The American Red Cross has announced a critical need for blood donations in the Atlanta area. In response, NDBC will host a community blood drive on Wednesday, February 10, from 3 to 7 pm in our fellowship hall.

Did you know that only 3 out of 100 Americans support the nation’s blood supply? All blood donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies, and they will help the Red Cross support hospitals and patients in need during this difficult time. Daniel Headrick will be on hand through the afternoon to assist Red Cross staff.

We ask that everyone who wishes to donate make an appointment in order to limit the number of people in the fellowship, according to COVID guidelines. Please participate! You can make your appointment by going here and typing in "northsidedrivebaptist"
Ash Wednesday is nigh upon us! On February 17 the season of Lent begins. It was around this time last year that we were trying to interpret the vexing news about a rapidly spreading virus. My prayer for this Lenten season is that the door has been cracked a bit wider, and we can see the light of change on the way. Here are our plans for Ash Wednesday:

A Drive Through Option for receiving ashes. We will offer two time slots for those who would like to pick up an ash kit for self-imposed ashes: 10-12 and 4:30-6:00 pm. Drive through the covered area where the preschool enters (the porte-cochere entrance). Have your mask on. We will hand you a tray with a cotton swab and a disposable cup of ashes. You will place the ashes on your forehead, and a masked minister (sounds ominous!) will pronounce words of blessing from six feet away.

A Mailed Option. If you would like us to mail you a little "ash kit," we will be happy to do so. Please email or contact Will Mathews ( or 404-237-8621) with your name and mailing address no later than February 4. We will place the ashes in a little baggie with a note for you and send via USPS.

A Live-Streamed Service at 6:30 pm. At 6:30 pm that evening we will livestream our Ash Wednesday service from the NDBC Chapel on YouTube. Daniel, Andrea, Keith and Melinda will bring music, prayer, and the homily.
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
An invitation from the Pastor Search Committee
The Pastoral Search Committee has been working 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 that CHC recommends, Joel will lead three separate conversations with our church members, assisted by the search committee. These will occur at least a month apart on the following topics:

Conversation I: NDBC's Past – February 11th and 13th
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, with early summer's being a tentative time.
Please join us for our first listening session that will be held via Zoom on Thursday, February 11 at 7:30pm and Saturday, February 13 at 9:30am. The session content will be repeated, so you can join either Thursday or Saturday but do not need to join both sessions.
The process works best when we hear from as many members as possible, so please take the time to attend one of these sessions and share your story.
Meeting ID: 831 3410 5399
Passcode: 206617

If any member doesn't have access to Zoom, we ask that they either call this number (1-301-715-8592) to join in one of the sessions, or reach out to their deacons and we can coordinate a separate session with them. 

Geneva Hall-Shelton, Chair of Pastor Search Committee
This Sunday, the Art & Soul class begins a study of the book Left Behind and Loving It: A Cheeky Look at the End Times (Cascade Books, 2011) by D. Mark Davis. You can order the book at any bookstore or online source.

Raised in the Pentecostal tradition, Mark Davis is now a Presbyterian minister who brings his experience and scholarship to bear in this examination of the many ways to view apocalyptic writings and movements. Cathy Wooten will lead this Sunday's class, an introduction to the book, and over the next six Sundays, Art & Soul will study the book's six chapters.

The Art & Soul church school class meets each Sunday at 9:30 am via Zoom (Meeting ID: 824 8851 2109 and Passcode: 936319).
NDBC welcomes three new babies to our congregational family. All babies, parents, and siblings are doing well, and we rejoice with them in this exciting news. These new little ones are:

Salvatore Dew Cassata, born January 18 in New York to Elizabeth and Marc Cassata. Also welcoming Sal are big brother Joseph and grandparents Susan and Hartwell Dew.

Whitton Bryte Blaisdell, born January 24 in Atlanta to Ali and Andrew Blaisdell. Also welcoming Whit are big sister West and grandparents Sylvia and Bruce Dick.

John Patrick Ellis, born January 26 in Atlanta to Rebecca and Cameron Ellis and welcomed by big brother Beckett.
January 31 - Steve Sheeley
February 7 - Daniel Headrick
February 14 - Kristen Pope
February 21 - Daniel Headrick
February 28 - Emily Harbin
The Missions Committee invites you to join us for Souper Bowl XX(ish). We're not exactly sure when it started; however, we have enjoyed this annual gathering so much, we did not want anyone to be disappointed. Like almost everything else this last year, it may be different, but we think it can be fun for us all. 

Please join us on Super Bowl LV Sunday, February 7 at 12:30 p.m. in front of your computer, cell phone or other device for a Zoom luncheon with your Northside Drive family. Make your favorite soup(s?) and drop in as you can to greet friends, tell us about your yummy soup and/or maybe share your pick for Super Bowl LV champs. Wear your team jersey or just let us say hello to the children. We miss seeing them so much!

We've attached a few recipes of popular soups from years past in case you need an idea. Please feel free to share your recipe with us; we'll share it in a future email. Next week we will provide a link to the zoom event and share a few of the planned highlights. Drop in for a few minutes or stay for an hour. We will have conversation, perhaps share football stories and ask you to donate to our church hunger fund. In this time of great food insecurity in our community, we feel it is important to continue to support our missions partners in their Herculean efforts to meet the needs of families in the Atlanta area. 

Nancy G. Hall

Since March of 2020 I have hosted a prayer meeting on Zoom on Saturday afternoons at 2 pm. It's been a much-needed time to connect and check in with each other for the small group that tunes in. However, the group has dwindled and I want to observe Sabbath that day with my family. So, we are canceling the Saturday meeting for now. We might reboot for a weekday evening option in the near future. Stay tuned. --Daniel
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

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