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September 19, 2019
Share the Magic of North Decatur
Bring A Friend to Church on Sunday, September 22!
Do you have family, friends or co-workers you’ve wanted to introduce to your North Decatur family?
Remember we also have the following opportunities to “bring a friend” later during the week of September 22nd. Have you ever attended these events yourself? Bring yourself and invite a friend.
For more events, go to the NDPC Calendar at ndpc.org/calendar-events. Invite your friends, co-workers and family members for fellowship and worship at North Decatur on Bring A Friend Sunday or any Sunday. We welcome all.
Sit With Your Parish Sunday
September 29th will be the third of the 5 Sunday months of 2019. As it is our custom, we will invite you to sit with your parish at 11 am worship. The banners will be up in the sanctuary to help you find your parish pews and if you are unsure of your parish, the ushers will have a list. If you want to sit where you always sit, that’s ok too. This SWYP Sunday will be a good opportunity to catch up with your neighbors and perhaps plan a fall gathering. Contact: Mary Nevil [email protected].
Worship is now live streaming on Facebook!
If you can’t be with us but still want to be with us on Sunday morning, you can now join the worship through the live stream on Facebook. Just go to our Facebook page and look for it under “Videos.” Tell your friends! https://www.facebook.com/NDPChurch
Sunday, September 22, 2019
8:30 AM Worship Leaders
11:00 AM Worship Leaders
Word in Worship: Ginny Bowen
Nursery: Kimberly Broerman
The flowers in the sanctuary are given by Bruce Johnston in honor of Mary Alice Kemp on the occasion of her birthday.
To submit comments or suggestions about worship, or volunteer to donate flowers, or serve as an usher or liturgist, contact [email protected]. Go here to sign up for word in worship. To submit information for scrolling announcements or media presentations during worship, see the official NDPC AV Guidelines and contact Clint Miller at [email protected].
God’s Creative Story: The Bible’s 9 Big Ideas
When we began our church year last Sunday, NDPC began a brand-new yearlong sermon series: The Bible’s 9 Big Ideas.
What is the Bible about? What “big ideas” stretch across the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation, providing these disparate stories with continuity and integrity? Each month from September through May 2020, our worship will explore one big idea in-depth, examining how the idea is introduced and how it deepens and develops. By the end of the series, you will understand the span of the Bible in a whole new way.
In September, we explore CREATION. Where does our story begin? Why is there more than one creation story in the Bible? Why is life in Jesus a “new creation?” What does Revelation mean when it promises that the future will bring a “new heaven and new earth?” With art, poetry, scripture, music, and sermons, we dive deep into the relationship between the Creator and the Creation.
Change for Change
For the month of September, change for change will support Community Ministries and the work they do with Decatur Cooperative Ministry which runs Hagar’s House. NDPC is supporting Hagar’s House in September. See volunteer opportunities below for Hagar’s House this week.
Thanks to Deedee Murphy 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].
Eleanor Moylan’s funeral will be held at NDPC on Saturday, September 28th at 10 am.
Forming Us Parenting Class
Facilitators: Kimberly Broerman ([email protected]), John Morgan and others
The Artistry of the Bible
For more information, see www.ndpc.org/story. This program is made possible through a Vital Worship grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Comfort My People – Strengthening Spirit and Self
Dates: September 15, 22, and 29; October 6, and 13.
Craftivists and Liturgical Arts – On Thursdays!
Dates & Times: 1st & 3rd Thursday, 7 pm (Craftivists);
Children and Youth
Journey Across the Desert
Starting this Sunday, our children’s Sunday school program will make the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land as they learn about Moses and the exodus of the Hebrew people. They will sing a song of freedom with Miriam, explore the Ten Commandments, and see where God’s love shows up in the story, time and time again. Please join us from 9:30-10:30 am on Sundays in the Education Building.
What’s more fun than recess, more interesting than YouTube, and happens every week right here at NDPC? Youth Group! We have a wonderful group of youth sponsors. So, come spend your Sunday evenings with us, from 6:00-7:30 pm. Bring friends! If you have any questions, please email our new Director of Children, Youth and Families at [email protected].
Save The Date: Middle School Retreat
November 1- 3 at the Calvin Center: Please save the date for our Middle School Retreat at the Calvin Center. We will be registering as a group soon, so please let Erin know of your interest as soon as possible. Thanks!
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].
