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Creativity @ NDPC
Religious people are not known for our creativity. Most folks associate being religious with being conservative–rule-following, traditional, boring. And truth be told, I’m a pretty big fan of conservatism–I love tradition, I love preserving and holding on to old and valuable ideas and practices in a world that is full of new fads that often seem shiny but superficial. Being a Christian allows each of us to participate in a deep, mature, rich tradition of scholarship, faith, and practice. But the composer Gustav Mahler said about tradition that “it is not the worship of ashes; it is the tending of the flame.” For our tradition to be vital, it has to have a dynamic, unpredictable, generative–even destructive–quality. Creativity is at the heart of tradition. God creates the world and everything in it. Jesus creates Beloved Community. The Spirit creates life and change and growth.
At NDPC we hope to hold in tension this balance between preserving what is old and good, and allowing creativity to burst forth into new expressions of faith. We try to do this in our worship, in our learning, in our devotional practices, in our community-building, and in our acts of service. You will certainly be seeing and hearing much about “creativity” as we enter into a year of fun activities through our grant from the Calvin Institute for Worship. All of us will have a chance to see ourselves as creative agents of the Reign of God. “Behold, I am making all things new,” says of the voice of the Holy One, echoed in Isaiah and Revelation. Come, bring your family and friends, and gather around the flames!
Summer Staff Schedule:
For pastoral care concerns, contact the church office or [email protected].
For personnel concerns in June and July, contact Wendy Cromwell or Rev. David Lewicki.
In this issue:
Sunday, July 21st, 2019
10:00 AM Worship Leaders
Flowers: The flowers are given by Cindy Hays for all the good NDPC does in the world.
Throughout the month of July, NDPC will experiment with worship “unplugged.” Instead of giving up electric instruments (which we don’t often use anyway), we are giving up the formal liturgy that we use almost every week. Our hope is that by losing the liturgy, we can attune ourselves to the way the Spirit of God is moving in and through us during the time we are at worship. Can we notice God’s presence? Can we move with it and respond to it? What does the Spirit do in our music-making… in our response to the scripture… in our praying with each other and for the world? Come and enjoy Spirit-led worship all month at North Decatur Presbyterian Church. Rev. Lewicki will convene each service.
Change for Change
For the month of July, fifty percent of our loose change will go to the support of El Refugio, the hospitality house for family, friends, and others visiting immigrant detainees at Stewart Detention Center and fifty percent will go to support the general operation of the church.
Why El Refugio? Immigrants and asylum seekers who are paroled, post bond or, in rare cases, win their asylum cases, are released from Stewart Detention Center by ICE, often with no one to pick them up. They are typically dropped off late at night at the Columbus bus station with no cell phone, no money and a limited command of English. Our new Post-Release Services Program will help them get home to their families. El Refugio will assist with transportation, short-term lodging, food, clothing, pre-paid cell phones, toiletries and other needs of immigrants and asylum seekers coming out of detention. By hiring a staff person to live at the hospitality house during the week, El Refugio can coordinate with partner organizations and ensure that being released from Stewart Detention Center is a step in the journey home, not the frightening and isolating experience it currently is for too many immigrants and asylum seekers.
Thanks to our Community Fellowship Volunteer, Becki Veal, 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].
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].
Fun on the Farm, August 1, Kent’s family farm is located beside the south side of Kennesaw Mountain at 1100 Burnt Hickory Road, Marietta: Fun on the Farm is a great time to enjoy the great outdoors: swimming, fishing, frisbee tossing, hiking on Kennesaw mountain, great conversation and supper. Bring along someone you would like to know better or practice picnic evangelism. Bring a side dish and something to drink- and have a grand time. Supper will be served at 6:00 pm. For more information, please contact Kent Leslie: [email protected].
Service and Missions
Fund Raiser for Backpacks and School Uniforms: Starting the school year with the right tools and uniforms is so important for children. The children living in housing provided by the Initiative for Affordable Housing are already dealing with so much; let’s get their school year off to a great start by giving generously. On Sunday, July 21, the apple tree will appear in the narthex full of “apples.” 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. Picking two apples will provide a backpack full of supplies for a middle or high school student. Also picking one apple can provide 2 sets of uniforms for students attending schools that require uniforms. Instructions on how to make your donation are printed on the apples. This fundraiser is set to conclude August 4. So pick your apples fast! Questions? Contact Jason Schoeneberg: [email protected].
Homeless Laundry Ministry, Wednesday, July 31st, 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].
Save the Date
Assembly of Kits for Migrants released from Stewart Detention Center, July 24, 6:30 pm, Fellowship Hall: A group of people in the MANA neighborhood are responding to the call for action from Georgia Alliance for Social Justice and El Refugio for their “Ayudamos” event in July. They are partnering with these organizations to accept donations for hygiene kits to be used for the benefit of migrants released from the Stewart Detention Facility in Lumpkin, Georgia. Released to deportation or asylum proceedings, they often leave with nothing. These are the essentials needed in each kit (Travel size Items are fine):
Extra items like hand sanitizer, breath mints, mouth wash, a non-perishable snack, etc, can also be included.