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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? 
Bring them to North Decatur.  We’d love to meet them during any of the following activities this week or throughout the year.

  • Worship services at 8:30 am and 11 am
  • During the church school hour (9:30-10:30 am) there are numerous choices for:
    • Adults who can participate in one of the following classes
      • Forming Us Parenting Class
      • The Artistry of the Bible
      • Comfort My People – Strengthening Spirit and Self 
    • Children as they continue their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land learning about Moses and the exodus of the Hebrew people
  • Coffee and Fellowship at 10:30 am
  • Circle of Care at 4:30 p.m. in the parlor – Offering support and fellowship for caregivers and those living with mental or physical health issues
  • Children and Youth Dinner at 6:00 pm
  • Youth Group for middle- and high-schoolers at 6:30 pm
  • Children’s Choir Rehearsal at 6:30 pm

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. 

  • Handbell Choir – Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 pm
  • Balcony Choir – Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 pm
  • Knit Wits – Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10 am
  • Craftivists Group – Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 pm

For more events, go to the NDPC Calendar at 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.
~ Fran Mohr for the Engagement Committee

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!


Sunday, September 22, 2019 

8:30 AM Worship Leaders
Head Usher: Martha Shepherd
Usher: Susan Castle

11:00 AM Worship Leaders

Word in Worship:  Ginny Bowen
Liturgist: Staff
Head Usher:  Cindy Hays                                                          
Ushers:  Rex Levoy, Lynn Levoy, Sallie Owens, Pat Mueller
Greeter:  Jan Cribbs
AV: Dante Renzulli
Extended Session:

Nursery: Kimberly Broerman
Floater: Andrea Morgan
Toddlers: Linda Curry
PreK-1st Grade:  TBD (volunteers still needed)

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. 

Community Fellowship

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.


Adult Education

Online Brochure available here. 

Forming Us Parenting Class 

Facilitators: Kimberly Broerman ([email protected]), John Morgan and others
Location: Parent Classroom in the Children’s Education Building
Dates: Every Sunday

The Artistry of the Bible

For more information, see 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.
Facilitators: Rick Neale and others
Location: Studio Classroom in Sanctuary Building
Dates: Every Sunday

Comfort My People – Strengthening Spirit and Self 

Dates: September 15, 22, and 29; October 6, and 13.
Facilitators: Kathleen Allen, Rusty Godwin, Audra Grace, Kathryn Sandifer
Location: Parlor in Sanctuary Building

Craftivists and Liturgical Arts – On Thursdays! 

Dates & Times: 1st & 3rd Thursday, 7 pm (Craftivists);
                           2nd & 4th Thursday, 7 pm (Liturgical Arts) 
Facilitator: Ellen Gadberry [email protected]
Location: Studio Classroom in Sanctuary Building

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.

Youth Group

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! 


Congregational Care

Circle of Care, Sunday, September 22nd, 4:30 pm, Parlor:
 We meet twice a month and offer 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. October dates are 13th and 27th. Contact Mary Anona, [email protected].

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].

Community Life

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: 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.”
–Ivy Rutzky

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:”
“On bedroom ceiling katydid chirped plaintively all night long.
Cupping him gently within my hands I released him to the morning.
He would never find a mate in my bedroom.
If this were a fairytale, I should have kissed him first.”

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
Israel presents a benefit dinner, Saturday, September 21st, 2019
, Renaissance Waverly Hotel, 2450 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339, 6:30 pm: This event will be a presentation on Palestine, A New Approach, Advocacy and Alliances with speakers Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib. Tickets are available for $50 online at For more information, please contact Sarah Humphrey: [email protected]

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 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

  • Atlanta Pride Festival, Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13. 
  • Churchwide retreat, Mountain Top Inn / FDR State Park, GA, October 18-20, 2019. Jill Jacques [email protected] or Thom Schreck, Community Fellowship, [email protected].
  • NDPC’s 2020 Women’s Retreat, Montreat, NC, February 28 to March 1, 2020.


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

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: 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:

  • Refugee Care and the Church’s role
  • The Least of These: Engaging Presbyterians in the work of Preventing and Alleviating Poverty
  • Community Organizing
  • Farming Cooperatives
  • SDOP grants for grassroots groups for community-led & controlled projects
  • Panel discussion by local clergy and non-profits

Who can Benefit from SDOP Community Engagement Day:
Presbyterians, the Atlanta faith-based community, local grassroots groups, community-based organizations, community activists, and foundations. Join us for a day where the community and church partner to tackle issues facing your community, or visit, or email [email protected].

Bearing Witness: Faith, Remembrance, and the Journey Toward Racial Justice,” Saturday, September 21st at 7:00 pm, sanctuary of Decatur First United Methodist Church: This event will engage communities of faith in honest reflection about the history and ongoing legacy of racial violence in our communities. The event is offered in cooperation with the DeKalb County Remembrance Project, which is working with the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, to create a memorial to victims of lynching in DeKalb County. The event is free and open to the public, with registration required by Sept. 20. Register here. Free childcare is available. For more information contact Ryan Bonfiglio [email protected]Bearing Witness features two keynote speakers, Austin Channing Brown and Hank Klibanoff.

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.”

  • Tuesday, October 1 at 7:30 pm there will be a prayer at Central Presbyterian Church followed by a brief welcome of the brothers to Atlanta.
  • Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00 pm at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip for a conversation about the theme of “Taizé and Hospitality,” followed by prayer at 8:00 in the Mikell Chapel.
  • Thursday, October 3 at the main church at St.Thomas More Catholic Church in Decatur at 7:00 pm around the theme of “Pilgrimage and Building Trust,” followed by Taizé prayer at 8:00 pm.

Join us for any evening! For more information see the Taizé Atlanta Facebook page or Contact: Lisa Persons [email protected].

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