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May 2017 |   www.epres.org

 

 

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Celebrations!

 

Birthdays

 

1   Ellen Foster

2   Mary Lynne Nielson

2   Mason Doyle

2   Hannah Mayfield

5   Jay Michael

6   Mary Grace Schaap

6   Andrew Barner

6   Zackary Preikszas

7   Katherine Moore

7   Robyn Fort

7   Avary Cross

7   Liam Doyle

7   Hannah Brune

9   Charlie Waugaman

11  Edna Camp

11  Chuck Oliver

11  Julie John

11  Amanda Horton

15  Katie Parkerson

16  Lucy Gordon

16  Bob Kaleida

16  Jamie Ryder

16  Chase Oliver

16  Viktor Segars

17  Lucian McClendon

17  Senna Delgado

18  Bert Eckerman

18  Darla Erickson

19  Diane Brock

19  Madison Gibbs

20  Stan Morris

20  Richelle Sanders

21  Susan Touset

21  Katherine Brune

22  Edna Bayless

22  Mark Watson

22  Patrick Daw

22  Katherine Muchukot

22  Evan Reed

23  Tyler Crump

24  Joe Walls

24  Dale Mehlhouse

24  Mark Oviatt

24  Kim Brammer

25  Peggy Tienken

25  Jan Sherman

25  Robert Chesser 

25  Jackson Todd

25  Colin Wells

25  Reagan Nagel

26  Jack Williams

26  Jack Keegan

27  Ralph Gordon

28  Kim Peery

30  Shirley Byrd

31  Steve Hartt

31  Ella Todd 

 

Happy Anniversary

 

1    Ray & Judy

          Westerlage

3    Todd & Ashley

          Mordecai

4    Joe & Sandra Mazur

4    Tripp & Jenny Seitter

6    Steve & Beth Hartt

6    Will & Lisa Page

7    Kevin & Sally

          Youngberg

9    Ian & Alison Cross

10  Randy & Barbara

        Tahsler

11  Chris & Karen Miller

12  Joel & Jill Guske

16  Chris & Ellen Foster

17  Neil & Lindsey Suber

18  George & Ellen

         Boney

18  William & Jan Ray

20  Mark & Lindsay

          McDaniel

20  Andrew & Janice

         Weaver

21  Matt & Courtenay

         Powell

23  Chuck & Reta Frew

23  Frank & Florence

         Koskee

23  Hubie & Terri Mann

23  Bill & Gail Sorrells

26  Roger & Adrienne

         Dickerson

27  Mike & Carol Hays

27  Chris & Billie

         Wickstrom

31  Sean & Pam

         McCabe

 

 

 

 

Ushers

 

May 7

9:00

Wendy Brodrick

Steve Hartt

 

11:15

Joe Walls

David Wallace

Larry McIntire

Janet McIntire

  

May 14

9:00

Vicky Ryder

Cindy Holland

 

11:15

Carol Banks

Norm Baur

Suzie Baur

Robert Chesser

  

May 21

9:00

Cheryl Springs

Andrew Sain

 

11:15

Melinda Freeman

Bob Douglas

Paul Denison

Bill Freeman

  

  

May 28

9:00

Janie Bunch

John Bunch

 

11:15

Ray Westerlage

Judy Westerlage

John Bunch

Janie Bunch

 

 

 

Greeters

 

May 7

9:00

Sara Dilworth

Ellen Foster

 

11:15

Karen Miller

Marsha Stemme

Tommy Nickles

  

 

May 14

9:00

Jennifer Gettys

Robert Gettys

 

11:15

Ellen Parkerson

Scott & Angie Wessner

 

May 21

9:00

Mercia Weyand

Cathy DuBose

 

11:15

Jeff & Karen Jones

Leslie Michael

  

  

May 28

9:00

Teresa Roberts

Debbie Taylor

 

11:15

Eric & Alison Horton

Gail Sorrells

 

Menu for

Wednesday Dinner

 

May 3

Fried Chicken

Macaroni & Cheese

Buttered Peas & Corn

Salad Bar

Peach Cobbler

Vanilla Ice Cream

 

 

May 10

Hamburger & Hot Dogs 

Bean & Corn Salad

Potato Salad

Cole Slaw

Chips

Frozen Dessert

 

 

 

 

Christian 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

 

Tim & Cathy Erskine

2119 Harold Bowers Rd

Newberry, SC  29108

 

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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 Presbyterian Church,

 

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 Christ."

 

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,

 

Pastor Aaron

 

 

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Memorial Day

 

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 sacrifice!

 

 

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Youth Ministry News

 

Graduates

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 Class

"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 (blake.hudson@epres.org).

 

 

 

Updated Calendar

Wednesday, May 3: Youth Activities

                       (Fellowship, Dinner, Bible Study)

Sunday, May 7: Sunset Worship at The Ryder Farm!

           Keep an eye out for more details! (Email Rev. 

           Hudson if you need the Ryder's address!)

           Dinner, 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!

 

 

SUMMER TRIPS

The Great Escape: Lee University, Cleveland, TN

          Dates: Sunday, June 11 - Friday, June 16

          Ages:  Current 6th-8th graders

          Cost:   $375

          Spots Still Available!

 

 

High School Mission Trip to Costa Rica

       Dates: Saturday, July 7 - Saturday, July 15

       Ages:  Current 9th- 12th graders

       Spots are full and registration is closed!

       Please include our high school students in your

       prayers as they prepare for this trip!

 

High School Day Trips, Lock-in

Dates: Tuesday, June 6 (lock-in),

            Wednesday, June 28 (day trip) and

            Thursday, July 27 (day trip)

Ages:   Current 9th-12th graders

Cost:    Cost of meals plus admission, if applicable,

             depending on trip/event.

 

 

 

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Children's Ministry . . .

 

Vacation Bible School

Ever wonder 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!

 

And grown-ups, 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 katie.hudson@epres.org.

 

 

 

Summer Teachers Needed

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 (katie.hudson@epres.org) to volunteer or request more information.

 

 

VBS and Summer Teacher Training Events

Volunteers for 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.

 

A make-up training session is scheduled for Sunday, June 4th at 2:00 pm. Please contact Katie Hudson (katie.hudson@epres.org) with questions or for more information.

  

  

 

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Music Ministry

 

Annual KidChoir Spring Musical

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 they!

 

 

 

 

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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.   

 

 

 

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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.

 

Purchase your 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.

 

 

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 Acolyte or Cross Bearer

 

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 shooptroop5@gmail.com or (678)480-9015.

 

 

 

 

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May Scripture Memorization 

 

Becoming Content

 

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 with that."

1 Timothy 6:6-8 NET

 

 

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Women's Ministry 

 

Craft Circle

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 buc514@aol.com OR 404-234-5063).
 

 

Spunky Spirits

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 770-971-3432.

 

 

 

Lunch Bunch

Due to family obligations and schedules have become very busy, the Ladies Lunch Bunch will not meet again until September.

 

 

 

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Mission News

 

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!

 

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Session Meeting Highlights

April 2017

 

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 ordination process

 

The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 7:30pm 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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