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A Word From Peace and Justice
The impeachment inquiry. Wildfires in California. Blizzards in Montana in October. A drought in Georgia and other southern states. Children separated from their parents and put in cages at our national border. Bombs forcing the Kurds to leave home as they are attacked by Turkey. Signs in my neighborhood displaying the names of two people running for mayor who have different visions of the future for our community. Some days the violence and hate in this world seems overwhelming. Many of us have chosen to shut off the information, to disengage, to do nothing.
Micah 6:8 “God has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does God require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.”
God has made a covenant with us…what will you covenant in response?
“If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in this land I gave your ancestors forever and ever.” Jeremiah 7:5-8
In addition, participants will learn about the 2020 Census and Faith Communities (pick up your toolkit), hear stories of success from Intown Collaborative Ministries, and have the opportunity to network with others who care and serve in ministries that seek better access to housing and healthcare. For more information, please contact Kathleen Allen [email protected]
Our rainbow has added more colors this past week, but it still has some rays missing!
November 23rd is the deadline to receive all pledges and time and talent sheets. We aim for 100% participation to make the rainbow of our covenant complete.
It’s easy to pledge and to sign up your time and talent ONLINE. You can either mail in your pledge card and time and talent sheet, bring them to church on Sunday or fill it out online through Realm. We ask that you honor the deadline of November 23, so our committees have time to adjust budgets, as needed. Please don’t wait. Your ray of light in the NDPC rainbow is needed!
~ Jill Jacques, Stewardship
Worship is now live streaming on Facebook!
If you can’t be with us but still want to be with us Sunday morning, you can join the worship through the live stream on Facebook. Just go to our Facebook page and look for it under “Videos.” Tell your friends! https://www.facebook.com/NDPChurch
Sunday, November 17, 2019
8:30 a.m. Worship Leaders
11:00 a.m. Worship Leaders
Nursery: Sherrill Terry
The flowers in the sanctuary are given by the Worship Committee for all the good NDPC does in the world.
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].
Come Join the Choir on Sunday, November 24
If you are interested in joining the choir for just one Sunday, here is your opportunity. Meet us in the Choir Room on November 24 at 10:30 a.m. and there will be a seat for you. Open to all ages so come sing together as a family. For more information contact Clint Miller at [email protected].
Throughout November, we explore PROPHECY. God knows that everyone called into power is corrupted by it. God ensures that every leader in the world is accompanied by a prophet. The prophet walks alongside the leader, is immune to the siren song of power, has no vested interest in what is, and their sole job is to keep their eyes on God’s vision of Beloved Community. Because the prophet can see and hear God when the leader can’t, the prophet can say whether the leader’s decisions create justice. When they do not, the prophet speaks truth to power. All month, we will talk about God’s prophets, beginning with an overview of Biblical prophecy, then meeting three great prophets: Elijah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah.
Change for Change
For the month of November, Change for Change will support Just DeKalb, a new group of churches addressing affordable housing, health care, education, criminal justice, and equal opportunity.
During September, the loose change focus was Decatur Cooperative Ministries which runs Hagar’s House, a shelter for families. As a result of the congregation’s generosity, NDPC donated $725 to support DCM.
Greenery And Poinsettias
You are invited to contribute to the display of greenery and poinsettias in our sanctuary this Advent and Christmas. Your contribution of $20.00 payable to North Decatur Presbyterian Church may be made in honor or memory of a loved one, or in celebration of an event. See the order form on the website. Click here. Forms will also be available in the Narthex. Please return the completed form and payment to the church office by Monday, December 2nd. For more information email [email protected].
Thanks to John Pribbenow of the Tucker Parish (twice in a row!) 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].
New Rotating Class: Yoga and the Power of Radical Kinship
In this gentle yoga class, we will start and end each week with a reading from Father Gregory Boyle on the power of radical kinship. In between, we’ll use breath, movement, and mindful presence to explore how we can open to greater connection with all people. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. We’ll have extras if you don’t.
Are you visiting NDPC? Would you like to learn more about being a part of this beloved community? Join David Lewicki and several Engagement team members on November 17th in the library at 9:30 a.m. for the Inquirers Class. Contact [email protected] with any questions. We hope to see you there!
Forming Us Parenting Class
Facilitators: Kimberly Broerman ([email protected]), John Morgan and others
The Artistry of the Bible
For more information, see www.ndpc.org/story. This 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.
Craftivists and Liturgical Arts – On Thursdays!
Dates & Times: 1st & 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m. (Craftivists);
Children and Youth
Still Small Voice
This is the last week of our rotation studying the “still, small voice” that spoke to Elijah and gave him strength. During this series, we have practiced the disciplines of saying a breath prayer, listening to our own hearts and to God’s heart, and using our mindfulness to help us see the differences between justice and injustice.
