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Thursday, July 30th, 2020
NDPC Gardens Tour
Class of 2023 Elder Nomination Form
The Elder Nominating Committee is receiving recommendations from the congregation until Sunday, August 23rd. We will be nominating six adult members to serve on the Session in the Class of 2023 and two youth who will serve one year in the Class of 2021. Select this link, and follow the prompts to submit your nominee: https://forms.gle/hKUZcRxK4i4XrWxv9
The summer is upon us! While we all take time to recharge and enjoy a slower time, it is important to remember that our co-pastor, Beth Waltemath, will be on break from June 1 until August 1. She will respond to any and all emails starting on August 1 when she returns to the office. Be sure to wish her well for the summer.
For pastoral care concerns contact the church office or [email protected].
~ The Personnel Committee
Highlights This Week
Since our need to communicate with the congregation is especially important right now, you can count on this little section to draw your attention to key items that we want to be sure you do not miss.
David Lewicki preaching. What would you do if you came face-to-face with a lion? We find out what happened to the hero Daniel in this week’s Best. Story. Ever! But what if the lion is more than “just” a lion? What if the lion is also a metaphor for what it’s like when we find ourselves facing an enemy that is ready, willing, and able to destroy us? Take this metaphor one more step: what if I told you this story is a story about surviving in the face of cultural forces that want to destroy your identity–your history, your faith, your language, your dreams? What do you do when you find yourself alone in the lion’s den?
Join us on Facebook at 10:00 a.m. as we gather together virtually as a worshiping community. We will view the pre-recorded video together, comment, “sign” the welcome register and chat with each other, even during the sermon.
Our early risers will enjoy worship by accessing the worship video and bulletin on the website early on Sunday morning.
For Change for Change is for a Fund Raiser for Backpacks and School Uniforms for IAH:
Lemonade and Zoom with Live Communion @ 11:00 a.m. Please Prepare
Yes, last time there was an issue with time. We will have communion on Zoom at 11:00 am. So join us.
Want to connect with other members? We have a tradition of enjoying lemonade outside after worship in the summers. We can’t gather in person yet but we can gather virtually to catch up, break the ice if you are new, and stay cool together through summer fellowship.
Join our host for a virtual “lemonade time” from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. after our Sunday service watch party. Our host will convene us with a warm greeting and ice breaker question. If there are a bunch of us, we will even open up Zoom rooms for smaller groups and rotate us around to mingle and make the most of this super fantastic social set-up.
Here are the link and password to Zoom:
Join Zoom Meeting: https://northhighland.zoom.us/j/97358654270
Flowers for Virtual Worship
Are you a gardener? We invite you to share your gift of gardening with your NDPC family. Take a photo of flowers as they bloom in your garden this summer (or in an arrangement you’ve made) no later than Friday each week to [email protected]. (For use on our slideshow, please crop or take as “landscape/horizontal” format). We’ll include them in our weekly Sunday virtual worship.
Summer Lectio Divina Worship
Join a small group to practice Lectio Divina weekly this summer. Led by Barbara Gifford, we will gather for 30 – 40 minutes by Zoom each Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., June 24 through July 29. If you are interested, please join us for the first gathering on June 24th for an introduction to Lectio Divina.
Zoom into the Choir Room
Zoom into the Choir Room
Zoom into the Choir Room will not meet on August 5 but will resume August 12. Stay tuned to next weeks’ Communicator for the hymn schedule. Just click on the link below to join us. For more information, or if you would like to receive an email with the study materials prior to the Zoom meeting, contact Clint at [email protected] or ask any choir member.
Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85419581195
Children’s Music This Summer
See below in CYF section for children’s music. For more information, contact Clint at [email protected].
Taizé Tuesdays at NDPC
Join us Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. during the month of August (4, 11, 18 and 25) for a contemplative service of music, scripture, prayer, and silence. Meditative songs with few words sung over and over again reinforce the meditative quality of the prayer. A brief word of scripture, prayers for our world and our people, and an extended period of silence. Watch on Facebook Live or Vimeo from our website. The service will be available all week long on the NDPC website for you to watch and participate at your leisure.
New Anti-Racism Class
Do you feel called to take a deeper dive into understanding the ways that race and racism function in America? Join friends from NDPC and take the “21 Day Antiracism Challenge” from August 18th to Labor Day, September 7th. It’s (relatively) simple. For 21 straight days, you will choose 1 reading, video, or podcast from this list. https://myersparkpres.org/project/better-when-were-back-together/. Reflect on the reading by journaling. Over the course of the 21 days, you will have opportunities every Tuesday and Sunday to check-in via Zoom to share what you are thinking and feeling. Register for the 21-Day Antiracism Challenge today by sending an email to [email protected].
