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Voices Of The Earth Concert

This Saturday, the church fellowship hall will be transformed into a coffee house with the  sounds of uplifting music filling the air. Church members and neighbors are invited to gather for the third annual Voices for the Earth Concert. Local talent will present an evening of song and word to rejoice in the beauty of our precious planet. Doors open at 7:00pm with the music beginning at 7:30pm. 
The idea came about by the Green Team of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Decatur. Two years ago, members of that ministry team were looking for ways to gather with other similar ministries from churches around the area. With many musicians on their Green Team, the idea was birthed to have a night of celebration and hope to inspire people to join. It seemed to provide a balm for weary souls and people yearning to connect in hope for a better world. 
NDPC’s Creation Care Team invites you this Saturday to bring your friends to enjoy the sounds of Annie Godfrey’s bluegrass band Garden Fresh Pickers and the acoustic melodies of David Leonard. The Atlanta Resistance Revival Chorus will perform as well as nationally-known singer/songwriter Caroline Herring, once voted Atlanta’s best singer/songwriter by Creative Loafing. Caroline is a Decatur resident and member of Holy Trinity Episcopal, often playing at Eddie’s Attic or Variety Playhouse. We are excited to welcome her to the coffee house stage at NDPC! 
Tickets are $5 or a few VIP tables still remain at $25. Ministry partner Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL) is selling tickets. A love offering for Hurricane Michael relief will be held during the concert. If you are interested in volunteering for this church event, sign up HERE. On-site volunteers receive a free ticket for the event. Homemade cookies for the coffee house are especially needed! 

Please join us!

Kate Mosely

In this issue:




Sunday, November 11, 2018


8:30 AM Worship Leaders

Head Usher:  Cheryl Parlato
Usher: Carl Parlato
Acolyte: Thomas Ball
AV: Jason Schoeneberg

11:AM Worship Leaders

Word in Worship:  Heidi Gleason
Liturgist: Jan Cribbs
Head Usher: Jack Kittle
Ushers: Bill Castle, Susan Castle, Chet McQuaide, Holly Williams,Tucker Schoeneberg, Elsa Cayce
Greeter: Betty Busbee
Acolytes:Ruth Cannon Bonner, Boone Pittman
AV: Dante Renzulli

Extended Session:
 Virginia Legener
2-3 yr olds: Marie Schoeneberg
4-6 yr olds: Heidi Gleason, Jason Schoeneberg
Floater: JD McCrary

Flowers: Today’s flowers are given by Debra Robinson 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].

Liturgical Arts, Tuesday, November 13, 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. Contact is Ellen Gadberry: [email protected]

You are invited to contribute to the display of Greenery and Poinsettias in our sanctuary this Advent and Christmas. Your contribution of $20.00 to North Decatur Presbyterian Church may be made in honor or memory of a loved one, or in celebration of an event. See order form on website or click here. Forms will also be available in the Narthex. Please return the completed form and payment to the church office by Monday, December 3.

Change for Change

For November, our loose change will go to support Community Ministries work with Decatur Cooperative Ministry to assist with transitional house repairs. Please continue to contribute your loose change in the offering to help our children learn the habit of giving joyfully. Thank you for your contributions. 

Coffee and Fellowship

Thank you to our Tucker Parish for providing our refreshments this Sunday. 
To find out when your parish or church group is sponsoring Fellowship and Refreshments, or to volunteer to host, please contact Holly Williams at [email protected] or sign up at


Faith for a Lifetime: 3rd Stage – Adolescence, Rev. David Lewicki preaching. 
During our adolescence, we find our selves by reflecting of what others think of us. With the emerging ability to understand others’ actions and motives, our relationships are essential to identity and meaning making. Our self-worth is determined by the approval of others. We are able to think abstractly, and we develop more complex and strongly-held beliefs about the world. Teenage faith is provocative, creative, and powerful.

Personnel Updates

As Iyabo is getting ready to be out for three weeks, Lin Wormley will be helping with the e-communications in her absence. Please forward all items for In Touch and Communicator to both [email protected] and [email protected] until further notice. 

Do you know a friendly and highly organized person to join our staff as our part-time Operations CoordinatorPlease refer them to our job posting and job description on our website.  We are looking to hire immediately and are considering both temporary and permanent help.

Call for Office Volunteers: Going forward into the new year, the Personnel Committee is seeking volunteers to help with administrative tasks and visitors during peak office hours. If you are interested and can help us pilot this program, please email [email protected].

