Due to in-person gathering restrictions mandated by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Church Council has voted to defer the meeting of the Church-in-Conference scheduled for January 31 until May. The usual order of business for our January meeting is to review and adopt a church budget for the upcoming year. The Finance Committee has revised the 2021 challenge budget to reflect the results of the recent pledge campaign, and the Church Council has reviewed and approved the 2021 revised budget as recommended by the Finance Committee. This revised budget (available from the church office on request) will be presented to and voted on by the Church-in-Conference at its next in-person meeting scheduled for May 23. Until then, the church will operate within the Council-approved 2021 revised budget.

Please continue to check The Pinnacle for updates to our future Church-in-Conference meeting schedule.

Jo Meeks, NDBC Moderator
The Pastor Search Committee met in late December to select its leadership team, which now comprises Geneva Hall Shelton, chair; Karen Massey, vice-chair; Marie Cook, secretary; and Tim Getsay, chaplain. The remaining members of the committee are Barbara Atchley, Beth Laxton, Hal Meeks, and Cathy Wooten. The committee first convened for its work on January 9 in an orientation session with Joel Snider, associate with the Center for Healthy Churches (CHC), whom the NDBC Personnel Committee hired to serve as advisor to our search.

Per the process the CHC recommends, Joel will lead three separate conversations with our church members, assisted by members of the search committee. These will occur at least a month apart on the following topics:

Conversation I: NDBC's Past
How did we get here? What is our DNA?

Conversation II: NDBC's Present
Where do we live? What is our current status? What is our ministry context?

Conversation III: NDBC's Future
What is our shared mission and vision?

From these sessions, two products will emerge: A congregation profile and a pastor profile. When we reach this point in the process and have the two profiles as guidelines, we will begin gathering names for consideration, tentatively in early summer.
The Art & Soul church school class will meet this Sunday, January 24 at 9:30 am via Zoom (Meeting ID: 824 8851 2109 and Passcode: 936319).

For the past three Sundays Associate Pastor Daniel Headrick has led the group in a contemporary look at the Book of Exodus, "Journey Through Exodus: The Church, Exile, and Covid-19." With so much rich material to ponder, Art & Soul has chosen to use this Sunday's class as a final reflection on Exodus and discussion on what we've read and discovered. Priscilla Eppinger will facilitate the class. If you wish to look back over study notes from the past three Sundays, you will find them here.

On January 31, Art & Soul will begin a study of the book Left Behind and Loving It: A Cheeky Look at the End Times by D. Mark Davis. You can order the book at any bookstore or online source.
So, what do you have to show for your time during the pandemic? Long-time NDBC member Gene Ledbetter has spent the months since last spring painting a new portfolio of watercolors, using as his inspiration some of the photos created by his daughter Anne, a professional photographer.

It’s only natural that Gene would spend his time this way, since art has been both a profession and a lifelong passion. A native of Tate, Georgia, Gene studied art at the University of Georgia and the University of Miami before entering a career in advertising. He worked in Atlanta, Washington DC, and Miami with such companies as the Atlanta Journal and Davison’s, before a long career with the ad agency Weinstein associates and subsequent founding of his own graphic design agency. Along the way he met and married his wife Alice, also an artist, who worked in advertising with Atlanta department store Regenstein’s. In 1962 he and Alice, who passed away in 2012, joined NDBC.

To find out more, visit Anne's website, where you'll find a gallery of Gene's watercolors and her blog, which includes a delightful description of the trip she and Gene took for his 93rd birthday If you have a moment, give Gene a call to let him know you've seen and enjoyed his work. Many thanks to NDBC member Janet Bell for alerting The Pinnacle to this great story.
January 24 - Daniel Headrick
January 31 - Steve Sheeley
February 7 - Daniel Headrick
February 14 - Kristen Pope
February 21 - Daniel Headrick
February 28 - Emily Harbin
Through our missions budget each year, NDBC supports more than 30 organizations, including many familiar local organizations. However, we also support national and international organizations. We will be highlighting the important work of these organizations in the Pinnacle over the next few months.

The Alliance of Baptists is a group of progressive Baptist churches organized to cooperate in missions, as well as provide endorsement for chaplaincy and pastoral counseling, and assistance in placement of ministers in available positions. 

Through the Alliance, our church supports Journey Partners in Zimbabwe. Journey Partners' founder Bonnie Dixon spoke to our Women of the Church group several years ago. James and Liz Lamkin have hosted Alliance guests from Zimbabwe in their home, and James has visited with Journey Partners in Zimbabwe. Below, James shares some of his experiences with the Alliance and Journey Partners.

“For several years, Liz and I hosted guests from Zimbabwe in our home. They were guests of The Alliance of Baptists. Elias Maponga and Pastor Dennis came twice. Elias had managed the Baptist Book Store in Gweru, Zimbabwe; and he was the keeper of the campground connected to Zimbabwe Theological Seminary. The president of the seminary, Henry Mugabe, has taught at the McAfee School of Theology; and Bonnie Dixon, a Carson-Newman alumna and friend of NDBC, started JourneyPartners as an ongoing ministry alongside Baptists in Zimbabwe. They dig water wells, build schoolhouses, provide support for the seminary, and broker loving partnerships.

"Zimbabwe is a land of beautiful people and places, but also a country of depleted resources, corrupt government, massive unemployment, and the world’s worst inflation. Yet, also generous hospitality. I was Elias Maponga’s guest for a month during my 2005 Sabbatical. His wife, Anna, cooked every meal, then gifted me with a Tiger fish fabric to bring home. Myrtie Cope turned it into a quilt which recently hung in our sanctuary.

"I am proud that The Alliance of Baptists, along with the Missions Ministry Group of NDBC, share in this sacred partnership. Truly, ‘Africa is the Mother of us all.’ Every human being’s story begins there. No wonder my pilgrimage to Zimbabwe felt like a family reunion.” 

Nancy G. Hall
Many of you are aware that due to the pandemic, our church had to cancel a concert by singer Carrie Newcomer, which had been planned for last September. We hope to be able to bring her to Northside Drive this fall. In the meantime, Carrie's many fans may want to consider participating in "Community, Connection, and Room at the Table," an online Carrie concert on January 30, sponsored by six churches across the country. You can find information on the tickets and procedure on the Mandolin website.
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

Saturday Prayer Meeting - 2:00 pm via Zoom
Meeting ID: 250 663 1572
Passcode: 6789

Sanctuary Open for Prayer - Monday through Friday - 2:00-3:30 pm.
Gail Hermance - January 22
Harry Mathis - January 22
Nancy Hall - January 23
Levi Milligan - January 24
Janie Joyner - February 1
Lindsay Cadaret - February 4
Dalia Ferrer - February 5
Virgil Herndon - February 6
Mary Dean - February 10
Cindy Bell - February 11
Blythe Goodhead - February 13
Mike Almeida - February 13
Cate Denham - February 14
Letty Denham - February 14
Bo Thomas - February 14
Lindy Dyer-Wall - February 14
Mary Ann Hickman - February 14
Jeanne Hicks - February 14
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. 
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Northside Drive Baptist Church
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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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