April 2016 |



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April 3

Friends: Pick a Good One

Dr. McConnell



April 10

Friends: I'm Available

Rev. Blake Hudson


April 17

Friends: You Can Trust Me

Mr. Hubie Mann


April 24 - Youth Sunday

Friends: Remember Jesus







1   Alexa DenHerder

2   Kelly French

3   Catherine Fowler

4   Craig Morris

4   Megan Mayfield

5   Teresa Roberts

6   Jerry Haughton

6   James Brock

7   William Moran

8   Wesley Sain

9   Tripp Seitter

9   Kimberly Delgado

10  Billie Wickstrom

10  Lisa Preikszas

10  Mark McDaniel

11  Ayden Ray

12  Bonnie Anton

12  Suzanne Will

12  Norwood Starnes

12  Addison Reed

13  David Clifton

13  Annabelle Dixon

14  Ben Keeler

14  Alex Flood

15  Larry Schrock

16  Enita Divani

16  Evan Bridges

17  Susan West

17  Adrienne Dickerson

18  Ruth Rood

18  Susan DeBardeleben

18  Beth Cummings

18  Cameron Dembski

19  Peggy Hayes

20  Tom Nickles

20  Allison Michael

21  Jan Walls

23  Flo Sharp

23  Elisabeth Goodwin

23  Scot Baumann

24  Richard Moore

24  Madison Keller

25  Kay Ullom

25  Helen Hunter

25  Paul Kennedy

25  Matthew Doyle

25  Hank Moran

26  Ashley Nickles

26  Meg Thomas

26  Riley Snedden

27  Melinda Taylor

27  Matthew Rownd

27  Ryan Ryder

28  Edwina Sherman

28  Emily Shreiner

28  Bishop Baumann

29  Cole Erickson

29  Amy Watson

29  Bryce Peacock

30  Dave Bigler

20  Marlene Anglin

30  J. J. Griffin

30  Grant Buchanan



Happy Anniversary


2   Dave & Debi Elkins

2   Jim & Mary Swann

3   Bob & Ferebee


3   David & Tonya Pirlot

9   Phil & Sheliah Cooper

9   Glen & Leslie Reed

11 J. R. & Elizabeth


11  Dennis & Cheri


20  David & Sally


20  Doug & Mary Lynne


20  Steve & Christy


21  Tom & Debbie Taylor

24  Roland & Sally


26  Scott & Angie


27  Richard & Lara Atalla

27  Jason & Carrie


27  Michael & Michelle


27  Tom & Elaine Stock

27   Marty & Melinda


29  Michael & Irene


30  Chris & Janeen







April 3


Leigh Sain

Sharon Melcher



Jim & Debbie Bussart



April 10


Emily Gilbert

Rosie Jeffries



Don & Joan Malcolm



April 17


Tom & Kathy Schuette

Irene Misencik



Bob & Jane Douglas

Dave & Chris Wallace



April 24


Kim Brammer

Lauren Brock



Dan & Jo Ann Kiser

Steve & Debbie Moore 





April 3


Steve Thomas

Vicky Ryder



Randy Sherman

Robert Chesser

Tom Nickles

Jim Swann



April 10


Susan Welborn

Cheryl Spring



Paul Goldberg

Snookie Goldberg

Karen Jones

Jeff Jones 




April 17


Valerie Mote

Kim Brammer 



Jim Bussart

Phillip Morrissey

Debbie Bussart

Alana Nigro



April 24


Will Page

Kedrick Daw



Scott Wessner

Lynn Shoop

Stan Sharp

Flo Sharp 



Thank You. . .


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 meaningful.



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,

Diane Downs



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.






New Life


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 destiny."


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 Eastminster.


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 Christ.


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


Christian Education


Small Groups Ministry

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 ( and we'll help you find the right group for you!



Spring Break Cancellations

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 practices. 



Vacation Bible School

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 ( 



VBS Donations

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! 



Summer Teachers Needed

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

     Confirmation 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!

       No Youth

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

               East 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 ( 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 improvement happened


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 rejoice!


Rev. J Blake Hudson


Music Ministry


Concert Series

May 22, 4pm - The Eastminster Ringers, Handbell Concert (Sanctuary) 


June 26, 4pm - FlatPickin', Inc., Bluegrass Concert (Memorial Garden)


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 at  For more information contact Eastminster's Director of Worship and Music, Chris Owenby.


Pastor Transition Update 

 April 1, 2016


With Pastor 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 at Eastminster. 


Here is a summary of the transition plans and activities thus far:


Session has 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


The Standing 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 installed.  


The Standing 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 10, 2016.


Tim's final sermon with us will be May 1, 2016, with a reception to follow in the afternoon.


A 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!


We cannot guarantee a timeline, but expect this process to move faster than previous transitions. Names of interested pastors in ECO have already begun to emerge.


In His Service,


Diane Brock, Clerk of Session

Bill Freeman, Administration & Personnel Elder

Julie John, Administration & Personnel Elder


Women's Ministry 


Sonflower Sisters

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 ( 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

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 or 770-971-4539.




Craft Circle

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).



Ladies Lunch Bunch

The Ladies 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 or 770-977-8742.


Mission News


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 Christ.


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 Bank.


The donation bins are in the CLC lobby and the Alcove (area outside the choir room).


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:  Suzie : Cell 678-283-0774, email:



In 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 the activities.


Our partnership: 

Each year 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.



That these activities will be successful venues to proclaim the gospel.

That the Carpenters will continue to build life-long relationships with the Costa Ricans in the name of Jesus Christ.


Get involved

Support: Join 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."


Contact: Dick and Cathy DuBose (




Kenya Child Sponsorship Program

Child 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 (, Emily Gilbert ( or Leanne Chesser ( for more information. Thank you!


"Express Your Faith" Gallery

July 2016


Art Ministry will host our 2nd annual scripture based Art Gallery. If you are 8-108 and would like to enter your submission, email Kelly at Submissions are due June 12th (1-2 submissions). Information can be found in the Fellowship Hall on the Art Ministry Bulletin Board.


Preschool News


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   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 17, 2016.


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 Confirmands.


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.


Respectfully submitted,


Diane L. Brock

Clerk of Session


Eastminster Presbyterian Church |
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor








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