke of its incredible impact, how it has changed their view of political realities in the Middle East, and that it was an incredible spiritual experience. Join us to hear about this special journey.
Choral Stations of the Cross
April 14, 2017
NDBC Book Club
Everything I Never Told You
Author: Celeste Ng
Facilitator: Anne Raymond
Hostess: Pam Wamberg
Easter Egg Hunt - April 16
It's here, it's here
!! The long awaited, highly anticipated, Easter Egg Hunt is finally here! We will hunt for colorful, candy filled eggs immediately following worship on Easter. Bring your baskets and join us outside of the Narthex, in front of the church with your Children (grades 0-6th) for lots of fun and celebration.
~ Anna Kate Wilson, Director of Children's Ministries
|Calling All Easter Eggs!
It's that time of the year again! We need to start collecting pre-filled Easter Eggs for our annual Easter Egg hunt! Please bring a dozen or two of candy filled colorful eggs to church. There will be bins in the Narthex that you can drop them off in.
** NO PEANUT PRODUCTS PLEASE**
Sunday, April 23, 2017
ENCORE, April 23rd
Sunday, April 23rd, the youth are communing together around a table at a local restaurant. In the midst of a busy school life and work, we are intentionally taking time to be in fellowship with one another. Invite your friends to join us immediately after the worship service on April 23rd. We will gather in the Narthex and ride together. If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Dunkerley at
NDBC Men's Ensemble to Sing
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Men, do you miss singing, but are unable to make weekly choir rehearsals? We have an opportunity for you. A new men's ensemble has been created that will sing two to three times a year with 4-6 rehearsals prior. (You don't have to attend all the rehearsals.)
We will sing during morning worship on Sunday, April 30. There will be 3 rehearsals on Sunday and 3 Thursdays so you have some flexibility.
The first Sunday rehearsal will be on April 2 at 10 a.m. in the choir room. The other Sundays will be April 9 and April 23.
We will devote the last 30 minutes of our Thursday choir rehearsal to this piece on April 13, April 20, and April 27. If you can come on a Thursday, please join us in the choir room at 8:30 p.m. Enter through the porte-cochere door.
Ladies, watch for our women's ensemble announcement soon.
~Dr. Keith H. Walker, Director of Music Ministries
31st Annual Women's Retreat
April 28-30, 2017
Robbinsville, North Carolina
For more information:
Joyce Wilson (770) 773-3333
Virginia Gilbert (770) 333-8933
SUNDAY, April 2
8:30 AM - Handbell Practice
9:30 AM - Church School
10:00 AM - Men's Ensemble Rehearsal
10:25 AM - Children's Choir Rehearsal
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:00 PM - Good Neighbor Team Meeting
10:00 AM - Staff Meeting
WEDNESDAY, April 5
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
THURSDAY, April 6
6:45 PM - Thursday Evening Lenten Service in Chapel
7:00 PM - Prayer Shawl Ministry
7:30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
April 2, 2017
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.
Chance Cooper - 1
LeAnna Anantaraman - 3
Linda Long - 4
Anne Hunt - 4
Dot Clark - 5
Allen Abbott - 5
Greg Colson - 6
Kay Braswell - 6
Allison Blaisdell - 6
Jackie Hardin - 6
Letty Konenkamp - 8
Jennifer Sardone - 10
Mary Schwartz - 12
Brian Knight- 12
Robbye Taylor - 13
Suzanne Stearns - 13
Zach Stines - 13
Marjorie Rives - 14
Tim Whiffen - 14
Ken Brant - 16
Liam Collins - 16
Daniel Moore - 16
Cali Almeida - 17
Hardy Pickering - 17
Dick Houston - 17
Ryan McClure - 17
Wilton Looney - 18
Jada Getsay - 20
Theresa Goriczynski - 20
Heather Bongers - 20
Dave Wooten - 21
Patti Clark - 21
Simon Goodhead - 21
Noah Davis - 23
Gerry Humphries - 30
Namaste Y'all! Yoga is Back!
in the Fellowship Hall.
The instructor is Shelia Cooper. Her children are in our weekday preschool. Free childcare will be provided in the nursery area of the building.
$10.00 per person
Retired Older Men
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)!
1715 Howell Mill Rd.
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.
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.