We hope you find the contents of our September Beacon informative and exciting! There's so much going on in the Body of Christ...

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September 2017  |  www.epres.org

 

 

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Celebrations!

 

Birthdays

 

1   Janet McIntire

2   Jim Streible

2   Teri Capparucci

2   Allison Chastain

2   Kenneth Warren

3   Diane Keegan

3   Sarah Clarke

3   Lee Kizer

4   Eleanor Tandy

4   Mercia Weyand

4   Ruth Kenyon

5   Leonard Josey

5   Martha Knight

5   Caitlin Foster

6   Doug Nielson

6   Leanne Grady

6   Claire Gunter

7   Elliot Brown

8   Andrea Peacock

8   Anne Dixon

9   Susan Welborn

9   Lindsay Gunter

10 Donna Flood

10 John Bunch

10 Roger Dickerson

10 Mary Noland

10 Caleb Hammett

11 Dick Tandy

11 Janet Warren

11 Mike Snedden

11 Bonnie Pirlot

12 Clete Simpson

12 Jane Baskin

12 Jack Jeffries

13 Hoke Wilcox

14 Hayley Nagel

15 Mike Adams

15 George Hamilton

16 Tom Funk

16 Rod Clark

16 Craig Rizk

16 Jeff Meigs

16 Isabel Kizer

17 Ann Streible

17 Robin Richter

17 Jason Barker

17 Jason Witt

18 Phil McClendon

18 Doreen Waugaman

18 Grey Fowler

18 Christopher Ray

19 Ferebee Kaleida

19 Karen Miller

20 Scott Briggs

20 Diane Downs

20 Robert Radloff

21 Ellen Parkerson

21 Barbara Duda

21 Robert Gettys

21 Griffin Dilworth

22 Carol Lewis

22 Gordon Scott

23 Lynne Buchanan

23 Bailey Seitter

24 Hugh Ryder

25 Tom Conkright

26 Karen Adair

26 Barry Gannon

26 Chris Jackson

26 Courtenay Powell

27 Mallory Nix

27 Don Malcolm

27 Roland Stebbins

27 Kay Miller

27 Bruce Hanson

27 Steve Cummings

27 Trey Nickles

28 Harry Owen

28 Suzanne Yates

28 Shanna Bryington

29 Samuel Watson

29 Marilyn Michelitch

29 Ella Goodwin

29 Liam Ryder

30 James Gruber

30 Finley McDaniel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ushers

 

September 3

9:00

Susan Welborn

Julie John

 

11:15

Randy Sherman

Todd Mordecai

Tom Nickles

Dave Wallace 


September 10

9:00 

Teri Capparucci

Eddie Capparucci

 

11:15

Paul Goldberg

Snookie Goldberg

Karen Jones

Jeff Jones

  

September 17

9:00

Chris Jackson

Jack Williams

11:15

Joel Knight

Phillip Morrissey

Martha Knight

Alana Nigro

 

September 24

9:00

Kedrick Daw

Steve Hartt

11:15

Scott Wessner

Lynn Shoop

John Bunch

Janie Bunch

 

Greeters

 

September 3

9:00

Sara Daw

Sarah Nielsen

 

11:15

Martie Pottinger

Karen Adair

Stan Beard

  

 

September 10

9:00

Teri Capparucci

Suzanne Edmond

 

11:15

Paul & Snookie Goldberg

Bill & Melinda Freeman

 

September 17

9:00

Scott Baumann

Michelle Baumann

 

11:15

Mike & Jennie Adams

Randy & Edwina

       Sherman

 

September 24

9:00

Vicky Ryder

Bill & Paula Barbin

 

11:15

John & Janie Bunch

Linda & Denny Zollweg

 

 

 

 

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From Pastor Aaron . . .

 

1    Who has believed what he has heard from us?

And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

2    For he grew up before him like a young plant,

and like a root out of dry ground;

       he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.

3    He was despised and rejected by men,

a man of sorrows  and acquainted with grief;

       and as one from whom men hide their faces

he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 

Isaiah 53:1-3

 

       To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? What does the Lord look like? What is my expectation of the King? These are all questions we need to ask ourselves at times because it can be easy to settle into a comfortable place where our vision of Jesus isn't inspired. I do this all too often. My relationship with Jesus and my creative vision of him in my own life becomes too theological or mystical and I miss him asking me for water or clothes or money for bread.

 

       What does Jesus look like? A handsome middle-eastern Jewish man? Perhaps. More to the point, what does the heart of Jesus look like? I was telling my Wednesday night Bible Study about The Book of Matthew, a movie created in the late 90's. This was the first movie depiction of Jesus I had ever seen where Jesus was joyful, smiling, and laughing rather than somber, intense, and ominous. I loved it! And it made me love Jesus just a little more, too. But this passage from Isaiah paints a different picture. This is the Jesus I always knew- one from whom men hide their faces... Psalm 45 gives us another vision.

 

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.

 

          The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;

7        you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.

       Therefore God, your God, has anointed you

with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;

 

        In Psalm 45, Jesus is the joyful and just King. The expectation of the King in the first century was of one who would overthrow the Roman rule that continued to keep Israel in lonely exile. The expectation was of strength, power, and authority. Yet while Christians understand that Jesus' strength, power, and authority were very present, they were not immediately evident.

  

        How often in our lives do we miss the presence of Jesus because our expectation of Him is not rightly placed? I wonder how often Jesus might minister to others through our own acts of kindness if we clearly understood the real and true mystery of Christ in us, the hope of Glory. May the Lord continue to open our eyes to His heart and expand our vision and expectation of who He is and how He is working in and around us throughout the world.

 

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Youth Ministry News

 

September Youth Calendar:

 

Sunday September 3: Youth Group

Wednesday September 6: Wednesday Night Youth

Sunday September 10: Youth Group

Wednesday September 13: Wednesday Night Youth

Sunday September 17: Youth Group

Wednesday September 20: Wednesday Night Youth 

Sunday September 24: No Youth Group (Fall Break)

 

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Music Ministry

 

Important Worship Services and Events:

 

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 a Tartan.

 

Jeremiah Jones in Concert

Join us for a FREE concert during dinner (regular dinner rates apply) on Wednesday, October 4, at 6:00PM. Jeremiah stepped into national view in 2012 when Grammy Award winning recording artist Laura Story released What a Savior, a worship song he wrote, to national radio. Written for his local church, What a Savior was recorded by Story in 2009 for the Catalyst Music Project and re-cut for her record Blessings, which held the top spot on Billboards Christian and Folk charts in the summer of 2012.

 

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!!

 

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Women's Ministry

 

Craft Circle
Craft Circle will meet Monday, September 11, in room 203/CLC, from 10AM-1PM. We will continue to work on finishing the projects for the Hands of Hope mission. Those who can, please bring sewing machines.  All others, bring your favorite pair of scissors.  Any questions, please call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).

 

Spunky Spirits 

Spunky Spirits will meet Thursday, September 14 at 11:00AM in the church library. All women are invited. We are studying "Worshiping God with our lives". If you don't have a book there will be a lesson printed for you. After the Bible study we will adjourn to the CLC for a covered dish lunch. If you would like more information you can contact Nancy Speiser (770-642-7229).

 

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Mission News

 

Fall Festival 2017

Save the date for this year's Fall Festival on Friday, October 13 (BBQ Take-Out) and Saturday, October 14 (BBQ & Festival). 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 missions@epres.org.

 

Hands of Hope Mission Trip: September 21- 24 

We go as the "hands and feet of Christ" to provide a pathway of hope by building relationships and reaching out to others with the love of Jesus Christ to one of the poorest counties in the United States. 


Mission Trip Volunteers

We have a team of 10 signed up for the September mission trip. The optimum team size is 12 which enables us to do work projects as well as host Ladies Night Out and other activities. If you are interested in going on the September trip, please contact Norm or Suzie Baur. There is still time to sign up! 


McDowell County Donations Needed

Donation bins are placed in the CLC lobby and the Alcove (area outside the choir room. The donations will focus on needs for the upcoming winter in McDowell County. There are lists of specific items needed by the donation bins. PLEASE TAKE A LIST HOME! 

 

The last day for accepting donations is Sunday, September 17. There will be a SORTING DAY to pack donations in the CLC after the 11:15 service. A light lunch will be served! 


Thank you!

