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Celebrations!

 

Birthdays

 

1   Alexa DenHerder

2   Kelly French

3   Catherine Fowler

4   Craig Morris

4   Megan Mayfield

5  Teresa Roberts

6   James Brock

6   Jerry Haughton

7   William Moran

8   Lucy Erlandsen

8   Wesley Sain

9   Tripp Seitter

9   Kimber Delgado

10  Billie Wickstrom

10  Lisa Preikszas

10  Mark McDaniel

11  Ayden Ray

12  Bonnie Anton

12  Suzanne Will

12  Norwood Starnes

12  Addison Reed

13  David Clifton

13  Annabelle Dixon

14  Ben Keeler

14  Alex Flood

15  Larry Schrock

15  Sarah Wells

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  Chris Gallagher

18  Ana Edwards

19  Peggy Hayes

20  Tom Nickles

20  Allison Michael

21  Jan Walls

21  Sallie Rainwater

21  Susan Perkins

23  Flo Sharp

23  Elisabeth Goodwin

23  Scott Baumann

24  Richard Moore

24  Maddie Keller

25  Kay Ullom

25  Helen Hunter

25  Paul Kennedy

25  Matt Doyle

25  Hank Moran

26  Ashley Nickles

26  Meg Thomas

26  Riley Snedden

27  Melinda Taylor

27  Matthew Rownd

27  Ryan Ryder

28  Edwina Sherman

28  Emily Shreiner

28  Bishop Baumann

29  Cole Erickson

29  Amy Watson

29  Bryce Peacock

30  Marlene Anglin

30  J. J. Griffin

30  Grant Buchanan

 

 

 

Happy Anniversary

 

2   David & Deborah

        Elkins

2   Jim & Mary Swann

3   Robert & Ferebee

         Kaleida

3   David & Tonya Pirlot

9   Phil & Sheliah Cooper

9   Glen & Leslie Reed

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  Rich & Lara Atalla

27  Jason & Carrie

         Barker

27  Tom & Elaine Stock

27  Marty & Melinda

          Taylor

29  Michael & Irene

         Misencik

30  Chris & Janeen

         DenHaese 

 

 

Ushers

 

April 2

9:00

Teresa Roberts

Steve Thomas

 

11:15

Randy Sherman

Todd Mordecai

Tom Nickles

Robert Chesser

  

  

April 9

9:00

Kim Brammer

Eric Horton

 

11:15

Paul Goldberg

Snookie Goldberg

Karen Jones

Jeff Jones

  

  

April 16

9:00

Susan Welborn

Vicky Ryder

 

11:15

Joel Knight

Phillip Morrissey

Martha Knight

Alana Nigro

 

  

April 23

9:00

Kathy Schuette

Tom Schuette

 

11:15

Scott Wessner

Lynn Shoop

Stan Sharp

Flo Sharp

 

 

April 30

9:00

Amy Allen

Sarah Nielsen

11:15
Julia Gallagher

Mike Moran

Mike Adams

Jennie Adams

 

Greeters

 

April 2

9:00

Leigh Sain

Sharon Melcher

 

11:15

Jim & Debbie Bussart

Lorelei Rack

  

 

April 9

9:00

Emily Gilbert

 

11:15

Frank & Jo Byrd

Don & Joan Malcolm

 

April 16

9:00

Tom & Kathy Schuette

Irene Misencik

 

11:15

Bob & Jane Douglas

Dave & Chris Wallace

  

  

April 23

9:00

Kim Brammer

Rosie Jeffries

 

11:15

Dan & Jo Ann Kiser

Steve & Debbie Moore

 

April 30

9:00

Susan Welborn

Cheryl Spring

 

11:15

Tom Nickles

Leslie Michael

 

Menu for

Wednesday Dinner

 

April 12  Breakfast

Cinnamon-Roll Bites

Sausage Links

Potato, Egg & Cheese Casserole

Granola, Yogurt & Honey Parfaits (make your own)

Strawberries & Blueberries

 

April 19

Baked Chicken Sandwiches & Veggie Burgers

Sliced Cheese

Tomatoes, Lettuce, Onion

Ketchup, Mayo, Mustard, BBQ sauce

Baked Beans

Green Salad

Apple Cake

 

 

April 26

Meatball & Sausage Sub Sandwiches

tomato sauce, parmesan & mozzarella cheese

peppers & onions

Salad Bar

Watermelon Italian Ice

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Sympathy is expressed

 

Elaine Stock and family in the loss of her brother, Jon Benson.

