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FEBRUARY 2015 |   www.epres.org

 

 

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Quick Links

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Worship

 

February 1

The Mirror: Check Your Tongue

Dr. McConnell

Communion

 

February 8

The Mirror: Fighting To Want

Dr. McConnell

 

 

February 15

The Mirror: Much in Prayer

Mr. Mann

 

February 18

Ash Wednesday

12:00 & 7:00 PM

No Longer I

Rev. Hudson

 

February 22

Disruptive: Born Beloved

Dr. McConnell

 

  

 

Celebrations!

 

Birthday

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   Doneita Robinson

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

 

Happy Anniversary

 

1  Jeff & Alyson Meigs

3   Bill & Melinda

         Freeman

9   Hart & Mary Alice
         Phinney

11  Jim & Debbie

          Bussart

14  Dan & Carolyn

         Waters

15  John & Lynne

          Buchanan

15  Tim & Cathy Erskine

19  Tom & Jan Conkright

25  Lucian & Gina

           McClendon 

26  Hunter & Danielle

         Edwards


 

 

 

 

Wed. Night Meals

 

Adults and teens $8.00

Seniors $7.00

Families $22.00

Children $5 (Elementary School)

Pre-school and below are free

 

February 4

Roast Beef

Chicken & Rice Casserole

Mashed Potatoes

Cauliflower

Green Beans

Squash

Green Salad 

Brownies

 

February 11

Lasagna

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce

Tortellini

Fettuccini w/Chicken

Italian Salad

Cake

 

February 18

French Onion Soup

Quiche

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole

Green Beans

Peas and Mushrooms

Caesar Salad

Cobbler

 

February 25

Tacos

Taco Lasagna

Burritos

Re-Fried Beans

Green Salad

Chips w/Salsa & Queso

Birthday Cake

 

We will have peanut butter and jelly available for those children who don't care for the selections. 

 

 

Greeters

 

Feb. 1

9:00

Dick & Cathy DuBose

Debbie Taylor 

 

11:15

Jim & Debbie Bussart

Ray & Judy Westerlage 

 

Feb. 8

9:00

Piet & Ester Strydom

Valerie Mote 

 

11:15

Dan & Jo Ann Kiser

Scott & Angie Wessner 

 

Feb. 15

9:00

Scott & Michelle

      Baumann 

Leslie Michael 

 

11:15

Frank & Jo Byrd

 

 

Feb. 22

9:00

Sara Dilworth

Adrienne Riga

Jay Oliver 

 

11:15

Eric & Alison Horton

Tommy Nickles 

 

 

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

 

 

Found. . .

 

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.

  

 

 

 

 

 

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Always There

 

With January 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 normal lives.

 

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 Hudson

 

Romans 8:38-39: "For 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." 

 

 

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Craftsmen's Ministry

 

2015 Men's Retreat

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. 

 

 

 

Guy's Night Out

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 (hartts@gmail.com) for information. 

 

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Youth News

 

Youth Calendar 

Sunday 1: Super Bowl Party at McConnell Home, 6 pm

Wednesday 4: WND Youth

Saturday 7: Winter Jam Concert

      Meet at 2 pm, and return11 pm         

Sunday 8: NO Youth Group

Wednesday 11: WND Youth

Sunday 15: Youth Group     

       Apologetics, 7:30-8:30 pm (High School Only!)

Wednesday 18: NO WND Youth

        (Ash Wednesday Worship)

Sunday 22: Youth Group

Jamaica Trip Meeting at 4 pm

          (mandatory for participants!)          

          Apologetics, 7:30-8:30 pm (High School Only!)

Wednesday 25: WND Youth

 

 

Further In: 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.

 

We will 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!

 

Who Can Attend? High School Students ONLY

 

Who Is Teaching? Rev. Blake Hudson and Matt Ryder

(Youth Pastor and Elder)

 

When? Sundays, 7:30-8:30pm (after regular youth)

                    First Meeting February 15!

 

Where? Youth Room


 

 

 

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Christian Education

 

1st & 2nd Graders Lead in Worship

On Sunday, 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 hubie.mann@epres.org to let us know which service your child will be attending.

 

 

Vacation Bible School

Next summer's 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 hubie.mann@epres.org.

 

 

 

You're Invited to a Wedding!

Hubie and 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.

 

 

 

 

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Softball

 

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 rchesser78@gmail.com or 770-924-6318. 

 

 

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Thank You . . .

 

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.
  

 

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Deacon's Corner

 

Church Use

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

The next 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 Strydomesterstrydom@gmail.com.

 

 

Visiting Angels

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 Team would love to add them to the Visiting Angels Ministry! Contact Christi Laverty for more information - c.laverty@comcast.net

 

 

 

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Mission News

 

Each One Reach One

Eastminster is 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.

 

 

Luncheon on Sunday, February 22 

You 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.

 

 

 

100 For Help

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 callmegogo@comcast.net.

 

 

 

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 States.

 

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 before then!

 

The donation 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.

 

Your generous 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 Diaper Fund.

 

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 nbaur@bellsouth.net or Suzie: Cell 678-283-0774, or ladybug112@bellsouth.net

 

Blessings,

Suzie and Norm

 

 

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Women's Ministry  

 

Hit the Pause Button 

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 us.

 

 

Craft Circle 

Craft Circle 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 (404-234-5063).  


 

Spunky Spirits

Spunky Spirits 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 will follow.

  

Sonflower Sisters

Attention moms 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 beth.hartt@gmail.com.

 

 

  

Lunch Bunch 

Ladies Lunch 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 allen47680@bellsouth.net


 

 

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Eastminster Christian Preschool News

 

Registration 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 Director.  
 

 

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Session Meeting Highlights - January 2015

 

Session approved 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.

 

Session approved a Letter of Transfer for Joyce Coleman to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX.

 

Session approved the Youth calendar for the Spring and Summer.

 

Session 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.

 

Session 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.

 

Session 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.

 

Session approved Connie Weems-Scott to serve as Assistant Treasurer for 2015.

 

The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 7:30pm in Room 204.

 

A Called Session meeting will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2014, at 4pm for the purpose of receiving new covenant partners.

 

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. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor

 

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