Some great things have happened in McDowell County this summer through Hands of Hope! Your Mission donations are what have made all these things possible. Eastminster has been able to assist a young woman who has started college this fall on a full scholarship at Glenville State College in West Virginia. We have had an ongoing relationship with her for several years and we will continue to pray for her success at college.

 

August 8 was the McDowell County Library Summer Program Event. Once again Eastminster provided 18 bicycles for a drawing at the end of the summer party. Suzie and Norm were able to attend this special event for the children of McDowell County! 

 

Thank you for all the donations to the Diaper Fund! EPC's support of this fund has been a blessing to the people of McDowell County. The needs will continue to be ongoing and are more important than ever with the continued poor economy and lack of jobs in McDowell County.

 

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Scripture Memorization

 

Our Scripture verse for September is from 2 Corinthians 12:9:

 

"But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."

 

We never like to think about our weaknesses, or worst yet, have them pointed out to us. But when it comes to surrendering ourselves fully to God, we must learn to boast about our moral deficiencies. Our Scripture this month demonstrates the value that comes in being dependent on Christ. While we obtain strength from His love and acceptance, we also have the wonderful opportunity to demonstrate His glory to others.  

 

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Happy Anniversary

 

2    John & Peggy Tienken

3    Devin & Sara Brown

4    Gordon & Kelley Carswell

4    Don & Diane Preus

6    Kedrick & Sara Daw

6    Dan & Kathy Wolfram

7    Chad & Sarah-Kate Bozza

7    Richard & Kim Peery

8    Steve & Debbie Moore

12  Ken & Linda Johnson

12  Craig & Heidi Morris

13  John & Lindsey Thompson

16  Scott & Pam Keller

17  Jack & Sylvian Williams

20  Mark & Wendi Shreiner

22  Wesley & Omega Bickham

22  Chris & Mary Lindsay Grady

22  Bruce & Shawn Hanson

23  Brad & Susan West

26  Karl & Lisa Barner

28  Sam & Lane Henderson

28  Greg & Andrea Peacock

30  Tony & Jenifer Pecht 

 

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Visitors - Starting Points Class

 

The Fall 2017 "Starting Points" class is designed for all visitors wishing to join us here at Eastminster Presbyterian Church as covenant partners. Please plan to join us Sundays, September 10 through October 8 from 10:15-11:00AM in the Parlor. The Parlor is located next to the offices in the Sanctuary building. This is a great time to get to know other visitors, our Ministerial Staff, Elders and ministry teams. If you have any questions, contact Valerie Mote (770-401-8854 or valerie.mote@epres.org). 

 

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Session Meeting Highlights 

August 2017

 

 August 2017 Session Meeting Highlights

 

 

Session approved a Letter of Transfer for Helen Hvizdak to Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church. 

 

Session approved a motion to donate the proceeds of the offering from Rev. Moore's installation service to fund mission outreach in Panama City, Panama, through an organization called Sports X Change

 

Session approved Cindy Moran to teach two Cub Scout classes on Sunday afternoons in the 5th Grade classroom:  God & Me (1:00-1:45PM) and God & Family (2-3PM).  The classes will be September 10, 17, October 8, 15, 22, and November 5.

 

Session approved canceling all CLT classes on October 29 (due to the combined Kirkin' of the Tartans service).

 

Session approved a family-centered church-wide decorating event, tree lighting ceremony, and Christmas Caroling on the grounds on November 29, 2017, and for a "Share the Joy, Adopt a Tree" plan to wrap the trees on the church property with Christmas lights to shine during the Advent Season.

 

Session approved a Women's Ministry one-day retreat in the CLC on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 8AM to 3:30PM.

 

Session placed under the authority of the Trustees the administration of the Columbarium as it pertains to documentation of contracts and purchasing of niches, as well as handling the transactions thereof. The physical removal and replacement of the marble cover on the Columbarium, as well as the placement and internment of remains will be overseen by the Facilities Ministry Team in coordination with the Senior Pastor.

 

Session confirmed the appointment of Dawn Milazzo as the Director of the Preschool effective August 7, 2017.

 

Session designated Amber Benford (along with Julia Owens) to be the personnel responsible for the routine counting and depositing of the offerings for 2017 as part of her normal duties.

 

The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 7:30PM in Room 204.

 

The next Presbytery meeting will be held on October 6-7, 2017, at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington, SC.

 

 

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. Aaron C. Moore, Senior Pastor

 

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