May 4, 2017

     A Called Church-in-Conference meeting will be held on Sunday, May 21 immediately following the morning worship service.  The sole purpose of the meeting will be to consider the unanimous recommendation of the Search Committee and the Church Council to extend a  call to Daniel Headrick to serve as our Associate Pastor.
Pastoral Reflection
by Rev. James Lamkin
"Graduation and Gaudeamus Igitur"
     Graduation season is upon us like yellow pollen on a black car. Soon, giddy graduates will walk up the aisle and into life.
     Years ago, I wrote an article entitled Gaudeamus Igitur. I remember that Paul Maddox (the prime mover of the Maddox scholarship) liked it.  
     Gaudeamus Igitur is a song played at nearly every graduation commencement; and as far as I can tell, it is played only at commencements! You would recognize the tune. It goes, d um-de-dum, dum-dum-de dum; f ollowed by, dum-de-dum-dum-dum-de-dum.  
       I've heard it all my life. However, I never knew the words...not until the writer/commentator, James Fallows, wrote about them. His article on NPR's Morning Edition told of his own discovery of the actual lyrics.
       Fallows is a Harvard graduate. He had returned for a commencement ceremony and reunion. Alumni seating was done by year. The eldest alumnus was up front; the most recent was in the back. Fallows sat midway.
       In front of him were older alumni who needed the help of hearing aids and walkers, plus a wheelchair or two.
       Behind him were younger graduates with little kids on their laps.
       "I know my chair wasn't actually moving," said Fallows, "but I felt as if I was on a vast conveyor belt, headed from youthful vitality all the way to the slow-motion of old age."
       While the processional march droned on to the music of Gaudeamus Igitur, Fallows glanced at his program. There were the English words; and the lyrics gripped him:
Let us rejoice while we are yet young.
After delightful youth,
After grievous old age,
The Earth will hold us all.
      Wow. Poignant. Fallows said, "From now on, all graduation ceremonies should skip the long speeches. Skip the advice-giving; and skip those grandiose words about boundless horizons. Just sing this song and leave. 'The ride is short,' it says, 'so make the most of it.'"
       Not long after Paul Maddox told me he liked those words, Paul 100 years old! "And the Earth held him."
       A year later, Paul's wife, Velma, died. They had been married seventy-six years; and The Maddox Foundation was born. NDBC has been a beneficiary ever since. Our robust children's ministry has much to do with the gift of this generous, childless couple.
       One thing about Paul, he lived his life with gusto. He recognized the truth in this old song's lyrics; and he claimed them as his own. Might we? Let's start with the rejoice part.
Let us rejoice while we are yet young.
After delightful youth,
After grievous old age,
The Earth will hold us all.
Summer Celebration: Saturday, May 6  
     Mark your calendars as the youth plan to bring in the summer months in style! On Saturday, May 6, we will go to a trampoline park to jump, flip, and share some laughter. It is a great time for the youth to enjoy time together before everyone leaves for vacation and before we celebrate them in worship the next day. More information will come in the future, but go ahead and mark your calendars. If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Dunkerley at
What to Expect on Youth Sunday
Youth Sunday: May 7
     We are fortunate that, at our church, Youth Sunday isn't the one time each year for teenagers to lead, be seen, or be celebrated. Instead, we get to showcase what is for us a week-in and week-out reality: students aren't merely objects of ministry. They are agents of ministry. Join us Sunday, May 7 as the youth lead us in morning worship. Come experience the different ways youth have grown in their leadership over the past year. Come ready to celebrate their presence in the church today. We hope you will join us to support and empower our young people.