Mr. Carl helped us make simple bread, like the widow of 1 Kings 17 makes for Elijah, Ms. Pam helped us act-out Elijah’s challenge of idol worship, and with Ms. Mary, we have crafted fun raven beak cards and origami snappers. This Sunday, we will share our breath prayers with the Parenting Class.
On Sunday, November 24th, we will have a combined K-5 Sunday school class. December 1st will be our intergenerational Advent Festival, and then we will start our Advent rotation. If you’d like to help teach a rotation, click here to let Erin know!
Nourish Our Youth!
Volunteers are needed to provide a simple meal on Sunday evenings so our youth and children’s choir can be fed before their fellowship time. Volunteers agree to provide a meal for 30-40 people, set up tables and buffet in the fellowship hall and serve the meal from 6-6:30-p.m. Lastly, volunteers agree to clean up the kitchen and Fellowship Hall once the youth have finished their meal. It’s a fun way to serve in our church! Need more details? Contact Kate Mosley [email protected].
This Sunday: Thank you, Karen Fletcher, for volunteering to feed our youth and children’s choir.
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].
Craftivists Group, Thursday, November 14th, 7:00 p.m., Studio Classroom: We will NOT meet at NDPC. Instead, all are encouraged to attend the Presbyterians for a Better Georgia Legislative Forum at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church. Under the auspices of the NDPC Peace and Justice Committee, the Craftivists Group seeks to address social justice and contemporary issues calling for activism by “crafting for a cause.” Thursday’s PBG event will guide us as we set our priorities for the months ahead. RSVP at https://www.p4bg.org/ Contact: Ellen Gadberry at [email protected]
Liturgical Arts Group, Thursday, November 21st, 7:00 p.m., 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].
Women of North Decatur – Join the fun! Remember to Save The Dates of Friday, Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2020, for the next NDPC Women’s Retreat at Montreat, NC. Never been to Montreat? Montreat is a Presbyterian Conference Center nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Black Mountain, North Carolina (Asheville area). Check it out: montreat.org!
Also: We need to get a preliminary count of attendees for the Women’s Retreat at Montreat: Feb 28-March 1, 2020. We particularly need to know if you plan to stay at Assembly Inn, as we need to secure those rooms by November 25.
We will share registration forms and deposit/payment deadlines after the first of the year. Contact Fran Mohr at [email protected] if you’re interested in helping or have questions.
Service and Missions
Hagar’s House Volunteers Needed. Please sign up now!: NDPC is serving dinner at Hagar’s House shelter the week of December 8th. Hagar’s House is an emergency night shelter and assessment center with support services for families with children. The shelter offers at least 30 nights of short-term housing and has room for up to 30 guests. We ask for a couple of people or a family to cook a meal and bring it to the Decatur shelter and a couple of people or a family to serve dinner for a couple of hours at the shelter each night that week. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jason Schoeneberg at [email protected] or by signing up online here:
Mercy Community Church laundry/clothes closet needs list: Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, a group of volunteers meet at the Medlock Coin Laundry to wash clothes, study scripture, and pray with each other. Doug Clark, a volunteer says, “Homeless folks have dirty clothes too. It always makes me especially sad when there are children’s clothes in the load. We always think of the homeless as down and out adults. Often, there are children caught up in this madness. Special volunteers pick up the clothes at Druid Hills Presbyterian and deliver them to the Medlock Coin Laundry. A group from NDPC meets twice a month at Medlock Laundry to wash and fold clothes for our homeless friends. The NDPC group that helps are from all walks of life (some even have jobs). Besides doing clothes, there is great fellowship and before folding, there is always a thought-provoking devotional and we always end with a prayer. Have Mercy!”
Homeless Laundry Ministry, Wednesday, November 20th, 6 p.m., Medlock Laundry: Help wash clothes for our neighbors who are homeless. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, a group of volunteers meet at the Medlock Coin Laundry to wash clothes, study scripture, and pray with each other. Contact: Dee Raeside, [email protected].
Alternative Gift Market at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: We have a great group of vendors again this year and have updated our publicity flyers. Feel free to print them out to display at your places of work and use them for your social media publicity if you are a vendor. Others, feel free to print them out and place them at your places of work or in your community. Note there are 2 flyers, one full page, and one with 2 half pages. As you know the more people hearing about this means more chances for purchases. For holiday gift-giving that makes a difference, come see us. Contact: Deedee Murphy, [email protected]. To volunteer contact: Linda Curry, [email protected].
Angel Tree in 3 Easy Steps:
On the back of each angel ornament is the name of a child with the child’s Christmas gift wish. Here are the three steps:
That’s it. Three easy steps to bring joy and smiles to children. For questions contact Annie Godfrey at [email protected].
