Go and Do:
Family on Purpose
Go and Do:
Go and Do:
Go and Do:
Bless the City
Rev. Blake Hudson
& Peggy Tienken
3 Devin &
4 Gordon &
4 Don &
& Sara Daw
6 Dan &
7 Chad &
& Kim Peery
8 Steve &
12 Ken &
12 Craig &
13 John &
16 Scott &
17 Jack &
18 David &
20 Mark &
22 Chris &
22 Bruce &
23 Brad &
26 Karl &
28 Sam &
28 Greg &
30 Tony &
to. . .
and family in the loss of his mother, Carolyn Bentley;
Mike Moran and
family in the loss of his mother, Lois Moran;
and family in the loss of his mother, Bea Keappler.
Are we a shelter
or an outpost?
In times like ours when Christian values are increasingly
under fire, it is easy to feel like jumping into a foxhole. But is
the church meant to be a bunker for shelter or an outpost for
I read a funny blog post this week about an old movie
from 1999 called "Blast from the Past." A family in the
1960s locked themselves into a fallout shelter for fear of nuclear
holocaust. They gave birth to a son who emerged in 1997 after 35
years in the bunker. It was pretty hard on all of them to see how
much the world had changed, but especially on this young man as he
tried to use 1960s dating techniques to win the heart of a 1990s
When the church gets a bunker mentality it can act
just like that family, locked in a particular time and place, not
interested or not able to meet the culture of today with the good
news of the Gospel. The author summarized, "Reaching people of
this generation, and the next, requires us to accept the culture of
today and leverage it for the Gospel." (Chad Hunt, "Is
Your Church a Fallout Shelter?")
Jesus doesn't gather the church to defend turf, but to
gain ground. Jesus has called us "to seek and to save"
(Luke 19:10) and to "win" souls for Christ (1 Cor. 9:19).
The church is sent out to the world to play offense, not defense.
This month, we will spend a lot of time thinking about
how God sends us out into the world on offense to bring His love
and good news to those around us. Let's be bold. Resist the bunker
mentality, and take to the field!
Yours in Christ,
"For though I am free from all, I have made myself
a servant to all, that I might win more of them. ... I have become
all things to all people, that by all means I might save
some." (1 Corinthians 9:19, 22)
Financial Peace University (FPU)
Come join us as we learn how to handle money God's way.
Take the first "baby step" to get out of debt, prepare
for your future, and be able to give generously! Eastminster will
be hosting Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, a nine week
class, running from September 2 - November 4 from 7:00-8:30pm
each week. The cost is $99 per couple (or individual) and
includes the class, lots of support materials, and a lifetime
membership to FPU. Singles, couples, and older adults are all
encouraged to attend! This class will meet in CLC Room 204 and will
be led by Carrie and Jason Barker. Contact Hubie Mann for more
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions or need
Our fall training for all
teachers of Christian Life Training classes as well as Youth
Ministry leaders/ volunteers will be on Sunday, Sept. 13, from
2-3:30pm in CLC Room 208.
Sunday, September 6, 3:00 - 5:00pm
Youth Labor Day Pool Party
Where? The Fowler
(email Blake.email@example.com for address)
Bring a swimsuit and
towel for a laid back afternoon in
Sunday, September 13: Regular Youth
Life Series w/ Eddie Capparucci
Sunday, September 20 and
Wednesday, September 23: Fall Break, no regular youth
Wednesday, September 23: Rock Climbing, 1-3 PM
REMIND 101: This year, I'll be using the app Remind 101 for group
texts and weekly reminders!
To sign up, text @allep to 81010.
Sign-up sheets with specific instructions will be
available in the youth room throughout the year!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT YOUTH
We will not meet on September 23.
Wednesday Night Schedule
Fellowship: 5:00-6:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00-7:00 PM
Devotional Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
THE REAL LIFE SERIES is back with
meaningful topics that impact the youth of today. We will be
discussing how God's truth can help us handle everyday problems
from a Spiritual perspective.
Lies Teens Believe
Details: We will meet once a month during regular
youth group. The dates for Fall are September 13, October 18 and
God is good. Each day we are blessed with the gift of
life and His love. God has poured bountiful blessings on
Eastminster this year and we should continue to thank Him daily. Among
the spiritual blessings are new members, mission trips to Kenya as
well as the youth mission trip to Jamaica. Material blessings
include a new organ which enhances our worship and a new security
system to protect our staff, preschool children and buildings. New
windows are being installed in the sanctuary and the RhinoShield
installation to protect the exterior of the sanctuary building will
begin soon. While God pours out His blessings to make these
improvements possible, we are guided by His word to provide our
financial support. Donations to the organ fund will help pay the
$44,000 balance and will be greatly appreciated. Also,
contributions to the general operating fund will help replenish
funds depleted by increased expenses and continuing improvements to
our facilities. In Luke 6:38 God directs us to give and it shall be
given and that which is given will be given again.
If you have any questions please contact Julia Owens
at 770-977-2976 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you gifted in scripting, filming, set design, or
production? This exciting new team will be responsible for
creating presentations that help promote our church, church ministries,
and tell the stories of ministry taking place in and outside of our
church. The first meeting will take place on Thursday,
September 3, at 7pm in the fellowship hall. Contact Chris
Owenby for more information, email@example.com.
Seasonal Choir Rehearsals
We realize that some people just want to sing
Christmas music. For this reason, the Chancel Choir will
rehearse Christmas music during the first half of rehearsal,
7:30-8:15pm, beginning on Wednesday, September 9. The choir is
preparing this music for two very special events, the Lessons and
Carols service scheduled for December 6, during 9:00am and 11:15am
worship, and the Christmas Celebration Concert scheduled for
December 12, 6:00pm. For more information, contact Chris
Owenby at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just show up on September
Adult Choir Rehearsal Time
For ages folks have been meeting on Wednesday evenings
to rehearse with the church choir. It works for many
schedules, but not all schedules. 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 email@example.com, or just show
up on October 1.
We all need it, we all do it, we all like help with
it! The Nurture Team is in the process of developing a
"pool of pray-ers" who we can call upon in varying times
of need. This is in the beginning stages, so if you are
interested in helping with the development of this group, please
contact Nurture Deacon Christi Laverty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-617-2277.
We mail notes of encouragement and surprises
periodically throughout the school year. Please get us your college
student's mailing address! Forward that information to Jeanne
Chesser via text or voicemail at 404-374-2381 or email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
containers labeled Fall Festival Books in the CLC and
alcove. Remember, paperback books only, unless they are cookbooks
or children's books. Questions? Contact Jeanette Gowen at
Attention moms with daughters in grades K-5. The
first Sonflower Sisters meeting for the 2015/16 school year is
Friday, September 11th from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Youth Room (downstairs
in the CLC). We can't wait to kick off a new year of fun and
fellowship, and we hope you'll join us! If you have any questions,
please contact Lara Atalla (email@example.com) or Beth Hartt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet September 17, at Caf้
33, 2520 Piedmont Road, Suite 106, Marietta. Directions
from church: Turn right out of
parking lot and go to Piedmont Road, Turn right and continue until
you see Cafe 33 on your right (across from the fitness center).
Turn right, Cafe 33 will be on the left-backside. Huge sign out
front. RSVP by September 15, if you will attend to Sandra
Allen at email@example.com or
Spunky Spirits would like to
invite all ladies to come and join us for a Bible study and
lunch Thursday, September 10th at 11am. (We meet the second
Thursday of the month in the library.) We will be using the
book "Encounters With God, 1 & 2 Timothy and
Books will be available at the
meeting for $9.00.
After study, we will move into
the CLC and share a covered dish. If you have any questions you can
email Snookie Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or
The Eastminster Craft Circle will
begin our new year on Monday, September 14, room 203/CLC from
10:00-1:00. We will be making fleece blankets to send with
our mission team to West Virginia. If you would like to donate
material please bring the following amount of fleece: (Large
Blanket) = 3 to 4 yards. (Baby Blanket) = 1-1/4 yards if it is 60
inches wide, 1-5/8 yards if it is 54 inches wide. We will
also have fleece at the meeting. Just bring your
scissors. There'll be work for all willing hands. We
look forward to having a large turn out and hope to see new
faces. Any question, call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949 or email@example.com).
Hands of Hope
Trip - September 24 - 27
The trailer is here. Let's fill
It was a very hard winter in the
West Virginia Mountains last year. We are asking for donations
of specific items for this trip in hopes of making this a warmer
winter for the children and families of McDowell County.
