Tara Stringer Baun
Carlie Nigro Brock
Clinton Barrett Collins
Joseph Richard Crock
Charles E. Ervin III
Charles E. Frew
Jo Ann Kiser
Jennifer G. Kizer
John Thomas Moore
William Todd Mordecai
Mark Thomas Moyer
Donald D. Russell
Kelsey Wolfram Schornak
Michelle Lynn Simon
Jo Ann Kiser
Oct 4: JEREMIAH JONES
Mashed Potatoes (with toppings to load it up)
Green Bean Casserole
Rolls & Butter
Cookies & Ice Cream
11: Chili Bar
Peas and Carrots
25: Halloween Night
Baby Carrots & Ranch Dressing
Garlic Bread Sticks
Each of you should use whatever
gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of
God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should
do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves,
they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all
things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.
Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11
The best literary example
of a breakdown in stewardship I ever read was in the story of the
Lord of the Rings. The story is a trilogy of books. In the final
book, The Return of the King, we're introduced to the steward of
the kingdom of Gondor. The rightful bloodline of the king is all
but extinguished while several generations of another family have
served as 'steward' of the kingdom until the rightful heir reclaims
his throne. But the steward has grown comfortable and enjoys the
life of the throne- even though it is not his. When news comes that
the heir is on the move toward the kingdom, the steward, rather
than rejoicing in the final return of the rightful king, seeks to
consolidate power to make sure he never gets to rule.
This sorrowful episode is
indicative of many in this world. The worldly narrative is eat,
drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die, but the reality is that
our very lives are a gift from the giver of life. There is nothing
that we have that isn't a gift from God Our mind, our thoughts, our intellect would never have existed
if God had not seen fit to form us in our mother's womb. We are
stewards of our time, our gifts, and our resources, and we should
be careful not to grow comfortably stagnant or out of balance in this
role. How are we managing?
I speak often about God's
gifts to His people for a couple of reasons. First, God affirms us
as His children by the spiritual gifts He gives us. To some he
gives the gift of speaking, to some hospitality, to some healing,
to some prayer...we are blessed by our Father because he cares for
us and desires for us to walk in His gifts and His Spirit. Second,
we need to be reminded that the gifts we are given are not
ultimately for us. This is the wisdom with which our God works. He
pours out His Spirit upon us so that His Spirit can work through
us. We, and our gifts, become vessels through which God does His
work in the world. The blessing is the awesome and humbling
experience of being the hands and feet of our Lord as we give back
a portion of what He has given to us for the benefit of His
There will come a day when
the King will return or call us home and we will stand before Him
to give an account of our stewardship of the gifts and resources
God has given to us. As pastor of Eastminster I don't want that day
to sneak up on any of us. We should all periodically bring our
whole selves before the Lord to ask how we can more faithfully and
consistently be used for the Kingdom of God. As we enter our stewardship
season at EPC, won't you join me in prayer for what God is asking
of all of us? He is the giver of every good gift,
we are stewards of everything He gives.
Grace and Peace,
Eastminster Presbyterian Church is having its 21st
Annual Fall Festival from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, October
14th, rain or shine! Besides our great BBQ, there is
plenty of fun for everyone! We have pony rides, kids
crafts, bouncy castles, petting zoo, face painting, mini golf, book
sale, crafters, silent auction, bake sale (goodies made by the
wonderful bakers of Eastminster!) and of course, BBQ, pork, ribs,
chicken, hot dogs and all the fixin's!
Popcorn and cotton candy as well. New this year a Dunk Tank ! So come and join the 1,000 folks
that came last year and enjoy a fun filled family day! All
proceeds go to support the local Eastminster missions! We are
located at 3125 Sewell Mill road (corner of Old Canton Road) in
Marietta. For more info, go to www.epres.org.
Free admission with four non-perishable items per
person! Those items will also go to local missions.
We are also open Friday, October 13th,
starting at Noon for take out
BBQ pork, chicken and ribs! See you
Fall Festival is right around the corner, and now is
the time to start collecting books for the book sale. Please drop
off any cookbooks or paperback books in the boxes/bins labeled FALL
FESTIVAL BOOKS in the CLC or to the right of the Sanctuary.
Remember, paperback books only, unless they are cookbooks or children's
books. Questions? Contact Jeanette Gowen at
770-587-1398 or email@example.com.
It's not too late to sign up to donate your best
cakes, pies, cookies, breads or any goodies to the Fall Festival
Bake Sale. There are sign up posters in the CLC lobby, Fellowship
Hall and the Narthex. We also need volunteers to help with
packaging, pricing, and working in the booth Friday and Saturday.
You may call me at 404.403.6679 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's time to make some noise about the Silent Auction!
We are one month away from hosting the community at
our annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 14. Now is
the time to plan your donation to the Silent Auction. We
need items of all kinds such as sporting events or entertainment tickets, theme-based baskets like coffee
lovers basket or kids crafts basket or dog lover
basket. If you sew, knit or do needle work; if you
bake, cook or can veggies from your garden-please consider a
donation. We have extremely talented artists in our
midst who have offered beautiful works of art in the
past. Do you have a vocation or specialty such as legal
or financial advice you could offer? Truly, the sky is the limit on
what we can put up for Auction. We will have a table of offerings
for only EPC families to bid on if you prefer your donation stay
within our membership.
