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December 2016 |   www.epres.org

 

 

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Celebrations!

 

Birthdays

 

1   Piet Strydom

1   Alison Horton

1   Meredith Hall

2   Yubo Qiu

3   Courtney Driscoll

4   Kathleen Moak

4   Wesley Bickham

5   Virginia Warren

6   Leigh Sain

7   Nicole Simon

7   Carter Sain

8   B. J. Baskin

8   Omega Bickham

8   Reagan Brandon

8   Matt Ryder

8   Mark Moran

8   Wesley McDaniel

9   Alison Cross

9   Emily Wilcox

9   Adrienne Riga

9   Jared Riga

9   Megan Jones

10 Karen Clark

10 Emma Dilworth

11 Richard Alder

11 Stan Sharp

11 Eric Horton

11 Bailey Bickham

12 Frank Byrd

13 Amy Allen

13 Joel Knight

13 Lindsey Suber

14 Reta Frew

14 Holly Meigs

15 Merrilee Morris

15 Jan Conkright

15 Denny Zollweg

15 Karen Miller

15 Gordon Carswell

16 Paul Goldberg

16 Bette Van Winkle

16 Samuel Norton

18 Judy Struk

19 Bill Allen

19 Leigh Lones

19 Alex Moyer

20 Karl Melcher

21 Dave Elkins

21 Steve Todd

21 William Meigs

22 Carolyn Keappler

22 Carol Hays

22 Garner Page

23 John Thompson

24 Bob Douglas

24 Carolyn Waters

25 Greg Peacock

25 Martha Childs

27 Tom Dilworth

27 Mary Georgia

         Hamilton

27 Stratton Noland

28 Ted Wood

28 Thomas DenHaese

28 William DenHaese

29 Scott Wessner

29 Aimee Jackson

29 Caroline Warren

30 Mary Alice Phinney

30 John Bentley

31 Fran Skeeles

31 Brian Lamb

 

Happy Anniversary

 

6    Chad & Sally Ervin

21  Dick & Eleanor

         Tandy

26  Larry & Anne

          Schrock

27  Norm & Suzie Baur

27  Ralph & Lucy Gordon

28  Richard & Martha

          Childs
29  Bill & Amy Allen

30  Hoke & Amy Wilcox

 

Greeters

 

December 4

9:00

Teresa Roberts

Sharon Melcher

 

11:15

Martie Pottinger

Karen Adair

Stan Beard

 

 

December 11

9:00

Suzanne Edmond

Susan Welborn

 

11:15

Paul & Snookie

    Goldberg

Bill & Melinda   

    Freeman

 

December 18

9:00

Sarah Nielsen

Teri Capparucci

 

11:15

Mike & Jennie Adams

Randy & Edwina

    Sherman

 

Christmas Eve

5:00 TBD

7:00 

Bob & Jane Douglas

11:00

Stan & Ellen Beard

 

 

December 25

11:15

John & Janie Bunch

Linda & Denny

        Zollweg

 

 

 

Ushers

 

 December 4

9:00

Kim Brammer

Will Page

11:15

Jim Bussart

Phillip Morrissey

Debbie Bussart

Alana Nigro

 

 

December 11

9:00

Andrew Sain

Jack Williams

 

11:15

Scott Wessner

Lynn Shoop

Stan Sharp

Flo Sharp

 

 

December 18

9:00

Walt Keller

Sarah Keller

 

11:15

Julia Gallagher

Mike Moran
Mike Adams

Jennie Adams

 

December 24

7:00

Candy McNair

Doug Wallace

Robert Chesser

Carol Banks

 

December 25

11:15

Chad Ervin

Norm Baur

Suzie Baur

Robert Chesser

 

 

 

Menu for

Wednesday Dinner

 

Dec. 7

Taco Bar

    Chicken or Beef

Green Salad

Pound Cake

Strawberries and

Whipped Cream

 

Dec. 14

Ham with Pineapple 

and Cherries

Green Bean Casserole

Maple Roasted Pears & Toasted Pecans over Greens

Rolls and Butter

Gingerbread

Vanilla Ice Cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Greetings Eastminster!

 

I'm writing this article at Chick-fil-A having a coffee in the pause before family gathers from all Georgia, Alabama, and Chicago. This is the first Thanksgiving I've been home for a few years, and I'm excited. Amazing, too, is that already you and I have been together for six months, and it has been a busy season. This morning I started reading from Colossians just as I had done with Philippians for two months. I'm looking forward to soaking in what God wants me to hear from that letter next!

 

What struck me today is that from the start Paul assumes a thankful note. "We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you" (1:3). It's good to lead off with thanksgiving. There is always something to thank God for, though sometimes we might need to focus our attention off what's dragging us down. I write this as I look at a hill made brown by a long drought. I don't thank God for that, though I recall what a farmer told me years ago. "It's not good for me, but my friend in construction sure is happy now."

 

So, I thought I'd share with you a few items about which I'm thanking God during these days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

I'm thankful for (or I'm thankful that):

  • I'm able to read God's Word this morning because I know some can't;
  • I am breathing in and breathing out;
  • Several Eastminster families are celebrating new arrivals this Advent;
  • Our oldest daughter's wedding went off without a hitch;
  • A terrific leadership team with whom I'm partnered during this transition. It is the best transition team with whom I've ever worked;
  • The Tide is rolling strong (let's be nice);
  • People at Eastminster have found new employment;
  • At least one daughter among us took a big step toward healing. A HUGE praise God on this one!
  • We have amazing Veterans among us;
  • The sky has been so beautiful lately. God is an incredible artist!
  • The Father's gift of His Son to us and the salvation we have because of Him.

Let's add to this list. This month we're going to put out some pads and markers for you and your family to write down things you're thankful for right now. Then we're going to publish the list. Let's spend some time thanking our Heavenly Father, not just one day, but throughout Advent. Then on Christmas day, which is a day of worship at Eastminster, I'm going to read a lot of them. I look forward to what we'll be lifting up!

 

Grace and peace,

Tom

 

 

Advent Sermon Series Notes

 

The four Sundays of Advent begin on November 27 and this year the staff has come together around a wonderful theme. Advent 2016: Celebrating Christ, Faith, and Family.

 

Using the common lectionary readings for this year, we will be celebrating how God has come near to us by entering a family. The family God chose was far from perfect, and quite common. Through His incarnation, God sanctified the human family in a significant way as He did from the start in Genesis 1 and 2. God not only created a man and a woman, but brought them together as a family, commissioning them to be one flesh, be fruitful, and multiply. Eastminster expresses God's design for family in marriage, adoption, fostering relationships, and Eastminster grandparents stand with their grandchildren nurturing them into faith and maturity.

 

You will hear from the staff this Advent, each one sharing God's Word and reflecting their perspectives on the meaning of God entering family through Jesus.

  • November 27: Rev. Katie Hudson will share a mother's perspective
  • December 4: Rev. Trent McEntyre will share a father's perspective
  • December 11: Hubie Mann will share a grandfather's perspective
  • December 18: Dr. Boone will share a blended family's perspective

May God enrich each of us and our families this Advent through encountering His Word.

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Day

Join us for a combined worship experience on Sunday, December 25 at 11:15 am in the Sanctuary. A Family Christmas Lessons and Carols Service. There will be NO Sunday school classes.

 

 


 

New Year's Worship and Sunday School

On New Year's day, Sunday, January 1, we will follow our normal Sunday schedule with worship at 9:00 and 11:15am and Sunday school classes at 10:15am.

 

 

 

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Christian Education

 

Wednesday Night Dinner & Programs

Wednesday Night Dinner, Youth Bible Studies, and Adult classes will conclude for the first semester on December 14 and then start back up on January 11 with dinner and a concert by Tom Conlon.

 

 

The Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant is coming!

Rehearsals will be on Sunday afternoons on December 4th (from 3-4:15pm), Dec. 11th (from 3-4:15pm) and Dec. 18th (from 3-4:30 pm) so parents please mark your calendars now. Middle school/High school actors will rehearse all 3 Sundays. Members of the angel choir and Elementary school actors will rehearse on December 11 and 18, and Pre-K4 /Kindergarten actors will just come from 3:30-4:30 for the final rehearsal on Dec. 18.  Contact Hubie Mann (hubie.mann@epres.org) to sign-up your kids to participate.

 

 

 

VBS 2017 - Save the Dates!

Next summer's VBS is scheduled for June 19-23.  Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for "Rome: Paul and the Underground Church" for another awesome week of VBS! Online registration will begin in March.  Every year, it takes more than 80 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 at hubie.mann@epres.org.