 

Kimberly Madson and family in the loss of her husband, Jeff.

 

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Greetings in the Name of our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ!

 

Holy Week is upon us. It's a week in which we experience a microcosm of Jesus' ministry in penultimate fashion. I say penultimate because, as we know, the story doesn't end with Jesus' death. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, in which we recognize love for Jesus. We are so thankful for salvation and for His goodness in our lives. We recognize that He is the source of all we have and who we are. Palm Sunday is a great day to celebrate that Jesus matters to us, and we would each raise a palm branch to celebrate that truly He is good.

  

Palm Sunday gives way to Maundy Thursday, which we will celebrate at 7 PM. In Maundy Thursday we recognize two things. First, we call it Maundy Thursday because the word "Maundy" reflects the Latin "Mandatum," meaning "command". The Gospel of John preserves this night, when Jesus said "a new command  I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." (John 13:34). We remember, too, that this is the night Jesus transformed the Passover meal to take new meaning for his followers. Jesus and his disciples were having a Passover meal together. He took the fourth cup of wine of the feast, which is known as the cup of reconciliation. He lifted that fourth cup, and changed its meaning! In HIM we have been reconciled to God, and to one another. This was a new idea, and one that stirs us to action and devotion. We've been exploring how

deep this love is in 1 Corinthians 12-13.

  

Maundy Thursday gives way to Good Friday, which we will celebrate at 12:00 and 7:00 PM. This is a day of irony and contrasts. It's a day that ought to give us pause because we started the week praising our Lord, and committing to be reconcilers with Him. Yet, it doesn't take long before we've stopped turning the other cheek, allowed identity politics and all its passions to take root in some fashion, or focused on what we don't have, or ways we aren't content. We're fickle people. Solzhenitsyn wrote that the line of evil runs through the heart of every man (and woman). So, Good Friday invites us to stare into the abyss for a moment. But, it lasts only a moment! And that's what makes it good.

  

Because, in the words of a black preacher Tony Campolo knew, "It's Friday...but Sunday's coming!" But, to appreciate how wonderful Sunday is, we need to make the Holy Week journey with Jesus. So, will you come?

  

Friends, I sincerely invite each of you to attend each of the services from April 9 - April 16. Don't just come to Easter, but commit yourself to a spiritual journey with Christ and with the community. Allow yourself the time to move from gratitude to despair. And then, on Resurrection Sunday, we will taste of the depth of grace that God gives to us.

  

In Christ,

Tom

 

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24-Hour Prayer Vigil

 

"Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples, 'Sit here, while I go over there and pray.' And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then He said to them, 'My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.' And going a little farther He fell on His face and prayed, saying, 'My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.' And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And He said to Peter, 'So, could you not watch with me one hour'?" Matthew 26:36-40

 

You are invited to take part in a 24-Hour Prayer Vigil marking the time between the Last Supper and Jesus' death on the cross. Half-hour time slots are available, however you are encouraged to sign up for an hour. Quiet, reflective, prayer stations will be available to guide you through scripture and the story of Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane to His death on the cross. Or simply come, sit, pray, and read scripture in the quiet of the sanctuary. Sign up online at www.epres.org or outside both services. Questions? Contact Deacon Christi Laverty at c.laverty@comcast.net or 770-617-2277.

 

 

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Please help with visitors

on Easter

 

We expect high attendance on Easter, and you can play a role in helping visitors to more easily attend services. If you are able, please consider parking across the street at Temple Kol Emeth for the 9:00 or 11:15 service. Any space you're able to leave open makes it easier for someone new to join us! Likewise, be on the lookout for new faces and make a point of saying "hello" - your friendly greeting really can help bring them back again.

 

 

 

 

 

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Volunteers Needed!

 

Eastminster will be hosting the Spring meeting for the Presbytery of the South on April 21-22.  We will have 150 guests here from 38 ECO churches to worship, eat, network, and meet together.  We need your help during the event to make it a success! Please contact Diane Brock at dlbrock87@bellsouth.net for more information or to volunteer either (or both!) days.