Please listen for how God is calling you to get
involved in this year's Auction. If you want to donate
but need some guidance or a suggestion, please let me
know. Again, there is nothing too great or too small to
donate and I will put together your basket of goodies for
you! Thank you for your faithful support of this
important mission opportunity!
Blessings - Sarah Nielsen
October Youth Calendar:
Sunday October 1: Youth Group
Wednesday October 4: Wednesday Night Youth
Sunday October 8: Youth Group
Wednesday October 11: Wednesday Night Youth
Sunday October 15: Youth Group
Wednesday October 18: Wednesday Night Youth
Wednesday October 25: Wednesday Night Youth
Sunday October 29: Youth Group
A note from
the preschool Director:
The halls are
once again filled with the joy and laughter of our little friends.
The walls are covered in artwork and pictures stemming from a busy
day of learning.
thankful to the Eastminster Presbyterian congregation, staff, and
leadership for their ongoing support and prayers. God has
blessed us with a loving, experienced teaching staff that is beyond
compare and with sweet, amazing, unique children with whom we feel
fortunate to spend our time. We are sincerely thankful to
have 25 staff members and 108 students.
We at ECP are
committed to providing the children with a spiritual learning
environment, dedicated to the child's heart, as well as their
mind. They'll learn their ABC's and 1, 2, 3's, but also about
Jesus Christ, the power of prayer and the role faith plays in their
We have a few
spaces left in our M/W and T/Th Toddler
classes and a few spots in our T/TH 2's class. Parishioners receive
a $20 discount off tuition. Please contact the preschool director,
Dawn Milazzo at 770-485-0611 to learn more about our fabulous
May his grace
and blessings be with you and your family.
Combined Kirkin' Service
The Worship Team has decided to hold one service in celebration
of Reformation Sunday and the annual Kirkin'
service on October 29. The service will take place at 10:00AM in
the sanctuary. There will be no Christian Life Training classes on
this day. Please stay tuned for information on how to sign up to carry
Joy to the World Decorating Event
Imagine this...carols, cocoa, hanging greens, and a
massive tree lighting on the Eastminster lawn! Well, this is no
dream, friends. This is a firm reality, and it's happening on
Wednesday, November 29, at 6:00PM. So save the date and plan to
join us for dinner, decorating, cocoa, and carols!
Annual Christmas Concert
The Worship Team is excited to announce a
collaborative effort between Eastminster Presbyterian and Kennesaw
United Methodist Church on December 9 and 10. Methodist and
Reformed Presbyterians unite to provide two evenings of passionate
and exuberance worship! The first concert will take place at Eastmisnter Presbyterian Church on December 9,
7:00PM, and the second concert at Kennesaw United Methodist Church
on December 10 at 7:00PM. Join us for a spectacular evening filled
with fantastic carols, both old and new. And all presented by a 70
voice choir and 20 piece orchestra! We'll see you there!!
Craft Circle will meet Monday, October 9th, room 203/CLC,
10-1. We will complete any unfinished quilts and begin working on
dog quilts. Those who can, please bring sewing machines. All others, bring your favorite pair of
Any questions, please call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne
Fall Festival 2017
Save the date for this year's Fall Festival on Friday,
October 13 (BBQ Take-Out) and Saturday, October 14 (BBQ &
It takes a lot of hands to make Fall Festival a success.
Your help is needed!
Keep up to date and sign up to serve at www.epres.org/fallfestival. For
questions, email email@example.com.
Just last week, we lost another young man from Roswell
to drugs and alcohol further illustrating the drug epidemic we find
ourselves fighting. In 2015 alone, 1,302 of our neighbors in
Cobb, Gwinnett and Fulton counties died from a drug overdose.
Out of 59 counties, Cobb County ranks number 7 in deaths by drug
overdose. Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for
people under 50 and is the leading cause of accidental death.
As a church, we need to ask ourselves how we can respond to this
epidemic and how the healing power of Jesus Christ can be brought
to bear on the problem. A small, core group of people are
researching a Christ-centered recovery program, Celebrate Recovery,
with the goal of starting a chapter at Eastminster. We are
currently looking to expand this core group by adding other people
who are interested in helping people on the road to recovery from
drugs and alcohol. People recovering from eating disorders
and other addictions are also served. For more information,
please send a confidential e-mail to Maynard Gardner (firstname.lastname@example.org), Cathy and Dick Dubose (email@example.com),
Mercia Weyand (firstname.lastname@example.org), Tom
Nickles (tomnickles@comcastnet) or
Stephen Moore (email@example.com).
01 Cary & Darla Erickson
01 Thomas & Leigh Moyer
05 Lynn & Meredith Shoop
04 Lee & Jennifer Kizer
07 Paul & Andrea Jones
13 Warren & Susan Ballew
19 Clete & Judy Simpson
21 David & Lisa Preikszas
23 Paul & Gloria West
26 Keith & Angela Blackwell
29 Eric & Alison Horton
Operation Christmas Child
Shoebox collection for Operation Christmas
Child kicks off on Sunday, October 15th! Prayerfully packing a
shoebox is such a simple yet wonderful way to share the love of Christ
with needy children all over the world! OCC is a powerful testament
to how God can use a shoebox to change the hearts of children and
New this year - NO CANDY and NO TOOTHPASTE can
be packed in boxes anymore. Brochures (with complete instructions)
and pre-printed boxes will be located in the alcove near the
sanctuary, the Fellowship Hall, and in the CLC lobby starting
October 15th. For more information and important dates visit www.epres.org/shoebox.
Drop off filled boxes in the Fellowship Hall by
November 12th. Share the love of Jesus this Christmas with children
Ken 'Ya Run 5K
The 2nd Annual Ken
'Ya Run 5K is coming up on Saturday,
November 18th at the Still Family Farm in Powder Springs. All
proceeds from the race will be used to continue construction on the
Kenya Connection Kids technical school.
Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are
encouraged to come join in the fun for a wonderful cause! And tell
For more race information, visit www.kenyarun5k.com,
or contact Beth Hartt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Emily Gilbert (email@example.com).
Spunky spirits will be meeting October 12th at 11:00 in
the Library. We are on lesson 10 in our study book
"Worshiping God." If you don't have a
book we have printed copies for you.
We would like to invite all ladies to join us for this
study followed by a pot luck lunch in the CLC.
If you have
any questions you can contact Nancy Speiser at 770-642-7229 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all elementary-age girls and their moms!
Mark your calendars for our next Sonflower
Sisters meeting! We will meet on Friday, October 13 from
7-8:30pm in Room 201 (upstairs in the CLC). We'll continue
our study of Proverbs by talking about how to be wise with our
words. You won't want to miss it! Watch your inbox for
an evite with details. Please contact Lara Atalla at email@example.com with
questions, to add your email to the list and to add friends who are
Our Scripture memorization for the month of October
comes from Galatians 5:16.
"So I say to you live in the
spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful
It's not uncommon for a Christian to act in a worldly
manner and later wonder to himself "Why did I do that?"
As we know, we are all sinners. However, there
is an antidote to reduce our sinful nature, and that is found in
the Holy Spirit. What Paul is telling us in this passage is God's
desire is for each of us to abide and live by the teachings of the
To do this we must be fully cognitive of the Spirit
within us and not allow ourselves to simply follow the path of
worldly values and teachings. In doing so, we will find ourselves
living a life that is more peaceful despite our current
Rejoice! Changes are a-comin'.
Good news from the Facilities Team! We are working to
make our church buildings more efficient. The existing space is being
repurposed to better serve the needs of staff, preschool, classes
and committees in order to serve our members and community in a
more useful way.
Soon you will see that the preschool will have a
proper entrance in the area to the right of the Narthex. This is
where the desk and pew outside the main church office will be
The space outside the main office will become an
inviting sitting area.
To enhance the interworking and communication of the
entire staff, the present Parlor will become offices for four staff
persons with the addition of newly purchased work stations. The
conference table will remain there. This change will make for a
more efficient and cohesive work experience for the entire
The two existing offices in the CLC will become
meeting rooms. The office with the window will become the new
parlor/meeting room. The other room will be a much needed
This is an overview of the repurposing of our present space.
With great care and space planning we are sure the change will be
very good for the function and growth of our church. There is much
to be done and we appreciate your prayers and support as the
changes take place.
Please be patient and enjoy observing the changes as
they happen. Your Facilities Committee, Session, Pastors and Staff
are working for the Glory of the Lord our Father.
Beth Nickles, Candy McNair and Facilities Team
Session Meeting Highlights
Session received Rick Sloss
into covenant partnership.
Session approved the wedding of soon-to-be-Covenant
partners Ellie Larry and Jeffrey Jonsson
at Eastminster on October 28, 2017, at 4pm. Rev. Moore will
Session approved the wedding of Non-Covenant partners
Michelle Ridgeway and David Bishop request at Eastminster on
December 16, 2017, at 4pm. Michelle is the daughter of
members Mitchell & June Ridgeway. A PCA minister will
Session approved Rev. Dan McNerney to be a guest
preacher on October 1, World Communion Sunday, to speak about the
global church and specifically about the church's role in reaching
Muslims for Christ.
Session approved Dr. Tharwat
Wahbe, professor at Cairo Seminary in
Egypt, to be a guest preacher on November 12, to speak about the
ongoing work and partnership of ECO in Egypt.
Session approved eliminating the separate United
Mission Offering held each spring. Going forward, funding for
Missions will be allocated directly from the general operating
budget for the Outreach Team.
The next Presbytery meeting will be held on October
6-7, 2017, at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington, SC.
The next Stated Session meeting will be held on
Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 7:30pm in Room 204.
Diane L. Brock
Clerk of Session
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Aaron C. Moore, Senior Pastor