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DecPress MARCH 16-31, 2011

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DPC Celebrates the Call of Rev. Hughes Rev. Ken Hughes was installed as Associate Pastor at the Feb. 27, 2011 worship service. A reception followed in Slack Fellowship Hall in which the congregation could greet him with his wife Pam and son Dylan, a resident of Arlington, VA. Guest pastor Rev. Dr. Martha MooreKeish of Columbia Theological Seminary preached on the theme of “Stewards of God’s Mysteries.” “Ken is called to be under orders to Christ, to be a servant who directs attention beyond himself, to the one who has called him here,” said Dr. Keish. “When he comes to visit at your bedside, when he preaches in this pulpit, when he baptizes and breaks bread, he does so in the service of another. Any authority he has comes from Christ, whom he serves.” An Adventure Awaits Us The “Charge to the Pastor” was given by Rev. Dr. Corey Ingold, who recently made the journey from Virginia to Georgia — as did Rev. Hughes – to serve Buford Presbyterian Church. “I have been giving a good deal of thought to the notion of ‘call’ and what it means to be ‘called’ to a particular place at a particular time to engage the work of ministry. God clothes us with power from on high to do the work of ministry, and God blesses us when we are obedient,” he added. “We never know what awaits us at the outside of such an adventure as the call to serve a new congregation, but we know that, if we go with God’s promise, then we cannot fail.” Dr. Ingold said, “Ken, you have been equipped through your various life experiences, your achievements in theological education, and your previous experiences in ministry to have the mantle of leadership here at Decatur Presbyterian placed upon you. You have been called to serve.” Effective Ways to Minister Rev. Dr. Charles Raynal of Columbia Theological Seminary charged the congregation on two of the areas on which Rev. Hughes will focus – local mission in our urban setting and engaging young adults in their 20s and 30s in effective Christian nurture. “I would like to charge you and me to work with Ken Hughes in church partnerships that exist, to develop new and effective ways to minister to our changing, more demanding urban setting,” Dr. Raynal said. “We must develop good standards of assessment and ministry. The financial times are hardest on the poor.” He asked that we “make a particular and special place in our church to speak to the hopes of young adult people, to bring more of them into our fellowship, to build relationships now for all our sake and to nurture them for leadership in the future.”

In This Issue Local Mission Projects.................. 2 SAM Trips..................................3 Choir Concerts......................................5

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DPC Supports Missions in Decatur The church budget for 2011 includes $165,500 in support for missions of which $43,500 is used to support mission in our community, as shown below. To learn more about each project we support, go to the Local Mission entry on the church web site, www.dpchurch.org. Regular DecPress articles also provide current news about these projects. Local Community Mission/Organization 2011 Budget Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) – services for those in need - - - - - - - - - - - - - $14,000 Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM) – short term aid - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - -$6,000 Hagar’s House - Women and Children’s Shelter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $5,000 Pastor ’s Discretionary Fund – aid for those at our door - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -$3,000 Habitat for Humanity – to help build a home - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -$3,000 Our House – pre-school for children of the homeless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -$2,000 DCM Transitional Housing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -$2,000 Global Village School – for teenage refugee girls - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -$2,000 Clifton Sanctuary Ministries – shelter for homeless men - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $1,500 Environmental Committee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -$1,000 Open Door – support for homeless men - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $1,000 Sandwich Brigade – for the food they use - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -$1,000 Joe’s Place - transitional housing for men - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $500 Dekalb Rape Crisis Center - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $500 Oakhurst PC Ministries – supports a clothes closet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -$500 Emory Campus Ministry – support for a Presbyterian student group - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -$500 Total - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $43,500

Wednesday Night Series by Dr. David Bartlett Ends April 13 A five-week series of Lenten Lessons on Wednesday nights begins March 16 and continues through April 13. Dr. David L. Bartlett, professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, will speak on Paul’s letters four of the nights, with Rev. Ken Hughes teaching April 6. • March 16: “Paul’s First Letter – 1 Thessalonians” • March 23 and 30: “Paul’s Advice Letter – 1 Corinthians” • April 6: “Paul’s Epic Letter – Romans” • April 13: “Paul’s Angry Letter – Galatians” Dr. Bartlett is described as “one of the most informative and entertaining speakers one can find” and has taught in the areas of preaching and biblical studies. Before coming to Columbia Theological Seminary, Dr. Bartlett taught at Yale Divinity School, where he served as Dean of Academic Affairs and currently is a professor emeritus. He has serves as a pastor for churches in Minneapolis, Chicago and Oakland. The series will take place in M109, the Cornerstone Classroom on the first floor of the McGeachy Building across from the choir room. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. following the Wednesday Night Supper in Slack Fellowship Hall. No reservation is required, and the cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children, and $22 family maximum. Menus for Wednesday Night Suppers March 16: sliced corned beef with mustard and horseradish sauce, cabbage, parsley potatoes, candied carrots, salad bar, Irish soda bread and rolls, bread pudding with Irish cream sauce. March 23: Chopped barbeque pork with buns, blue cheese cole slaw, French fries, corn on the cob, peach crumb cobbler. March 30: grilled boneless chicken breast with barbeque sauce on the side, baked beans, green beans, French bread, salad bar, Caesar salad, fruit cocktail cake.


