500 Years of Reformation


This year marks 500 years since Martin Luther, a German Augustinian monk and professor of theology, published his 95 Theses. The Theses protested elements of Catholic doctrine and a number of specific practices such as the selling of indulgences. The publication quickly spread throughout Europe and launched a religious revolution, changing millions of Christians’ understanding of their relationship to God and ultimately leading to a break from the Catholic Church. 

Commemoration Events

Foundations Series at 10 a.m. in the Gym
OCT 8 - The Protestant Reformation: Why It Happened and Who Should Care? with Dr. Richard Burnett.  Dr. Burnett, an ordained Presbyterian pastor, served as Professor of Systematic Theology at Erskine Theological Seminary for 14 years and became the executive director and managing editor of Theology Matters in 2016.

OCT 15 & 29 - We welcome Dr. Tim Hartman, Assistant Professor of Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary.   Dr. Hartman’s research interests include contemporary Christian theologies worldwide, Christology, Lived Theology (the interrelationship between religious beliefs and practices), and the work of Kwame Bediako and Karl Barth. 

OCT 22 - We welcome Dr. Mark Douglas, Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of MDiv Program at Columbia Theological Seminary. Dr. Douglas’s wide-ranging interests include: ethics in neo-orthodox theologies, medical and business ethics, the American philosophical tradition of pragmatism, and the role of religion in political philosophy. He is currently researching and writing on the intersection of environmental issues and conflict studies.

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Reformation Concert – In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Peachtree Road UMC will host choirs, orchestras, and organists from Atlanta churches performing works by Bach, Vaughan Williams, Parry, Reger, and others. Performance begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free. See details at www.prumc.org/reformation-concert

January 22-25, 2018
Reformations Then and Now – Columbia Theological Seminary hosts a week with keynote speakers, workshops, and discussions on the Protestant Reformation and the contemporary “re-formations” of today. More information at www.ctsnet.edu/events/

A Word of Hope Bible Study

"Do not let your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me." This assurance of God's presence in our lives, from the Gospel of John, is one of the most powerful statements in the New Testament. This year, the Women's Inductive Bible Study will explore this gospel, which Scottish theologian William Barclay once described as "overflowing with riches." This group meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, with the new study set to begin on October 24. Newcomers are most welcome at any time. For more information, contact Sharon Bailey at (404) 248-9463 or
sharonbailey19@gmail.com, or Betty McKay at (404) 252-3174 or docbetty@bellsouth.net.

ASO Christmas Concert


Tuesday, December 5, 2017; 11:45 a.m.--As our facilities are currently under construction, please join us at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta  (located in Midtown just 1.5 miles north on Peachtree) for the 20th annual Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra offers a free gift of Christmas music to the Atlanta community. This one-hour lunchtime concert and sing-along is a wonderful way to get in the Christmas spirit with music performed by world class musicians! Doors will open at 11:15 a.m. Tickets are not required (but space will fill up quickly!). For groups of 8 or more, please make a reservation here.

Flourish: Women's Bible Studies

The Women’s Ministry kicks off a new Bible study—David: A Study in Imperfection—looking at the life of King David from the Old Testament. Known as the boy giant-slayer, shepherd king, and man after God’s own heart, David’s life and rule as king was also marked by sin, failure, and struggle. Come explore David’s complex life and pursuit of God. 

Studies meet at the church on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. and Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m.  beginning the week after Labor Day (September 6/7). Registration opens on August 10 here.

Austria Youth Mission Trip Blog

A team of 14 youth and leaders are traveling to Linz, Austria, July 12-24 to work alongside NAPC Missionaries  Werner and Lisa Schobesberger at he House of Hope, a ministry that welcomes refugees from all over the world. The team will have the opportunity to serve refugees there by fulfilling some of their basic needs, offering them hope through the Gospel and helping them to become integrated into society. 

The Team will be sharing stories and photos from their trip here. We hope you'll follow along!

Young Adult Summer Retreat

What is the best way to connect with other young adults (ages 20-45) at North Avenue? Our Young Adult Retreat! Whether you are new or old to NAPC, we want YOU to join us for a weekend full of fun, connection, and storytelling. This year we will be journeying to Americus, GA, where we will learn about Koinonia Farm, an interracial, intentional community founded in the 1940s during the Jim Crow South. From this example of New Testament living, we will explore the theme of reconciliation within our lives. The retreat costs only $40 for the weekend, July 14-16.  As a bonus, we might be able to watch President Jimmy Carter teach his renowned Sunday School class. Register for the retreat here.

First Sundays Coffee

As a church family we have been missing the opportunity to share a meal together on Sundays. Come enjoy a bite to eat and a cup of coffee in the Welcome Center on the first Sundays of the month anytime between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. This is a great place to connect with others at NAPC or to ask questions about the church—or just enjoy some extended fellowship time outside of worship.