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October 2015 |   www.epres.org

 

 

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Upcoming Worship

 

October 4

"Mutually Encouraged: Why We Need the Global Church and Why the Global Church Needs Us"

Mrs. Marilyn Borst

World Communion Sunday

 

October 11

Eternal: I Am Eternal

Dr. McConnell

 

October 18

Eternal: The Family of God

Dr. McConnell

 

October 25

Eternal: The House of God

Dr. McConnell

Stewardship Commitment

Kirkin O' the Tartans

 

 

 

 

Celebrations!

 

Birthday

1   Sally Brentzel

1   Elliana Baur

2   Larry Rainwater

2   Carlie Nigro

2   John Bunch

3   Tom Hewett

3   Dan Kizer

3   Bob Gilbert

4   Mark Moyer

4   Robert Jansen

7   Norm Baur

7   Brooke Seitter

7   Gail Sorrells

8   Judy Simpson

8   Roger Yates

8   Joey Crock

9   Donald Russell

9   Debbie Taylor

10  Cathy DuBose

11  Judy Parkinson

11  Alana Nigro

12  Michelle Simon

13  Ashley Grady

14  Linda Johnson

14  Kevin Youngberg

14  Kelsey Wolfram

15  Hunter Edwards

16  Diane Green

16  Karrie Willard

16  Chuck Frew

17  Mike Mjehovich

17  Warren Ballew

17  Tom Schuette

18  Alice Bell

18  Eddie Capparucci

18  Cindy Moran

18  Jenny Seitter

19  Todd Mordecai

20  Helen Hvizdak

20  Jennifer Kizer

20  Lisa Page

20  Jacob Jansen

21  Chad Ervin

21  John Tienken

21  Wendy Brodrick

22  Austin Harlow

23  Jenna Mjehovich

23  Spencer Mjehovich

23  Michael Murphy

23  Randy Sherman

24  Caroline Bozza

25  Tara Baun

25  Edwin Owino

27  Davis Griffin

27  Steve Moore

27  Diane Preus

27  Becky Sammons

28  Jo Ann Kiser

28  Alyson Meigs

29  Tom Moore

29  Noah Tate

31  Patrick Allegood

31  Jet Ballew

31  Taylor Driscoll

31  Thomas Schaap

 

 

Happy Anniversary

 

1   Cary & Darla Erickson

1   Mark & Leigh Moyer

4   Lee & Jennifer Kizer

5   Lynn & Meredith

        Shoop

13  Warren & Susan

        Ballew

19  Clete & Judy 

        Simpson

21  David & Lisa

        Preikszas

23  Paul & Gloria West

29  Eric & Alison Horton

 

 

Greeters

 

October 4

9:00

Leigh Sain

Teresa Roberts

 

11:15

Jim & Debbie Bussart

Lorelei Rack

 

October 11

9:00

Emily Gilbert

Rosie Jeffries

 

11:15

Jeff & Karen Jones

Lucian & Gina

      McClendon

 

 

October 18

9:00

Tom & Kathy Schuette

Irene Misencik

 

11:15

Bob & Jane Douglas

Chesser Family

 

October 25

9:00

Kim Brammer

Lauren Brock

 

11:15

Dan & Jo Ann Kiser

Steve & Debbie Moore 

 

Ushers

 

October 4

Doug Nielson

Norm Baur

Suzie Baur

Stan Morris

 

October 11

Steve Moore

John Bunch

Scott Briggs

Stan Morris

 

October 18

Robert Chesser

Stan Beard

Phillip Morrissey

Stan Morris

 

October 25

Jim Marsh

Karen Jones

Jeff Jones

Stan Morris

 

 

Wednesday Menu

 

Oct. 7  Fall Harvest

Oct 14 - Scandinavian

Oct. 21 - China

Oct 28 - Halloween

 

 

Thank You. . .

 

To my loving church family, I would like to thank you for your cards, letters, meals, visits, calls, prayers and support during Rob's long illness and passing. He loved his family and friends and was continually amazed, and felt so blessed to be part of such a loving congregation, as do I.  Rob loved life  and fought so hard to stay with us, showing such courage throughout the battle. He was truly an inspiration to all he touched and will be greatly missed. Thank you all again for your kindness.

 

Alana Nigro (Rob's fiancé) and the family of Robert Richter     

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do We Eat Pork?

 

You bet! And chicken and ribs too.

 

After forty days of reading the Old Testament for my Bible in 90 Days class, I am struck again by all the detail in the dietary restrictions. But why do we eat pork?

 

Jesus is the Word of God incarnate. That means Jesus came with authority to fulfill or sustain all the rules and laws of the Old Testament. God chose His people and set them apart with unique laws and restrictions. But when Jesus came, He met the laws of the Old Testament with three answers. First, He satisfied all the cultic laws-all the laws about priestly sacrifices and blood atonement were satisfied by His perfect sacrifice on the cross. Second, He sustained the moral code stemming from the Ten Commandments and all the ways that God revealed the difference between right and wrong through His law. This includes things like the tithe (Matthew 23:23) and marriage between one man and one woman (Mark 10:6-9).

 

But thirdly, Jesus fulfilled many requirements of the Old Testament and freed us from their strictures. This includes dietary restrictions (Mark 7:14-19) and strict Sabbath-keeping (Mark 2:27-28). Jesus recast these behaviors and freed us from their requirements. No longer are we a people separated from the world by diet and external behavior, but we are a people on a mission to bless all nations with the good news of salvation in Christ.

 

Still it took the disciples some time to get used to the freedom. In Acts 10:9-15, it took a vision from heaven to convince Peter that it was okay to eat freely from all that God had made. But he was convinced, and later that day he and Cornelius lit the coals and held the first Christian Barbecue...probably!

 

The coals have been burning since and the sweet smell of roasting pork has brought many to the faith! I hope you can make it out to the Fall Festival this year on October 9-10th. We fill our grounds with the sweet aroma of barbecue, but more importantly with the sweetness of Christian fellowship. Don't miss it!

 

Yours in Christ,

Tim

 

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."

--John 8:36

 

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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.

 

 

 

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Youth Calendar

 

Sunday , Oct. 4: Color Games, 4:00-6:00 PM

    6th-12th grades, friends are welcome!

    Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty!

Saturday, Oct. 10: Fall Festival, 8:30-3:30 PM

Sunday , Oct. 11: Youth Group

Sunday, Oct. 18: Youth Group

Sunday, Oct. 25: Youth Group

Sunday Nov. 1: Summer Stories Night (see below)

Sunday, Nov. 8: Paintball (see below) - RSVP to blake.hudson@epres.org.

 

Save The Date: Summer Stories on November 1, 5:00-7:00 PM

The Youth of Eastminster Presbyterian Church cordially and enthusiastically present an evening of memories and stories from our 2015 summer trips! Paired with a delicious dinner (spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and dessert), the youth will serve your meal and explain why mission trips and summer conferences mean so much to their growing faith. In addition, the youth will share why they need the church's support as they raise funds for next year's summer trips! All families and ages are invited; childcare will be provided. No cost for dinner but we will take up a freewill offering on behalf of our youth for their 2016 Summer Trips! If possible, please RSVP to Rev. Hudson @ blake.hudson@epres.org!

 

Please RSVP for Paintball

We are paintballing on November 8!

Please RSVP by November 1!

 

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Men's Ministry

 

Guy's Night Out: This is an opportunity to enjoy some good food and get to know some men here at Eastminster.  When: Tuesday, October 20 at Keegan's in East Cobb at 6:30 pm.  Email Steve Hartt (hartts@gmail.com) for information.

 

 

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Halloween Spook-tak-ular for the kids!

 

Come to Wednesday Night Dinner (which is always wonderful) on the 28th of October...dressed in your finest costume and share in the delight of watching soldiers, cowgirls, pirates, and princesses... to name only a few. As a pre-Halloween event, this is your opportunity to test your gear and your mettle. Everyone is invited to participate, even if you are older than....

 

 

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Music Ministry

 

Seasonal Choir Rehearsals

It's not too late to join our Christmas Choir!  The first half of each Wednesday rehearsal, 7:30-8:15pm, is dedicated to rehearsing Christmas music.  We're preparing for two special events; the Lessons and Carols service scheduled for Sunday, December 6, during 9:00am and 11:15am worship, and the Christmas Celebration Concert scheduled for Saturday, December 12, 7:00pm.  For more information, contact Chris Owenby at chris.owenby@pres.org, or just show up on Wednesday!

 

Additional Adult Choir Rehearsal Time

Would you join Eastminster's Chancel Choir if it offered an additional rehearsal opportunity that was earlier in the day?  That's exactly what we are doing!  Come join us for rehearsal in the sanctuary beginning on Thursday, October 1, 10:15-11:45am.  For more information, contact Chris Owenby at chris.owenby@pres.org, or just show up on October 1.

 

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Fall Festival

 

Silent Auction Needs You! 

Fall Festival is right around the corner. Now is the time to consider donating something for the Silent Auction. Need some ideas? How about a hand-crafted item, original work of art, professional services (legal, financial, athletic training) sporting event or theatre tickets,or perhaps offering your vacation home for a weekend. Maybe you can pick up a few items for a theme-basket. Small baskets are most appreciated and I will assemble the basket if you donate the items! Some themes to consider are: food lovers (ex. coffee, pasta, chocolate), sports, gardening, book lover, pet care, kid crafts, auto care, spa/health, you name it! We have many faithful church supporters of this event both donors and buyers alike. If you have never offered a donation, we ask that you prayerfully consider making this your inaugural year!  The Silent Auction is Saturday, October 10.  Accepting pledges for donations now! Please call or email Sarah Nielsen, 770-634-1734, sjhran@aol.com for more information.

  

 

Book Sale

Please drop off any cookbooks or paperback books in the boxes/bins labeled Fall Festival books in the CLC or the alcove. Remember, paperback books only, unless they are cookbooks or children's books. Questions? Contact Jeanette Gowen at 770-587-1398 or singingcayman@comcast.net.

 

 

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Women's Ministry 

 

Sonflower Sisters

Attention moms with daughters in grades K-5 - The next Sonflower Sisters meeting is coming up on Friday, October 2nd 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).

 

Spunky Spirits

Spunky Spirits would like to invite all ladies to come and join us for a Bible study and lunch Thursday, October 8th at 11am. (We meet the second Thursday of the month in the library.) We are studying Encounters with God, in Timothy and Titus, chapter 2. Books will be available at the meeting for $10. After the study, we will move to the Great Hall for a covered dish lunch. If you have any questions, contact Snookie Goldberg at 770-971-4539 or ella.goldberg@comcast.net.

 

 

Craft Circle

The Eastminster Craft Circle will meet Monday, October 12th, room 203/CLC from 10:00-1:00.  For October and November we will be making lap quilts for Presbyterian Village.  Join us for rewarding work and fellowship.  Those who can, bring your sewing machine.  Others bring your favorite scissors.  There'll be work for all willing hands.  Any question, call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949 or craftylynn@bellsouth.net).

 

Lunch Bunch

The October Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet October 15, at Noon at WZ Tavern, 3052 Shallowford Road, Suite 200, Marietta. (New restaurant located in front of Target). Directions from church: Turn left onto Sewell

Mill Road and continue until you reach Johnson Ferry Road. Turn left and go until you reach Shallowford Road.  Turn left again and continue until you reach the Target on your left. Turn in and take an immediate right. Restaurant is on your left. RSVP to Sandra Allen by October 14 at allen47680@bellsouth.net or 770-977-8742.

 

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Mission News

 

7 Bridges

Our last quarter (Oct.-Dec.) for new bedding will be mattress cover pads for twin beds. Again a heartfelt thanks to all who participated in this year's project. 7 Bridges wanted you to know how much they appreciate it. 

 

 

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 14th.
  • 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 7th.

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

 

 

Operation Christmas Child

It's the most wonderful time of the year - time for Operation Christmas Child! Shoebox collection for Operation Christmas Child kicks off on Sunday, October 18th. Prayerfully packing a shoebox is such a simple yet wonderful way to share the love of Christ with needy children all over the world! Operation Christmas Child is a powerful testament to how God can use a shoebox to change the hearts of children and their families.

 

Because Eastminster is so awesome, we're raising the bar again - our goal this year is 375 shoeboxes! Brochures with complete instructions will be located in the Alcove near the Sanctuary or in the CLC lobby on October 18th.  Help yourself to some of the pre-made boxes at the tables, or use your own shoebox or a reusable plastic storage box. For more information and important dates visit  www.epres.org/shoebox.

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 Fellowship Hall until November 15th. Share the love of Jesus this Christmas with children in need!  

 

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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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Transportation to Medical Appointments

 

If you need transportation to a medical appointment, please contact Cliff Lowery at 678-296-9562. Also, contact Cliff in you would like to volunteer as a driver.

 

 

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Veteran Friendly

 

The Session approved Eastminster to be a Veteran's Friendly congregation. In order to recognize our veterans and provide them with information about things of interest for veterans we are establishing a Veterans Contact List. If you are a veteran, please complete the brief data sheet below and return to Eastminster. If you would like to know more about this program, contact Cliff Lowery at 678-296-9562. Veteran information sheets will be secured information and used only for the stated purpose.

 

Veteran's Name ______________________________

 

Address ____________________________________

 

City ___________________ State_____   Zip ______

 

Home Phone ________________________________

 

Cell Phone __________________________________

 

Email ______________________________________

 

Branch of Service ____________________________

 

Dates of Service _____________________________

 

Comments / Request _________________________

 

 

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Georgia Presbyterian Pilgrimage

 

Georgia Presbyterian Pilgrimage (formerly Cursillo) is defined as a short course in Christianity.  It is a three-day spiritual retreat in learning about God's love and Christ's will for us. Pilgrimage provides a foundation for both individual and community spiritual growth.  It is an opportunity for Christians who want to "step up" their relationship with Christ and to have a greater impact on their environments in response to God's call. Beginning with a three-day weekend where grace, spiritual growth, and community are combined in a fun and energetic way and continuing for a lifetime. The weekend includes chapel each day, communion, small group discussions, sharing, music, singing, laughter, and prayer. Georgia Presbyterian Pilgrimage (GPP) weekends are held twice a year at the very comfortable Pinnacle Retreat Center in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains of Clayton, Georgia. Eastminster has approximately 70 individuals that have enjoyed one of our weekends. Many of them would be glad to talk with you about their experience.

 

We invite you to join us this fall, October 29-November 1, or in the spring, April 21-24. The cost is only $100 per person all inclusive. There are scholarships available, if needed. For more information and to register, see www.georgiapresbyterianpilgrimage.com or contact Debi Elkins, registrar, at debi.elkins@att.net or 678-640-0808.

 

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Preschool News

 

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.

 

 

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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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