NDPC members and friends connect to one another through a variety of small groups. Some groups organize around stage of life, by gender, by neighborhood, or by common interest. Explore and find out where you fit.
Due to an unavoidable conflict, the June book group meeting at Jim Topple’s will be on Thursday June 21
June 21 at 7:00 PM will be at Jim Topple’s. Terry Hughey will make a cameo Decatur appearance to lead the discussion on “Guns, Germs, and Steel” by Jared Diamond. Jared Diamond argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion –as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war –and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and dismantles racially based theories of human history.
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July 12 will be at Gordon French to discuss “The Silk Roads”, by Peter Frankopan. It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures and religions. From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century—this book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East, and realigns our understanding of the world. He vividly re-creates the emergence of the first cities in Mesopotamia and the birth of empires in Persia, Rome and Constantinople, as well as the depredations by the Mongols, the transmission of the Black Death and the violent struggles over Western imperialism. Throughout the millennia, it was the appetite for foreign goods that brought East and West together, driving economies and the growth of nations.
August 2 at 7:00 PM will be at Mike Nichols to discuss‘The Orphan Master’s Son’by Adam Johnson. This novel takes place in North Korea, which is timely to say the least. ‘Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother – a singer”stolen” to Pyongyang- and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the North Korea state son recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the women he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she doesn’t know what starving people looked like”.
September 6 at 7:00 PM will be at Kip Duchon’s to discuss “Leonardo daVinci”by Walter Isaacson. Leonardo may have been born in the 15th century, but he has never been far from pop culture. While scholars have been writing about Leonardo for the better part of 500 years, Isaacson’s has presented him much like a sculptor freeing a figure from a block of marble, taking volumes of academic tomes and molding them into a 21st Century page turner.
October 4 at 7:00 PM will be at Joe Sandifer’s to discuss “A Place at the Table”by Susan Rebecca White. “Alice Stone is famous for the homemade southern cuisine she serves at Cafe Andres and her groundbreaking cookbook, but her past is a mystery to all who know her. Upon Alice’s retirement, Bobby Banks, a young gay man ostracized by his family in Georgia, sets out to revive the aging cafe with his new brand of southern cooking while he struggles with heartbreak like he’s never known. Seeking respite from the breakup of her marriage, wealthy divorcee Amelia Brighton finds solace in the company and food at Cafe Andres, until a family secret comes to light in the pages of Alice’s cookbook and threatens to upend her life.”
In her most accomplished novel yet, (NDPC member) Susan Rebecca White braids together the stories of these three unforgettable characters who must learn that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole.
November at 7:00 PM will be at Chet McQuaide will be the artic adventure book “In the Kingdom of Ice” by Hampton Sides. This is the book that Woody recommended and we are meeting in November so he can join us for the discussion. Chet reports “A great book which illustrates how myths and incomplete information can lead to disaster, despite careful planning of an expedition.”
DatesGenerally first Thursday of each month
LocationGroup members' homes
Contact InformationKip Duchon
Circle of Care
All those living with ongoing health issues or caring for someone who does are invited to come for conversation, prayer, and support.
FacilitatorsPaul Osborne & Mary Anona Stoops
We call ourselves the Knit Wits, the Prayer Shawl Ministry of North Decatur Presbyterian Church. Since February 2007, we have been knitting shawls for baptisms, graduations, weddings, and also for the sick or troubled among us. Experience is not required; we teach beginners!
Time10:00 a.m. - Noon
LocationParlor (those who cannot join us knit at home)
Contact InformationBarbara Jung
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Neighborhood Parishes offer a way for NDPC members and friends to maintain a close-knit community within our larger growing church environment. Parishes are groups of 5-8 families (15-20 people), organized by the geographic proximity of members’ homes. If you are interested in connecting with a parish in your community, contact our co-pastors.
DatesParishes meet quarterly
TimeDetermined by each parish
Contact InformationDavid Lewicki
SAGEs: Somewhat Ancient Gleeful Elders
All senior adults (60+) are welcome at the SAGEs gathering for monthly luncheons and programs. We share a delicious lunch prepared by Badda Bing! Catering, followed by programs that are fun and interesting.
Make reservations through Jim Goodspeed at 770-934-2008 or by email at [email protected]
SAGES Seekers meets on the third Tuesdays of the month from 10 a.m. – Noon for small group fellowship and conversation related to the spiritual gifts and challenges of aging.
DatesSAGES is First Tuesday of the month from Sept. – May; SAGES Seekers is the Third Tuesday of the month
TimeSAGES meets at Noon; SAGES Seekers from 10 a.m. - Noon
LeadershipMary Anona Stoops
Contact InformationJim Goodspeed
Cost$8, payable at the door
The women of NDPC have been gathering for more than 30 years for food, drinks, friendship, and spiritual support. Are you thirsty for food, fun, and fellowship with the women of NDPC? Come join us! Contact Dee Raeside.
Our 2018 meetings:
June 21st meeting, host Sallie Owens. The cook will be Annie Godfrey. Program is about Favorite books.
August 16th meeting, host Deedee Murphy. The cook will be Marion Reeves. Program is about life stories by Mary Alice and Anne Sayre.
October 18th meeting, host Deb Robinson. Cook will be Dee Raeside. Program is a game night. Bring your favorite games.
December 13th meeting, host Dee Raeside. Cooks: Everyone bring a potluck dish to share. The program will be a fun and white elephant gift exchange.
Meetings will be on 3rd Thursday of the month, except December meeting which will be earlier on the 13th.
DatesThird Thursday of every other month
Contact InformationDee Raeside