4th Sunday of Advent
December 15, 2016 
Pastoral Reflections 
Pastoral Reflections
By James Lamkin
"The Wait and Weight of Christmas"
     'Tis the season to wait. Yet, this time of year can also be a heavy weight.    
     The holidays and holy days hold painful memories like a hat rack. Listen to how we speak: "Momma started getting sick about a month before Christmas." "It was about Christmas time that he got the diagnosis." "We always had to split-up Christmas so that the children could be with both families." Waiting and weighty.
     NDBC folk are aware of the weight within our church community this year. Families sit by sick beds, even death beds, as I write these words. A memorial service for one of our matriarchs, Martha Looney, was only a few weeks ago. A service for one of our young men, Charley Joyner, was just a few days ago. These weigh heavily on our hearts; and the countdown to Christmas seems to gain in gravity.
     Naming this is a pastoral act; and a Christian one, too. Life is filled with blessings and burdens...and it is in all our job descriptions to bear both with one another.
     As the Fourth Sunday in Advent comes this weekend, and as Christmas Day nears, we sing the truth written by Phillips Brooks in his hymn, O Little Town of Bethlehem. He spoke of, "the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight."
     The Holy Child of Bethlehem still invites us to the place where anticipation and apprehension meet. We bring our waited-for hopes. We admit our weighted-down fears. And we huddle-up up, close to the manger.
     Whatever we bring to Christmas, we find a character in the crèche with whom to identify. Sometimes, I'm like the "sore afraid" shepherds. Sometimes, I've got the job of the herald angel, "Hey, unto us a child is born!" And sometimes, I feel as left-out as Joseph.
      Against all odds, this year you and I will make our way to the lowly inn. According to the Good Book, God's Christmas card still says, "We'll leave the light on for you." The Light of the World still shines.
NDBC Handbell Choir
11:00 a.m. Worship, December 18, 2016
The Handbell Choir will accompany congregational singing,
plus provide the Introit and the Offertory:


O Come All Ye Faithful
Away in a Manger
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
There's a Song in the Air
While by the Sheep We Watch 
Pre-Service Music Presented by
Dr. Steve Sheeley
10:40 a.m. December 18, 2016
Christmas Music on the Hammer Dulcimer

Advent IV Studies 
Art and Soul Classroom @ 9:30 AM on
Sunday, December 18, 2016 

On the Road: Matthew with Steve Sheeley

A Baptist Moravian Lovefeast 
Sunday, December 18, 2016, at 5:30 PM, in the Chapel
      The Christmas Lovefeast, with its lighted candles, is one of the most beautiful services in the Moravian Church. In recent years, it has made its way into the hearts of a few Baptists too! Come and join us as the Youth and others lead in a service of simple Christmas joy. We will light beeswax candles, share sweet buns and coffee, hear stories of Christmas traditions, and sing Christmas carols.
NDBC Youth Christmas Party
December 18th
      The Youth Christmas Party will immediately follow the Moravian Lovefeast. We will make our way to Scallini's Italian Restaurant to share food, laughter, and gifts with each other. Bring one gift to play White Elephant. We will leave the church around 6:45 PM to start our celebration. Plan for about an hour and a half to enjoy time in fellowship with friends and family. Invite friends to come along as we celebrate together!
Christmas Eve Family Vespers
Thursday, December 24, 2016, at 4 PM, in the Sanctuary
      Do you need a Christmas Eve Service designed especially for your kids? If so, make plans to attend Northside Drive's Family Vespers Service at 4 PM on Christmas Eve. We sing kid friendly carols, have a costumed Christmas pageant, partake in family communion, and see the Pastor juggling while telling a Christmas story. Northside Drive Baptist Church has designed this unique service with the whole family in mind.

Christmas Eve
Lessons, Carols, and Communion  
Thursday, December 24, 2016, at 10:30 PM, in the Sanctuary
      As midnight approaches on Christmas Eve, the world is dark. One by one, candles begin to light up the darkness as Silent Night, Holy Night resounds in the air. The Christ child is coming and the people will soon break forth with the jubilant hymn, Joy to the World! Join Northside Drive Baptist Church in a beautiful Christmas Eve service of Lessons, Carols, Communion and Candlelight. The Christmas story will be read from Scripture and the familiar carols will wrap us in the hopeful warmth of a Savior to be born.
What about worship on Sunday,
Christmas Day at 11:00 AM ?

See You Here!
Pledging the NDBC 2017 Budget... 
by Kathy Harris 
     The terrible forest fires in North Carolina and Tennessee recently reminded me of a time in my childhood. Our old, white frame country church caught fire right in the middle of preaching. First, let me assure you this story has a happy ending-our pastor calmly got everyone out safely. Being very young, I didn't yet understand the seriousness of the situation so I was thrilled to (1) get out of preaching for something other than acting up; (2) see the men of the church, all local volunteer firemen, tear out of the church like their pants were on fire; and (3) watch screaming fire trucks race into the churchyard, pumping plumes of water onto the conflagration, continuing even after it was obvious all was lost.      
     Finally the firemen of the church laid down their hoses and axes and walked out under the old oaks surrounding the cement baptismal pool to the knot of waiting women and children.  There the overwhelming feeling was one of gratitude: Gratitude to God for our safety; gratitude to the men for their bravery in fighting the fire; and gratitude for each other, because after all, the church wasn't destroyed, only the church building.              
      There wasn't a family in that rural church that didn't struggle to make ends meet. But they didn't see themselves in terms of how much money they didn't have, rather they saw themselves as richly blessed, and out of that gratitude found a way to raise their beloved church literally out of the ashes. They built a large, modern, brick church where the old oak trees used to stand, and this time we had an indoor baptismal pool and air-conditioning!      
     Now it's my turn as a member of NDBC to express my gratitude to God and my church family by pledging my support, focusing less on the financial numbers and more on what the income accomplishes, which is providing high quality opportunities for spiritual growth, learning, and worship, and fueling our missions and outreach programs that make a real difference in our community and our world. I'm richer for all this, how about you?  
Submit Your Pledge for The 2017 Church Budget Through Any of These Ways:  
      You can return your pledge card by postal mail.
       You can pick up a pledge card at the door of the church office, fill it out on the spot, and leave it in the envelope on the Business Manager's (Rose Hidlay) door. 
      You can pick up a pledge card in the Narthex, fill it out and drop it in the offering plate ( or hand it to an Usher). 

      You can call the church office (404-237-8621), ask for Rose, and tell her your pledge (or even leave her a voice mail).  

      You can e-mail your pledge to Rose at rose@northsidedrive.org.

Triple E 
Triple E
Tuesday, January 10, 2016
Civility Rules!
Stephen M. Paskoff, Founder and CEO of ELI, Inc.
Steve is a nationally recognized authority on workplace legal issues and has appeared on or been interviewed by many news outlets including ABC's 20/20 CNBC, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Fox News, HR Executive Magazine, and Inc. Magazine.  Come hear this delightful, engaging speaker discuss how a more civil and respectful workplace increases productivity, profits, and personal satisfaction for owners and employees alike.
Northside Drive Book Club book club
Wednesday, January 18, 2016

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs
  Author:  Annette Gordon-Reed + P.S. Onuf
  Facilitator:  Pam Wamberg
  Hostess: Robbye Taylor
Our Annual "Souper Bowl Sunday 
Souper Bowl
 Sunday, January 29, 2017
     Volunteers are needed to either prepare a pot of soup or chili, or to bake cookies or brownies! If you are not fond of cooking we can always use help with set-up or clean-up. Whatever your talents are, join us that day for fellowship and fun. The donations we collect that day help support the Hunger Fund. To volunteer contact Mona Stines at mona.stines@att.net or 404-936-8812.
20.30 Tacky Sweater Christmas Party
      The Clark's were wonderful hosts as many young adults and young parents converged for a holiday party. There was great food, many laughs, and Christmas cheer all around. Tacky sweaters were all over the spectrum, ranging from ones that lit up to ones that just had printed lights. We ushered in the busy holiday season with a great time for all. Thank you to all who attended and helped make this gathering possible. Merry Christmas to all. Be sure to check out the pictures courtesy of Patti Clark.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Preschool Christmas Pageant
Friday, December 9, 2016

Church Week  
SUNDAY, December 18
10:25 AM - Children's' Choir Rehearsal
  9:30 AM - Advent Study Class
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12;15 PM - Northside Kids' Family Lunch & Playtime
  5:30 PM - Moravian Lovefeast 
TUESDAY, December 20
 10:00 AM - Staff Meeting
 12:00 PM - Romeos @ Piccadilly's 
THURSDAY, December 22 
  7;30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
FRIDAY - December 23
                 Church Office Closed
Saturday, December 24
  4:00 PM - Christmas Eve Family Vespers
10:30 PM - Christmas Eve Lessons, Carols and Communion 

Volume 8 - Issue 50 
December 18, 2016
  Isaiah 7:10-16
Romans 1:1-7, 17-19
Matthew 1:18-25 
Pastoral Relfections
Handbell Choir
Christmas Music
20.30 NDBC
Lessons, Carols & Communion
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 Looney
Helen White

If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Paxton Cooper        1
Steven Sheeley      2
Mary Lester           5
Susan Richards     5
Hans-Luca Davis    6
Syd Janney           7
Victoria Tunon       7
Laura Butts           7
Caleb Younger       7
Lisa Barksdale       8
Andrew Hardin       9
Jack Guynn          10
Ava Grace Cook    10
Elaine Eassa        13
David Nelson         13
Clay Manley          17
Charlotte Dalke      20
Brian Hendrix         21
Jenn Knight            23
Joan McIntyre         24
Emma Chandler      27
Joseph Cassata      27
Amanda Gregg       28
Ruth Trager            28
Bill Jones               28
Muriel Hardy           29
Jeanne Goodwill      30
Namaste Y'all! Yoga is Back!

2017 Classes
begin on
January 5
Thursday's from
6:10 - 7:10 pm
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 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.
  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.
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