Pastoral Reflections 
  by James Lamkin

"The Perfect Mother's Day Gift: Moral Courage"
Dear Governor Deal,
     I believe you've given the perfect Mother's Day gift. I do not know if your mother is still living, but if so, I hope she would be proud. I don't think there is a better gift one can give, than moral courage.
     Thank you for your choice in vetoing both the Campus Carry bill regarding guns in the schools, as well as the alleged Religious Liberty bill. As my colleague, Rabbi Peter Berg of the Temple on Peachtree said, you have made "morally courageous decisions this term and the religious leadership is grateful."
     The pressures and powers of political winds are strange these days. To me, they seem stranger and stronger than usual. The wind shears of fear endorsed by faith has made for a political Tornado Alley.
     Though I only see from afar, legislation seems incredibly tedious and trying and exhausting. I admire a leader's ethical tenacity to walk into the fray every day.
     You are a Baptist brother, Governor Deal. We are the off-the-beaten-path Baptist neighbors down the street. One of your predecessors was a member of our church. His momma always told him to join the Baptist church nearest his kitchen stove every time he moved. So, he did. 1971-75, Jimmy Carter served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher at Northside Drive Baptist.
     I'm sure the current political issues will continue to least for the rest of my lifetime. Guns and God, firearms and faith are as American as motherhood and apple pie.
     But Sunday is not Apple Pie Day. It is Mother's Day. Because of it, I think of the group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, created after Sandy Hook in 2012. The group asks for legislators, companies, and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms. Governor, you gave these moms a good Mother's Day gift; and we Georgians are beneficiaries, as well.
     Thanks for your moral courage.
Northside Kids' 
Family Spring Activity &
Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, May 7
from 10 AM-12PM
     Families, we are so excited about all the wonderful Summer events that will be happening this year! To kick it off we are having a Children's Ministry party and Choir practice on May 7. This is very similar to our annual Cookie and Choir party that happens in December, however, we felt planting flowers would be more appropriate for the Spring! So, we will start at 10 AM with choir practice and during that time our parents will set up the gardening materials in the Porte-co-chere and have time to drink coffee and fellowship. Choir practice will last about 40 minutes and after that we will move outside to plant flowers in small pots to take to our church members who are home bound. We will finish up around noon.
Tired Parents Class Breakfast
May 8 @ 9:30 AM,in the Fellowship Hall
     With all the crazy things going on in our lives each month, we wanted to create a time and space where you can fellowship and socialize with other tired parents. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall and share breakfast together during Church School. If you are still looking for a church school class, please join us!
Triple ETriple E: Spring Picnic 
May 10 @ 11:00 AM
     Triple E will celebrate the end of the year with a picnic at the home of Mark & Melissa Bryson. Come and enjoy time with friends before we begin our summer break. Directions are available in the Narthex. Transportation is also available from the church.

2016 Preschool Graduation 
You are invited to the
2016 graduation ceremony of
The Preschool at NDBC on
Friday, May 13, 2016 
at 10:30 AM, in the Chapel.
Church Work Day 
Saturday, May 14, from 9 AM-1 PM
     Mark your calendar! It is time for the next all-church clean up and work day. We have many different jobs that need some willing hands! Join us from 9 AM-1 PM on Saturday as we spruce up the inside of the church while others accomplish outside landscaping tasks. This is a great way to serve with your friends and family for a few meaningful hours. We will have the needed supplies ready; simply contact the church office to let us know you are participating. Childcare and snacks will be provided.
choral guild logo
Choral Guild Concert
"The Life of Stephen Paulus"
(featuring his well known works, as well as,
those of his mentor Robert Shaw)
May 15 @ 4 PM in the Chapel
     Choral Guild of Atlanta concludes its 76 th season with popular and enduring works by the late Stephen Paulus, the first composer in residence with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the great master, Robert Shaw. Also highlighted are arrangements by Shaw and his prolific partner Alice Parker. NDBC member ticket price is $10. 
book club NDBC Book Club
May 18, from 1-2:30 PM
in the Fellowship Hall
     A book review of The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers will be Wednesday, May 18 , at 1 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Robbye Taylor will be the facilitator and Marjorie Rives the hostess. Bring your lunch; dessert and beverages will be furnished.
NDBC's Annual Business Meeting
Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 6:45 PM
     As required by the NDBC bylaws, the Church's annual meeting will be held at the next Church-in-conference, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 26 , beginning at 6:45 PM in the Fellowship Hall. The annual meeting provides an opportunity for you to receive updates on the works of the Church's ministry teams and committees. Please come to learn more about our activities!

Summer Sermon Series
Sundays at 11 AM, May 29 - September 4
     This Summer's Sermon Series is built upon the odd, angular preachers of the Old Testament: the Hebrew Prophets. They functioned as Israel's immune system. Whenever the Hebrew Faith became too aligned with culture or comfort or power or privilege...God sent a prophet. By today's standards of success, productivity, winning, or profit-making...the prophets failed. They were
Not-for-Profit, Prophets . But they are called by God to be faithful...and so are we. How shall we respond?
Summer Lecture Series
Family, Gender, and Sexuality in the Bible
Sundays, June 5-August 28 @ 9:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall

June 5 - Dr. David Bell
Dirt, Darwin, and Creation
June 12 - Dr. David Bell
Lilith and Gender Justice:
The Construction of the Fall and Feminine Gender
June 19 - Dr. Karen Massey
Was Dan Brown Right?
The Relationship Between
Jesus and Mary Magdalene
June 26 - Dr. Lewis Bozard
To Value or To Vanquish:
Christianity's Mixed Messages About the Body
July 3 - Holiday Weekend
July 10 - Dr. Nancy L. deClaisse-Walford
Feminine Images of God in the Psalter
July 17 - Dr. Nancy L. deClaisse-Walford
A Feminist Reading of Psalms 90-92
July 24 - Rabbi Judith R. Beiner
Dreamgirls of the Bible: Women Who "Worked It"
A Look at Tamar and Ruth
July 31 - Rabbi Judith R. Beiner
Dreamgirls of the Bible: Women Who "Worked It"
A Look at Miriam and Esther
August 7 - Dr. Tina Pippin
Heavenly Women
August 14 - Dr. Steven M. Sheeley
Watching What We Say and Sing:
Committing to Inclusive Language
August 21 - Dr. Tina Pippin
Family Values in the Bible
August 28 - Dr. Steven M. Sheeley
Are We Really Reading Scripture?
Calling All Strings 
     Do you play an acoustic string instrument? Or do you have one around the house that you have been meaning to dust off and learn to play? Are you interested in joining others every now and then to make traditional music? If you're interested, email Steve Sheeley ( for more information.
Touching Taliaferro with Love TTWL
June 20-23, 2016
     Time to think about Touching Taliaferro with Love June 20-23! The landscape has changed a bit and the time commitment is shorter, but we still hope to provide times of stories, games, crafts, recreation and fun with the delightful children in Taliaferro County. If you can devote four days, one day, or even a half day, join the team. For more information, contact Susan Harlan.
Church Week
SUNDAY, May 8 - Mother's Day
 9:30 AM - Church School
 9:30 AM - Tired Parents Breakfast
10:25 AM - Children's Choirs Rehearsals
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:15 PM - Young Adults: At the Table
11:00 AM - Triple E
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
10:30 AM - Weekday Preschool MTM
 7:15 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
10:30 AM - Weekday Preschool Graduation
 9:00 AM - Church Work Day

Volume 8 - Issue 18

May 8, 2016
Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47
Ephesians 1:15-23
Luke 24:44-53
The next Church Council meeting will be Monday, May 16 , at 7 PM, in the Art & Soul Classroom, #202.
We will not have Church School on May 29 (Memorial Weekend). However, the clergy will have coffee and conversation waiting for you in the Parlor (Room 207) at 9:30 AM.  

Summer in the Chapel
May 29, 2016 thru
September 4, 2016
The Church & Preschool
offices will be closed
Monday, May 30
in observance of
the Memorial Holiday.
Turned off - April 30
Back On - TBD
As a cost savings to the church, the gas is turned off in the Spring and turned back on in the Fall. This is part of the summer savings program with Infinite Energy. We will have an electric water heater for use during those months.
Tired Parents Class Breakfast
Triple E: Spring Picnic
Preschool Graduation
Church Work Day
Choral Guild Concert
Book Club
Summer Sermon Series
Summer Lecture Series
Calling All Strings
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.

Gordon & Billie Davis
Louise Davis
Nancy F. Davis
If you would like your name placed on our rotating TLP list, please give the church office a call.
Kate Pearson - 1
Renee Gamache - 1
Laura Seay - 1
Barry Ervin - 2
Caroline Singleton - 2
Jeffrey Dunkerley - 4
Irwin Ray - 5
Aidan Collins - 5
Gene Ledbetter - 6
Missy Lester - 7
Nathan Hermance - 9
Gigi Collins - 10
Turner Warmack - 11
Garrett Ray - 11
Randy Korando - 14
Hadley McClure - 15
Fulgencio Ferrer - 16
Susanna Schleicher - 17
Wilma Underwood - 18
Sam Egan - 18
Judy Schneider - 19
Avi Anantaraman - 21
Beth Singleton - 23
Amy Hurst - 23
Kenneth Dean - 25
Valerie Hardy - 26
Melissa Bryson - 26
Cameron Sardone - 27
Jay Mudd - 29
Jerry Poole - 30
Sandra Prince - 30
Amy Taylor - 30
Kristofer Schleicher - 30
Josh Davis - 31
Shannon Lee Moore - 31
children's choir
The Cherub Choir
Children ages 2 through Kindergarten
Directed by Ms. Amanda
Sunday mornings
from 10:25-10:50 AM
in the Room 103
The Celestial Choir
Children in grades 1-5
Directed by Ms. Mary Lou
Sunday mornings
from 10:25-10:50 AM
in Room 116
In the Balcony of the Narthex after Worship

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 every Sunday to briefly examine the lectionary texts, deconstruct the sermon of the day, and fellowship together. We will then go to lunch together after class.
(Retired Older Men
Eating Out)
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 12 PM-1 PM
(bring your lunch money)!

Piccadilly Cafeteria  

1715 Howell Mill Rd 

We meet weekly at
10:30 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
@ 7 PM in the Parlor.
(June 2-Sept 1 the Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet in members homes.) 
For more information call Susan Harlan at 770-377-3869.

stained glass book



A copy of the book is in the Narthex for previewing and the cost is only $30. To get your copy, call us at 404-237-8621 or email the church.


The Pinnacle is emailed as a link to the congregation and is available on the church website at

If you would prefer not to receive the Pinnacle by U.S. mail, please call404-237-8621 or email us

to let us know. 


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Northside Drive Baptist Church | 3100 Northside Dr NW | Atlanta GA | 30305
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