a Good One
Can Trust Me
Mr. Hubie Mann
April 24 - Youth Sunday
30 J. J.
Dave & Debi Elkins
Jim & Mary Swann
Bob & Ferebee
David & Tonya Pirlot
Phil & Sheliah Cooper
Glen & Leslie Reed
11 J. R. &
Dennis & Cheri
& Mary Lynne
& Debbie Taylor
Richard & Lara Atalla
Michael & Michelle
& Elaine Stock
Marty & Melinda
Michael & Irene
Jim & Debbie
Don & Joan
Bob & Jane
Dan & Jo Ann
Dear EPC Family,
Thank you for your Christian sympathy to our family
for my Mother's passing. The cards and phone messages to us were so
Rod and Karen Clark and family
My many thanks to my EPC family for all your prayers,
calls, emails, cards, flowers and food. I feel so much better, and
am truly grateful to be part of such a caring family.
Thanks be to God,
Christian Sympathy is expressed
to . . .
Qian and Yubo Wang in the loss of his father in China;
Jeanette and Elise Gowen in the loss of Richard Gowen.
The Turning Point with Christ
Little notes of encouragement have been coming in. An
unanticipated blessing of this moment of transition (as I begin to say
goodbye to Eastminster and hello to new challenges in Colorado) is
the outpouring of notes, emails and texts from people wanting to
share with me how their lives have been changed by Christ during my
ministry. People have written things like: "I just want you to
know that I met Christ through you and my life is forever
changed," "Your preaching made Jesus real to me in ways I
never before understood," and even "Because of your
faithfulness, I and my family all have a different eternal
What is one man to do with these notes, and the
powerful witness behind them? I treasure them all, and give glory
to God. God is good. Jesus is on the move. New life is happening at
Paul wrote to the church in Corinth: "Therefore,
if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed
away; behold, the new has come." (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Awakening to Christ is a change so radical, so comprehensive, so
starkly in contrast to life before Christ, that it can only be
described as being born again (John 3:3). When you are in Christ,
the old life is gone, the old mistakes are forgiven, the old
patterns fall away, and new life begins. A new creation.
God has chosen to use Eastminster to bring new life to
many. In the last few years, we have seen a good number of adult
baptisms. This church is a place God has determined to bring heaven
down to earth, to open up eyes, heal souls, and bring new life in
What now, with all this change? One pastor leaves and
another will come. God is good. Jesus is on the move. New life is
happening at Eastminster...and still will.
Yours in Christ,
"Therefore, if anyone is in
Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the
new has come." --2 Corinthians 5:17
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. So, if you're interested in joining a
small group, please contact Hubie Mann (email@example.com)
and we'll help you find the right group for you!
On Wednesday, April 6, during Cobb
County's Spring Break, the following activities WILL NOT
meet: Weds. AM Women's Bible study, Weds. Night Dinner,
Youth Bible studies, Adult Weds. PM classes, and all choir
VBS is almost full -- we only have a few
spaces left for Kindergartners and 1st graders -- that's all!
However, we still need more adult and youth volunteers.
If you'd like to be a part of this incredibly fun outreach to
the children of our community, please contact Hubie Mann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Donations of grocery store gift cards (Costco, Publix,
Kroger, Walmart, etc.) are needed to buy snacks for VBS and they
can be dropped off in the main office or given to Hubie Mann.
Men's Fishing Derby
Eastminster's 3rd annual Men's Fishing Derby
will be held on Saturday, May 7th
from 7am-10am at Frank and Jo Byrd's pond (605 Burke
Lake Dr. Marietta, 30064). B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bait) and come
join us for some great fellowship and great fishing!
We're looking for volunteers to teach children's Sunday
school during the summer so that our regular teachers can have some
time "off". We provide the curriculum and training; you
provide the love and encouragement for our children
for several weeks. Contact Hubie Mann in the Christian
Education office to sign-up.
Sunday April 3: No Youth! (Spring Break)
Wednesday April 6: No Youth! (Spring Break)
Sunday April 10: Regular Youth
Retreat @ 1:30 PM, Youth Room
Wednesday April 13: Wednesday Night Youth
Sunday April 17: Regular Youth
Confirmation Exams @ 2 PM, Youth Room
Wednesday April 20: Wednesday Night Youth
Sunday April 24: Youth Sunday!
