"Pastoring NDBC Part I"
Rev. James Lamkin
not what happens to you," said the English novelist, Aldous Huxley, "experience is
what you do with what happens to you!"
So, here's what I want to
do with my twenty years of pastoring NDBC. I want to tell you what I've learned, hoped, feared, and "faithed." Since it will take several
Pastoral Reflections to get that said, I better get started.
What I've learned:
First, I've learned that I can love you more, when I try to change you less. That is a perennial classroom; and it can be a tense place with mixed messages, like: "We want to grow numerically...just as long as it doesn't change us."
Or, like ole' Zeke DeLozier, Northside Drive sage and soothsayer, said to a friend of mine. She told him that she feared becoming old and fat. Zeke responded, "Well, it's too late. You're already that! So, you may as well just go ahead and love yourself as you are!" May God help us to love ourselves...as we are.
Second, whatever else spirituality is, it is relationship. That is the biggest thing I've learned; and I will savor it to my dying day.
Third: parties are pastoral. With an eye for the
scared, and the
sacred...a lot of pastoral work and play can happen between the appetizers and desserts. Rarely does a pastor say to a Baptist church: "You taught me to party!" But, 'tis true; and you know it.
Fourth, interfaith experiences make me a more faithful Christian. You've cheered my wading into the waters of World Pilgrims; and I return reporting, "We each drink from different wells...but the deepest water is common to all."
Fifth, I'm not very good at "love your neighbor as you love yourself," because loving myself is the hardest thing I do. Often, I've clanked around in Saul's heavy armor trying to be somebody else. It's hard for me to trust God and a simple slingshot. Yet, the laboratory of NDBC, along with the alchemy of grace, is turning a mad scientist into a lover.
Sixth, every passing year is the same...but very different. Ready or not, I am a ripening patriarch. The fifteenth year was unlike the sixteenth, which was in contrast with the seventeenth, which was not at all like the eighteenth. I doubt that makes much sense. But, it feels very different to be in my skin each of those years. From what I say in committee meetings, to how I stand in the pulpit...it's the same, but different.
All of the above is what I'm doing with, and learning from, my twenty-year experience; and for it all, I thank God and you.
Everyone is invited to a special luncheon to celebrate James Lamkin's 20
th anniversary at the church. The luncheon will take place on
Sunday, March 19, in Fellowship Hall following the worship service.
The menu will be BBQ chicken and pork, macaroni and cheese, slaw, fruit and cake.
There is no charge for the luncheon but reservations are required
. Please make your reservation by calling the church office 404-237-8621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Friday, March 17. Please indicate the number of adults and children to be included in your reservation.
A Reflection from the Baby Celebration!
We had a wonderful baby celebration this past Sunday morning with the Tired Parent's Class! We celebrated Clay McClure and Abigail Knight. We had delicious casseroles and biscuits and overall a great time together talking about the fun and challenging parts of parenthood! Let's all show these new babies just how much our church family loves them each time we see them.
~ Anna Kate Wilson, Director of Children's Ministries
Do you remember the parable about a mustard seed?
Jesus told a story about the tiny seed which grew into a large tree whose branches could shelter many different birds. Our church is much like this metaphor, having grown from a small beginning (charter members) to a larger congregation that serves the needs of many different people. But the tree needs to be cared for -- watered, pruned, etc. -- and that's where all of us have a responsibility.
Beginning this month, the nominating committee is offering you the opportunity to nominate members for the Diaconate, Finance Committee and Personnel Committee. In addition, you may volunteer for one or more of our other ministry teams. Forms will be ready for you in the Narthex after worship on
, March 26, and April 2. You may also link to the nominating for
m on the Northside Drive Baptist Church website and in the Pinnacle at:
We especially invite those of you who are relatively new to the church and might not have participated in a ministry team to volunteer. It's a great way to know other members and build up the work of our congregation. .
Rogues 'Round the Cross
(Lenten Thursday Evening Reflections)
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
The Season of Lent, 2017
Northside Drive Baptist Church
Thursday Evening Lenten Services
Now through April 13, 2017 at 6:45 p.m.
"Rogues 'Round the Cross"
April 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
April 13, 2017 at 6:45
Good Friday Service
April 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"
April 14, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
April 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
(Children's Easter Egg hunt following worship)
Classes now through Easter Sunday!
Sunday School Class
Art & Soul Classroom
All are invited!