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Learn from Museum Tour March 28 and Enjoy Lunch/Matinee April 3 with SAM Group By Catherine Chastain A delightful afternoon of fellowship and entertainment has been planned for you by our Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) on Sunday, April 3. After the worship service, travel to the New London Theatre on East Main Street in Snellville for a performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” This Pulitzer Prize-winning play of a young Jewish girl has moved audiences for 50 years. We’ll stop for lunch first at Provino’s, the best Italian food in town! The theater and restaurant are in the same shopping center. The performance begins at 2:30 p.m., and the cost of advance tickets is just $10 for seniors, $12 for all others – a bargain! Purchase your tickets through the theatre’s website or call for details. If you wait until the day of the show, the tickets are $15. The church bus will be available for those who don’t want to drive, and holds 15 passengers. If you are willing to drive, please let us know how many additional passengers you can accommodate. The deadline for reservations will be Friday, April 1. Watch for reservation forms in the bulletin and on the tables Wednesday nights. Or you can call the church office at (404) 3781777. Holocaust Museum Exhibit In preparation for the trip to New London Theater, we will visit The William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in downtown Atlanta on Monday, March 28. Their special exhibit is titled “Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years”. Ticket prices are just $4. We’ll meet at the church at 10:45 a.m. and stop at Mary Mac’s Tea Room for lunch on the way. The group will return to the church parking lot by 2:30 or 3 p.m. For more information: • The New London Theater: www.newlondontheatre.org (770) 559-1484 • The William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum: www.thebreman.org • Provino’s Italian Restaurant: www.provinos.com • Mary Mac’s Tea Room: www.marymacs.com

Helen Darnell Music Scholarship Applications for the 2011 Helen Darnell Music Scholarship are being accepted and should be submitted to the church office by April 30, 2011. Scholarships from this fund are restricted to college-level music students who have either been accepted to a school of music at an accredited college or university or have an active application on file. Priority is given to applicants who are members of DPC, their children and grand children and then to members of the Decatur community at large. Applications are available by contacting the church office, or Tom Wigley.

Save the Date! Youth Committee will host Our Second Annual Picnic BBQ on Sunday, May 22 featuring Leah Vaughan’s BBQ. Come enjoy an afternoon on the lawn with great food, fellowship, and music!


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WHOSE BIR THDAY IS IT? BIRTHDAY Jim Hudgins 3/15 Kari Rheney 3/17 Marshall Toole 3/17 Bob Thurman 3/18 Tim Carter 3/19 Julie Dolan 3/19 Rebecca Hood 3/20 Alan Leffingwell 3/20 Elizabeth Teate 3/20 Marian Graves 3/21

Leslie Ollinger 3/21 Rosemary Hannan 3/22 Lucy Johnson 3/22 Lisa Rosenthal 3/22 Heather Beaubien 3/23 Susan Boudreau 3/23 Kathryn Brakefield 3/23 Katie Dowd 3/23 Doris Ortlip 3/23 Robby Carroll 3/24

Terry Coffman 3/24 Kathy Smith 3/24 Bill Turnipseed 3/24 Mary Evans Bucko 3/25 Andrew Gamble 3/25 Bryan Downs 3/26 Jessica Geiger 3/28 Meredith Hall 3/28 Katie Higgins 3/28 Susan Rose 3/28

Laura Slappey 3/28 Catherine Carter 3/29 Barbara Hull 3/29 Amy Chastain 3/30 Joe DeLisle 3/30 Kendra Leffingwell 3/30 Betty Noble 3/30 Leslie Reed 3/30 Jim Anderson 3/31 Eugene Wilson 3/31