Wednesday April 27: Wednesday Night Youth
Sunday May 1: Regular Youth
Wednesday May 4: Wednesday Night Youth
Saturday May 7: End of Year Cook-out at
Cobb Park, 4-7 PM
Wednesday May 11: Final Wednesday Night Youth
Sunday May 15: Senior Dinner (Details TBD)
If you know of a member of our congregation who will
graduate this year, contact Blake Hudson (email@example.com) or call the church office
and let us know their name, date of graduation, school,
and degree. We want to appreciate and recognize our
graduates on May 15.
Thank You For Our New Youth Room!
Please rejoice with our students this month on the
completion of our new youth room! To say that our ministry
space has been "improved" would be a vast understatement
which undersells the commitment and passion of all who contributed
to make it a place our students not only feel welcome, but valued.
By God's providence and blessing, our new room was
funded, put together, and smoothed out by families of students, or
students themselves, under the watchful eye of our Building and
Grounds Deacons. Thus, the following people deserve special thanks
for helping create a space that amplifies the ministry that has
always been present in our youth room...
THANK YOU to
every student family who overwhelmed us with their financial
support throughout the process
THANK YOU to
every person who contributed their time, physical labor, or
specific skillset to put our room together
THANK YOU to
our Building and Grounds Team, who managed our project and made
sure things happened on time
THANK YOU to
the Craft Circle ladies who share a room with our confirmation
students, for putting up with random youth furniture while this
THANK YOU to
Tim Brammer, who spearheaded this effort as our
"contractor" over the past several months, and worked
tirelessly to make it happen
THANK YOU to
our students, whose continued presence and commitment to EPC allow
this room to be filled with faithful disciples for years to come
This is an opportunity for our whole church to
Rev. J Blake Hudson
May 22, 4pm - The Eastminster Ringers, Handbell Concert
June 26, 4pm - FlatPickin', Inc., Bluegrass Concert (Memorial
August 6, 6pm - Jeremiah Jones Concert (Memorial Garden)
September 18, 4pm - Walt Strony, Organ Dedication Concert
(Sanctuary) - childcare available
December 10, 7pm - Christmas Concert featuring Eastminster music
groups and guest musicians (Sanctuary) - childcare available
Performing Arts Camp
Calling all rising 2nd to 7th grade students!
Join us for Performing Arts Camp at Eastminster Presbyterian
Church, June 27-July 1, 9am-1pm each day. Students will
produce a musical in one week! They'll have the opportunity
to audition for speaking roles and music solos, create props, work
with sound and lighting, sing, dance, and much more! Early
bird registration is now open. Those who register prior to
May 15 will receive $10 off of the $85 registration fee.
(Sibling discount rate is $65 per student). Scholarships are
available. Make checks payable to Eastminster Presbyterian
Church and include "Performing Arts Camp" in the memo
line. Registration closes on June 13. Register online
For more information contact Eastminster's Director of Worship and
Music, Chris Owenby.
Pastor Transition Update
April 1, 2016
Tim's upcoming departure from Eastminster, the Session and staff at
Eastminster are committed to serving the Lord with the same level
of worship, mission and energy as before. But now we are entering a
period of transition. The process is already underway to discern
God's will and to move forward in identifying and calling our next
Senior Pastor. It is the goal of the Session to keep everyone
informed throughout the process. Please be in prayer for the
leadership at Eastminster as they discern God's will for His church
Here is a
summary of the transition plans and activities thus far:
appointed a Task Force to hire a Transitional (Interim) Pastor,
with a target start date prior to June 1st. The Task Force has
already met, completed a job posting and submitted it to the ECO
Job Board, and has begun seeking potential candidates. Feel free to
forward names of Presbyterian transitional pastors to Diane Brock,
Clerk of Session, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominating Team has been authorized by Session to assemble a Pastor
Nominating Committee (PNC), the search team for the next Senior
Pastor. A PNC can be a large commitment, but is one of the most
important opportunities to serve the Lord and bless your church!
PNC members should expect to meet regularly until the new pastor is
Nominating Team has begun meeting and is requesting nominations from
the congregation. Nomination forms (available in the bulletin or in
the office) should be turned in to the offering plate or in an
envelope to the office. Nominations will be accepted through April
sermon with us will be May 1, 2016, with a reception to follow
in the afternoon.
high-profile guest from ECO is scheduled to preach on May 22,
2016, to encourage our congregation in this important time. We will
welcome Rev. Dr. Dana Allin, the Synod Executive of ECO, to preach
both services that Sunday!
guarantee a timeline, but expect this process to move faster than
previous transitions. Names of interested pastors in ECO have
already begun to emerge.
