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April 6

"On the Way: Snacks"

Dr. McConnell



April 13

Palm Sunday

"On the Way: Trophies"

Dr. McConnell  


April 17

Maundy Thursday

7 - 8:30 pm

"The Gospel of Mark on Stage"



April 18 - Good Friday

Noon and 7pm Tenebrae

"On the Way: Sharp Turns"


April 20 - Easter

7:15 Sunrise Service -

        Memorial Garden

10a Contemporary

       Service (CLC)

8:30 and 11:15

Traditional (Sanctuary)

"On the Way...To Finding Him

Dr. McConnell  


April 27

Youth Sunday

Rev. Hudson  







1   Alexa Denherder

2   George Merry

2   Kelly French

3   Brenda Hewett

3   Catherine Fowler

4   Craig Morris

4   Megan Mayfield

5   Teresa Roberts

6   David Dunbar

6   James Brock

7   William Moran

8   Wesley Sain

9   Tripp Seitter

10  Billie Wickstrom

10  Mark McDaniel

11  Ayden Ray

12  Bonnie Anton

12  Suzanne Will

12  Cullan Sherlock

12  Norward Starnes

13  Joyce O'Brien

14  Alex Flood

15  Larry Schrock

15  Alison Kennedy

15  Sara Stockman

16  Enita Divani

16  Evan Bridges

17  Adrienne Dickerson

17  Cierra Jacobson

18  Ruth Rood

18  Susan DeBardeleben

18  Beth Cummings

18  Christopher


18  Cameron Dembski

19  Peggy Hayes

20  Tom Nickles

20  Allison Michael

21  Jan Walls

21  Sallie Rainwater

21  Rob Richter

23  Flo Sharp

23  Elisabeth Goodwin

24  Richard Moore

24  Madison Keller

25  Kay Ullom

25  Helen Hunter

25  Paul Kennedy

25  Hank Moran

26  Ashley Nickles

26  Margaret Thomas

27  Melinda Taylor

27  Matthew Rownd

27  Ryan Ryder

27  Audrey Stringer

28  Edwina Sherman

28  Emily Shreiner

29  Cole Erickson

29  Amy Watson

29  Bryce Peacock

30  Colin Hewett

30  Marlene Anglin

30  J. J. Griffin

30  Grant Buchanan 





Happy Anniversary


2   Jim & Mary Swann

3   Dave & Cindy Holland

3   David & Tonya Pirlot

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  Michael & Michelle


27  Tom & Elaine Stock

27  Marty & Melinda


29  Michael & Irene


30  Chris & Janeen







Wed. Night Meals


April 2

No Meal - Spring Break


April 9

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Chicken Parmesan


Mixed Vegetables

Garlic Bread

Birthday Cake

Ice Cream


April 16

Fried Chicken

Hot Dogs

Potato Salad

Cole Slaw



Baked Beans

Bar Cookies


April 23

Pork Loin

Roast Chicken

Mashed Potatoes

Spinach Salad





Pineapple Upside Down Cake


April 30  

Baked Potato Bar w/ toppings

Chicken Strips


Peach Cobbler




Christian Sympathy

Is expressed to . . .


Karl Melcher and family in the loss of his father, Don Melcher on March 1;


Janet McIntire and family in the loss of her uncle, Jimmy Driggers;


Tom Conkright and family in the loss of his father.





Thank You


Eastminster Presbyterian Church Members,


I want all to know how much I appreciate the cards and prayers for me during my illness. It means so much to know that others care.


Thank you also Dr. McConnell and Rev Hudson for visiting me in the hospital.


Martha Powers  

The Hope You Need 


On the way to the Way 


In his book, On Paradise Drive, David Brooks calls us American suburbanites "future-oriented people." We are always living with a forward-looking mentality, sure that whatever comes next will supersede the present and make up for the past. We are hopeful!


We see this in our hope for our kids - that if we push them along things will be better for them than for us. We hope for future income, future opportunities, future freedoms. We often get more excitement out of the anticipation of buying something new than in owning and using it! We lean forward by nature.


But what do we hope for? Living and learning with our Lord Jesus Christ on the way, as we have been talking about on Sunday mornings, means walking toward a hope established on Easter morning - the morning it became clear that Jesus had conquered sin and death, the morning it was made known that the tomb was empty and heaven was open.


Jesus not only taught his disciples on the way, but he told them "I am the way." We are on the way in life, future oriented, leaning forward, ever hopeful, and always toward Jesus - the Way home.


I do hope you will join us to celebrate Easter morning. He is risen!


Yours in Christ,



            Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

(John 14:6)


We welcome Drew Archer of "The Gospel of Mark On Stage" to perform the passion week of Christ from the Gospel of Mark during our Maundy Thursday service, April 17, 7:00 to 8:30 pm.


Holy Week Services  


Maundy Thursday, April 17 - 7:00 - 8:30 PM

with Communion

"The Gospel of Mark On Stage"


Good Friday, April 18

Noon and 7:00 PM (Tenebrae)


Easter Day - April 20

The Resurrection of the Lord

7:15 AM Sunrise Service (Memorial Garden)

8:30 AM Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary

10:00 AM Contemporary Service in the Christian Life Center

11:15 AM Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary



Palm Sunday Children in Worship
All children are invited to participate in our "Palm Waving" processional at both worship services on Palm Sunday (April 13). For the first service, meet in the church library at 8:55am and for the second service, meet in the narthex at 11:10am to get your palms and some brief instructions. The children will process in and wave palms during the opening song and the litany that follows. After shouting "Hosanna!" and laying down their palms, they will return to sit with their families.



Maundy Thursday/Good Friday Childcare

For the Maundy Thursday (April 17) and Good Friday (April 18) 7pm worship services, we will have childcare available in the toddler room (Room 3) on both nights. However, there will not be childcare at the 12pm worship service on Good Friday. 



Easter Sunday Classes and Childcare
Because of the four worship services on Easter Sunday (April 20), Christian Life Training classes will not meet on Easter morning. At the 8:30am, 10am, and 11:15am worship services, there will be childcare provided in the nursery and toddler rooms as well as a children's sermon followed by children's church for ages preschool through first grade. At the 7:15am "Sunrise Service", however, please be aware that there will be no childcare, no children's sermon and no children's church.



Eastminster's Awesome Egg Hunt - April 13 - 12:15pm


Did you know? Eggs are given on Easter Sunday as a direct representation of the resurrection and life beginning anew. The symbolism also indicates that as the bird emerges from its shell, so did Jesus from his tomb. All you "PEEPS" and "CHICKS" are invited to join us Sunday, April 13 immediately after the 11:15 service for an Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will take place beside the playground. If rainy or wet, it will be held in the CLC.  All ages are welcome. There won't be any candy in the eggs. Gather what you can and turn them in for a bag of goodies. An "EGGScellent" time is expected. Contact JJ Griffin if any




Eastminster Bike Day!  

Bring your bikes, trikes, scooters or strollers out to the Eastminster parking lot Sunday, April 13, 4-6pm.  Pack a picnic dinner and watch the kids cruise our "Dragway" to their hearts' content, culminating in The Great Race. (Sometimes Pastor Tim even shows off skateboard skills!) This is a fun, free afternoon that's become a favorite tradition for both our church and preschool families.  Don't miss it! 


Youth April Calendar   


Wednesday 2: NO WND Youth (spring break)

Sunday 6: Youth Group (Youth Sunday planning)

Wednesday 9: WND Youth

Sunday 13: Youth Group (Final Youth Sunday preparation)

Wednesday 16: WND Youth (Fellowship and Bible Study are still happening!)

Sunday 20: NO Youth Group (Easter!)

Wednesday 23: WND Youth and Confirmation Exams at 7 PM

Saturday 26: Youth Sunday Practice at 10 AM

Sunday 27: Youth Sunday and Youth Group

Wednesday 30: WND Youth


Summer Trips


If your youth is still interested in any of our summer trips, please let Rev. Hudson ( know as soon as you can! Our mission trip is currently FULL, but we still have spots available for The Great Escape (Middle School Conference) and Fun In The Son (High School Conference)!


Christian Education


Spring Break Cancellations

On Wednesday, April 2, during Cobb County's Spring Break, the following activities have all been cancelled:

Wednesday, AM Women's Bible study

Children's S.L.A.M. program

Wednesday Night Dinner

Youth Bible studies

Adult Weds. PM classes

and all choir practices



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. What a blessing! Contact Hubie Mann in the Christian Education office to sign-up.



VBS is June 23-27, 2014

This year's theme is: "Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides" After just one month of registration, we are already TWO-THIRDS FULL, so REGISTER TODAY! Last year, it took 88 volunteers to staff our VBS program and we'll need just as many this summer! If you'd like to be a part of this incredibly fun outreach to the children of our community, contact our Director of Christian Education, Hubie Mann,


Deacon's Corner


From Buildings & Grounds

The Building and Grounds Team asks that everyone (including children) use care in opening and closing doors around the church to ensure they continue to operate as intended.


