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Upcoming Worship

 

April 2

Maundy Thursday

7:00

Disruptive: At the Table

Dr. McConnell

Communion (Intinction)

 

April 3 - Good Friday

12:00 & 7:00

Disruptive: Stripped

Rev. Hudson

 

 

April 5 - Easter

7:15, 8:30, 10:00, 11:15

Disruptive: All For Good

Dr. McConnell

Communion

 

 

April 12

Disruptive: Resolved

Rev. Hudson

 

 

April 19

Witnesses

Dr. McConnell

 

April 26

Youth Sunday

 

 

Celebrations!

 

Birthday

1   Alexa Denherder

2   George Merry

2   Kelly French

3   Brenda Hewett

3   Catherine Fowler

4   Craig Morris

4   Megan Mayfield

5   Teresa Roberts

6   David Dunbar

6   James Brock

7   William Moran

8   Wesley Sain

9   Tripp Seitter

9   Kimberly Delgado

10  Billie Wickstrom

10  Lisa Preikszas

10  Mark McDaniel

11  Ayden Ray

12  Bonnie Anton

12  Suzanne Will

12  Cullan Sherlock

12  Norwood Starnes

13  Joyce Blackstock

13  David Clifton

14  Alex Flood

15  Larry Schrock

15  Sara Stockman

16  Enita Divani

16  Evan Bridges

17  Susan West

17  Adrienne Dickerson

17  Cierra Jacobson

18  Ruth Rood

18  Susan DeBardeleben

18  Beth Cummings

18  Cameron Dembski

19  Peggy Hayes

20  Tom Nickles

20  Allison Michael

21  Jan Walls

21  Robert Richter

23  Flo Sharp

23  Scott Baumann

24  Richard Moore

24  Madison Keller

25  Kay Ullom

25  Helen Hunter

25  Paul Kennedy

25  Matthew Doyle

25  Hank Moran

26  Meg Thomas

26  Riley Snedden

27  Melinda Taylor

27  Matt Rownd

27  Ryan Ryder

28  Edwina Sherman

28  Emily Shreiner

28  Bishop Baumann

29  Cole Erickson

29  Bryce Peacock

29  Amy Watson

30  Marlene Anglin

30  J. J. Griffin

30  Grant Buchanan

 

 

 

Happy Anniversary

 

2   David & Deborah

         Elkins

2   Jim & Mary Swann

3   Dave & Cindy Holland

3   David & Tonya Pirlot

11  Ron & Elizabeth

         Crump

11   Dennis & Cheri

         Olivier

20  David & Sally

  Brentzel

20  Doug & Mary Lynne

           Nielson

20  Steve & Christy

           Thomas

21  Tom & Debbie Taylor

24  Roland & Sally

           Stebbins

26  Scott & Angie

           Wessner

27  Richard & Lara Atalla

27  Jason & Carrie

             Barker

27  Michael & Michelle

            Dembski

27  Tom & Elaine Stock

27  Marty & Melinda

        Taylor

29  Michael & Irene

           Misencik

30  Chris & Janeen

          DenHaese

 

 

Greeters

 

April 5 - Easter

8:30

Ellen Beard

 

10:00 

Leigh Sain

Teresa Roberts

 

11:15

Jim & Debbie Bussart

Lorelei Rack

 

April 12

9:00

Emily Gilbert

Rosie Jeffries

 

11:15

Jeff & Karen Jones

Lucian & Gina

        McClendon

 

April 19

9:00

Tom & Kathy Schuette

Irene Misencik

 

11:15

Bob & Jane Douglas

Lorelei Rack

 

April 26

9:00

Ellie McConnell

Lauren Brock

 

11:15

Dan & Jo Ann Kiser

Steve & Debbie Moore 

 

 

 

Wednesday Night Meals

 

April 1

Ham

Potato Salad

Baked Beans

Salad

Peas

Ice Cream Sundaes

 

 

April 8 - No Dinner

 

April 15

Pulled BBQ Pork

Roasted Chicken

Mac & Cheese

Baked Beans

Buttered Corn

Seven Layer Salad

Cake

 

April 22

Roast Beef

Chicken Scaloppini

Mashed Potatoes

Cauliflower

Green Beans

Squash

Green Salad

Brownies

 

April 29

Tacos
Taco Lasagna

Burritos

Re-Fried Beans

Green Salad

Chips w/Salsa & Queso

Birthday Cake

 

 

 

 

 

Thank You. . .

