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October 8, 2018
For Annual Congregational Meeting
|Presentation of the drama of Daniel in the Lion’s Den||Learning the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den||Daniel and the food test
Second Grade Bibles Last Sunday the second graders received their Bibles during worship. This is given to mark a milestone in their faith development. All second graders are now encouraged to bring their Bibles to Sunday school and worship.
Sunday school choir will perform in 11:00 am service this week. We rehearse during the 9:30 am Sunday school time.
For Kent Leslie and Jaime Jones-Wormley wish list for the nursery click here. Thanks to all of you who have already responded to our requests.
Volunteer opportunities: There are still opportunities to spend regular time with our children by volunteering to be a part of the teams of teachers and shepherds. The Pre-School II (mostly ages 4) needs another member of the team as well as the K-1 shepherd team. Volunteers would agree to coordinate with their teams and be present with the children 2-3 Sundays per month. If you find yourself longing to spend quality time with the children in these roles please contact Marion Reeves at [email protected].
Middle School Retreat, November 2 to 4, 2018
This week the youth will have a relaxed evening of fellowship together starting with supper at 6 p.m. The high school youth are working on a project funded by a portion of the grant from the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta which also supported the Ministry Architects work last spring. The project will be designed by the youth, yet may include others in implementation. Keep an ear out for the project the youth will lead our congregation in implementing.
Confirmation for 8th and 9th graders has begun. Our next meeting is Sunday, October 21st, 6pm-8pm. A full schedule is available here.
Session 3: What is Sin and How Do We Turn from It? (In attendance: Confirmands, Mission Chairs) Bible: Genesis 3:1–24; Genesis 4:1–16; Exodus 32:1–10, 34:1–10; 2 Samuel 11:1–27; Exodus 20:1– 17; Matthew 22:34–40 If we have organized our lives around anything other than God, then our hearts are sinful. We do things that break God’s heart, hurt other people, and damage God’s creation. We even hurt ourselves. We are called to work in the world against sin and evil to transform society in gratitude for God’s grace and mercy. Please email [email protected] this week if you have questions.
Circle of Care, Sunday, October 28th, 4:30 pm, Parlor: Circle of Care meets twice a month and offers 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. November dates are 11th and 25th. Contact Mary Anona, [email protected].
Do you need care or know someone who needs 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].
Women Together Gathering, October 18, 7:00 pm, Deb Robinson’s home: Our cook will be Dee Raeside and the program is “Game Night.” Bring your favorite games. We will provide a variety of favorite games, but new games are welcome. Bring a small appetizer or drink to share, but not if you are too busy to do so. Contact: Dee Raeside [email protected].
Men’s Fellowship (not the 3rd) 4th Monday: This month’s gathering of NDPC men falls on October’s 4th Monday, the 22nd. Please join us for fun, fellowship, and thoughtful discussion. This month we meet at The Corner Pub in East Decatur Station on E. College Avenue. For more information, please contact Tim Merritt at [email protected].
Liturgical Arts, October 23rd, 7:00 pm, Art Room, Education Hall: The purpose 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. We are beginning work on installations for Advent and Christmas.
Save the Date: Celebrate NDPC’s Birthday with a Luncheon on October 28th! Put your glad rags on and join the fun. We’ll have some food until it’s all gone. Jello salads and cheesy casseroles, too. So bring your ‘50’s recipes or one that new.
Save The Date: Celebrate Creation at the 3rd Annual Voices for the Earth concert! Sunday, November 10th, 7:00 pm NDPC Fellowship Hall. Local musicians,spoken-word artists, and people of faith will present an evening of song and word to rejoice in the beauty of our precious and finite Earth.Coffeehouse in style, the concert will be in the North Decatur Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Single tickets: $5, Reserve a table for 4: $25 Registration will be open soon! Questions? Email Kate Mosley: [email protected]. Special thanks to our sponsors: Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL), Holy Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, and North Decatur Presbyterian Church.
