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Youth Sunday, March 3rd.
Worship service at 11 am only.
|No. of Pledges||154||154||0|
|Total Pledged Amount||$643,904||$617,425||$26,479|
The total number reflects several new pledges that offset those that were not renewed. What this means is that even with the same number of pledges as the previous year, our giving has increased by $26,479 – over 4 percent! Congratulations!
Now, just in case someone might still want to play a part, you are always welcome. Go to our Commitment Page on our website, where you can download a Pledge Card and a Time & Talent Sheet.
With deep appreciation for your generous commitment to the ministry of NDPC,
~ Your Stewardship Team
Laurie Carter, Ellen Gadberry, Jill Jacques, Jack Kittle,
Rick Neale, Larry Mosley, Sallie Owens, Susan White
Updating Our Church Directory
We are almost ready to produce our updated NDPC directory. We have sent Realm sign-in invitations to all of our members, staff, and clergy affiliates to activate their accounts and participate in the directory. (Realm™ is our new church management system. For more information go to our Member page at ndpc.org.)
If you are a member and you’ve signed in to Realm at least once, you are all set. If you are having trouble signing in, or for any other questions about using Realm, there are two ways we can help:
- Meet with Thom Schreck this Sunday morning, 9:30 am, in the Large Classroom. He will give you one-on-one support with Realm login and privacy settings.
- Email Rick Neale ([email protected])
If you prefer not to sign in to Realm but you DO want your contact info to appear in the directory, please let Rick know. He will make sure you receive a copy when it is completed. If you prefer NOT to sign in, and you DO NOT want your contact info to be in the directory, please email Rick right away.
Once this process is completed, we will make the directory available to NDPC members, staff, and clergy affiliates. You will also be able to locate each other’s directory info via the Realm web page (click Directory) or through the smartphone app Realm Connect (Download the app: click here).
Thank you for your cooperation! ~ Rick Neale
Children and Youth
From Elder Marion Reeves
(contact [email protected])
Coming to the K-5 Sunday school for the next three weeks is a look at Jonah and his life trying to run away from his call from God.
Look for the bulletin board featuring the work of the children in a scene from Jonah. It will grow each week as the children add portions of their work form the various rotations. Here are the lessons for this coming Sunday:
|March 3||Drama Room
Write (draw) your own ending to the Jonah story.Mercy
Making water color fish for the bulletin board.
Woody Hickcox & Janet Jasper
Raise Jonah from the depths.
Coming this Sunday: YOUTH SUNDAY in worship! The middle and high school youth have been preparing to lead the congregation in worship and the time has now arrived! Come this Sunday to experience worship led by the NDPC youth. Rehearsal is the morning of March 2nd, from 9 am to 10:30 am in the sanctuary. Please, mark your calendar.
At 7:00 pm on the evening of March 10th, the middle school youth will be leading worship at Wesley Woods where the Vardemans, Godwins, and Wade Medlock are residents. The group has been preparing since January to be a part of the worship service.
Confirmation for 8th and 9th graders
Next Gathering: Sunday, March 3rd – Session 9: Will You Devote Yourself to the Church’s Fellowship?
Bible: 1 Corinthians 12:12–31; John 13:1–17 As Presbyterians, we know that every person has a place and purpose in the body of Christ. Our different gifts find purpose when we work together in service.
A full schedule is available here. Contact [email protected] for information.
The NDPC Church Wide Retreat team needs everyone’s feedback for this year’s retreat. If you are interested in helping plan this years trip, please email [email protected] to join our team.
NDPC members and friends love a chance to get away and connect with one another and God. An All-Church retreat is in the works for October 2019. Jill Jacques and April Biagioni are working with Community Fellowship chairs, Holly and Thom on this.
The Women’s and Men’s full weekend retreats are taking a hiatus this Spring (2019) but will be back in 2020. The women will gather for a day-long mini-retreat on April 13th. Traditionally, these retreats take place on the first weekend of March and the last weekend of April, although they are subject to the liturgical calendar cycle of Lent and Easter. If you want to help make these happen, talk to past leaders and sign up for the leadership team through the Community Fellowship and Special Events committee: [email protected].
(Chairs, Holly Williams and Thom Shreck).
Save the Date and Sign up for the leadership teams:
Women’s Retreat: March 6-8, 2020 until further notice
Past chairpersons and leaders: Sherrill Terry, Linda Davis, Sallie Owens, Fran Mohr, Deb Robinson
Men’s Retreat: April 25-27, 2020
Past chairpersons and leaders: Kip Duchon, Larry Mosley, Rick Neale
“Women in The Woods,” The NDPC women’s retreat (a one day retreat) at ent Leslie’s “farm” on the south side of Kennesaw Mountain (1100 Burnt Hickory Road, Marietta, GA); Saturday, April 13, from 12 noon to about 8:00 pm:
- 12:00 to 2:00 pm – Time together.
- 2:00 to 5:00 pm – Free Time – Hike, canoe, fish, see the mineral collection or civil war collection, tour souse, read a book under a tree (or in the barn, or “Chicken House,”), nap or te to know our newest members in peace and quiet.
- 5:00 pm – Communion
- 6:00 pm – Supper provided – Bring something to drink if you wish.
- 6:30 pm – Singing by the fire in the pool house.
- 8:00 pm – Closing prayer.
Please RSVP to Kent Leslie at [email protected]. Please carpool when possible. Do come and commune together and have fun.
Circle of Care, Sunday, March 10th, 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. March dates are 10th and 24th. 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].
NDPC warming shelter expects to be open in the next week. We need volunteers! Please remember to check out the SignUpGenius for NDPC’s warming shelter and sign up on the dates when you can be available. The organizers will let you know at least a day in advance if you will be needed. Thank you! Jerry Coling, Deb Robinson, Roberta Goldbaugh. Sign up here: Winter Shelter: North Decatur Presbyterian Church.
SAGES (Senior Group), Tuesday, March 5, noon, Fellowship Hall: Lunch catered by Badda Bing is $8.00 for lots of delicious sandwiches, soup and salad. Please make your reservations by 4 p.m., Sunday, 3/3. Kent Leslie will speak about her experiences as she did research for her books and other topics related to her interest in mixed-race women of the Old South. Her book, “Woman of Color Daughter of Privilege: Amanda America Dickson, 1849-1893” was made into a movie, “A House Divided.” Kent has taught History and Women’s Studies at several local universities and retired as a Professor of History at Agnes Scott. Watch for an e-mail from Jim Goodspeed to make your reservation or contact him directly at [email protected].
Book Group, March 7 at 7:00 pm at Kip Duchon’s: We will discuss “The Devils of Cardona” by Matthew Carr. For a full list of books for the year, visit our page on the website. Contact: Kip Duchon [email protected].
Poetry Group, Tuesday, March. 12, at 2:00 pm, Parlor: Come and join us as we explore a variety of poetry, including today’s poets as well as the classical poetry many of us grew up with, and our very own NDPC poets who share their original poems. Bring your favorites (which could include even Dr. Seuss) and join in the fun. Contact [email protected].
Service and Missions
Homeless Laundry Ministry, Wednesday, March 6, 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].
DEAM Benefit: A Choral Presentation to Benefit The Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry, Sunday, March 3, 4:00 pm Avondale Pattillo UMC 3260 Covington Highway, Decatur GA 30032:The Decatur Civic Chorus, in conjunction with other local choral groups, is sponsoring a concert to benefit DEAM and the people of the community they serve. Admission is free. However, attendees are encouraged to make a cash donation to DEAM. For more information, see www.deamdecatur.org or send an email to Anne Hendry at [email protected].
Shalom International Ministries Talent Show, March 16, 7 pm, Sanctuary: We are delighted to host our very own Co-pastor David Lewicki, David Leonard, Elsa and Henry Cayce, Debbie Miller, the Garden Fresh Pickers (and many more) among our performers this year!” Free to the public. If you would like to donate refreshments or serve on the host committee, please contact [email protected].
Anniversary Bash – DCM Turns 50! Friday, March 22, 5 pm to 8 pm, The Solarium at the Historic Scottish Rite, 321 W Hill St # 1A, Decatur, GA 30030: Plan to attend DCM’s Anniversary Bash for sweet treats and live music, some fantastic auction items, and a possible international getaway! Tickets are available here. DCM was founded in 1969 and NDPC has long been a part of it’s history, providing the first house for DCM’s Family Transitional Housing program in 1983. If you or a family member have served on DCM’s board or been a long-time volunteer there, we want to hear your story and so does DCM! Contact Susan Cornutt [email protected].
Save The Dates
- Advocacy Training Weekend and Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day, “New Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World,” April 5-8, Washington, D.C. Contact Carol Tevit at [email protected]il.com
- Haiti EcoVillage Flavors of Haiti fundraiser, May 19, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Contact Gordon French at [email protected] or visit haitiecovillageschool.org.
Home Wanted: Ray Glier and Jessie Bond really, really want to move from the city of Decatur to Medlock Park, mostly to be closer to NDPC. We want to beat the “flippers,” the home renovation specialists to the door. We are looking for a brick, ranch-style, one-floor home to update. Please let us know if a house is coming available in Medlock Park. Please email us at [email protected]
Wild Goose Festival: If you are interested in going to the Wild Goose Festival this July and want to coordinate a camping area or otherwise meeting up, let Heidi Gleason know ([email protected]) Wild Goose is a fantastic kid-friendly progressive Christian event on the French Broad River in North Carolina. There were a handful of NDPC folks there last year and we had a great time connecting while there. http://wildgoosefestival.org/
Presbyterians 4 A Better Georgia Alert: INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE
Please contact your legislators and urge them to support health coverage for all eligible Georgians by eliminating the 100% cap on eligibility for Medicaid coverage in SB 106 for the 115 waiver, and insure insurance protections are provided in the 1332 waiver.
The Governor has proposed Georgia apply for two waivers to provide more insurance coverage for Georgians under Medicaid. However, this proposal falls far short of what is needed as it would cover fewer people at a higher cost then Medicaid expansion.
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) provides for Medicaid coverage up to 138% of the federal poverty level. Georgia would receive reimbursement from the federal government of 90% of every dollar spent for this population. However, if as SB 106 proposes, a 100% cap is imposed on the proposed waiver application, we know that no other state has had this limitation approved, and it would mean that Georgia would receive less funding (only 67% matching rate) to cover fewer people! This proposal would leave out hundreds of thousands of Georgians who need insurance coverage.
Urge your elected officials to be sure that any 1332 waiver also preserves critical consumer protections such as those with pre-existing conditions, and provides comprehensive quality health coverage, without leaving consumers on the hook for higher costs.
For more information, see the OpEd by Laura Harker of GBPI in last week’s AJC here.
Join The Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and help reach the $40,000 FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR HUNGER WALK/RUN 2019! The Atlanta Community Food Bank also has a new goal – By 2025 everyone in ACFB’s 29 county service area will have access to the nutritious meals they need when they need them. Imagine what would it mean for Atlanta to be the first city to close the hunger gap? The Presbytery of Greater Atlanta has the opportunity to make a big impact on this transformative social shift.
Find out more about the PGA’s response to hunger through our participation in Hunger Walk/Run here. As a benefitting partner, we keep 60% of the funds we raise to fund our P.A.T.H. Grant Program (Presbyterians Answer to Hunger). You can find out more about the P.A.T.H. Grant here.
Over the past 5 years, the youth of our Presbytery has raised close to $140,000 for hunger relief, nearly $35,000 last year alone. Our youth have built a powerful grassroots ministry and it’s time for the rest of Presbytery to join with them. How to be involved:
- JOIN Team NDPC. Donate, Walk, or Run for NDPC and PGA here.
- RAISE MONEY. There are amazing fundraising tools like the Social Media App that will make fundraising easy. You can download it here.
- COME TO THE HUNGER WALK/RUN EVENT. Join thousands of people from around Atlanta working to end hunger at The Home Depot Backyard on April 28, 2019. Get event info here.
If you need more information about the walk/run contacts Carlos Moore – [email protected] or Rev. Phil Brown – [email protected]. For NDPC related issues to the walk, reach out to Thom Schreck at [email protected]
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