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Regarding Communications as we Prepare for Holy Week…
From Iyabo Onipede, Communications Coordinator
Hello Friends, Phew!
You can expect to get (at least) two more emails from us this week. The first will be early on Sunday morning with all the adult and children education offerings and the second will be a couple of hours later with worship information in it. It will have links for you to join us in worship either on Facebook or to view a video. Please look out for those emails.
I need several things from you:
Basically, my question is, “What do you need from your church family now, more than ever?”
3. Please fill out your census form. Your voice matters. I feel concerned that the whole world is stressed out and may not fill out their census forms.
4. I live alone and I often think about our church members that live alone or are in a retirement home and prohibited from having access to the larger community. Although I am mostly thriving, I also feel that sense of isolation that others are experiencing.
Thanks and peace upon our hand washing and practice of physical distancing.
Sunday, April 5th, 2020 – Palm Sunday
As we move to more virtual interactions, anticipate a learning curve with technology. Here are a couple of pointers. If you are having a difficult time accessing events online, email [email protected] with your questions.
We strongly recommend that you download the Zoom app, and create your own unique account, rather than using the browser version. Please use this link and the following instructions to download the Zoom app prior to the gathering based on the device you’re using:
NDPC invites you to join us in posting the various images you see throughout your week that demonstrate mercy in unexpected in compelling ways. Tag us @northdecaturpresbyterian and use the hashtag #imagesofmercy. If you have any questions or wish to submit away from social media email [email protected].
Do you have an idea for a class, workshop, or small group that you’d like to share?
Forming Us Parenting Class
The Artistry of The Bible
Craftivists and Liturgical Arts – On Thursdays!
Children, Youth, and Families
As we move forward with online communications with all of our congregation, we will be reaching out to our children and parents through digital means. If you have any questions or need help accessing our virtual meeting, please contact Erin at [email protected].
Sign up for Remind Texts:
We are meeting virtually every week! Below are the links to our meetings. We invite you to join us! Remember that all online activity needs to be monitored by an adult. We will be sending out Remind texts to Youth and parents one hour before the meetings.
Virtual Children Gatherings
One, Two and Three Year Old Sunday School Class:
Pre-K through 2nd Grade Sunday School, Sunday, April 5, 8:45 a.m.
Virtual Youth Gatherings
Middle School Youth Group, Sunday, April 5, 5:30 p.m.
Youth Group Midweek Fun, Wednesday, April 8, 4:30 p.m.
Circle of Care, Next Gathering: Sunday, April 5th, 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. Our practice is that this group ordinarily meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday at 4:30 p.m. but because of Easter, our April dates are the 5th and 19th. Contact Mary Anona, [email protected].
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].
Book Group, April 2, 7:00 p.m., hosted via Zoom by Gordon French: Just when you convinced yourself it is NOT safe to go outside, we are still a book group and will still be meeting. We are reading ”Heavy – An American Memoir” by Kiese Laymon. It is the story of an African American boy raised by a single mother in Jackson, Mississippi who copes with the twin issues of having a black body and an overweight body. This generous, searching book explores all the forces that can stop even the most buoyant hopes from ever leaving the ground. Contact Kip Duchon: [email protected].
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/262385029
Password: 037929, One tap mobile:929-205-6099,,262385029# US (New York)
Liturgical Arts Group: Today, Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m.: It is the season of blooming all around us, and the Liturgical Arts Group is busily making paper blooms to adorn the sanctuary on that happy day, whenever it will be when we will all gather again in our communal sacred space. Can you see in your mind’s eye the pops of spring color and bursts of Easter blossoms that these cheerful flowers will bring to our joyful worship experience together? Everyone is invited to join us in this project; these “kusudama flowers” are easy to fold and assemble. All you need is square paper (any size, any color, any type, including repurposed paper from book pages, magazines, junk mail, or NDPC bulletins!) and some white glue. Tonight we will make these flowers “together,” while we check-in, chat, laugh, and pray for our community and our world. Please join us!
Art, activism, and worship: In these days, here are three ways to co-create with God and community, sharing your gifts of self and soul:
Update to RIP Medical Debt
Erasing medical debt – Mercy in action: Throughout Lent, we have been exploring one of the Bible’s 9 big ideas: mercy. To embody mercy, we invited NDPC members and friends to contribute to RIP Medical Debt to erase the medical debts for residents of DeKalb County. We challenged you to raise $15,000.
We are delighted to announce that you have raised more $21,000! That will translate into $2.1 million of medical debt forgiven for our neighbors. You are amazing!
Can you keep it going for one more week? If you haven’t given, make your donation or pledge today!
Save the Date
Service and Missions
Opportunity for service to our immigrant community: North Decatur Presbyterian Church is participating with the New Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta which is a collaboration of seven churches and synagogues. NDPC is responsible for providing food for asylum seekers every Thursday. The food request is for a main meal and then extra food that can be for a snack or second meal. Meals can be dropped off. The New Sanctuary Movement is asking that if you participate, you read and sign a consent form. All pertinent information can be e-mailed to you. If you can help on a one time or ongoing basis, please contact Karen or Bert Weaver at [email protected]. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Updates From Our Partners
DEAM (Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry), Decatur’s food pantry, is working hard to maintain service to clients during this time while protecting volunteers and clients from unnecessary exposure to COVID-19. If you are interested in helping, please contact Ashley Kane at [email protected] for more information.
Mercy Community Church: Please make a donation and check out Mercy Community Church’s wish list on Amazon for these members of their community and upon checkout, please select “Mercy Community Church Gift Registry” when prompted to “Choose shipping address.” During COVID 19, the needs of Mercy Community Church are greater than ever. Contact: Dee Raeside, [email protected].
Initiative for Affordable Housing
DCM/Hagar’s House: Please use this SignUpGenius link here to volunteer for lunches.
A Request From Erika Meyer: I volunteer with Concrete Jungle, an organization that redistributes fruit and vegetables to food pantries and shelters in the Atlanta area. One of their partners has had to reduce its service from 400 clients a week to 15 because the food bank is no longer getting excess food supply from grocery stores. Concrete Jungle has received over 200 calls from families in urgent need of food who cannot go out due to vulnerability to COVID-19. We now have a system set up to pair volunteers with these families. Each volunteer can shop for groceries for one family and do a no-contact drop to keep our neighbors from going hungry during this epidemic. Here is the link to sign up.
Please help me recruit far and wide for people who can spare the time and money to provide groceries for one family for one week or as long as it takes to “flatten the curve.” Interested folks can email me at [email protected] with any more questions or to get volunteer instructions. I did it last week and shopped for 2 lovely people for $40! Thank you for helping ensure that our neighbors don’t have to choose between food and safety.
The Church Office is closed until further notice. Send emails as we are working virtually.
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