Special programs are designed to cater to the various groups, and themes and activities are structured based on the interests of the participating members.
Parishes offer a way to maintain a close-knit community within a growing church environment. Parishes provide an environment for growth in a deeper, richer faith life. Parishes are groups of 5-8 families (15-20 people), organized by the proximity of members’ homes.
DatesParishes meet quarterly
TimeDetermined by each parish
Contact InformationDavid Lewicki
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
North Decatur Pickin' Community
This is a monthly gathering of pickers and vocalists interested in playing good old country music. We have enjoyed combinations of a wide variety of instruments over the years, and we help new pickers learn as we go! If we don’t get a quorum, we’ll let you know. Please RSVP so we may email notices quickly.
DatesFirst Thursday of each month
Time7:00 PM tune-up, 7:30 – 9:30 jam
Contact InformationWade Medlock
Cost$5 per person for use of the facility (applies to vocalists, pickers, and audience members)
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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SAGEs: Somewhat Ancient Gleeful Elders
All senior adults (men and women) are welcome at the SAGEs gathering for monthly luncheons and programs. We share a delicious lunch prepared by Badda Bing! Catering, followed by great 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 fellowship and conversation related to the 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
A lighthearted and friendly gathering of boys and men of all ages for fellowship and personal growth. At the Men’s Breakfast, we eat together and one member shares a personal reflection with the group. First time attendees are always welcome.
DatesSecond Tuesday of each month
Time7:00 – 8:00 AM
Contact InformationJack Kittle
Cost$2 for a hearty breakfast and bottomless coffee!
With a different book offering each month, the book group explores a wide variety of themes throughout the year. The book group, however, is about more than books. It is a community of friends. First-time attendees are always welcome.
If you have questions, please contact Kip Duchon at 404-862-0505 or [email protected]
April 6, 2017 at Jon Colgrove 776 Virginia Circle in Virginia Highlands (404) 625-3463 to discuss Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry. Born in Goforth, Kentucky, orphaned at age 10, he begins his search on life as a “pre-ministerial student” where freedom meets new burdens and a struggle to know himself. He becomes a barber in a small community and lives out the questions that drove him from seminary.
May 4, 2017 at Bob Goggins phone to discuss The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. The war on drugs is a war on black people. The author reviews the history of Jim Crow attitudes back to Bacon’s rebellion of 1675 which frightened the elite landowners and they began the institution of whites dominance.
June 8, 2017 at Chet McQuaide, 3455 Kingsland Circle, Berkeley Lakes, (770) 416-8416 to discuss Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Hamilton rose from Caribbean bastardy through military service in Washington’s circle where his intelligence was recognized, grew to historic importance at an early age, and then in a era of partisan politics lost his political bearings. He is recognized that his political and financial strategic brilliance might have allowed the United States to survive the early years.
July 6, 2017 at John Hollender 209 Charles Allen Dr, Atlanta phone (404) 242-3899 to discuss The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. Haidt seeks to enrich liberalism, and political discourse generally, with a deeper awareness of human nature. Haidt argues that people are fundamentally intuitive, not rational. If you want to persuade others, you have to appeal to their sentiments. He and his colleagues have compiled a catalog of six fundamental ideas that commonly undergird moral systems: care, fairness, liberty, loyalty, authority and sanctity. Alongside these principles, he has found related themes that carry moral weight: divinity, community, hierarchy, tradition, sin and degradation.
August 10, 2017 at Kip Duchon 148 Vidal Blvd Decatur phone (404) 862-0505 to discuss Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen. It critically examines twelve American history textbooks and concludes that textbook authors propagate false, Eurocentric and mythologized views of history. In addition to his critique of the dominant historical themes presented in textbooks, Loewen presents themes that he says are ignored by traditional history textbooks.
September 7, 2017 at John Parks 209 Charles Allen Dr, Atlanta phone (404) 242-3899 to discuss The End of White Christian America by Robert Jones. For most of our nation’s history, White Christian America (WCA)—the cultural and political edifice built primarily by white Protestant Christians—set the tone for our national policy and shaped American ideals. But especially since the 1990s, WCA has steadily lost influence, following declines within both its mainline and evangelical branches. Today, America is no longer demographically or culturally a majority white Christian nation. Drawing on more than four decades of polling data, The End of White Christian America explains and analyzes the waning vitality of WCA.
DatesGenerally first Thursday of each month
LocationGroup members' homes
Contact InformationKip Duchon
Ladies' Thirsty Third Thursday
After 30+ years, NDPC’s “Women Together” gathering has evolved into Thirsty Third Thursday. Are you thirsty for food, fun, and fellowship with the women of NDPC? Come join us!
DatesThird Thursday of every other month
Contact InformationDee Raeside