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January 10, 2019

From The Co-Pastors

During our 60+ year history, NDPC members have made significant commitments to creating affordable housing for our neighbors. It’s our belief that God’s will is that every person have a safe place to live. We have renovated homes; purchased houses for neighbors to live in (which we still own, contiguous to the church property), and helped give birth to organizations like the Initiative for Affordable Housing. Our congregation renewed our commitment by naming “Affordable Housing creation” as a pillar of our current 3-year plan. The focus of this effort is the transformation of local housing policy to preserve existing affordable housing, and create incentives and opportunities to build more housing. NDPC will host the monthly meetings of two groups that are leading the way in the work of changing local housing policy: Coalition for a Diverse Decatur and Coalition for a Diverse Dekalb. Both groups will meet at the church on Tuesday, January 15th from 6:30-8pm. These meetings are open to everyone who is interested in making a difference on this issue, whether you live in Decatur, or Dekalb County, or elsewhere. We will learn the nuts and bolts of affordable housing and there will be good work to do at the city and county level in 2019. Invite a friend or a neighbor–especially if they are connected to another faith community that might want to get involved. Please make a special effort to come to this initial organizing evening–a good turnout will get us off on the right foot. This is the year we re-make local housing policy to support the growth of Beloved Community! 


The Feast of Epiphany, the culmination of the Christmas season, celebrates the revelation of Jesus to the world and invites our discernment of Jesus’ identity as the Christ child.  This year the Parish Ministry has encouraged each parish to hold an Epiphany party on the weekend of January 4-6. We hope you will soon receive an invitation to your parish Epiphany gathering. If you are unsure which parish you belong to, or your parish hasn’t planned an event and you would like to participate, or you would like to help plan your parish event, please email  Mary Nevil ([email protected]), Parish Ministry Chair, and she will connect you.  

Intergenerational Epiphany Celebration, January 6, 9:30 am to 10: 30 am, Fellowship Hall: Join us as we begin the new year with a celebration of Epiphany. There will be food and a story for all ages. At 10:00 the children will move to the Sunday school hall to work on an Epiphany craft. The adults will stay together for an activity led by spiritual director, Kimberly Broerman. 




Sunday, January 6, 2019

8:30 AM Worship Leaders
Head Usher: Cheryl Parlato                                                                       
Usher: Carl Parlato

11:00 AM Worship Leaders
Head Usher: Chet McQuaide                                                                    
Ushers: Charlotte Stone, Sherri Godwin, Rusty Godwin, Andrew Godfrey-Kittle
Greeter: Diane Wilkes
Acolytes: James Lewicki and Margret Waltemath Lewicki      

Extended Session:
 Corey Dunn
2-3 yr olds: Sallie Owens,  Ariel Hart
4-6 yr olds: Anna Kershaw
Floater: Susan Constantine

Flowers: For this week, flowers are given by the Worship Committee for all the good work NDPC does in the world.
To submit comments or suggestions about worship, or to volunteer to donate flowers or serve as an usher or liturgist, contact  [email protected].


On January 6th, we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany with 8:30 am and 11 am service of poetry, music, and communion.  God is always revealing God’s self and the divine reality to us in the world. We honor how God shows up for us in the visit of a cardinal, the melody of a passing song, the kindness of a stranger and the guidance of a star. Come hear favorite poems submitted and read by our members and musical reflections from Clint Miller and Amina Watts Hull. Reflect on the words and signs God is putting in your life as a compass for your journey. At 9:30 am, we observe this feast day with an intergenerational story and activity time.

Change for Change

For January, our loose change will go to the Co-pastors’ Discretionary Fund, which we use to help members and visitors with emergency food, medicine, and housing needs. 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. 

Coffee and Fellowship

Refreshments will be provided by the Congregational Care Group. Thank you to the volunteer(s) for providing our refreshments this Sunday. To find out when your parish or church group is sponsoring Fellowship and Refreshments, or to volunteer to host, please contact Holly Williams at [email protected].

Community Fellowship: The 2019 Sign-Up Genius is now available for everyone to peruse!  Please click on 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!

Personnel Matters

The Personnel Committee is seeking volunteers to help with administrative tasks and visitors during peak office hours. If you are interested and can help us pilot this program, please email [email protected].

Iyabo Onipede is scheduled for surgery on January 9th.  She will be out for recovery for three weeks. Lin Wormley will be covering the communications aspect of her job through [email protected]. Please send any prayer requests and announcements to that address. All other inquiries can be sent to Nancy at [email protected]. If you are looking for ways to support Iyabo, please direct them to our co-pastors.  

Please continue to direct space usage requests to [email protected].
Send billing or reimbursement questions to [email protected].    
Please forward all “copy ready” items, and your photos, for In Touch and Communicator to [email protected].