 

Dear Eastminster Friends,

 

I want to sincerely thank you for your care and concern during my recent multiple illnesses.  Your visits, telephone calls, cards, flowers, food, and most of all your many prayers were  greatly appreciated. It is a great comfort to be a member of such a caring congregation.

 

With love and blessings,

Jane Douglas

 

 

A Thank-you note from the family of Doris Funk

 

The Funk family wishes to thank Pastor Tim and John Speiser and the wonderful members of our congregation for all their prayers and support during Doris' long illness.  We are also thankful for Ellen Beard and the Ladies of the Church who put out such a wonderful variety of food and beverage for the reception which followed her Memorial Service.  You have all been a blessing to us. 

Tom Funk
 
 

 

 

 

Christian Sympathy

 

is expressed to the family of Ken Jacquot. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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He Is Risen

 

He Is Risen Indeed!

 

It is a "call and response." I say it, then you say it. You say it, then I say it. It isn't something to say alone, but something to proclaim together. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, just as He said.

 

Mary Magdalene was the first to proclaim it, and the disciples had a hard time believing it. At first Thomas doubted it, but then he got to see Jesus for himself. Peter explained it to the crowds in Jerusalem, and the defining moment was whether they could believe it. Many could not, but many, many, many did - and within a generation the Christian Church was born believing in this one fact, that Jesus Christ is not dead but is alive and the tomb in which He was laid is empty.

 

It is a difficult landscape. I had the honor of participating in a luncheon with Dr. Atef Gendy last week. He is the president of The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, an institution that has nurtured and trained pastors for the Middle East and Africa for 150 years. Dr. Gendy cried to speak of the twenty-one Egyptian martyrs in Libya, the day in 2013 when one-hundred churches were burned simultaneously across Egypt, and the decline of Christian influence on the Middle East. It is a difficult landscape.

 

We feel out of control, like the center has fallen out of the wheel and everything is spinning into chaos. Who is in control?

 

We live on the surface of the earth where it all appears chaotic. When Christ rose, He rose from deep below that surface. The power and authority of Jesus Christ ranges from Heaven to Hell and back to Heaven again. Who is in control?

 

We have this grounds for hope, we have this one fact to which we return again and again: the tomb is empty. Christ has gone to hell and back for us. His sovereign rule is not in question. Won't you come celebrate and worship Him?

 

He is risen. He is risen indeed.

 

Yours in Christ,

Tim

 

"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay." Matthew 28:6

 

 

 

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Youth News

 

April Calendar

Wednesday 1: WND Youth

Sunday 5: NO Youth Group (Easter)

Wednesday 8: NO WND Youth (Spring Break)

Sunday 12: Youth Group

         Apologetics, 7:30-8:30 PM (High School Only!)

Wednesday 15: WND Youth

Sunday 19: Youth Group + Confirmation Exams at 2pm

          Apologetics, 7:30-8:30pm (High School Only!)

Wednesday 22: WND

Saturday 25: Youth Sunday Practice at 10am

Sunday 26: Youth Sunday

           Youth Group

            Apologetics, 7:30-8:30pm (High School Only!)

Wednesday 29: WND Youth  

 

 

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Christian Education

 

Small Groups Ministry

We believe that meeting regularly with a small group of Christ followers is vital to growing in your faith. That's why we offer many opportunities throughout the week for members of EPC to meet together in small groups for fellowship, caring, and Bible study. So, if you're interested in joining a small group, please contact Hubie Mann (hubie.mann@epres.org) and we'll help you find the right group for you!

 

 

Spring Break Cancellations

On Wednesday, April 8, during Cobb County's Spring Break, the following activities WILL NOT meet:  Weds. AM Women's Bible study, Children's S.L.A.M. program, Weds. Night Dinner, Youth Bible studies, Adult Weds. PM classes, and all choir practices. 

