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Thursday, September 17, 2020

 Schedule This Sunday!

  • Children’s Sunday School (pre-k thru 5th grade) begins at 8:45 a.m.

  • Adult Education classes start at 9:30 a.m.

  • Our Zoom Fellowship time will begin at 10:30 a.m., prior to worship.

  • Worship will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Facebook.

  • Worship is still available on the website.

  • Youth group gathers at 5:00 p.m.

  • You will receive an email on Sunday morning with all Sunday events in chronological order along with all pertinent zoom links. 

Welcome Kendra

Hello friends!

I am Kendra Nicole Peebles. Well, what do you want to know about me? I am divorced. I have a daughter named Adonna Nicole Peebles. She is six years old. She attends Fernbank Elementary School as a first grader. Adonna is very creative. She loves to draw, paint, collect rocks, make things with play-doh and slime. She loves to cartwheel, dance, and twirl like a ballerina. She also enjoys dressing up in costumes. When she was younger, she was Micky Mouse or Rapunzel every day. However, she now dresses up as Elsa from Frozen. Adonna also likes watching Disney channel while building legos.
When I am not studying for a class, I love to read books that are related to theology, romance, black slavery, and cookbooks. I also like to cross-stitch, sew, and play board games. My favorite television shows are Martin, Family Feud, Good Times, Iyanla Fix My Life, and Dr. Phil. I love to listen and sing old negro spiritual hymns. One favorite childhood hymn I enjoy singing is “Oh, I Want To See Him”.

“Oh I want to see Him, look upon His face,
there to sing forever of His saving grace;
on the streets of Glory let me lift my voice;
cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice.”
I spent most of my childhood in Fayette, Alabama. At the age of fifteen, I unexpectedly relocated to Northport, Alabama where my grandmother and grandfather raised me until I became an adult. After my divorce, I decided to complete my course work at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I received the degree of Associate in Applied Science in Office Administration-Bookkeeping and Accounting at Shelton. Afterwards, I transferred to Stillman College to obtain a bachelor’s in accounting. However, my plans were not God’s plan. I changed my major from accounting to theology. God reminded me of my childhood calling of becoming a minister at nine years old. My theology professor’s at Stillman urged me to listen to God’s voice despite the disapproval of women ministers.

I am glad this is not an issue at NDPC. Rev. Beth Waltemath serves as a model for women who are desiring to fulfill their true calling within the church. What makes this appealing is seeing her husband present with her in the ministry. NDPC shows that ministry is not something that is done alone but with other people.

I graduated from Stillman College with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Theology in May of 2019. I graduated as valedictorian and delivered a speech on what God has done for me and my peers. Following graduation, Adonna and I moved to Decatur, Georgia so I could attend Candler School of Theology. I am currently a second-year Master of Divinity student with a concentration of Scripture and Interpretation.

I look forward to experiencing the role of a minister and how to care for parishioners at NDPC. I am interested in learning more about pastoral care and counseling. I have known ministry to be defined as equipping the saints to spread the good news of Christ based on Ephesians 4:12. I accept this definition of ministry. However, I believe equipping or training can also be defined as caring or loving because in order for someone to truly train someone, there must be something genuine about the equipping. Ministry is about caring for individuals inside and outside of the walls of the church. Ministry is not confined to a building, but it expands beyond the walls of the church and flows throughout the streets.

Grateful to be part of your community!

~ Kendra Peebles

Highlights This Week

Since our need to communicate with the congregation is especially important right now, you can count on this little section to draw your attention to key items that we want to be sure you do not miss. Thank you!

  • Please see the Remind App instructions for text messaging for all our Parents, Children and Youth.
  • We still need poll workers! Check out the new section on the elections and the information for Poll Workers. 

Virtual Worship

Join us on Facebook at 11:00 we gather together virtually as a worshiping community.  We will view the pre-recorded video together, comment, “sign” the welcome register and chat with each other, even during the sermon. Our early risers will enjoy worship by accessing the worship video and bulletin on the website early on Sunday morning.


Sometimes the world of the Bible seems very far away–another time, another culture, another world. But sometimes, the world of the Bible comes very, very close. For the next four weeks, we will be reading stories from Exodus about the journey of God’s people in the “wilderness.” Wilderness, in scripture, is a place of deprivation, danger, and the nearness of death. In the wilderness, the people grumble about their leaders, and wish they could go back to the past. In the wilderness, nothing about life is guaranteed–except the presence and provision of God. Rev. Lewicki preaches on Exodus 16 and manna in the wilderness.

Taize Feedback 

Please fill out this feedback form from the Taize worship services we had and let us know what you thought by clicking on the image below.



For Change for Change is for Decatur Cooperative Ministries (DCM🙂

  • Text ‘NDPC C4C $20 (or any amount)‘ to 73256 to give to the Change for Change cause.
  • Text ‘NDPC $20 (or any amount)’ to 73256 to give to the general church fund.
  • Standard text message rates do apply.

Fellowship and Zoom 

Want to connect with other members? We have a tradition of enjoying coffee indoors just after the education hour and before worship during the program year. We can’t gather in person yet but we can gather virtually to catch up, break the ice if you are new, and stay hydrated together through our fellowship time. 

Join our host for a virtual “fellowship time” from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. just before our Sunday service watch party. Our host will convene us with a warm greeting and ice breaker question. If there are a bunch of us, we will even open up Zoom rooms for smaller groups and rotate us around to mingle and make the most of this super fantastic social set-up. 

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 973 5865 4270
Password: 611Medlock
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,97358654270# US

Lectio Divina Worship

Join our small group to practice Lectio Divina – praying the Scriptures. Led by members of the group, we gather for 30 – 40 minutes by Zoom every Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. You are welcome to join us at any time as we explore a different or new way of praying. 
Facilitator: Barbara Gifford
When: Wednesdays at 8 a.m.
Password: lectio
Meeting ID: 843 1906 1019
One tap mobile: +13017158592,,84319061019# US (Germantown) 

Adult Education

Classes gather at 9:30 a.m.

Click here for the online brochure.

Year Long

Forming Us Parenting Class
Want to deepen your connections with other NDPC parents and dialogue about the hard and holy work of parenting?  The NDPC Parenting class seeks to foster community among our families and to teach, encourage and support the spiritual formation of children and parents alike.  We offer a rotating schedule of topics and facilitators during the Sunday church school hour, and hope to get back to in-person quarterly gatherings when it’s safe. All parents and those who love our NDPC children are welcome to join us!
Facilitators: Kimberly Broerman, Andrea, and John Morgan, and Shelly Roberts
Location: (Virtual Via Zoom Until Further Notice)
Zoom Meeting Link:
Password: Psalm46
Phone Number: 1-929-205-6099,,877562121#

New Classes

The Anti Racism Track
As a Matthew 25 church exploring ways to end Structural Racism, we will spend this school year with various classes addressing the approach of being an anti-racist as a Christian.

Violence, Non-Violence, Peacemaking: Toward Taking Informed Action
Violence is commonplace in our lives. It is in our schools and workplaces, our streets and our institutions, and yes, even in our relationships and our families.  Violence is part of our history and a focus of our entertainment. It informs our policy and politics from the neighborhood police to our global politics.  In this class, we first look frankly at the origins and forms of violence, in history, our society, and our own lives. In week two we will discuss racial violence in particular and non-violence as a response. In the final week we’ll examine how
we can become peacemakers as individuals, as a church community, and as a part of God’s wider world.
Dates: 9/20, 9/27
Facilitators: Chet McQuaide, Kathleen Allen, Audra Grace, and Tim Merritt
Location: (Virtual Via Zoom Until Further Notice):
Meeting ID: 977 5256 0425
Passcode: 611Medlock
One tap mobile: +16465588656,,97752560425# 
Into The Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament
What is our response when we feel we can no longer manage a situation?  We turn in confidence to God. This has been the response of the people for generations. We will examine the forms of lamenting prayers throughout the Bible, and even learn to write some of our own. The resource is the Horizons Bible Study, Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament. Participants are encouraged to purchase the study guide using this link: The guide is not required but is an excellent resource. If you would like the guide but need assistance with the cost please contact Marion ([email protected]).  
Dates: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 
Facilitators: Sarah Erickson and Marion Reeves
Location: (Virtual Via Zoom Until Further Notice)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 946 8696 8154
Passcode: 170181
One tap mobile:
+13017158592,,94686968154# US (Germantown)
+13126266799,,94686968154# US (Chicago)
Dial by your location:
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 946 8696 8154
Find your local number

Children, Youth, and Families

For Children:
Join Remind App to get up-to-the-minute notices for NDPC children:

For Youth Parents: 
Join Remind App to get up-to-the-minute notices for NDPC parents:

For Youth Grades 6-12:
Join Remind App to get up-to-the-minute notices for NDPC youth:

Children’s News 

Sunday School classes for Pre-K through Fifth Grade meet at 8:45 AM on Sunday Morning via Zoom. Your Pre-K child will be asked to bring a favorite stuffed animal to introduce to the class. Students in Kindergarten through fifth grade will need to bring their current Whirl Leaflet and some writing/coloring tools to class. If you don’t have the leaflets yet, please contact Erin as soon as possible so that we can get them to your home. [email protected]

Third through Fifth Grade Zoom:
Meeting ID: 882 8782 1563
Passcode: 611Medlock

Kindergarten through Second Grade Zoom: 
Meeting ID: 928 3299 2597
Passcode: 611Medlock

Pre-Kindergarten Zoom:
Meeting ID: 845 2795 2846
Passcode: 611Medlock


Youth Group

We’re excited to be kicking off our new semester of programming, and are delighted to share that we will meet live and in-person on the LAST SUNDAY of EACH MONTH at the church building! Plan on bringing your mask, and it’s mandatory that you SIGN-UP to come.

Middle School youth group meets this week at 5:00 PM on Sunday via Zoom. 
Join Zoom meeting here: 
Meeting ID: 836 3695 3037
Passcode: 611Medlock

On September 27th, Middle School will meet live in-person at the church. Masks will be required, as well as social distancing protocol. Sign up HERE

High School youth group meets this week at 5:00 PM on Sunday via Zoom. 
Join Zoom meeting here:
Meeting ID: 827 7455 4658
Passcode: 611Medlock

On September 27th, High School will meet live in-person at the church. Masks will be required, as well as social distancing protocol. Sign up HERE

Confirmation class meets TODAY, Thursday, September 17th, at 4:00 p.m via zoom. 



Congregational Care

Circle of Care, Next Gathering: Sunday, September 27th, 4:30 p.m., Virtual: We meet twice a month and offer support and fellowship for caregivers and those living with mental or physical health issues. This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. Our September dates are the 13th and 27th. Contact Mary Anona, [email protected].
Zoom Meeting Link:
Password: 611Medlock 
iPhone Number: 929-205-6099,,200682091# 
Meals and Transportation update during COVID-19:  During this exceptional time in our lives and our community, the staff and Session are listening to members and discerning how best to support needs of the congregation. As clarity emerges Congregational Care Elder Mark Cochran will work with Mary Anona and the full staff to develop teams of volunteers who are willing to respond. If you have a need brought about by the new restrictions related to COVID-19, you may contact Congregational Care at [email protected]. Any coordinated response through Congregational Care will take into consideration the safety and comfort level of volunteers. 

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

Public Witness at NDPC’s Intersection (You’re invited!): Our corner has long been known as a place where people show up to speak their minds. Our Vision Poem states: “God…planted a church at the intersection of life and faith…to work for justice and be peacemakers in a chaotic world.” This spring and summer our intersection has revved up with new energy to speak up and show up. We wave. They honk. It helps. Anyone can participate in our protests. Just bring your mask and your sign. Signs currently seen: Black Lives Matter, No Justice No Peace, Make Good Trouble, Let Justice Roll (Amos 5:24), Love Wins, Sit Up Stand Up Speak Up, Time for Justice is Now,  White Silence Is Violence, Dismantle Systemic Racism, knitters know BLACK LIVES MATTER, Peace.
Public Witness Schedule:

  • Tuesdays (two shifts) 7;30-8:30 a.m. and 8 – 9 a.m.
  • Wednesdays 8-9 a.m.
  • Thursdays (two shifts) 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 8-9 a.m.
  • Thursdays 10-11:30 a.m. is when the Knit Wits show up with chairs and sit in the shade.

Women Together Virtual Gathering, Thursday, September 17,  7 p.m.
We will be hosted by Pam Joyce and Jill Jacques! Let us catch up with one another and visit those faces of bodies that we so long to hug!
Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 827 3625 3439
Passcode: NDPCWomen:
One tap mobile:
+19292056099,,82736253439#,,,,,,0#,,990564575# US (New York)
+13017158592,,82736253439#,,,,,,0#,,990564575# US (Germantown)
Dial by your location: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 827 3625 3439
Passcode: 990564575
Find your local number:

Men’s Fellowship via Zoom, Monday, September 28th, 6:30 p.m.: Men’s Fellowship meets on the NDPC playground and via Zoom every two weeks at 6:30 p.m. for conversation and connection: what challenges you and what is life-giving? What have you been eating/watching/doing? Join us! Photos from last time  – Tim Merritt was there, grabbing these pics. Rusty Godwin also came, and Doug Clark via Zoom. There’s room for you. Where: Gather on the large playground at NDPC with your mask, a chair, a beverage, and perhaps a snack. Some guys grab something from City Barbecue across the street. (Not an endorsement – just saying.) We’ll keep our proper COVID distance while swapping news and stories and plans. Rain Venue: If needed we’ll retreat to the pavilion at Glenlake Park, just a mile away. Google map link. Questions? Suggestions? Contact Tim Merritt (404-374-8237,  [email protected]).

