NORTHSIDE NOTES: August 24, 2016 
Pastoral Reflections 
Rev. James Lamkin

"Between Times"

     Seemingly, most time is between time. Between decisions. Between life stages. Between where you are and where you are going. Between good intentions, and what "the road to hell" is paved with.
     Jesus spent a lot of time between times. Frequently, Gospel stories begin with, "As Jesus was traveling from...a man came to him and said...." Or, "While on the way, he told his disciples...." Evidently, Jesus didn't do much standing still. He lived an in-between ministry.
    NDBC is between times. With Mike Gregg leaving, with Renee Gamache moving on, and with our search for a replacement for one our custodians going slowly...our between time is socked-in.
    I am working with the Personnel Committee and its chair, Jack Guynn, as we move toward new "hires." The Nominating Committee is calling forth a Search Committee, per the bylaws, to look ahead. Rose Hidlay, our Business Manager, and I are daily going through resumes and potential interviewees.
    All this to say, the next few weeks will strain our patience and test our theology of hospitality. Pray for the church staff ("we few, we happy few...") regarding printing, publishing, e-newsletters, copy machines, phone calls, emails, social media, distribution lists, addresses, website, typos, door buzzers, security alarms, roof drains, and probably sermons...definitely sermons!
    So yes, stuff will fall through the cracks. Yet, God is right there too. Like Jesus, "God of the gaps" shows-up between things and between times.
    Please pray for me as you pray for us. I'm sure "all manner of thing will be well," as the mystic said. But in the meanwhile and in between and in the presence of God...we love, we pray, we press on, and we dance. Amen?

    PS: there was a typo in a previous Pinnacle and e-Notes. Kent Brant's wedding is not at noon on Saturday the 27; it is at 11 AM.
Re-purposing Eleven Surplus Pews 
     The Facilities Ministry Team has been asked to re-purpose eleven surplus pews that the congregation can no longer utilize, maintain, or store safely. These pews have not been used in the Sanctuary for many years. The wooden pews are of differing sizes and condition and are located in several areas of the Sanctuary building.
     Before we list them on 'Used Pews' or make them available to another organization on October 8 , we want to give church members the first opportunity to re-purpose a pew for any personal/historic/spiritual reason. A list of all the available pews, along with their size and current location, is available on the tables near the entrances to the Chapel and Sanctuary. You may also request a list be emailed to you by contacting Liz Harris-Lamkin at .
     1.   A piece of paper is taped to each available pew. Please place your name and date on the paper to reserve it. Additionally, notify Rose Hidlay at .
     2.   Moving and transportation will be the member's responsibility, no later than October 7 . Keep in mind church office hours for access.
     3.   Lastly, because the pews came at considerable expense to the young NDBC, please make a donation back to the church . Consider flagging it for the Facilities Contingency Fund to help pay for some of the upkeep and repair items for an aging building.
Summer Lecture Series
Family, Gender, and Sexuality in the Bible
Sundays, June 5-August 28 @ 9:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall
August 28 - Dr. Steven M. Sheeley
Are We Really Reading Scripture?