Holiday Dinners for Shalom International Ministry. Shalom is hosting holiday meals for the children, young adults, and their families. Here are three ways to help
1. You can go to shalompcusa.org and click the “Give” button toward the top right of the page. There, you enter your contact and giving information. Toward the bottom of the screen, look for the “NOTES” section, where you can type in “Holiday Dinners” prior to clicking the “Process” button.
2. You can write a check to “Shalom International Ministry” with a memo “Holiday Dinners.” Send the check to Amy Remaklus at 604 Kirk Rd, Apt. 5 Decatur, GA 30030.
3. If you wish to directly donate food, decorations, or small gifts for the children, please contact Amy Remaklus at [email protected] or 419-890-9145 to set that up.
Always remember that all thoughts, prayers, and donations are very-much appreciated! Contact: Nancy Gathany: [email protected].
Mission Trip for Hurricane Recovery in the Panhandle in February 2020: Decatur, Covenant, North Decatur, and Westminster Presbyterian churches call others to return with us to the Panama City area for renovation efforts over President’s Weekend, February 14-17 (Friday – Monday), 2020. It doesn’t matter if you have handy skills or not, there are ways anyone can help, no matter what age. We will be staying at the comfortable cabins at Dogwood Acres Retreat Center (each cabin has heat and air) in Chipley, Florida and coordinating efforts through the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Presbytery of Florida. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Most of the country has forgotten the devastation of Hurricane Michael but many renovation efforts have just begun after a year of demolition cleanup. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is there for the long haul. Check with Rev. Richard Hill ([email protected]) or Rev. Todd Speed ([email protected]) if interested. Cost is about $150.
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 about seven churches/synagogues. We currently have a 32-year-old man from Jamaica who is living in a recently renovated room at Columbia Presbyterian Church. He is applying for asylum. NDPC is responsible for providing food and transportation for him every Thursday. In addition to providing food and occasional transport, we hope that volunteers will get to know him and enjoy time with him in community activities. We need volunteers to help with this. If you can help on a one-time or ongoing basis, please contact Karen or Bert Weaver at kekweaver.com. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
Save the Date
Rental Needed: Our Ministry Fellow Rob Schoonover and his fiancé, Melissa are looking for an affordable (i.e., budget-friendly) place (guest house, basement apartment, townhome) to rent around the Decatur/Tucker area. Their move-in date is flexible but would like to have something by early 2020. They are open to any and all suggestions. If you have any leads feel free to send an email to [email protected].
Rock Spring Presbyterian Church’s final worship service. RSVP now: Our fellow members and elders at Rock Springs have discerned the need to complete their ministry together as a congregation and to celebrate with a final worship service. The PC(USA) is a connectional church. Our impact as followers of Christ especially in service to our community is increased through our shared ministry among congregations. If you have been impacted by the ministry of Rock Spring Presbyterian, we invite you to join Rick Neale and Cathy Fincher who will attend the final worship service at Rock Spring on November 17, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Their clerk of session Mary Gowing wrote inviting any of our members to a catered luncheon: “Rock Spring cordially invites all our friends in ministry, former members, and all who would like a chance to say farewell to the congregation and to celebrate its ministry to join us at this final worship service and also to join us for a catered luncheon afterward. If you are planning to attend only the worship service there is no need to RSVP. However, if you would like to attend the catered lunch afterward we are taking reservations to assure enough food for all. There is no cost to the luncheon. The deadline for luncheon R.S.V.P. is Monday, November 11, 2019. Go to: https://RockSpringPres.brownpapertickets.com to make your luncheon reservation or if you do not have access to a computer you may call the Rock Spring Presbyterian Church office at 404-875-7483.”
Reconsidering the Iron Curtain: The Inter-German Border Thirty Years On: A talk with Astrid M. Eckert, Thursday, November 14th, 5:00 p.m., Jones Room 311 Woodruff Library: Emory University’s Department of History is presenting a talk featuring our very own Astrid M. Eckert, who is an associate professor. She will be in conversation with Joseph Crespino, Jimmy Carter Professor and Chair about her book, Environment, Economy, and Culture in the Borderlands: West Germany and the Iron Curtain. A reception will follow this hour-long conversation and is co-sponsored by the Department of German Studies. Astrid spoke about her book recently at the Women’s Together group last week, and a few people said they were sorry to have missed it. For more information, please contact Astrid M. Eckhert [email protected].
New Worshiping Community, Sunday, November 17th, 4 p.m., Harrington Center Auditorium at Columbia Theological Seminary: David’s Court, a new international worshiping community will be collaborating with Shalom Ministries to host a worship service called “Nations Worship.” It will include poetry, dance and song representing many countries and faith traditions. An international potluck will follow the service. All are welcome. Questions: [email protected]
Help Wanted: CTS is currently seeking applicants for an Executive Assistant, President’s Office. Please refer any qualified candidates to our job posting on our website. Contact: Sarah Flynn Erickson [email protected].