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Thursday, November 12, 2020

The next Communicator will be published in the first week of December. 


 Sunday Schedule

  • 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.

  • Middle School Youth Gathering on Zoom at 5:00 p.m.

  • High School Youth Gathering on Zoom at 6:00 p.m.


The Rituals May Look Different; the Underlying Love is the Same

 
Claudia Brogan and her team, aka, “the Drive-Thru Crew,” are at it again, this time organizing an Advent Preparations “Drive-Thru / Stop-by” in lieu of our annual Advent Festival. This socially distanced, outdoor gathering (don’t forget to wear your mask!) will take place on Sunday, November 22nd from 2—3:30 p.m.

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.
 
–Susan White


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:

  • Iyabo: November 16-29
  • Beth: November 16-29. 
  • David: November 20-25
  • Mary Anona: November 23-30

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).


Reminder

North Decatur Presbyterian Church is closed, meaning no public in-person meetings or worship services.
 
For in-person gatherings and a timeline for re-opening, we are following guidance provided to Presbyterian churches by our governing body, the presbytery of Greater Atlanta. They are using the “phased” re-opening model. Each phase will be “entered” based on public health information showing the continued slowing spread of COVID-19 in the community. Right now, we are still at Phase 0, which is no in-person indoor gatherings. We are allowing groups of fewer than 20 to gather on the grounds (outside) if masked and socially-distant. Kindly observe these guidelines to protect our office staff, Nancy Weitnaur and Javier Sanchez as they continue to work on-site to keep the church running and safe. 


Stewardship

A Call For All Pledges and Time & Talent Forms!

In This Time and Always, We Covenant with God


“All of the words God has spoken we will do.” Exodus 24:3

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.
If you have any questions about giving, please email me at [email protected].
 
We are a thriving and growing church community and have a lot we want to do to live out Christ’s calling in our world. After prayerfully discerning what God is calling of you, please give joyfully and with a heart full of abundance.

~ 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.


Sermon

November 15th
Psalm 90 is one of the “big picture” Psalms. It invites us to step back from our intense obsession with the minutiae of our day-to-day striving and to see our lives from a wider perspective. This kind of perspective helps us to clarify which parts of our lives matter, and which parts are “dust.” Rev. Lewicki, preaching.

November 22nd
Matthew 25 is the mantra of “social justice” Christians. But it is much more than a call to feed the hungry and house the homeless. It is an invitation to see all people as bearers of the image of God, to see the incarnate Christ in the most offensive places. Rev. Lewicki, preaching.


Giving

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! 

  • 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.

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
Meeting ID: 973 5865 4270
Password: 611Medlock
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,97358654270# US


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. 
Facilitator: Barbara Gifford
When: Every Wednesday at 8 a.m.
Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84319061019
Password: lectio
Meeting ID: 843 1906 1019
One tap mobile: +13017158592,,84319061019# US (Germantown)
 


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.
Time: November 15, 2020 09:30 a.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82766555331
Meeting ID: 827 6655 5331
Passcode: 611Medlock


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. 


Music

Zoom into the Choir Room – Connection — Conversation — Choral Singing
Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m.
Join our Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85419581195
Meeting ID: 854 1958 1195
Passcode: 611Medlock


Adult Education

Classes gather at 9:30 a.m.

Click here for the online brochure.

Year Long Class

Forming Us Parenting Class
Want to deepen your connections with other NDPC parents and dialogue about the hard and holy work of parenting?  
Facilitators: Kimberly Broerman, Andrea, and John Morgan, and Shelly Roberts
Location: (Virtual Via Zoom Until Further Notice)
Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/877562121
Password: Psalm46
Phone Number: 1-929-205-6099,,877562121#

New Classes

The Anti Racism Track
As a Matthew 25 church exploring ways to end Structural Racism, we will spend this school year with various classes addressing the approach of being an anti-racist as a Christian.
 

What’s Next?: Building Beloved Community after the Election. 
We seem to say this every 4 years: “This election is the most important in our lifetime.” As we approach Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, and deal with the short and long-term implications of the presidential, congressional, and local elections, we will gather as a community of Christians to make sense of the election results and plan our response together. What is the future of Beloved Community in Georgia and in the United States? We will be joined by two extraordinary pastors and civil rights leaders who have seen their share of “most important” elections: the Rev. Dr. Paul Smith is pastor emeritus of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, NY, and the Rev. Nibs Stroupe is pastor emeritus of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Decatur, GA.

Suggested reading for this conversation:

  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells as a Prophet for Our Time,” by Catherine Meeks and Nibs Stroupe 

November 15th, 9:30 a.m (on Zoom) – What’s Next?: Paul Smith & Nibs Stroupe
Paul Smith facilitates with Nibs Stroupe responding, followed by open conversation. Paul will draw on his own experience in civil rights and antiracism to reflect on what is important now in the process of creating Beloved Community.

Dates: 11/15, and  /11/22
Facilitators: David Lewicki, Paul Smith and Nibs Stroupe
Location Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84255627900
Meeting ID: 842 5562 7900
Passcode: 611Medlock
One tap mobile: 
+13017158592,,84255627900#,,,,,,0#,,5108615511# US (Germantown)
+13126266799,,84255627900#,,,,,,0#,,5108615511# US (Chicago)
Dial by your location:
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 842 5562 7900
Passcode: 5108615511

She’s My Sister: Developing Meaningful Relationships Among Women
November’s lessons will invite us to discuss how healing, caring, and loving relationships can develop among women (Jephthah’s daughter and the mourning women, Sarah and Hagar, Naomi and Ruth, and Lot’s wife and her daughters) regardless of different cultural backgrounds, race, and economic status.  We will examine biblical passages and use our own creative thought to develop possibilities of the passages if the stories were told differently from the original authors. Each lesson will conclude with questions for thought and sharing one’s concerns relating to the passage and our world.

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!
Dates: 11/15, and  /11/22
Facilitators: Kendra Peebles (Seminary intern for 2020-21)
Location: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81195462011
Meeting ID: 811 9546 2011
Passcode: 611Medlock
One tap mobile:
+13126266799,,81195462011#,,,,,,0#,,5784794368# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,81195462011#,,,,,,0#,,5784794368# US (New York)
Dial by your location:
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 811 9546 2011
Passcode: 5784794368


Children, Youth, and Families

Join Remind App

For Parents of children birth through 5th Grade:
Join Remind App to get up-to-the-minute notices for NDPC children:
https://www.remind.com/join/ndpc0to12

For Youth Parents: 
Join Remind App to get up-to-the-minute notices for NDPC parents:
remind.com/join/a27ed

For Youth Grades 6-12:
Join Remind App to get up-to-the-minute notices for NDPC youth:
remind.com/join/1eb047

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]
 
Third through Fifth Grade Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88287821563
Meeting ID: 882 8782 1563
Passcode: 611Medlock

Kindergarten through Second Grade Zoom: 
https://emory.zoom.us/j/92832992597
Meeting ID: 928 3299 2597
Passcode: 611Medlock

Pre-Kindergarten Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84527952846
Meeting ID: 845 2795 2846
Passcode: 611Medlock

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth (6th-12th grade)

Youth Group
Zoom youth group times will be:

5:00 p.m. – Middle School on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83636953037
 
6:00 p.m. – High School on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82774554658
 
This change in time is to help students and sponsors make it to our Zoom gatherings. If you (or your child) haven’t been able to get to the youth group yet this semester, this would be a great week to give it a try!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 


Congregational Care

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].
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].


Community Life

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.  
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86833971011
Meeting ID: 868 3397 1011
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,86833971011# US (Chicago)

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
Meeting ID: 847 2161 2321
One tap mobile: 
+19292056099,,84721612321# US (New York)
+13017158592,,84721612321# US (Germantown)
Dial by your location:
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 847 2161 2321
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbghxPJ4K1

7:00 p.m. Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82268668251
Meeting ID: 822 6866 8251
One tap mobile:

+13017158592,,82268668251# US (Germantown)
+13126266799,,82268668251# US (Chicago)
Dial by your location:
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 822 6866 8251
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kfNtutcpS


Service and Missions 

It’s Christmas Time…Almost.
Anyone who is willing, we are again collecting hygiene bags to distribute to inmates at Phillips State Prison this October/November season to distribute by Thanksgiving. Please note, they include a stamped envelope- blank Christmas card for sending to the family members of those incarcerated. 80 bags is our target! Thanks for your care and help to those in sincere need. I can retrieve from your home or garage for contactless transfer. This project is a joint Peace and Justice/ Community Ministry effort. Contact: Dee Raeside [email protected]. Sign up genius here. 

