Word of God
Eternal: The Grace
Curse of the Disobedient
All I Want: Is
A Little Stuff
10 Judy Westerlage
15 Hart Phinney
17 Walt Bentley
17 Anna Muchukot
18 Jill Guske
22 Neil Suber
27 Rick Waugaman
& Ruth Kenyon
& Susan Welborn
& Vicky Ryder
& Susan Touset
Steven & Beth
& Jan Walls
Andrew & Anne
& BJ Baskin
& Ann Streible
Robert & Jeanne
Dick & Cathy DuBose
Piet & Ester Strydom
David & Chris Wallace
Scott & Angie Wessner
Scott & Michelle Baumann
Joel & Jill Guske
Frank & Jo Byrd
Eric & Alison Horton
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.
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 expressed to the
family. . .
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.
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
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,
"The LORD is righteous in
all his ways and kind in all his works." --Psalm 145:17
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 (email@example.com)
if you have questions or need additional information.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
November and December
Sunday, November 1: Summer Stories Fundraiser,
Sunday, November 8: Paintball
Sunday, November 15: Youth Group Real Life Series #3
Sunday, November 22: Thanksgiving Break (No Youth
Monday, November 23: Lunch Out - Look for Details via
Sunday, November 29: Youth Group
Sunday, December 6: Youth Group
Sunday, December 13: Youth Christmas Parties
Sunday, December 20: Christmas Movie Night
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.
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
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you
plan to attend.
A Christmas Concert
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
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 email@example.com if you are
able to help.
LOVING WELL: Women's Retreat
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
When: Friday, February 5 - Sunday, February 7
Where: Unicoi Lodge, Helen, GA.
Cost: $250 (Get $10 OFF if you register before Dec.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Beth Hartt (email@example.com).
Ladies Lunch Bunch
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-977-8742.
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.
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.
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
- 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
information or to volunteer, please contact Jeanette Gowen at email@example.com or 770-587-1398.
Operation Christmas Child
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
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
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
Call Karen Miller 678-522-5267.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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 _______________________________
October Session Meeting
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.
Diane L. Brock
Clerk of Session
If we could open a door behind
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.
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
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
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
email@example.com | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor