Prince of Peace
5:00 - Nativity Pageant
7:00 & 11:00
Advent Candle - Christ
2 Yubo Qiu
B. J. Baskin
14 Reta Frew
15 Merrilee Morris
18 Judy Struk
29 Amiee Jackson
Chad & Sally Ervin
& Suzie Baur
& Lucy Gordon
& Amy Allen
30 Hoke & Amy Wilcox
below are free
Corn w/Red Pepper
We will have
peanut butter and jelly available for those children who don't care
for the selections.
Bob & Jane
Paul & Snookie Goldberg
Capparucci and family in the loss of her mother, Irene Davis;
The family of Merilyn Mitchell.
I read in the
recent newsletter how we had achieved a 71% commitment of pledges to
our proposed budget for next year. That is really good; but 100%
would be even better?
and Luke 21:1-4 relate the familiar story of the widow's mite. Stop
a minute and consider what this gift of two small coins really
meant. She gave to God everything she had! In doing this she placed
total faith in God's grace to provide for her. Do we dare approach
that depth of faith? Think about her courage as you consider
pledging a portion of His bounty, of which we are stewards, back to
Him. Become a committed giver.
A prayer: God
of all Creation: As you received the tears of Mary Magdalene; the
hospitality of Zacchaeus; and the small coins of the widow; accept
our gifts and make them Holy. Nourish us with your love and make us
worthy to be your stewards. Amen.
prayerfully consider pledging whatever the amount.
2015 Stewardship Report: So far we have received 145 pledges (40% of the
households). The pledged amount is $685,385, or 71% of the
2015 projected giving budget. We hope you will prayerfully
consider pledging if you have not yet done so. Extra pledge cards
are in the narthex.
Thank you so
much for all who gave for the (Thanks for Thanksgiving
) this year. What a loving and giving church. Families in our area was blessed with a
great dinner because of you all. Special thank you to the Preschool
for helping out this year.
and God Bless,
Jeanette Gowen and Sylvian
Calling out to Jesus Christ
"She will bear a son, and you shall call his name
Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." --Matthew
Joseph were handed a tremendous responsibility. God asked them to
raise the Savior, God's Son. Their first task was to name him
Jesus. Well, I suppose we should go back and recognize all the
tasks of bearing a child performed by Mary! But an early task
anyway was the giving of the name. "You shall call his name
Jesus." "Jesus" means "God Saves." God
provided the name, but He asked Mary and Joseph to give it.
If you are a
parent, you had the challenge of finding the right name for your
children. Today there are books and blogs and online programs to
help you sort it out, but no one can take the responsibility away.
This child is yours to name. We had some friends who
gave birth to their first child and simply could not agree on a
name. "Well, the due date is next week," we said.
"Well, she's headed in to the hospital. Time to choose."
Visiting them in the hospital room, they had still not chosen. The
form for the birth certificate sat on the counter unfilled.
"Well, you'll have to pick one before you leave the
hospital." "No," they said, "the county is
giving us a few weeks to decide." They left the hospital with
an unnamed child!
Joseph named the child Jesus. God provided the name, but Mary and
Joseph claimed it, sealed it, pronounced
it over the Holy Child.
The name of
Jesus still works this way. God has provided it. It is the name of
our salvation. It is the name to breach the great divide between us
and our God. It is the name to heal division, encourage the
faint-hearted, strengthen the weak. It is
the name higher than kings and presidents. The name of the Lord,
Jesus. God has provided it, but He tells us to put it on our lips.
Will you name it this year? Will you name Jesus your hope and
salvation? What other name? "For everyone who calls on the
name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:13)
In the name of
Gifting Appreciated Stock For Tax
If you are considering
an additional charitable contribution to Eastminster before
calendar yearend, it may be in your best interest to consider a tax
deductible donation of appreciated stock.
One of the
most effective means of tax savings available, courtesy of current
U.S. tax laws is the gifting of appreciated stock.
This allows an individual(s) the ability to avoid capital
gains taxes and receive an income tax charitable deduction for the
full fair market value of the stock at the time of the gift.
To qualify for
these special tax advantages, the security must have been held for
at least one year. Your financial advisor and/or tax consultant can
further advise you and help you to arrange a year-end gift of
stock, but please don't delay. Speak with Denise Anderson in the
church office to coordinate the receipt of the stock gift for 2014.
Your proactive gift will be most appreciated and your tax burden
may be a little lighter! (Just ask Warren Buffett or Bill Gates!)
Craftsmen's Annual Men's Retreat
- February 27 - March 1
The ninth annual
EPC Craftsmen's Retreat will be held February 27 - March 1 at Cohutta Springs Conference Center located
in Crandall, GA. There are one and two-night packages
available. The weekend offers motivational talks, great food,
beautiful music and wonderful fellowship. Register today via
the EPC website at www.epres.org or
at sign-up tables Sunday services beginning in December.
Wednesday 3: Wednesday
Night Fellowship (5-7pm) and Bible Study (7pm)
Youth Group (Reindeer Games) 4:15pm
Wednesday Night Fellowship (5-7pm) and Bible Study (7pm)
Youth Caroling, 4:30 - 7pm
Youth Christmas Movie Night! Regular fellowship at 5pm,
dinner at 5:30pm, and movie begins at 6pm!
Youth Christmas Parties!
at Mjehovich, 4 - 6pm
High School at
Seitters, 6 - 8pm
The Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant is coming (December 24 at 5pm)! Rehearsals
will be on Sunday afternoons on December 7, 14, and 21. There are
roles for 4yr olds - high school students so we'd love to have your
kids participate! Contact Hubie Mann (email@example.com) to sign-up.
Next Summer's Vacation Bible School is scheduled for June
22-26. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us in
"Hometown Nazareth" for another awesome week of
Missional Christian: Would you like to join God's mission in this
world? Get a glimpse of the vision, see what Jesus is doing,
and "Go and Do" likewise! Eastminster is
participating with First Presbyterian Church, Douglasville, at the
"Go and Do" Conference, Saturday, January 24, 2015,
8:30am-4:15pm, At this one day conference, Christian author
Don Everts challenges Christians to live our lives on
mission. Explore how to serve God in our local and global
registration is $40 or 2 for $65. Youth is $20. Walk in
registration is $60 or 2 for $100. Cost includes conference
attendance, materials, snacks, lunch and all children's activities.
Check out details and register online at www.fpcdouglasville.org
or contact FPC-Douglasville at 770-942-0710.
Use - In order to eliminate conflicts and ensure the church
facilities are cleaned up after an event, a completed Building Use Request
form is required before that event is placed on the church
calendar. This is for all events including church events.
Forms are available from Linda in the church office, as well as the
usher's closet. For recurring events approved in 2014, a form
for 2015 must be submitted (only one form is required for the
Want to help
behind the scenes of OCC? Volunteer at the OCC Processing Site!
Join us for a night of working, praying and fellowship as we help process
shoeboxes before they get shipped out all over the world. There are
two dates to choose from - Monday, December 1st from 6 - 10 p.m.,
and Tuesday, December 2nd from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Space is limited,
so sign up now at www.epres.org/signups.
Kenya Chili Cook-Off
perfecting your chili! The Kenya Mission Team invites you to
the 2nd Annual Kenya Chili
Cook-off! Mark your calendars for Sunday,
January 25th at 6pm to taste some amazing
chili and see if anyone can beat Terri Mann this year! This
will be an evening full of food, fellowship, and an exciting chance
to support the mission team's work in Kenya next summer. All
proceeds will go directly to projects at Tumaini,
Huruma and Kenya Connection Children's
Homes. We need chili contestants! If you are
interested in entering, please contact Leanne Chesser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-697-6924.
Hands of Hope
October 2014 Mission Trip
A Very Big
Trip to West Virginia was awesome! We were able to reach out to so
many families through the programs we had while we were there. God opened
so many doors for us and reopened others, allowing us to renew
relationships that started three years ago on our first trip to
West Virginia! We truly have begun to see that what our Church is
doing through Hands of Hope is making a difference.
Trip and what we do while in West Virginia would not be possible
without the support of the EPC congregation! You are a caring,
praying and giving congregation. That love, care and prayer goes
with us on each trip we make. You, too, are the Hands and Feet of
Christ helping us to build relationships through the love of Jesus
Christ. The Mission Team is so very grateful for all that you
do. Your donations of bedding, clothes and household
items filled the trailer!! The food you made and the items
you donated for Ladies Night Out filled the women with the joy that
comes when you know someone cares about you. You made hats,
scarves, mittens and blankets that we were able to distribute in
the Hollers which will keep many children warm this winter. Donations
to the Diaper Fund continue to allow mothers to care properly for
We thank you
so very much for all that you do!
Our next trip
is scheduled in late April, 2015. Be on the lookout for information
on donations needed in the March timeframe.
The Hands of
Hope Mission Team
Mission Team -
Thank You for 2014
all...Thank you to God! He has guided all of us in our 2014
travels and decisions. Because we are His children, He knows how we
fit into His plans. Thank you, God, for all your many
Thanks to the
Session and Tim's leadership, this church has become even more of a
giving church. EPC Session has added a 2% tithe line item to
the church's general budget. This
is beyond all the many ways that our church reaches out to the
world in mission. It does not make logical sense to send
resources out of the church, but the blessings pour back in our
church. Blessings that include new connections with Christ's way
and Christ's people everywhere.
Thank you to
Valerie Mote and her team in another successful Fall Festival. It
is not just resources for our many 2015 missions, but having a
friendly front door. Thank you to our wonderful
congregation and neighbors for making this a great evangelical
Thank you to
the congregation for their generosity. The 2014 Annual Mission
Offering reached new heights. Thank you to Abigail, for the vision
to know that God has big plans and EPC can do big things.
Thank you to
all who have supported, joined and
even led our 2014 missions. God not only sends the church's resources, but He sends us!
Thank you to
everyone in realizing we are God's children, and in that
capacity, we all are God's missionaries to the world. As
long as we focus on what God has done for us, we then can then
focus on what He has for us to do in His name. It might
just be a smile to someone new
at worship, or a personal testimony of how God stepped into our
life. Or... it just might be... being more like
Christ to that person standing in front of you, that person next
door, or a person across the country
God, for the Christ filled and wonderful, mission year in
Thank you Eastminister. I can't wait to see what
Christ has for us next year.
Spirits Ladies Circle is getting ready for its
annual "Family Christmas" Event. Our circle is
given families through the Family First organization and we are told
their ages, sizes, and what they would like. We have been
doing this for many years and members of the congregation can help
us if they would like to, please contact Nancy Speiser 770-542-7229
or Karen Jones 678-445-8080. This is a wonderful outreach,
right here in our community. We would love to tell you more.
we will be meeting for breakfast at IHOP-Johnson Ferry and Shallowford at 8:30am. Shopping following
breakfast. December 11 we will meet in the CLC to wrap presents.
of elementary-age daughters - the Sonflower
Sisters are throwing a party! Join us for a Sonflower
Sisters Christmas party on Friday, December 5th in the Youth Room
in the CLC from 7 to 8:30pm. We'll be having a short
devotional, a fun service project craft, then a Christmas video and
snacks. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Hartt at email@example.com.
will meet for a Christmas Lunch and fun gift exchange at the home
of Lynne Buchanan, Monday, Dec. 15th at 11:30. Please rsvp to
Lynne B at 404-234-5063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring a small "handmade" gift for the exchange (made by
you or someone else).
Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet December 18th at Ritter's, 4719 Lower
Roswell Rd, NE., Marietta. Directions from the church: Turn left
out of parking lot and
go to Johnson Ferry
Rd. Turn right and continue on Johnson Ferry Rd until you
reach Lower Roswell Rd. Turn right. Ritter's will be on your
right-hand side just beyond
House in the next shopping center. RSVP to Sandra Allen by December
17th at 770-977-8742 or email@example.com.
It's time to decorate the Hat/Scarf/Mitten tree(s)
with all the items you've been working on throughout the year (or
purchased). These items will be donated to MUST Ministries, providing
warmth for many children and adults for the cold winter
months. There will be a tree in the CLC and in the main
building alcove. Hang your items on either tree.
Santa returns to Eastminster on Saturday, December 6. Come enjoy a delicious
pancake breakfast prepared by the Craftsmen and served by the ECP
Board of Directors, participate in holiday crafting, and let Santa
know what you would like this Christmas (assuming you've been a
good boy or girl)! Tickets are on sale now and prices
are: Adults: $12, Children under 12: $8, Senior
Citizens: $7, Children 2 and under: Free. There
is a $40 limit per immediate family. This event will sell out
so be sure to get your tickets early! Return the completed
ticket order forms with payment to Cathi Cahn, Preschool Director,
by December 1. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
accepting dedications for poinsettias to be placed in both the
Sanctuary and the Great Hall this Christmas season. The cost of the
poinsettias is $8 per plant. Please fill out the form below. The
deadline is December 14.
Total # Plants
memory of _____________________________
In honor of ____________________________________
to Eastminster Presbyterian Church
Name of Donor
to Eastminster Presbyterian Church
Mill Road, Marietta, GA 30062
The EPC Golden
Girls is a social club for widows and single mature ladies in our
church family. Check out these fun outings coming up!
December 4th - Lunch at Paper Mill Grill at 11:30
December 20th - Lunch at Bradley's Bar and Grill at 12:30
January 3rd - Retirement party for Martha Powers at 11 a.m. in the
CLC (please email Jeanne and let her know what you can bring).
To RSVP, or if
you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Chesser at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
email@example.com | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor