Thursday, February 11, 2021
You will receive an email on Sunday morning with all Sunday events in chronological order, along with all pertinent zoom links.
Sunday School for kids (pre-K – 5th grade) starts at 8:45 a.m.
Adult Education starts at 9:30 a.m.
Face-to-face Zoom Fellowship from 10:30 -11 a.m.
Worship begins at 11:00 a.m. on Facebook Live. A link to the video of this Sunday’s worship is available on the website to watch any time.
Circle of Care meets at 4:30 p.m.
Middle School Youth Gathering on Zoom at 5:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday Vigil,
February 17, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
On Ash Wednesday we find our footing for the journey of Lent. On this day we are called to look directly at our mortality and say “from the earth we have come and to the earth we shall return.” Like all creatures, we live with the reality of our contingency–both the beauty and fragility of it. On Wednesday, February 17, from 4:30-6:30 all are invited to drop-in or drive-by the church grounds where four prayer centers will help us find our way into an Ash Wednesday posture that invite us to return to our grounding in God’s grace, love and mercy as we make our way in Lent. You may walk a simple labyrinth, offer prayers seated around the fire pit, use sidewalk chalk to write or draw a prayer, and view a display of the soul box project and add a prayer to it. A simple guide will be provided for each center and a two playlists have been created that you may download to you phone, bring headphones, and let them be part of your prayer. Live music will be offered by members of the congregation from 5-6pm. Elders and staff will be available to offer a blessing to those who will be on the grounds and those who prefer to simply drive by. Come and stay as long as you want as together we mark the beginning of our Lenten journey. Masks and social distancing will be required. Hopefully you have received a packet of ashes and ribbons in a mailing to help you mark the yourself for the season of Lent. Extra ashes and ribbons will be available at this Vigil.
We can’t gather together to wish them well, but we can show our appreciation.
Join us in celebrating our staff members, Iyabo and Nancy, through offering each of them a farewell gift. You can make a special offering through Realm by selecting “Farewell Gifts’ in the dropdown menu. In the memo section, specify “Nancy,” “Iyabo” or “Split evenly.” Checks can be handled similarly by specifying in the memo line the recipient or breakdown of how to distribute the funds. Our counters will diligently track these each week. Please submit your gifts before February 25th. ~ The Personnel Committee
On Wednesday, February 17th, we will commemorate Ash Wednesday. Expect a mailing and look out for the announcement that we will have a drive-through drop-by prayer vigil from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. that evening, weather permitting.
Transfiguration. Metamorphoses. Change. It’s the effect of God’s wonder-working power. It happened to Jesus on a mountaintop. It happens everywhere around us. And it even happens to us. Rev. Lewicki, preaching.
All are welcome to gather for a time of singing, hearing a word from scripture, good preaching, and honest prayers for ourselves and for our world. (Photo Credit: Woody Hickcox: “Merganser”)
Our Change 4 Change offering during February goes to CEDEPCA. Last November, two hurricanes (Eta and Iota) hit the northeastern coast of Guatemala. More than 200 people died and over 6,000,000 were affected. The area was unreachable for weeks, but CEDEPCA responded as quickly as they could with food bags and essential items for living. The area continues to struggle so CEDEPCA has created a 2021 plan that includes: more food bags, seeds, hens and chicken coops, stoves, psychosocial workshops and spiritual accompaniment. See the disaster and CEDEPCA’s quick response:
- Text ‘NDPC C4C $20 (or any amount)‘ to 73256 to give to the Change for Change cause.
- Text ‘NDPC $20 (or any amount)’ to 73256 to give to the general church fund.
- Standard text message rates do apply.
Tuesday Weekly Taize Worship
Taize Services continue on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook. We listened to your feedback and created a shorter service with more emphasis on contemplative practices of Visio and Lectio Divina, chanting, and silent prayer. Join us for this interactive service of song and silence whenever you need to center. No bulletins are necessary. Our gift to you during a stressful season.
How to view:
Wednesday Lectio Divina Worship
Join our small group to practice Lectio Divina – praying the Scriptures. Led by group members, we gather for 30 minutes by Zoom every Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. Join any time as we explore this beautiful way of praying together.