Adult Education


Ongoing Class

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 11 and 18
Facilitators: Pastoral Staff and Engagement Team 
Location: Pastors’ Study

Old Testament 101: What Say The Prophets?
Dates: November 11 Facilitators: Elise Ledbetter and Ginny Bowen Location:Large Classroom

Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Dates: November 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  

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: November 11, 18; Dec 2, 9, 16 
Facilitators: April Biagioni, Jesse Bowen, Claudia Brogan, Bob Goggins, Shelly Roberts, Bob Way 
Location: Library 

New Upcoming Classes

Creating A Culture of Generosity 
What does a Culture of Generosity look like? Where do we see it in our everyday lives? How does a generosity mindset benefit both the community and ourselves personally? And how do we cultivate it? Join us as we explore these questions using readings from Diana Butler Bass’s new book, Grateful, and other texts. We’ll discuss and use exercises to dive deeper into the topic together. 
Dates: November 18; December 2, 9, 16 
Facilitators: Roberta Goldbaugh 
Location: Parlor 

The Theologies We Sing  
How does our hymnody shape our theology, and how is our theology represented in the songs we sing? Does our hymnody represent the theological breadth and depth of our broader tradition? What history does it tell and who is left out? Each class will explore an element of the hymnody represented in Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal. Learners will identify the theological, historical, and sociocultural elements present within the Church’s song and connect to God through song. 
Dates: November 18; December 2, 9, 16 
Facilitators: Alexandra Mauney
Location: Large Classroom 
 Click here to access the Fall 2018 Adult Education Brochure.

Commitment Campaign

Last Call!
Our Commitment Campaign has come to an end – but that doesn’t mean the door has closed on the opportunity to participate. You can still play a part! If you have not yet made your 2019 commitment, please do so this week. You can use the forms we sent out a few weeks ago, or you can download a Pledge Card and a Time & Talent Sheet. Send them to the address below or bring them to church with you.
Email[email protected]
Postal Delivery:
North Decatur Presbyterian Church
611 Medlock Rd.
Decatur GA 30030
Be a part of this! 
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.

Children and Youth

From Elder Marion Reeves 

(contact [email protected]):


The K-5 Sunday school classes are learning about Daniel, a Believer in Babylon.  After learning all three parts of the story and performing Daniel in the Lion’s Den, the children will view the entire story and look at how the three fit together. Video day with Karen Fletcher this Sunday!  November 18 the children will hear about the work at El Refugio and what it is like today for some people to live in a foreign land.
Mark your calendars for the Advent Festival November 25!  Food, music, crafts and preparation for the Advent season for children of all ages 0-100.


The high school and middle school Sunday school classes have been combined through the end of the year.  Sarah Zimbardi will join David Root and Lin Wormley as a teacher in this class.  The high school room will be open fellowship among any high school youth who are present but do not wish to join the middle school group.  
Evening Fellowship will be at 6 with the communicants class following supper. 

Confirmation 2018-2019

Confirmation for 8th and 9th graders has begun. Our next meeting is Sunday, November 11th, 6pm-7:30 pm A full schedule is available here. 

Session 4: Who is Your Lord?

In attendance: Confirmands, Mentors
Bible: Philippians 2:1–13; Exodus 3:13–15; 1 Kings 18:20–39
To claim Jesus Christ as Lord is one way we express trust in the gracious mercy of God. God sent Jesus to human beings to show us how to live in loyalty to Jesus (Jesus is Lord). As Presbyterians, we affirm the Lordship of Jesus Christ so that nothing else in the world can claim lordship in our lives.

If you missed confirmation sessions, you and your child can watch the videos together on our Vimeo page below and discuss using the parent/mentor guide.

Contact [email protected] for information.  

Congregational Care

Circle of Care, Sunday, November 11th, 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 

Call for Volunteers for Initiative For Affordable Housing Christmas Party, Saturday December 8, 1:00 – 4:00 pm: Every year we hold a very special Christmas Party here at NDPC with the Initiative for Affordable Housing. Special guests are the families who live in housing provided by the Initiative. You are invited to share Christmas joy with arts and crafts, games – even a bouncy house, snacks, fellowship and visits with Santa for all the children. The children from the Initiative get to “shop” for a special gift for their parents in the “Santa Shop”. We need volunteers to:

  • bring lots of snacks and tasty treats,
  • do all the things you do to make a party fun for the children and parents.

So, take time to pause during the hectic holidays and join in the fellowship with the initiative community. To volunteer or for more information, contact Linda Davis ([email protected]) or Nancy Gathany ([email protected]). 

Annual Memory Walk for “John Kane,” Sunday, November 11, 10am, Piedmont Park This is an opportunity to raise money for Kate’s Club. We are walking in John’s memory as the “John Kane Tip Toe Walking Team.” I am just hoping to lure a few people to help make Frederick feel special, like people remember his dad. Sign up here. For more information, please contact Ashley Kane at [email protected].