Forming Us Parenting Group
“Awakening to Structural Racism” external Adult Education Offering: Stony Point Center and Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, at the request of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, are teaming up to develop online and eventually in-person curriculum to support the Matthew 25 vision. Courses center on the three focuses of the vision: nurturing vital congregations and communities of faith, dismantling structural racism and working to end systemic poverty. Start date: Aug. 10 and consists of weekly four two-hour classes, all online. Find out more and sign up by clicking on this link.
Children, Youth, and Families
Summer Schedule: Your children are invited to join Mr. Clint for singing on Sunday mornings. Age groups are based on children’s 2019-2020 school grade but don’t hesitate to reach out to Clint or Erin to discuss the best placement for your child. We hope you’ll enjoy this opportunity to keep your kids involved in NDPC fun through the Summer. Questions? Email Clint at [email protected].
The Virtual Choir Room will open 15 minutes early.
Kindergarten through Second Grade Summer Singing
Third through Fifth Grade Summer Singing
Youth Group: We will not be meeting Sunday, July 26 or August 2. Please join us on August 9th at 5:30 for youth. Contact Erin at [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 Fellowship via Zoom, Monday, August 3rd, 8:00 p.m.: The Men’s Fellowship group meets every two weeks for conversation and connection: we vent, we discuss movies and TV, how we’re coping, opportunities for service, recipes, you name it. Join us! There’s room for you. If you don’t receive an email with the Zoom link by Monday afternoon, send an email to [email protected] and he’ll hook you up.
Service and Missions
Fund Raiser for Backpacks and School Uniforms:
Back to school in 2020 is an unusually confusing time for parents and students alike. Dekalb schools start this year on Aug 17 with remote learning. The Dekalb County School District will provide Chromebook computers for every student. Families still need to supply the more traditional school supplies such as paper, pencils, and markers for children starting school in August. This can be especially difficult for families facing homelessness. Starting the school year right is so important for children. The Community Ministry committee at North Decatur Presbyterian wants to get their school year off to a great start by giving generously. This year we have created a virtual apple tree where you can pledge your support. “Apples” can now be picked here:
When you pick an “apple”, you are pledging to give a $30 donation which will provide a backpack full of the required school supplies for a grade school student including headphones for their Chromebook and a reusable cloth mask. Picking two apples, a $60 donation, will provide a backpack full of supplies for a middle or high school student. Donations can be sent to the church with normal pledges and other donations. Please indicate “apples” in the memo of your check or online payment so your donation can be directed appropriately. This fundraiser is set to conclude August 16. So pick your apples fast! For more information contact Nancy Gathany: [email protected].
Memorial Drive Ministries Needs:
Coalition For A Diverse DeKalb, Tuesday, August 11th, 6:30 p.m.: We want you to join the growing movement to create local affordable housing! Connect through our new website: www.diversedekalb.org. CDD meets (online) every 2nd Tuesday of the month. All are welcome to join—you don’t have to be an expert to make a difference! Contact Annie Godfrey at [email protected] for details.
Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM) has joined forces with other Decatur-area ministries and non-profits to coordinate a unified community-wide response to COVID. Organizations are participating in a weekly call to gauge numbers and needs. Additionally, these organizations have created a Decatur community Facebook group specifically to ask community members to help meet needs for each organization as they arise. We ask all of our member churches to encourage church members who want to help to join our Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1582975101865743/
Attention, Georgia Voters: Please be aware that you will not receive an absentee ballot application from the Secretary of State as you did for the June 9th election. DeKalb County voters who plan to vote absentee (vote-by-mail) should obtain ballot applications for the upcoming elections (August 11, November 3, December 1) and return them to the DeKalb County Chief Registrar. Go to GA My Voter Page to download/or request an application and mail to:
DeKalb County Chief Registrar
You may check the status of your application/ballot either at GA My Voter Page or by calling the Registrar’s Office at 404-298-4020. Do this as soon as possible so the Registrar’s Office staff will have time to process the application so that you receive your ballot in time and avoid long lines on election day. [email protected] Submitted by Nancy Weitnauer.
Want to stay connected with Presbyterians across Atlanta? Serve the larger church? Our denomination is special. Here is a brief description of Presbytery committees and commissions. The electronic VIF and fuller descriptions of committees/commissions are online at http://atlpcusa.org/committees.html. Consider volunteering your time to serve presbytery and fill out the Volunteer Information Form.
Virtual Worship & Tech. Support
The Church Office is closed until further notice. Send emails as we are working virtually.
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