This Sunday we welcome to our pulpit guest preacher Rev. Emily Harbin, minister to students and young adults at First Baptist Church in Athens, Ga.

Rev. Harbin is a graduate of McAfee School of Theology, where she received the 2019 John R. Claypool Preaching Award and in 2020 earned a Master of Divinity degree with a focus on congregational ministry. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in human development and family science from the University of Georgia. Her previous pastoral experience includes serving as director of youth and children's ministries at Madison (Ga.) Baptist Church and an internship at Lake Oconee Community Church in Greensboro, Ga. She grew up in Dalton, Ga., where she was an active member of First Baptist Church.
The organization Baptist Women in Ministry observes the month of February as the Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching, inviting Baptist churches to schedule a woman to preach at least once during the month. Honoring the legacy of 18th-century Baptist clergy member Martha Stearns Marshall since 2007, this annual event has been a source of joy and discovery for many churches as they have celebrated the giftedness of women. Although hearing women preach has been common practice at NDBC for decades, we are pleased to welcome Emily Harbin to our pulpit on February 28, in concert with Baptist Women in Ministry.
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:


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
I will be on a beach vacation with my family from Friday, February 26, until the evening of Saturday, March 6. Northside Drive is in excellent hands while I catch up on some beach reading. Tim Getsay, chair of deacons, and Karen Massey will be coordinating pastoral care concerns. Don Janney will be on call for any facilities-related issues. Karen Massey and Andrea Johnson will lead us in worship this Sunday as we welcome guest preacher Emily Harbin.
Be well,
Daniel Headrick, Associate Pastor
If you are looking for a meaningful and easy way to help during the pandemic, consider helping the all-volunteer NW Metro Mask Makers, which makes and donates masks to hospitals, first responders, senior centers and nursing homes, food distribution centers like Urban Recipe, nonprofits serving the elderly and children such as Boys and Girls Clubs, the Stewart Center, Agape, schools and many other community organizations.

Several of our members have been working with the group in recent months. More than 16,000 masks have been sewn and delivered by the team, reports NDBC's Gayle Hall, who does an amazing job of coordinating requests and logistics for the effort. As calls for masks continue to come in, more volunteers are needed to help cut fabric for the masks, sew the masks, donate fabric and help deliver fabric to sewers and the completed masks to organizations. If you would like to be involved in helping with this important and much appreciated effort, plcontact Barbara Atchley at (404) 310-9635 or Nancy Hall at (404) 791-7104.
Hunger Fund donations from our first ever Virtual Souper Bowl are still coming in. If you missed the event but want to contribute, you can donate through the church giving portal. Just write Hunger Fund once the Note link opens after you indicate the amount. Donations are being shared with our Missions partners Urban Recipe and The Andrew P. Stewart Center. Thank you for your continued generous support for the missions program at Northside Drive. 
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.
A recent AJC article (see photo, left) about the selection of the principal for a new Cobb County school has a connection to our church. Susan Todd Pearson Middle School is named for a long-time NDBC member. Before her death in 2017, Susan contributed significantly to such church projects as Saturday School and AIDS outreach ministry, among others, in addition to her volunteer activity on behalf of her local Smyrna community. NDBC's Kay Braswell, a retired Cobb County educator, served on the eight-person committee that selected the name for the school. We join Susan's daughter Kate Pearson, who grew up in our church; son-in-law Brian Martin; and granddaughters Libby and Emma Martin in taking pride in this recognition of a life so well lived.
The Pastor Search Committee is currently hard at work in the second phase of our process with the interim consultant, Joel Snider. In this phase, we are listening: We are listening to you, the congregation, as you offer your insights about the past, present, and future of our church in three Zoom discussion sessions. 

We have completed one discussion session so far, and we are grateful for those of you who were able to participate. If you were not able to attend the first session, we still want to hear from you! Below is a link to a survey with the same questions that were discussed in the first Zoom session. Please complete and submit the survey as soon as possible. Your input is valuable to this process.
 
 
Once the three discussion sessions are completed, we will move to compiling. We will compile the information gathered from the discussion sessions into two documents: a church profile and a pastor profile. These two documents will provide pastor candidates with a description of NDBC, our needs and goals, and the type of pastor needed to help move our church into the future. Compiling these profiles is a necessary step in the search process. It can best be described as “building the job description before hiring the person.” These profiles will be shared with the congregation when they are complete.
 
Once the profiles are complete, we will move to the third phase of the process: gathering résumés, matching our profiles with potential candidates, and conducting interviews. We anticipate beginning this process sometime in late spring.
 
We covet your support and prayers as we go about this very important work.
 
Geneva Hall-Shelton (chair), Barbara Atchley, Marie Cook, Tim Getsay,
Beth Laxton, Karen Massey, Hal Meeks, Cathy Wooten
The Flower Committee has placed a beautiful permanent floral arrangement in the sanctuary for the season of Lent. Our thanks to Flower Committee Chair Virginia Gilbert and the committee members for their work.
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 28, we will look at Chapter 4, Pulpit Fiction: Living Through the Great Fibulation. Carolyn Mahaffey will facilitate our discussion.

Please join us Sunday at 9:30 am via Zoom
Meeting ID: 824 8851 2109 and Passcode: 936319.
February 28 - Emily Harbin
March 7 - Priscilla Eppinger
March 14 - Daniel Headrick
March 21 - Daniel Headrick
March 28 - Karen Massey
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
Caroline Sisk - March 12
Wendy Overton-Ervin - March 14
Sarah Milligan - March 15
Benji Cadaret - March 15
Celine Tribble - March 16
Jill Dunn - March 20
Cameron Tribble - March 20
Weekly Church Events

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
Church Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(404) 237-8621