SAGES (Senior Group) Tuesday, November 13, 12 noon, Fellowship Hall: (Date changed from the 6th due to election) and catered by Badda Bing for $8.00. Our program will be presented by local author Ann Temkin who was a participant in this year’s AJC Decatur Book Festival.  Ann  will share life experiences of rediscovering God’s journey for her leading to the publication of her book “The Smoking Nun.” Besides being a writer, Ann is an ordained minister. Watch for a reservation reminder from Jim Goodspeed or contact him at [email protected].

Calling all hikers! Urban Hike, Saturday, November 17, 9:30 am: Please join Kip Duchon and Les Boyd on this urban hike. Meet in the Medlock Park ball fields parking lot near the bathrooms on the hill. From there the group will enter Mason Mill Park and hike to the new South Peachtree Creek Emory Connector Trail. We take the connector trail to enter Lullwater Park. Final destination is Hahn Woods trail. Then we turn around and head back. Medlock Park ball fields are 2 minutes and 33 seconds from NDPC. We should be done by lunch time. Feel free to hike all or part of the trails with us. Check map quest for directions if you have a flip phone like me. For more information contact Les Boyd at [email protected].

Poetry Group, Tuesday, November 20, at 2:00 p.m. parlor:
We continue to explore the wonderful world of poetry which seems to be endless!  All are welcome so come join us. For more information, please contact Barbara Jung at [email protected]

Craftivism at NDPC, Tuesday, November 20, 6:30 pm, Education Hall: All are welcome at the NDPC Craftivists Meet-Up. Join us for dessert and fellowship at 6:30, followed by making and more fellowship from 7-8:30 pm. Craftivism is part of our Adult Education offerings.  Contact Ellen Gadberry at [email protected].

Homeless Laundry Ministry, Wednesday, November 21, 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]

Alternative Gift Market, December 1st

Call for Volunteers: 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].

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.

Book Group, December 6, 7:00 PM will be at Mike Nichols, to discuss “Where the Wild Coffee Grows” by Jeff Koehler.  This is a short but thorough book on everything coffee, botanically, culturally, anthropologically, historically, and even forecasting the future.  If you are someone who thinks nothing of spending over $50 for a half-pound bag of beans for that essential flavor, or if you are someone who would want to know why ANYONE would consider spending more than $50 for a half-bag pound of beans, then this might just be the book for you.  Also, Mike will finally demonstrate those custom-built speakers. For more information contact Kip Duchon at [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.)
Please check out our suppliers and support their farm at

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 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.


Join Presbyterians for a Better Georgia, 2018 Georgia Legislative Forum, Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:00-8:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm, Druid Hills Presbyterian Church (Admission and parking are free): 
Following the results of the November midterms, it’s more important than ever to get to know your local legislators and learn how to best advocate for the issues that matter to you. What happens under the Gold Dome at the Georgia State Capital has a huge impact on our communities — from housing to safety to healthcare. State-level issues have a larger impact on citizens than federal laws, but receive far less attention.

Join Presbyterians for a Better Georgia for the 2018 Georgia Legislative Forum, featuring a panel of distinguished state legislators and an early insider preview of the upcoming legislative session. Hear about what’s ahead on critical issues affecting healthcare, affordable housing, homelessness and other priority issues. Plus, take part in a post-election discussion to understand what’s at stake for Georgia’s future. Register today by visiting our website at We look forward to seeing you there!
Panelists for this year’s forum include legislators from across the aisle and across the state:

Rep. Elect Becky Evans (D), Atlanta GA
Rep. Sharon Cooper (R), Marietta GA
Sen. Nan Orrock (D), Atlanta GA
Rep. David Wilkerson (D), Powder Springs GA
Sen. Chuck Hufstetler (R), Rome GA (invited)

February 7-9, 2019, Multidisciplinary conference on Migration and Border Crossings
by Columbia Theological Seminary and Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion are excited to co-host an important multidisciplinary conference in the Spring of 2019 at CTS. For more information, please see

Donations of clothing for women and children for homeless shelter: Zaria Dyer, our beloved nursery worker, is asking for donations for My Sister’s House, an overnight homeless shelter for women and children between the dates of Nov. 5th – 18th.  If you would like to help her and the Scotties for Change at Agnes Scott College, please bring donations to a basket which will be located in the lobby outside the church office. Contact: Deedee Murphy at [email protected]. Items needed are:

  1. Towels and washcloths
  2. Cleaning supplies (Clorox wipes, Windex, Lysol, etc.)
  3. Jackets and coats (All sizes, especially larger sizes)
  4. Scarves
  5. Gloves
  6. Winter Hats
  7. Fall/winter clothing
  8. Diapers, Pull-ups (All sizes)
  9. Baby food and formula
  10. Infant and toddler clothing, socks and shoes
  11. Soap, shower gel, lotion, shampoo, and conditioner (Regular size)

Office Matters

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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
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