Adult Education

Coming January 13th:

Spiritual Gifts Inventory
Do you long to be a servant leader with a joyful heart? Join us for this month-long dive into the many gifts that make us one body as a Church.  Discover your “spiritual type” and the talents that will satisfy your soul.  Stop signing up for “administration” when “artistry” makes your spirit soar or vice versa.  Hold onto “humor” as a holy act despite pressure to offer “healing.” We will look at several resources from church consultants, spiritual directors and social researchers like Brene Brown to consider how to avoid burn-out and stoke your spiritual gifts.  
Dates: January 13th to February 3rd 
Facilitators: Rev. Beth Waltemath
Location: Parlor

Affordable Housing 
Affordable housing is the foundation of beloved community. Join us as we discuss the need great need for affordable housing in our community and reflect on the issue theologically. We will also look at what we as a congregation can do to help advocate for affordable housing in Decatur and Dekalb County.
Dates: January 13th to February 3rd 
Facilitators:  Sam Turpen, Rev. David Lewicki, and Affordable Housing Working Group. 
Location: Large Classroom 

Wired Word
Each week, we will explore a current news story through the lens of a relevant scripture text and the insights of the group. No advanced reading is required. Join us to become a community of regulars — or drop in whenever you can! 
Dates: January 13th to February 3rd 
Facilitators:  Sam Turpen and various facilitators.
Location: Library

Craftivism and Liturgical Arts  – On Tuesdays!
God can work through our hands to do good in this world while we craft? Join us for two distinct flavors of crafting— ‘Craftivism’ and Liturgical Arts—on Tuesday evenings. Activism has never looked so beautiful. Questions? Contact Ellen Gadberry: [email protected].
Dates and Times: 1st & 3rd Tues, 7 pm (Craftivism); 2nd & 4th Tues, 7 pm (Lit. Arts) 
Facilitator: Ellen Gadberry 
Location: Art Room, Education Hall

Children and Youth

From Elder Marion Reeves 

(contact [email protected])  


Sunday School resumes January 6.
All children are invited to start the morning in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 am as we begin the new year with a celebration of Epiphany. There will be food, and the story of the wise people will be a part of this time. At 10:00 am, the children will move to the Sunday school hall to work on an Epiphany craft. Be on the lookout for all the wise and wonderful people who will be around the church following this time!
Starting January 13 the K-5 children will begin a study of Esther, A Believer in Persia. They will be learning not only about Esther but also about the Jewish celebration of Purim that centers on the Esther story. The children will also be making soup mix for distribution with Souper Bowl Sunday donations February 3.


January is the beginning of preparation for Youth Sunday on March 3. During the Sunday school hour, Many Anona Stoops and Alexandra Mauney will be planning worship for Worship on Wheels on March 10. As a part of this, the group will be thinking about both worship leadership opportunities and planning together for these. The preparation for March 3 will continue on several of the evening meetings in January and February so that all youth can be a part of the leadership of worship on March 3.
On January 21, the youth will participate in the work project at Shalom Congregation on Memorial Drive. Please mark your calendars for this day of service. Complete details will be coming soon.

Confirmation for 8th and 9th graders 

Next meeting: Sunday, January 13th – Session 6: What Does It Mean to Be a Disciple of Jesus?

A full schedule is available here.  Contact [email protected] for information.

Congregational Care

Circle of Care, Sunday, January 13, 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. January dates are 13th and 27th. Contact Mary Anona, [email protected].

Do you need care or know someone who needs 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

Sages Lunch, January 8, 12 pm, Fellowship Hall: 
 Lunch catered by Badda Bing is $8.00 for lots of delicious sandwiches, soup and salad.  Our speaker will be our own Betsy Godfrey who will tell us about her work through the International Rescue Committee with the FoodCorps program which introduces refugee youth at Indian Creek Elementary School to healthy food through hands-on gardening and cooking lessons. Contact Holly Williams at [email protected]. Watch for an e-mail about reservations from Jim Goodspeed [email protected].



Book Group, January 17, at 7:00 PM will be at Kip Duchon’s to discuss The Undoing Project – A Friendship that Changed our Minds” by Michael Lewis.  Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred, systematically, when forced to make judgments in uncertain situations.  For more, click here. Contact Kip Duchon  [email protected]

Service and Missions 

Homeless Laundry Ministry, Wednesday, January 16, 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]

New Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta & Tzedek Georgia (a Jewish reform advocacy group) Learn How To Influence Your Legislators, Special Workshop – Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 am-1 pm, The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, , Atlanta, GA 30305, contact email:  [email protected]

Presbyterians for a Better Georgia Opportunities

  • Advocacy Training is January 29, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 pm, (light dinner $8 donation) First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta
  • Day at the Capitol – February 6, 2019 – 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Here is a link to register for one or both PBG events:

Office Matters

For office information, social media, official documents, and publication information, please visit our website.  

For November 2018 Session Minutes, please click here. 

Building Giving Practices