The Mirror: Check Your Tongue
The Mirror: Fighting To Want
The Mirror: Much in Prayer
12:00 & 7:00 PM
No Longer I
Disruptive: Born Beloved
1 Candy McNair
1 Valerie Mote
2 Mary Hamilton
2 Brian Melcher
5 Jeanette Gowen
5 Ed Winn
5 Kyle Watson
6 Brenda Tighe
6 Jeff Madson
6 Janeen DenHaese
6 Nick Keller
7 Thad Oviatt
8 Kathleen Crock
8 Rachel Nielsen
9 John Speiser
9 Katharine Byrd
11 Madeline Kennedy
11 Ellie McConnell
12 Caroline Cribb
12 Larry Baskin
12 Leigh Moyer
13 Martie Pottinger
13 Robert Wiley
14 Phillip Morrissey
14 Stephen Touset
14 Michael Wang
14 Emily Jansen
15 Michael Moran
15 Matt Wessner
17 Hoke Wilcox
18 Vani Arcuragi
18 Robert Madson
18 Ella Morris
19 Jocelyn Fowler
21 Jeff Driscoll
21 Sydney Allen
22 Chris Foster
23 William Hewett
23 Richard Atalla
23 Janelle Welborn
24 Irene Misencik
24 Lisa Brewer
24 Jan Strydom
25 Harold Anglin
25 Chris Wickstrom
25 Sharon Melcher
25 Andy Starnes
25 Kendall Peery
26 Sonny Hall
28 Mikey Mortimer
& Alyson Meigs
Bill & Melinda
Hart & Mary Alice
& Cathy Erskine
& Jan Conkright
Lucian & Gina
Hunter & Danielle
below are free
Tater Tot Casserole
We will have peanut
butter and jelly available for those children who don't care for
Dick & Cathy DuBose
Jim & Debbie Bussart
Ray & Judy Westerlage
Piet & Ester Strydom
Dan & Jo Ann Kiser
Scott & Angie Wessner
Scott & Michelle
Frank & Jo Byrd
Eric & Alison Horton
To Our Eastminster Family
Thank you all
for the prayers, thoughts, visits, phone calls, cards and food
after my recent surgery. What a boost to the spirit and body.
Thanks and may our God bless you all.
Paul and Snookie Goldberg
A Barnes and
Noble Gift Card has been found. If it
belongs to you, please call the church office at 770-977-2976.
A Bible was
found that belongs to Evelyn B. Smith given to her by William L. Smith.
If you know their address, please let the office know, so we can
mail it to them.
finished and February looming on the horizon, it's easy to forget
that Christmas wasn't that long ago. In fact, only thirty-eight days
(give or take a few hours) have passed since we celebrated the
birth of our Savior with our church family on Christmas Eve. Do you
remember that the Christmas season was in full swing just a little
over a month ago? Decorations seemed to explode all over the house;
the kids were on break from school; holiday meals were being
prepared with love, served with kindness and eaten with gratitude;
cookies and delicious treats waited to be eaten (or perhaps had
already been sampled by enterprising boys and girls); presents were
being wrapped and then opened in a flurry of excitement; and
families and friends came together and enjoyed each
other's company. Of course, Christmas is a crazy season for most of
us. The pace of our lives around the holidays usually increases
rather than decreases. And yet, the Christmas season has invited
each of us to slow down and pause, even if just for a moment,
so that we might appreciate the miraculous gift of our Savior's
birth. With all the upheaval in our routines and patterns,
Christmas can feel like a break from the hectic nature of our
Then the New
Year comes and we're all back to normal. We settle back into work,
back into practice, back into school. We return back to stress,
back to drills, back to homework. We enter back into traffic, back
into living out of the minivan, back into worrying about grades.
And all too quickly, the stress and burden of this life starts to
wear us down. See, when we return to our normal, hectic, busy
lives, it often seems we leave the joy of Christmas behind us. And
yet, the miracle of Christmas is that our Lord came to earth as one
of us, not simply for a visit, but in order to move into our world
and, even better, our hearts. The incarnation of Jesus Christ
assures us that our God is not removed from His creation but
intimately involved in the lives of His children. Sadly, when our
lives "get going" again, we tend to forget that Jesus
came not simply to say hello or provide a good example, but unite
us to Him forevermore. He is our Immanuel, or God With Us. And the
Good News on this first day of February is that He is With Us just
as much now as He was with Joseph and Mary in the manger and He is
walking alongside us just as much now as He was during the
Christmas season. By His sacrifice on the cross, our Lord has bound
our lives to His, so that even in our most boring, routine and
frustrating moments, we might never be alone.
Rev. J Blake
I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor
things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor
height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able
to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
The eighth 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, good food, music and fellowship.