Facilitator: Barbara Gifford
When: Every Wednesday at 8 a.m.
Meeting ID: 843 1906 1019
One tap mobile: +13017158592,,84319061019# US (Germantown)
Just Neighbors: A Lenten Conversation Between Congregations, Wednesdays in Lent, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: How do we love our neighbor when we are separated from our neighbors by visible and invisible walls? In this Lenten class, participants will explore Scripture, our own life stories, and justice issues in DeKalb County today. We will discuss how we become better neighbors in order to create our own “Beloved Community.” Speakers include the Rev. Dr. Bill Brown of Columbia Seminary, Dr. Kyle Lambelet of the Candler School of Theology, Representative Becky Evans, and Rev. Sen. Kim Jackson.
Participants will be drawn from the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross and North Decatur Presbyterian Church. Enrollment is not limited. Because the goal of the class is to develop relationships, we ask that participants attend as many class sessions as you are able.
The first class is Wednesday, Feb. 24th. Register by Sunday, Feb. 21st. Email [email protected] to sign up.
February Sunday Classes
How To Be And Raise An Anti-Racist
“To know the past is to know the present. To know the present is to know yourself” writes Ibram Kendi and Jason Reynolds in “Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You,” their book on anti-racism for readers young and old. Racist ideas are woven into the history, laws, and social dimensions of our country. In this class, we welcome those concerned about our racist past and present actions. We will discuss our future vision of equality and ways to be anti-racist. The class will use concepts and key readings from the resources to learn through experience and group sharing. We hope to engage a range of generational perspectives from parents of infants, elementary students, teens, young adults to grandparents and great grandparents. Please come ready to listen to the readings, to share from mistakes and memories, and to consider new practices in the journey of anti-racism. Our hope is that the participants of the Forming Us parenting class join this class as it is relevant to parenting.
Facilitators: Betsy Root Godfrey and April Biagioni
Dates: February 7, 14, 21, and 28
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82053068971
Meeting ID: 820 5306 8971
One tap mobile:
+19292056099,,82053068971#,,,,*8009701# US (New York)
+13017158592,,82053068971#,,,,*8009701# US (Washington DC)
Up until the 20th-century medicine could do very little to prevent death or extend life. Dying, like being born, was generally a family, communal and religious event. Because many deaths occurred at home, people were likely to care for dying relatives and, thus, to have a fairly personal and direct experience with dying and death. Today, with the medical advancements of the last century the situation has changed dramatically and death has become primarily a medical event. The impact of this is to distance death from the rest of living. In recent years there has been a movement, sometimes called conscious dying, to remember what we have forgotten as a culture about death and dying. New practitioners called death doulas have emerged to accompany those who are dying by helping them consciously prepare for death and support them in finding meaning and agency in the process. In January, Mary Anona will complete a training course for death doulas. Join her as she reflects on the training and how we all might become more aware and intentional about the end of our lives.
Facilitator: Rev. Mary Anona Stoops, Carol Tveit, Barbara Gifford, and Gabriel Ramirez
Dates: February 7, 14, 21, and 28
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82261047773
Meeting ID: 822 6104 7773
One tap mobile:
+13126266799,,82261047773# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,82261047773# US (New York)
Makers Meetups. We are a community of makers and making is a spiritual practice for many – making a meal, making a prayer shawl, making a garden, making music, poetry and art-making meaning in our lives and in Beloved Community. All are welcome to explore these practices and others in twice-monthly gatherings. Come as a regular attendee or as an occasional drop-in for the topics that interest you most: the specific focus for each session will be announced in the weekly Communicator, ranging from liturgical arts and craftivism to creative writing, cooking, and other hobbies and passions of our members and friends.
Dates and Times: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays – (morning and evening options) –
Next meeting: February 9th
10-11 am Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84721612321
7-8 pm Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82268668251
Facilitator: Ellen Gadberry
For non-ZOOM users: did you know you can just dial in like you would for any other conference call? Here’s that information, too:
10 am: dial 929-205-6099 – when asked for a meeting ID, enter 847 2161 2321#
7 pm: dial 301-715-8592 – meeting ID will be 822 6866 8251#
Children, Youth, and Families
Children’s Sunday School
Sunday School classes for Pre-K through Fifth Grade meet at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday Morning via Zoom. Contact Erin as soon as possible so that we can get them to your home. Contact: [email protected]
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89171080767
Meeting ID: 891 7108 0767
Third Through Fifth Grade Zoom:
Meeting ID: 882 8782 1563
Kindergarten through Second Grade Zoom:
Meeting ID: 928 3299 2597
Second Saturday – February 13th – 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Sign up here: https://forms.gle/Ds3c2xapqeaXV2T19
to register for Second Saturday. All children fifth grade and younger are invited to attend. Children 4 and up may attend without a parent, children 3 and under will need a parent to stay on-site with them. Each child will need to be registered ahead of time and will need to check-in on arrival. Children will meet by age-groups and do some parallel play, crafting and play some music with our fun instruments. We might even learn a thing or two! Please register as soon as possible: classes are limited to 8 children per age-group.
Sign up: https://forms.gle/Ds3c2xapqeaXV2T19
Youth (6th-12th grade)
Zoom youth group times this week will be:
5:00 p.m. – Middle School on Zoom:
No Senior High Youth Group this week
Circle of Care, Next Gathering: Sunday, February 14th, 4:30 p.m. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays every month to offer support and fellowship for caregivers and those living with mental or physical health issues. Our February dates are 14th and 28th. New participants are always welcome. For information, contact Rev. Mary Anona Stoops, [email protected].
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87971235201
Meeting ID: 879 7123 5201
One tap mobile: +13017158592,,87971235201# US (Germantown)
+13126266799,,87971235201# US (Chicago)
Meals and Transportation update during COVID-19: During this exceptional time in our lives and our community, the staff and Session are listening to members about how to best meet the needs of the congregation. Congregational Care Elder Mark Cochran, Rev. Mary Anona Stoops, and teams of volunteers are ready to respond. If you have a need brought about by the restrictions related to COVID-19, you may contact Congregational Care at [email protected] All responses through Congregational Care take into consideration the safety and comfort level of volunteers.
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].
The NDPC Poetry Collection
We are beginning to collect submissions for our poetry collection of original poems written by members of NDPC, young, old, and in-between. There is a wonderful variety of poems, expressing many different emotions, events and memories. If you have a poem you’ve written, we would love for you to share it, and that includes teenagers and younger kids. If you still have that idea for a poem rolling around in your head, now is the time to write it down and share it. With Valentine’s Day coming up, there should be some love poems out there somewhere. The deadline for submission is February 28 so please send your poems to [email protected] or [email protected]
Remember: DEADLINE — FEB. 28
Men’s Fellowship via Zoom only, Monday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.: NEW TIME For NDPC Men and those who love them! Join our fellowship Monday evening via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. While the cold and wet lasts, we gather via Zoom at the link below. We hope our later start time will allow more to join us. We’d love to see you. We relax, learn about each other, and grow in faith and fellowship. All are welcome. For more information, contact Tim Merritt: [email protected].
Women Together, Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m.: This month our program will be Mary Elizabeth Etheridge telling us her life story. Deedee Murphy will be our hostess. Please join us for this very interesting event.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83523114786
Meeting ID: 835 2311 4786
We have decided to alternate programs on the third Thursdays, 7:30 pm beginning in February. Plan to simply check in with one another on the odd-numbered months. Contact Annie Godfrey ago[email protected]. Here are the dates to save:
- Feb 18 – Life Story (Speaker TBA) hosted by Deedee Murphy
- Mar 18
- Apr 22 – Becky Evans and Her Legislative Experience hosted by Annie Godfrey
- May 20
- Jun 12 – Garden Tour hosted by Diane Wilkes (Time TBD) – NOTE: This is a Saturday afternoon event.
- Jul 15
- Aug 19 – Game night hosted by Carol Morgan and Sallie Owens
- Sep 16
- Oct 21 – Sharing our favorite books hosted by Debra Robinson
- Nov 18-
- Dec 16 – Holiday Celebration
Service and Missions
“Let us love one another for love is from God.”
North Decatur Community: If you want to participate, but need your donation picked up from your home, please contact Fran Mohr at [email protected] or Dee Raeside [email protected] to make arrangements.
Thanks for your support of Memorial Drive Ministries and its partners. MDM Board Members representing North Decatur Presbyterian: Allison Arsenault, Fran Mohr, and Janelle Moore
NDPC is serving dinner at Hagar’s House shelter for Saturday, March 6 through Friday, March 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 ask for a couple of people or a family to cook a meal and bring it to the Decatur shelter and a couple of people or a family to serve dinner for a couple hours at the shelter each night that week. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jason Schoeneberg at [email protected] or by signing up online here:
Opportunity for service to our immigrant community: North Decatur Presbyterian Church is participating with the New Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta which is a collaboration of seven churches and synagogues. NDPC is responsible for providing food for our asylum seeker every Thursday. The food request is for a main meal and then extra food that can be for a snack or second meal. Meals can be dropped off. The New Sanctuary Movement is asking that if you participate, you read and sign a consent form. All pertinent information can be e-mailed to you. If you can help on a one time or ongoing basis, please contact Karen or Bert Weaver at [email protected]. Your help is greatly appreciated.
A Home for Everyone in DeKalb – Winter Plan, ’20-’21
On the nights when the weather is 35 degrees or below, we will provide:
- Sleeping bags, blankets, socks, mylar blankets, hygiene kits, and hand warmers to be included in a “survival kit.”
- A hearty supper bag or gift card for a complete meal.
- Round trip Marta cards to the overflow Atlanta cold weather shelters.
Volunteers meet in the Sycamore House parking lot at 3:30 p.m. and greet people between 4 and 5 p.m. Sign-up to be a volunteer at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054ca9aa2eaafd0-cold.
*****(Keep in mind that it is not necessary to sign up until you are notified
that the weather is getting cold.)*****
You can also make a donation. Round trip Marta cards are $6.00 each. We will be providing approximately 30 per night with the possibility of 30 cold nights. Every cent you donate goes to winter assistance or to placing people in permanent housing. Make a tax-deductible donation to our fiscal agent at compassionateatl.org/donate and under “special instructions to seller,” after you put in the amount, specify for “A Home.” Or mail to: Compassionate Atlanta P.O. BOX 311408, Atlanta, GA 31131.
Request to sign petition:
The Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights hopes that this petition will lead to further conversations and actions in our community. In preparation for the Indigenous People’s Day event last October, this petition to the county to remove the cannon began. By the time the students presented the resolution in favor of removal to the Decatur City Commission in December, there were over 1000 signatures. The resolution passed unanimously.
Currently, we have 1108 signatures and we believe we will need to step up and get many more to show the DeKalb County Commission the support for removal in the community.
Please forward the link below to members of your congregation, friends, and neighbors!
Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights
We, the undersigned, request that the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners pass a resolution to remove the cannon on the City of Decatur Square placed there by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) in 1906. The cannon commemorates the 1836 “Indian War” that was part of the white supremacist, genocidal removal of the Creeks from the state of Georgia. In the same way our community won a people’s victory in June 2020 with the removal of the other monument to white supremacy sponsored by the UDC, we see the removal of this cannon as another important step towards raising awareness, restorative justice, and the racial equity we seek to create in our diverse community.
Sign the Petition
15,000 White Flags of Covid 19 Display Georgia’s Devastation, Church Lawn Open for Prayer and Grieving from Feb, 14-21: During the week of February 14-21, a dramatic arrangement of 15,000 white flags will be displayed on the lawn of First Christian Church of Decatur in memory of those who have died of Covid 19 in Georgia. This prayerful, artistic expression is a collaborative effort initiated by the American Friend’s Service in collaboration with the Federation of Christian Ministers and the First Christian Church of Decatur. On Saturday, February 13 from 10 AM to 12 Noon, representatives from local churches, organizations, and friends shall plant flags on the church lawn. Areas are socially distanced and mask-wearing is required.
- At 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 14 there will be an opening ceremony.
- At 12 Noon and 5:00 p.m., each weekday clergy are available on site for prayer. You are welcome to walk through the display praying for all of the families of those lost as well as the souls of our faithful departed.
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You can access the 2020 NDPC Annual Report here.