Clerk of Session
Freeman, Administration & Personnel Elder
Administration & Personnel Elder
Attention Moms with daughters in grades K-5. Join us
for our Sonflower Sisters meeting on Friday, April 15th
from 7 - 8:30pm in Room 202 upstairs in the CLC. It will be our last
for this school year! If you have any questions contact Lara
Atalla (email@example.com) or Beth Hartt
Ladies Spring Luncheon
Our annual spring luncheon will be held April 24,
following the 11:15 service in the Great Hall. Back by popular
demand it will be a potluck and Women's Ministry will provide meat,
beverages and table service. Our speaker will be Michael Belk.
Michael was a fashion photographer when he sensed God had a greater
plan for him. He has created the project Journeys with the Messiah.
He will present this collection of photographs that depict messages
of Jesus and the relevance in our modern world. Mark your calendars
and sign up here.
Spunky Spirits will be meeting on Thursday April 14th
at 11:00 in the library. We are on lesson 7 "The Mercy
Of God" in our study book. Remember all ladies are invited.
Just bring a covered dish to share for lunch. Hope to see
you there. Any questions contact Snookie Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-971-4539.
The Craft Circle will meet Monday, April 11th, room
203/CLC from 10:00-1:00 to begin work on Feminine Hygiene Kits (DfG
kits) for Days for Girls International. There
will be work for all willing hands. Those who can, bring your
sewing machines, others bring your favorite scissors. Any
questions, call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949).
Lunch Bunch will meet April 21, at Keegan's Public House, Publix
Shopping Center at Johnson Ferry and Shallowford Roads, Marietta.
Directions from the church: Turn left onto Sewell Mill and go to
Johnson Ferry Road. Turn left on Johnson Ferry and go to
Shallowford Road. Turn right and take an immediate left into the
Shopping Center. So straight...Keegans in the corner on your left.
RSVP to Sandra Allen by April 20th at email@example.com
Egypt Night -
Wednesday, April 13
Come hear about what God is doing in Egypt and how Eastminster can
be involved from Dr. Tharwat Wahba (Chair of Missions Department at
Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo and Chair of Council of
Pastoral and Outreach Ministries for the Presbyterian Synod
of the Nile). Join us in the CLC at 7-8 pm on Wednesday, April 13.
(Join us at 6 pm for Wednesday night dinner -- "Southern
Comfort Food" will be on the menu.)
Hands of Hope
Mission Trip April 21 - 24
We go as the
"hands and feet of Christ" to one of the poorest counties
in the United States to provide a pathway of hope by building
relationships and reaching out to others with the love of Jesus
We have a team
of 12 signed up to go on the trip in April! That is the
optimum team size which enables us to do work projects as well as
host Ladies Night Out and a trip to the Kimball, West Virginia Food
bins are in the CLC lobby and the Alcove (area outside the choir
We are again asking
for donations to fill the trailer that delivers much needed items
to the Hope Chest run by Hands of Hope in Welch, West
Virginia. The priority needs are household goods (silverware,
cooking utensils, pots and pans, dishes, lamps, small appliances, sheets,
light blankets for summer etc.), personal hygiene supplies (soap,
shampoo, deodorant, towels, washcloths) and cleaning
supplies. Children's underwear, socks, clothes (winter and
summer) sizes new born to 4T are needed. Please, NO adult
clothes at this time.
Thank you so
much for your generous contributions to the Hands of Hope Diaper
Fund that have enabled us to continue to provide diapers as needed
to the Hope Chest. We are the only Church that supports HOH
by supplying diapers on an ongoing basis. Donations to this
fund are always welcome. Make sure your cash or check
indicates Hands of Hope Diaper Fund.
Stay tuned for
more information in the church bulletins and the Beacon as we get
closer to the Mission Trip date. We will be notifying you of
specific needs identified by Hands of Hope for the spring and
summer months. There will also be other ways to participate
in addition to the above donations!
Thank you for
your continued support for Hands of Hope! We are truly making
a difference for the people of McDowell County. Please
contact: Norm or Suzie Baur if you have questions or would like to
go on a Mission Trip! Home: 770-321-0188 Norm: Cell
678-283-0776, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzie : Cell 678-283-0774, email: email@example.com.