Learn and Grow Through Sunday School Classes Sunday School Classes for all ages meet at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Explore until you find the right one for you and make it your “home room” at DPC. Adult Classes Location Bible and Arts M201 (Scott Huie/History Room) • March 20: Bob Silliman, Heaven and Earth in Victorian Times: Tennyson’s In Memorium • March 27: Candler Broom, Jef Project in Senegal Coffee and Conversation S209 (Session Meeting Room) Cornerstone M109 Crusaders M212 Discipleship B201 (Philips Conference Room) • Small group Bible study Fellowship M309 • Theme of Missions for the Month of March, including Dan and Elizabeth Turk, Dr. Nolan Lassiter, and Henry Kiara • March 27: Decatur Cooperative Ministry Friendship M202 (Stained Glass Room) • March lessons based on An Alter in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor Newton Morris M205 Parents of Young Children M103 Children and Youth Classrooms 2 Year Olds B207 3 Year Olds B205 4 Year Olds B305 Kindergarten B307 Worship Rotation McGeachy 3rd Floor Middle School Youth M306 High School Youth Sycamore House


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Athens & Charleston Concerts Scheduled for Chancel Choir For many weeks, the DPC Chancel Choir members have been rehearsing a challenging piece – Requiem by Durufle – which is new for many of them. They are preparing to sing it at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival June 4, in Charleston, SC. “This is a very challenging piece – rhythmically and harmonically,” comments Matt McMahan, minister of music, who will be performing it with our choir for the first time. “We would need to wait until our new organ console is installed before we could perform it in our own sanctuary.” He now expects the organ console to be installed by the end of June. The keys that are ordered from Germany are one of the causes for the delay. The Requiem op. 9, for soloists, choir, organ, and orchestra was written in 1947 by Frenchmen Maurice Durufle (1912-1986) and remains one of his most acclaimed compositions. The choir concert for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 4 in the sanctuary of St. Matthews Lutheran Church on King Street. This is across from Marion Square and adjacent to the College of Charleston where many of the choir members stay during their visit. This is the sixth consecutive year in which the choir has been invited to participate, one of only 16 choirs out of 800 which applied. The 17-day Piccolo Spoleto Festival provides access to the arts and the larger Spoleto Festival through 700 free or inexpensive events for everyone, focusing on artists of the Southeast. In addition to choral music, the festival also includes classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, children’s activities, crafts, and film. Our Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) is planning a trip for DPC members to enjoy the concert and a trip to Charleston. Watch for details soon about transportation and housing options, and how to enjoy all that the city has to offer during this festival. Preview in Athens In addition, the Chancel Choir has been invited to perform this piece at the First Presbyterian Church of Athens on Palm Sunday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. This historic, downtown church is similar in size to DPC, and is holding a series of Sunday afternoon and evening concerts during Lent, culminating with the performance by our choir. “Their director of music, Tom Granum, heard we were singing the Requiem in Charleston, and called to see if we could participate in their series,” says Matt. “This is an historic Athens church, similar to those you Arriving for their 2009 concert at St. would find in CharlesMatthews in Charleston are (L-R) Diana ton. It was remodeled Norman, Mimi Thurman and Jane Brawley. in 2002, and has very nice acoustics.” 3/20, 2nd Sunday in Lent Bell Choir Resumes Gen. 12:1-4a; Ps. 121; Rom. Those who play hand bells for DPC have resumed rehears4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17 als in March. They practice in the balcony of the sanctuary each Wednesday evening from 6:15 until 7:10. 3/27, 3rd Sunday in Lent A two-year effort to refurbish our hand bells with new Exod. 17:1-7; Ps. 95; Rom. springs is nearly completed and will enhance the sound of these 5:1-11; John 4:5-42 instruments. Contact Matt McMahan if you are interested in learning more about playing hand bells.

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Hospital & Health Concerns for . . .

Forces, and our missionaries: Jim & Jodi McGill (Malawi), Gail Smith (Central Asia), Choon & Yen Hee Lim (Taiwan), Dan & Elizabeth Turk (Madagascar), Mark Adams (Mexico), and their families.

Bob Kirk, father of Kari Rheney, hospice at home . . . Nita Young, Budd Terrace . . . Vivienne McCain, moved to Fountain View . . . Gordon McIntyre, triple bypass surgery 2/3 . . . Donna McDaniel’s sister, Kathy Blackstone Kurbel, diagnosed with throat cancer . . . Jim Cushman, fall, broken arm . . .Steve Ortlip, broken hand

