10 Lisa Preikszas
16 Enita Divani
25 Kay Ullom
25 Hank Moran
30 J. J.
David & Deborah
Jim & Mary Swann
Robert & Ferebee
David & Tonya Pirlot
Phil & Sheliah Cooper
Glen & Leslie Reed
11 Ron &
Dennis & Cheri
& Mary Lynne
Roland & Sally
& Lara Atalla
& Elaine Stock
Michael & Irene
Jim & Debbie Bussart
Frank & Jo Byrd
Don & Joan Malcolm
Tom & Kathy Schuette
Bob & Jane Douglas
Dave & Chris Wallace
Dan & Jo Ann Kiser
Steve & Debbie Moore
April 12 Breakfast
Potato, Egg & Cheese Casserole
Granola, Yogurt & Honey Parfaits (make your own)
Strawberries & Blueberries
Baked Chicken Sandwiches & Veggie Burgers
Tomatoes, Lettuce, Onion
Ketchup, Mayo, Mustard, BBQ sauce
Meatball & Sausage Sub Sandwiches
tomato sauce, parmesan & mozzarella cheese
peppers & onions
Watermelon Italian Ice
Sympathy is expressed
Elaine Stock and family in the loss of her brother,
Kimberly Madson and family
in the loss of her husband, Jeff.
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.
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-617-2277.
Please help with visitors
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.
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 email@example.com for more information or
to volunteer either (or both!) days.
Sunday April 2:
Group (Spring Break)
Wednesday April 5:
Activities (Spring Break)
Sunday April 9:
Confirmation Retreat, 1:00-4:00 PM
Activities (Fellowship, Dinner, Bible Study)
Sunday April 16: EASTER!!! (No Youth Group)
Wednesday April 19:
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
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
If you know of a member of our congregation who will
graduate this year, contact Blake Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.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.
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!
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.
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
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 (email@example.com) to volunteer or request more
Annual KidChoir Spring
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
April Scripture Memorization
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
"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
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.
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:
_____ In loving
_____ In honor of
_____ Presented to
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
Name of Donor: ______________________________
Please enclose check and return to the church office
before April 2.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com with questions, or to
make sure you are on the email list!
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-977-8742 by April
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
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 (email@example.com) or Mary Lynne Nielson (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in
attending either of the meetings or want more
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
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 email@example.com,
678-283-0774 or Norm Baur firstname.lastname@example.org, 678-283-0776.
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 email@example.com or
you can call Cathy at 678-665-9607.
Session Meeting Highlights
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
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
if you are interested in volunteering. Registration will be online
in March at www.epres.org for
those interested in attending.
Diane L. Brock
Clerk of Session
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
email@example.com | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Thomas Boone, Transitional Pastor