Host a Scholar at Thanksgiving

You are invited to be a blessing for a Chinese scholar who is here from China for one year by hosting one (or more) of our scholars at your Thanksgiving celebration.  For many of them, this will be their only opportunity to experience this American holiday with an American family! Share the meaning of the celebration with Chinese friends and give them a memory they will never forget! 

We are looking for about 10 families who will host 1-4 students for Thanksgiving. Register to host here. Send questions to Carol Hightower at carolh50@bellsouth.net.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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2018 Women's Retreat

FEBRUARY 9-11, 2018 AT UNICOI STATE PARK 

Come experience freedom in love with other women of NAPC on the 2018 Women’s Retreat, “Taboo: Lift the Burden.” Through a series of interactive panels of speakers, we will hear women tell their stories of loss, mental illness, prejudice and struggle—eavesdropping on intimate conversations that give insight into how to walk through hard times with one another and how to endure them when we encounter them ourselves.

Come be part of lifting the shame, the secrecy, the isolation and the burden off of one another as we talk about topics we all experience but rarely discuss openly.  Listen in as women share their stories of what really is helpful to say to a friend when she’s just lost a loved one.  Hear the story of how mental illness and addiction often isolates us from the only supportive relationships we have.  Listen in on the hard truths of racism our sisters have experienced.  

Through it all, leave encouraged—you’re not alone in your experience; be equipped—our sisters’ honest insights will better equip you for meaningful friendship; discover joy—in Christ and in community, you are not alone. Even in the darkest experiences there is light in the fellowship of Christian sisters. 

ASO Christmas Concert

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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.

 

Once group registration is full, groups may call Lisa Ellinger
at (404) 875-0531, ext 209 to inquire about available seating.

Pride for Parents Toy Drive & First Serve

Please bring newly purchased toys to the Children’s Ministry Welcome Area, Advent Festival, or The Welcome Center on Sundays, November 26-December 10. Our goal is to donate more than 50 toys and Gift Cards for “Pride for Parents,” a program of FCS Community Economic Development.  This is a North Avenue Mission partner that supports families in South Atlanta. Parents will be able to come to their location and purchase a toy at an affordable cost, creating a special memory for their children. FCS is planning to serve more than 1,000 families this year. We will be helping to sell the items during our First Serve opportunity on December 16, 2017. See more details about this family-friendly First Serve here.

 

Be a Part of the Apprentice Series

“God wants me to try harder. God is angry with me.” We all have ideas we tell ourselves about who God is and how He relates to us. Some are true- many are false. The new Apprentice Series, Book One on Sunday mornings invites you to examine your narratives about who God is and see how they match the narrative Jesus revealed in the Gospels. The Apprentice experience involves reading “The Good and Beautiful God,” engaging in soul training practices to reinforce the Biblical messages, and participating in a small group discussion each week where your new narratives can become transformative. This opportunity is scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. each Sunday from January 14 - March 11, 2018. Registration forms are available in the Foundations Class or by contacting kay@napc.org. Deadline is December 10, 2017.

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For a child has been born for us,  a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders;     and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. -Isaiah 9:6-7

Donate Winter Coats

NAPC Mission Partner Midtown Assistance Center (MAC) is in need of winter coats. Many of their clients take MARTA to work, so a warm coat is especially important. You can drop off new or gently used coats to their office (30 Porter Place NE, Atlanta) any week day from 9-5pm. They are also accepting other cold winter gear such as scarves, gloves, hats and warm socks and shoes.

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.

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.