NORTHSIDE NOTES: April 20, 2016 
Pastoral Reflections 
  by James Lamkin

"The Gospel of Thomas"
     Each of us has a Gospel. Your Gospel is your particular experience and articulation of how God has brought the good news of love and grace and growth into your life...and how God continues to do so.
     Two months ago, the sixth pastor of NDBC, Rev. Tom Conley, shared his Gospel. Tom gave a presentation to our church school during our discernment process from his own studies and experiences; then, Betty and Scott and he joined us for worship where it was announced that NDBC had made a Founder's Gift in his honor to the Alliance of Baptists. A luncheon and discussion with him followed worship.
     After the event, Tom sent a letter of gratitude and affirmation to the congregation. It is a good signpost on the sacred path which we travel. Here 'tis:
My Dear Northside Drive Members,
     It was a profound honor to be asked to present material on same-sex marriage at your gathering Sunday, February 14. Your serious consideration of this issue is consistent with the progressive and positive stance you have taken through the years. You were an attentive and receptive audience, and it was a pleasure to break bread with you and have follow-up questions after the wonderful lunch.
     None of this could have happened without the strong leadership of your diaconate, church council, discernment committee, and assertive pastoral and staff support. It appears you are well on your way to be a fully welcoming and inviting church to all who will come through your doors seeking a wholesome and thorough ministry. I commend you for that openness.
     I was totally surprised when told that the Missions Committee had made a $1,000.00 contribution to the Alliance of Baptists in my honor. I was privileged to assist in the establishment of that organization some 30 years ago. I am deeply moved and so very appreciative.
     Betty, Scott and I were profoundly grateful to see so many friends at the presentations. For many of us, we have been through our losses, watched our children grow into young adulthood, and they are now helping us through our senior years. Others are where a number of us used to be: chasing running children through those same hallowed halls our kids raced through many years ago. But young or older, there is a vibrancy and strong presence of the Great Spirit in your midst that the three of us noticed. You will always have a warm and loving place in our hearts.
     I must commend Your pastor, James, for his consistent leadership through these years. He has been faithful and successful as your leader. Please treat him and Liz with kindness and love, as I know you will. Being a pastor is never easy, and it takes its toll. Continued blessings on James, his family, and both the lay and professional leadership.
     With a grateful heart and a rich collection of pleasant memories, I remain, richly blessed by your presence in my life.
Tom Conley
Rev. Dr. Karen Massey Award Recipient 
     The staff and congregation of Northside Drive Baptist Church congratulate Rev. Dr. Karen Massey who received the Baptist Women in Ministry of Georgia's 2016 Distinguished Church Woman of the Year Award. The presentation was made at the BWIM of Georgia lunch on April 16, at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain.
     Karen was an associate pastor at Northside Drive and built meaningful connections with church members and staff. Even today, she lovingly maintains a pastoral presence through preaching, teaching, worship leadership, leading funerals, and making hospital visits. Her compassionate service to ministry is ongoing and her care brings stability to Northside Drive.
     Karen not only makes extraordinary contributions to ministry as an active member and invested leader at church, she willingly shares her wide knowledge, experience, and talents with students and young ministers as a professor and administer at McAfee School of Theology. The seminary students and aspiring young clergy of McAfee and Northside Drive Baptist Church greatly benefit from Karen's many years of theological study, ministry training, and leadership skills. Her pastoral presence, as she regularly stands in the lectern, pulpit, and classroom is important for students and young ministers to witness in order to grow in their confidence and skill.
     Dr. Massey has been a core piece of Northside Drive's past and will continue to be a building block in the future. Again, the members and staff of Northside Drive Baptist Church congratulate Rev. Dr. Karen Massey on this great accomplishment.
Youth Sunday, May 1, 2016 
     The youth will lead the worship service on Sunday, May 1. We will also celebrate our graduating senior, Terrell Kilgore. You won't want to miss this worship experience! Lunch will be served after the worship service! On the menu : traditional Mexican food for $7.00 per person. To make a reservation for the luncheon, use the Welcome cards in the pew rack, call the church office at 404-237-8621, visit our website, or email your reservation to no later than Thursday noon, April 28 . This is a time to connect with the Youth and their families and graduating seniors. For more information contact Jeffrey Dunkerley ( ).
       Do you know a church or family member who will be graduating from High School or College this year? If so, we would like to announce his or her accomplishments in the next issue of the Pinnacle and as an insert in the Order of Worship for Youth Sunday. Please submit a head shot along with the graduation date, school name, type of diploma, and their next step (education or work) by Friday, April 28 . You may submit electronically to to the attention of Renee Gamache; or stop by the church during business hours. ( These submissions will only appear in post-Youth Sunday issues of the Pinnacle.)
golf-hit.jpg The Callaway Cup 
     The Callaway Cup golf tournament is scheduled for May 1, 2016! The after-church outing is for all members, regardless of age, gender or talent.  SAVE THE DATE (5/1/16). The Highly Coveted Callaway Cup is named in honor of Raymund Callaway, a long-time member of NDBC. We now play in memory of Raymund who died in 2003. (No finer gentleman ever struck a ball.) To sign up call Hal Meeks: c. 404-293-4042; h. 404-352-2438, or email to
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.
LifeSpan Missions Corner 
LIFESPAN Resources
     Founded in 1981 at Trinity Presbyterian, Lifespan provides a multipurpose interfaith ministry to and with older persons through partnership with churches, synagogues and other organizations and agencies in Atlanta. The mission is to enrich the quality of life of senior adults through education, social activities and services that help maintain quality of life.