Continuing Prayer List . . . Joyce Bond . . . Joe & Louise Bransby . . . Jennifer Campbell . . . Nancy Campbell . . . Sarah Carlson’s son, Wistar Harmon, hit by a motorcycle, long recovery expected, FL . . . Myra Cavan . . . Dona Cucich’s husband, Steve Cucich . . . Mildred Davidson . . . Julie Dolan’s friend, Susan Metzloff, brain cancer . . . Fred Donaldson . . . Pam Drenner is in remission; Pam’s mother is also battling cancer . . . Lisa Gibson’s father, Carman Gibson, colon cancer . . . Jan Perrett, daughter of Etta Jacobsen . . . Herman Jones, long-term disability, medication . . . Rick Kell . . . Rick Kell’s friend, Grace Jennings, dealing with family tragedy, AL . . . John & Mary Kline’s grandson, Benton Gray . . . former member Karen MacKenzie, stage 4 follicular lymphoma . . . the people and nation of Madagascar . . . Vivienne McCain . . . Edith McGarrity . . . Leila McGeath . . . Kate McKemie, moved to The Veranda, Roswell . . . Matt & Lori McMahan’s neighbor, Mary Brenier, undergoing cancer treatment . . . Chuck Miller’s father, Bob Miller, Alzheimer’s . . . Routh Neill . . . Jamie Owens’ brother-inlaw, Bobby Campbell, stage IV Gliobastoma brain tumor . . . Chad Roberts, son of Ruth Roberts . . . Lisa Rosenthal, back pain . . . Jimmy Southard . . . Dot Stevenson . . . Mayme Stiyer, severe arthritis . . . Anna Stribling . . . Miriam Swift’s mother, Susan Bentley, breast cancer . . . Margaret Thrasher . . . Hugh Warren’s parents’ health . . . Dana Young’s mother, Kathaleen Lustig, Flushing, NY

Sympathy for . . . Dené Dixon on the death of her mother, Barmell Dixon, 3/4 in FL Connie Broom & family on the 1/23 death of her father, Dr. Ward Pafford Fred Donaldson & family on the death of his brother, Tom Donaldson, IN Dana & Hannah Harris (of Zest Atlanta, our church caterers) & family on the 3/1 death of Hannah’s grandfather, Bill Brown

Praise for . . . Larry & Kate McGregor Mosley of Earth Covenant Ministry (ECM has office space at DPC) on the 2/4 birth of Walker Evans Mosley. Walker weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz. Scott & Lindsey Drake, and big sister McLaine, on the 2/5 birth of Emma Green Drake Mike & Stacy Hampton on the 2/8 birth of Mia Irene Hampton. Mia weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz., and was 19 inches long

Special Prayers . . . Pray for Mary Garner’s grandson, Nicholas Saroka, as he serves in an undisclosed location, Janie Thompson as she serves the Army Corp of Engineers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Elizabeth Stark as she serves in Iraq, and all serving our country in the Armed

Highlights of Feb. 22, 2011 Session Meeting • Reviewed the various amendments to the Book of Church Order as adopted by the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and recommended to General Assembly. • Approved a Whistleblower Policy and Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees. • Approved formation of a Handyman’s Guild under the Property Committee.

Membership Summary (as of 1/31/11, presented at 2/22/11 meeting of the Session) oll Inacti ve Member R oll Ba ptiz ed Member R oll ve Member R Activ Roll Inactiv Roll Baptiz ptized Roll Acti Beginning Count Additions Removals Ending Count

743 1 1 743

Beginning Count Additions Removals Ending Count

104 0 0 104

Total Membership as of January 31, 2011 was 1082.

Beginning Count Additions Removals Ending Count

234 1 0 235


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Calendar (March 16-31)

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Wednesday, March 16 Session packets due to Denise Howell 3:45-6 p.m. Sycamore House Open to Youth 4:30 p.m. DPCC Council - B208 5:00 p.m. Carol Choir - M111 5:00 p.m. Retreat Center Ministry Council – B201 5:00 p.m. Workshop Rotation Teachers Bible Study - M205 5:15 p.m. Dinner Line Opens - Fellowship Hall 6:10 p.m. Handbells - Sanctuary 6:30 p.m. Program: Lenten Lessons by Dr. David L. Bartlett - M109 6:30 p.m. Youth Bible Study - M306 7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir - M104 Thursday, March 17 9:15 a.m. DPCC Chapel Service - Sanctuary 9:30 a.m. Sandwich Brigade - Fellowship Hall 6:00 p.m. College of Elders Dinner Meeting 6:30 p.m. Bible Study - Gutzkes’ 8:00 p.m. AAs (open meeting) - M212 Saturday, March 19 Middle School Retreat - DPC Retreat Center Sunday, March 20 Publix Georgia Marathon today Name Tag Sunday! Middle School Retreat - DPC Retreat Center 9:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages - various 9:00 a.m. Covenant Choir (4s & 5s) - B301 9:25 a.m. Cricket Choir (3s) - B205 10:15 a.m. Worship: Dr. Todd Speed - Sanctuary 1:00 p.m. Norvisi Friendship Presb.Fellowship Chapel 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. High School Youth Dinner/Program with J. Tom Morgan (open to all) Sycamore House - Fellowship Hall Monday, March 21 7:00 a.m. Men’s Bible Study - M209 Tuesday, March 22 9:30 a.m. Worship/Program Planning - S303 11:00 a.m. Bible Study - M202 2:00 p.m. Staff Meeting - B201 6:00 p.m. Session Dinner - Fellowship Hall 6:30 p.m. Session Meeting - M109 Wednesday, March 23 3:45-6 p.m. Sycamore House Open to Youth 5:00 p.m. Carol Choir (Grades 1-2) - M111 5:15 p.m. Dinner Line Opens - Fellowship Hall 5:30 p.m. Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) - M111 6:10 p.m. Handbells - Sanctuary

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Program: Lenten Lessons by Dr. David L. Bartlett - M109 6:30 p.m. Youth Bible Study - M306 7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir - M104 Thursday, March 24 9:15 a.m. DPCC Chapel Service - Chapel 6:30 p.m. Bible Study - Gutzkes’ 8:00 p.m. AAs (open meeting) - M212 Friday, March 25 10:30 a.m. DPCC Visiting Artist - Fellowship Hall 12:00 p.m. DPCC Staff Meeting - M202 Saturday, March 26 8:00 a.m. Men’s Breakfast: Dr. David Weitnauer - Fellowship Hall Sunday, March 27 9:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 9:00 a.m. Covenant Choir (4s & 5s) - B301 9:20 a.m. Cricket Choir (3s) - B205 10:15 a.m. Worship: Dr. Todd Speed; Carol and Chapel Choirs - Sanctuary Carol & Chapel Choirs Make Up Day 11:30 p.m. M111 1:00 p.m. Norvisi Friendship Presb. Fellowship Chapel 4:30 p.m. Confirmation Class Meeting - M212 6 p.m.-8 pm. Middle & High School Youth Dinner and Program - Sycamore House Fellowship Hall Monday, March 28 7:00 a.m. Men’s Bible Study - M209 Tuesday, March 29 9:30 a.m. Worship/Program Planning - S303 11:00 a.m. Bible Study - M202 12:00 p.m. Board of Pensions Lunch Meeting for Staff - B201 2:00 p.m. Staff Meeting - B201 Wednesday, March 30 3:45-6 p.m. Sycamore House Open to Youth 5:00 p.m. Carol Choir (Grades 1-2) - M111 5:15 p.m. Dinner Line Opens - Fellowship Hall 5:30 p.m. Chapel Choir (Grades 3-5) - M111 6:10 p.m. Handbells - Sanctuary 6:30 p.m. Program: Lenten Lessons by Dr. David L. Bartlett - M109 7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir - M104 Thursday, March 31 9:15 a.m. DPCC Chapel - Chapel 6:30 p.m. Bible Study - Gutzkes’ 8:00 p.m. AAs (open meeting) - M212


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Men’s Breakfast Speaker Reflects on God’s Call in our Lives David Weitnauer, and ordained minister since 1987, will reflect on his “unconventional” path in ministry at the March 26th Men’s Breakfast. David manages a charitable foundation and also has served as a hospital chaplain, parish minister, and pastoral counselor. Rev. Weitnauer will reflect on his relatively unconventional path in ministry in hope that it may help others consider God’s call in their own lives — avocational and vocational – no matter how unconventional those calls may seem. David was baptised as an infant at Decatur Presbyterian Church and grew up in the congregation. DPC is the church home for David, his wife, Nancy, and their children Sam and Claire. The breakfast, catered by Zest Atlanta, begins at 8 a.m and costs $6. Reservations should be made through the church office at (404) 379-1777 or RSVP@dpchurch.org by Friday, March 25.

DPC Raises $7,000 for Honduras School Children Some 107 people responded to Jim Keith’s Minute for Missions Jan. 30 asking for pledges to support marathon runner John Bell. The goal was to raise funds to help provide an education for the children of Guapinol, a small village in Honduras that our mission team visited last summer. John is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greenwood, SC, who participated in our trip last year. He recently completed the Mt. Mitchell challenge, a 40-mile race up a mountain. For those who pledged $1 or more a mile, please make a check payable to Decatur Presbyterian Church and write “To Educate A Village” in the memo line. Pledges from DPC totaled $6,880 and will be combined with pledges from John Bell’s church in South Carolina. Every elementary school child in Guapinol will be given three uniforms, a book bag, school supplies, and shoes. All older age children that qualify will be given scholarships so that they can attend private schools.


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