Dear Members and Friends of NDBC:

The old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" has been ringing in my ears this week as I looked at photos of the devastation in Beirut. A series of powerful and unsettling photos of the wreckage can be viewed here through this photojournalist report via the New York Times. Seeing the pain of the world is a step in the Christian journey of lament, something I wrote about recently for the Christian Citizen.

We pray for those recovering and mourning in Beirut, and we lament. There are concrete ways you can help: scroll down to the Missions opportunity box below for more information.

NDBC member Carolyn Herndon started a GoFundMe campaign for Mike and Amanda Gregg, saddled with hospital bills from the ongoing hospitalization of baby Ford. We pray for baby Ford and the Gregg family.

For those able to join us, we look forward to seeing you this Sunday for a socially distanced service on the lawn at 10:00 AM. A pre-recorded video of our worship service will be broadcast at the usual time. Because of our live service, there will be no Church School this Sunday. We will resume Church School on August 23, hosted by James Lamkin as part of our series "This I Believe, Really."

Peace,
Daniel Headrick
Associate Pastor
Sunday’s sermon title is "Teaching Jesus." James will preach on the story of Jesus and the Canaanite woman from Matthew 15. It is an uncomfortable story, because many consider the language that Jesus uses as condescending. He answers her plea for help with, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She says, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table.” (Mt. 15:26–28) Might Jesus have learned something from this encounter? And perhaps the healing which the woman requested could only have happened through her assertive, audacious pursuit of Jesus’ mercy.  
We hope you will join us for worship this Sunday via Facebook or on YouTube. Use the
link above to view our order of worship.
Worship Service Video from August 9

We invite those who are able to join us for our next outdoor worship service, which is scheduled for Sunday, August 16 at 10:00 AM on our Sanctuary Lawn. Wearing masks and maintaining six feet of distance between family units will be required. We recommend bringing your own camp chair, but we will also have chairs available on site. Join us for approximately 30 minutes of hymns, prayer, and sermon.
Melinda Clark gifted us yet again with a wonderful hour of organ music on Wednesday, July 22. You can watch the entire hour via this Facebook link. Thank you, Melinda!

Northside Drive Baptist Church continues to support our mission partner organizations as our community, state and nation continue to deal with the COVID crisis and the many difficult situations that have resulted. We have found new ways to gather and support each other, thanks to our amazing staff and members who go above and beyond. We have a Church School class, a book group focused on issues of race, wonderful music from our talented staff and members, Wednesday Bible study, special times for our children, as well as our comforting and challenging worship services.

At this time of great need for so many in our community, the Missions Ministry Team is also looking for ways we can get more involved with the work of our missions partners and the individuals they serve. Thanks to your continued financial support of Northside Drive, we have been able to meet our financial commitments to the various organizations. Some of you have asked for other ways to help those who are struggling and need our help. We have reached out to some organizations, and below is a list of opportunities for you to get involved.
One of our long-time partners, Urban Recipe, moved last week into a new facility, the original Atlanta Community Food Bank building at 970 Jefferson St. NW. They are in need of volunteers to help put together food boxes for delivery to people around the metro area. There is a link on their website for volunteers to sign up. We hope you saw the great photo of NDBC member Dave Wooten volunteering at Urban Recipe recently that was shared by Daniel. 
Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) has volunteer opportunities at their thrift store, Buckhead THRIFTique, where individuals and families with children 15 years and older can serve. The store, located at 800 Miami Circle NE, Suite 160, Atlanta 30324, has developed a very strict safety and sanitation plan to keep everyone safe. Since their reopening in June, they have been successful with resuming store operations within limited hours. Volunteers have enjoyed helping at the store.

BCM also has virtual roles that include helping to review and confirm financial assistance appointments and providing support with résumé writing. Information about virtual opportunities or signing up for in-person shifts in the Thriftique is available here.

The Stewart Center has been our missions partner for many years. They serve one of the city’s most challenged neighborhoods. As the school year starts, the Center is working to meet the needs of neighborhood children. They will be holding learning labs (pods) during the school day in which kids will be in small groups while staff facilitate a "classroom" to help these students succeed. After a few weeks into the school year, they also plan to offer afternoon pods geared toward tutoring.  Northside Drive is delivering lots of wonderful school supplies (pencils, paper, notebooks, crayons, etc.) to the Center this week. Church members have been donating these school necessities throughout the year.

A special request from the Center this year is for earbuds and headphones for the students to help them concentrate while they are online with their classes or doing homework. If you would like to help, please use the link below 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 Hicks’s Gift Registry.

Mask-Making Volunteers Needed
Northside Drive has several ways several ways to support groups making and providing masks for senior centers, hospitals, schools, and others.
NW Metro Mask Makers---
or contact Gayle Hall, NW METRO MASK MAKERS, 404-281-7649 or gaylehall@bellsouth.net

Clarkston Cluster Schools---Contact Missy Lester   missy.b.lester@gmail.com
1) Pledge to sew masks by following this link.
2) Buy masks to donate or donate fabric.
3) Donate money for masks by following this link.
Middle East Bible Outreach
Following the horrific explosion in Beirut and the resulting suffering and chaos, Daniel was contacted by a friend who works with the Middle East Bible Outreach and other affiliated organizations in Lebanon asking for our help. Below are excerpts from the letter Daniel received from Scott Gustafson, Executive Director.

“I am reaching out today on behalf of the LSESD/MEBO family of ministries in Beirut….our whole family of ministries has been drastically affected by the recent explosions and is responding to the urgent needs in Beirut. The needs are immense. So many have lost their homes or been injured and many of our buildings and those of partner churches were damaged. We thank God that none of our staff have been seriously hurt. Just hours after the explosion, they were proactively working to help those in need.

“We are currently facilitating meals and housing at the ABTS guest house for families that have lost their homes. We are doing damage assessments for the Beirut Baptist School and Gateway Bookstore, along with many partner churches in the vicinity of the blast. Would you come alongside us as we seek to empower the church in bearing witness to the love of Christ by assisting our neighbors in Beirut with emergency needs in this time?

Watch this video update on needs and disaster response.

As you pray and consider donating to these and other organizations helping across the nation and the world, please continue to support our church with your giving. Your gifts to NDBC help us continue our missions work in the metro area, the state and the world. As we learn of other volunteer opportunities, we will share them. Please tell us how you would like to help with our mission activities and also about your experiences volunteering with our partners. Thanks again for your commitment to missions.

Nancy and Barbara