EASTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Weekly Update 3/7/13

MAKE-UP TEACHER TRAINING is Sunday March 10,  from 2-3:30pm in CLC Room 201 for Children’s CLT teachers who missed the Feb. 24 training event.  Childcare will take place in Room 202 (next door to the training).

PARENTS YOUTH MEETING March 10: Determining when your child is ready to date and designing rules regarding dating can sometimes be difficult to navigate as a parent. Join us today at 3 p.m. when we present “To Date or Not to Date” as part of our continuing Real Life Series. Parents of middle school and high school children are welcome to join us in the Youth Room for this presentation as we examine a Christian perspective for dating including how to know when you teenager is ready to date; as well as how to generate a “Dating Contract”. This series is led by Rev. Blake Hudson and Eddie Capparucci, LAPC.

PALM SUNDAY CHILDREN IN WORSHIP: All children are invited to participate in our “Palm Waving” processional at both worship services on Palm Sunday (March 24). For the 9am service, meet in the church library at 8:55am and for the 11:15am service, meet in the narthex at 11:10am to get your palms and some brief instructions. The children will process in and wave palms during the opening song and the litany that follows. After shouting “Hosanna!” and laying down their palms, they will return to sit with their families.  ALSO, our Pre-K/Kindergarten students will be leading the congregation in singing the Doxology during both worship services. These students have been learning about the Doxology as a worship “milestone” as part of their Christian Life Training curriculum and now they are ready to lead the congregation. Parents of Pre-K/Kindergarten students are requested to RSVP to Hubie Mann in the Christian Education office to let us know which service your child will be attending.

EASTMINSTER EGG HUNT March 24 immediately after the 11:15 service. The hunt will take place beside the playground. If the weather is not conducive to an outdoor hunt, it will be held in the CLC.  All ages are welcome. There will not be candy in the eggs. Gather what you can and turn them in for a bag of goodies. Candy donations to assist with filling goodie bags are needed. Please place your donation in the basket in the Narthex. Thank you for your help and participation in this fun event. Please contact JJ Griffin if any questions.

CALLING ALL YOUTH to help with the Easter Egg Hunt on March 24th. Meet at approximately 11:15 – Location to be announced. RSVP:  Sarah Nielsen – text:  770-634-1734 or email: sjhran@aol.com

YOU WANT TO SERVE AT THE CHURCH and are looking for a way to plug in or get involved even with your hectic schedule? Come to a Wednesday night dinner a few times and then stay to help clean up when you can…… The food is GREAT and the fellowship is fun! The Hospitality Team is looking for anyone that could provide their time to serve, 1 to 2 Wednesday evenings during the school year, by helping clean up after Wednesday night dinners. Email Karen Miller at karenmiller0@gmail.com if you can help us out. She will put you on the calendar to help serve this Eastminster team. We appreciate your time and service to this position.

CRAFT CIRCLE will meet on March 11 at 10am in room 203. We will continue sewing pencil bags for the Kenya mission trip.  If we complete the bags we will cut out scarves for the West Virginia mission trip in May.  Scissors, sewing machines and thread is all the supplies needed for either of these projects. Questions? Contact Jan Conkright 770-578-6331 or janconk@gmail.com.

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS will be meeting on Tuesday, March 12, at 10 am in the Parlor.  We will continue studying the DVD series “The Power of a Woman’s Words” by Sharon Jaynes.  We will discuss this study as well as enjoy fellowship, a devotion, sharing our joys and concerns and prayer.  Feel free to bring a cup of your favorite morning beverage and join the fun!!  RSVP by Friday, March 8th for childcare.  If you have any questions, contact Courtney Driscoll 770-565-4892 or cjdriscoll@bellsouth.net.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!!

SPUNKY SPIRITS will meet at the home of Barbara Duda, 4034 Bradbury Dr. Marietta,  770-321-4400, at 11am on March 14.  We will be sharing lesson 6 in our Angel Study.  Please bring a dish to share for our Fellowship Lunch and come and enjoy.  For more information, please contact Jane Merry, 678-560-0218 or Karen Jones, 678-445-8080.

LADIES LUNCH BUNCH will meet March 21, at 12:00 Noon at the Marietta Fish Market, 3185 Canton Rd., Marietta.  RSVP to Sandra Allen by March 20th at allen47680@bellsouth.net or 770-977-8742.  If you need a ride, please advise also.

WHO MAKES THE BEST CHILI?   The Kenya Mission team is holding a Chili Cookoff on Sunday, April 21 — and we need entries!   If you have a great chili recipe and would like to cook up a BIG batch (15+ servings) for this event, please email Leanne Chesser lchesser0603@gmail.com or Abigail McConnell abigail@abigailmcconnell.com .  All varieties welcome!  It’ll be memorable night with special guests, a presentation about the upcoming Kenya mission, opportunities for you to get involved and, of course, crowning of the Eastminster Chili Master!

COLLECTIONS FOR KENYA – Eastminster is sending 18 missionaries to Kenya this spring to minister to over 400 children in 3 different orphanages and as our sending church, we need your help. Kenya has Mt. Kenya and Eastminster has ‘Tub Mountain’. Tub Mountain now exists in Fellowship Hall and was built using empty tubs that need to be filled with supplies for the children and supporting ministries. Tub Mountain features pictures of some of the children these supplies will go to and the lists of needed supplies. Visit Tub Mountain and take time to read about the children and take supply list. The next time you are shopping purchase a few of the items.  If everyone purchases just a few items Tub Mountain will fill up fast. Donations can be made in the open tubs in Fellowship Hall, the collection bins or the CLC. Please watch as the tubs of Tub Mountain are filled. We are so excited about this opportunity to serve.

COOKIES, COOKIES, we need cookies for the March Mission trip to the Atlanta Airport USO.  The cookies need to be packaged 4 cookies in a baggie. As many baggies full as you want to prepare …we are going to need hundreds for the 3rd-5th grade Sunday Schoolers to pass out to traveling Servicemembers. Cookies need to be brought to church on Sunday March 17.  There will be a pickup box in the church lobby for drop off that morning. Questions call Cliff Lowery 678-296-9562.

MARCH INTO MISSIONS:

CHURCHWIDE MISSION DAY, Sunday, March 17: Be a local missionary! Join one of 7 local mission teams to serve right here in our own backyard.  Last year, more than a hundred of you took part — let’s top that this year!  See the signup tables in the lobbies for more information.
ANNUAL MISSION OFFERING, Sunday, March 24: Invest financially in God’s work through Eastminter’s mission partners locally, nationally and around the world.  Watch your mail for details!