This week, NDBC’s Church Council approved convening outdoor Sunday worship services on our sanctuary lawn beginning Palm Sunday, March 28, and following Sundays, weather permitting and subject to continued Covid protocols as developed by our Covid Team.
For the safety of our congregation, we will observe Covid-related protocols, including:


1.     Masks are required for all persons age 3 years and up, but speakers may remove their masks while speaking. We ask you to observe social distancing. Please do not attend if you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms.

2.     The church office will offer an online reservation form through the NDBC website for folks to sign up and a hard copy signup sheet will be available for attendees who did not make an advance reservation. This is to facilitate contract tracing, should it be needed.

3.     Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn/folding/camp chairs, but the church will provide several hard-backed chairs if needed.

4.     We will make a limited supply of face masks and plenty of hand sanitizer available.

5.     Indoor restrooms will be available, accessible to one family unit at a time.

6.     Offering plates will not be passed, but an offering plate will be placed on a table to collect contributions from attendees as they leave the service.

7.     Copies of the Orders of Worship will be available to attendees as well as copies of congregational hymns. Attendees can sing along through their masks.

In the event of a rain forecast or if there has been heavy rain overnight, the outdoor service will be cancelled, and the worship service will be convened indoors and live-streamed. Rev. Daniel Headrick will notify congregants by 8 a.m. Sunday morning if outdoor services are cancelled. For now, only worship leaders and participants will attend services that are moved indoors.

We hope this step is the first in a phased re-opening of our facilities for worship and other church activities. At its meeting next month, the Council will carefully consider the available data in assessing the progress and timing of a return to indoor worship and use of our facilities.

Remember, a reservation is required for the Palm Sunday service. Sign up here.

Jo Meeks, NDBC Moderator
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Somebunny's eggcited to welcome your family back to the NDBC Annual Easter Egg Hunt! We can't wait to see you and your family on Sunday, April 4, following outdoor worship, when we will convene on the church ball field. BYOB--bring your own basket as well as drinks, hand sanitizer, and masks, please.

For the safety of all, please plan to follow these guidelines while participating in this year's Egg Hunt:

All participants must mask while hunting (with the exception of children under 3 years old). Hands of all hunters will be sanitized immediately prior to the Egg Hunt.

If you are donating eggs for the hunt please keep in mind:

Eggs must be stuffed with PEANUT FREE, store-bought, individually-wrapped, candy or non-candy treats. Hands must be sanitized prior to stuffing eggs. Egg Hunt donations can be dropped off at the church office, M-F, 9 to 4 or at the NDBC Sanctuary on Sundays, 10 am to noon.

Please contact Andrea C. Johnson, NDBC Director of Children's Ministries, for more information: andrea@northsidedrive.org or 404-237-8621. 
 
Andrea Corso Johnson, Director of Children’s Ministries
It is time for the church to fill positions on the Diaconate, the Finance Committee, and the Personnel Committee. As members of the church, you have the privilege of submitting names (including your own) for consideration by the Nominating Committee. We would welcome your input. You may also volunteer yourself for any of the other ministry teams that keep our congregation running. New appointees will begin their terms of service in August of this year.

Please send these suggestions to Mary Lester, Chair of Nominating Committee at mary.n.lester@gmail.com
The second of the three listening sessions in our search process will be held next week. Once again, we offer two times for you to participate. They are:

Thursday, March 25
7:30 pm
OR
Saturday, March 27
9:30 am

Zoom Link: 
Meeting ID: 831 3410 5399
Passcode: 206617

The first listening session helped us form a snapshot of what we members value in NDBC and the qualities that make up the personality of our church. Our committee has also gathered other aspects of what makes NDBC who we are--demographic data of where we live and what our ages are, our financial picture, and other information. We will share this with you during the second session in a PowerPoint presentation entitled, "A Look in the Mirror and a Look out the Window."

Following the presentation, we will form into groups to discuss NDBC's present. Please find time to join us at one of the available times. Your input is critically important.
 
Geneva Hall-Shelton (chair), Barbara Atchley, Marie Cook, Tim Getsay,
Beth Laxton, Karen Massey, Hal Meeks, Cathy Wooten
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 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
McAfee School of Theology
The McAfee School of Theology is one of 12 colleges and schools within Mercer University, and it is affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Founded in 1998, the McAfee School of Theology “aspires to demonstrate leadership in theological education as we provide lifelong learning for students, churches, and other organizations and serve the needs of humankind as an expression of love for God, neighbor, and self.”

For many years, McAfee has been a recipient of Northside Drive Baptist Church’s missions giving. The budgeted amount for the 2021 budget is $6,650. This generous amount goes toward scholarships for students who feel called to ministry and need extra support for educational expenses. Such scholarships provide possibilities for more students to be trained for church ministry, chaplaincy, counseling, global missions, nonprofit organizations, denominational agencies, and theological education.

NDBC has also provided a context for McAfee students to do ministry internships throughout the years. Several McAfee students have been mentored and nurtured in their ministry skills through their involvement as staff members at NDBC. Currently, there are over 900 graduates of the McAfee School of Theology, and they serve on every continent of the globe --- even Antarctica! NDBC’s support of McAfee students through money, time, and prayers has a far-reaching effect on sharing God’s love around the world.  

Nancy Hall, Missions Chair
This Sunday the Art & Soul class concludes its study of the book Left Behind and Loving It: A Cheeky Look at the End Times. Led by Priscilla Eppinger and Tim Getsay, we will look back at our previous discussions of the book and share our thoughts and any new ideas the book has elicited.

Please join us Sunday at 9:30 am via Zoom
Meeting ID: 824 8851 2109 and Passcode: 936319.
March 21 - Daniel Headrick
March 28 - Karen Massey
April 4: Daniel Headrick
April: 11: Larry McSwain 
April 18: Andrea Johnson 
April 25: Daniel Headrick  
Jill Dunn - March 20
Cameron Tribble - March 20
Harper Bell - March 21
Leah Johnson - March 22
Raj Anantaraman - March 27
Anant Anantaraman - March 29
Calvin Dalke - March 29
Walter Grant - March 30
Chance Cooper - April 1
LeAnna Anantaraman - 3
Anne Shiver-Hunt - April 4
Kay Braswell - April 6
Allison Blaisdell - April 6
Letty Konenkamp - April 8
Jennifer Sardone - April 10
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