 

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Youth Ministry News

 

Sunday April 2:

        No Youth Group (Spring Break)

Wednesday April 5:

        No Youth Activities (Spring Break)

 

Sunday April 9:

         Confirmation Retreat, 1:00-4:00 PM

         Youth Group

Wednesday 12:

         Youth Activities (Fellowship, Dinner, Bible Study)

 

Sunday April 16: EASTER!!! (No Youth Group)

Wednesday April 19:

        Youth Activities (Fellowship, Dinner, Bible Study)

 

Sunday April 23:

         Confirmation Exams, 2:00-4:00 PM

         Bubble Soccer at Pope High School, 4:00-6:00 PM

         All Ages (middle and high school will not play

                 against each other)

Wednesday April 26:

          Youth Activities (Fellowship, Dinner, Bible Study)

 

Sunday April 30: Youth Sunday

           Youth Group

 

 

 

Graduates

If you know of a member of our congregation who will graduate this year, contact Blake Hudson (blake.hudson@epres.org) or call the church office and let us know their name, date of graduation, school, and degree. We want to appreciate and recognize our graduates on May 21.

 

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Children's Ministry . . .

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Eastminster's annual Easter egg hunt will happen on Palm Sunday, April 9th, following the 11:15 service. If you attend the 9:00 service, please arrive at the church by 12:15 so we can promptly begin at 12:30. In order to help all the children collect eggs at their own pace, preschoolers will search on the toddler playground, grades K - 2nd on the larger playground, and grades 3rd - 5th on the grassy area outside the playground. Once the eggs are found, children may turn them in for a gift bag filled with Easter treats. It promises to be a fun way to celebrate the coming of our Lord!


 

New Children's Ministry Team

In order to meet the growing demands of a robust children's ministry, a new sub-committee has formed under the Discipleship Team of Session The Children's Ministry Team has been created to provide vision and support for the ongoing ministry to EPC's children and families. It is made up of parents, teachers, and church leaders who consistently demonstrate Christ's love to His smallest disciples. Should you have any questions, ideas, feedback, or concerns that arise regarding the direction of this vital ministry, please feel free to reach out to any one of us: Lara Atalla, Beth Crump, Cathy DuBose, Kara Erlandsen, Adrienne Fowler, Debbie Taylor, and Katie Hudson. We are excited to serve the families of EPC and encourage the faith of every child Christ calls to His church!

 

 

Vacation Bible School

Ever wonder what life was like for early Christians worshipping in the underground church? Join Paul in Rome this summer for an exciting week of VBS! The adventure happens June 19 - 23 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Classes are filling up fast. Be sure to register soon.

 

And grown-ups, this Roman escapade isn't just for kids! If you'd like to volunteer to help, please contact Katie Hudson. With about 150 children Rome-ing the church, all talents and gifts are greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

Summer Teachers Needed

Summer is fast approaching and, in order to give our faithful teachers a break, we ask volunteers to fill in during June and July. Even if you only have one or two Sundays free, it makes a huge difference in meeting the teaching needs of EPC's kids. Curriculum and materials are provided, and you're always partnered with another adult. You can even sign-up with a friend! Please contact Katie Hudson (katie.hudson@epres.org) to volunteer or request more information.

 

 

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Music Ministry

 

Annual KidChoir Spring Musical

May 3, 6:00 pm

KidChoir will present Just Plane Stranded Blues on Wednesday, May 3, 6:00 pm. Come and enjoy dinner and a show and support these guys and gals and the hard work they're doing. You'll be blessed and so will they!

 

 

 

 

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April Scripture Memorization

Seeking Courage

 

Sometimes is it difficult to be strong and courageous. Whether the news is a serious illness, a downsizing at work, financial woes that seem insuperable, or hearing the words, "I want a divorce", it seems courage is nowhere to be found.

 

But the truth is we can summon courage in the most trying times of our lives when we take our fears and place them at God's feet. To help us draw upon courage when we are hurting, we offer Psalm 27:13-14 as our Scripture memorization verse for this month.

 

"I would have been without hope if I had not believed that I would see the loving-kindness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord. Be strong. Let your heart be strong. Yes, wait for the Lord."

