March 9, 2017
The Pastor's
Anniversary Celebration
     Everyone is invited to a special luncheon to celebrate James Lamkin's 20 th anniversary at the church.  The luncheon will take place on Sunday, March 19, in Fellowship Hall following the worship service.  
     The menu will be BBQ chicken and pork, macaroni and cheese, slaw, fruit and cake.
     There is no charge for the luncheon but reservations are required .  Please make your reservation by calling the church office (404.237.8621) by noon on Tuesday, March 14.  Please indicate the number of adults and children to be included in your reservation.
Spring Forward 
Spring Forward
Daylight Saving Time
begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday
March 12, 2017

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 and on March 12, March 19, March 26, and April 2.
     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.
     ~Mary Lester
The Associate Pastor Search Committee continues its efforts!
     The committee has now reviewed over forty resumes and preformed eight conference call interviews with the most promising candidates.  Preparations are now in the works for the top 2-3 candidates to travel to Atlanta at the end of March to conduct formal interviews, give the candidates the opportunity to meet the staff and tour the church facilities.  Please join us in our prayerful hope for finding and welcoming an exceptional candidate to work with James in guiding the future work of our church.
     ~Jack Guynn, Search Committee Chair
Rogues 'Round the Cross
(Lenten Thursday Evening Reflections)
6:45 pm
NDBC Chapel


March 9 ~ Judas
From Faltering Disciple to Fall Guy
March 16 ~ Pilate
Epitaph of a Pleaser
March 23 ~ Herod
The Grand Inquisitor
March 30 ~ Barabbas
Call Me "Lucky"
April 6 ~ The Dying Thief
The Last Minute Theologian
April 13 ~ Simon Peter
The All-Too-Human Disciple
Amanda Tyler 
Executive Director of  
the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
March 12, 2017, at NDBC   

     Amanda is brand new at the BJC, having recently followed Brent Walker as the Executive Director.  She leads the organization as it upholds the historic Baptist principle of religious liberty, defending the free exercise of religion and protecting against its establishment by government. A native of Austin, Texas, Tyler grew up hearing about the cherished Baptist principles of religious liberty and the separation of church and state as a member of Highland Park Baptist Church. Because she was committed to these principles, Tyler sought out the Baptist Joint Committee when she moved to Washington to attend Georgetown University, and she began volunteering in the office as a student.   She will be lecturing at McAfee School of Theology the following week.  We welcome her on this day.

Amanda Tyler will give a short presentation,  
March 12, 2017, during the Art & Soul,  
Sunday School Class.
The Season of Lent, 2017
Northside Drive Baptist Church
Thursday Evening Lenten Services
March 9, 2017 - April 13, 2017 at 6:45 p.m.
"Rogues 'Round the Cross"
 NDBC Chapel
Palm Sunday
April 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
NDBC Sanctuary
Maundy Thursday
April 13, 2017 at 6:45
 NDBC Chapel
Good Friday Service
April 14, 2017 Noon-2:00 pm
"Meditations on the Seven Last Words"
 NDBC Sanctuary
Good Friday Musical Presentation
"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 14, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
 NDBC Sanctuary
Easter Sunday
April 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
NDBC Sanctuary
(Children's Easter Egg hunt following worship)
Classes now through Easter Sunday!
Sunday School Class 
Art & Soul Classroom
9:30-10:45 AM 
All are invited! 

Lenten Studies based on the book Forgiveness A Lenten Study.

**Individuals may order the book Forgiveness A Lenten Study by Marjorie J. Thompson on Amazon or on The Thoughtful Christian website for about $8.00. 

March 12  
Baby Celebration!
     Our Children's Ministry keeps growing! And that calls for celebration!! On March 12th our Tired Parents class will celebrate the new babies born prior to Christmas. We'll have a time of fellowship, breakfast and celebration during the church school hour. We are grateful to continue our growing children's ministry! 
  ~ Anna Kate Wilson, Director of Children's Ministries 
Session 2 
Young Adults 
Growing Young Session 2 
March 26, 2017
     After a great first session discussing the stereotypes surrounding young adults in church, we now move to unpack the ways a church can start to grow young. Growing Young by the Fuller Youth Institute argues there are six key elements the church needs to emphasize in order to grow young: Keychain leadership, empathy today, Jesus' message, warm relationships, priority everywhere, and best neighbors. 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, March 26th 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
March 14
Landscapes for the People
~Ren and Helen Davis
     This year marks the centennial of the National Park Services, one of our nation's treasures. Though his name is largely unknown, George Alexander Grant was the first chief photographer of the National Park Service. In Ren and Helen Davis' new book, they introduce us to the work and the story of this man who traveled ceaselessly, capturing more than thirty thousand images and documenting a crucial moment when the park system underwent tremendous growth and transformation.
NDBC Book Club 
March 15
When Breath Becomes Air 
Author: Paul Kalinithi
Facilitator: Nancy F. Davis
Hostess: Helen White
The NDBC Missions Ministry Team!
Refugee Family Ministry 
     After much discussion, discernment, and research, we are excited to announce that NDBC is working with World Relief to resettle a refugee family in the Atlanta area! We are collecting donations from church members to furnish the family's apartment now through March 19 in the undercroft of the church (elevator accessible). 
     If you'd like to make a donation, please visit our Sign Up Genius page: (
    Select which items you'd like to donate, or you can choose items to donate from the Giving Tree that is in the Narthex. Donations may be new or gently used.  Then, bring your donations to the church anytime between now and March 19 and store them in the undercroft.
     If you have questions or concerns, please contact Caitlyn Cook Furr at We will keep the church updated as we receive more information from World Relief about the family!
The NDBC Refugee Support Team 
Barbara Atchley
Kay Braswell
Nancy Davis 
Susan Dew
Jeffrey Dunkerly
Caitlyn Furr
JB Gilbert
Nancy Hall
Geneva Hall-Shelton
Susan Harlan 
Rhonda Harris
James Lamkin
Sue McSwain
Hal Meeks 

Movie Night:  March 19
     Need a break from school work? Well, on March 19th, come see a movie! The youth are venturing out to a local theater to see a movie as we spend time with each other. The movie is not picked yet, so suggestions are encouraged. Invite friends to join us as we splurge on movie theater popcorn, candy, and soft drinks. The time is yet to be determined and will vary based on the movie selection. More information will be communicated as the date approaches. If you have any questions, contact Jeffrey Dunkerley at .
Easter Lilies*
Easter Lily Sales Begin March 26 - 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. Please sign up, beginning Sunday, March 26, on the 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.
A Word from Jeffrey Dunkerley
     On March 26 th, I get the opportunity to preach in worship. I am so grateful for this chance to continue to grow in my ministerial identity. Thank you for encouraging me through this journey. I will be preaching from a familiar Gospel story, the woman at the well. As Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman, like we encounter people from different cultures around us, there are things to learn. In the midst of Lent and with Easter fast approaching, how can we apply this to our lives? How do we follow Jesus' example? Perhaps it starts with not judging others. Seems simple, right? Not judging requires more action than we might think. I hope you can join us in worship!
At the Table
Sunday, March 26 
     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 Sunday, March 26th, to briefly examine the lectionary texts, deconstruct the sermon of the day, and fellowship together. Teachers: Jeffrey Dunkerley

March 26  
Family Lunch at 12:15 PM, Undercroft
     Join us for a Family Lunch on March 26th immediately following worship in the Undercroft.  We'll have a catered meal and the kids can play outside!  All families are welcome!
  ~ Anna Kate Wilson, Director of Children's Ministries 
Choral Stations of the Cross
Good Friday    
April 14, 2017
3:00 PM
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
Blue Boar Retreat
Robbinsville, North Carolina    
For more information:
Joyce Wilson (770) 773-3333
Virginia Gilbert (770) 333-8933
Missions Ministry

Church Week
SUNDAY, March 12   
  9:30 AM - Church School
  9:30 AM - Baby Celebration  
10:25 AM - Children's Choir Rehearsal
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:15 PM - Growing Young Workshop 
  7:00 PM - Handbell Practice
TUESDAY, March 14 
11:00 AM - Triple E 
WEDNESDAY, March 15  
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
  1:00 PM - NDBC Book Club 
THURSDAY, March 16  
  6:45 PM - Thursday Evening Lenten Service in Chapel    
  7:00 PM - Prayer Shawl Ministry
  7:30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal 
Volume 9 - Issue 10  
March 12, 2017 
Genesis 12:1-4a
Romans 4:1-7, 13-17
John 3:1-17 
James Lamkin's 20th Anniversay
Spring Forward
Nominating Committee
Update Associate Pastor Search
Rouges 'Round the Cross
Amanda Tyler
The Season of Lent 2017
Lenten Studies
Tired Parents Breakfast
Growing Young Series
Triple E
NDBC Book Club
NDBC Missions Ministry Team
ENCORE Movie Night
Easter Lilies
Jeffrey is Preaching
At the Table
Tired Parents Lunch
Choral Stations of the Cross
Men's Choir
31st Annual Women's Retreat
Missions Ministry Retreat
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.
Jon & Janet Bell
Reider Bjornard
Fay Brewer
Greg Colson 
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Jim Mahaffey-1
Jo Meeks-1
Janet Bell-2
Virginia Gilbert-2
Parker Holloway-2
Jordan Clark-3
Austin Chandler-3
Keith Walker-4
Ginger Cooper-7
Corbin Boekhaus-7
Kellan Tatum-7
Caroline Sisk-12
Jose Tunon-13
Wendy Overton-Erin-14
Sarah Wolff Milligan-15
Benj Cadaret-15
Aline Cofield-16
Jane Fitzgerald-18
JL Jerden-19
Jim Barksdale-20
Jill Johnson-20
Harper Bell-21
Don Wamberg-24
Raj Anantaraman-27
Anant Anantaraman-29
Calvin Dalke-29
Walter Grant-30

New class time! 
Namaste Y'all! Yoga is Back!
Thursday's from
5:30 - 6:30 pm
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
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
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 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.
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the Alliance of Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. 
Northside Drive Baptist Church | 3100 Northside Dr NW | Atlanta GA | 30305
404-237-8621 |