Lifespan Spring 2016
  Lifespan Academy courses April 14-June 2 include Current Economics, Tai Chi, Digital Photography, Art History and more. Courses are offered at Peachtree Presbyterian Church.
  Enjoy playing bridge? Bring three friends or be a fourth.
  AARP Smart Driver Course is offered at Trinity Presbyterian Church on May 18.
  Medical Escort Transportation is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Need a ride or want to volunteer to be a driver? Call 404-237-7307.

     For more information about activities, services, and fees, visit their web site or pick up a copy of the newsletter Spotlight in the Narthex.

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 2016
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?
Church Week
SUNDAY, April 24
  9:30 AM - Church School
10:25 AM - Children's Choirs Rehearsals
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
12:15 PM - Adult Education MTM
12:15 PM - Young Adults: At the Table
TUESDAY, April 26
10:00 AM - Staff Meeting
10:30 AM - Pastor's Bible Study
THURSDAY, April 28
 7:15 PM - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
SATURDAY, April 30
10:00 AM - Children's Family Lunch & Play Day @ Atlanta Zoo

Volume 8 - Issue 16

April 24, 2016
Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 148
Revelation 21:1-6
John 13:31-35
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.

Summer in the Chapel
May 29, 2016 thru
September 4, 2016
Repairs are underway to th e Sanctuary Narthex ceiling and flooring, and also to the Sanctuary flooring in the Nave and Chancel new pew cushions are on the way!  Due to the installation times of these improvements,  we will meet for worship in the Chapel (not the Sanctuary) on April 24 and May 1. 
Rev. Dr. Karen Massey
Youth Sunday
Callaway Cup
Triple E: Spring Picnic
Preschool Graduatio
Church Work Day
Missions Corner.
Summer Sermon Series
Summer Lecture Series 2016
Church Week
Gas off for Summer
Summer in the Chapel
Sanctuary Renovations
Tired Parents Breakfast
Youth Island Adventure
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.

Jon & Janet Bell
Reidar Bjornard
Jeff & Faye Brewer
If you would like your name placed on our rotating TLP list, please give the church office a call.
Chance Cooper - 1
LeAnna Anantaraman - 3
Anne Hunt - 4
Linda Long - 4
Allen Abbott - 5
Dot Clark - 5
Greg Colson - 6
Jackie Hardin - 6
Kay Braswell - 6
Allison Blaisdell - 6
Letty Konenkamp - 8
Jennifer Sardone - 10
Mary Schwartz - 12
Brian Knight - 12
Zach Stines - 13
Robbye Taylor - 13
Suzanne Stearns - 13
Tim Whiffen - 14
Marjorie Rives - 14
Ken Brant - 16
Liam Collins - 16
Daniel Moore - 16
Dick Houston - 17
Hardy Pickering - 17
Ryan McClure - 17
Wilton Looney - 18
Jada Getsay - 20
Heather Bongers - 20
Theresa Goriczynski - 20
Dave Wooten - 21
Patti Clark - 21
Simon Goodhead - 21
Noah Davis - 23
Gerry Humphries - 30
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!

Jeffrey Dunkerley, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries

We escaped! The youth took on the challenge of breaking out of a room the last weekend of February. We managed to get off of the island before the volcano erupted. The rest of the night we played games and shared laughs over milkshakes. Thank you to all of the adults that helped make this event possible.

We are officially registered for PASSPORT Camps this summer too. We will be going to Danville, VA, to participate in PASSPORT Missions June 26-July 1 . If you or anyone you know would be interested in chaperoning this trip, please let me know.
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.
(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 

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.

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