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Life of Dr. Philips


Mexico Missionary


College Connections


Endowment Grants


Home & Garden Tour


PW Plans Next Year


Men’s Breakfast


amily and friends, colleagues and admirers filled Decatur Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 31, 2012, to attend the memorial service for our Pastor Emeritus, The Rev. Dr. J. Davison Philips. He died March 25 in Black Mountain, NC, at the age of 91 from complications brought on by Parkinson’s disease. Rev. Dr. Todd Speed said, “How appropriate that Davison would die at sunrise on the day of our Lord. Davison died as he lived, surrounded by family and friends, with singing of favorite hymns and scripture, with prayers and much love.” Among the many pastors and presidents who participated in the service, Rev. Dr. T. Erskine Clarke, Professor Emeritus of Columbia Theological Seminary, recalled, “Davison was a president with a pastor’s heart. He sought faculty who were deeply committed to the life of the church.” Rev. Dr. J. Phillips Noble first met Dr. Philips as a student at Columbia, and saw that he stood out in “personality and what I perceived as gifts for ministry.” Dr. Noble added, “At the critical time of the Civil rights Revolution in our nation, Davison clearly stood on the side of justice and fairness for all people as he signed the Manifesto that had a major impact on Atlanta.” Dr. Speed recounted the many accomplishments during Dr. Philips leadership of Decatur Presbyterian Church. Topple mission hospital, South Korea Philips Tower as an affordable home for the elderly

Davison and Kay Philips were married 69 years, raised three children, and had 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

The Retreat Center at Lake Lanier Ministries like Westminster Fellowship, Pastor’s Aids, and Camp Decatur “Many of the younger members stood in awe of Davison, because he was so loved, so respected, so admired by all,” Dr. Speed said. “Anne Jackson said he ‘listened, was compassionate, and always had time for someone in need.’” Dr. Speed added, “It is said that beside every great man is an even greater woman. Kay has been steadfast, strong, and spunky at Davison’s side for 69 years. His family will tell you that one of the best decision in his life was to marry Kay.” He concluded with a thought gleaned from Dr. Philips’ folder for funeral services. “Death is a powerful mystery, no doubt, yet it does not have the final word. It is not the end, but a time for moving free from forms of bondage into the redeeming and graceful presence of God.”

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riends, we have gathered today to remember and give thanks to God for the well -lived life of Rev. Dr. James Davison Philips, and we have gathered today to affirm together our deepest faith, that God in Jesus Christ has conquered death, and that God will raise to life eternal all who are in Christ. And we have gathered today to rejoice, to celebrate even, because this earthly life is good, and Davison Philips lived it faithfully and well … Rev. Dr. Todd Speed, March 31, 2012

Walking Together in Christ Living Daily as Children of Light April 8— May 27, 2012 Special Worship Services April 22: Senior High Youth Led April 29: Reception of Confirmation Class May 20: Senior Recognition Sunday, Picnic on the Lawn May 27: Pentecost Communion Wednesday Nights April 11: Retreat Center April 18: Honduras Outreach Missions Sunday Mornings “Walking with the Parables” led by Rebekah Abel Lamar, Fellowship Classroom at 9 a.m., April 15, 22, May 6 and 13 Song of the Season: “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” by Kathleen Thomason Spiritual Practice: Testimony — telling another, when the opportunity presents itself, about Jesus and what following him has meant for your life.

