Our Lenten series this year is inspired by Marilyn McEntyre's delightful Lenten devotional book, Where the Eye Alights: Phrases for the Forty Days of Lent. I have entitled the series "Lenten Phrases," and I'll be looking at things that catch my eye, primarily in the passion narratives. Keith Walker and Melinda Clark will bring the musical offerings and I'll bring prayer and a homily each Thursday of Lent, with the exception of March 4, when I will be away on vacation.

We will pre-record these services and upload them to YouTube and FacebookGod
willing!each Thursday. Here's the schedule:

February 25
Into the Wilderness: Mark 1:9-13

March 11
Surely Not I, Lord: Matthew 26:17-25

March 18
Watch and Pray: Matthew 26:36-46

March 25
Jesus Was Silent: Matthew 26:57-68

We will have a live-streamed Maundy Thursday service on April 1 and a Good Friday service on April 2, details to follow.

May the God of grace and peace carry you all the way to Easter.

Daniel Headrick
Associate Pastor of Lenten Phrases
The NDBC Kids Ministry has at-home Lent and Easter fun for you and your family. Mrs. Andrea will be sending every family home kits, which include devotionals, coloring sheets, and even a resurrection kit for Easter Sunday. 
 
You can check out the materials here: 

 
 
Each child will also receive a craft that goes with our "Commit to Connect" challenge. It's a Lenten surprise challenge! Our children and families will lead the way, and the whole church can join in with us. Tune into Sunday worship on February 21, the first Sunday of Lent, to hear all about it.
 
Our Kids Ministry will also be participating in a Lenten missions initiative benefiting Morningstar Children & Family Services, our missions partner in Brunswick, Ga. If you're interested in supporting their Lenten giving initiative, please read more information on their website.
 
May God bless you and your family this Lenten season! 
 
Andrea Corso Johnson
Director of Children's Ministries
The Agape Youth and Family Center is one of NDBC's longest community mission partners.

Located in a wonderful new facility on Marietta Boulevard near Bolton Academy, the center serves about 200 school-age children year-round through innovative in-school and after-school academic support programs as well as summer camps for girls and boys. Agape also provides 40 senior citizens a vibrant, social, safe place for activities through their day program, Ragtime.

Agape provides a supervised haven for children in their after-school programs at a time of day when teen crime and teen pregnancy spike among unsupervised youth. Students and mentors are paired in elementary school and these relationships often last through high school graduation. The average Agape high school senior has been enrolled at Agape for eight and a half years, offering a remarkable opportunity to influence behavior and perspective.

Agape's statistics are impressive: Students who remain in their programs through 12th grade have a high-school graduation rate of 98% . Once they graduate, 20% gain employment, 40% enroll in vocational school and 40% enter college, most of whom are the first in their families to attend college.

Northside Drive supports Agape through regular donations and has participated in projects such as providing school supplies and other items and the Extreme Bedroom Makeover, where our church volunteers went to a child's home and had a great time redoing the child's bedroom. 

For more information about Agape and the many opportunities for volunteering in their academic and community programs, go to the website: https://agapeatlanta.org


Nancy Hall, Missions Chair
This year's Lenten study is Where the Eye Alights: Phrases for the Forty Days of Lent, a book by Marilyn McEntyre. "Lenten Phrases" is the overall theme of NDBC's Lenten journey this year and will be echoed in the music and text of the weekly Lenten services. McEntyre's words and phrases can help us each take a daily, introspective approach to Lent.

Marilyn McEntyre will be joining us on March 10 via Zoom at 7:00 pm to discuss the book. RSVP to Will Mathews if you would like to join. A Zoom link will be sent out at a later date. 
 
Please contact Allison Bell at ajro223@gmail.com for more information.
Congratulations to long-time NDBC member Dr. Lewis Baumstark. Last week, the president of the University of West Georgia, where Lewis is a faculty member and program director in the Department of Computer Science, informed him that he had been promoted from associate professor to professor, a recognition of success beyond tenure that only a portion of faculty members in higher education achieve. Lewis, his wife Tiffany, and son Jake are invaluable members of the NDBC family, and we share their joy and celebrate this professional milestone with them. We are proud of you, Lewis!
We members of the Pastor Search Committee would like to thank everyone who was able to participate in our first listening session, held last week. Your input on why you came to our church and the ways in which Northside Drive has become the body of Christ to you was invaluable as we prepare to compile our congregation’s profile at the conclusion of our three listening sessions.
 
We know that many of you were not able to attend either of the time slots last Thursday and Saturday, and we want to give you an alternative so you can make your voice heard as well. Next week in The Pinnacle, we will have a link to a survey, where you can offer your own answers to the questions that were discussed. We want to hear from as many of you as possible.
 
A reminder that our process is to conduct three listening sessions on NDBC’s past, present, and future. At the conclusion of the sessions, we will write both a congregation profile and a pastor profile based on what we have heard, after which we will begin to consider candidates for the position.
 
We expect to hold the second listening session in approximately a month.  Watch The Pinnacle for further information.

Geneva Hall-Shelton (Chair), Barbara Atchley, Marie Cook, Tim Getsay, Beth Laxton, Karen Massey, Hal Meeks, Cathy Wooten
The blood drive held February 9 at NDBC for the American Red Cross was a success, hitting the goal of 20 units of blood donated. Twenty-four donors came by, 11 of whom had never donated before. Red Cross representative Haley Grofs says, "It's awesome that your efforts directly inspired 11 people to give for the first time. The units given potentially benefit a total of 60 patients."

Many NDBC members ensured the day's success, including donors such as Liz Harris-Lamkin and Jenney Headrick, in the photo above; Mary Dean, who gave blood on her birthday; and other members who came by to continue a long family tradition of blood donation. Syd Janney and Susan Harlan helped coordinate the schedule and smooth operations. Masked up and following all protocols, participants and volunteers all contributed to “being church” in the midst of a pandemic.
This Sunday, the Art & Soul class continues its study of the book Left Behind and Loving It: A Cheeky Look at the End Times by D. Mark Davis.

This Sunday, February 21, we will discuss Chapter 3, Left Behind Theology and Homotextuality: The Struggle Against Textual Perversion. Hartwell Dew will facilitate class discussion.

Please join us Sunday at 9:30 am via Zoom (Meeting ID: 824 8851 2109 and Passcode: 936319).
February 21 - Daniel Headrick
February 28 - Emily Harbin
March 7 - Priscilla Eppinger
March 14 - Daniel Headrick
March 21 - Daniel Headrick
March 28 - Karen Massey
Marshall Dewell - February 20
Allison Bell - February 20
Susan Dew - February 21
Gloria Smathers - February 22
Dee Davis - February 23
Cameron Ellis - February 23
Levon Thomas - February 24
Maggie Johnson - February 25
Jim Mahaffey - March 1
Jo Meeks - March 1
Janet Bell - March 2
Virginia Gilbert - March 2
India Tribble - March 2
Jordan Clark - March 3
Austin Chandler - March 3
Keith Walker - March 4
Andrew Taylor - March 4
Ginger Cooper - March 7
West Blaisdell - March 7
Weekly Church Events

We are moving to live-streaming our worship in the next few Sundays, and we ask for your patience as we figure out the technology. We are grateful for the Audio Committee and the direction of Brian Knight.

Art and Soul Church School - This Sunday at 9:30 am via Zoom
Meeting ID: 824 8851 2109
Passcode: 936319

Sunday Morning Worship - 11:00 am live-stream via YouTube, a recording of which will be available for later viewing.

Wednesday Pastor's Morning Bible Study - 10:30 am via Zoom
Meeting ID: 250 663 1572
Passcode: 6789

Sanctuary Open for Prayer - Monday through Friday - 2:00-3:30 pm.
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
NDBC Staff

Nick Bonner, Custodian
Melinda Clark, Organist
Daniel Headrick, Associate Pastor
Rose Hidlay, Business Manager
Andrea Johnson, Director of Children's Ministries
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
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