 

 

Small Groups

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.  Contact Hubie Mann (hubie.mann@epres.org) if you have questions or need additional information.

 

 

 

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Youth  

 

December  Calendar

Sunday, Dec. 4   Reindeer Games

                            (Regular Youth Time)

Sunday, Dec. 11  Youth Christmas Parties

 

Wednesday

Dec. 7    5pm  Fellowship Time

               6pm  Dinner

               7pm  Bible Study

 

Dec. 14  - this is the last meeting until January

 

 

 

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Music Ministry

 

The Family and Worship Ministries are excited to help you move into the spirit of Christmas by giving you a special evening full of Christmas music and delicious treats on Saturday, December 10, at 7:00 pm.  The concert will feature music by J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, Dan Forrest, and our Director of Worship and Music Chris Owenby, all of which will be performed by a professional String Quartet, Chancel Choir, Eastminster Ringers, KidChoir, and the ReSound youth chorus and praise team.  Don't miss out on this special worship experience!

 

 


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Poinsettia Dedication

 

We are accepting dedications for poinsettias to be placed in both the sanctuary and the great hall this Christmas season. The cost of the poinsettias is $8.00 per plant. Please fill out the form below and return to the church office. The deadline is December 4.

 

Total # Plants___________  

 

In loving memory of ____________________________

 

____________________________________________

 

In honor of ___________________________________

 

____________________________________________

 

____Presented to Eastminster Presbyterian Church

 

Name of Donor ________________________________

 

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Bridge Players!

 

Ladies, we are still looking for bridge players!  All levels are welcome, even if you haven't played for a while and would like to get back into the game. We would like to have a group of 8 players who are willing to commit their time once a month.  (Of course, we would be thrilled with 12 or more.)  We play on the 3rd Monday of each month, at 10am.  We have been playing at our homes but are considering playing at the church, let us know if this appeals to you more.  We are taking a slight break while searching for more players and will resume on Monday, January 16, 2017.  Nancy Speiser

  

 

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Operation Christmas Child

 

Want to help behind the scenes of OCC? Volunteer at the OCC Processing Site! Join us for a morning or 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 12 from 6 - 10pm, or Wednesday, December 14 from 9am - 1pm. Space is limited, so sign up now at www.epres.org/shoebox.

 

 

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Hat/Scarf/Mitten Tree(s)

 

It will soon be 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.  This is a wonderful opportunity to allow your children or grandchildren to participate in this wonderful ministry. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Women's Ministry 

 

Craft Circle

Craft Circle will take the month of December off and resume January 9th to continue work on the Feminine Hygiene Kits (DfG kits) for Days for Girls International.  Merry Christmas to you all.
 
 

Sonflower Sisters

Calling all elementary-age girls and their moms!  Sonflower Sisters will have our next meeting on December 9, in Room 206 (upstairs in CLC) from 7-8:30 pm.  Please join us as we continue our study of the Fruits of the Spirit with the theme of Joy.  We'll also have a Christmas celebration, so look for the evite for details and ways to contribute.  Contact Lara Atalla at lara_atalla@yahoo.com with questions, or to make sure you are on the email list!

 

 

 

Spunky Spirits

Spunky Spirits will be meeting Tuesday, December 6, to do our annual Christmas shopping for our adopted families. We will meet at IHOP on Johnson Ferry at 8:30 for breakfast and go on to Walmart for shopping. It is not to late to donate if you haven't  had a chance. Our meeting will be Thursday, December 8, and we will meet at 10:30 to wrap our gifts then have our lesson and lunch. Our study is "Worshipping God". What a wonderful season to be worshipping God and to be thankful for our blessing and thankful for the strength that we are given to get through our trials. Look forward to seeing you there.

  

  

 

 

Lunch Bunch

The Ladies Lunch Bunch will not meet as it was felt with everyone's schedules for the month, attendance would be rather small.

 

 

 

 

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Mission News

 

Atlanta Dream Center Christmas Toy Giveaway

In a nutshell, the Christmas Toy Giveaway involves 700 volunteers,  handing out 10,000 toys to nearly 3000 children in at-risk communities in Atlanta. They still need 500 volunteers and LOTS of toys. Each toy donated is more than just a toy, because it helps families and communities be open to hearing the gospel.

TO DONATE A TOY, bring a new, unopened, unwrapped toy for a child aged 1-12 to church by Sunday, December 11th.  There will be marked collection sites in the CLC lobby and alcove.

Please bring these types of toys:
Age appropriate board games
Basketballs/footballs
Jewelry making/craft/coloring kits, 
Legos 
Action figures 
Science kits/puzzles 
Hotwheels/toy cars

Please do NOT donate: 
Anything involving wizardry or witches 
Open or used toys 
Food items 
Stuffed animals, cloth toys 
Anything war related, or that promotes violence 
Anything electronic or anything that needs batteries

TO VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME: Notify Mary Lynne Nielson so that she can pre-register you with the group of volunteers from Eastminster. There is no age restriction on volunteering as long as children are accompanied by an adult, 21 years or older. 

 

Here is the schedule for Saturday, December 17th:
9:00AM-9:30AM - Registration
9:30AM - Orientation
10:15AM- Volunteers disperse to assigned communities

                 to distribute gifts
1:00PM- Clean up and conclusion

For more detailed information about volunteering to hand out toys on December 17, contact Mary Lynne Nielson at MLNIELSON925@msn.com
 


 

Princess Night

Out of Darkness seeks to rescue and restore victims of Sex Trafficking in Atlanta.  Its Princess Night outreach builds relationships with these women by offering roses, prayer, and cards of encouragement.  EPC has the opportunity to participate Friday, December 23. Contact Mary Lynne Nielson (MLNIELSON925@msn.com) by Monday, December 5th to sign up.  

 


 

 

Child Sponsorship

There's a gift you can give this holiday season that reflects the true meaning of Christmas - child sponsorship. For just $30 a month, you can provide food, clothing, shelter, school fees and healthcare for a child living in the Tumaini or Huruma Children's Home. Knowing that you are the hands and feet of Christ to your sponsor child is a meaningful and lasting gift for both you and that child. If you would like more information on how to sponsor a child at Tumaini or Huruma, please contact Beth Hartt - beth.hartt@gmail.com.

 

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Preschool News

 

Breakfast with Santa is December 3 at 9 AM in the Great Hall.  Tickets will not be sold at the door so please deliver your ticket order with payment to Preschool Director Cathi Cahn by Friday, December 2, at 12PM in order to attend.  There will be pancakes, Christmas crafts, and a photo session with Santa!  Why wait in line at the malls when Santa will be right here at Eastminster!

 

Registration for the 2017-18 school year will open on January 23 for current students and members of Eastminster.  We will open to the public on February 1 and spaces usually fill up fast.  Check back often at www.epres.org/preschool for more information regarding school tours and registration.

  

 

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November Session Meeting Highlights

 

Session approved the examinations of Elders-Elect Rich Atalla, Norm Baur, Janie Bunch, Alana Nigro, and Carolyn Waters, and of Deacons-Elect Ian Cross and Wendy Brodrick. Deacon-Elect Kathy Schuette will be examined on December 4, 2016.

 

Session approved the baptism of Charli Ann Gunter, daughter of non-members Matthew & Lindsay Gunter, date TBD, at the 11:15am service. The grandparents are Members Sonny & Lynn Hall. Dr. Boone will officiate.

 

Session approved the baptism of Josie Lynn, daughter of Member Diane Zimmerman and Brice Zimmerman, on January 1, 2017, at the 11:15am service. The grandparents are Members Jeff & Karen Jones. Rev. Blake Hudson will officiate.

 

Session approved the removal of Dave & Carolyn Bigler from the membership roll at their request. They have moved to Florida and joined another church.

 

Session approved a motion to increase the number of total deacons from nine (9) to fifteen (15) over the next two years. Three additional deacons will be added for 2017 for a total of 12, and another additional three will be added in 2018 for a total of 15. The terms will be staggered as necessary to balance the number of deacons rolling off each year.

 

Session approved John Speiser to serve as Lay Pastor for Visitation for 2017 with no salary.

 

Session approved Rev. Katie Hudson to serve as Assistant Pastor for 2017 with no salary.

 

Session approved Valerie Mote to serve as Commissioned Lay Minister for 2017 with no salary.

 

Session approved the following A&P Team members for 2017: Edwina Sherman, Michele Simon, Janet Warren, and Ray Westerlage.

 

Session approved Linda Delbridge and Julia Owens to be the designated personnel responsible for the routine counting and depositing of the offerings for 2017 as part of their normal duties.

 

The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 7pm in Room 204.

 

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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