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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Schedule This Sunday!
I am Kendra Nicole Peebles. Well, what do you want to know about me? I am divorced. I have a daughter named Adonna Nicole Peebles. She is six years old. She attends Fernbank Elementary School as a first grader. Adonna is very creative. She loves to draw, paint, collect rocks, make things with play-doh and slime. She loves to cartwheel, dance, and twirl like a ballerina. She also enjoys dressing up in costumes. When she was younger, she was Micky Mouse or Rapunzel every day. However, she now dresses up as Elsa from Frozen. Adonna also likes watching Disney channel while building legos.
“Oh I want to see Him, look upon His face,
I am glad this is not an issue at NDPC. Rev. Beth Waltemath serves as a model for women who are desiring to fulfill their true calling within the church. What makes this appealing is seeing her husband present with her in the ministry. NDPC shows that ministry is not something that is done alone but with other people.
I graduated from Stillman College with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Theology in May of 2019. I graduated as valedictorian and delivered a speech on what God has done for me and my peers. Following graduation, Adonna and I moved to Decatur, Georgia so I could attend Candler School of Theology. I am currently a second-year Master of Divinity student with a concentration of Scripture and Interpretation.
I look forward to experiencing the role of a minister and how to care for parishioners at NDPC. I am interested in learning more about pastoral care and counseling. I have known ministry to be defined as equipping the saints to spread the good news of Christ based on Ephesians 4:12. I accept this definition of ministry. However, I believe equipping or training can also be defined as caring or loving because in order for someone to truly train someone, there must be something genuine about the equipping. Ministry is about caring for individuals inside and outside of the walls of the church. Ministry is not confined to a building, but it expands beyond the walls of the church and flows throughout the streets.
Grateful to be part of your community!
~ Kendra Peebles
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. Thank you!
Join us on Facebook at 11:00 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.
Sometimes the world of the Bible seems very far away–another time, another culture, another world. But sometimes, the world of the Bible comes very, very close. For the next four weeks, we will be reading stories from Exodus about the journey of God’s people in the “wilderness.” Wilderness, in scripture, is a place of deprivation, danger, and the nearness of death. In the wilderness, the people grumble about their leaders, and wish they could go back to the past. In the wilderness, nothing about life is guaranteed–except the presence and provision of God. Rev. Lewicki preaches on Exodus 16 and manna in the wilderness.
Please fill out this feedback form from the Taize worship services we had and let us know what you thought by clicking on the image below.
For Change for Change is for Decatur Cooperative Ministries (DCM🙂
Fellowship and Zoom
Want to connect with other members? We have a tradition of enjoying coffee indoors just after the education hour and before worship during the program year. We can’t gather in person yet but we can gather virtually to catch up, break the ice if you are new, and stay hydrated together through our fellowship time.
Join our host for a virtual “fellowship time” from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. just before 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.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://northhighland.zoom.us/j/97358654270
Lectio Divina Worship
Join our small group to practice Lectio Divina – praying the Scriptures. Led by members of the group, we gather for 30 – 40 minutes by Zoom every Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. You are welcome to join us at any time as we explore a different or new way of praying.
Classes gather at 9:30 a.m.
Forming Us Parenting Class
The Anti Racism Track
Violence, Non-Violence, Peacemaking: Toward Taking Informed Action
Children, Youth, and Families
For Youth Parents:
For Youth Grades 6-12:
Sunday School classes for Pre-K through Fifth Grade meet at 8:45 AM on Sunday Morning via Zoom. Your Pre-K child will be asked to bring a favorite stuffed animal to introduce to the class. Students in Kindergarten through fifth grade will need to bring their current Whirl Leaflet and some writing/coloring tools to class. If you don’t have the leaflets yet, please contact Erin as soon as possible so that we can get them to your home. [email protected]
Third through Fifth Grade Zoom:
Kindergarten through Second Grade Zoom:
We’re excited to be kicking off our new semester of programming, and are delighted to share that we will meet live and in-person on the LAST SUNDAY of EACH MONTH at the church building! Plan on bringing your mask, and it’s mandatory that you SIGN-UP to come.
Middle School youth group meets this week at 5:00 PM on Sunday via Zoom.
On September 27th, Middle School will meet live in-person at the church. Masks will be required, as well as social distancing protocol. Sign up HERE
High School youth group meets this week at 5:00 PM on Sunday via Zoom.
On September 27th, High School will meet live in-person at the church. Masks will be required, as well as social distancing protocol. Sign up HERE
Confirmation class meets TODAY, Thursday, September 17th, at 4:00 p.m via zoom.
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].
Public Witness at NDPC’s Intersection (You’re invited!): Our corner has long been known as a place where people show up to speak their minds. Our Vision Poem states: “God…planted a church at the intersection of life and faith…to work for justice and be peacemakers in a chaotic world.” This spring and summer our intersection has revved up with new energy to speak up and show up. We wave. They honk. It helps. Anyone can participate in our protests. Just bring your mask and your sign. Signs currently seen: Black Lives Matter, No Justice No Peace, Make Good Trouble, Let Justice Roll (Amos 5:24), Love Wins, Sit Up Stand Up Speak Up, Time for Justice is Now, White Silence Is Violence, Dismantle Systemic Racism, knitters know BLACK LIVES MATTER, Peace.
Men’s Fellowship via Zoom, Monday, September 28th, 6:30 p.m.: Men’s Fellowship meets on the NDPC playground and via Zoom every two weeks at 6:30 p.m. for conversation and connection: what challenges you and what is life-giving? What have you been eating/watching/doing? Join us! Photos from last time – Tim Merritt was there, grabbing these pics. Rusty Godwin also came, and Doug Clark via Zoom. There’s room for you. Where: Gather on the large playground at NDPC with your mask, a chair, a beverage, and perhaps a snack. Some guys grab something from City Barbecue across the street. (Not an endorsement – just saying.) We’ll keep our proper COVID distance while swapping news and stories and plans. Rain Venue: If needed we’ll retreat to the pavilion at Glenlake Park, just a mile away. Google map link. Questions? Suggestions? Contact Tim Merritt (404-374-8237, [email protected]).
Service and Missions
Hagar’s House, week of September 13th: NDPC is preparing dinner for the Hagar’s House family shelter the week of September 13. 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 need help from a couple of people each night that week to cook a meal and bring it to the Decatur shelter. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jason Schoeneberg at [email protected] or by signing up online here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B44AEA723A64-hagars22
Memorial Drive Ministries Needs:
Coalition For A Diverse DeKalb, Tuesday, October 20th, 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 3rd 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/
Big need for Poll workers. New information updated below.
Have you ever considered being a poll worker as an act of Christian love? DeKalb and Fulton Counties both suffered during this year’s primary elections from a shortage of trained poll workers. Long lines and confusion compromised the voting process. Many experienced poll workers called out because of concerns about COVID-19. Would you be willing to step in and help this November? You can apply to be a DeKalb County poll worker by filling out the questionnaire on the website and returning it to the county elections office today. Love your neighbors by being a trained poll worker! https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/voter-registration-elections/poll-employment
At NDPC, we love the Enneagram. We have taught classes and our staff uses it for leadership development. Join us for this workshop with a global leader and one of the best Enneagram minds out there. For more information please contact Kelly Craigmile [email protected].
Virtual Worship & Tech. Support
The Church Office is closed until further notice. Send emails as we are working virtually.
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