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November 2015 |   www.epres.org

 

 

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Upcoming Worship

 

Nov. 1

Eternal: The Word of God

Dr. McConnell
Communion

 

Nov. 8

Eternal: The Grace of Jesus

Dr. McConnell

 

Nov. 15

Eternal: The Curse of the Disobedient

Dr. McConnell

 

Nov. 22

Eternal: God's Promises

Rev. Hudson

 

Nov. 29

All I Want: Is A Little Stuff

Dr. McConnell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrations!

 

Birthday

1   Sarah-Kate Bozza

2   Ken Wood

2   Beth Gannon

3   Claire Allen

3   Michelle Watson

5   Tom Stock

5   Cheri Olivier

7   Tommie Carmichael

7   Elinor Hudson

7   Joanna Hudson

8   Tim Brammer

9   Frank Koskee

9   Mark Shreiner

9   Lane Henderson

10  Lucy Nanda

10  Judy Westerlage

10  Barbara Tahsler

10  Val Oviatt

11  Julia Gallagher

12  Drew Scholtens

12  Blakely Willard

12  Olivia Carney

13  Allison Scholtens

13  Fisher Jackson

14  Alex Ball

15  Hart Phinney

15  Peter McConnell

16  Gerri Wiley

17  Harry Anton

17  Walt Bentley

17  Ron Harlow

17  Lindsay McDaniel

17  Anna Muchukot

18  Nancy Speiser

18  Jill Guske

19  Ellen Beard

19  Rachel Graziose

19  James Fowler

20  Patricia Bynum

21  Dan Waters

21  Lindsay Ray

21  Natalia Edwards

22  Jennie Adams

22  Neil Suber

22  Christopher Arcuragi

22  Cooper Foster

23  Jay Mayfield

23  Elise Gowen

24  Janice Weaver

25  Patti Cosson

25  Tyler Gruber

25  Sage Holland

26  Trenton Madson

27  Gordon Carswell

27  Rick Waugaman

27  Michelle Dembski

27  Aidan Sherlock

27  Lily Atalla

28  Georgia Bentley

28  Karen Jones

29  Danielle Edwards

29  Kayleigh Rizk

30  Kedrick Daw

30  Kali Ramsey

30  Meagan Will

30  James Shoop

30  Marley Jackson 

 

Happy Anniversary

 

3  Chris & Ruth Kenyon

4   Mike & Cheryl

          Mjehovich

6  Don & Susan Welborn

9  Bobby & Vicky Ryder

10  Karl & Susan Touset

17  Harry & Bonnie

         Anton

17  Steven & Beth

         Cummings

18  Troy & Annette

         DenHerder

18  Greg & Jessica

          Gibbs

21  Chris & Aimee

         Jackson

23  Joe & Jan Walls

24  Andrew & Anne

          Dixon

25  Phil & Lena

          McClendon

27  Larry & BJ Baskin

29  Walt & Georgia

          Bentley

29  Jim & Ann Streible

30  Robert & Jeanne

          Chesser

30  Jeff & Courtney

          Driscoll

30  Tom & Katherine

          Moore

30  Larry & Sallie

           Rainwater

 

Greeters

 

Nov. 1

9:00

Dick & Cathy DuBose

Debbie Taylor

 

11:15

Karen Miller

Marsha Stemme

Stan Beard

 

Nov. 8

9:00

Piet & Ester Strydom

Valerie Mote

 

11:15

David & Chris Wallace

Scott & Angie Wessner

 

Nov. 15

9:00

Scott & Michelle Baumann

Joel & Jill Guske

 

11:15

Frank & Jo Byrd

Leslie Michael

 

Nov. 22

9:00

Sara Dilworth

Adrienne Riga

Jay Olivier

 

11:15

Eric & Alison Horton

Tommy Nickles

 

Nov. 29

9:00

Helen Hvizdak

Sharon Melcher

 

11:15

Ellen Parkerson

Gail Sorrells

 

Ushers

 

Nov. 1

Stan Sharp

Flo Sharp

Carol Banks

Robert Chesser 

 

Nov. 8

Jim Bussart

Debbie Bussart

Scott Briggs

Candy McNair

 

Nov. 15

Jay Michaels

John Bunch

Chad Ervin 

Bob Douglas

 

Nov. 22

Doug Nielsen

Todd Mordecai

Tom Nickles

Mike Adams

 

Nov. 29

Mike Moran

Steve Moore

Phillip Morrissey

Scott Wessner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank You. . .

