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Thursday, July 30th, 2020

NDPC Gardens Tour


Class of 2023 Elder Nomination Form

The Elder Nominating Committee is receiving recommendations from the congregation until Sunday, August 23rd. We will be nominating six adult members to serve on the Session in the Class of 2023 and two youth who will serve one year in the Class of 2021. Select this link, and follow the prompts to submit your nominee: https://forms.gle/hKUZcRxK4i4XrWxv9
 


Personnel Update

The summer is upon us! While we all take time to recharge and enjoy a slower time, it is important to remember that our co-pastor, Beth Waltemath, will be on break from June 1 until August 1. She will respond to any and all emails starting on August 1 when she returns to the office. Be sure to wish her well for the summer. 

Vacation:

  • Clinton Miller: August 3-5 Vacation
  • Beth Waltemath: June 1 – July 31 
  • Mary Anona Stoops: August 10-17 

For pastoral care concerns contact the church office or [email protected].
For personnel concerns, contact Wendy Cromwell or Rev. David Lewicki. Enjoy your summer and keep safe! 

~ The Personnel Committee


Highlights This Week

Since our need to communicate with the congregation is especially important right now, you can count on this little section to draw your attention to key items that we want to be sure you do not miss. 

  • Change for Change this week  supports the Immigration Community: 
  • Youth Group will not be meeting Sunday, July 26 or August 2. Please rejoin on August 9th.
  • Zoom into the Choir Room will not meet on August 5 but will resume August 12. Stay tuned to next weeks’ Communicator for the hymn schedule. 
  • Important information about voting by mail in the FYI section. 
  • Taize worship starts on August 4th.

Thank you!


Sermon

David Lewicki preaching. What would you do if you came face-to-face with a lion? We find out what happened to the hero Daniel in this week’s Best. Story. Ever! But what if the lion is more than “just” a lion? What if the lion is also a metaphor for what it’s like when we find ourselves facing an enemy that is ready, willing, and able to destroy us? Take this metaphor one more step: what if I told you this story is a story about surviving in the face of cultural forces that want to destroy your identity–your history, your faith, your language, your dreams? What do you do when you find yourself alone in the lion’s den? 


Virtual Worship

Join us on Facebook at 10:00 a.m. as we gather together virtually as a worshiping community.  We will view the pre-recorded video together, comment, “sign” the welcome register and chat with each other, even during the sermon.

Our early risers will enjoy worship by accessing the worship video and bulletin on the website early on Sunday morning.  


Giving

For Change for Change is for a Fund Raiser for Backpacks and School Uniforms for IAH:

  • Text ‘NDPC C4C $20 (or any amount)‘ to 73256 to give to the Change for Change cause.
  • Text ‘NDPC $20 (or any amount)’ to 73256 to give to the general church fund.
  • Standard text message rates do apply.

Lemonade and Zoom with Live Communion @ 11:00 a.m. Please Prepare

Yes, last time there was an issue with time. We will have communion on Zoom at 11:00 am. So join us.

Want to connect with other members? We have a tradition of enjoying lemonade outside after worship in the summers. We can’t gather in person yet but we can gather virtually to catch up, break the ice if you are new, and stay cool together through summer fellowship.

Join our host for a virtual “lemonade time” from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. after our Sunday service watch party. Our host will convene us with a warm greeting and ice breaker question. If there are a bunch of us, we will even open up Zoom rooms for smaller groups and rotate us around to mingle and make the most of this super fantastic social set-up. 

Here are the link and password to Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting: https://northhighland.zoom.us/j/97358654270
Meeting ID: 973 5865 4270
Password: 611Medlock
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,97358654270# US


Flowers for Virtual Worship   

Are you a gardener? We invite you to share your gift of gardening with your NDPC family. Take a photo of flowers as they bloom in your garden this summer (or in an arrangement you’ve made) no later than Friday each week to [email protected]. (For use on our slideshow, please crop or take as “landscape/horizontal” format). We’ll include them in our weekly Sunday virtual worship.


Summer Lectio Divina Worship

Join a small group to practice Lectio Divina weekly this summer. Led by Barbara Gifford, we will gather for 30 – 40 minutes by Zoom each Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., June 24 through July 29. If you are interested, please join us for the first gathering on June 24th for an introduction to Lectio Divina. 
Facilitator: Barbara Gifford
When: Wednesdays at 8 a.m.
Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84319061019
Password: lectio
Meeting ID: 843 1906 1019
One tap mobile: +13017158592,,84319061019# US (Germantown) 


Music

Zoom into the Choir Room

Zoom into the Choir Room
All are welcome to join in for some music sharing, learning about some of our favorite hymns and anthems, and social time together. Youth, this means YOU are invited! 

Zoom into the Choir Room will not meet on August 5 but will resume August 12. Stay tuned to next weeks’ Communicator for the hymn schedule. Just click on the link below to join us. For more information, or if you would like to receive an email with the study materials prior to the Zoom meeting, contact Clint at [email protected] or ask any choir member. 

  • Eat!  Each week we will nourish our spirits looking at the texts and music of a hymn or anthem (yes, we are taking requests). We will explore the richness of the text, learn about the text author, the music, and the composer. For instance, did you know that the spiritual “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord” didn’t enter a mainline Protestant until the release of The Hymnal 1940 (Episcopal)? 
  • Sing!  We will sing! Gotta stay healthy and singing is certainly a good physical activity. This time will be modeled like a group voice class. Come make some noise! (You can mute yourself to us if you do not wish others to hear you.)
  • Pray!  We will have prayer time each week raising concerns and celebrations we are experiencing throughout the week. Choirs are very social people so much of our “prayer” time is engaging in good conversation and joyful laughter with one another. 

Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/85419581195
Password: 611Medlock
One tap mobile: +19292056099,,85419581195#,,1#,072112# 
Dial by your location: +1 929 205 6099 
Password: 072112

Children’s Music This Summer

See below in CYF section for children’s music. For more information, contact Clint at [email protected]

 


Taizé Tuesdays at NDPC 

Join us Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. during the month of August (4, 11, 18 and 25) for a contemplative service of music, scripture, prayer, and silence. Meditative songs with few words sung over and over again reinforce the meditative quality of the prayer. A brief word of scripture, prayers for our world and our people, and an extended period of silence. Watch on Facebook Live or Vimeo from our website. The service will be available all week long on the NDPC website for you to watch and participate at your leisure. 


Adult Education

New Anti-Racism Class

Do you feel called to take a deeper dive into understanding the ways that race and racism function in America? Join friends from NDPC and take the “21 Day Antiracism Challenge”  from August 18th to Labor Day, September 7th. It’s (relatively) simple. For 21 straight days, you will choose 1 reading, video, or podcast from this list.  https://myersparkpres.org/project/better-when-were-back-together/. Reflect on the reading by journaling. Over the course of the 21 days, you will have opportunities every Tuesday and Sunday to check-in via Zoom to share what you are thinking and feeling. Register for the 21-Day Antiracism Challenge today by sending an email to [email protected].

Forming Us Parenting Group
Facilitators: Kimberly Broerman, John Morgan, and others
Virtual Meeting Information for Sunday, 9:00 a.m.:
Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/877562121
Password: Psalm46
Phone Number: 1-929-205-6099,,877562121#

“Awakening to Structural Racism” external Adult Education Offering: Stony Point Center and Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, at the request of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, are teaming up to develop online and eventually in-person curriculum to support the Matthew 25 vision. Courses center on the three focuses of the vision: nurturing vital congregations and communities of faithdismantling structural racism and working to end systemic povertyStart date: Aug. 10 and consists of weekly four two-hour classes, all online. Find out more and sign up by clicking on this link. 


Children, Youth, and Families

Children’s News

Summer Schedule: Your children are invited to join Mr. Clint for singing on Sunday mornings. Age groups are based on children’s 2019-2020 school grade but don’t hesitate to reach out to Clint or Erin to discuss the best placement for your child. We hope you’ll enjoy this opportunity to keep your kids involved in NDPC fun through the Summer. Questions? Email Clint at [email protected]
 

The Virtual Choir Room will open 15 minutes early. 

Kindergarten through Second Grade Summer Singing
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86725298860
Meeting ID: 867 2529 8860
Password: 611Medlock
One tap mobile – Iphone: 19292056099,,86725298860#,,1#,808203# US (New York)
Dial by your location: +1 929 205 6099 US 
Meeting ID: 867 2529 8860
Password: 808203

Third through Fifth Grade Summer Singing
9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86725298860
Meeting ID: 867 2529 8860
Password: 611Medlock
One tap mobile – Iphone: 19292056099,,86725298860#,,1#,808203# US (New York)
Dial by your location: +1 929 205 6099 US 
Meeting ID: 867 2529 8860
Password: 808203

Youth  

Youth Group: We will not be meeting Sunday, July 26 or August 2. Please join us on August 9th at 5:30 for youth. Contact Erin at [email protected].
 
 


Congregational Care


Circle of Care, Next Gathering: Sunday, August 9th, 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. This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. Our August dates are the 9th and 23rd. Contact Mary Anona, [email protected].
Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/200682091
Password: 611Medlock 
iPhone Number: 929-205-6099,,200682091# 
 
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].