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:

  • 25 pair of men’s ankle
  • socks-black or white 
  • 43 chapsticks
  • 25 deodorants 
  • 43 washcloths
  • 43 body-washes (Dollar Tree)

A hearty “Thank you” to those of you who have so graciously donated!


Housing

Save The Date:
We are reviving the NDPC Affordable Housing Workgroup to look at options for short-term actions and solutions. Please join us on a Zoom meeting Sunday, November 29, at 12:15 p.m. Our partnership with Coalition for Diverse Decatur/DeKalb is going very well. However, they are more focused on long-term policy solutions. Some of us are interested in exploring activities with more immediate results. We look forward to seeing you on the 29th. If you have any questions, please contact Annie Godfrey at [email protected].
 

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 3:30pm and greet people between 4 and 5pm. 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.

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
Our partner, the Initiative for Affordable Housing, provides housing and social services to homeless and low-income families. In past years during Christmas, NDPC has provided an Angel Tree full of ornaments each listing gift requests for the children who live in IAH’s housing. This year, our angel tree will be virtual. Stay tuned for details on how to participate.

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  
Estimated Average Time Commitment:  5-10 hours per week  

Goals:  In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Communications & Development Volunteer will:  

  • Raise the visibility of our mission and our onsite partners 
  • Keep supporters and contributors feeling connected 
  • Help secure new funding streams 

Activities:  In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Communications & Development Volunteer will:  

  • Draft, manage, and (after review and approval) send MDM’s Email Communications through MailChimp (with content coming from the Executive Director) 
  • Maintain an updated list of email addresses in Mailchimp 
  • Attend and take minutes at monthly Partner’s Meetings 
  • Identify and draft grants applications in support of MDM’s mission and budget, and share them with the Executive Director for submission 
  • Research new grant opportunities through Foundation Center and Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and other similar organizations 
  • Maintain a Calendar of Grant Submission Due Dates 
  • Advise the Executive Director on Grant Funding Opportunities 
  • Meet at least monthly with and stay in regular communication with the Executive Director  

ONSITE PARTNER NEEDS
As the colder weather begins and the holiday season approaches, there are two great opportunities for you and your communities to invest in our neighbors and friends in Clarkston. Please share these widely!

  • Just Bakery needs volunteer delivery drivers every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:15-6:15 p.m. (you usually are finished by 5 p.m.). Go to Just Bakery Delivery Driver signup for more information and to sign up.  This is an ongoing need.  Please continue to check online if all dates currently are taken.
  • Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church has started a Benevolence Fund and a Technology Fund as a way to support the whole community in response to the current crisis. If you can help in either of these two areas, please reach out to Rev. George Tatro at [email protected]
  • Inspire Afterschool for refugee middle schoolers need charge cords to use for their school-issued Chromebooks (replacements for damaged or lost chargers)  Approximately $15 each. Go to Inspire’s Amazon Wishlist to order exact item needed.
  • Shalom Children’s Ministry needs help sorting food for its families every other Thursday
    • Time: 1-4 p.m.
    • Location: Home of Amy Remarklus  3659 Snapfinger Rd, Lithonia, GA 30038 (large enough to allow physical distancing)
    • Dates: Nov 5 / Nov 19 / Dec 3 / Dec 17  / Dec 31
    • Contact Amy if  you can assist.  [email protected]
  • Refugee Family Literacy is in need of Grocery Store Gift Cards and winter gear for the families that they serve. Visit RFL web page.  Contact Fran Mohr for pick up. [email protected] 
  • Amani Women’s Center’s Sewing Academy is in need of 100% cotton fabric donations.  Contact Fran Mohr for pick up. [email protected] 

Questions about Memorial Drive Ministries?  Contact Fran Mohr at [email protected]


FYI

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. 
 
It is anticipated that following election in February the SCNC may take about a year to select the next Stated Clerk. The SCNC will determine its meeting times and may meet virtually as well as in person. Please don’t delay! Because holidays and deadlines intervene, we ask that all forms be submitted by NOVEMBER 15. Questions? Please contact Joy Fisher, [email protected], or Mary Evans, [email protected]


Want to stay connected with Presbyterians across Atlanta? Serve the larger church? Our denomination is special. Here is a brief description of Presbytery committees and commissions. The electronic VIF and fuller descriptions of committees/commissions are online at http://atlpcusa.org/committees.html. Consider volunteering your time to serve presbytery and fill out the Volunteer Information Form.


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