 

 

Vacation Bible School

VBS registration has begun and we only have a FEW SPACES LEFT!  If you haven't registered your children yet, please do so today so that they can join us from June 22-26, 2015, in "Hometown Nazareth" for another awesome week of VBS! Last year, it took 83 volunteers to staff our VBS program and we'll need just as many this summer.  If you'd like to be a part of this incredibly fun outreach to the children of our community, please contact Hubie Mann (hubie.mann@epres.org). 


 

 

Summer Teachers Needed

We're looking for volunteers to teach children's Sunday school during the summer so that our regular teachers can have some time "off". We provide the curriculum and training; you provide the love and encouragement for our children for several weeks. Contact Hubie Mann in the Christian Education office to sign-up.

 

 

 

Men's Fishing Derby

Eastminster's 2nd annual Men's Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, May 2nd  from 7am-10am at Frank and Jo Byrd's pond (605 Burke Lake Dr. Marietta, GA 30064). B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bait) and come join us for some great fellowship and great fishing! 

 

 

 

VBS Donations

Donations of grocery store gift cards (Costco, Publix, Kroger, Walmart, etc.) are needed to buy snacks for VBS and we're also collecting old "used" crayons and cupcake pans for one of our craft projects. These items can be dropped off in the main office or given to Hubie Mann.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Holy Week Services

 

Maundy Thursday, April 2 - 7pm with communion

 

Prayer Vigil beginning Maundy Thursday at 7pm until Good Friday at 7pm in the Sanctuary. Watch for sign-up sheets.

 

Maundy Thursday/Good Friday Childcare

For the Maundy Thursday (April 2) and Good Friday (April 3) 7pm worship services, we will have childcare available in the toddler room (Room 3) on both nights.  However, there will not be childcare at the 12pm worship service on Good Friday. 

 

  

Good Friday, April 3

Noon and 7pm (Tenebrae) Our Good Friday evening service is a "service of shadows" with descending lights until we leave in darkness and silence. 

 

 

Easter Day - April 5

The Resurrection of the Lord

7:15 AM Sunrise Service (Memorial Garden)

8:30 AM Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary

10 AM Contemporary Service in the Christian Life Center

11:15 AM Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
 

 

Easter Sunday Classes and Childcare
Because of the four worship services on Easter Sunday (April 5), Christian Life Training classes will not meet on Easter morning. At the 8:30am, 10am, and 11:15am worship services, there will be childcare provided in the nursery and toddler rooms as well as a children's sermon followed by children's church for ages preschool through first grade. At the 7:15am "Sunrise Service", however, please be aware that there will be no childcare, no children's sermon and no children's church. 

 

 

 

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Craftsmen's Ministry

 

Guy's Night Out

This is an opportunity to enjoy some good food and get to know some men here at Eastminster.  When: Tuesday, April 21 at Keegan's in East Cobb at 6:30 pm. Email Steve Hartt (hartts@gmail.com) for information.  

 

 

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Presbytery Meeting here in Atlanta 

 

Peachtree Presbyterian (a Fellowship Church) will host the upcoming ECO East Central Presbytery meeting on April 17-18.  Friday evening includes dinner at 6pm followed by the Presbytery business meeting.  Saturday (9am-3pm) includes two seminars:

1. The role of the Confessions and Essential Tenets, and 2.  Church Planting

If you are interested in attending, register at http://www.stgiles.org/resources/presbyteryregis.cfm.  

If you have questions, contact Diane Brock at  dlbrock87@bellsouth.net.

 

 

Volunteers Needed!!

We have been asked to assist with staffing the check-in tables on Friday and Saturday. They are requesting 2-3 people at the registration table (check-in, name tags) at the following times:

Friday               4:30 -7:30  PM     (One or two shifts) 

Saturday           8:30 - 9:30 AM  

Whether you can attend the whole conference or not, if you are willing to help at the check-in table either (or both) day(s), contact Diane Brock at  dlbrock87@bellsouth.net.

 

 

 

 

 

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Deacon's Corner

 

Would you like to be a greeter at the 9:00 or 11:15 service? Our greeters provide the first impression of Eastminster...welcoming and friendly! This is such an important service and one that takes only a few minutes of your time. Contact Ellen Beard at ellen.beard@att.net or 770-992-2285 to sign up.