 

A note of awe and gratitude for God's grace and Eastminster's prayers, cards, hugs and meals during my recent surgery, all of which remind me that  I am richly blessed.  

 

Barbara Tahsler

 

 

Thank you for your prayers, kind words, cards, flowers and fruit basket at the loss of my sister, Nancy.  It is truly a pleasure to be a part of the staff at Eastminster. Your kindness is appreciated.

Linda Delbridge

 

 

 

 

Sympathy

 

is expressed to the family. . .

Karrie Willard in the loss of her grandmother, Mary Lou Whitehead; Kathleen Moak in the loss of her sister, Dorothy DeFreese; Mike Roberts in the loss of his mother, Bernice Roberts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Give Thanks

 

Even for the Hard Stuff

 

It is the season for gratitude, when we take a minute to count our blessings and give thanks to the Lord for all His gifts. We know we are called to give thanks in all things, but sometimes that can be difficult. When hardships and trials come along, can we still give thanks?

 

In his little handbook called "The Golden Booklet on the True Christian Life," John Calvin said even the hard things in life are for our good, under God's loving hand. Sometimes, we get so confident in our position in the world that we forget how much we depend on God, we "become haughty and proud toward God, as if our own power would be sufficient without his grace." We see ourselves as conquering heroes, able to withstand whatever comes our way.

 

This is not a healthy place for a Christian, or any person, to live. Soon we stop taking risks, doing only those things we know we can do under our own strength. We stop paying attention to the needs of those around us, because we know deep inside that we cannot satisfy those needs under our own strength and supply. In short, we stop following Jesus and we start walking under our own ever-diminishing steam-and life becomes very small.

 

A good, solid trial can upset the cart! The greatest saints receive difficult tests and trials from God, so that, Calvin says: "Robbed of their foolish confidence in the flesh, they take refuge in the grace of God...For it is no small profit to be robbed of our blind self-love so that we become fully aware of our weakness; to have such an understanding of our weakness that we distrust ourselves; to distrust ourselves to such an extent that we put all our trust in God; to depend with such boundless confidence on God that we rely entirely on his help, so that we may victoriously persevere to the end; to continue in his grace that we may know he is true and faithful in his promises; and to experience the certainty of his promises so that our hope may become firmer still (Rom 5:3-4)."

 

It will be nice to recount successes over the last year, but it will be healthier for us all to invite our old friend John Calvin to our Thanksgiving table and even give thanks to God for the trials. We can even give thanks for the hard stuff, the stuff that shook our self-confidence until we moved our confidence into Christ alone! Thanks be to God!

 

Yours in Christ,

Tim

 

"The LORD is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works." --Psalm 145:17

 

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Christian Education

 

Small Groups

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.  Contact Hubie Mann (hubie.mann@epres.org) if you have questions or need additional information.

 


  

Wednesday Night Programs on Nov. 25

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, all of the usual Wednesday evening programs (Wednesday night dinner, Youth Bible studies, Adult classes, choir practice, etc.) will not meet because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant is coming!!!

Rehearsals will be on Sunday afternoons on December 6, 13, and 20 (from 3-4:15pm) so parents please mark your calendars now. Middle school/High school actors and members of the angel choir will rehearse all 3 Sundays. Elementary school actors will rehearse on Dec. 13 and 20, and  Pre-K4 /Kindergarten actors will just come for the final rehearsal on Dec. 20  Contact Hubie Mann (hubie.mann@epres.org) to sign-up your kids to participate.

 

VBS 2016 - Save the Dates!

Next summer's VBS is scheduled for June 20-24.  Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for "Egypt: Joseph's Journey From Prison to Palace" for another awesome week of VBS! Online registration will begin in March.  Last year, it took 88 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.

 

 

 

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Youth  

 

November and December Calendar

Sunday, November 1: Summer Stories Fundraiser, 5:00-7:00 PM

Sunday, November 8: Paintball

Sunday, November 15: Youth Group Real Life Series #3

Sunday, November 22: Thanksgiving Break (No Youth Group)

Monday, November 23: Lunch Out - Look for Details via Text!

Sunday, November 29: Youth Group

Sunday, December 6: Youth Group

Sunday, December 13: Youth Christmas Parties

Sunday,  December 20: Christmas Movie Night

 

 

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Men's Ministry

 

Craftsmen's Annual Men's Retreat 

 

Save the Date: February 26-28

 

The tenth annual EPC Craftsmen's Retreat will be held February 26-28, at Cohutta Springs Conference Center located in Crandall, GA. Jay Watts will be the guest speaker again this year.  There are one and two-night packages available. Look for the sign-up tables at Sunday services beginning in December.

 

 

 

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Finance Corner

 

Thanksgiving is upon us and all of us here at Eastminster, both members and staff, have so very much to be thankful for. Our family is growing and the buildings and grounds are spic and span. During this month of thanksgiving, let us all take time to thank our Lord and Savior for his many blessings in our lives and our church. God shines His light and mercy on each of us as He blesses us with the wonderful gift of life every day. We should not let ourselves become discouraged when our every want is not met for God provides us with everything we need. "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:19. As your financial administrator, I am thankful for each of you that are willing to make the commitment to give a portion of that with which you are blessed to Eastminster. I appreciate your dedication to that commitment amid your own personal challenges. I am thankful that God led me to Eastminster and for the opportunity of knowing all of you. If I can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Julia Owens

julia.owens@epres.org

 

 

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Family Bowling Night!

 

Get ready for an Eastminster Bowling Extravaganza!

Saturday, November 14th, come on out to Stars and Strikes Atlanta - Sandy Springs (8767 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs 30350) from 5 to 8 p.m. to spend an evening playing games with your Eastminster family. Normal bowling and game rates will apply, but if you bring a donation of canned food, you will receive a $5 arcade card. We hope you'll join us for a evening of fun and fellowship! Please RSVP to Steve Hartt (hartts@gmail.com) if you plan to attend. 

 

 

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Music Ministry

 

Christmas Welcome,

A Christmas Concert and Dessert

The Family and Worship ministries are excited to help you move into the spirit of Christmas by giving you a special evening full of Christmas music and delicious treats on Saturday, December 12, 7pm.  The concert will feature music by guest composer Lee Johnson (professor of composition at LaGrange College) as well as original works by our Director of Worship and Music Chris Owenby, all of which will be performed by a professional string quartet, the Chancel Choir, Eastminster Ringers, and the ReSound youth chorus and Praise Team.  Don't miss out on this special worship experience!

 

 

 

 

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Decorating the Sanctuary

 

Save the date and help decorate! November 22nd we will be adorning our buildings with beautiful Christmas decorations. We need a few hands to help in the CLC immediately following the 9:00 service from 10:15 to 11:00. Then there will be more decorating in the sanctuary immediately following the 11:15 service from 12:30 to 2:00. The more hands we have the faster the task will be accomplished! Lunch will be provided. Contact Cindy Holland at hollandsonthehill@gmail.com if you are able to help.   

 

 

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Women's Ministry 

 

LOVING WELL: Women's Retreat 2016      

It's time to register for the 2016 Women's Retreat! Join us for a weekend of reflection and connection as we examine together how God equips us to answer the call of loving well.  We will learn and laugh, worship and pray, relax and spend time together.  Whether you are a homemaker, career woman, retiree, biblical scholar or new believer, as a woman of Eastminster there is a place for you at this retreat. Find more info and register online at epres.org.   

When:  Friday, February 5 - Sunday, February 7

Where: Unicoi Lodge, Helen, GA.

Cost: $250 (Get $10 OFF if you register before Dec. 1) 

Registerwww.epres.org/womensretreat


Sonflower Sisters

Attention moms with daughters in grades K-5. The next Sonflower Sisters meeting is coming up on Friday, November 6, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Youth Room (downstairs in the CLC). We can't wait for another evening of fun and fellowship, and we hope you'll join us! If you have any questions, please contact Lara Atalla (lara_atalla@yahoo.com) or Beth Hartt (beth.hartt@gmail.com).