Summer Sermon Series
Not-for-Profits Prophets
Sundays, May 29-September 4 @ 11 AM in the Chapel
August 28 - Joel 2 
Joel: A Theology of Entomology
September 4 - Jeremiah 18
Jeremiah: The Potter's House
with Rev. Karen Massey  
Atlanta Habitat logo 2016 Habitat for Humanity Build
     Mark your calendars for the 2016 Interfaith Partnership Habitat for Humanity Build. The build will begin October 15 with the dedication on December 3. Sign up will begin September 4. October 15 will be NDBC Lead Day when we provide both workers and lunch. As in previous years, child care will be provided at the church on our Lead Day. The other work days are:
                    November 5         November 12
                    November 18       December 3
Church School Kick-Off Breakfast 
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Fellowship Hall at 9:30 AM
     Let's kick-off the new Church School year! You will learn about all the 2016-2017 Church School classes, explore provocative new curriculum, and congratulate all of the children on their promotions to their next grades. Come and reconnect with classmates, friends, and families. Bring your favorite breakfast food to share. Milk, juice and coffee will be provided.
Children's Corner 
     On September 11 at 9:30 AM , we will have our annual Church School Kick Off Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall! It will a time of fun and food celebrating the start of our Church School year. We hope you can join us!
     Also on  September 11, the children will receive a 'Blessing of the Backpacks .' With the start of Church School and the new school year, we want to send the kids off to school with a blessing. We ask that each child bring with them the backpack they take to school. They will process into the Sanctuary wearing their backpacks and will receive the blessing during the service. We hope that you and your family will decide to join us on this joyous day!
Worship Back in the Sanctuary
Sunday, September 11     
      Pilgrimage and procession are ancient rituals of return. On Sunday, September 11 , we will leave summertime's worship in the Chapel with its intimate space, fervent singing, and original memories; and return to the Sanctuary with its tall, faceted-glass story windows, the transcendent sounds of the pipe organ, and the sacred space which has shaped us since the mid-seventies. The Chancel Choir will begin its weekly rehearsals on September 8 .
Triple E Triple E 
Engage. Enrich. Enjoy
     TRIPLE E meets monthly, September through May, for lunch and to hear dynamic speakers on topics of general interest. It is a great opportunity to invite friends from the community as well as within the congregation. We have a wonderful meeting place for diverse ideas, broad interests, and friendly, warm hospitality. We would love to share it with you!
     Our first program this year ( September 13 at 11 AM) is a great opportunity to get to know our new Director of Music Ministries, Keith Walker. Join us to hear Keith's story and some of his favorite music.
     TRIPLE E meets on the second Tuesday of each month, September-May from 11 AM-1 PM in the Fellowship Hall of Northside Drive Baptist Church (Except for the Valentine Luncheon, which will begin at Noon). Bring a friend and $5 for a light lunch.
TTWL From Jackie Butts , Executive Director Taliaferro County Family Connection
     Thank you for your generous donation to the 2016 TTWL summer day camp. We couldn't have done it without you.
     We would also like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued call to work with the youth in Taliaferro County. They are receiving such a blessing from your being part of our camp. The benefits our youth have received throughout the years from your group are immeasurable.
     Thank you for loving our kids!
Church Week
SUNDAY, August 28
  9:30 AM - Children's Church School: Music & Missions
  9:30 AM - Adult Summer Lecture Series
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:00 PM - Diaconate Meeting
12:15 PM - Handbell Meeting
  2:00 PM - Tom Hicks Memorial
  3:00 PM - Tom Hicks Memorial Reception
TUESDAY, August 30
10:00 AM - Staff Meeting
THURSDAY, September 1
  7:00 PM - Prayer Shawl Ministry

Volume 8 - Issue 34

August 28, 2016
Joel 2:21-29
Hebrews 13:1-5
Luke 14:1, 7-14
We will not have Church School on September 4 . And the Church and Preschool offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day.
Lecture Series
Sermon Series
2016 Habitat Build
Church School Kick-Off Breakfast
Children's Corner
Worship Back in the Sanctuary
Triple E
Church Week
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.

Aline Cofield
Gordon & Billie Davis
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Jo Hunter - 24
Susan Isakson - 24
Suzanne Barksdale - 25
Jack Fletcher - 26
Curt Tucker - 27
John Davis - 27
Preston Davis - 31
Elizabeth Sheeley - 31
Beth Laxton - 1
Joseph Cadaret - 1
Kristi Wamberg - 2
Jacky Gundberg-Youngquist - 4
Barry Ervin - 4
Dan Tatum - 6
Amy Bell - 6
Kat Wall - 9
Marie Cook - 9
Chloe Jerden - 10
Liz Harris-Lamkin - 11
Tim Getsay - 12
Jane Lamkin - 13
Alyssa Aldape - 13
JB Gilbert - 14
Betsy Walker - 14
Suzette Knight - 15
Will Ervin - 15
Susan Pearson - 15
Megan Hendrix - 15
Theresai Manley - 17
Hal Meeks - 18
Karen Massey - 18
Henry Collins - 18
Cyndi Vander Ven - 19
Reid Cook - 19
Linda Bridges - 20
Rebecca Moore - 20
Kendall Konenkamp - 21
Jake Baumstark - 21
Becky Shoaf - 22
Bil Cadaret - 22
Keith Milligan - 22
Betty Colson - 23
Ingrid Bongers - 24
Mary Dutton - 25
Ann White Morton - 27
Josh Mudd - 28
Paxton Holloway - 28 

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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.
Wednesdays, @ 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 Wednesday @ 7 PM
Come join us on the first and third Wednesday of each month, at 7 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.
Northside Drive Baptist Church is affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists,
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