Call for Volunteers and Save the Date
Alternative Gift Market at NDPC, Saturday, December 1, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Make a difference in the world, one gift at a time! Get all your shopping needs met and feel good doing it at our annual gift market. Many of your long time favorites are returning including handmade items from South and Central America; African and Nepali inspired ornaments, jewelry and clothing; baked goods from refugee owned businesses; Fair Trade coffee, chocolate and tea; olive oil from Palestine; hand loomed rugs and soup and cookie mixes supporting people in transition. Holiday Gift Cards will also be available to support many charitable organizations including El Refugio, Casa Materna Ana Sayre, Childspring, and the EcoVillages School in Haiti, plus many more. Look for Woody’s cards and Ellen’s contemplative crafting mandalas for unique one of a kind gifts.
Linda Davis and her creative team returns to offer crafts for kids as parents shop. Diane Wilkes once again will host our Hospitality fire pit with goodies from Just Bakery and Sweet Sweet Syria.
Service and Missions
Creation Care, Veg Out for Volunteering: We are asking for folks to sign up for a shift on Tuesdays to be a safe and welcome presence in the entry to our fellowship hall during the hours of 4 pm-7 pm while neighbors pick up their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes. Sign up to “box sit” and get a free box of veggies. (Pssst…..you get a box of veggies like the one in the lower right hand corner.)
Affordable Housing Summit – November 10: NDPC was well represented at the affordable housing training on October 11, Now we would like you to help us put that training into action. Two important items we discussed last night were:
1) Affordable housing is a critical need in Decatur for low income families and for workforce (teachers, city employees, public safety staff) families. Families wait more than five years to obtain affordable housing in Decatur.
2) A sustained political effort by concerned citizens is imperative to make a change. The summit on November 10 is an opportunity for us to learn about the issues and give our input on solutions. The summit is free, but you must register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/decatur-ga-housing-summit-tickets-50695254872 Please contact Annie Godfrey at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Peace & Justice: Education and Action Opportunities
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead (1901-1978)
Please visit us on our webpage to learn more about our priority areas. Strategies for each issue can be found here. We hope you will join us! To help in any way, large or small, please contact P&J chair Carol Tveit, [email protected].
Mental Health Education Opportunity, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta (hosted by FPC Atl. and North Avenue Presbyterian) Mental Health Workshop for Faith Leaders, Oct. 18, 12-4 P.M. This is a workshop on mental health for faith workers covering topics including common mental illness and treatment, suicide, how congregations can be more welcoming towards persons with mental illness, and how and when to make a referral to a mental health professional.
For more information contact Rev. Katie Sundermeier at
[email protected], 404.228.7721. Click here to sign up.
To carpool from the church, please contact Bobbie Wrenn Banks [email protected]
Call to Action: If you are interested in attending this mental health workshop, reach out to Bobbie Wrenn Banks above.
Job opportunity: Alpharetta Presbyterian Church and the Lioheart School, a school for kids with autism and other communication disorders, are seeking help. They have job training program where young adults work in the community with a coach at his/her side. They are looking for a job coach for a young adult woman who will work at Agnes Scott in the dining room. Her work days will be Wed. and Fri. Contact is Beverly Markham at: [email protected]. For more information reach out to Bobbie Wrenn Banks at [email protected].
Rev. Bobbie Wrenn Banks will be on call for Congregational Care the week of October 22nd to the 26th while the Revs. Lewicki and Waltemath are in Cincinnati tending to health concerns of their daughter, Margaret.
If anyone knows how to use Mailchimp, the online software that generates our e-communications, and would like to volunteer to do some communication work for NDPC, please contact Iyabo Onipede at [email protected] Iyabo will be out on medical leave from November 28th until December 19th would appreciate some volunteer support.
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NDPC Three Year Strategic Plan: You may access the NDPC strategic plan 2018-2021 presentation by clicking here.
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