Specific Priority Needs:
Warm blankets, sleeping bags (adult and children), comforters,
winter jackets (infant, child and adult), scarves, hats and
(especially mittens and gloves), pillows and pillow cases,
children's winter clothes, warm socks, sweat shirts/pants
(child, teen and adult). All items should be gently used or new. Please,
no adult clothes other than those listed. A list of suggested items
is available in the alcove and the CLC lobby attached to the
If you are interested in going on
the next mission trip, please contact Suzie 678-283-0774 or Norm
678-283-0776. If you have questions about items or large
items please call us. Thank you for all you do for Hands of
Hands of Hope
Bicycle Give Away
Suzie and Norm Baur traveled to
West Virginia on August 12, for the HOH Bicycle Give Away for the
McDowell County Library Children's Summer Reading Program. EPC
provided a total of 22 bicycles for the drawing! The bicycles were
distributed among the 4 branches of the McDowell County Library
System. All the branches give the children a party at the end
of the program. It was a beautiful summer day in Welch. The
children had fun swimming, playing on the playground, eating pizza
and receiving their awards from the library for participating in
the program. The Welch Branch gave away 12 bicycles. We were able
to participate in the drawing and visit with the parents and
children. The smiles on the children's faces during the whole
party made our day! We know that God was smiling down on all his
children, pleased with their joy and the love they received that day. "Let the little
children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of
heaven belongs to such as these". Matthew 19:13-14
Enjoy the pictures on the Mission Bulletin Board!
Thank you all for your generous
donations to the Diaper Fund! We have been able to replenish
the funding that enables us to continue to send diapers to help
mothers care for their babies in McDowell County. We appreciate
donations at any time. Checks can be made out to Eastminster
Presbyterian Church with Hands of Hope Diaper Fund indicated
on the memo line on the check. Cash should be placed in an
envelope marked Hands of Hope Diaper Fund. Both can be placed
in the offering plate, mailed or given to the church office. Thank
Once again, two members of our
congregation had the privilege of serving alongside fellow
missionaries from "In the Carpenter's Footsteps" in Costa
Rica. The goals of the Carpenter's group are to build foundations
of hope and to grow deepening and abiding relationships in the name
This year our group returned to
Casa del Alfarero in Miramar and completed some construction
projects, working side by side with local church members, that were
started in 2014. We built walls in the kitchen and laid a concrete
walkway from the church building to the restrooms. Completion of
these projects was needed for permits issued by the government. In
addition, sewing materials were delivered to enable the sewing
ministry to continue; flower boxes were constructed and herbs and
flowers were planted to help beautify the church grounds; VBS was
held every morning and afternoon for the children who were out of
school the week we were there (Laura and I helped with VBS); games
and sports activities were conducted for the children; and a Bible
study/devotion time was held for adults. The Bible devotion time
was led by Cathy DuBose and Yolanda Mendez, my translator, using The
Hope of Glory written by Nancy Brummett, Dr. McConnell's
mother. This year the number of participants increased from five on
the first day to twenty-five on the last day. Clearly, there is a
hunger and thirst for God's word and fellowship among the members
of this congregation!
Our tradition to collect money
from our fellow missionaries to purchase food for the neediest
continued. This year we bought food and delivered it to fifteen
families in the community of Emmanuel, which is a satellite church
of Casa del Alfarero. School supplies were also included for those
families with children. Delivering the food and school supplies is
a very sobering experience! Smiles, tears, and many expressions of
"thank you" filled the air as we delivered the bags of
food from family to family.
This year, a new tradition was
begun! One of the missionary families from Tallahassee suggested we
begin an outreach effort to the community in Miramar, so a hot dog
lunch was planned. We served over three hundred hot dogs and juice!
The left over one hundred hot dogs were taken to Emmanuel church
and served there. By the way, the VBS lesson for that day was from
Matthew 14, Christ feeds the five thousand.
God continues to greatly bless
the Carpenter's mission effort in Costa Rica. Eastminster's
monetary support of this mission reaps great rewards for expanding
God's kingdom. Consider joining us next year and you will be truly
Cathy and Laura DuBose
We are running short on new
pillows and cases. Our 3rd quarter ends September 30. Walmart has
pillows for $2.37 each and they are decent pillows. If you would
prefer for us to purchase them for you, call Barbara at
770-973-1172. They are still in need of underwear for all age
groups. Again thank you for your gifts of love. September 25, is
our Friday for making sandwiches there at 7pm.
It's time to nominate
our next slate of leaders. Do you recognize a Christian leader
SERVE: The Presbyterian Church is governed by elders and led into
service by deacons. These officers must be mature Christians,
people we look up to as leaders and admirable Christian disciples.
Please read the descriptions and guiding scripture, and pray before
nominating a possible officer. It is also kind to check with them
for willingness to serve.
Elders (presbyter) lead the
spiritual life and overall governance of the church by actively
following Christ, the Head of the Church. (1 Pet 5:1-15; 1 Tim
3:1-10; Titus 1:5-9)
Deacons recruit, train and
inspire volunteers for ministries of service and compassion. Our
deacons handle maintenance of the facility, hospitality, and
nurture. (Acts 6:2-6; 1 Tim 3:8-13)
Trustees are responsible for
protecting and monitoring the Corporation of Eastminster.
Nominating Team is also elected by
the congregation for the purpose of discerning potential leadership.
All who serve as officers in A Covenant Order of Evangelical
Presbyterians (ECO) must agree without reserve to the Essential
Tenets, which may be downloaded from www.eco-pres.org. All proposed
officers (even those transferring ordination from another
Reformed/Presbyterian church) will be asked to agree to the
Essential Tenets before their names will be placed in nomination.
So I exhort the elders among you. . .shepherd the
flock of God that is among you, exercising oversite, not under
compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful
gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but
being examples to the flock. - 1 Peter 5:1-3
For those who serve well as deacons gain a good
standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that
is in Christ Jesus. - 1 Timothy 3:13
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Officer Nomination Form I have prayerfully considered the requirements of
officers, and spiritual walk of the following candidates. I believe
these men and women to be qualified to serve for the coming 3-year
ELDER (need 5)
TEAM (need 2)______________________
Nominations will be received until Sept. 6, 2015. Place in offering plate or in a sealed envelope to the
Session Meeting Highlights
Session acknowledged with sadness the death of Robert
Richter on July 26, 2015. The memorial service was held on August
Session approved a Letter of Transfer for Lewis &
Myrall Wiggins to Roswell Presbyterian Church.
Session approved a motion to allow Matthew Shankute to
raise support for his Eagle Scout project of building benches
around the fire pit through a bulletin and Beacon announcement.
Session approved the sale of the "Go &
Do" books in the foyer of the CLC and the narthex of the
sanctuary for the purpose of uniting the church around the book for
the upcoming sermon series/small group study.
Session approved a motion that Eastminster declare
itself to be a Veteran's Friendly Congregation and allow its name
and address to be published by the VFC national organization.
Eastminster will assume role of Lead Congregation for ECO and
encourage other ECO churches to become VFCs.
Session approved Clifford Lowery to serve as Lay
Minister/Leader for the Veteran/Military Ministry of
Eastminster. Cliff agreed to serve in this position on staff,
without pay for as long a period as his services are needed.
Session approved the expenditure of funds of up to
$25,000 from the S&F capital reserve account for the
RhinoShield project for the exterior of the sanctuary building. The
rest of the necessary funds ($25,000) are being donated by two
Session approved holding a Vendor Raffle at the Fall
Festival. The items donated by the vendors will be raffled
off. Tickets will be sold in advance before/after church in
the Fellowship Hall, at Wednesday night dinners, and at the
Festival on Friday.
Session approved Director of Christian Education,
Hubie Mann, to represent EPC at the Mission and Vision Conference
in Cairo, Egypt (November 10-21, 2015) as part of EPC's recently
approved involvement in this country. Costs for the trip will be
covered by existing funds in the Missions budget.
Session approved the dates for the 2016 March into
Missions activities: Leap into Missions Dinner - February 28; March
into Missions week - March 13-20; Annual Mission Offering - March
Session approved bringing both Women's Ministry and
Craftsmen (Men's Ministry) under the umbrella of the Fellowship
& Family Ministries Team.
The next Stated Session meeting will be held on
Thursday, September 17, 2015, at 7:30pm in Room 204.
A Called Session meeting will be held on Sunday,
September 27, 2015, at 4pm in the Library for the purpose of
receiving new covenant partners.
Diane L. Brock
Clerk of Session
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. Contact Jeanette Gowen at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have questions or to volunteer.
Eastminster Christian Preschool (ECP) is back in
session! Our Meet 'n' Greet was Friday, August 14 and our first day
of school was August 17. We are starting the year strong with 90 students
and 10 classes of 1, 2, 3, and 4-year olds. Please be sure to check
out their art work in the hallways! Also, please note that anyone
who is visiting the church on a school day, who enters the
classroom areas, must sign in at the preschool director's office
and pick up a visitor nametag. It only takes an extra minute
of your time and it helps to ensure the safety of our preschool
staff and children.
ECP is also a member of the Kroger Community Rewards
program again this year. Please register your Kroger shopping card
with Eastminster by visiting www.krogercommunityrewards.com
and search for Eastminster Presbyterian. Once you link your card,
our preschool earns money every time you shop. If you signed up
last year, you will still need to re-register as your preferences
don't automatically roll over in this program. Thank
you for your support!
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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3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor