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 November 2016 |   www.epres.org

 

 

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Upcoming Worship

 

November 6

Imagine: Find Jesus Out There

Communion

Dr. Tom Boone

 

 

November 13

Consecration Sunday

Dr. Jim Truesdell

 

November 20

Imagine: The Bottom Line

Dr. Tom Boone

 

November 27

First Sunday of Advent

Rev. Katie Hudson

 

 

Celebrations!

 

Birthdays

1   Sarah-Kate Bozza

2   Ken Wood

2   Beth Gannon

2   Jackson Webb

3   Julie Orton

3   Claire Allen

3   Michelle Watson

5   Tom Stock

5   Cheri Olivier

7   Tommie Carmichael

7   Elinor Hudson

7   Joanna Hudson

8   Paula Morris

8   Anne Schatz

8   Tim Brammer

9   Frank Koskee

9   Mark Shreiner

9   Lane Henderson

10 Paula Barbin

10 Lucy Nanda

10 Judy Westerlage

10 Barbara Tahsler

10 Val Oviatt

11 Julia Gallagher

12 Andrew Scholtens

12 Mary Willard

12 Olivia Carney

13 Allison Scholtens

13 Fisher Jackson

14 Alex Ball

15 Hartley Phinney

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

19 Allison Jones

21 Dan Waters

21 Lindsay Ray

21 Natalia Edwards

22 Jennie Adams

22 Neil Suber

22 Cooper Foster

23 Jay Mayfield

23 Elise Gowen

24 Janice Weaver

35 Patti Cosson

25 Tyler Gruber

25 Sage Holland

26 Trenton Madson

26 Emily Erlandsen

27 Gordon Carswell

27 Rick Waugaman

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 Logan Shoop

30 Marley Jackson

 

Happy Anniversary

 

3   Christopher & 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 & B.J. Baskin

29  Walt & Georgia

        Bentley

29  Jim & Ann Streible

30  Robert & Jeanne

         Chesser

30  Tom & Katherine

         Moore

 

Greeters

 

November 6

9:00

Dick & Cathy DuBose

Debbie Taylor

 

11:15

Karen Miller

Marsha Stemme

Tom Nickles

 

November 13

9:00

Sara Daw

Valerie Mote

 

11:15

Ellen Parkerson

Scott Wessner

Angie Wessner

 

November 20

9:00

Scott Baumann

Michelle Baumann

Chris Foster

Ellen Foster

 

11:15

Jeff Jones

Karen Jones

Leslie Michael

 

November 27

9:00

Sara Dilworth

Adrienne Riga

 

11:15

Eric Horton

Alison Horton

Gail Sorrells

 

 

Ushers

 

November 6

9:00

Steve Thomas

11:15

Jay Michael

Scott Briggs

Doug Nielson

Stan Beard

 

 

November 13

9:00

Kedrick Daw

Julie John

 

11:15

Steve Moore

Robert Chesser

Chad Ervin
Jim Marsh

 

November 20

9:00

Tom Dilworth

Teresa Roberts

 

11:15

Randy Sherman

Todd Mordecai

Tom Nickles

Joel Knight

 

November 27

9:00

Amy Allen

Sarah Nielsen

 

11:15

Paul Goldberg

Snookie Goldberg

Karen Jones

Jeff Jones

 

 

 

 

Menu for

Wednesday Dinner

 

Nov. 2

Breakfast for Dinner

Milk, Coffee,

Orange Juice

Fresh Fruit

Breakfast Casserole (eggs, sausage, potatoes, cheese)

Cinnamon-Apple French Toast Casserole

Cheesy Grits

 

 

Nov. 9

Salad Bar (many fixins)

Shepherd's Pie (ground beef, cheesy mashed potatoes)

Peas and Carrots

Sugar Cookies

Ice Cream

 

 

Nov. 16

Baked Ziti

Meatballs and Tomato Sauce

Eggplant Parmesan

Tossed Green Salad

w/assorted dressings

Rolls and Butter

Brownies

Ice Cream

 

 

Nov. 23 - No Meal

 

 

Nov. 30

Salad Bar

Baked Chicken

Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Broccoli with Cheese

Apple Pie

Ice Cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Greetings Eastminster!

 

We're in a busy season. Arriving from Egypt on Friday, it was exciting to see so many volunteers and community residents that Saturday at Eastminster for Fall Festival. Consecration Sunday is November 13, a day of anticipation as we see how God is leading covenant partners in their financial stewardship. IMAGINE is in full swing, with input from committees, staff, and covenant partners leading to our 2020 ministry map. The Pastor Search Committee is receiving CV's from qualified candidates for the Senior Pastor position. We have a great slate of new elders and deacons who will begin their service in January, and I and the staff are very excited to work with them. Ministry is good here, and we have much to anticipate!

 

To prepare our hearts to receive God's guidance for 2017, a few of us have been reading Paul's letter to the Philippians daily since the beginning of October. What a blessing this has been. Preparing for 2017 in this way has been such a blessing. Practically each day promises, encouragements, lessons, small phrases, and material I normally let slip emerge like bubbles floating to the surface of a pond. Our reading group has been reminded daily that our citizenship is not of this world, that the Lord can use our sufferings to achieve great things in surprising ways, that unity and peace are blessings we must work toward, and that God has designed us for excellence.

 

I invite each of you to join in the preparation for 2017 and all God has for us by using the month of November to read Philippians daily. See what bubbles emerge for you as you soak in the goodness of Christ, our Savior.

 

 

 

 

 

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Consecration Sunday Is Coming 

 

Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church's mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.

 

Our congregation's finance committee has selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year.

 

New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, "What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?"

 

During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church's missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world.

 

Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We urge people to attend who feel strongly opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.

 

We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.

 

We will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through the Consecration Sunday team and Session. Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend Consecration Sunday worship.

 

Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events.

 

Clerk of Session,

Diane Brock

 

 

 

 

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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. 23

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, 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 4, 11, and 18 (from 3-4:15pm) so parents please mark your calendars now. Middle school/High school actors will rehearse all 3 Sundays. Members of the angel choir and Elementary school actors will rehearse on Dec. 11 and 18, and  Pre-K4 /Kindergarten actors will just come from 3:30-4:15 for the final rehearsal on Dec. 18.  Contact Hubie Mann (hubie.mann@epres.org) to sign-up your kids to participate.

 

 

VBS 2017 - Save the Dates!

Next summer's VBS is scheduled for June 19-23.  Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for "Rome: Paul and the Underground Church" for another awesome week of VBS! Online registration will begin in March.  Every year, it takes more than 80 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 Calendar

Sunday, Nov. 6 - Youth Group

Tuesday, Nov. 8 - Election Day Youth, 12 - 4pm

             Lunch and Youth Activities

Sunday, Nov. 13 - Youth Group

Sunday, Nov. 20 - NO Youth (Thanksgiving Break)

Sunday, Nov. 27 - Youth Group

 

 

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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 10, at 7:00 pm.  The concert will feature music by J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, Dan Forrest, and our Director of Worship and Music Chris Owenby, all of which will be performed by a professional String Quartet, Chancel Choir, Eastminster Ringers, KidChoir, and the ReSound youth chorus and praise team.  Don't miss out on this special worship experience!

 

 

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Calling all decorators!  November 20 at 1pm

Save the Date!

 

We will be decking the halls of our beautiful church buildings for the holidays. Many hands make it fun, fast and festive. Contact Cindy Holland at 678-622-6388 if you have any questions. No RSVP needed, just come and enjoy the beginning of the advent season.

  

 

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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 and return to the church office. The deadline is December 5.

 

Total # Plants___________  

 

In loving memory of ____________________________

 

____________________________________________

 

In honor of ___________________________________

 

____________________________________________

 

____Presented to Eastminster Presbyterian Church

 

Name of Donor ________________________________

 

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Bridge Players!

 

Ladies, we are still looking for bridge players!  All levels are welcome, even if you haven't played for a while and would like to get back into the game. We would like to have a group of 8 players who are willing to commit their time once a month.  (Of course, we would be thrilled with 12 or more.)  We play on the 3rd Monday of each month, at 10am.  We have been playing at our homes but are considering playing at the church, let us know if this appeals to you more.  We are taking a slight break while searching for more players and will resume on Monday, January 16, 2017.  Nancy Speiser

  

 

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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 400 shoeboxes - we can do it! Brochures with complete instructions are located in the alcove near the sanctuary or in the CLC lobby. 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 13th. 

 

 

Want to help behind the scenes of OCC? Volunteer at the OCC Processing Site! Join us for a morning or night of working, praying and fellowship as we help process shoeboxes before they get shipped out all over the world. There are two dates to choose from - Monday, December 12 from 6 - 10pm, or Wednesday, December 14 from 9am - 1pm. Space is limited, so sign up now at www.epres.org/shoebox.

 

 

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Hat/Scarf/Mitten Tree(s)

 

It will soon be time to decorate the 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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Women's Ministry 

 

Craft Circle

Craft Circle will meet Monday, November 14th, room 203/CLC, 10:00-1:00 to continue work on Feminine Hygiene Kits (DfG kits) for Days for Girls International.  There will be work for all willing hands; sewing, cutting, pinning, etc....  Those who can, bring sewing machines (dark colored thread and extra bobbins), others bring your favorite scissors.  Any questions, please call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).

Sonflower Sisters

Calling all elementary-age girls and their moms!  Sonflower Sisters will have our next meeting on November 4, in Room 206 (upstairs in CLC) from 7-8:30 pm.  Please join us as we continue our study of the Fruits of the Spirit with the theme of Peace.  An evite will be sent with details.  Contact Lara Atalla at lara_atalla@yahoo.com with questions, or to make sure you are on the email list!

 

 

Spunky Spirits

Spunky Spirits will met November 11 in the church library. We are studying "Worshiping God With Our Lives" and are on Lesson 3. This  is a study you can jump into anytime and not be behind. So new members are always welcome. We have lunch afterwards  in the Great Hall, so bring a dish to share. If you have questions, contact Marsha Stemme.

 

 

Lunch Bunch

The Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet November 17th at noon at California Kitchen, 4250 Roswell Road. Directions: Take Sewell Mill to Johnson Ferry Road. Turn right and continue until you reach the intersection of Johnson Ferry Road and Roswell Road. Turn left and immediately turn right into the Shopping Center on your right. Restaurant will be on the far-end of the Shopping Center.  RSVP by November 16th to Sandra Allen at to 770-977-8742 or allen47680@bellsouth.net.

 

  

 

 

 

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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 in a program called Thanks For Giving. 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 13th.

 

Donate money for the purchase of turkeys and other perishable items. You can do this by placing a check payable to Eastminster Presbyterian Church, marked "turkeys" in the offering plate by Sunday, November 6th.

 

Help sort food on Sunday afternoon, November 13th.

Help deliver the food to Jim R. Miller Park on Nov. 16 or 17 between 9:30 - 4:30.

 

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


 

 

Princess Night

Out of Darkness seeks to rescue and restore victims of Sex Trafficking in Atlanta.  Princess Night outreach builds relationships with these women by offering roses, prayer, and cards of encouragement.   EPC has the opportunity to participate on Friday, December 23rd.    The registration deadline is Friday, December 2nd. For more information, contact Mary Lynne Nielson (MLNIELSON925@msn.com).  


 

 

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Preschool News

 

Breakfast with Santa -  SAVE THE DATE!  Santa is coming to Eastminster! The fifth annual Breakfast with Santa preschool fundraiser will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, at 9AM.  Come and enjoy a pancake breakfast, holiday fun,  and visit Santa while having your photograph taken.  Ticket prices are:  Adults:  $12, Children under 12: $8, Senior Citizens: $7, Children 2 and under: Free.  There is a $40 max per immediate family.  Tickets will be available in November - stay tuned for more information!

  

Substitute teachers are needed to help out when preschool staff is out due to illness or emergencies.  The hours are 9 to 1pm.  If you are interested in being added to our substitute teacher list, please contact Cathi Cahn at cathi.cahn@epres.org.

  

Finally, please remember to stop at the reception desk, sign in, and get a Visitor nametag if you will be entering the classroom area of the church on weekdays between 9AM and 1PM.  This is for the safety of all and we appreciate your cooperation with this request.

  

 

 

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October Session Meeting Highlights

 

 

Session acknowledged with sadness the death of Member Susan Breitbach on September 20, 2016.

 

Session approved the baptism of Clara Jane Hudson, daughter of Rev. Blake and Katie Hudson, on October 16, 2016, at the 11:15am service.

 

Session approved a dedication of the benches by the walkway to the sanctuary in memory of Barbara Lowery on November 6, 2016, during the 11:15am service.

 

Session approved a one-time exception to the Wedding Policy which prohibits non-members from making a reservation more than six months in advance. The exception will allow Faith Williams, a KSU student in Valerie Mote's KSU small group, to reserve the sanctuary for her wedding in September 2017.

 

Session appointed Eddie Capparucci, Steve Hartt, and Matt Ryder to serve on a task force along with the staff and Deacon Board to consider the ongoing support and management of Wednesday Night Dinners.

 

The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 7pm 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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