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New Elder Statement Of Faith
Looking forward to the ordination and installation of new elders on Sunday, January 26th, we share with you one of our new elder’s statement of faith. Each elder has written a statement of faith. You may ask them to share them with you. They are all beautiful.
I am such a hybrid, such a mix of faiths and denominations. In some ways, I am practically self-ecumenical in the way I have studied and learned from and been nurtured by a variety of faiths. In each of these faiths, I have found the light of God in the worship, sacraments and community of the believers. In each of these experiences, I have sought the Holy Spirit for discernment and guidance.
~ Claudia Brogan
Notice of Congregational Meeting
There will be a meeting of the congregation and the corporation of North Decatur Presbyterian Church on January 26th after the 11 a.m. worship service for the purpose of approving the annual budget and Co-pastor’s terms of call. During the 11 a.m. worship service, we will be ordaining and installing the 2022 class of elders, who were elected on October 27, 2019. We will be electing a slate for the 2020 elder nominating committee. If you are willing to serve on the nominating committee for the purpose of discerning and contacting new elders, please contact [email protected]. Meetings are mostly by email and phone over the summer.
We encourage you to review the 2020 Budget in advance of the meeting although copies of the Terms of Call and 2020 Budget will be available at the meeting. If you would like to review the budget in advance, you can review it on our website or the stewardship package you received in the Fall. To review the Terms of Call in advance please reach out to the clerk of session or the personnel elder at [email protected] or [email protected].
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
Sunday, January 19, 2020
8:30 a.m. Worship Leaders
11:00 a.m. Worship Leaders
Nursery: Marie Hodgman-Schoeneberg
The flowers in the sanctuary are given by Jerry Coling in memory of his beloved Caroline Coling whose memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
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].
Throughout January, we explore the 5th of the Bible’s “9 Big Ideas”: Wonder. God, by definition, is wonder-ful and fills us human beings with wonder. Wonder is awe and amazement at some aspect of our human experience that we can’t easily understand nor easily ignore. Wonder moves us to inquire into the nature of this experience and animates a life-long search for wisdom. We began the month with a service of poetry and music and reflection to mark the wondrous Epiphany (“revelation”) of Jesus to the magi. On January 12th, we explored the quirky, surprising wonders of the Holy Spirit as she moves our lives and the life of the world. On January 19th, we listen to the disturbing story of Job, whose anger and grief about his own unjust suffering is met by God with a revelation about wondrous height, depth, and breadth of God’s love for the whole creation–including Job.
Change for Change
For the month of January, our loose change offering will go to the Presbyterians for a Better Georgia, which helps both members and visitors to the church with emergency food, medicine, and housing needs
Thanks to the South Peachtree Creek Parish 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?
New This Rotation
End of Life Conversations
Just and Sustainable Food: Transforming our Food System
Forming Us Parenting Class
Children, Youth, and Families
On January 12th, we began a new rotation: One-on-One with Elisha. We will look into the life of this prophet and discover how he demonstrates God’s compassion. We will be acting compassionately on January 19th, when we prepare soup for the Souper Bowl of Caring.
Parents of Kindergarten through 3rd grade, please look on the bulletin board in the education wing for your child’s prayer pillowcase. They will serve as reminders that God, our Wonderful Counselor, is there for us as we sleep. Stop by and pick yours up!
Children’s choir will be rehearsing on Sunday, January 19th after the 6:00 p.m. meal.
Field Trip This Sunday – Sign up now! On Sunday, January 19th, the youth will be taking a field trip to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. We will pack sack lunches and leave NDPC by 12:30 p.m. We will walk to the Decatur MARTA station and eat our lunch at the Center. We plan to return to NDPC via MARTA by 5:00 p.m. We will not have regular 6:00 p.m. Youth Group. To register, email Erin at [email protected]. Tickets will be $16.00 per person. MARTA passes are $5.00.
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].
We need volunteers for January 26th!!!! Please sign up at the link above!
Youth Theological Initiative (YTI) at Emory University: Our 2-week Summer Academy is an ecumenical program in justice-seeking Christian theological education held on the campus of Emory University.
Our goal is to help you explore theological questions and perspectives in a supportive, nonjudgmental, mentoring community where your views, talents, and insights are respected and encouraged.
We offer teenagers serious theological tools in a creative and engaging context. We cover a variety of areas:
– July 12-25, 2020
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].
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!
Liturgical Arts Group, Thursday, January 16, 7:00 p.m., Studio Classroom: The 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. This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. We will deconstruct our Advent banners and work through some creative exercises around the theme of mercy as we anticipate the liturgical season of Lent and a focus on corporal acts of mercy (Matthew 25). Contact: Ellen Gadberry [email protected].
Gun Violence Memorial Project during Fellowship Hour, January 19, 10:30 a.m.: Folding two pieces of paper to make a lidded box is fun and easy. Confronting the death of a victim of gun violence by creating a Soul Box memorial is hard.
Both tasks are the work of the NDPC Craftivists Group, and we invite you to join us in this community activity that is simultaneously satisfying and sobering during the third Sunday Fellowship Hours of January, February, and March (10:30-11:00, just before the worship service where the names will be read in remembrance during the Prayers of the People.) We will have the simple supplies needed – paper, glue, and scissors – along with names and photos of Georgia victims to be included on these small tribute boxes. The boxes will become part of a temporary exhibit here at NDPC, and will ultimately become part of a 200,000-box exhibition on the National Mall in Washington D.C. in October 2020.
Third Monday Men’s Fellowship, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Thinking Man Tavern, 537 W. Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030: Men of NDPC (and those who love them) are invited to our monthly fellowship gatherings. Our goal is to engage and connect the men of the church: for fun, for spiritual growth, and for service. The Third Monday Men’s Fellowship meets alternate months at restaurants and a member’s home. We hope that alternating locations make our fellowship meetings more inviting. Contact: Tim Merritt [email protected].
Craftivists Group, Thursday, January 23, 7:00 p.m., Studio Classroom: The mission of the NDPC Craftivists Group is to “craft for a cause,” working toward the priorities of the Peace and Justice Committee to address social justice and contemporary issues calling for activism, focusing on outreach through art-based actions to the larger community. We are currently building and personalizing Soul Boxes to memorialize victims of gun violence in Georgia. This is our FINAL Thursday night meeting before we pause for a Lenten Book Study (look for details in next week’s Communicator) Contact: Ellen Gadberry [email protected].
Church-Wide Potluck Lunch and Celebration of Elders, Sunday, January 26, 12:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall: Everyone of all ages is invited to a church-wide potluck lunch after the congregational meeting on Sunday, January 26 to celebrate our new elders who will be installed that day, as well as all current and former elders. We will enjoy food, fun, and fellowship together. Bring healthy sandwiches, sides, or salads to feed 8-10 people. Beverages and dessert will be provided. Contact: Carol Morgan [email protected]
YOU and God’s Creative Story Workshop, Saturday, February 8, Fellowship Hall, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Join us for a Saturday workshop as we explore God’s Creative Story and what it means to be ourselves created in our Creator’s image. We will come together as a community to explore the creative process as a deep connection with God under the leadership of Karla Kincannon. Karla is a Methodist minister, spiritual director, artist, and author of Creativity and Divine Surprise: Finding the Place of Your Resurrection. This event, made possible at no cost to participants by our Calvin Grant for Vital Worship, will include snacks, lunch, and all materials needed for a day of simple, non-threatening activities that require no artistic skills or experience, just an interest in seeking the image of God buried within each one of us. Registration is limited to 50 participants, so secure your seat as soon as possible with an email to Ellen Gadberry: [email protected]
Women of North Decatur
Questions? Contact Fran Mohr at [email protected].
Atlanta United Game: On June 20 the NDPC Fellowship Team will be hosting NDPC at Atlanta United game. We have a group of tickets in section 340, which is midfield. Tickets to attend are $27 per person. If you would like to join us, please go to this website and complete the form. If you have questions or would like to attend our pre-game meet up but are not interested in getting a ticket with the group, please email [email protected].
Service and Missions
2020 GIPL Green Team Summit, Saturday, January 25, 8:30 a.m., General Board of Global Ministries, 458 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308: GIPL will feature ethicist an eco-womanist scholar Rev. Dr. Melanie Harris. Facing the Rising Sun: Climate Change and Ecowomanist Wisdom. Register here. Contact Kate Mosley at [email protected]
Presbyterians for a Better Georgia: Join Presbyterians for a Better Georgia in partnership with Central Outreach & Advocacy Center for our annual Advocacy Training and Lobby Day! Advocacy Training will take place Tuesday, January 28th at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. This event will give people of faith the opportunity to learn advocacy skills from the experts. No matter your level of experience, this event is sure to leave you feeling equipped to talk with legislators and raise your voice for issues that matter.
PBG Day at the Capitol
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:
Town Hall Meeting for Senator Parent, Monday, February 3, 6:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall: Senator Parent invites her constituents to hear about legislative priorities for the 2020 legislative session at her first town hall meeting of the session. She also welcomes questions and concerns from those in attendance. She hopes to see many of you there!
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