NORTHSIDE NOTES: August 31, 2016 
Pastoral Reflections 
Rev. James Lamkin

"...And No One Was Denied"
     This article's title is from The Holy City, written in 1892; and it was sung at Ken and Andy Brant's wedding this past Saturday. I have heard it all my life, mostly while sitting by my Aunt Dorcas on the piano bench.
    With bracelets jingling, she would pound away on the upright piano. With the move of a Kung Fu master, she would lick her thumb, grab the sheet music's page, quickly flip it, and not miss a note. I was impressed.
    But the most impressive thing was the song's description of the heavenly Jerusalem. Neither sun nor moon were needed for light; God's presence was illumination enough. And after millennia of turmoil, the walled city at last was welcoming to all. "The gates were opened wide...and all who would might enter, and no one was denied."
    Well, the song, to Ken and Andy, to Northside Drive Baptist Church, and to God.
    At the beginning of my homily, I said: "If you are a guest, you may be fearful that homily is a code word for 'long drawn out Baptist sermon.' But, fear not."
    "For one thing, I didn't prepare much, because I didn't think I'd live this long. Yet, to my surprise, on this day, I've lived long enough to see a Baptist Church in Buckhead, find within its own faith tradition and scriptures, theology that already is deep enough and wide enough, to find courage enough to take a stand within God's inclusive love which is always enough! It is a remarkable day, in a remarkable church."
    Church is not a bunch of soloists. It is a choir of voices. All voices are welcomed as the church listens to God's voice and as the church finds its own voice which is larger than our individual voices.
    Little did I know that Aunt Dorcas was not only pounding away at the old upright piano as my sister and I flanked her on the bench...she was pounding into me a theology that was bigger than she knew...bigger than her own voice.
    I and we and all humankind will spend the rest of our lives struggling to believe it, much less trying to live into it; but, last Saturday, we took a step toward it, and by the grace of one was denied.
Rev. Tom Conley Funeral Service 
     It will be at the Cathedral at St. Phillip on Friday, September 2, 2016, at 2 PM. Visitation will be one hour before.
     I went over to Betty's house this week. We sat on the couch and told "Tom stories." To my chagrin, I will miss the funeral. I will be in Louisiana hosting a reunion for the extended family as I gather with my "once and twice removed" cousins. But let us pray for Betty and give thanks to God for the gift of Tom's life.
     ~ James Lamkin, Pastor
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
Rev. Dr. Karen Massey Preaching
Sunday, September 4, 2016 
     Karen is a longtime member and former staff member of NDBC. She is the Associate Dean at McAfee School of Theology for the Master's Degree Programs and Associate Professor of Christian Education and Faith Development and Holder of Watkins Christian Foundation Chair. Welcome Karen!
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!
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.
Landscape Cleanup Day
September 10 from 9 AM-1 PM
     We will have a landscape cleanup day on September 10 from 9 AM-1 PM. The focus will be to spruce up in front of the Sanctuary before we return on Sept 11. Contact JB Gilbert, of the Landscape Ministry Team at for more information or to volunteer.
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, 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!
NDBC organ 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 .
Handbells Handbell Choir Begins Rehearsals 
     The Handbell Choir will begin rehearsals on Sunday, September 11 , from 7-8 PM in the Handbell room. If you have ever thought about ringing, this is the perfect opportunity to join as we revive the Handbell Choir. If you would like more information, please contact Keith at or simply come to rehearsal on September 11.
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.
book club NDBC Book Club 
September 21, from 1-2:30 PM
in the Fellowship Hall
     A book review of The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer will be Wednesday, September 21 , at 1 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Jane Jerden will be the facilitator and Marjorie Rives the hostess. Bring your lunch; dessert and beverages will be furnished.
Anniversary Sunday, September 25
12:15 PM in the Fellowship Hall
     Come join us, just after the 11 AM worship service on Sunday,
September 25 , for our annual anniversary luncheon. Melissa Bryson will be preparing the meal. The menu is still to be determined. Cost: $10/pp with a $25/family max. Make your reservation for the luncheon by filling out the Welcome card attached to the Order of Worship, call the church office at 404-237-8621, or email your reservation to no later than Wednesday, September 21 .
Church Week
SUNDAY, September 4, Labor Day Weekend
  9:30 AM - No Church School
11:00 AM - Morning Worship in the Chapel
12:15 PM - Personnel Committee Meeting
MONDAY, September 5
 Church & Preschool Offices Closed
THURSDAY, September 8
10:00 AM - Staff Meeting
  7:15 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

Volume 8 - Issue 35

September 4, 2016
Jeremiah 18:1-11
Psalm 139:1-6
Luke 14:25-33
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.
The next Church Council meeting will be Monday, September 19 , at 7 PM, in the Art & Soul Classroom, #202.
Rev. Tom Conley Funeral
2016 Habitat Build
Karen Massey Preaching
Surplus Pews
Landscape Cleanup Day
Children's Corner
Sanctuary Worship
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.

Louise Davis
Nancy F. Davis
Mary Dutton
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
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 
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.
Beginning Wednesday, September 14, 2016
@ 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.

stained glass book



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