Sign up for Pride
Come join in Atlanta’s annual Pride Festival October 12 & 13. We have a booth at the festival and we walk in the parade on Sunday. Sign-up to help staff the booth where you get the opportunity to meet and greet with folks and share how NDPC can become a home for many who are looking for a loving and accepting church home. Join us walking the parade on Sunday. To help serve in the booth sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050f4dabab2da75-atlanta More detailed information coming next week. Contact: Clint Miller [email protected].
Liturgical Arts Group, Thursday, September 19th, 7:00 pm, Studio Classroom: The mission 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. This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. Contact: Ellen Gadberry [email protected]
Craftivists Group, Thursday, September 26th, 7:00 pm, Studio Classroom: Thursday night marks the first meeting this year of the NDPC Craftivists Group. Join us as we prepare friendship bracelet kits to be given away at our “market booth” at the Atlanta Pride Festival, coming up soon on Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13. Save that date! There’s more information coming in next week’s Communicator about ways that everyone at NDPC can provide welcome and hospitality to the LGBTQ+ community. The mission of the NDPC Craftivists Group is to “craft for a cause,” working toward the priorities of the Peace and Justice Committee to address social justice and contemporary issues calling for activism, focusing on outreach through art-based actions to the larger community. Contact: Ellen Gadberry at [email protected]
Poetry Group, Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 2:00 p.m. in the parlor:
“To catch a poem, the brain
needs to float a little above
hard logic, like a zephyr.”
The poem above is the introduction to a book of poetry by Ivy Rutzky called “This Fleeting Moment.” Her poems are just an example of the variety of poetry we share. Come join us and introduce your favorite poetry! Contact: Barbara Jung [email protected]. Here’s another one called “Upside Down:”
Book Group, October 3rd at 7:00 pm, home of Mike Nichols: “Manhattan Beach”, by Jennifer Eagan. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again and begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished. This historical novel, takes place in the 1930s and 1940s, with multiple plotlines – you know they will intersect at some future point in time, but when and how? This novel also explores the impact of WW2 on opportunities and challenges for women in the workplace. Contact Kip Duchon: [email protected].
Service and Missions
Joining Hands for Justice in Palestine and
Homeless Laundry Ministry, Wednesday, October 2nd, 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].
Shalom Inspire Afterschool Tutoring Program Fundraiser, Ultimate Tournament Saturday, October 5, 2019, Python Park, Avondale Estates: This is the 3rd year that the Shalom Inspire Afterschool Tutoring Program has raised awareness and funds for its program. Volunteers for the event are needed and teams sign-up here @shalominternationalministry.com. Register by October 5th at midnight. Middle School: 9:00 am to 12 pm, High School 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Adults (18 +): 4 pm to 7 pm. Contact: Dee Raeside [email protected].
Save the Date
Human Origins Project Exhibit, John Bulow Campbell Library at Columbia Theological Seminary, September 13th to December 13th, open to the public, 5:30-7:00 pm followed by a presentation in the Harrington Auditorium: What does it mean to be human? Pastors and theologians and many followers of Christ have asked this question over the centuries. At Columbia Theological Seminary we believe that answers to this question are enriched in a dialogue with the best in scientific knowledge. Columbia Theological Seminary is one of the first seminary libraries to host this traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Read more here www.ctsnet.edu/human-origins.
Biblical Weavings Textile Exhibit, Columbia Theological Seminary, through November 11th: The Center for Lifelong Learning is featuring the textile artistry of Montgomery, Alabama artist Joanne Staley in the current exhibit, “Biblical Weavings” through November 11, 2019. The exhibit is housed on the second floor of the Harrington Center on the Columbia Seminary campus. Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday. For more information about the exhibit, call 404-687-4577 or e-mail [email protected]. Find out more here: https://www.ctsnet.edu/events/biblical-weavings-art-exhibit-and-artist-reception/. Submitted by Sarah Flynn Erickson: [email protected].
“Self-Development of People” in Partnership with Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta Community Engagement Days, Community Engagement Day Dates on September 19 -21, 2019: Workshops and other Events on:
Who can Benefit from SDOP Community Engagement Day:
Taize Experience, Tuesday, various locations, October 1 through Thursday, October 3: Two brothers from the ecumenical, monastic Taizé community will be in Atlanta for three nights of Taizé prayer and conversation. We will gather for ecumenical prayer and conversation with the brothers at successive churches called a “Pilgrimage of Trust.”