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March Into Mission Day
Rev. Katie Hudson
United Mission Offering
12 Ryan Radler
14 Jane Struk
14 Bill Keappler
27 Trentin Jacobson
28 Pat Provan
30 Richonna Sanders
Michael & Beth
Denny & Linda
3 Bob & Sarah Nielsen
Tim & Kim Brammer
Richard & Jeanette
Harold & Marlene
& Jane Douglas
& Diane Downs
Joel & Jill Guske
John & Janie Bunch
Bill & Melinda Freeman
Mike & Jennie Adams
Randy & Edwina
Chris & Ellen Foster
Paul & Snookie Goldberg
Is expressed to Tom Funk and family in the loss of his
mother, Harriet Funk.
night pastor's study this spring is devoted to the Westminster
Confession. A few years ago, I did the same with the Heidelberg Catechism.
We have a Book of Confessions in our church, not a book of
confessional prayers, a book of statements the church has made over
the course of history in moments of crisis when Christians had to
stand up and confess what they believe in the face of strong winds
of change in culture.
Why do we
confess? When John the Baptist was asked if he was the Messiah, the
Gospel says "He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, 'I
am not the Christ.'" (John 1:20) He said what he had to say,
not what he wanted to say. Confessing the faith is an event, it's
when Christians say what they have to say-that Jesus is
We look back
on these moments in history and think: "Sure, back then it was
easy. That's what everyone believed." But it's just the opposite.
Take Westminster for example, the single most defining confession
for the history of the Presbyterian Church. When the leaders
emerged from Westminster Abbey in 1649, what they said was what
they had to say not what they wanted to say. And what
they said was not believed by all, not by a long shot! They spoke
into the whirlwind of a collapsing government, a church in
revolution, a world on the brink of modernism, and a society deeply
confused about morality.
Why do we keep
these statements of the church we call "confessions"?
Because they remind us, we are not just making this stuff up.
Because they tie us to the church from generations past. Because
they encourage us to stand up in our times, in our own confused
culture, and again confess-not profess, but confess-just what the
Lord has revealed of right and wrong and the glories of His
salvation in Jesus Christ.
In the crisis,
confess the Lord!
Apologetics, 7:30-8:30 PM (High School Only!)
Apologetics, 7:30-8:30 PM (High School Only!)
Confirmation Movie Night
Morning Mission to Seven Bridges
(High School Only!)
Apologetics, 7:30-8:30 PM (High School Only!)
1:00-4:00 PM in youth room
7:30-8:30 PM (High School Only!)
High School Mystery Trip, 10am - 8pm
see website for more details!
Middle School Mystery Trip, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
NO Regular Youth
Communion" is a special class for 2nd grade students (and
any 3rd -5th grade students who
haven't previously been through the class) which will meet on
Tuesdays March 17 and March 24 from 4:30-5:30pm in the sanctuary.
This class which will be taught by Hubie Mann and Rev. Blake Hudson
is designed to teach our children about worship and Baptism and
prepare them to participate in Communion. To register your
child, please contact Hubie Mann in the Christian Education
Class Leads in Worship
March 22, our Pre-K4/Kindergarten students will be leading the
congregation in singing The Doxology during both worship services.
These students have been learning The Doxology as a worship "milestone" as part
of their Christian Life Training curriculum and now they are
ready to lead the congregation. Parents of Pre-K4/Kindergarten
students are requested to RSVP to Hubie Mann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
to let us know which service your child will be attending.
Vacation Bible School
This summer's VBS is scheduled for June 22-26, 2015
and online registration begins on March 2. Mark your calendars
now and plan to join us in "Hometown Nazareth" for
another awesome week of VBS! 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
Small Groups Ministry
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. So, if you're interested in joining a small group, please
contact Hubie Mann (email@example.com) and
we'll help you find the right group for you!
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 at their wedding web site which is
located at: www.mywedding.com/scottandlindsey15/
Easter Egg Hunt at 12:30 on Sunday, March 29
More information coming soon!
Palm Sunday Children in Worship
All children are invited to participate in our "Palm
Waving" processional at both worship services on Palm Sunday
(March 29). For the first service, meet in the church library at 8:55am
and for the second service, meet in the narthex at 11:10am to get
your palms and some brief instructions. The children will process
in and wave palms during the opening song and the litany that
follows. After shouting "Hosanna!" and laying down their
palms, they will return to sit with their families.
Thursday, April 2 - 7pm with communion
Prayer Vigil beginning
Maundy Thursday at 8 PM until Good Friday at 8:00 PM in the
Thursday/Good Friday Childcare
Maundy Thursday (April 2) and Good Friday (April 3)
7pm worship services, we will have childcare
available in the toddler room (Room 3) on both
nights. However, there will not be childcare at the 12pm
worship service on Good Friday.
Noon and 7pm
Easter Day -
Resurrection of the Lord
Sunrise Service (Memorial Garden)
Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
Contemporary Service in the Christian Life Center
11:15 AM Traditional
Worship in the Sanctuary
Easter Sunday Classes and Childcare
Because of the four worship services on Easter Sunday (April 5),
Christian Life Training classes will not meet on Easter morning. At
the 8:30am, 10am, and 11:15am worship services, there will be
childcare provided in the nursery and toddler rooms as well as a
children's sermon followed by children's church for ages preschool through first grade. At the
7:15am "Sunrise Service", however, please be aware that
there will be no childcare, no children's sermon and no children's
This is an opportunity to enjoy some good food and get
to know some men here at Eastminster. When:
Tuesday, March 24 at Keegan's Pub at 6:30 pm. Email
Steve Hartt (firstname.lastname@example.org) for
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 770-924-6318.
