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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.
Please join us!
In this issue:
Sunday, November 11, 2018
8:30 AM Worship Leaders
Head Usher: Cheryl Parlato
11:AM Worship Leaders
Word in Worship: Heidi Gleason
Flowers: Today’s flowers are given by Debra Robinson for all the good work NDPC does in the world.
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.
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 Coordinator? Please 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].
Old Testament 101: What Say The Prophets?
Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Craftivism and Liturgical Arts
Wired Word: Breaking News and The Good News
New Upcoming Classes
Creating A Culture of Generosity
The Theologies We Sing
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.
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.
Session 4: Who is Your Lord?
In attendance: Confirmands, Mentors
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.
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].
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:
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].
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].
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…..you 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 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.
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 www.p4bg.org. We look forward to seeing you there!
Rep. Elect Becky Evans (D), Atlanta GA
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:
NDPC Office hours are 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and upon request by members.
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NDPC Website Member Login: Create a Member Login through www.ndpc.org. 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.