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Thursday, November 12, 2020
The next Communicator will be published in the first week of December.
The Rituals May Look Different; the Underlying Love is the Same
So, how will it work? First, every NDPC household will be offered a “wreath-making kit” to assemble at home. Please fill out this google form in advance, so the team will know how many kits to prepare. You will be given everything you need to make your wreath, but if you happen to have materials left over from last year (candles, candle holders, foam bases, etc.), please indicate so on the google form, so you won’t be given duplicate supplies. If your budget allows, the team requests $10 for each wreath, to cover costs.
Each household will also receive an Advent Wreath Guide booklet to use for prayer and reflection during the season, in addition to a handful of greeting cards, to use for writing notes to homebound members. Plus, there will be an opportunity to reserve your spot for one of NDPC’s outdoor Christmas Eve services. And who knows what else the Drive-Thru Crew has planned? Maybe there will be music. Or a refreshment or two. Perhaps there will be an Eastertide Bloom to add to your collection.
Thank you so much, Claudia and team, for being so creative in finding ways for us to gather and feel close to one another, even when we must stay six-feet apart.
Thanksgiving – Together but Apart
The precautions imposed by the pandemic are reshaping how we will celebrate the upcoming holidays. NDPC would like to “assemble” those who will be marking Thanksgiving at home alone and provide a simple prayer practice so that you may reach out to one another during the Thanksgiving week. NDPC will also deliver a traditional plate of Thanksgiving food to those who sign up to participate in the provided liturgy with others. This is intended to include not only individuals but also couples who will be unable to gather with extended family and friends. Please reach out to [email protected] by Sunday, November 16, if you would like to be included and would be willing to call one other person to share a Thanksgiving litany and receive a dinner plate.
Delivery Drivers are needed for the afternoon of Wednesday, November 25th. Please let Mary Anona ([email protected]) know if you would like to help deliver Thanksgiving meals to members of the congregation.
Make Thanksgiving Easier
NDPC members, Tanya Tviet and Michael Condon are making Thanksgiving easier for everyone. Order traditional and gourmet sides (and even the turkey) from their catering and delivery service. https://www.baddabingcatering.com/thanksgiving-delivered
~ Rev. Mary Anona Stoops
Highlights This Week – Vacation Alert
These are the vacation dates for folks this month:
To get answers to questions about specific ministries, contact chairs of committee directly or email [email protected].
For pastoral care, email [email protected] or call the emergency pastoral care line at (404)-981-NDPC (6372).
North Decatur Presbyterian Church is closed, meaning no public in-person meetings or worship services.
A Call For All Pledges and Time & Talent Forms!
In This Time and Always, We Covenant with God
Maybe it’s only me, but it’s been hard to remember things this year. In the past, we’ve filled out many of our commitments in the narthex when we realized we forgot (again!) to bring them in. Unfortunately, this year, we don’t have the visual reminders at the church. If you haven’t done so yet, please email Jack Kittle (our faithful pledge keeper who keeps everything confidential) at [email protected] with your 2021 pledge. You can also click directly on these Pledge and Time & Talent form links to complete or mail in your paper copies to the NDPC office. After Thanksgiving, we will finalize what has been pledged and what we can, therefore, fund for the church’s plan.
~ Jill Jacques and the Stewardship Team
Worship this Week
Join us on Facebook Live at 11:00 a.m. as we gather virtually as a worshiping community. View worship with others, comment, “sign” the digital welcome pad, and chat with each other, even during the sermon. Our early risers (or late sleepers) can enjoy worship by accessing the worship video and bulletin on the website any time on Sunday or in the days afterward.
Our Sermon Podcast recordings are all caught up! If you listen to the sound recordings of Scripture and sermon, we’ve added the last 4 weeks so it’s all up to date.
The Change for Change recipient for November is “A Home For Everyone in Dekalb” (https://www.ahomeforeveryoneindekalb.org). This winter, because of COVID-19, A Home for Everyone is not hosting its annual no-freeze shelter. Instead, they are providing emergency supplies to individuals and families in need and working hard to identify stable housing options for each person. Consider making a one-time gift to A Home for Everyone through November’s Change for Change offering!
Call for Photos for Worship
As the messages and meditations of this season emerge in worship, you are invited to contribute by gathering and submitting your own photographic reminders that “God meets us where we are.” These contemplative images will be shown during the postlude of our online worship services for these final weeks of the liturgical calendar’s Ordinary Time. Send your photos to [email protected] by Fridays at noon. Questions? Contact Tim Merritt at [email protected].