“ E A R T H Y L I F E I S G O O D , A N D D AV I S O N PH I LI P S LI VED IT FAIT HF ULLY , WELL ” Born at home in Peason, LA, Davison Phil- Military Service ips grew up near Tallahassee, FL, the son of One of the youngest chaplains in the V.G. Philips and Eleanor Davison Philips. U.S. Navy in World War II, and served with the Seabees on Guam Family Married to Kay (Katherine Wright) Phil- Career lips 69 years Senior Pastor of Decatur Presbyterian Three children: Jim Philips, June PhilChurch for 21 years, staring in 1954 ips Peel, and Graham Philips Interim pastor for First Presbyterian Five grandchildren and five great-grand Church of Atlanta, Saint Andrews and Shallowford Road Presbyterian children churches President of Columbia Theological Education Seminary, 1976-1986 Graduate of Hampden-Sydney College Agnes Scott College Trustee 30 years in 1940 and Columbia Theological Former moderator of the Presbytery of Seminary in 1943 Greater Atlanta and the Synod of GeorPost-graduate work at the University gia of Edinburgh, Scotland, from which he earned his Ph.D. in 1955 Doctor of Divinity degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary and from Presbyterian College, where he was a trustee.

Dr. Philips served as senior pastor at Decatur Presbyterian Church for 21 years. In 1972, he baptized Alex Cook for parents Les and Elinor Cook. 2


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“ U N U S UA L B I - N A T I O N A L M I N I S T R Y ” IN MEXICO SHARED APRIL 29 By Ron Johnson he Rev. Mark Adams will visit our church on Sunday, April 29, speaking before the Friendship Sunday School Class in M202 (Stained Glass Room) that morning. We encourage you to come and learn about his ministry. DPC provides financial support for Mark and Miriam Adams as missionaries on the Mexican border. In partnership with the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico, Mark is responsible for the coordination of the six ministry areas of Frontera de Cristo: church development, health, family counseling, the New Hope Community Center, mission education, and the Just Trade Center. The following is from their most recent letter: “Kyrsten and Anna, two students of Eastern Mennonite University, described the ministry of Frontera de Cristo as an ‘unusual bi-national ministry’ when introducing Miriam and me to the chapel congregation. Just a few days later George Meek, an elder of Trinity Presbyterian


Church of Arlington, Virginia described our ministry as ‘a manifestation of the Spirit.’ The letter continues, “In a world where the income gap between the ‘haves, the have-lesses and the have-nots’ is reflected not only in economic separation but also in social, cultural and political separations, a ministry in which rich, middle class and poor come together to seek to build relationships and understanding across borders is unusual. “P.S. At their November 18 meeting the bi-national board of the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico reaffirmed its commitment to being a conduit for God’s work on the U.S./Mexico border and have requested: (1) that the PC(USA) World Mission continue in partnership with them, and (2) that the PC(USA) send us back to serve, opening ourselves to the possibilities of God’s realities bursting forth on our common border.”



unshine Summer is “camp for pre-schoolers” providing fun for children and a relief for busy parents. DPCC offers its Sunshine Summer program four weeks each year, serving children 9 months old to rising first graders. You can register for any or all of the four-weeks offered, starting June 19. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays . “The program is open in anyone in the church and in the community,” says DPCC Director Ellen McClure.

“But we do recommend that you reserve your place as early as possible, especially if you have more than one child – or twins! Class are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.” Each class is led by a regular school-year teacher (assisted by a teenager 15 or older) who guides them in learning and fun.


To make your reservation, look for forms around the DPC campus, or contact Ellen and she can mail one to you. She is available at (404) 3781770 or The registration fee is $35 per family and is non refundable. Fees are due on the first day of camp, and include: $90 per week for Parents Morning Out (infants and toddlers nine months and older) $85 per week for rising two year olds through rising 1st graders.

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R E G I S T E R F O R J U N E C A M P S N OW !

A Wondering about a council meeting time or special service? The Google calendar maintained by the staff now is available on the DPC website at

Click on ”Church Calendar” on the home page menu bar or use the dropdown menu under “News and Info.” You can explore by week or month or choose the “Agenda” option, which provides a list. Click on a topic to see more information, such as the speaker or room number. You can view any or all of five sub-calendars to narrow down your search: COUNCILS & COMMITTEES DPCC PROGRAMS & EVENTS WORSHIP & LEARNING YOUTH ACTIVITIES

If you have updates or questions, work through the staff person for that program, or send information to Kathy Morse, Church Administrator, at

s you make plans for your children this summer, reserve June dates at Decatur Presbyterian Church. This year, the popular new Allegrow Camp will take place first, followed by BAM! Bible and Music Camp. Allegrow Camp Held June 4-6 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon for rising 3, 4, and kindergarten-age children who will participate in music, art, and play as they learn about the world God created. No charge, but donations are welcome. Bible and Music Camp Takes place June 11-15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a performance on Friday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m. Open to rising 1st—6th graders. Campers will learn stories from the Bible through the musical “Moses and the Freedom Fanatics” as well as through art, drama, reflection, and play. The cost is $40. Volunteer Opportunities We also need the time and talent of volunteers who can commit to 3-5 hours each day (with nursery provided). Positions include shepherds, childcare workers, snack and lunch coordinators, program setup and break down, and helpers with art, drama, reflection time, and the playground. Contact Amy Chastain at or call the church office at (404) 378-1777, ext. 239, for more information. Registration forms are available on the DPC website at

APRIL COLLEGE CONNECTIONS Consider sending a card or care package to these students, and helping to keep the connection with DPC. College Connections is a program of the Congregational Care Council. BLAKE CANDLER is majoring in French with a minor in philosophy while living in Tours, France, this school year. He will return to Davidson for his senior year 20122013. Blake is interested in social issues and he works a great deal in France with Red Cross relief agencies, helping the homeless and disadvantaged. Address: Chez Mme Meunier, 39 Rue San Francisco, 37000 Tours, France

Address: River Mills Apts., 100 Stone Mill Run, #67, Athens, GA 30605

LAURA CANDLER is a second year student at the University of Georgia School of Law. She is engaged to be married in the summer of 2013 after she finishes law school. Her fiancé is Dan Hampton, a firstyear med student at Wake Forest.

JANETTE WALL attends the College of Charleston, where she is majoring in hospitality and tourism. Her interests include music, fashion and cooking. Address: 133 ½ Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401


NATALIE PERRY is a junior at Young Harris College majoring in nursing. Her interests include choir and music and she loves to read. Address: Young Harris College, 1 College Street, Young Harris, GA 30582 SEAN GRIMES is a freshman at Georgia College and planning to major in history. He loves flag football and softball. Address: Georgia College, 320 N. Wayne Street, Campus Box 1722, Milledgeville, GA 31061


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pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? A winning lottery ticket? For several councils, committees, and organizations, good news in the form of grants from the Endowment Committee is making many wishes come true. Last fall, the Endowment Committee, under Chair Dan Shelles, announced that it was ready to accept applications for the first round of grants. The group received 11 applications, requesting funding for nearly $67,000 in deserving projects, twice the amount available. After careful evaluation, the following organizations received awards, for a total of $33,375: The Youth Committee, on behalf of the Christian Education Council, was awarded $500. These funds will allow DPC to participate (with 10 other churches in the presbytery) in creating programming for parents and youth in the upcoming 2012-2013 year. Parents will by offered programs on parenting issues, taught by speakers such as Roger Nishioka. Youth will benefit from fellowship and learning opportunities with youth from other churches. The first event is planned for October, and will take place on a Sunday evening.

The Global Village School was awarded $2,000 toward a challenge grant for increasing capacity of the school. The funds will enable the school to update their website, create a three-year strategic plan, and complete a full financial audit. The Adult Education Committee, on behalf of the Christian Education Council, was awarded $1,000 for a consultant for the Task Force on Faith Development. The Property Committee (Administration Council), received funding for four projects: $3,000 for refinishing exterior doors; $2,000 for replacement of sound system in Scott Chapel; $5,400 for wall repair in Scott Chapel; $8,800 for various AV equipment. Global Missions (Mission and Outreach Council) was awarded $2,000 for a medical clinic in Las Manzanas, Honduras. These awards have been made possible by creation of the Endowment Fund, and its growth over the years to more than $1 million. At that milestone, grants can be made from the interest earned on the investments in that fund. The DPC Endowment Fund consists mostly of bequests from the estates of Saints of DPC, plus some gifts received from living donors.