Lenten Studies based on the book
Forgiveness A Lenten Study.
Growing Young Session 2
March 26, 2017
After a great first session discussing the stereotypes surrounding young adults in church, we now move to unpack the ways a church can start to grow young. Growing Young by the Fuller Youth Institute argues there are six key elements the church needs to emphasize in order to grow young: Keychain leadership, empathy today, Jesus' message, warm relationships, priority everywhere, and best neighbors. All are options that we, as young people, need to think through and find ways to get the church focused on these ideas. Join us Sunday, March 26th at 12:15 PM above the Narthex as we brainstorm ideas that we can work with the church on. If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Dunkerley at
. See you there!
~Jeffrey Dunkerley, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries
GOOD NEWS from
The NDBC Missions Ministry Team!
Refugee Family Ministry
If you'd like to make a donation, please visit our Sign Up Genius page: (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f49adaa2eabfa7-stock).
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 are collecting donations from church members to furnish the family's apartment now through March 19 in the undercroft of the church (elevator accessible).
Select which items you'd like to donate, or you can choose items to donate from the Giving Tree that is in the Narthex. Donations may be new or gently used. Then, bring your donations to the church anytime between now until March 19 and store them in the undercroft.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Caitlyn Cook Furr at email@example.com. We will keep the church updated as we receive more information from World Relief about the family!
The NDBC Refugee Support Team
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
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 woman 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!
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.
At the Table
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 Sunday, March 26th, to briefly examine the lectionary texts, deconstruct the sermon of the day, and fellowship together.
Teachers: Jeffrey Dunkerley
Family Lunch at 12:15 PM, Undercroft
Join us for a Family Lunch on March 26th immediately following worship in the Undercroft. We'll have a catered meal and the kids can play outside! All families are welcome!
~ Anna Kate Wilson, Director of Children's Ministries
Transformed by Travel:
A Trip to the Holy Land
Susan Dew & Kay Braswell
In October 2015, Susan and Kay made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a group from Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Since then, several of us have heard bits and pieces about the trip. They spoke of its incredible impact, how it has changed their view of political realities in the Middle East, and that it was an incredible spiritual experience. Join us to hear about this special journey.
Choral Stations of the Cross
April 14, 2017
NDBC Men's Ensemble to Sing
Sunday, April 30, 2017
~Dr. Keith H. Walker, Director of Music Ministries
Men, do you miss singing, but are unable to make weekly choir rehearsals? We have an opportunity for you. A new men's ensemble has been created that will sing two to three times a year with 4-6 rehearsals prior. (You don't have to attend all the rehearsals.)
We will sing during morning worship on Sunday, April 30. There will be 3 rehearsals on Sunday and 3 Thursdays so you have some flexibility. The first Sunday rehearsal will be on April 2 at 10 a.m. in the choir room. The other Sundays will be April 9 and April 23. We will devote the last 30 minutes of our Thursday choir rehearsal to this piece on April 13, April 20, and April 27. If you can come on a Thursday, please join us in the choir room at 8:30 p.m. Enter through the porte-cochere door.
Ladies, watch for our women's ensemble announcement soon.
NDBC Book Club
Everything I Never Told You
Author: Celeste Ng
Facilitator: Anne Raymond
Hostess: Pam Wamberg
|Calling All Easter Eggs!
It's that time of the year again! We need to start collecting pre-filled Easter Eggs for our annual Easter Egg hunt! Please bring a dozen or two of candy filled colorful eggs to church. There will be bins in the Narthex that you can drop them off in.
** NO PEANUT PRODUCTS PLEASE**
~ Anna Kate Wilson, Director of of Children's Ministries
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
SUNDAY, March 19
10:25 AM - Children's Choir Rehearsal
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:00 PM - James Lamkin's 20th Celebration Luncheon
7:00 PM - Handbell Practice
10:00 AM - Staff Meeting
WEDNESDAY, March 22
12:00 PM - ROMEOS
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
THURSDAY, March 23
5:30 PM - Yoga in the Fellowship Hall
6:45 PM - Thursday Evening Lenten Service in Chapel
7:30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
March 19, 2017
John 9:1-7, 13-17, 35-39
The TLP is a Diaconate ministry. Each week's list contains the rotating names of three or four NDBC senior adults.
Gordon & Billie Davis
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Sarah Wolff Milligan-15
New class time!
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.