~Jeffrey Dunkerley, Director of Youth and Young Adults Ministries 
"Celebrating Leonard Bernstein"
May 7 @ 4 PM in the Sanctuary
NDBC member ticket price is $10

     The Choral Guild of Atlanta concludes its 77th season with an early start to the celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday  The program will feature several of his popular and enduring works, including Chichester Psalms and his Missa Brevis, which was completed in honor of the retirement of Robert Shaw, with its world premiere held here in Atlanta. Reflecting Bernstein's varied styles, the program will conclude with selections from two of his musicals - West Side Story and Wonderful Town.  
Youth Sunday Luncheon

 Youth Sunday Luncheon:  May 7
     Immediately following Youth Sunday, lunch will be served after the worship service! On the menu: traditional Mexican food. To make a reservation for the luncheon, use the Welcome cards in the pew rack, call the church office at 404-237-8621, or email your reservation to no later than Wednesday noon, May 3. This is a time to connect with the Youth and their families while celebrating their presence in the church. For more information contact Jeffrey Dunkerley (
Young Adult:
Braves Game: Friday, May 19th
   Are you a baseball fan?  Do you want to sit in a brand new baseball stadium?  Well, Friday, May 19th, the Young Adults are making the trek to the new Sun Trust Park to watch the Braves!  The game begins at 7:35 PM.  We will meet at the church and carpool to reduce costs of parking.  Please let Jeffrey know if you are able to attend at, so he can get tickets together!  Hope to see you there!
Children's Ministry
May 13, 2017
     On May 13 th the Children's Ministry will be having a Flower Pot Painting and Planting Party as well as choir practice! The children will sing in worship on Mothers Day, May 14 th and will practice the Saturday before. Prior to choir practice, we will decorate flower pots and plant flowers in them to take to our home bound members. We'll have watermelon, pineapple, and juice boxes to snack on and some time to play as well! We will gather in the Chapel at 10 am before heading outside to paint and plant. We hope you will join us for this fun Spring activity!
  ~Anna Kate Wilson, Director of Children's Ministries 
May 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM 
Fellowship Hall 
Author:  Nadia Hashimi
Facilitator:  Carolyn Mahaffey
Hostess:  Robbye Taylor
Festival Singers Concert, May 19

     The Festival Singers of Atlanta announce their spring concert "Sing and Celebrate" celebrating our 35 th Anniversary Season. The concerts are scheduled for Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m. at Northside Drive Baptist Church Chapel and Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church. The winning pieces of our 2016 Composer Competition will be performed on this concert. Atlanta area composer N. Grant Pfeifer submitted the winning piece, "The Space Between." Will Robertson also from the Atlanta area submitted "Yih'yu L'ratzon," which received the Honorable Mention.  The concerts are free, but donations are welcome.
Missions Ministry  

Have you seen the Bulletin Board 
by the Fellowship Hall, lately? 

Take a look; and thank Gail Hermance.
Lost and Found 

The church office is holding these items found in the sanctuary.
Please stop by and claim your missing item.
New Congregational Directory 
Now available in Narthex 
Church Week 
SUNDAY, May 7  
  9:30 AM - Church School
10:25 AM - Children's Choir Rehearsal
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:15 PM - Youth Sunday Luncheon
  4:00 PM - Choral Guild Concert & Reception 
TUESDAY, May 8     
11:00 AM - Staff Meeting  
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study 
10:30 AM - Weekday Preschool Ministry Team Meeting 
  7:00 PM - Prayer Shawl Ministry
  7:30 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsa l
10:00 AM - Children's Spring Activity & Choir Practice 
Volume 9 - Issue 18
May 7, 2017 
Psalm 23
Acts 2:42-47
John 10:1-10
Pastoral Reflection
Summer Celebration
What to Expect on Youth Sunday
Choral Guild Concert
Youth Sunday Luncheon
NDBC Young Adults
NDBC Children's Ministry
NDBC Book Club
Festival Singers Concert
Missions Ministry Retreat
Bulletin Board
Lost and Found
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.
Marjorie Rives  
If you would like
your name placed
on our rotating TLP list, please give the
church office a call.
Laura Seay - 1
Kate Pearson - 1
Afton Milligan - 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
Sandra Price - 30
Jerry Poole - 30
Amy Taylor - 30
Kristofer Schleicher - 30
Shannon Moore - 31
Josh 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
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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Northside Drive Baptist Church | 3100 Northside Dr NW | Atlanta GA | 30305
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