The Carpenter's Footsteps
Building Foundations of Hope in Costa Rica
About the ministry:
In The Carpenter's
Footsteps builds churches in impoverished areas by working
side-by-side with local residents and shares the gospel through
activities such as sewing, VBS for children and youth, building
pews, food distribution to the needy, and adult Bible study.
Opportunities are offered for people of all ages to share their
faith, offer their services, perform manual labor and create
relationships with many people in a global setting. Experienced
leaders and Spanish translators guide participants through all of
members of Eastminster join In The Carpenter's Footsteps on their
trip to Costa Rica. Most recently work was completed on the Iglesia
Casa del Alfarero Church in Miramar. During the summer of 2016,
construction on a church will begin at a new site. The gospel will
be shared through the interactive building of lasting relationships
while engaging in the above listed activities of your choice, and
team members can rotate between all of the activities if desired.
activities will be successful venues to proclaim the gospel.
Carpenters will continue to build life-long relationships with the
Costa Ricans in the name of Jesus Christ.
us on a future trip to Costa Rica. Plans are being made now for the
late July trip. Visit the Carpenter's website to see photos of past
projects. In John 20:21, Jesus said to His disciples: "As the
Father has sent me, I am sending you."
and Cathy DuBose (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kenya Child Sponsorship
sponsorships are now available at Tumaini and Huruma through our
very own church! Sponsoring a child is $30/month and helps to pay
for food, clothing, shelter, medical care and school fees for that
child. Mother's Day is just a month away - a child sponsorship
makes a meaningful gift for Mom that changes the life of a child.
For more information or to look at sponsorship folders, contact
Beth Hartt (email@example.com), Emily Gilbert (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Leanne Chesser (email@example.com) for
more information. Thank you!
"Express Your Faith" Gallery
will host our 2nd annual scripture based Art Gallery. If you
are 8-108 and would like to enter your submission, email
Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions are due June 12th (1-2 submissions). Information can be
found in the Fellowship Hall on the Art Ministry Bulletin Board.
Preschool Summer Camp for ages 2 - 6.
Registration is now open for ECP Summer Camp. Camp will be
offered T, W, TH from 9AM-1PM July 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, and
26-28. The registration form is available at www.epres.org/preschool.
We hope to see some Eastminster Presbyterian children
at camp this summer!
Our preschool is in need of a few more
tricycles. If anyone has a tricycle in good working condition
that your child(ren) has outgrown, the preschool would be happy to
take it off your hands! Thank you!
March Session Meeting Highlights
Session approved the baptisms of Lily, Abigail, and
Benjamin Atalla, children of Rich & Lara Atalla, on April 17,
2016, at the 9am service. Rev. Blake Hudson will officiate.
Session approved the baptism of Avery Orton, daughter
of Ford & Julie Orton, on May 1, 2016, at the 9am service. Dr.
McConnell will officiate.
Session approved the baptism of Mark Brune, son of
Katherine Brune, on May 8, 2016, at the 9am service. Rev. Blake
Hudson will officiate.
Session approved a request from Jack & Sylvian
Williams to renew their wedding vows in the sanctuary on September
Session approved a Barnabas Fund distribution of up to
$1,700 to a member of the church family to help pay school tuition
for two children and cover up to 12 sessions of Christian
counseling as needed.
Session approved the leadership of the Journey/KSU
ministry to update the congregation and request financial support
during the worship services on May 22, and to include the fund
raising request in the bulletin on May 22 and May 29.
Session approved the redirection of $4,000 previously
requested capital expenditures dedicated to CLC audio improvements,
now to support sanctuary audio improvements. The funds
will be used to improve audio quality for the worship attendees while
improving the effectiveness of worship performers. Funds will be
used for audio equipment, wiring, and microphones.
Session approved a task force to interview a candidate
for the position of Assistant Pastor for Church Planting to lead
the Dunwoody Church Plant. The position would be paid out of the
Dunwoody group's funds.
There will be a Called Meeting of the Session on April
24, 2016, at 4pm in the library for the purpose of receiving new
The next Stated Session meeting will be held on
Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 7:30pm in Room 204.
The next Presbytery meeting will be held April 29-30,
2016, at First Presbyterian Church of Douglasville.
Diane L. Brock
Clerk of Session
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
email@example.com | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor