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October 8, 2018

Elder Nominations

For Annual Congregational Meeting
on Sunday on October 21st 

When the Elder Nominating Committee gathered in early August to identify members of North Decatur Presbyterian Church whom we perceive as having the spiritual gifts and abilities to lead our congregation in these particular times, we joined a stream of people throughout history who have been directed to look for wise leaders to guide them in their search for God’s truth. Just as Moses, in the Old Testament, was directed by his priest father-in-law, Jethro, to choose “able men from all the people, such as fear God” [lest] “you and all the people with you will wear yourselves out!” Later, in the early church we read frequent mention of elders being appointed by Paul and the apostles to help in every church. So does our 21stcentury church need people with wisdom and ability and spiritual depth to help mediate God’s presence in our midst. Our Presbyterian Book of Order echoes and fleshes this out for contemporary times.  
We were charged by the Session to identify 6 new elders to complete the 18 members. We also were charged to include two youth elders to share with the young people word of what the Session actually does – how it might impact them and how, in turn they might want to impact the Session!  We reminded ourselves of what this group of elders will need to do—of what particular skills and abilities and wisdom may be needed during the next three years in order to maintain and lead the work of our church.  We also reminded ourselves that it is the calling of elders to use their particular gifts to “share in the discernment of God’s Spirit and the governance of God’s people-” i.e. representatives of God, rather than of the people, in contrast to our civil government.
With this awareness, our committee set out prayerfully to find the people with the qualities we think are needed at NDPC for the Class of Elders of 2021.  We began by looking at the list which included the entire membership. We asked you the congregation for names of people whom you would consider to be spiritual leaders and to possess wisdom and strength of character and whom you would like to nominate.  We had many meetings. Many e-mails flew back and forth. Finally, we were able to name a full state for election at the congregational meeting on October 21st (See below.)
As we have presented these names, we remind ourselves and you the congregation that “Ruling elders” may govern the church but they do not run it.We all do.To honor the faithful “yes” that our nominees said, we all can say “yes” to them when they ask for us to join them in the work and service of our committees, events and vision for our church.We hope to see you there on the 28th as we join with Moses and Paul and Barnabas in that stream of history which seeks leaders to so God’s work.
The Elder Nominating Committee 
Heidi Gleason, chair; Mark Biagioni, Mike Johnson, Kathryn Sandifer, Jason Schoeneberg, Carol Tveit and Sherrill Terry, ex-officio


Congregational Meeting

There will be a called congregational meeting on October 21st, 2018 immediately after worship for the purpose of electing new elders to the class of 2021 and youth elders to serve one year in 2019. For more information on the slate of nominees, Click HERE.

Commitment Campaign for 2019

The one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:6.

Casa Materna: How your generosity energizes our mission 
By Gabriel Ramirez
As you may have heard, the Church of Nazareth in Cahabon, Guatemala, the host for Casa Materna, terminated the arrangement with Casa Materna and we lost the building that housed this vital ministry. While this presents difficult challenges, it has also presented us with a great opportunity to set new horizons and make Casa Materna not only a more stable long-term project, but also a more prominent and community-centered effort, with local and global involvement.
After learning of the termination, we also learned of the huge support that Casa Materna continues to enjoy. A large group of local organizations, spearheaded by Cahabon’s mayor, met with Anne Sayre and delivered a letter of resounding support, asking for us to stay and relocate. They even offered a wing in the hospital to temporarily house Casa Materna. So, we plan to build on this outburst of support to create a permanent organizational structure for Casa.
We are launching a plan to purchase a house to permanently host Casa Materna and to develop a strategic vision and plan for this ministry. Besides continuing to help women stay healthy and give their babies a healthy start on life, we are excited about your support for our intergenerational youth group mission trips. All this is possible through you, through your generosity. Your financial support, enthusiasm, and participation are crucial now more than ever.
Be a part of this – Make your financial commitment to NDPC today!
You can make your pledge through our member portal or download a Pledge Card.
Just as important, make your time and talent commitment.
Let us know what you’re good at and where you feel you can plug in. You can enter your preferences through our member portal or download a Time & Talent Sheet and fill it out.
Everything you need to guide your decisions is on our website:
Dedication Sunday is October 28thWe want to add your response as soon as we can!
Together in faith,
Rick Neale, for the Stewardship Team
PS – Don’t forget to complete your 2018 pledge. Feel free to contact Sallie Owens [email protected]or Jack Kittle [email protected]with questions.

In this issue:




Sunday, October 21, 2018


8:30 AM Worship Leaders

Head Usher:  Marie Schoeneberg
Usher: Susan Castle

11:AM Worship Leaders

Word in Worship: David Lewicki
Liturgist: Children of the church
Head Usher: Cindy Hays 
Ushers: Susan Constantine, Corey Dunn, Susan Cornutt, Susan Diffenderfer
Greeter: Katie Harris
Acolytes: Kieva Morrison, Janie Kate Mosley

Extended Session:
 Jaime Wormley
2-3 yr olds: Tanya Condon
4-6 yr olds: Mary Tveit, Jesse Bowen
Floater: Ginny Bowen

Flowers: Today’s flowers are given by Ginny Bowen 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].

Change for Change

For October, our loose change will go to support Global Missions Peacemaking. Please continue to contribute your loose change in the offering as our children learn this habit of giving joyfully. Thank you for your contributions. 

Coffee and Fellowship

We are grateful to Ellen Gadberry and Jane Howe of the Southeast Parish for providing our refreshments on Sunday, October 21, 2018. 
To find out when your parish or church group is sponsoring Coffee and Fellowship, or to volunteer to host, contact Holly Williams at [email protected] or sign up at


This Sunday we celebrate our first Children’s Sabbath, an annual worship supported by the Children’s Defense Fund to recognize the dreams and needs of the world’s children. Our  Sunday school choir will perform the introit and our children’s choir will perform the anthem. Revs. David Lewicki and Beth Waltemath will be preaching “Ploughshares not Guns, Hope not Despair” on Micah 4:1-5 through the Word in Worship and the sermon and celebrating children’s capacity to bring imagination and hope to the life of faith. All other parts of the service will be led by our third through fifth graders including the reading of the names of those affected by gun violence as many of the kids said guns, wars, and abuse to animals and the earth were the things they wanted to change most about the world.  Join us to hear the good news that lives in the hearts of our next generation. 

Adult Education

Old Testament 101: What Say The Prophets?
Need a brush up on your Old Testament? Don’t quite remember who the Prophets were, much less what they were saying BC? Join us for 5 weeks leading up to Advent as we explore the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Each week, we will view a 25-minute DVD lecture from The Great Courses series and have a facilitated discussion. We promise you’ll walk into Advent better prepared. 
Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11 
Facilitators: Elise Ledbetter and Ginny Bowen 
Location:Large Classroom 

Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Come explore the fundamental principles of the revived Poor People’s Campaign, which has historical roots in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s last major initiative before his assassination. Over 5 weeks, we’ll learn about the history and current incarnation of the campaign, review each of the key moral agenda items—Systemic Racism, Poverty & Inequality, Ecological Devastation, and the War Economy & Militarism—and end by discussing a call to action for supporting this campaign in Georgia. We’ll use video clips, readings, and dialogue to tie this back to our faith. 
Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11 
Facilitators: David Wilkes and David Lewicki 
Location: Parlor 

Craftivism and Liturgical Arts  
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. 
Dates and Times: 1st & 3rd Tues, 7 pm (Craftivism); 2nd & 4th Tues, 7 pm (Lit. Arts) 
Facilitator: Ellen Gadberry 
Location: Art Room, Education Hall   (Note change of classroom) 
Wired Word: Breaking News and The Good News  
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: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18; Dec 2, 9, 16 
Facilitators: April Biagioni, Jesse Bowen, Claudia Brogan, Bob Goggins, Shelly Roberts, Bob Way 
Location: Library 

Inquirer’s Class
Are you visiting NDPC? Would you like to learn more about this church, who we are as Presbyterians (PCUSA) and what we are doing? We try to follow Jesus by doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with God. Let’s get to know one another and talk about how we at NDPC approach this ancient call and how you can be part of our journey. 
Dates: November 4, 11 and 18
Facilitators: Pastoral Staff and Engagement Team 
Location: Pastors’ Study

New Upcoming Classes

November 18; December 2, 9, 16

  • Creating a Culture of Generosity
  • The Theologies We Sing

 Click here to access the Fall 2018 Adult Education Brochure.

Children and Youth

From Elder Marion Reeves 

(contact [email protected]):


The K-5 Sunday school classes are learning about Daniel, a Believer in Babylon. This week the first set of parents have been invited to see the play “Daniel in the Lion’s Den.” Be on the lookout for your invitation each week this month.
The schedule this week is:

K-1 2-3 4-5
Presentation of the drama of Daniel in the Lion’s Den Learning the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den Daniel and the food test

Second Grade Bibles   Last Sunday the second graders received their Bibles during worship.  This is given to mark a milestone in their faith development. All second graders are now encouraged to bring their Bibles to Sunday school and worship.

Sunday school choir will perform in 11:00 am service this week. We rehearse during the 9:30 am Sunday school time.  
For Kent Leslie and Jaime Jones-Wormley wish list for the nursery click here. Thanks to all of you who have already responded to our requests. 

Volunteer opportunities: There are still opportunities to spend regular time with our children by volunteering to be a part of the teams of teachers and shepherds. The Pre-School II (mostly ages 4) needs another member of the team as well as the K-1 shepherd team.  Volunteers would agree to coordinate with their teams and be present with the children 2-3 Sundays per month. If you find yourself longing to spend quality time with the children in these roles please contact Marion Reeves at [email protected].



Middle School Retreat, November 2 to 4, 2018

This week the youth will have a relaxed evening of fellowship together starting with supper at 6 p.m.  The high school youth are working on a project funded by a portion of the grant from the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta which also supported the Ministry Architects work last spring. The project will be designed by the youth, yet may include others in implementation. Keep an ear out for the project  the youth will lead our congregation in implementing.

Confirmation 2018-2019

Confirmation for 8th and 9th graders has begun. Our next meeting is Sunday, October 21st, 6pm-8pm. A full schedule is available here.  

Session 3: What is Sin and How Do We Turn from It? (In attendance: Confirmands, Mission Chairs) Bible: Genesis 3:1–24; Genesis 4:1–16; Exodus 32:1–10, 34:1–10; 2 Samuel 11:1–27; Exodus 20:1– 17; Matthew 22:34–40 If we have organized our lives around anything other than God, then our hearts are sinful. We do things that break God’s heart, hurt other people, and damage God’s creation. We even hurt ourselves. We are called to work in the world against sin and evil to transform society in gratitude for God’s grace and mercy. Please email [email protected] this week if you have questions.

Congregational Care

Circle of Care, Sunday, October 28th, 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. November dates are 11th and 25th. 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

Women Together Gathering, October 18, 7:00 pm, Deb Robinson’s home
: Our cook will be Dee Raeside and the program is “Game Night.” Bring your favorite games. We will provide a variety of favorite games, but new games are welcome. Bring a small appetizer or drink to share, but not if you are too busy to do so. Contact: Dee Raeside [email protected].

Men’s Fellowship (not the 3rd) 4th Monday: This month’s gathering of NDPC men falls on October’s 4th Monday, the 22nd. Please join us for fun, fellowship, and thoughtful discussion. This month we meet at The Corner Pub in East Decatur Station on E. College Avenue. For more information, please contact Tim Merritt at [email protected].

Liturgical Arts, October 23rd, 7:00 pm, Art Room, Education Hall: The purpose of the Liturgical Arts Group is to support, enhance, and extend elements of worship in our community through the visual arts at North Decatur Presbyterian Church. We are beginning work on installations for Advent and Christmas.

Save the Date: Celebrate NDPC’s Birthday with a Luncheon on October 28th! Put your glad rags on and join the fun. We’ll have some food until it’s all gone. Jello salads and cheesy casseroles, too. So bring your ‘50’s recipes or one that new.

Save The Date: Celebrate Creation at the 3rd Annual Voices for the Earth concert! Sunday, November 10th, 7:00 pm NDPC Fellowship Hall. Local musicians,spoken-word artists, and people of faith will present an evening of song and word to rejoice in the beauty of our precious and finite Earth.Coffeehouse in style, the concert will be in the North Decatur Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Single tickets: $5, Reserve a table for 4: $25 Registration will be open soon! Questions? Email Kate Mosley: [email protected].  Special thanks to our sponsors: Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL), Holy Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, and North Decatur Presbyterian Church. 

Call for Volunteers and Save the Date

Alternative Gift Market at NDPCSaturday, December 1, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Make a difference in the world, one gift at a time! Get all your shopping needs met and feel good doing it at our annual gift market. Many of your long time favorites are returning including  handmade items from South and Central America; African and Nepali inspired ornaments, jewelry and clothing; baked goods from refugee owned businesses; Fair Trade coffee, chocolate and tea; olive oil from Palestine; hand loomed rugs and soup and cookie mixes supporting people in transition. Holiday Gift Cards will also be available to support many charitable organizations including El Refugio, Casa Materna Ana Sayre, Childspring, and the EcoVillages School in Haiti, plus many more. Look for Woody’s cards and Ellen’s contemplative crafting mandalas for unique one of a kind gifts.  