 

In trying times, we are directed to "wait for the Lord". Why? Because God is faithful and He will answer our prayers and cries. The key is to remember He may not answer them in our timeframe, and in fact, He may not answer them during this lifetime. But if we have the courage to remain faithful and to trust in Him, He will honor our prayers and deliver upon His promises.

 

When we face adversity alone, being courageous can be difficult, but when we let our hearts be strong and lean on Him, our courage will be found.  

 

 

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Easter Lilies

 

Easter is rapidly approaching. It is a great time to buy and dedicate a beautiful Easter lily in honor of loved ones, in memory of loved ones, or presented to Eastminster. The cost is $8.00 and may be dedicated as follows:

 

# of Plants                        (please print)

 

_____      In loving memory of

 

                ___________________________________

 

                ___________________________________

 

_____      In honor of

 

                ___________________________________

 

                ___________________________________

 

_____      Presented to Eastminster Presbyterian Church

 

Name of Donor: ______________________________

 

Please enclose check and return to the church office before April 2.

 

 

 

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Women's Ministry 

 

Spring Luncheon

Ladies join us on April 30, at 12:30, in the Great Hall for our annual spring luncheon. This year it will be catered by Moe's Southwest Grille. Our speaker will be Lisa Preikszas who will give us some insight on Blessings in
a Backpack. We are asking you to bring an item to be donated to this mission such as granola bars, crackers, or applesauce. If you prefer to donate by monetary donation we will be taking an offering and giving it to
Blessings in a Backpack. Please come and enjoy some fellowship and food. It is always a great time. Please RSVP to Elaine Crock at rjc201@aol.com
 

Spunky Spirits

Spunky Spirits will meet on April 13, at 11am in the  church library. We are studying chapter seven, Worshiping God With Our Lives. You don't need a book to attend. We will have a study and devotion then adjourn to the Great Hall for a covered dish lunch. All women in the church are invited. If you have any questions, call Marsha Stemme at 770-971-3432.

 

 

Sonflower Sisters

Calling all elementary-age girls and their mom!

Sonflower Sisters will have our next meeting on April 21, in the Fellowship Hall from 7-8:30 pm.  Please note the location change for this month! This is our last meeting for this school year!  We hope you can join us as we finish our study of the Fruits of the Spirit with the theme of Gentleness.  An evite will be sent with details. Contact Lara Atalla at lara_atalla@yahoo.com with questions, or to make sure you are on the email list! 

 

 

Craft Circle

Craft Circle will meet Monday, April 10th, room 203/CLC, 10-1.  We will meet as usual but will be joined by our "satellite group" from Dunwoody to teach the Knifty Knitters.  We'll encourage everyone to take home a supply of yarn to produce hats for our Christmas collection. We've been blessed with an abundance of wonderful yarn that will make warm and beautiful hats for those in need this winter.  For all those available, plan to go to lunch after circle.  Any questions, please call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063). 

 

Lunch Bunch

April Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at Noon April 20th at Chili's Restaurant, 4111 Roswell Rd., NE, Marietta. Directions: Take Johnson Ferry Road to Roswell Road, turn right. Chili's Restaurant will be on your right in the same Shopping Center as Home Depot. RSVP to Sandra Allen at allen47680@bellsouth.net or 770-977-8742 by April 19th.

 

 

 

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Mission News

 

Princess Night is now on Saturday evenings. 

Come pray for and with victims of sex trafficking in Atlanta. Out of Darkness seeks to rescue and restore these women, and its Princess Night outreach helps build relationships with them by offering roses, prayer and cards of encouragement. EPC has the opportunity to participate on Saturday, April 29th. Contact Mary Lynne Nielson (MLNIELSON925@msn.com) by April 14 for more information.

 

 

Egypt Trip Information Meeting

Want to catch a vision of how God is working in the Middle East? Want to encourage the evangelist/pastors that EPC is supporting in Egypt. Come to an informational meeting on Sunday, April 23 after first (10:15 am) and second service (12:30 pm) in the Library. We will discuss a potential trip to Egypt coordinated by the Outreach Foundation. The six to seven day trip will take place in late October and will include an orientation from staff at the Theological Seminary of Cairo and the Synod of the Nile Outreach team; on-site visits with evangelists/pastors that EPC is supporting plus a trip to Luxor to visit country churches.     Please contact Doug Nielson (dougandml@msn.com) or Mary Lynne Nielson (mlnielson925@msn.com) if you are interested in attending either of the meetings or want more information.  

 

 

 

 

Hands of Hope Mission Trip McDowell County West Virginia April 20 to April 23

 

We go as the "hands and feet of Christ" to provide a pathway of hope by building relationships and reaching out to others with the love of Jesus Christ to one of the poorest counties in the United States.

 

The recent signs of Spring mean that our April trip to Hands of Hope is just around the corner. If you are interested in going on the April trip, please contact Suzie or Norm Baur. This is a great experience for those who have never been on a mission trip in the past.

 

The donation bins are marked and placed in the CLC lobby and the Alcove (area outside the choir room). The last day that we can accept donations will be April 9th.   The donations will focus on needs for the upcoming summer in McDowell County. 

 

LISTS of items needed and specific instructions are available by the donation bins and in the Narthex. PLEASE TAKE A LIST HOME! We are sorry we cannot accept any fall or winter clothing at this time. We will accept Spring and Summer Clothes ONLY. We have no place to store clothes that are out of season and Hands of Hope cannot take out-of-season clothes as they have no room to store them either.

 

Some great things happened in McDowell County last year through Hands of Hope! Your Mission donations are what have made all these things possible.

 

Thank you for all donations to the Food Box Fund and continued donations to the Diaper Fund! EPC's support of these funds has been a blessing to the people of McDowell County. The needs will continue to be ongoing and are so important with the continued poor economy and lack of jobs in McDowell County.

Contacts: Suzie Baur ladybug112@bellsouth.net,  678-283-0774 or Norm Baur nbaur@bellsouth.net, 678-283-0776.

 

 

Costa Rica Mission Trip 2017

Once again Eastminster has the opportunity to send missionaries to Costa Rica with "In the Carpenter's Footsteps" organization out of Tallahassee, Florida. The dates of the trip are July 14 - July 25. Last year, EPC was represented by six of our members. Please prayerfully consider participating in this opportunity to be a blessing to others. We will continue working at Iglesia de Dios Primitive de Costa Rica, the church where we worked last year. Projects consist of construction, sewing, VBS, sports activities with the children, gardening, and Bible study for the adults. Join us as we follow God's command to love and serve one another. Please contact Dick and Cathy DuBose for additional information at mtns2beach@bellsouth.net or you can call Cathy at 678-665-9607.

 

 

 

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Session Meeting Highlights

March 2017

 

Session received the following new covenant partners: Keith and Karla Reid, and their daughters, Hailey and Ella.

 

Session approved the baptism of Confirmand Nicholas Keller on Youth Sunday at the 9am service. Rev. Blake Hudson will officiate.

 

Session approved a Barnabas Fund distribution of $500 to a covenant partner experiencing financial hardship.

 

Session approved the following Holy Week services:   Maunday Thursday - 7pm, Good Friday - 12noon and 7pm, Easter - 7:15am (Sunrise), 9am (Contemporary), 11:15am (Traditional), (No CLT classes on Easter)

 

Session gave thanks for having paid off the debt on the new organ.

 

Session approved Greg Griffin, a Christian counselor from Marietta, to conduct a marriage program called Great Dates. This one-time event will take place on May 11, 2017, at 7pm in Fellowship Hall.

 

Session approved the Fit4Mom program to use the church parking lot Monday-Fridays from 10-11am. During inclement weather, they will use the entrance area of the Great Hall.

 

Session approved updates to the Barnabas Fund Policy to reflect the new Session Team structure. The Discipleship Team will have responsibility for addressing requests.

 

The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 7:30pm in Room 204.

 

The Spring Presbytery meeting will be held at Eastminster April 21-22, 2017. Volunteers to help host the event are needed. Please contact Diane Brock (dlbrock87@bellsouth.net) if you are interested in volunteering. Registration will be online in March at www.epres.org for those interested in attending.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Diane L. Brock

Clerk of Session

 

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Eastminster Presbyterian Church 
info@epres.org | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
770-977-2976
Rev. Dr. Thomas Boone, Transitional Pastor

 

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