Service and Missions 

It’s Christmas Time…Almost.
Anyone who is willing, we are again collecting hygiene bags to distribute to inmates at Phillips State Prison this October/November season to distribute by Thanksgiving. Please note, they include a stamped envelope- blank Christmas card for sending to the family members of those incarcerated. 80 bags is our target! Thanks for your care and help to those in sincere need. I can retrieve from your home or garage for contactless transfer. This project is a joint Peace and Justice/ Community Ministry effort. Contact: Dee Raeside [email protected]
List includes:

  • Chapstick
  • Antibacterial soap bar
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste, s
  • sealed tea bags,
  • personal-sized deodorant and
  • new washcloths.

Hagar’s House, week of September 13th: NDPC is preparing dinner for the Hagar’s House family shelter the week of September 13. Hagar’s House is an emergency night shelter and assessment center with support services for families with children. The shelter offers at least 30 nights of short-term housing and has room for up to 30 guests.  We need help from a couple of people each night that week to cook a meal and bring it to the Decatur shelter. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jason Schoeneberg at [email protected] or by signing up online here:

Memorial Drive Ministries Needs:

  • Refugee Family Literacy is in need of Grocery Store Gift Cards and MARTA cards for the families that they serve. To get involved, email [email protected]com or check their web page.
  • Inspire Afterschool for refugee middle schoolers is looking for wide-ruled paper, No. 2 pencils, personal size packs of crayons and markers, kids-sized scissors, masking tape, division and multiplication tables flashcards, and soccer balls. Find out more at their Amazon Wishlist or contact Teni-Ola directly.
  • Just Bakery could benefit from volunteers to help with contact-less deliveries on Tuesday / Thursday early evenings. Email [email protected] if you can help!
  • Amani Women’s Center is in need of 100% cotton fabric donations. If you can help, please send an email to [email protected]. They are also participating in the “Mad Dash for Masks” to provide masks for school children in the Clarkston area – Click here to contribute to this grassroots community effort!  
  • Global Growers has 10 unclaimed garden bed plots on our campus that could use gardeners who can grow fall crops. If you are interested in joining our community by gardening on MDM’s campus, please contact [email protected]
  • Shalom Children’s Ministry needs school supplies for back to school as well as a donor willing to cover the cost of a monthly Zoom membership for weekly online gatherings. If you can help or have ideas about how Shalom Children’s Ministry might help serve your community, please contact Amy Remaklus at [email protected].
  • Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church has started a Benevolence Fund and a Technology Fund as a way to support the whole community in response to the current crisis. If you can help in either of these two areas, please reach out to Rev. George Tatro at [email protected]
  • MDM needs a volunteer grant writer and a volunteer to help with our communications. If interested, please contact [email protected].

Mercy Church Update:
We received news from our partner, Mercy Church, that they are outgrowing their space in the basement of Druid Hills Presbyterian and they are looking for a new church home. Please join in praying for them in this time of discernment and consider joining the community by going to the website or talking to Dee Raeside: [email protected]

Coalition For A Diverse DeKalb, Tuesday, October 20th, 6:30 p.m.: We want you to join the growing movement to create local affordable housing! Connect through our new website: CDD meets (online) every 3rd Tuesday of the month. All are welcome to join—you don’t have to be an expert to make a difference! Contact Annie Godfrey at [email protected] for details.

Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM) has joined forces with other Decatur-area ministries and non-profits to coordinate a unified community-wide response to COVID. Organizations are participating in a weekly call to gauge numbers and needs. Additionally, these organizations have created a Decatur community Facebook group specifically to ask community members to help meet needs for each organization as they arise. We ask all of our member churches to encourage church members who want to help to join our Facebook group.


Big need for Poll workers. New information updated below. 

Have you ever considered being a poll worker as an act of Christian love? DeKalb and Fulton Counties both suffered during this year’s primary elections from a shortage of trained poll workers. Long lines and confusion compromised the voting process. Many experienced poll workers called out because of concerns about COVID-19. Would you be willing to step in and help this November? You can apply to be a DeKalb County poll worker by filling out the questionnaire on the website and returning it to the county elections office today. Love your neighbors by being a trained poll worker!
Please find more information here: 


At NDPC, we love the Enneagram. We have taught classes and our staff uses it for leadership development. Join us for this workshop with a global leader and one of the best Enneagram minds out there. For more information please contact Kelly Craigmile [email protected].

Want to stay connected with Presbyterians across Atlanta?
Serve the larger church? Our denomination is special. Here is a brief description of Presbytery committees and commissions. The electronic VIF and fuller descriptions of committees/commissions are online at Consider volunteering your time to serve presbytery and fill out the Volunteer Information Form.

Virtual Worship & Tech. Support

Office Matters

The Church Office is closed until further notice. Send emails as we are working virtually.

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