Register today via the EPC website at www.epres.org/men or look for
sign-up tables on Sundays after the services.
This is an opportunity
to enjoy some good food and get to know some men here at
Eastminster. When: Tuesday, February 17 at Keegan's Pub at
6:30 pm. Email Steve Hartt (email@example.com) for
Super Bowl Party at McConnell Home, 6 pm
Winter Jam Concert
Meet at 2 pm, and return11
Sunday 8: NO
7:30-8:30 pm (High School Only!)
NO WND Youth
(Ash Wednesday Worship)
Meeting at 4 pm
Apologetics, 7:30-8:30 pm (High School Only!)
Apologetics for High School Teens
What Is It?
Many Christian teens walk away from their faith during their
college years. Atheism and agnosticism, so common
on college campuses, erode the foundation of Christian
teens' faith by challenging it on rational terms. To
strengthen our teens' faith prior to their departure for college,
EPC's youth leaders will offer a comprehensive introductory class
on Christian apologetics. Supported by Focus on the Family's TrueU video curriculum and other
resources, the class will help equip our teens to stand up for
their beliefs in the face of a culture that tells them their faith
is absurd, obsolete, and impractical.
demonstrate that science supports the existence of a creator God;
that God's nature is evident in His creation in such a way that supports
our Christian beliefs; and that the Bible is a
reliable resource for understanding our relationship with
God through Jesus Christ as well as our place in the
universe. If this class thrives, we will continue to offer
this class every spring term for our 11th and 12th Graders!
Attend? High School Students ONLY
Teaching? Rev. Blake Hudson and Matt Ryder
7:30-8:30pm (after regular youth)
First Meeting February 15!
& 2nd Graders Lead in Worship
February 15, our 1st/2nd grade students will be leading the congregation in
The Lord's Prayer during both worship services. These students have
been learning The Lord's Prayer as a worship
"milestone" as part of their Christian Life
Training curriculum and now they are ready to lead the
congregation. Parents of 1st/2nd grade students are requested to RSVP to Hubie Mann at
let us know which service your child will be attending.
VBS is scheduled for June 22-26. Mark your calendars now and
plan to join us in "Hometown Nazareth" for another
awesome week of VBS! Online registration will begin in March.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
to a Wedding!
Terri Mann would like to extend an open invitation to the
congregation to attend the wedding of their daughter, Lindsey, and
her fiancé, Scott Boyer, who will be getting married at Eastminster
on Saturday, March 14, at 1pm. While there is plenty of room in the
sanctuary for all who wish to attend the wedding ceremony, the
reception (which will be in the CLC Great Hall) has to be limited
to only 250 people because of space constraints. So, if you're
planning to attend the reception, Scott and Lindsey request that
you please RSVP by February 14 at their wedding web site which is
located at: www.mywedding.com/scottandlindsey15.
It's almost spring
time and that means getting out and enjoying the outside. What
a better way to enjoy the great outside and have fellowship with
members than to play for an Eastminster Softball team.
The COED team plays on Monday nights and the Men's team plays on
Friday nights. If you are interested or have questions
contact Robert Chesser at email@example.com or
The Craft Circle
would like to thank all who contributed to our Hat/Mitten/Scarf
trees. We collected and delivered to MUST (86) hats, (54)
pair gloves/mittens, (14) scarves, (2) pair socks. Your generous
contributions will help warm many this COLD winter! THANK YOU
for participating in this wonderful ministry.
In order to
eliminate conflicts and ensure the church facilities are cleaned up
after an event, a Building Use Request form is required before that
event is placed on the church calendar each year. 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 only one form is required for the year.
Prayer Shawl Ministry is February 4th at noon in the Library
(in the CLC). We hope you can join us! If you have any questions,
please contact Ester Strydom - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you know an EPC member or have a
family member that is a shut-in or in an assisted living
residence who would enjoy
regular visits from someone in our congregation? If so, the Nurture
love to add them to the Visiting Angels Ministry! Contact Christi
Laverty for more information - email@example.com.
Each One Reach
holding its first ever Annual Mission Lunch on February 22 in which
we want to highlight the opportunities available during the March into
Missions week. The Mission Team will have somebody highlight each
activity so that you can see what is available. We look forward to
seeing you there. Please pray for this event, as well as for the
March into Missions week.
Sunday, February 22
are invited to a luncheon for March into Missions on
Sunday, February 22 following the 11:15 service. We will have a
short program on mission work for March 15, followed by a lasagna lunch.
There will be no charge, but we will take a love offering. Any
questions, call Barbara Lowery at 770-973-1172.
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Missions is still actively
collecting blankets and sheets for The Garden at 7 Bridges Homeless
Shelter. A final delivery will be made in February. Thank you. If
you have questions, please contant Gail Sorrells at 404-405-0909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HANDS OF HOPE
Mission Trip April 23, 24, 25, 26, 2015
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
Yes, it is
only February but we are already planning the EPC April Mission
Trip to McDowell County, West Virginia! There is much to be done
bins will be placed in the CLC lobby and the Alcove (area outside
the choir room) on MARCH 1st!
We are again
asking for donations to fill the trailer that delivers much needed
items to the Hope Chest run by Hands of Hope in Welch, West
Virginia. The priority needs are household goods (silverware,
cooking utensils, pots and pans, dishes, lamps, small appliances,
sheets, light blankets for summer etc.), personal hygiene supplies
( soap, shampoo, deodorant, towels, washcloths) and cleaning
supplies. Children's underwear and socks are always much needed
items (these may be new or very gently used). Please, NO adult
clothes at this time.
contributions to the Hands of Hope Diaper Fund have enabled us to
provide diapers as needed to the Hope Chest. We are the only Church
that supports HOH and supplies this much needed item on an ongoing
basis. Last year EPC provided 5,510 diapers of all sizes, and
4,440 baby wipes!! Amazing!! We also, had enough funds to provide
216 pairs of toddler and children's underwear and 92 pairs of
children's socks. Donations to this fund are always
welcome. Make sure your cash or check indicates Hands of Hope
Stay tuned in
for more information in the church bulletins and the Beacon as we
get closer to the Mission Trip date. We will be notifying you of
specific needs identified by Hands of Hope for the spring and
summer months. There will also be other ways to participate in
addition to donations!!
Thank you for
your continued support for Hands of Hope! We are truly making a
difference for the people of McDowell County. 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 or email@example.com
or Suzie: Cell 678-283-0774, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suzie and Norm
Hit the Pause
On Monday, February 9th the Women of EPC are inviting
you to Hit the Pause Button and join us from 7pm-9pm in
the CLC for an evening of fellowship, desserts and a message
of encouragement. With everyone already racing into 2015, we
want to take an evening to stop and reconnect with God and
each other. So make plans now to Hit the Pause Button and
recharge a bit with us! No need to even sign up - just come join
will meet Monday, February 9th, 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
will be meeting at 11:00 am, Thursday, February 12 in the CLC. We
are on the last chapter of "A New Creation". We
will discuss what our next study will be at this meeting. Lunch
of elementary-age daughters - Join us for Sonflower
Sisters on February 20th in the youth room from 7 to 8:30
p.m. Watch the bulletin for more details. If you have any questions,
please contact Beth Hartt at email@example.com.
Bunch will be having lunch on February 19th, 12:00 Noon, at
Longhorns Steak House. Directions from the church: Turn left onto
Sewell Mill Road and continue until you reach Johnson Ferry Road.
Turn right and continue till you reach the intersection of Johnson
Ferry Road and Lower Roswell Road. Turn right - Longhorn Steak
House will be on your right. RSVP to Sandra Allen by February 18th at 770-977-8742 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastminster Christian Preschool News
for the 2015-2016 school year is now open
to everyone. Classes are filling up fast so reserve your space
today! During the month of February, we are offering $20 off
the $100 registration fee, making it just $80. Church members
also receive $10 off their monthly tuition rate. Registration
forms can be found in the Narthex. You may turn in your
completed registration forms and fees to Cathi Cahn, Preschool
Session Meeting Highlights -
the baptism of Member Austin Barner on
February 8, 2015, at the 9am service. Session also approved the
baptism of Andrew and Brianna Barner,
children of Members Karl & Lisa Barner,
on March 1, 2015, at the 9am service.
approved a Letter of Transfer for Joyce Coleman to St. Andrew's
Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX.
approved the Youth calendar for the Spring and Summer.
approved a Missions Lunch to be held on February 22, 2015, in order
to promote March into Missions activities. Session also approved
the extending the March into Missions event to a week to be held
March 15 - 22, 2015.
approved Rev. Marilyn Borst to preach at
Eastminster for World Communion Sunday on October 4, 2015.
She was on staff at Peachtree Presbyterian Church for many years,
and is currently Associate Director of The Outreach Foundation.
approved the installation of fencing on the playground in order to
assure the safety of our children and the replacement of the
flooring in 7 classrooms, currently used for both CLT classes and
the Preschool. The total cost will be approximately $16,000.
approved Connie Weems-Scott to serve as Assistant Treasurer for
Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015,
at 7:30pm in Room 204.
Session meeting will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2014, at 4pm for
the purpose of receiving new covenant partners.
Diane L. Brock
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
email@example.com | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor