September 29, 2016 
Pastoral Reflections 
Rev. James Lamkin

"Thin Place"

      When NDBC folk travel to Iona, they come back talking about Thin Places. A Thin Place is a Celtic designation for a certain place where the gap between heaven and earth is slim. At these places, the spiritual dividing wall between the world that is, and the world that is beyond, is so thin, you can almost reach through to the other side.
      Glendalough, Ireland, is one of those places. Steve Sheeley told me it would be. With ancient stone crosses dating back to the sixth century, the remnants of a monastic community, a pilgrimage path, and a cemetery full of saints, "the company of heaven" hangs low.
      In the fall of last year, Liz and I went to Ireland to celebrate the wedding of two Camino friends: Georgina and Paul. We travelled from Ireland's east coast to the west; and we paused for a few days in Dingle.
      Dingle is a peninsula, known for its sunsets, sites, and sounds. The sounds abound in the pubs which are about every ten feet. One music venue is a church. We happened upon it on the night of September 21, the autumnal equinox. From the church cancel that evening came sweet melodies and raucous ballads. The first song was something like, I Fell in Love with the Milkmaid. The second was, As I Lay Dying on the Battlefield, I Remembered the Lovely Milkmaid.
      However, amid all the milkmaid music, the most holy thing to me was the hollowness held in the musician's face.   Maybe it had something to do with the season's solstice. Maybe it was what music meant to him. Maybe he knew the milkmaid!
      He played an Uilleann bagpipe. Unlike a Scottish bagpipe whose bladder is filled by the bagpiper's breath, the Irish version's is strapped under the piper's arm. Uilleann means elbow.
      The musician would talk to the audience, explain the upcoming song, and then his face would empty. With almost trance-like transcendence, he and we would be transformed by this Thin Place.
      No, it wasn't church music; but it was a holy thing to sit within this sacred moment made so by invitation and vulnerable abandon.
      I give thanks for God's leading us into Thin Places. I can't go anywhere without bumping into God. God is with the family awaiting a birth. God is with loved ones while Death stands near. God is among the dancers as the music moves them. God is the silence as the solitude doesn't move at all.
      I thank God for these moments, these Thin Places...and especially these our Chancel Choir's confident songs.
Last Sunday, September 25, 2016
Kayla was a special guest at her church September 25th. She did a great job teaching the congregation the beauty in being a helper...whether you are a two-legged human or a three-legged therapy dog. --Dianne DaLee
Children's Ministry Team Decides  
on new Children's Bulletin's 
September 25, 2016
After doing some research on various children's bulletin's that follows the lectionary, the Children's Ministry Team has decided to change our children's bulletins. We will now be using Illustrated Children's Ministry material for our bulletin's and other worship resources. Illustrated Children's
Ministry provides creative and effective resources for children and families not only in church but also at home. With an emphasis on inclusive language surrounding scripture and after using their "An Illustrated Advent" family devotional last year, Anna Kate has been continuously using their worship resources for children's sermons and combined church school classes. We are excited to use these new bulletins and hope that our children will find meaning and a space to learn throughout worship.
Called Church-in-conference
Sunday, October 2, 2016
12:10 pm in the Sanctuary following worship
      The purpose is to elect the Search Committee to fill the Ministerial Staff vacancy. This position is vital to the life of Northside Drive Baptist Church; and we commit ourselves to a thorough, prayerful, and expeditious search process.
World Communion Sunday
Sunday, October 2, 2016
      As we celebrate communion with our fellow Christians around the world, the choir will be singing Esto les digo by Kinley Lange. The text is Matthew 18:19-20 sung in Spanish.
Re-purposing Eleven Surplus Pews
Friday, October 7, 2016 between 8:30 - 4:30 PM
     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.
20.30's Take Over Eddie's Attic
Friday, October 7, 2016 at 9:30 PM
      Join the 20.30 group on Friday, October 7 as we travel to Eddie's Attic in Decatur to support our very own, Kurt Thomas. Tickets are $12 and are currently on sale at  The show starts at 9:30 PM with the doors opening at 9:15 PM. All are welcome to join. Help us show our love and support for Kurt.
       Due to this concert, the potluck originally scheduled the next night on October 8, will be rescheduled. We will meet at 7:00 PM for dinner before the Kurt Thomas concert that Friday to join together in fellowship with one another. If you have any questions contact Jeffrey Dunkerley at
Dr. David Bell, Preaching
Sunday, October 9, 2016
      Northside Drive Baptist Church member, Dr. David Bell, will be preaching on October 9th. He is a professor and lecturer in religion and science at Georgia State University. He earned his M.Div. from Princeton and his Ph.D. from Emory. Formerly the minister to students at Northside Drive Baptist Church, David is also ordained and affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists. He and his wife Amy have two daughters, Elliotte and Harper; and one son, Brooks.
Triple E
Triple E
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Fellowship Hall 
"Leadership and Life Lessons from Literary Legends" with Melita Easters, Playwright & Producer 
      There are many common threads in the life stories of Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee, winners of Pulitzer Prizes 24 years apart. This insightful lecture focuses on the timeless lessons about friendship, boundaries and empathy one learns from their vivid characters as well as the lives of the reclusive authors themselves.
Atlanta Habitat logo  
2016 Habitat for Humanity Build
Build Begins, Saturday, October 15, 2016 
      Mark your calendars for the 2016 Interfaith Partnership Habitat for Humanity Build. The build will begin October 15 with the dedication on December 3.  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, 12 & 19
December 3
The Callaway Cup 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Following Worship

