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The North Avenue Family
One of the ways the Bible describes the Church is as a family. As with many families, North Avenue gets together and connects in varied contexts and for various reasons. On this page, you can discover some of the structured ways that we express our unity and love and the opportunities we have to get together to encourage each other in our faith.
Sunday 10:15 a.m.
Higher Grounds: Facilitated by psychologist Lisa Tallant, Higher Grounds is current, relatable and open to all. Given that the weekly topics are related to what is currently happening in the world and the church, it is easy to drop-in! We integrate current events and psychology with Biblical scripture, generating lively discussion and fellowship (Room 3209).
Cornerstone: Inspired by Ephesians 2:19-22, the Cornerstone Class will explore what it means to seek Jesus as the Cornerstone of all aspects of our lives and worldviews—vocation, marriage, family, interpersonal relationships—and what that looks like in the real world. Gay Buxton serves as the class coordinator (Room 3210).
Designed for Discipleship: Rooted in a verse by verse examination of Scripture, each Sunday we aim to create a space where we learn from each other through an honest, thoughtful discussion of Scripture passages and how then to apply God’s Word to live lives that are pleasing to God (Room 4101). Debby Heller serves as the class communicator; Jon Toppen leads the teaching team which includes Frans Christ, Elizabeth Gieseking, Ben Stanford, David Lamaina, and Courtney Robinson.
International Perspectives: Coordinated by a team of three committed leaders, Tom McLeod, Renata Dennis and Lakshmi Sankar, this group draws congregants from international backgrounds, those who are committed to the global mission of the church and those who have spent time overseas in service to the church. Our goal is to understand more fully the Great Commission by studying the Scriptures and hearing the testimonies of visiting missionaries as well as the experiences of our fellow class members. (BMC-B)
Families with Young Children: Parents with children in preschool and younger gather for Bible study and to share in life together (Room 4102). The class is taught by Rev. Glenn Goldsmith and supported by Jim and Joellen McKay.
The Cup: A class giving voice to street theology and a safe place for new-comers to gather, the Cup seeks to help bridge gaps in the church inadvertently caused by theological and economic differences (Room 4113). Elder Prince Davies-Vinn provides leadership to the weekly conversations.
Speak Easy: A time to gather for authentic conversation on the journey toward the intersection of justice, Jesus, and everyday life (Room 4200). People of all ages and stages are welcome to join in this relaxed time of fellowship and dialogue. Katie Delp provides leadership to the conversation.
The United Class: Facilitated by Whit Smith, this lecture-based format is designed to provide expository Bible teaching to a community wishing not only to know about God but also to grow in knowing God (Room 4103).
The College Class: Spending time in God’s Word can be challenging in college when there are so many demands on our time and attention. Join other area college students as well as NAPC members home on break to gather for conversations about maintaining our identity as followers of Jesus even as we raise questions about our faith as it intersects (and sometimes clashes with) this journey into independence (Room 4203). The class is facilitated by Elder Gaan Akers and other members of the NAPC Young Adult Community.
Chinese Discipleship Class The purpose of this class is twofold: to immerse the student believers with the Word of God and help them apply the Gospel into their daily lives; and to introduce the Word of God to the seekers and help them see God’s revelation. There is also a Sunday ESL Bible Class at 10:15 a.m. that previews worship and includes sermon text with English vocabulary for Chinese Scholars.
Community Dinners Around the City
Join your North Avenue neighbors for time to connect and share a potluck dinner in homes around the city. We will celebrate Epiphany together, the wise men’s visit to the Christ child.
The purpose of these gatherings is to create space for us as a church to know one another and care for one another better. Our first neighborhood gathering was a great launch with 214 North Avenue people gathered in eleven homes around the city to enjoy good food and connection. What a great beginning from which to grow!
North Avenue has small groups that gather all over the metro-Atlanta area, meeting throughout the week. Some groups gather based on location, affinity, or age & stage. Find the right group for you by contacting Kim Goldsmith.
The GROW Team invites you to join the facilitator and host, Rev. Scott Westerveldt, for a weekly men’s group. Scott is a Presbyterian pastor and chaplain with degrees in
marriage and family therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has been married for 25 years to his childhood sweetheart, Jo, and both became members of NAPC in February 2019. This gathering will be a safe place where men, in their own time, can talk about what is going on in their lives under the surface of the water.
Presbyterian Women gather on the second Tuesday of each month for a combined study, followed by circle meetings and lunch. We will be examining the Spiritual Disciplines as a means of Spiritual Formation. Gatherings begin at 10:30 in The Overlook Hall, followed by Circle Meetings in 4101 and 4102. Circle leaders will collect lunch orders from members prior to each monthly meeting. Box lunches will be provided by Jason’s Deli at $10 per lunch.
“Spiritual Formation is our continuing response to the reality of God’s grace shaping us into the likeness of Jesus Christ, through the work of the Holy Spirit, in the community of faith, for the glory of God and for the sake of the world.”
“In the end the point of becoming more like Christ is not that we are better people doing more good for others. In the end the point of becoming more like Christ is that God is glorified by our faithfulness. Nothing more.”
Jeffrey Greenman in “Life in the Spirit: Spiritual Formation in Theological Perspectives”
Both Circle One and Circle Two will meet together at 10:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of every month for devotion, teaching, and fellowship. Circles will then break into two groups for discussion and lunch from Jason’s Deli (RSVP for lunch to your Circle leader each month).
This year in Women’s Bible Study (WBS) we will be studying the Book of Acts, also know as The Acts of The Apostles. There are two primary themes in Acts: the formation of the church and the reconciliation through Christ of Jews and Gentiles. Both of these themes seem especially relevant to our lives together in this season both as a church in transition and as a people increasingly called to lean toward a deeper understanding of reconciliation. We hope you will join us either on Wednesday evenings on Thursday mornings. The schedules for the two studies (identical material, different style) are below. Please take a moment to follow this link and register today!
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY BIBLE STUDIES
6-6:30 p.m. Gather for dinner and fellowship (dinner orders due each week on Tuesday morning – register for more details)
6:30-7:15 p.m. Study
7:15-7:30 p.m. Prayer
7:30 p.m. Adjourn
Teachers: Rev. Megan Johnson and Elizabeth Gieseking
9:30 a.m. Childcare opens (must register for childcare at the time of Bible Study registration)
9:45-10 a.m. Prayer
10-10:45 a.m. Study
10:45-11:30 a.m. Small Groups
11:30 a.m. Adjourn
Teachers: Rev. Megan Johnson, Elder Glenice Johnson and Gladys Mitchell
North Avenue Presbyterian Church is home to around 900 members and many regular attendees from all parts of metro Atlanta. We are a vibrant, multicultural, and missional church attempting to live out our mission of “Knowing Jesus and Making Him Known.” We encourage those who feel ready to make a deeper commitment to our mission and our church community to join us as members.
Membership Exploration classes are held four times a year. The class begins with dinner in a member’s home on Saturday evening. Those interested in learning more about membership have an opportunity to meet members and staff and enjoy an excellent meal together. On the following two Sunday mornings, we gather again for a deeper discussion of who Jesus is and our relationship to Him, as well as time to become better acquainted with some of our pastors and church leaders and the mission and vision of our church. At the end of the class, those who are ready can join the church and begin the process of finding a place to connect in our church family. Childcare is provided during the class on Sunday morning, and children are welcome to come to dinner on Saturday night. Registration prior to the class is required. To register or to ask questions, please contact Kim Goldsmith.
Serving on Sundays
Are you a musician or vocalist? Share your gifts with the congregation! Whether you would like to play in the Worship Band or sing with Chancel Choir, we would love to have you join us leading worship at North Avenue. To find out more about how you can get involved, contact Lisa Ellinger.
We have a dedicated group of volunteers that play a vital role in worship every week by running the slides on the screens during our worship services. We have also added live-streaming to reach those who are not able to be with us in person on Sunday’s. We offer training to help volunteers get comfortable with the equipment and software utilized. This is a great way to be a part of North Avenue’s core value of “Passionate Worship.” To find out more about how you can get involved, contact Lisa Ellinger.
Do you remember the first person who welcomed you at North Avenue? The Hospitality Team is in need of smiling faces to help welcome people who come in our doors. Are you able to welcome people for 60-90 minutes once a month so that others might find a warm welcome? Volunteer by contacting Kim Goldsmith.