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Update on El Refugio
As you know, a team of us regularly visit Stewart Detention Center. This is an update about our last visit and information about the post-release program that will begin next month.
A second special happening was meeting Michelle Fierro. She is El Refugio’s newly hired Coordinator for the Post Release Program which is scheduled to begin in March. Michelle is a wonder…. She is full of life and sympathy and knowledge. She helped Dawn with information about medical assistance and gift cards for gas and food for the trip back. She helped us understand the exciting plans for the post-release program. We puffed out our chests in a too ‘proud-full’ way as we remembered the NDPC helped get the program going with our $4,500 contribution from the Alternative Gift Market. More on that program below.
El Refugio’s Post Release Program to begin in March 2020
To apply, fill out our short application form online at [email protected]
Sunday, March 1st, 2020
8:30 a.m. Worship Leaders
11:00 a.m. Worship Leaders
Liturgist: Barbara Gifford
Nursery: Laura Eby
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].
We have arrived at the season of Lent, a season of simplifying and deepening our faith. We “give up” something in order to clarify our reliance on God. We “take up” practices of prayer and serving others that bring our lives into alignment with God’s will. During the Sundays in March, we will explore the 6th “Big Idea” of the Bible, mercy. Mercy, we will discover on the first Sunday in Lent, is the primary aspect of God’s character; God is merciful.
Worship live streams 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
Word in Worship
Fulfill your baptismal vows! Tell a story, read a book, reflect on scripture, sing a song! Share a message with the children during the 11 a.m. worship service. You will receive the scheduled liturgy the week you are signed up to lead and you are always welcome to reach out to the week’s preacher for help in planning. Questions? Contact Erin Reed Cooper at [email protected] Review the available slots on the Sign Up Genius.
Change for Change
For the month of March, our loose change offering will go to RIP Medical Debt, to coincide with the worship theme throughout the month of “mercy:” RIP Medical Debt to remove the burden of medical debt for individuals and families in our community.
Thanks to NDPC Fellowship for providing our refreshments this Sunday. The 2020 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 Thom Schreck at [email protected].
Do you have an idea for a class, workshop, or small group that you’d like to share?
Lenten Wednesday Night Class
Just Neighbors: A Lenten Conversation Between Congregations
Wednesdays in Lent, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
How do we love our neighbor when we are separated from our neighbors by visible and invisible walls? In this Lenten Wednesday class, participants will explore Scripture, our own life stories, and the particular history of DeKalb County together. We will discuss how we can be neighbors to one another in this “Beloved Community.” Participants will be drawn from the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross and North Decatur Presbyterian Church. Enrollment is not limited. Because the goal of the class is to develop relationships, we ask that participants attend as many class sessions as you are able. Registration: Send an email to [email protected] to sign up.
Just and Sustainable Food: Transforming our Food System
Forming Us Parenting Class
Children, Youth, and Families
On Sunday, February 23, we began a new rotation, “Wholeness and Healing.” We are studying the story of Jesus healing 10 people, with only one returning to give thanks. This rotation will run from February 23 – March 15. Together, we’ll explore the relationship between being thankful and being whole and healed.
Children’s choir will meet on March 1st.
Youth Group this week:
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].
Thank you to Anne Dishman for preparing the meal for next Sunday, March 1st.
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].
Men’s Retreat April 24 to 26 (Note Date Change), Highlands, North Carolina: Join NDPC Men’s Fellowship for a weekend of great food, fun, fellowship, and reflection. We will have a variety of activities inside and outside appealing to different interests and abilities, all to create an environment of coming together. Tim Merritt will lead us with the topic, “What Do Movies Say to Men?” We will be staying in houses of members with overflow rooms available in a local resort if needed. This is the corrected date for the Men’s Retreat: April 24-26. Mark your calendar because we *really* want to see you there! You are a hardworking team and you are much, much appreciated. Thanks for all the many things you help the people of this church accomplish. Put it on your calendar and sign up in the Narthex or email your interest to Kip Duchon at [email protected]. More details to follow.
Salt Shakers! If you signed up for this year’s program of meals and fellowship, you should have received your assignments by email last Monday. If you did not get your assignments, please send a note to [email protected] and he will send you a copy. If you forgot to sign up it’s not too late – spaces are available in the February and March gatherings. Send a note to [email protected] if you would like to join in the fun.
Book Study of Creativity and Divine Surprise: Finding the Place of Your Resurrection, Thursday, February 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Studio Classroom: This four-session book study is a follow-up to the creative process introduced by Karla Kincannon earlier this month. Join us even if you didn’t make the Saturday event for a time of conversation and creative expression – our focus is on the process, and on our Imago Dei fellowship. The remaining dates for this book study are 3/12, 3/26 while meetings of the Craftivists Group are on hiatus until later this spring. Contact: Ellen Gadberry [email protected].
Liturgical Arts Group, Thursday, March 5, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Studio Classroom: The joyful 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. Our projects are guided and participatory, and all adults are welcome to this “visual choir.” We build our skills by doing, so no prerequisite talent is needed! This class meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Contact: Ellen Gadberry st[email protected].
Book Group, March 5 at 7:00 p.m., at Roger Duvall’s “Beloved” by Tony Morrison: Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Contact Kip Duchon. [email protected]
SAGES Luncheon, Tuesday, March 10, noon, Fellowship Hall. Program: Jan Cribbs, (a member of NDPC and SAGES and also of Southern Order of Storytellers) presents: “It’s Women’s History Month, and ‘Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History’. . . or do they?” For $8 a wonderful lunch catered by Badda Bing is available. Please make your lunch reservation by 4 p.m. on Sunday 3/8 with Jim Goodspeed at or notify the church office. Our meetings are open to the congregation-at-large and friends. Contact: Jim Goodspeed, [email protected]
Service and Missions
Moms Demand Action, State Capitol, February 27: Last year, hundreds of people attended Moms Demand Action – Georgia Advocacy Day. We rallied together to advocate for common-sense gun laws with our state legislators. This year, we are going back on February 27th to continue our fight! Will you join us? Come to the Georgia State Capitol to show our legislators that Moms Demand Action is a force to be reckoned with. There will be a short rally at the church across the street, and then we will head to the capitol in our red shirts to talk to our legislators. Contact Deedee Murphy at [email protected] if you are interested in joining us.
Presbyterians for a Better Georgia: Join Presbyterians for a Better Georgia in partnership with Central Outreach & Advocacy Center for our annual Lobby Day! Join us for PBG Day at the Capitol on Monday, March 2nd at 7:30 a.m. at Central Presbyterian Church. Come put what you’ve learned into practice as we convene for a morning of advocacy training and issue briefings, then head over to the Capitol for meetings with our elected officials. Event is free to attend! Register online at www.p4bg.org.
PBG Day at the Capitol (NEW DATE!!!!)
Cold Weather Shelter Volunteers: Please keep an eye on the Weather Channel and consider signing up from Thursday through Sunday. See recruitment below.
Cold Nights In Decatur: North Decatur Presbyterian Church is partnering with A Home for Everyone in DeKalb and other churches to manage a cold-weather shelter in Decatur for nights that are below 36 degrees. This year Decatur First United Methodist is housing the shelter. We need volunteers to provide food and to host the evening and overnight shifts. To volunteer at the Decatur First Methodist building, you must first complete a background check and read their safety information. If you have any questions, please contact Roberta Goldbaugh at [email protected], Annie Godfrey at [email protected] or Debra Robinson at [email protected]. Here are the links:
Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra Concert, Saturday, February 29, 7:30 p.m., NDPC Sanctuary: Join the APO for the first concert of 2020 continuing our 15th season! The concert will feature Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto in Bb Major,” and Kieffer’s “. . . and then the Universe exploded.” These composers took chances with their compositions and changed music. Whitt Locke, guest conductor. For ticket information visit atlantaphilharmonic.org.
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 seven churches and synagogues. NDPC is responsible for providing food for asylum seekers every Thursday. The food request is for a main meal and then extra food that can be for a snack or second meal. The New Sanctuary Movement is asking that if you participate, you read and sign a consent form. All pertinent information can be e-mailed to you. If you can help on a one time or ongoing basis, please contact Karen or Bert Weaver at [email protected]. Your help is greatly appreciated.
A group from NDPC is planning on attending the Wild Goose Festival again this summer (July 9-12). As you are making your summer plans, keep it in mind. Wild Goose is a “transformational community grounded in faith-inspired social justice.” It’s three days of lectures, singing, Godly Play, swimming in the French Broad River, Beer and Hymns and a lot of amazing progressive Christians. Very family friendly too! A variety of options for lodging are available but some of us will be camping! Learn more here: https://wildgoosefestival.org/ Reach out to Heidi Gleason ([email protected]) if you want to keep in touch with the others going from NDPC to camp together or to connect at the festival!
Save the Date
Checks will not be processed the week of February 25-27th due to our Office Manager being away. Check requests submitted during this time will be processed the week of March 2nd and will be signed on Sunday, March 8th. Special thanks to Rob Schoonover for taking over the Communicator and InTouch while our Communications Coordinator was out for continuing education.
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