Fellowship and Zoom
Want to connect with other members? We have a tradition of enjoying coffee together on Sundays just after the education hour and before worship. We can’t gather in person yet but we can gather virtually to catch up, break the ice if you are new to NDPC, and keep one another up to date about what’s important in our lives.
Join our virtual “fellowship time” every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Our host will convene us with a warm greeting and open the conversation. When the numbers get big, we open up Zoom rooms for small groups and rotate around to mingle and make the most of this time together.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://northhighland.zoom.us/j/97358654270
Tuesday Weekly Taize Worship
A 15-minute meditative worship service, prepared by Rev. Beth Waltemath & Tim Merritt with music by NDPC musicians, is posted on Facebook as a live event every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and is available for viewing anytime during the week. How to view: Join others on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on NDPC’s Facebook page. Available for viewing throughout the week on NDPC’s Vimeo page.
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.
NDPC Visitors – Get to Know Us!
Curious about NDPC? Have you been visiting remotely? Meet one of the co-pastors and get to know NDPC better on this monthly Zoom call designed just for our visitors. Email Rev. Lewicki at [email protected] for more information.
Request for Submissions
This year, we celebrate Epiphany with art, music and poetry. We plan to feature original poetry from NDPC members and friends. We ask for your submissions of original poetry by December 9th to [email protected].
Epiphany means “a manifestation of the divine.” We ask that all submissions focus on a moment with the ordinary touched the transcendent when nature sparkled with the sublime or when the subject experienced a moment of divine revelation.
Zoom into the Choir Room – Connection — Conversation — Choral Singing
Classes gather at 9:30 a.m.
Year Long Class
Forming Us Parenting Class
The Anti Racism Track
What’s Next?: Building Beloved Community after the Election.
Suggested reading for this conversation:
November 15th, 9:30 a.m (on Zoom) – What’s Next?: Paul Smith & Nibs Stroupe
Dates: 11/15, and /11/22
She’s My Sister: Developing Meaningful Relationships Among Women
If you were unable to attend our second gathering on November 08, 2020, here was the opening song. The biblical passage was Genesis 16 & 21. We reflected on Sarah and Hagar’s relationship from a womanist perspective after viewing the clip here. Finally, we discussed topics related to the passage such as surrogate mothering, responsibilities of fathers (reflecting on Abraham’s actions), economic, racial, and political differences. Despite our differences, we discussed how we women can be sisters to one another. Please send me your email address at [email protected] if you wish to receive a description of the next 2 classes before Thanksgiving break!
Children, Youth, and Families
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For Parents of children birth through 5th Grade:
For Youth Parents:
For Youth Grades 6-12:
Children’s News (pre-K – 5th)
Sunday School classes for Pre-K through Fifth Grade meet at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday Morning via Zoom. 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. Contact: [email protected]
Kindergarten through Second Grade Zoom:
Youth (6th-12th grade)
5:00 p.m. – Middle School on Zoom:
Confirmation will meet today, Thursday, November 12 in person. The remaining November dates are November 15th and 19th via zoom. We are off the week of Thanksgiving and we meet live on November 29th at 5:00 p.m. and December 3rd is live.
Circle of Care, Next Gathering: Sunday, November 22nd, 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 November dates are 8th and 22nd. New participants are always welcome. For information, contact Rev. Mary Anona Stoops, [email protected].
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].
Ageless Grace, Tuesday, November 17, 10:30 a.m. via zoom: We meet monthly for fellowship and conversation about faith and aging. This year the book Landscapes of Aging and Spirituality will guide our conversations. The book is a collection of essays reflecting on the spiritual horizons we encounter us as we age. Those of all ages are invited to gather on Zoom as Lynne Connolly opens the conversation on the second and third essays titled, “Like Potato Chips” and “A Person of a Certain Age.” Copies of the book can be found online or ordered from the local bookstore of your choice. Each essay is by a different author and is short, readable, and poignant. We hope you will consider joining the conversation. Please reach out to Mary Anona [email protected], Carole Goodspeed [email protected]) or Susan Fraysse [email protected] with questions.
Women Together invite you to this virtual gathering, in lieu of a November ZOOM of our own! “Taste of Guatemala,” Virtual Chocolate Tasting and Celebration, Thursday, November 19 from 7:30 – 9:00 pm (ET): Registration is $52 per household. This includes four hand-crafted Guatemalan/Nicaraguan chocolate bars from Triangle Roasters and Diego’s Chocolates – delivered right to your front door, an interactive tasting with chocolate sommelier Estelle Tracy of 37 Chocolates, a short virtual journey to Guatemala with CEDEPCA staff, and a $20 tax-deductible donation. Payment information will be provided in your registration confirmation. Makes a great “date night” or “family fun night.” Be sure to reserve your place soon – we expect this event to sell out. Register here.
Men’s Fellowship via Zoom, Monday, November 23, 6:30 p.m.: For NDPC Men and those who love them! Join our fellowship Monday evening at 6:30. The weather forecast looks good, so gather with us on the church playground and look at friendly humans in person. You’re also welcome to join via Zoom at the link below. We’d love to see you. We practice very safe social distancing, so bring a mask, a chair, a beverage, perhaps a snack. We relax, learn about each other, and grow in faith and fellowship. All are welcome. For more information, contact Tim Merritt: [email protected].
Makers Meetups, Tuesday, November 24: via zoom at 10 -11:30 a.m. and 7 -8:00 p.m.: This month, we are supporting NDPC’s commitment to remembering Georgians lost to gun violence in 2020 through The Soul Box Project. WE NEED YOUR HELP to personalize the boxes (origami folding is strictly optional) with the names read aloud in previous months this year. Sign up to receive a list of 10 names at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a49a4af2bab9-ndpc4 For a look at ways both simple and sophisticated that caring people all over the country are memorializing lost Americans, take a look at the National Soul Box Project interactive virtual exhibit here: https://soulboxprojectexhibits.org/
Questions? Contact Ellen Gadberry at [email protected]. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Ellen Gadberry at [email protected]
10:00 a.m. Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84721612321
7:00 p.m. Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82268668251
Service and Missions
It’s Christmas Time…Almost.
Georgia’s prison suicide rate — at 35 suicides per 100,000 — is nearly double the national average. The suicide rate for the U.S. population is 13 suicides per 100,000. Data is from a 2019 article, pre-Covid. Since Covid, no inmates have been allowed family visits, lock-downs are more frequent, incidents of solitary confinement are up, and though over-crowding is ever-present, illogically, outdoor group activities are ceased at this time. The hygiene bags that we are collecting may be the only Holiday treat those in Phillips State Prison may receive this year. We are in the home stretch of collecting and we still need the following full-sized items to complete our mission of 80 bags:
A hearty “Thank you” to those of you who have so graciously donated!
Save The Date:
A Home for Everyone in DeKalb – Winter Plan, ’20-’21
On the nights when the weather is 35 degrees or below, we will provide:
Volunteers meet in the Sycamore House parking lot at 3:30pm and greet people between 4 and 5pm. Sign-up to be a volunteer at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054ca9aa2eaafd0-cold.
Coalition For A Diverse DeKalb, Tuesday, November 17th, 6:30 p.m.: We want you to join the growing movement to preserve and create local affordable housing! Connect through the 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.
Save The Date
Shalom International Ministry 9th Anniversary Celebration, November 18th, 6-8 p.m.
“Taste of Guatemala,” Virtual Chocolate Tasting and Celebration, Thursday, November 19 from 7:30 – 9:00 pm (ET): Registration is $52 per household. This includes four hand-crafted Guatemalan/Nicaraguan chocolate bars from Triangle Roasters and Diego’s Chocolates – delivered right to your front door, an interactive tasting with chocolate sommelier Estelle Tracy of 37 Chocolates, a short virtual journey to Guatemala with CEDEPCA staff, and a $20 tax-deductible donation. Payment information will be provided in your registration confirmation. Makes a great “date night” or “family fun night.” Be sure to reserve your place soon – we expect this event to sell out. Register here.
Looking ahead: Virtual Angel Tree on the Way
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 the needs of 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/
Memorial Drive Ministries
NEEDED: Communications & Development Volunteer
Goals: In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Communications & Development Volunteer will:
Activities: In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Communications & Development Volunteer will:
ONSITE PARTNER NEEDS
Questions about Memorial Drive Ministries? Contact Fran Mohr at [email protected]
The Presbytery Nominating Committee invites all Teaching and Ruling Elders, especially those who have observed first hand the work of the Stated Clerk, to consider serving on the Stated Clerk Nominating Committee. Those interested in serving are asked to complete and submit a Self-Referral Form. A Referral of Another Person Form is also available for those who may wish to suggest persons other than themselves for this committee.
Virtual Worship & Tech. Support
The Church Office is closed until further notice. Send emails as we are working virtually.
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