Mary Lynne Nielson
Mary Grace Schaap
7 Avary Cross
16 Bob Kaleida
18 Bert Eckerman
20 Richelle Sanders
24 Dale Mehlhouse
Ray & Judy
Todd & Ashley
Joe & Sandra Mazur
Tripp & Jenny Seitter
Steve & Beth Hartt
Will & Lisa Page
Kevin & Sally
Ian & Alison Cross
& Karen Miller
& Jill Guske
& Ellen Foster
& Lindsey Suber
George & Ellen
William & Jan Ray
Andrew & Janice
& Reta Frew
& Terri Mann
& Gail Sorrells
& Carol Hays
Scott & Angie Wessner
Jeff & Karen Jones
Eric & Alison Horton
& Hot Dogs
Sympathy is expressed
Mary Swann and family in the loss of her brother, Hugh
F. LaRue III;
Mike Adams and
family in the loss of his mother, Margaret Cobb.
New Address for the Tim & Cathy Erskine
Next month, Eastminster will joyfully celebrate the
arrival of our new Senior Pastor, The Rev. Aaron C. Moore. The
congregation approved Pastor Aaron's call at the April 23rd Congregational
Meeting. In anticipation of this new chapter in Eastminster's mission and ministry, Pastor
Aaron wrote the following letter, which was shared with the
congregation at the meeting:
Dear friends and Covenant Partners of Eastminster
I am overwhelmed with joy and profoundly humbled by
the call to be your Senior Pastor. My family and I cannot wait to
meet you and join in what God has already been doing in and through
you in East Cobb. I have heard from many ECO pastors and lay people
all over the South that Eastminster is a strong and faithful
gathering of believers, and I am deeply grateful for the
opportunity to serve you.
My wife, Sarah, and I met in 1998 at Gardner- Webb
University in Boiling Springs, NC. After a lengthy courtship we
were married in December of 1999. Next to surrendering my life to
Christ, my marriage with Sarah has been the single most impactful
act of grace I have experienced. We have four children, Elliott,
Caleb, Andrew, Joy, and an Australian Shepherd named Sam.
If there is one Scripture verse that describes my
passion, experience, and relationship with Jesus Christ it would be
Philippians 3:12. In this passage Paul is describing the great
qualifications that he has in the eyes of the world and how in the
Kingdom of Christ they amount to less than nothing. Paul's desire
is not so much for obeying the law perfectly and having that badge
of righteousness, but rather, knowing the power of the resurrection
of Christ and the suffering that Christ endured. That was Paul's
goal. In verse 12 he says, "Not that I have obtained all this
or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of
that for which Christ Jesus has taken hold of me." Christ has
taken hold of you and me for a purpose: a sanctifying relationship
with Him. I want to press into that purpose for my life, and
serving as your Senior Pastor is the next step in that path.
As I have prayed for you and prayed about how I would
begin my ministry with you, one passage has stuck out to me in
particular: Ephesians 4:11-13.
"And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the
shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of
ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain
to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God,
to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of
Part of my call to Eastminster is to ensure that you,
the covenant partners of EPC, understand your role as ministers and
saints in the Kingdom of God. I am eager to teach and preach, to
shepherd and equip you with all the tools that God has given to me,
but you dear friends are the ministers. You are the ones called to
go and do the work of the ministry in East Cobb and beyond. We are
all the Body of Christ and none of us has arrived. There is a
maturity, a building up, a unity of faith and knowledge, and a
fullness that God is calling us all to work toward. I want you to
know that this end will be ever before me in my pursuit to love and
serve you with the best of my ability. I already love you and can't
wait to meet you. Until then, may the grace and peace of the Lord
Jesus Christ be with you.
Grace and Peace,
We will celebrate Memorial Day on Sunday, May 28. There
will be tables set up in the narthex at both the Road and the
Traditional Services. You are asked to remember the service of
yourself or family member by placing photos or articles on these
tables with a brief written description about who
or what the photo or article represents. Photos and articles may be
left at the church office prior to the 28th if you desire.
Questions, call Cliff Lowery at 678-296-9562. Dig out those old photos, let's honor our service member's
If you know of a member of our congregation who will graduate
this year, contact Blake Hudson or call the church office and let
us know their name, date of graduation, school, and degree.
We want to appreciate and recognize our graduates on May 21.
My First Communion
"My First Communion" is a special class for
2nd grade students (and any 3rd -5th grade students who haven't
been through the class already) which will meet on Thursdays May
11th and May 18th from 5:00-6:00 PM in the sanctuary. This class,
which will be taught by Rev. Blake Hudson and one of our
Discipleship Team Elders, is designed to teach our children about
worship and baptism, as well as prepare them to participate in
Communion on Sunday, June 4th. To register your child, please RSVP
to Rev. Blake Hudson (email@example.com).
Wednesday, May 3: Youth Activities
(Fellowship, Dinner, Bible Study)
Sunday, May 7: Sunset Worship at The Ryder Farm!
an eye out for more details! (Email Rev.
Hudson if you need the Ryder's address!)
worship, and an all-round awesome time!
Wednesday May 10: FINAL Youth Activities
(Fellowship, Dinner, Bible Study)
Youth Room Snacks
EPC will always provide some snacks for our youth
room! However, as our youth ministry has grown, we have outpaced
our allotted budget!
We would like to continue providing snacks, but are
hoping our families would be able to pick up the slack.
Specifically, we are looking for donations of the following
snacks/candy: Variety packs of candy, Snack size crackers and
cookies, Something healthy, or Bottled Water
If interested and able to help out, please drop
anything off in the Youth Room. Thank you!
The Great Escape: Lee
University, Cleveland, TN
Dates: Sunday, June 11 - Friday, June 16
Ages: Current 6th-8th graders
High School Mission Trip
to Costa Rica
July 7 - Saturday, July 15
9th- 12th graders
Spots are full
and registration is closed!
include our high school students in your
prayers as they prepare for this trip!
High School Day
Dates: Tuesday, June 6 (lock-in),
Wednesday, June 28 (day trip) and
July 27 (day trip)
Ages: Current 9th-12th graders
Cost: Cost of meals plus admission,
depending on trip/event.
Children's Ministry . . .
Vacation Bible School
what life was like for early Christians worshipping in the
underground church? Join Paul in Rome this summer for an exciting week
of VBS! The adventure happens June 19 - 23 from 9:00 am to 12:30
pm. Spaces still remain for current 1st, 2nd, and 4th graders, but
they're going fast!
this Roman escapade isn't just for kids! We still have a great need
for volunteers in order to make this a successful VBS. With
about 150 children Rome-ing the church,
all talents and gifts are greatly appreciated.
If you would
like to volunteer or register a child, please visit www.epres.org/vacation-bible-school/
and click the appropriate link to sign up. Or contact Katie
Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer is fast
approaching and, in order to give our faithful teachers a break, we
ask volunteers to fill in during June and July. Even if you only have
one or two Sundays free, it makes a huge difference in meeting the
teaching needs of EPC's kids. Curriculum and materials are
provided, and you're always partnered with another adult. You can
even sign-up with a friend! Please contact Katie Hudson (email@example.com) to volunteer or request more
VBS and Summer Teacher Training Events
VBS and Summer Sunday School - please plan to attend a training
session on Sunday, May 21st at 2:00 pm. The training will provide
an overview of what to expect, materials, and time for questions.
The child protection policy will be covered in a mandatory online
training program to be completed beforehand. The online training
also includes an agreement to allow a background check. Links to
the training will be emailed to volunteers in the coming weeks.
training session is scheduled for Sunday, June 4th at 2:00 pm.
Please contact Katie Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or for more
Annual KidChoir Spring
May 3, 6:00 pm
KidChoir will present Just
Plane Ole Stranded Blues on Wednesday, May 3, 6:00
pm. Come and enjoy dinner and a show and support these guys and
gals and the hard work they're doing. You'll be blessed and so will
Closet Cleanouts Coming
We need your help!
The Facilities Team will be coordinating an effort to
clean out our closets at EPC over the next several months and would
like to ask for a few able bodied assistants to help move things
around, organize and clean out the closets.
The first closet cleanup day will be Saturday, June 3
and we will start with the large closet located across from the CLC
Kitchen. If you are using this closet for any purpose or have
knowledge of items stored in the closet and would like to have a
say in what stays and what goes, please reach out to either Alana
Nigro (404-580-0389) or Cindy Holland (678-622-6388) by June 2.
Great Date Experience Thursday,
May 11 at 7pm
Looking for a unique,
fun-filled date night? Well, you haven't done anything like this
before. Join us for 75 minutes of fun, laughter, prizes and helpful
communication tips, along with special desserts by Lola's Sugar Pie
Bakery. Come spend some special togetherness time with your Great
Date and care for the most valuable resource you have - your
relationship. Your date takes place on Thursday, May 11, 7-8:15 pm
in the Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $15 per couple.
tickets at https://greggriffin.net/great-dates-epc/
by Tuesday, May 9 at midnight. You will laugh and learn something
good for your relationship or your money back.
Your child is invited to become an Acolyte or Cross Bearer
for our Traditional Service. Being an Acolyte or Cross Bearer is a
very special job on our Worship Team. You must be at least 7
years old. We'd love for you to join our team and serve just
one Sunday a month. If interested, please contact Meredith
Shoop at email@example.com or (678)480-9015.
May Scripture Memorization
Because of our weak flesh, we want more than we need.
To assist us when we are struggling to find contentment in what life
offers, we recommend 1 Timothy 6:6-8 as
our Scripture memorization verse for this month.
As Christians, we need to determine if we are pursuing
Godliness, or are we chasing the values the world tells us are
needed to be happy and satisfied. The only true source of
contentment comes in understanding God will provide what we need -
and we need nothing more than what He delivers.
"Now godliness combined with
contentment brings great profit. For we have brought nothing into
this world and so we cannot take a single thing out
either. But if we have food and shelter, we will be satisfied
1 Timothy 6:6-8 NET
Craft Circle will meet for a Christmas In May lunch at
the home of Lynn Hall on Monday, May 8th at 12:00pm.
Hosted by Lynn Hall and Lynne Buchanan. Please plan to join us
for good food and fellowship as we end the year and plan for future
projects, "Together in Service". (please RSVP to Lynne B. at firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be our last meeting until September. We will
be on chapter 9 in "Worshipping
God with our Lives". Come and learn
more about how we should glorify our God every day. This has
been an interesting study and we plan to continue it in the Fall.
We will have a study and devotion then adjourn to the Great Hall
for a covered dish lunch. All women are invited. If you have any
questions, call Marsha Stemme at
Due to family obligations and schedules have
become very busy, the Ladies Lunch Bunch will not meet again
Last fall, the first-ever Ken 'Ya
Run 5K raised funds for the construction of the Kenya Connection
Kids Technical Training Institute. Eastminster joined our friends
at Mars Hill Presbyterian to help with race planning and
production, and made a generous financial donation as well. Several
members of the congregation participated as runners, phantom
runners, and race volunteers. We're happy to report that with the
proceeds from the race, construction of the institute is nearly
complete! The KCK Technical Training Institute is going to meet a
desperate need in Kenya for facilities to train technicians. Thank
you, Eastminster, for your continuous support of our Kenya mission
partners. And if you missed out on the fun last year, good news -
you have another chance! The 2nd Annual Ken 'Ya
Run will be held November 18th, 2017. Stay tuned for more details!
Session Meeting Highlights
Session welcomed the following Confirmands into the covenant
partnership of Eastminster: John Bunch, Patrick Daw, Liam Doyle,
Grace Ellen Griffin, Nick Keller, Anna Muchukot,
Patrick Sain, and Michael Wang.
Session approved the refinancing of the existing
church mortgage and moving the loan to Atlantic Capital bank.
The loan will have a 60-month term (20-year amortization schedule)
at 4.75% interest. In conjunction, the church's checking
accounts will be moved to Atlantic Capital as well.
Session approved one or more of the following
preachers to preach in the time between Dr. Boone's departure and
the new Senior Pastor's arrival (dates TBD as needed): Tim Norton,
Associate Pastor at Evergreen Pres, Andrew Dickinson, Associate
Pastor at FPC Douglasville, and Drew Adams, Associate Pastor at
Marietta Community Church.
The (non-ministry) childcare responsibility will move
to the A&P Team. The Discipleship Team will take over
responsibility for the Library. Additional resources will be needed
on each team for these efforts.
Elders Valerie Mote and Steve Hartt will serve on the
Discernment Team for Member Keith Reid as he moves through the ECO
The next Stated Session meeting will be held on
Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 7:30pm in Room 204.
Diane L. Brock
Clerk of Session
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
email@example.com | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Thomas Boone, Transitional Pastor