Community Life

Men’s Fellowship via Zoom, Monday, August 3rd, 8:00 p.m.: The Men’s Fellowship group meets every two weeks for conversation and connection: we vent, we discuss movies and TV, how we’re coping, opportunities for service, recipes, you name it. Join us! There’s room for you. If you don’t receive an email with the Zoom link by Monday afternoon, send an email to [email protected] and he’ll hook you up. 
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/81039060353
Password: HeyGuys
One tap mobile: 19292056099,,81039060353#,,#,576151# US


Service and Missions 

Fund Raiser for Backpacks and School Uniforms: 

Back to school in 2020 is an unusually confusing time for parents and students alike. Dekalb schools start this year on Aug 17 with remote learning. The Dekalb County School District will provide Chromebook computers for every student.  Families still need to supply the more traditional school supplies such as paper, pencils, and markers for children starting school in August. This can be especially difficult for families facing homelessness. Starting the school year right is so important for children. The Community Ministry committee at North Decatur Presbyterian wants to get their school year off to a great start by giving generously. This year we have created a virtual apple tree where you can pledge your support. “Apples” can now be picked here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b44aea723a64-back  

When you pick an “apple”, you are pledging to give a $30 donation which will provide a backpack full of the required school supplies for a grade school student including headphones for their Chromebook and a reusable cloth mask. Picking two apples, a $60 donation, will provide a backpack full of supplies for a middle or high school student. Donations can be sent to the church with normal pledges and other donations. Please indicate “apples” in the memo of your check or online payment so your donation can be directed appropriately. This fundraiser is set to conclude August 16. So pick your apples fast!  For more information contact Nancy Gathany: [email protected].

Memorial Drive Ministries Needs:

  • Refugee Family Literacy is in need of Grocery Store Gift Cards and MARTA cards for the families that they serve. To get involved, email [email protected] or check their web page.
  • Inspire Afterschool for refugee middle schoolers is looking for wide-ruled paper, No. 2 pencils, personal size packs of crayons and markers, kids-sized scissors, masking tape, division and multiplication tables flashcards, and soccer balls. Find out more at their Amazon Wishlist or contact Teni-Ola directly.
  • Just Bakery could benefit from volunteers to help with contact-less deliveries on Tuesday / Thursday early evenings. Email [email protected] if you can help!
  • Amani Women’s Center is in need of 100% cotton fabric donations. If you can help, please send an email to [email protected]. They are also participating in the “Mad Dash for Masks” to provide masks for school children in the Clarkston area – Click here to contribute to this grassroots community effort!  
  • Global Growers has 10 unclaimed garden bed plots on our campus that could use gardeners who can grow fall crops. If you are interested in joining our community by gardening on MDM’s campus, please contact [email protected]
  • Shalom Children’s Ministry needs school supplies for back to school as well a donor willing to cover the cost of a monthly Zoom membership for weekly online gatherings. If you can help or have ideas about how Shalom Children’s Ministry might help serve your community, please contact Amy Remaklus at [email protected].
  • Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church has started a Benevolence Fund and a Technology Fund as a way to support the whole community in response to the current crisis. If you can help in either of these two areas, please reach out to Rev. George Tatro at [email protected]
  • MDM needs a volunteer grant writer and a volunteer to help with our communications. If interested, please contact [email protected].


Mercy Church Update:
We received news from our partner, Mercy Church, that they are outgrowing their space in the basement of Druid Hills Presbyterian and they are looking for a new church home. Please join in praying for them in this time of discernment and consider joining the community by going to the website or talking to Dee Raeside: [email protected]

Coalition For A Diverse DeKalb, Tuesday, August 11th, 6:30 p.m.: We want you to join the growing movement to create local affordable housing! Connect through our new website: www.diversedekalb.org. CDD meets (online) every 2nd Tuesday of the month. All are welcome to join—you don’t have to be an expert to make a difference! Contact Annie Godfrey at [email protected] for details.

Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM) has joined forces with other Decatur-area ministries and non-profits to coordinate a unified community-wide response to COVID. Organizations are participating in a weekly call to gauge numbers and needs. Additionally, these organizations have created a Decatur community Facebook group specifically to ask community members to help meet needs for each organization as they arise. We ask all of our member churches to encourage church members who want to help to join our Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1582975101865743/


FYI

Attention, Georgia Voters: Please be aware that you will not receive an absentee ballot application from the Secretary of State as you did for the June 9th election.  DeKalb County voters who plan to vote absentee (vote-by-mail) should obtain ballot applications for the upcoming elections (August 11, November 3, December 1) and return them to the DeKalb County Chief Registrar.  Go to GA My Voter Page to download/or request an application and mail to:

DeKalb County Chief Registrar
4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300
Decatur, GA  30032
[email protected]

You may check the status of your application/ballot either at GA My Voter Page or by calling the Registrar’s Office at 404-298-4020.   Do this as soon as possible so the Registrar’s Office staff will have time to process the application so that you receive your ballot in time and avoid long lines on election day. [email protected] Submitted by Nancy Weitnauer.


Want to stay connected with Presbyterians across Atlanta? Serve the larger church? Our denomination is special. Here is a brief description of Presbytery committees and commissions. The electronic VIF and fuller descriptions of committees/commissions are online at http://atlpcusa.org/committees.html. Consider volunteering your time to serve presbytery and fill out the Volunteer Information Form.


Virtual Worship & Tech. Support


Office Matters

The Church Office is closed until further notice. Send emails as we are working virtually.

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