Linda Davis and her creative team returns to offer crafts for kids as parents shop. Diane Wilkes once again will host our Hospitality fire pit with goodies from Just Bakery and Sweet Sweet Syria. 

We will need plenty of volunteers for this massive effort. If you would like to help, please contact Linda Curry [email protected].  For vendor information contact Deedee Murphy [email protected].

Service and Missions

Creation Care, Veg Out for Volunteering:
 We are asking for folks to sign up for a shift on Tuesdays to be a safe and welcome presence in the entry to our fellowship hall during the hours of 4 pm-7 pm while neighbors pick up their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes. Sign up to “box sit” and get a free box of veggies. (Pssst… get a box of veggies like the one in the lower right hand corner.)

Affordable Housing Summit – November 10: NDPC was well represented at the affordable housing training on October 11, Now we would like you to help us put that training into action. Two important items we discussed last night were:

1)  Affordable housing is a critical need in Decatur for low income families and for workforce (teachers, city employees, public safety staff) families. Families wait more than five years to obtain affordable housing in Decatur.

2)  A sustained political effort by concerned citizens is imperative to make a change. The summit on November 10 is an opportunity for us to learn about the issues and give our input on solutions. The summit is free, but you must register at: Please contact Annie Godfrey at [email protected] if you have any questions.  

For DEAM (Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministries) needs, please click here.
Contact: Anne Hendry [email protected]. 

Peace & Justice: Education and Action Opportunities

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead (1901-1978)
Please visit us on our webpage to learn more about our priority areas. Strategies for each issue can be found here. We hope you will join us! To help in any way, large or small, please contact P&J chair Carol Tveit, [email protected].

Mental Health Education Opportunity, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta (hosted by FPC Atl. and North Avenue Presbyterian) Mental Health Workshop for Faith Leaders, Oct. 18, 12-4 P.M. This is a workshop on mental health for faith workers covering topics including common mental illness and treatment, suicide, how congregations can be more welcoming towards persons with mental illness, and how and when to make a referral to a mental health professional.
For more information contact Rev. Katie Sundermeier at 
[email protected], 404.228.7721. Click here to sign up. 
To carpool from the church, please contact Bobbie Wrenn Banks [email protected] 

Call to Action: If you are interested in attending this mental health workshop, reach out to Bobbie Wrenn Banks above. 


Job opportunity: Alpharetta Presbyterian Church and the Lioheart School, a school for kids with autism and other communication disorders, are seeking help. They have job training program where young adults work in the community with a coach at his/her side. They are looking for a job coach for a young adult woman who will work at Agnes Scott in the dining room. Her work days will be Wed. and Fri. Contact is Beverly Markham at: [email protected]. For more information reach out to Bobbie Wrenn Banks at [email protected]

Office Matters

New Matters:

Rev. Bobbie Wrenn Banks will be on call for Congregational Care the week of October 22nd to the 26th while the Revs. Lewicki and Waltemath are in Cincinnati tending to health concerns of their daughter, Margaret. 

If anyone knows how to use Mailchimp, the online software that generates our e-communications, and would like to volunteer to do some communication work for NDPC, please contact Iyabo Onipede at [email protected] Iyabo will be out on medical leave from November 28th until December 19th would appreciate some volunteer support. 

NDPC Office hours are 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and upon request by members.
Please take the time to like our posts on Facebook and share them on your timelines. We are trying to expand our reach through that media organically. Thank you.
NDPC Three Year Strategic Plan: You may access the NDPC strategic plan 2018-2021 presentation by clicking here.

Click here for August 2018 session minutes.

Publication Deadlines

Please send all information for publication to [email protected].

  • Thursday, November 1 at 9:00 am. Quarterly Newsletter Seasons
  • Tuesday weekly at noon. The Communicator
  • Monday weekly at 9:00 am. In Touch

Church Life App

To access the Church Life app on your mobile device which has all your giving information and the contact information and photos of all the church members, please follow these instructions.  Otherwise, from your desktop, visit the website and in the lower left-hand corner, click on member login and follow the steps there.

NDPC Website Member Login: Create a Member Login through For more instructions on how to set up your account, go to this Webwalk and follow the first part of the instructions to create your account or contact [email protected]. After you create your account, you may want to download the ACS Church Life App on your phone to access information on a mobile platform. The Webwalk for the App is here.