From the Hospitality Team

Looking for an easy way to help out at church?  CHECK HERE to volunteer as a greeter on Sunday morning or to lend a hand at Wednesday Night Dinners. We're always looking for smiling faces to help us out!


 A Day of Service


Join the Craft Circle for "A Day of Service", Saturday, July 12th, 10:00-3:00, Fellowship Hall (main bldg.). We plan to have work centers set up for many projects we complete throughout the year;

  • pillow cases for ConKerr Cancer
  • fleece cut for blankets for Hands of Hope missionproject in West Virginia
  • hospital gowns for hospitals in Kenya
  • knitted hats for our Christmas Hat/Scarf/Mitten mission for MUST Ministries
  • pet beds for animal shelters 

Bring your favorite knitting needles or plan to use the Knifty Knitters (no knitting experience required). We'll have plenty of yarn and material. Sewing machines needed. There'll be a job for everyone! Bring your lunch. Drinks and desserts will be provided. Join us for a fun day of fellowship and ministry work...."together in service". Any questions, please contact Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).




Mission News


Kenya Orphanages Update

Eastminster supports two ministries in Kenya that care for orphans and vulnerable children.  It has been an eventful few months for both the Tumaini Children's Center and Kenya Connection Kids (Humphrey Kanga's ministry). Both organizations have undertaken major building projects to include vocational training centers, which will equip the children with the skills necessary to find employment and security as they leave the homes. Please pray for these projects, as well as the hundreds of children rescued out of poverty by these powerful ministries. Eastminster hopes to send another mission team back to Kenya in 2016. If you have questions about our Kenya Orphanages partnership, please contact Abigail McConnell or Leslie Michael





Hands of Hope McDowell County, West Virginia

The Mission of Hands of Hope is to provide a pathway of hope by building relationships and reaching out to others with the love of Jesus Christ.


Eastminster Mission Teams travel as the "hands and feet of Christ" to this impoverished area in the Appalachian Mountains twice a year.  Fifty percent of the children in McDowell County live in poverty. Once a booming coal mining county  the population has decreased from over 100,000 to 22,000  since the  mines closed in the  1980s. 


The Eastminster Teams participate in programs that foster building relationships and bring hope and purpose to the lives of the people of McDowell County.  We provide a meal, program and fellowship for the women of Welch at Ladies Night Out. On Sonshine Saturday the children are given breakfast, lunch and bag lunches to take home.  Bible stories are taught along with activities and singing. Work projects, such as winterizing trailers, are completed by the men on the team. Visits are made to the Hollers to bring food boxes and food bags are prepared for 160 pre-schoolers for the weekends. 


The  EPC Mission Team will travel to West Virginia on April 24-27.  Please see the church bulletin for more information. Donations are still needed. Thank you for your continuing wonderful support of this national mission. Call Suzie or Norm Baur for more information. 770-321-0188.


"If you want to see God, walk among the broken and the beaten, the unattractive and forgotten - there you will see Him"





Costa Rica Mission Trip

In the Carpenter's Footsteps mission team is returning to Costa Rica again this summer. Their goal is to finish the kitchen in the church where they've worked for the last two years and begin a new church in the hill country nearby. The cost of the trip will be $1,450 for 11 days, July 21 -31, 2014.  You can't beat this bargain and you also get to serve God.  It is a wonderful experience and we hope that you will take this opportunity to join us in doing what God has asked us to do.  He says go and that is what we have been doing for the last 30 years.  We hope that you will consider the charge from our heavenly Father and go with us to serve others. Contact the DuBoses at with questions.



Women's Ministry  


Women's Spring Luncheon 

SAVE THE DATE!!!  Our Annual Women's Spring Luncheon will be Sunday, May 4th at 12:30pm after the traditional service in the CLC.  As usual, we will have the 3 F's - food, fun and fellowship  But this year, we will also learn more about Spring Preparation and Planting from our very own Kathryn Barrios AND enjoy hearing and visually touring our beautiful EPC Prayer Garden by its caretakers Kathleen Moak and Pat Provan! We will also be encouraged to "Get to the Root of Whatever is Ailing Us" by burying it under a beautiful plant to take home and enjoy.  A nursery will be provided for young children. So please mark your calendars and look for sign-ups very soon via email and in both lobbies! Hope to see you all there. Any questions and/or concerns please contact Susan Welborn at



Sonflower Sisters 

Moms with daughters in grades K-5 --- Our last Sonflower Sisters meeting for the school year is Friday, April 25th, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the youth room. We will be concluding our lessons on female Christian heroes with a lesson on one of the greatest missionaries of all time - Mother Teresa.  You won't want to miss it! Contact Beth Hartt at with questions.