      The after-church outing is for all members, regardless of age, gender or talent. The highly coveted Callaway Cup is named in honor of Raymund Callaway, a long-time member of NDBC. To sign up call Bil Caderet (678-371-3280); or check with him for more information.
book club NDBC Book Club 
Wednesday, October 19, from 1-2:30 PM
in the Fellowship Hall
       A book review of Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler will be Wednesday, October 19 , at 1 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Jane Lamkin will be the facilitator and Carolyn Mahaffey the hostess. Bring your lunch; dessert and beverages will be furnished.
Choir Rehearsing Rutter Magnificant
Friday, October 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM
      The Sanctuary Choir is rehearsing the Rutter Magnificant for December 11. We invite anyone who would like to sing this piece to join us for an extended rehearsal on Friday, October 21. Dinner will be provided with a rehearsal following. We welcome anyone who would like to sing the Rutter, but is unable to join us long term to attend this rehearsal. We also work on the Rutter each Thursday during the first 30 minutes of rehearsal. If you would like to join us for this special service, please email Keith Walker at

Northside Drive Musicians Represented at Boxerstock
October 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM
      Three Northside Drive members will be performing at Boxerstock Music Festival at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. The festival is from Noon to 6 PM and features music all day, including Northside Drive's very own, Kurt Thomas, Valerie Waters, and Dianne
DaLee. The festival itself is in support of Atlanta Boxer Rescue. There will be vendors, food trucks, and a Kid's village. Let us gather together to support three of our own. Tickets are available at If anyone is interested in carpooling after worship that Sunday to the event, contact Jeffrey Dunkerley at
Reformation Sunday
Guest Preacher

Sunday, October 30, 2016
      Dr. Lloyd Allen holds the Sylvan Hills Chair of Baptist Heritage and is Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation at McAfee School of Theology. He received his B.S (1974) with a double-major in psychology and sociology from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. His training for Christian ministry took place at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, which awarded him the M.Div. (1978) and Ph.D. (1984) degrees. Dr. Allen teaches in the areas of church history, Baptist heritage, and spirituality; and is currently working on a brief history of Christian spirituality and a comparison of spiritual formation in various religious traditions.  
      Off campus, Dr. Allen is a frequent faculty member for the Academy of Spiritual Formation and was the Executive Director of the W. H. Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society for over a decade. He and his family are members of Parkway Baptist Church in Duluth. He enjoys reading novels, watching movies, playing tennis, hiking, and taking road trips in his Mazda MX-5 roadster.
Prayer Shawl Ministry shawl
             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.

Church Week
SUNDAY, October 2
  9:30 AM - Church School
10:25 AM - Children's' Choir Rehearsal
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
  7:00 PM - Hand Bell Practice
TUESDAY, October 4
10:00 AM - Staff Meeting
WEDNESDAY, October 5
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
THURSDAY, October 6
7:00 PM - Prayer Shawl Ministry
  7:30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

Volume 8 - Issue 39

October 2, 2016
Psalm 137
2 Timothy 1:1-7
Luke 17:5-10
Surplus Pews
Triple E
2016 Habitat Build
Book Club
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.

Gerry Humphries
Wilton & Martha Looney
Helen White 
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Bess Goodhead - 2
Mary Caroline Goodhead - 2
Jennifer D'Amato - 2
Eleanor Chandler - 2
James Goodhead - 2
Dick Underwood - 3
Jim Hermance - 3
LaDonna Foxworth - 3
Larry Prince - 4
Camden Armsby - 4
Qingsong Wen - 5
Mona Stines - 6
Addie Cook - 7
Geneva Hall-Shelton - 9
Carolyn Herndon - 10
Lindsey Bryson - 10
Louise Davis - 13
Valerie Waters - 13
Mike Fletcher - 14
Barbara Atchley - 14
Joe Schneider - 15
Billie Davis - 15
Helen White - 15
Stuart Meeks - 15
Susan Harlan - 16
Marie Nelson - 16
Dianne DaLee - 17
Sloane Mudd - 17
Bruce Dick - 19
Janna Chandler - 20
Nelle Holbrook - 21
Michael Sardone - 21
Dot Houston - 23
Elizabeth Granger - 23
Triston King - 24
Cassandra McAllister - 25
Mike Egan - 28
Hartwell Dew - 28
Christopher Davis - 31
Jordan Davis - 31 
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.
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.


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