Pastoral News
Stories and Songs from a Long Pastorate

October 11, 2020
5:00 p.m.
Sanctuary Lawn
Northside Drive Baptist Church

Music by Kurt Thomas
Stories by James Lamkin

The title of Sunday's sermon is "Shedding." When God told Moses, “Take off your shoes,” the Hebrew root for that word is to shed. Like a snake sheds its skin. Like a bird’s feathers molt. The old is peeled away so something new can begin. 

For years I’ve overtly or covertly preached a Threshold Theology: how we think about God during those liminal times in life where the past and the future meet beneath our feet. We think of responsibilities, possibilities, and wring our hands over probabilities. 

The Apostle Paul wrote about this. The Roman Christians were to shed isolationist behaviors; then they were to stand upon the values of love, hospitality to strangers, and harmony with one another.

Turns out, ole Moses needed something more than a good pair of sandals to endure the adventure that awaited him. He would need to be grounded (holy grounded!) in God. 

So do we.
James Lamkin, Pastor  
Join us this Sunday, August 30, for the final presentation and discussion of our Church School summer series, "This I Believe. Really." This week's presenter is Mary Dean, a longtime member of NDBC with a distinguished career as a marriage and family therapist. Join us at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.
A called Church-in-Conference will be held Sunday, September 13, immediately following the in-person Church-on-the-Lawn worship service. The purpose of the meeting is to consider and vote on proposed amendments to NDBC’s bylaws as recommended by an ad hoc committee appointed to periodically review the bylaws. The committee includes Dave Wooten, chair, and members Hartwell Dew, Jackie Hardin, Don Janney, and Carolyn Mahaffey.

The Church Council approved the committee's proposed bylaw changes on March 1 of this year. The motion before the church is for approval of the recommended revisions.

the existing bylaws with the proposed revisions here. You can also download the document by clicking on this link to our website, then scrolling down and following the link for each document. Hard copies are available on request by calling the church office at 404-237-8621. Copies will also be available at the Church-in-Conference.

Please plan to attend the Church-in-Conference to discuss and vote on
these amendments. If you have questions prior to the meeting, please contact Dave Wooten at

Jo Meeks, NDBC Moderator                                           

As the COVID crisis continues to impact families and organizations helping those children and families across the metro area and our state, NDBC families are finding ways to help. The missions committee has provided updates about ways to volunteer with some of our Northside Drive mission partners and others in the communities we serve. In response to the updates, some members have shared ways they are providing support to the organizations. For example:

Syd and Don Janney want church members to know that Wade Davis estate china, glassware, small appliances and other household elements are being donated to the Buckhead Christian Ministry THRIFTique in support of their mission. They are contemplating donating some larger pieces such as furniture, since THRIFTique now has a pickup vehicle, which makes those donations easier. Thriftique needs volunteers to help sort donated items and work in the store. BCM also has virtual roles that include helping review and confirm financial assistance appointments and providing support with resume writing. Information is available here.

Dave Wooten shared this approach for helping:  He and Cathy are canceling their gym membership during the COVID period and will divide that money between Urban Recipe and Buckhead Christian Ministry (or Habitat mortgage relief) each month for the foreseeable future. Food and shelter insecurity are becoming more desperate issues every day, and they find this an easy way to "do" local missions. Other members are donating their canceled gym membership fees to organizations providing childcare for children of first responders and essential workers. 

J.B. Gilbert shared a powerful video about the Crime Victims Advocacy Council, which the Missions Committee supports and where J.B. serves as president of the board.

Andrew P. Stewart Center Special Request
As mentioned in the last Update, The Stewart Center is asking for earbuds and headphones for their students to help them concentrate while they are online with their classes or doing homework. If you would like to help with headphones or other items, please use this link to the Stewart Center's Amazon Wish List. Once you add to their cart from the wish list and check out, select the option to ship to Ashley Hick's Gift Registry. 

Our Northside Drive Mask Makers are making and providing masks for the children in the Clarkston Cluster schools and for those who attend classes and tutoring programs at the Andrew P. Stewart Center. Volunteers are helping in many ways to get masks made and delivered to those who need them in hospitals, senior centers, schools and other facilities. 
NW Metro Mask Makers---Visit the group's Facebook page

or contact Gayle Hall, 404-281-7649 or
Clarkston Cluster Schools Mask Makers-Contact Missy Lester
Upcoming Birthdays
Joseph Cadaret - September 1
Beth Laxton - September 1
Kristi Wamberg - September 2
Barry Ervin - September 4
Amy Bell - September 6
Marie Cook - September 9
Kat Dyer-Wall - September 9
Liz Harris-Lamkin - September 11
Tim Getsay - September 12
Weekly/Upcoming Church Events
Art and Soul Church School - Sundays - 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
Sunday Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. via Facebook and YouTube
Sunday Morning A Time with the Children - 11:00 a.m. via Facebook and YouTube
Wednesday Pastor's Morning Bible Study - 10:30 a.m. via Zoom
Saturday Prayer Meeting - 2:00 p.m. via Zoom

September 7--Labor Day holiday. Church office closed

September 13
BYOB (bring your own biscuit) Breakfast 9:00 a.m.
Worship on the lawn - 10:00 a.m.
Called Church-in-Conference - 10:30 am

September 21--Church Council meeting - 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

September 27--NDBC church anniversary
During this time of remote worship, know of our prayers for you and your family. Contact our clergy if you have prayer requests or other concerns. You may make your donation via our website through this link or by mail to Northside Drive Baptist Church 3100 Northside Drive, N.W. Atlanta, GA 30305
NDBC Staff

Nick Bonner, Custodian
Melinda Clark, Organist
Daniel Headrick, Associate Pastor
Rose Hidlay, Business Manager
Andrea Johnson, Director of Children's Ministries
James Lamkin, Senior Pastor
Will Mathews, Administrative Manager
Joleen Neel, Preschool Director
Mary Lou Swann, Director of Children's Choirs
David Vaughns, Custodian
Keith Walker, Director of Music Ministries
Church Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 p.m.
(404) 237-8621