Craft Circle

Craft Circle will meet Monday, April 14th, 10-1, Room 203/CLC. We plan to work on pillow cases for ConKerr Cancer. Bring your sewing machines if you have them, but there'll be a job for everyone!  Any questions, call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).



Spunky Spirits

The Spunky Spirits Circle will be meeting April 10 at 11am in the CLC.Our  hostesses are Barbara Duda and Bonnie Anton. Jane Douglas will be having the devotional. Margaret Gibbs will bring us Lesson 6 in our study book "Cultivating Contentment".Please bring your study book, your Bible  and a dish to share with everyone. We would love to see some new faces.Contact Jan Walls (770-977-0316) or Glenna Sullivan (678-925-4929) with questions.



Genesis Circle


The next meeting of Genesis Circle will be Tuesday, April 8th 7pm at Suzie Baur's  house for dinner.  We would love to have you join us for fellowship, a devotion and sharing time.  No need to bring anything but yourself! 

Contacts:  Suzie Baur 770-321-0188... cell 678-283-0774, Georgia Bentley 770-321-8788,



Ladies Lunch Bunch

Ladies Lunch Bunch will be meeting April 17th at 12:00 Noon at  Ritters Restaurant, 4719 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. Directions from the church. Turn left out of church's parking lot and head towards Johnson Ferry Road. Turn right and stay on Johnson Ferry Road until you reach Lower Roswell Road. Turn right - Ritters Restaurant will be in the shopping center on your right -towards the lower end. RSVP by April 15th to  Sandra

Allen at 770-977-8742 or



Georgia Presbyterian Cursillo #44


The first Cursillo weekend of 2014 will be held May 1-4 at Pinnacle Retreat Center in Clayton, GA. Cursillo is a three day spiritual renewal weekend designed to Refresh your awareness of the joy and grace God has for each of us, Renew your enthusiasm for living out your relationship with Christ, and Return you to your home, church and workplace inspired to reform them for Jesus. Please prayerfully consider attending this spring's retreat and contact Valerie Mote ( or 770-401-8854) with any questions you may have or to pick up a registration form.


Preschool News


Preschool Registration

Limited space available at Eastminster Christian Preschool (ECP).  We still have some openings in our 2-day Toddlers and our PreK 4's classes. Register now to guarantee your space. Church members receive $10 off tuition each month. You can help us spread the word about our fantastic preschool by posting ECP brochures at your neighborhood pool, tennis courts, baseball fields, and other locations frequented by families.


Easter Lilies


Easter is rapidly approaching. It is a great time to buy and dedicate a beautiful Easter lily in honor of loved ones, in memory of loved ones, or presented to Eastminster. The cost is $8.00 and may be dedicated as follows:


# of Plants                    (please print)


______   In loving memory of                 







______   In honor of







______   Presented to Eastminster Presbyterian Church


Name of Donor: _________________________________

Please enclose check and return to the church office before April 6.


 Session Meeting Highlights

 March 2014 


Session received the following new Covenant Partners: Larry & BJ Baskin, Scott & Michelle Baumann, Tim & Kim Brammer, Richard & Martha Childs, Joel & Jill Guske, Helen Hvizdak, Jonathan & Rosie Jeffries, Chris & Ruth Kenyon, Dan & Jo Kiser, Jack & Marilyn Michelitch, Lee & Hayley Nagel, Mike & Kristy Snedden, Ray & Judy Westerlage, and Brad & Susan West.


Session acknowledged with sadness the passing of Don Melcher on March 1, 2014.


Session approved the baptisms of Jonathon & Rosie Jeffries on March 16, 2014.


Session approved the baptisms of Julian & Bishop Baumann, sons of Scott & Michelle Baumann, on March 16, 2014.


Session approved a Letter of Transfer for Paul & Jennifer Bennecke to Peachtree Presbyterian Church.


Session authorized Nancy Brummett to hold a seminar at Eastminster for those interested in ministering to older adults. The seminar will be held on April 21, 2014, 9am until 12. Cost will be $25 per person.


Session approved reinstating the Organ Study Team to review where the team left off in 2008, consider new research, and provide the Session with a final report and recommendation.


Session approved entering into contract with Anago of Atlanta for cleaning services as soon as possible for 35 hours a week. The budget will be for 40 hours a week to allow flexibility in responding to the needs of the church.


Session approved a designated offering to the Cobb County School Bus Rodeo with sponsorship signage.


Session authorized A&P to hire security personnel as needed.


There will be a Called Session meeting on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 7pm in the Youth Room for the purpose of receiving new Confirmands.


The next Stated Session Meeting will be Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 7:30pm in Room 204.



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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