 

  

 

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Spring Closet Clean-Up

 

Spring closet clean-up will be held on Saturday Morning April 25, at 9 am. As we grow, we continue to need more space for classrooms and storage.  We will be cleaning out all storage areas. We can then assess and reorganize and will assign storage space for ministries, Christian Education, Preschool, Women's Ministry, Holiday Decorations, VBS, Scouts and other groups who may have need. Prior to April 25, PLEASE go through your storage areas and eliminate anything that is outdated, personal or things that can be trashed or recycled in some way.  If you have questions, please contact Kathy Wolfram (kathleenwolfram@gmail.com).

 


 

 

 

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Prayer Partners Needed!

 

Believe it or not summer is just 52 days away! Our senior high youth will be heading to Jamaica in June and Hilton Head in July. The middle school youth will be serving local missions in June and going to the Great Escape in Tennessee. If you would like to be a prayer partner, please email Wendi Shreiner at wshreiner@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

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Mission News

 

Kenya Mission 

The Kenya Mission Team needs your help! We are looking for used laptops, tablets and digital cameras in good working order to take with us in May. Our partners in Kenya have requested these specific electronics and we would love to be able to deliver them! If you can help us, please contact Beth Hartt (beth.hartt@gmail.com) or Abigail McConnell (abigail@abigailmcconnell.com). Thank you for your support!

 

 

Sponsoring a Child in Kenya 

If you are sponsoring a child in Kenya, there will be a sponsorship meeting on Apri1 12th immediately following the traditional service in room 208 of the CLC. We will be discussing the upcoming mission trip, how to spend a gift, gift ideas, a few cultural considerations and answer any questions you may have. Please plan to attend.

 

 

 

 

Cobb Pregnancy Services Fundraising Banquet

will be on Thursday, April 30th from 7-9pm at the Cobb Galeria Centre Ballroom and YOU are invited! Please come and help support this life-giving ministry. Cobb Pregnancy Services is a place where men and women feel the love the Christ. Eyes are opened to the Truth and to God's promises. Clients are encouraged as they are given information about life-affirming alternatives to abortion through spiritual, emotional and practical support. CPS also offers numerous classes from positive parenting, prenatal, and life skills, to relationship education.  If you would like more information on how to sign up, contact Ellen Foster at 404-435-8058 or fosterpartyof4@bellsouth.net.  Dinner is complimentary, but you will have an opportunity to make a financial gift to help CPS continue to be a beacon of hope for men and women.

 

 

 

 

Hands of Hope Mission Trip April 23-26

A team of 12 is ideal for this trip. We currently have 10 people signed up to go!

DONATIONS NEEDED: Household and kitchen items, small appliances, personal hygiene supplies (includes towels, washcloths and travel samples) bedding, cleaning supplies, small pieces of furniture, lamps, fans etc., children's clothes, shoes and underwear (sizes 2 to 6) and socks.

SPECIAL NEEDS: Baby clothes 0-24 months for any season of the year. All items for infants and children should be new or gently used.

DONATION BINS are in the alcove and the lobby of the CLC. 

MORE DETAILED LISTS OF NEEDED DONATIONS are in the narthex, alcove and the CLC lobby.EPC supplies HOH with diapers on an ongoing basis. Donations are always welcome. Make sure your cash or check indicates HANDS OF HOPE DIAPER FUND.

Thank you for your continued support for Hands of Hope!   Please contact: Norm or Suzie Baur if you have questions or would like to go on the Mission Trip! Home Phone: 770-321-0188 Norm: Cell 678-283-0776, nbaur@bellsouth.net Suzie: Cell 678-283-0774, ladybug112@bellsouth.net.

 

 

 

Thank You. . . 

Our first Mission lunch held on February 22, was well attended even with the rain. We received $600.00 in donations. Thanks to all who helped out.

 

Another successful luncheon for March into Missions was held March l5, at 7 Bridges. Thanks to Sylvian Williams and all her helpers we fed around l40 people. Before lunch we attended their worship service and after lunch played with the children in the yard or garden.

 

 

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Women's Ministry  

 

Craft Circle

Craft Circle will meet Monday, April 13th, 10-1, Room 203/CLC.  We will continue work on 50 bookbags/ backpacks for Kenya mission. Sewing machines, scissors and willing hands needed. There's a job for everyone.  Any questions, contact Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).  
   

  

 

Spunky Spirits

Spunky Spirits will be meeting Thursday, April 9, at 11am in the CLC. We will have a Bible study followed by lunch. All ladies are invited. Any questions, contact Nancy Speiser (770-642-7229) or Snookie Goldberg (770-971-4539)

 

 

Lunch Bunch

Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet April 16th at noon at Provino's Italian Restaurant, 440 Ernest Barrett Pkwy., Marietta. Directions from church: Turn right out of church's parking lot onto Sewell Mill Rd and continue until you reach Piedmont Rd. Turn right onto Piedmont Rd (road's name will change to Ernest Barrett Pkwy).At the next light just pass the entrance of Town Center, turn right. Provino's will be on your right. RSVP by April 15th to Sandra Allen at allen47680@bellsouth.net or 770-977-8742. 

 

 

Sonflower Sisters

Attention moms of elementary-age daughters - Please join us for the last Sonflower Sisters meeting of the school year on April 17th in the youth room from 7 to 8:30 pm.  It's going to be lots of fun, so watch the bulletin and your email for more details. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Hartt at beth.hartt@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

Spring Luncheon

Join us for our Annual Women's Ministry Spring Luncheon on Sunday, May 3rd at 12:30 in the Great Hall. This year our speaker will be our own Reverend Katie Hudson! It will also be a covered dish. We will provide the meat and beverages and A-F bring salads G-O bring sides and P-Z desserts. Make plans now to join us!

 


 

 

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Preschool News

 

Thank you to all who have linked their Kroger shopping cards to Eastminster!  Every time you shop, Kroger commits a percentage to Eastminster Christian Preschool as a donation.  This quarter, we will receive a donation of $85!   This is with just 25 families enrolled.  Our goal is to reach 50 families so if you haven't signed up yet, please consider doing so.  Just visit www.kroger.com/communityrewards to register and sign up.

  

 

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Session Meeting Highlights - March 2015

 

Session welcomed the following brothers and sisters in Christ into the covenant partnership of Eastminster Presbyterian Church: Alice & Richard Bell, Chad & Sarah-Kate Bozza, John & Amy Chastain, Phil & Sheliah Cooper, Andy & Anne Dixon, Jenny Hall, Jerry & Jo Ann Haughton, Matt Houser, Bob & Ferebee Kaleida, Joel & Martha Knight, Brian Lamb, Laura Lee Lindsey, Don & Joan Malcolm, Sandy Mazur, Robert & Betsy Miller, Tim Minors, John & Wendy Norton, Barbara Pike, William Ray, JR & Leslie Reed, Donald Russell, Clete & Judy Simpson, James & Michelle Styring, Neil & Lindsey Suber, John & Lindsey Thompson, John & Peggy Tienken, and David & Christine Wallace.

 

Session approved the baptisms of Avery & Dana Suber, children of New Covenant Partners Neil & Lindsey Suber, on March 22, 2015, at the 11:15am service. Session also approved the baptism of New Covenant Partner John Norton, on April 19, 2015, at the 11:15am service.

 

Session approved a motion allowing the Art Ministry to sponsor a "Photography, Fellowship, and Fun" field trip on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 12-3pm.

 

Session approved a new small group ministry to be led and hosted by Mark Shreiner for young adults, ages 19-24, who have recently graduated from high school or college.

 

Session approved a motion to allow Covenant Partner Cassie Scott to solicit funds via the bulletin and The Beacon for her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

 

A Called Session meeting will be held on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 4pm for the purpose of receiving the new Confirmands.

 

The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 7:30pm in Room 204.

 

The next ECO Presbytery meeting will be at Peachtree Presbyterian Church on April 17-18, 2015. All active and inactive elders are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested can register here http://www.stgiles.org/resources/presbyteryregis.cfm. If you like more information, or would like to volunteer to help host the event by manning check in tables, please contact Diane Brock at dlbrock87@bellsouth.net.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Diane L. Brock

Clerk of Session

 

 

 

 

 

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