A called Church-in-Conference will be held Sunday, September 13, immediately following the in-person Church-on-the-Lawn worship service. The purpose of the meeting is to consider and vote on proposed amendments to NDBC’s bylaws as recommended by an ad hoc committee appointed to periodically review the bylaws. The committee includes Dave Wooten, chair, and members Hartwell Dew, Jackie Hardin, Don Janney, and Carolyn Mahaffey.

The Church Council approved the committee's proposed bylaw changes on March 1 of this year. The motion before the church is for approval of the recommended revisions.

the existing bylaws with the proposed revisions here. You can also download the document by clicking on this link to our website, then scrolling down and following the link for each document. Hard copies are available on request by calling the church office at 404-237-8621. Copies will also be available at the Church-in-Conference.

Please plan to attend the Church-in-Conference to discuss and vote on
these amendments. If you have questions prior to the meeting, please contact Dave Wooten at dgw0421@comcast.net.

Jo Meeks, NDBC Moderator                                           

Pastoral News
Stories and Songs from a Long Pastorate
October 11, 2020
5:00 p.m.
Sanctuary Lawn
Northside Drive Baptist Church

Music by Kurt Thomas
Stories by James Lamkin

After a wonderful summer series, we will pause church school this Sunday for the Labor Day holiday and again on September 13 for Church in Conference. On September 20 the Art & Soul Class will begin its fall semester, which will focus on the study of each week's lectionary scriptures. The source for study is Feasting on the Word, published by The Thoughtful Christian. If you would like to receive email reminders about each week's class, along with the weekly study guide, please email David Beavers, class coordinator for Art & Soul. Everyone is welcome to join for discussion, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.
As the COVID crisis continues to impact families and organizations helping those children and families across the metro area and our state, NDBC families are finding ways to help. The missions committee has provided updates about ways to volunteer with some of our Northside Drive mission partners and others in the communities we serve. In response to the updates, some members have shared ways they are providing support to the organizations. For example:

Syd and Don Janney want church members to know that china, glassware, small appliances and other household elements from Wade Davis estate are being donated to the Buckhead Christian Ministry THRIFTique in support of their mission. They are contemplating donating some larger pieces such as furniture, since THRIFTique now has a pickup vehicle, which makes those donations easier. Thriftique needs volunteers to help sort donated items and work in the store. BCM also has virtual roles that include helping review and confirm financial assistance appointments and providing support with resume writing. Information is available here.

Dave Wooten shared this approach for helping:  He and Cathy are canceling their gym membership during the COVID period and will divide that money between Urban Recipe and Buckhead Christian Ministry (or Habitat mortgage relief) each month for the foreseeable future. Food and shelter insecurity are becoming more desperate issues every day, and they find this an easy way to "do" local missions. Other members are donating their canceled gym membership fees to organizations providing childcare for children of first responders and essential workers. 

J.B. Gilbert shared a powerful video about the Crime Victims Advocacy Council, which the Missions Committee supports and where J.B. serves as president of the board.

Andrew P. Stewart Center Special Request
As mentioned in the last Update, The Stewart Center is asking for earbuds and headphones for their students to help them concentrate while they are online with their classes or doing homework. If you would like to help with headphones or other items, please use this link to the Stewart Center's Amazon Wish List. Once you add to their cart from the wish list and check out, select the option to ship to Ashley Hick's Gift Registry. 

Our Northside Drive Mask Makers are making and providing masks for the children in the Clarkston Cluster schools and for those who attend classes and tutoring programs at the Andrew P. Stewart Center. Volunteers are helping in many ways to get masks made and delivered to those who need them in hospitals, senior centers, schools and other facilities. 

NW Metro Mask Makers---Visit the group's Facebook page or contact Gayle Hall, 404-281-7649 or gaylehall@bellsouth.net

Clarkston Cluster Schools Mask Makers-Contact Missy Lester missy.b.lester@gmail.com
The NDBC sanctuary is now open each weekday from 2:00-3:30 p.m. for prayer and meditation. Hand wipes and sanitizer will be available on the narthex table as you enter. Please clean your seated space with hand wipes before leaving the sanctuary. Please note that the sanctuary will not be open on Monday, September 7, as the church will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
Mark your calendar for the Alliance of Baptist's Fall Gathering on Saturday, October 10, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Devoted to Justice: The Alliance of Baptists Fall Gathering 2020 is a 90-minute online program that will focus on liberation and justice in our current climate and provide opportunity for reflection, connection, and a chance to check in with your Alliance family. Our keynote speaker will be announced shortly, so be on the lookout for more information in the days to come. Register today!
The Alliance Staff
Join the National Center for Civil and Human Rights as it sponsors a lecture by Robert P. Jones, founder and CEO of PRRI (and former NDBC member) about his new book White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, on Friday, September 4, at 12 noon, via Zoom. Jones examines the unholy relationship between American Christianity and white supremacy and issues an urgent call for white Christians to reckon with this legacy for the sake of themselves and the nation.

Register here to receive the Zoom link. You can purchase the book from Amazon.
Sunday’s sermon is called “Tell It To The Church.” This is what Jesus tells his disciples to do if all else fails in our attempts to achieve reconciliation with one who has sinned against us. In an era of consumer religion, where customers “shop” for churches to find just the right fit, the notion of church discipline may seem like a quaint and bygone practice. What relevance do Jesus’ words of reaching out to those who have wronged us still have in an age of social media and consumer religion? Jesus offers a different way, one of life giving growth…if we are willing to listen.  

Daniel Headrick, Associate Pastor
Upcoming Birthdays

Barry Ervin - September 4
Amy Bell - September 6
Marie Cook - September 9
Kat Dyer-Wall - September 9
Liz Harris-Lamkin - September 11
Tim Getsay - September 12
JB Gilbert - September 14
Betsy Walker - September 14
Suzette Knight - September 15
Will Ervin - September 15
Theresai Manley - September 17
Henry Collin - September 18
Karen Massey - September 18
Cyndi Vander Ven - September 19
Reid Cook - September 19
Weekly/Upcoming Church Events
Art and Soul Church School - Sundays - 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
Sunday Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. via Facebook and YouTube
Sunday Morning A Time with the Children - 11:00 a.m. via Facebook and YouTube
Wednesday Pastor's Morning Bible Study - 10:30 a.m. via Zoom
Saturday Prayer Meeting - 2:00 p.m. via Zoom

September 7--Labor Day holiday. Church office closed

September 13
BYOB (bring your own biscuit) Breakfast - 9:00 a.m.
Worship on the lawn - 10:00 a.m.
Called Church-in-Conference - 10:30 am

September 21--Church Council meeting - 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

September 27--NDBC church anniversary
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 http://northsidedrive.org/giving/ 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
James Lamkin, Senior Pastor
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 am - 4:00 p.m.
(404) 237-8621