The Decatur Presbyterian Children’s Community (DPCC) was awarded $8,675 for painting of classrooms, offices, restrooms and hallways on the second and third floors of the Bradley Building. 5

Please consider a bequest for DPC in your personal estate and financial plan, taking comfort in knowing how well the fund is being managed and the importance and value of the projects that now can be funded year, after year, after year.

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S NEXT MONTH: Tour of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers Tuesday, May 15

S Y M PA T H Y Friends and family of Leila McGeath, who died 2/24 Kay Philips and family on the 3/25 death of Davison Philips Mike Weitnauer and family on the 3/13 death of his father, Gene, in NC and the 4/5 death of his grandmother, Shirley Ford, Jacksonville, FL Keri Rheney and family on the death of her uncle, Billy Lewis, 4/6

tep back in time and enjoy a tour of the beautiful home and gardens of the Hills and Dales Estate on the Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) trip Tuesday, April 17. Our trip to LaGrange will start at 9 a.m. in the church parking lot. We’ll load up the church bus and cars and travel directly to LaGrange for a tour starting at 10:30 a.m. We expect to finish the tour and arrive at Sprayberry’s Barbeque restaurant in Newnan by 1 p.m., returning to the church by late afternoon. The cost of the tour of the Hills and Dales Estate is $15. The cost for lunch is on your own. Use the bulletin insert and Wednesday Night supper form to make your reservation by Sunday, April 15. You may also send a message to or call the church office at (404)

Philip Shutze, who designed Atlanta’s Swan House, was a young architectural apprentice for the Hills and Dales estate.

378-1777. Payment may be made on the day of the trip, and checks should be written to Decatur Presbyterian Church. The Fuller E. Callaway family home opened in 1916, and was designed by the Atlanta firm of Hentz and Reid as a GeorgianItalian villa of stucco with terra-cotta roof tiles. The 30-room home with 13,000 square feet of living space was featured in

Country Life, House and Garden, and House Beautiful magazines within 10 years of its construction. The terraced Italian gardens predate the home by decades, and include formal boxwoods, azaleas, magnolias, and seasonal flowers of all varieties. Explore before you go by visiting the Callaway home website at Lunch will be a stop at Sprayberry’s Barbeque on Jackson Street in Newnan, family owned and operated since 1926. The restaurant’s web site boasts, “Politicians from U.S. Presidents to governors have campaigned at Sprayberry’s and entertainers and athletes stop for barbeque when traveling nearby. “ .



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P W W I L L R E TA I N T H E F E A T U R E S THAT MEAN THE MOST TO MEMBERS By Elinor Cook, Moderator embers of Presbyterian Women of DPC recently completed a survey to determine how to move forward, meeting the needs of those who attend. Overwhelmingly, the survey showed that the women enjoy and want to continue the opportunities for fellowship and the Bible Study. At a called meeting March 20, the PW Coordinating Team developed plans for the 2012-2013 program year based on the results of the survey. A three-person team of “Bible Study coordinators” (Anne Jackson, Lynda Kenton, and Maureen Vandiver) will recruit monthly speakers, publicize and manage meetings on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. The luncheons will continue to follow the Bible Study and will continue to be catered by ZestAtlanta. Kari Rheney and Iris Pollock will organize the menus


and prepare Slack Fellowship Hall. PW members will make their own reservations through the church office before each meeting. Marceil Joyner, Nancy Allen and Lisa Owen will oversee collection of the money to pay for lunch. We will be ordering the study books for those who want one, on a pre-pay basis in late August. Next year’s topic will be six books of the New Testament (1st and 2nd Peter, 1-3 John, and Jude) teaching us what it means to live in community, in the household of God. A subset of New Testament letters known as the General Epistles, these letters were written to be shared and read aloud in early Christian communities. We are grateful to everyone who shared their thoughts about the future of PW through this survey. We will focus on the Bible Study and fellowship to help us learn more about Living Together in Christ.

H O S P I TA L & H E A L T H C O N C E R N S Linda Bailey’s sister, Janice, chemo for lung cancer Matt McMahan’s mom, Bobbie McMahan, diagnosed with lymphoma and leukemia Marceil Joyner’s friend, 6-year-old Audrey Stanger, in TN, doctors found a second tumor Bill Jackson completed treatment for malignancy on vocal chords Lenora McFarland, second knee replacement surgery DPCC teacher Amy Wilson diagnosed with breast cancer Bryson Hash’s mother diagnosed with lung cancer, Washington, D.C.

Ben and Laura Butler’s son Alan received an artificial heart, Texas, turning to work part time Mark Kinzer, melanoma in eye Cal Hooten, son of former DPCC teacher Becky Hooten, hit by truck while riding bike on UGA campus, head injury, recovering, short-term memory issues Flora Speed, mother of Todd Speed, hip replacement on 2/28 Betty Pattillo, compression fracture in her back Erica Darling, stomach ulcer Pinky Glausier, compression fracture in two vertebrae — much better! 7

DAY CIRCLES Tuesday, April 10 10:30 a.m. Crusaders Classroom Lesson by Ann Churchman NIGHT CIRCLE Thursday, April 12 7:00 p.m. Home of Marianne Adams Light Supper Lesson by Ann Churchman The April benevolence is Hagar’s House, which provides up to 30 nights of emergency shelter and support for women with children. Each family has a private room and bath. They receive two meals a day, access to laundry facilities, some transportation assistance, resources and referrals, as well as computer training opportunities.


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By Tamara Gehle, Chair, Personnel Committee he personnel committee began a complete review of the DPC Employee Policy Manual in the 2nd quarter last year. The process was completed in February with approval by the Session. The project involved several months of diligent review and comparison to current federal laws and other regulations. The last full revision was in 1994, with minor amendments in 1997 and 2008. Gordon Rose, an employment lawyer, worked with me on the review, adding to my many years of experience as a human resources manager. Highlights include: Incorporation of whistleblower and ethical conduct policies (previously approved by the Session in 2010) and existing child protection policy, Added anti-harassment, technology


use, personal internet use and public statements policies, Benefits updates include addition of paternity leave, increased maternity leave for adoption, and updates to eligibility requirements for retirement and medical program participation. In addition, Fred Donaldson led a comprehensive review of DPC employee’s compensation process. Employees and supervisors updated job descriptions, an evaluation team reviewed each job using the Hay Job Evaluation Method, reviewed Presbytery compensation guidelines and information on pay ranges for churches of comparable size, location, etc. Finally, we compared DPC jobs to formal surveys and the compensation for those positions. As a result, we determined that all DPC employees are being compensated within the market range for comparable positions.



andler Broom will share information about his family’s ongoing mission work in Senegal, the Jef Jel Project, at the April Men’s Breakfast Saturday, April 14, in Slack Fellowship Hall. The program was started in 1999 by former U.S. Peace Corp volunteers Kellie Lartigue and Candler’s daughter Jennifer Broom. They met through DPC member Pat Pattillo, who knew both of the young women had served in Senegal for the Peace Corp. Jef Jel’s purpose is to help the Villagers of the Latmingue area of Senegal improve their living conditions. “The Senegalese are wonderful, gracious, hard-working people who just need a hand in improving their living conditions,” comments Candler. These improvements include: renovation of the local medical clinic; construction of indoor bathrooms; creating jobs so men can stay in the village; and assisting young women in their educational aspirations. The breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and costs $6, payable at the door. Please make your res- Village residents trench a pipeline to bring water to the village. ervation by April 12. 8

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