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On Sunday, May 26, worship moves to 10 am through Labor Day weekend. Also, Refreshments and Fellowship will be served outdoors at 11:00 am, weather permitting.  

 


Summer Sabbath

God wants you to rest. But try telling your boss that. Or your spouse. Or your kids. Or your own nagging conscience.

Yes, “Sabbath rest” is inscribed in the biblical vision of God’s good creation. One day in every seven is to be set aside for rest: No toil, no anxiety, no need, no want. One day in every seven to rest your body and your mind and delight in the genuine goodness of this life.

God commands it, yet most of us never get there. Why? Capitalism squeezes every last ounce of our effort? Consumerism puts us on an endless treadmill of spending and working to pay it off? Anxiety about our children’s future sends us racing off to far-flung activities on weekends?

Rest feels superfluous. Use-less. Indulgent. Exactly. It is all of these things. Rest de-centers you from your self-appointed role as the master of creation. You are created, not Creator. Your “job” on the Sabbath is not to do… it is to be.

This Sunday, we begin the NDPC summer sabbath schedule. Worship is at 10am through Labor Day weekend. There are no classes to attend (or teach). Meetings are few and far between. Just come to worship and be.

In the month of June during the co-pastors’ vacation, NDPC welcomes four wonderful guest preachers: Lesley Brogan (6/2), Laura Cheifetz (6/9), Shannon Ball (6/16), and Isaiah Lewis (6/23). Each will preach on Biblical texts that surprise them. In July, we will lose our liturgy entirely–our worship services will be unstructured as we listen to the Holy Spirit to tell us what to sing and what must be said. In August, we bring liturgy back and reflect on how the specific form of Presbyterian worship inscribes in us tried-and-true pathways for communicating with God. And every week of summer we will enjoy each others’ company with refreshments outdoor on the patio following worship.

Make it part of your life-giving rhythm to dedicate every summer Sunday to God–to worship, to play, to rest, to be.

~ Beth and David


Worship 

Sunday, May 26th, 2019 

10:00 AM Worship Leaders
Word in Worship: Marie Schoeneberg
Liturgist:  Staff
Head Usher: Cheryl Parlato                                                                         
Ushers: Charlotte Stone Black, Pat Mueller, Shelly Roberts, David Roberts, Elsa Cayce
Greeter: Jamie Jones Wormley
AV: Drew Cornutt

Extended Session:
Nursery: Mary Elizabeth Etheridge
Floater:   Meg Smith
2-3 yr olds:  Susan White
4-6 yr olds: Mark Biagioni, Diane Wilkes

Flowers: For this week, flowers are given by Marie Schoeneberg for all the good work NDPC does in the world. 

To submit comments or suggestions about worship, or volunteer to donate flowers, or serve as an usher or liturgist, contact  [email protected]. To submit information for scrolling announcements or media presentations during worship, see the official NDPC AV Guidelines and contact Clint Miller at [email protected].
 

Sermon 

The 6th Sunday of Easter, Rev. David Lewicki preaching. 
Summer is here! It’s hotter than blazes, kids are bouncing off the walls, all of us are hoping for a little bit of rest and relaxation. This Sunday, Rev. Lewicki looks at the story of Mary and Martha from the 10th chapter of Luke’s gospel and uses that story to explore how we experience the tension between the work that “must be done” and the rest we all need. What are you discovering about the rhythms of work and rest that make for a healthy–and holy–life?

Summer Choir: June 2, 9, & 30

Have you ever wanted to sing in the choir but can’t make the weekly rehearsals? Well this is your chance to show up in the Choir Room on Sunday mornings at 9:20 am and sing! No experience needed. If you can sing along with a hymn in church, you can do this! All ages welcome so bring the kids and sing together as a family. Summer Choir Schedule for June:  June 2, 9, & 30. For more information contact Clint at [email protected].

Change for Change

For the month of May, our loose change will go to the support of Casa Materna Ana Sayre, providing a free and safe facility for expectant mothers in rural Guatemala. Please continue to contribute your loose change in the offering to help our children learn the habit of giving joyfully. Thank you for your contributions.

Community Fellowship

Thanks to a fellowship volunteer for providing our refreshments this Sunday. The 2019 Sign-Up Genius is now available! Click here to see which Sunday your parish or committee is scheduled to provide the refreshments for fellowship between Sunday School and Worship. There is also one Sunday each month available for any individual volunteer who would like to host. This is a popular opportunity to meet and greet old and new friends each week and enjoy snacks together.  We are totally dependent upon folks stepping up to offer this hospitality, so please volunteer! Contact Holly Williams at [email protected].


Congregational Care


Circle of Care, Sunday, May 26th, 4:30 pm, Parlor:
 Circle of Care meets twice a month and offers support and fellowship for caregivers and those living with mental or physical health issues. This group meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday at 4:30 pm. June dates are 9th and 23rd. Contact Mary Anona, [email protected].

Meals and Transportation: The Meal Care and Transportation teams are under the umbrella of Congregational Care at NDPC. The Meal Care ministry provides meals to those in need of nutritional support due to illness or death of a loved one. The Transportation Team provides support to those who are homebound who want to attend Sunday services. If you think these ministries are calling you, give them a try. The Congregational Care Team members would love to have you join them. Contact Audra Grace: [email protected]

Need Congregational Care? Do you or someone you know need congregational care? The phone number for care at the church is 404-981-6372. Or contact [email protected] at our confidential email address to let a pastor know of a concern that needs prayer, a visit, or pastoral attention. If you would like to be added to the weekly In Touch prayer list for a concern or a celebration, contact [email protected].


Community Life


June 6 at 7:00 PM
will be at Jim Topple’s to discuss the book “Fear, Trump in the White House” by Bob Woodward, a non-fiction book about the presidency of Donald Trump. The book was released on September 11, 2018.  Woodward based the book on hundreds of hours of interviews with members of the Trump administration. Contact: Kip Duchon, [email protected].


Service and Missions

Homeless Laundry Ministry, Wednesday, June 5th, 6 pm, Medlock Laundry: Help wash clothes for our neighbors who are homeless. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, a group of volunteers meets at the Medlock Coin Laundry to wash clothes, study scripture, and pray with each other. Contact: Dee Raeside, [email protected]m 


FYI


Joining Hands for Justice in  Palestine/Israel Meeting, Thursday, May 23, 12 noon, Library: Please note the new date and time for our next committee meeting. Contact SarahHumphrey [email protected].
 


Save The Date

  • Peachtree Handspinners Guild Open House Workshop, Saturday, August 10, 1:00 pm, Fellowship Hall: Contact Alice Hickcox [email protected]

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