Small Groups provide a supportive environment that allows connection, growth, and healing to take place. Each group is led by caring people who desire to help you find friendship, spiritual progress, and positive life-change.
March 1, 2018 at 7:00 PM will be at Roger Duvall’s to discuss “Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West”, by Cormac McCarthy. Roger reports “I have been wanting to nominate as long as I have been in this group. I haven’t because of its brutality and violence but I think it tackles the questions of good and evil, life and death as few contemporary writers dare. And McCarthy’s descriptions of the American Southwest are astonishingly beautiful. Here is what Harold Bloom has to say about it in his introduction: “The fulfilled renown of Moby-Dick and of As I Lay Dying is augmented by Blood Meridian, since Cormac McCarthy is the worthy disciple both of Melville and Faulkner, I venture that no other living American novelist … has given us a book as strong and memorable.”
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April 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM will be at Jack Kittle’s to discuss “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner who taught Wendell Berry and other writers. Since its first publication in 1987 it has established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the 20th century. Tracing the lives, loves and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.
May 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM will be John Hollender ‘s to discuss “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. An independently wealthy aristocrat in 1917 at the time of the revolution, he is deprived of his citizenship and sentenced to live in a hotel attic where he had been living in a suite. With charm and wit he makes a life for himself, befriending a young girl who is often there with her politically connected parents. She is equally clever and steals a hotel master key which allows them access everywhere in this large and most famous Moscow hotel. Years pass and he becomes the maitre de at the hotel restaurant where all the important people dine and close friends with the chef and manager. Then the child he befriended reappears as a young married adult with a very young child. She is leaving for Siberia to find her husband who has been sentenced and “you are the only one I can trust to care for my daughter”. The story continues with unexpected twists and turns and with insight into what it is like to live in a totalitarian state where only the group matters and the individual is expendable.
June 14 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.
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 Rev. Waltemath.
DatesThird Thursday of every other month
Contact InformationDee Raeside