"Rogues 'Round the Cross"
By James Lamkin
Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. On it, we begin our long march to Easter. The gravity of Holy Week, especially from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday (the Triduum), pulls us like a tractor beam.
Yet, among the drama of redemption, played-out during Holy Week's final three days, those day are dense with rascals. Like Flannery O'Connor's characters, even the grotesque is laced with grace; but it often takes patience and pain to see it.
One of my Lenten disciplines this year will be to high-profile some of
"The Rogues 'Round the Cross." I will be doing so during the Lenten evening services. I hope to highlight attributes that remind us that they scoundrels were a mixed bag of wonder and wickedness...as are we!
Like Nicodemus, we want to follow Jesus, but only in the shadows...until we are called to come-out. Like Judas...maybe we mean well, but we can get caught-up in the hubris and prestige of a conspiracy theories. Plus, there's Pilate and Herod, who sacrificed their souls thinking "the end justifies the means." There is Barabbas, also the dying thief, who just happened to be at the right place, at the right time. And, Simon Peter: master of the pratfall, poster child of "foot in mouth," denier of his most faithful friend when the chips were down...all of which qualified him to be the first Pope.
These rogues are our Lenten companions and our confessors. We get them. And, thank God, God gets us all.
Tired Parents Breakfast and Family Lunch
Join us for a Tired Parents Breakfast during the Church School hour on February 26th for fellowship and a time to relax, and then following worship we will have a family lunch at Zoe's. We invite all families and parents to join us!
~ Anna Kate Wilson, Director of Children's Ministries
Please note that we are
NO LONGER offering childcare on Thursday evenings during yoga and choir practice. Stay tuned for more updates from the Children's Ministry!
Oglethorpe University Singers
will be our Guest Choir
Sunday, February 26, 2017
The Oglethorpe University Singers under the direction of
Dr. W. Irwin Ray will be our featured guest choir during worship on Sunday, February 26. The ensemble provides for the study and performance of significant choral literature with the liberal arts context of the University and is open to students of all disciplines. The auditioned concert choir, which is in frequent demand for performance in the community, rehearses three hours each week for one hour of academic credit. Repertoire includes scared and secular literature, both accompanied and unaccompanied, ranging from the fifteenth century to the present. Mark your calendar so that you do not miss the opportunity to share the worship experience with these talented musicians.
Growing Young Session 1
February 26, 2017
In the midst of stereotypes about young people and their church commitments,
Growing Young by the Fuller Youth Institute aims to break down those stereotypes and offer suggestions on how churches can reach young adults. Throughout the spring, there will be three sessions that offer information about the book, their suggestions, and evaluations of their suggestions. The first will be February 26th. If you have any questions please let me know. Join us as we explore ways Northside Drive can extend its ministry to young adults.
~Jeffrey Dunkerley, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries
The NDBC Missions Ministry Team!
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 will be 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: (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f49adaa2eabfa7-stock).
Select which items you'd like to donate, or you can choose items to donate from the Giving Tree that will be placed in the Narthex. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep the church updated as we receive more information from World Relief about the family!
The NDBC Refugee Support Team
Be a Sponsor for Sanctuary Flowers!
Would you like to provide the Sanctuary flowers for a Sunday in 2017? Now is the time to sign up. The price is $100, or you can share the cost with someone. If you are interested,
please call Nancy F. Davis at 404-252-9154.
Walk in anytime to the Chapel
between 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Congregational Worship Service at 6:45 PM
On Ash Wednesday, Northside Drive Baptist Church will impose ashes upon all who wish to participate. Recipients may come at any time during the day to receive the sign of the cross on their forehead or their hands. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent, which is forty days prior to Easter. Lent is a time when Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, and spiritual discipline. The Ash Wednesday congregation worship service will begin at 6;45 PM. Come and receive this ancient symbol on Ash Wednesday in the Chapel of Northside Drive Baptist Church.
The Season of Lent, 2017
Northside Drive Baptist Church
March 1, 2017 at 6:45 p.m.
"The Imposition of Ashes"
Thursday Evening Lenten Services
March 9, 2017 - April 13, 2017 at 6:45 p.m.
"Rogues 'Round the Cross"
April 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
March 13, 2017 at 6:45
Good Friday Service
March 14, 2017 Noon-2:00 pm
"Meditations on the Seven Last Words"
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"
March 14, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
April 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
(Children's Easter Egg hunt following worship)
Rouges 'Round the Cross
(Ash Wednesday & Lenten Thursday Evening Reflections)
March 1 ~ Nicodemus
The Closet Christian Who Came-Out
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
Starting March 4, 2017 through Easter Sunday!
Sunday School Class
Art & Soul Classroom
All are invited!
Lenten Studies based on the book
Forgiveness A Lenten Study.
Youth Group Series
ENCORE, March 5, 2017
Sunday, March 5th, 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 March 5th. We will gather in the Narthex and ride together. If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Dunkerley at
Executive Director of
the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
Preaching: 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.
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
When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalinithi
Facilitator: Nancy F. Davis
Hostess: Helen White
SAVE THIS DATE!
The NDBC congregation will be celebrating James Lamkin's
20th Anniversary at the church,
Sunday, March 19, 2017, after Worship service. We will be having a barbecue luncheon.
More details to follow!
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 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 women 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!
Choral Stations of the Cross
April 14, 2017
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
Dear Church Family,
Never have those words carried more meaning for Jerry, me, and our family, than during these weeks after the death of our daughter, Valerie. You have comforted us with your presence, notes, cards and calls. The delicious meals you prepared sustained us and made it possible for us to spend important time together as we planned the funeral and said our goodbyes. Over the almost four years of Valerie's illness, you encouraged us and showed your concern for her with many thoughtful acts. You have been true Christian community for us and we shall always be grateful.
SUNDAY, February 26
8:00 AM - Oglethorpe Singers Breakfast-Undercroft
9:30 AM - Church School
9:30 AM - Tired Parents Breakfast-Fellowship Hall
10:25 AM - Children's Choir Rehearsal
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:15 PM - Growing Young Workshop 1
7:00 PM - Handbell Practice
TUESDAY, February 21
10:00 AM - Staff Meeting
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM Ash Wednesday
Imposition of Ashes in the Chapel
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
6:45 PM - Ash Wednesday Service
7:30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
THURSDAY, February 23
6:10 PM - Yoga in the Fellowship Hall
7:00 PM - Prayer Shawl Ministry
February 26, 2017
2 Peter 1:16-21
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.
Sarah Wolff Milligan-15
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.