  

Ladies Lunch Bunch 

The Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at noon, November 19th at Ted's Montana Grill, 640 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta.  Directions from church: Turn left out of church's parking lot onto Sewell Mill Road and proceed to Johnson Ferry Road. Turn right on Johnson Ferry Road and continue until you reach Lower Roswell Road. After you cross Lower Roswell Road, Ted's Montana Grill will be on the front side of Parkaire Mall facing Johnson Ferry Road. RSVP to Sandra Allen by November 18th to allen47680@bellsouth.net or 770-977-8742.


Spunky Spirits

Spunky Spirits would like to invite all ladies to come and join us for a Bible study and lunch Thursday, November 12th at 11:00. (We meet the second Thursday of the month in the library.) We are studying Encounters with God, in Timothy and Titus, chapter 3. After the study we will move to the Great Hall for a covered dish lunch.

  

Just a reminder Karen Jones will be collecting money for the families we are buying Christmas presents for. This seems to be everyone's favorite thing to do. On December 8, we will have breakfast at IHOP and then go shopping at Walmart to buy the gifts. On Thursday, December 10th we will meet and wrap our gifts. This is a great way to start the Christmas season.

 

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Mission News

 

Thanksgiving Baskets

The Center for Family Resources and the Cobb County Department of Family and Children's Services join together each year to distribute Thanksgiving Food Baskets to Cobb County's low income citizens. They rely entirely on donations from organizations and churches. Please join us in making this important program a success.

Here's how you can help:

  • Pick up a list of the needed items from the alcove or CLC.
  • Return the food to the alcove or CLC by Sunday, November 15th.
  • Donate money for the purchase of turkeys and other perishable items. You can do this by placing a check payable to Eastminster, marked "turkeys" in the offering plate by Sunday, November 8th.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jeanette Gowen at singingcayman@comcast.net or 770-587-1398.

 

 

Operation Christmas Child

Shoebox collection for Operation Christmas Child is underway! Prayerfully pack those shoeboxes to share the love of Jesus with children around the world. Our goal for this year is 375 shoeboxes - we can do it! Brochures with complete instructions are located in the allcove near the sanctuary or in the CLC lobby. Help  yourself to pre-made boxes at the tables, use your own shoebox, or use a reusable plastic storage box. Visit  www.epres.org/shoebox for more information and important dates. For great tips on packing a shoe box, go to www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/. Drop off filled boxes in the Fellowship Hall until November 15th. 

 

Want to help behind the scenes of OCC? Volunteer at the OCC Processing Site! Join us for a night of working, praying and fellowship as we help process shoeboxes before they get shipped all over the world. There are two dates to choose from - Monday, November 30th from 6 - 10 p.m., and Tuesday, December 1st from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Space is limited, so sign up now at www.epres.org/signups.

 

 

 

Special Mission Speaker

Please join us at 5pm in the CLC before dinner on Wednesday, November 4 to hear Dr. Hizkia Soewignjo, National Director for Ambassadors For Christ Indonesia, speak about his amazing ministry. Then he will be joining us for Wednesday Night Dinner!

 

Dr. Soewignjo is an inspiring man who ministers in Jakarta, Central Java, South Suluwesi, Borneo, West Timor, areas of the world where the people still live tribally and have never heard of Christ. He leads a Medical Team Ministry and trains people in church planting in a non-Christian, primarily Muslim country. He was also very active in serving the local people during the tsunami in Banda Aceh. We support Dr. Soewignjo through our missions fellowship at Eastminster.

Questions? Call Karen Miller 678-522-5267.

 

Great News!

The Eastminster Heritage Well Project with Living Water International will begin soon. Our team of five men and two women will arrive in a few days to begin the dig for fresh water. The village is Estrella Delsar in the south of Nueva Conception Region in province of Escuintla, Guatemala. About 180 families live in the community. The nearest school is 10 miles away. They need our prayers for a successful installation. The scheduled dedication is November 7th. There will be a permanent sign at the location of the well with our name: Eastminster Heritage Well. They are grateful to us for this gift of clean water. There will also be ministers to provide The Word to people who use the well. Take a look at the green posters in the alcove and in the CLC showing some of the action. More information to come at completion of the well. Gail Sorrells

 

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Volunteers Needed!

 

Looking for volunteers with computers to assist with loading the sermon podcasts (recordings) to the EPC website. The process is easy and quick once learned.  If you have questions or to volunteer, contact Jeanette Gowen at singingcayman@comcast.net

 

 

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Hat, Scarf and Mitten Tree

 

It soon will be time to decorate Hat/Scarf/Mitten tree(s) with all the items you've been working on throughout the year (or purchased).  These items will be donated to MUST Ministries, providing warmth for many children and adults for the cold winter months.  This is a wonderful opportunity to allow your children or grandchildren to participate in this wonderful ministry.

 

 

 

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Advent Devotional 2015

 

The Advent Devotional will be available on the first day of Advent, November 29. Please plan to pick up your copy at either church service. If you would like your copy mailed, please let the office know as soon as possible.

 

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Poinsettia Dedication

 

We are accepting dedications for poinsettias to be placed in both the Sanctuary and the Great Hall this Christmas season. The cost of the poinsettias is $8.00 per plant. Please fill out the form below. The deadline is December 6.

 

Total # Plants _____________

 

In loving memory of ___________________________

 

___________________________________________

 

In honor of __________________________________

 

___________________________________________

 

____ Presented to Eastminster Presbyterian Church

 

Name of Donor _______________________________

 

 

 

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October Session Meeting Highlight 

 

Session welcomed the following brothers and sisters in Christ into the covenant partnership of Eastminster: Will & Sarah Frampton and Carter & Mary-Margaret Noland.

 

Session approved a motion to dedicate the Wednesday night dinner on Veteran's Day (11/11) to the Veterans at Eastminster.  Any vets in attendance will be honored.  Also Eastminster will host about 30 individuals (mentors and mentees) from Veterans Court to be recognized as well.

 

Session approved the 2016 budget. Revenue is anticipated at $1,278,000, and expenses are budgeted at $1,437,000. Capital expenditures will be capped at $20,000.

 

The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at 7pm in Room 204.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Diane L. Brock

Clerk of Session

 

 

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If we could open a door behind the choir.

 

If we could open a door behind the choir, we would have a great view of the Memorial Garden. (You surely know that there are better ways to get there.)

 

Any time of year is great for stepping out into the Memorial Garden, but now it is especially nice. The air is fresh - a good time to just sit down and reflect on the good life God has given us. We might walk the Labyrinth and have a conversation with God. Occasionally walk around the columbarium and observe the plaques. Many of us have good memories to go with us on this tour. Family of nearly all worship with us each week.

William Gladstone, Prime Minister of England Wrote in 1890...   (with slight parenthetical additions)

 

"A Cemetery (or Columbarium) is a history of people - a perpetual record of yesterday and sanctuary of peace and quiet today. A cemetery (or columbarium) exists because every life is worth loving and remembering always."

 

The Memorial Garden can be a delightful, fun experience in other ways.  Let's talk about this another time.

 

Don Fifield

 

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Preschool News

 

On November 4, at 9:30 AM, Edward Casey will be at the preschool making hand-cut silhouettes. Edward Casey is an award winning professional portrait and silhouette artist who will be bringing his craft to Eastminster on November 4 at 9:30 AM.  Brochures will be available at the preschool for anyone interested in having a hand-cut silhouette created of your loved ones.  He makes silhouettes and portraits of both pets and people that are available to purchase.  Jewelry, ornaments, mugs, and other gift items can also be created - just in time for Christmas!  And, your purchase also helps to support the preschool because he donates a portion of his proceeds back to the school.  See www.edwardsart.net for more information about his work.

 

The Scholastic Book Fair will take place the week of November 9 in the Fellowship Hall.  Please feel free to visit and purchase books for the holidays before and during Eastminster's Wednesday night dinner.  Books make a great gift for children, grandchildren, charitable donations, etc.  Help spread the joy of reading this Christmas!

 

Santa is coming to Eastminster!  Mark your calendars!  The fourth annual Breakfast with Santa ECP fundraiser will be held on Saturday, December 5th at 9 am.  Come and enjoy a pancake breakfast, holiday fun and, of course, the opportunity to sit on Santa's lap and tell him if you've been naughty or nice!  Ticket information will be available soon!

 

 

 

 

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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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