Would you like
to be a greeter at the 9:00 or 11:15 service? Our greeters provide
the first impression of Eastminster...welcoming and friendly! This is
such an important service and one that takes only a few minutes of
your time. To sign up contact Ellen Beard at 770-992-2285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is again time
for our annual outreach. In keeping with our theme of Each One
Reach One we have a wide variety of activities this year. They
range from a family visit to 7 Bridges, through cutting denim shoes
to prevent Jigger infections in Uganda to writing Letters to the
Martyrs, for those inclined to a more sedentary activity. The
mission team looks forward to you joining us in Jesus' Great
Commission. Please pray that we will be able to faithfully execute
His plan for March into Mission 2015.
Save the Date
Jim Bob and
Michelle Duggar (stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting) are
coming to town! On Thursday, April 30 the Duggars
will be the keynote speakers at the Cobb Pregnancy Services
fundraising banquet from 7-9pm at the Cobb Galleria Centre
Ballroom, and you are invited. We will be putting together some
Eastminster tables so contact Ellen Foster email@example.com
if you would like to be included. Dinner is complimentary but
you will have an opportunity to make a financial gift to help Cobb
Pregnancy Services continue in its mission to help men and women
deal positively with unexpected pregnancies by providing life
affirming alternatives to abortion through spiritual,
emotional, and practical support.
Hands of Hope
Mission Trip April 23-26
Team Members Needed
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
Suzie and Norm
Baur are available anytime to talk to
anyone interested in going about the details! A team of 12 is
ideal for this trip. We have 5 people signed up to go at this time.
Needed: Household and kitchen items, small appliances
,personal hygiene supplies (includes towels, washcloths and
travel samples) and cleaning supplies. New children's underwear
(sizes 2 to 6) and socks.
REQUESTED FOR THIS TRIP: Baby clothes 0-24 months for any season of
the year. Very gently used or new.
ADULT CLOTHES AT THIS TIME.
will be placed in the alcove by the choir room and in the Lobby of
the CLC on March 1st.
We are the
only Church that supplies HOH with diapers on an ongoing basis.
Donations are always welcome. Make sure your cash or check
indicates Hands of Hope Diaper Fund.
Thank you for
your continued support for Hands of Hope! 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, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Suzie: Cell 678-283-0774, email:
Craft Circle will
meet Monday, March 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, March 12, in the CLC. We
will have a Bible study followed by lunch. Any questions, contact
Nancy Speiser (770-642-7229) or Snookie
Bunch will meet at noon on March 19, at Marietta Fish Market.
Direction from church: turn right on Sewell Mill Road and proceed
to East Piedmont Road. Turn right - stay on East Piedmont until you
reach Canton Road. Turn right and proceed to Marietta Fish Market
on your left. RSVP to Sandra Allen by March 18 to
770-977-8742 or email@example.com.
Moms with elementary-aged
daughters - The next Sonflower Sisters
meeting is Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the CLC. We are hosting a
Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party for all the moms and daughters of EPC
for March into Missions. We're going to need help from all of the Sonflower Sisters to make this happen, so watch
your email for more detailed information. If you have any
questions, contact Beth Hartt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
loving memory of
In honor or
_______ Presented Eastminster Presbyterian Church
Name of Donor:
check and return to the church office before March 22.
Session Meeting Highlights -
the baptism of Kenneth Warren, son of Members Scott & Virginia
Warren, on March 8, 2015, at the 11:15am service. Session also
approved the baptism of Amelia, daughter of New Member Candidates
JR & Leslie Reed, on March 22, 2015, at the 11:15am service.
acknowledged with sadness the passing of Doris Funk on February 5,
2015. A memorial service will be held March 9, 2015, at 5pm in the
approved holding the Easter Egg Hunt on March 29, 2015, Palm
Sunday, immediately after the 11:15am service.
approved holding a 24-hour prayer vigil in the Sanctuary on Maundy
Thursday, April 2, beginning at 8pm and ending on Friday, April 3,
approved a motion allowing the Art Ministry to sponsor card-making on
May 3, 2015, for Mother's Day, and June 7, 2015, for Father's Day,
after the 11:15am services from 12:15-1:30pm.
approved holding the Halloween Party on October 28, 2015, in
conjunction with Wednesday Night Dinner.
approved holding the Christmas Party on Saturday, December 12,
2015, in the CLC.
a Discernment Team to assist Hubie in his call to ordained
ministry. He hopes to be ordained in place so that he can continue
to serve Eastminster (as allowed by ECO polity).
approved the purchase of two new matching memorial plaques for
approximately $930. One will replace the existing plaque to provide
a consistent look.
approved the following update to Eastminster's
response to the new State of Georgia gun law effective July 1,
2014, that permits weapons in places of worship if specific
approval is given, the Session voted to continue to prohibit the
carrying of weapons or long guns from all Eastminster Church
buildings, with the following exceptions:
licensed security personnel for Church protection,
Sworn and active law
Persons on Church
property and on mission trips for the purpose of installing,
repairing, or maintaining items, when their equipment to perform
their tasks would otherwise fall with the definition of a potential
Persons who carry
pocket knives no longer than two inches,
The person carrying
the Claymore sword for the Kirkin' O' the
Tartans service on Reformation Sunday,
Honor Guards for
weddings or funerals.
has the right to modify this policy.
Session meeting will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2014, at 4pm for
the purpose of receiving new covenant partners.
Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at
7:30pm in Room 204.
The next ECO
Presbytery meeting will be at Peachtree Presbyterian Church on
April 17-18, 2015. All active and inactive elders are encouraged to
attend. Anyone interested can register here http://www.stgiles.org/resources/presbyteryregis.cfm.
If you like more information, or would like to volunteer to help
host the event by manning check in tables, etc,
please contact Diane Brock at email@example.com.
Diane L. Brock
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor