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August 7

"Hearing God: Isn't Rocket Science"

Dr. Boone



August 14

"Hearing God: You're Never Alone"
Dr. Boone


August 21

"Hearing God: Tuned In"

Rev. Blake Hudson


August 28

"Hearing God: The Big God Who Speaks Quietly"

Dr. Boone






1   Ray Westerlage

1   Timothy Minors

1   Andrew Dixon

1   Austin Barner

1   Nickolas Edwards

2   John Buchanan

2   George Stewart

2   Todd Byrd

4   Helen Moran

4   David Pirlot

4   Noah Hammett

5   Paige Hammett

5   Wendy Norton

5   Dan Jones

6   Anders Dickerson

8   Jane Kennedy

8   Randy Tahsler

8   Reed Goodwin

9   Dan Wolfram

11 David Preikszas

11 Joel Guske

11 Grey Bozza

12 Peter Sullivan

12 Lynne Segars

13 Laura Lee Lindsey

14 Wendi Shreiner

14 Kristy Snedden

14 Sally Tinsley

15 Kathy Wolfram

16 Mary Lindsay Grady

16 Susan South

17 Debbie Bussart

17 Christy Thomas

17 Ella Starnes

18 David Brentzel

18 Brady John

20 Grant Thomas

20 Avery Suber

20 Sadie Jackson

21 Barbara Pike

21 Elizabeth Ramsey

22 Connie Weems-Scott

23 Paul Denison

23 Karl Touset

23 Mike Hays

23 Ford Orton

23 Jessica Welborn

23 Louise Delgado

24 Kevin Wang

24 Parker Morris

24 Renske Strydom

24 Henry Clifton

25 Sally Stebbins

25 Chelsea Darlihg

26 Lindsey Thompson

27 Merrilyn Burke

27 Anderson Taylor

28 Tanya Rizk

28 Beth Crump

29 Jim Huckaby

29 Reston Goodwin


Happy Anniversary


3  Joel & Martha Knight

3  Stan & Merrilee Morris

4  Jack & Jennifer Wall

5  Mike & Jennie Adams

5  Hal & Ellen Parkerson

5  Steve & Katie Todd

7  Lee & Nancy Smith

10 Stan & Flo Sharp

11 Jonathon & Rosie


11 Roger & Suzanne


12 Karl & Sharon


14 Harry & Merrilyn


14 Lee & Hayley Nagel

14 Stan & Judy


15 Todd & Shirley Byrd

15 Tom & Sara Dilworth

15 Dan & Jo Ann Kiser

15 Kevin & Christi


16 Dave & Carolyn

16 Dick & Cathy DuBose

19 Rod & Karen Clark

20 Matt & Jamie Ryder

21 David & Elizabeth


21 Thomas & Mary

         Grace Schaap

25 Richard & Elaine


27 Barry & Beth Gannon

27 William & Cindy


27 Jim & Michelle


28 David & Chris


29 John & Janie Bunch

31 Tom & Jane Baskin

31 Pat & Leila Ramsay 





August 7


Dick & Cathy DuBose

Debbie Taylor



Karen Miller

Marsha Stemme

Tommy Nickles


August 14


Sara Daw

Valerie Mote



Ellen Parkerson

Scott & Angie Wessner


August 21


Scott & Michelle


Chris & Ellen Foster



Frank & Jo Byrd

Leslie Michael


August 28


Sara Dilworth

Adrienne Riga



Eric & Alison Horton

Gail Sorrells




August 7


Terri Capparucci

Eddie Capparucci



Melinda Freeman

Bob Douglas

Paul Denison

Bill Freeman



August 14


Vicky Ryder

Susan Welborn



Ray Westerlage

Chad Ervin

John Bunch

Janie Bunch




August 21


Will Page

Cathy DuBose



Jay Michael

Scott Briggs

Doug Nielson

Stan Beard



August 28


Kevin Youngberg

Steve Thomas



Steve Moore

Robert Chesser

Chad Ervin
Jim Marsh


Christian Sympathy


is expressed to. . .

Carolyn Waters and family in the loss of her mother, Jewell Engle.









Lately, I've noticed some people from the community standing at a couple of areas on our property with smartphones. When I asked about this, I discovered Eastminster is a "Pokemon Go" stop. We're even a "Gem" stop! Now, I have little understanding of what these mean, but it seems to excite some members of staff and our families. Pokemon Go is a game that puts creatures on a virtual map. The goal is to capture and train these little things, so people come here trying to find them. That sounds like a terrific opportunity to invite someone to worship or youth group, or maybe children's programs!


People are searching on many levels. Maybe you're not searching for the Pokemon Go creatures, but perhaps something else. And if you're a Christian you might be asking God a lot of questions. Maybe you want to hear God on matters like family, career, and illness. Eastminster is searching, too. We want to hear from God about finding a permanent Senior Pastor. Over the next several weeks we'll seek His guidance on a new strategy to take us into the next several years.


I'm reminded of a couple verses about seeking God. "Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. . . . The LORD will guide you continually. (Isaiah 58: 9, 11)." In John, Jesus says his followers "will hear his voice" (John 10:4) God speaks. But, can you hear Him, or maybe you wonder how you can hear Jesus?


In his introductory remarks to his book Hearing God, Dallas Willard suggests another purpose. "You are an unceasing spiritual being, created for an intimate and transforming friendship with the creative Community that is the Trinity. Learning to hear God is much more about becoming comfortable in a continuing conversation, and learning to constantly lean on the goodness and love of God, than it is about turning God into an ATM for advice, or treating the Bible as a crystal ball" (Hearing God, Introduction).


In August and September our community will be focused on learning why and how to hear God. The staff invites you to dig into this series through listening to the sermons, reading Hearing God, attending small groups, Bible studies, or just talking about this over coffee with friends and dinner with families. God is speaking, let's learn to listen!


In Christ,




Imagine Eastminster in 2022!


You are invited to a special event to plan for the future of Eastminster! You and your family will not want to miss this opportunity. More details to follow, but for now save these dates:

Friday, September 9 at 6:00 - 8:30 PM

including a catered dinner in the CLC


Sunday, September 11 at 12:30 - 5:30 PM

including a lunch and plenty of snacks in the CLC

Dr. Thomas Boone will be leading our congregation through a strategic visioning process. Assisting him in coordinating this process is a task force consisting of the following people:

Rich Atalla                      Alison Horton

Dick Dubose                   Phil McClendon

Ellen Foster                    Andrew Sain

Bill Freeman                   Richonna Sanders

Beth Hartt                       Wendi Shreiner

Cindy Holland                 Mary Evelyn Starnes

                                       Carolyn Waters


Christian Education


Small Groups

Most of our small groups are starting back-up this month in conjunction with the sermon series "Hearing God".  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 this fall, please fill-out a small groups survey form (found in the information racks in the entryways to both buildings) and return it to the office, and we'll help you find the right group for you!  Contact Hubie Mann ( if you have questions or need additional information.


Hearing God

"Hearing God" by Dallas Willard is the book that accompanies the fall sermon series and is being used by most of our small groups.  Copies are available in the church office for $10. Even if you're not in a small group, we'd recommend that you read this will revolutionize your prayer life!


Summer Intern

We want to say a big THANK YOU to Lucas John who served at Eastminster all summer in the Children's, Youth, and College Ministries.  July 31 was Lucas' last day with us and he will be heading up to Chapel Hill, NC this month to start a new job.



Fall Line-up of

Adult Christian Life Training Classes


Sunday Morning Courses - 10:15-11am


Got Questions? - Whether you're a "Seeker", a new believer, or you've been a Christian for quite some time, we've all got questions: Questions about God, questions about life, questions about the Bible, and questions about how God, life, and the Bible all "fit together". Using the "Nooma" video series as a "launching pad", this discussion-based class (with no homework!) will explore these questions and more. Meets from August 7 through December 18 in CLC Room 204 and will be led by Mary-Evelyn Starnes.


The Letter to the Romans - Christianity has been the most powerful transforming force in human history and the book of Romans is the most basic, most comprehensive statement of true Christianity. When Paul first penned his letter to the house churches of Rome, his purpose was to gain prayerful support for his coming mission to the western reaches of the Mediterranean world. Little did he know that over two thousand years later, his exposition of the gospel would come to be known as one of the greatest letters ever written.This year long class runs from August 7 through May 28 in CLC Room 209 and will be led by Carolyn Waters.


God as He Longs for You to See Him - How would you describe God? And how does your view of God impact your life? This series focuses on seven attributes of God: His goodness, sovereignty, holiness, wisdom, justice, love, and faithfulness. As you begin to see God for who He really is and what His true desires for your life are, it will change the way you pray, the way you live, and the way you think about the world around you. Runs from August 7 through Sept. 18 in the Library and will be led by Eddie and Teri Capparucci.


Good to Great in God's Eyes - Do you long for a spiritual breakthrough? If you're looking to go to the next level or get a fresh infusion of faith and spiritual passion then this is the group study for you. This series uses Scripture, personal stories and examples from real Christians who left an indelible mark on the world. These steps are not intended to earn God's favor or to impress others; instead they are an opportunity to fulfill the highest and best purposes God has for your life. This class follows up God as He Longs for You to See Him and will run from Sept. 25 through Dec. 18 in the Library and will be led by Eddie and Teri Capparucci.


Passing on the Faith - We all know that we're "supposed" to pass on our faith to others. That's what the Great Commission is all about, right? The problem is that most Christians lack the confidence to do that or they're not even sure about how to get started. If that describes you, then "Passing on the Faith" is a class that will give you the practical tools to begin to share your faith with your family and friends and hopefully make some disciples! Meets from August 7 through December 18 in CLC Room 208 and will be led by Hubie and Terri Mann.


Wednesday Night Courses (7-8pm).

Classes meet following the Fellowship Dinner from 6-7pm. Childcare is provided in Room 3.


The Pastor's Study: The Gospel of John - Each of the Gospel writers had a purpose for writing their Gospel and an audience to whom they were writing. The Apostle John's purpose is crystal clear: to present Jesus Christ in his deity as the Son of God in order to spark believing faith in his readers. John's gospel is topical, not primarily chronological, and it revolves around seven miracles and seven "I am" statements of Christ. Dr. Boone did his doctoral studies in the Gospel of John so he is excited about the opportunity to teach this book of the Bible at Eastminster. The class begins on August 3 in CLC Room 209 and will be led by Dr. Tom Boone.


Passing on the Faith - We all know that we're "supposed" to pass on our faith to others. That's what the Great Commission is all about, right? The problem is that most Christians lack the confidence to do that or they're not even sure about how to get started. If that describes you, then "Passing on the Faith" is a class that will give you the practical tools to begin to share your faith with your family and friends and hopefully make some disciples! Meets from August 3 through December 14 in CLC Room 208 and will be led by Hubie and Terri Mann.




Wednesday Night Youth - Begins August 3

            Fellowship: 5 - 6 pm

            Dinner: 6 - 7 pm

            Small Groups: 7 - 8 pm


Sunday, August 7

Parents Meeting at 2:00 PM in the youth room


Youth Group

             Middle School - 4:00 - 5:15 pm

             Meal - 5:15 - 5:45 pm

             High School - 5:45 - 7:00 pm


Wednesday Night Youth - August 10

Friday, August 12 - August 14 - Sharptop Retreat

Wednesday Night Youth - August 17

Sunday, August 21 - Youth Group

Wednesday Night Youth - August 24

Sunday, August 28 - Youth Group



Sharptop Retreat: Friday, August 12 - Sunday, August 14

Sign-ups are open! Please text or email Rev. Hudson ASAP.

Cost: $170, (the price increases to $185 August 7)

This weekend is full of passionate worship, small group Bible studies, crowded cabins and an entire afternoon playing on the amazing things Sharptop Cove offers (they have a "blob", zip lines, slides, giant swing, climbing wall, ropes courses and tons of open space)!

This is the first trip for next year's youth, so we want to bring as many people as possible! Parents are also needed as chaperones, so please let me know!



Confirmation Update!

Eastminster Presbyterian Church is delighted to present a year long Confirmation Program for our youth! Open to any and every Eighth Grade Youth, this is a comprehensive program designed to help youth take those first steps of faith, and if desired, to join the church as a full member in the spring of 2017. In addition to meeting every Sunday morning during Christian Life Training in Room 203, we will also have special activities outside of Sunday morning throughout the year. If your family is interested, contact Rev. J. Bake Hudson at the church office (


Music Ministry


It's hard to believe that the Fall semester is upon us! It's been a busy (hot) and productive Summer. 


Here's a quick reminder of all the ways to become involved in the EPC music ministry: 


ReSound, Eastminster's Youth Band and Chorus will kick-off on Sunday, August 7. Students enjoy rehearsing music that covers a broad range of musical styles and learning what it means to glorify God through praise and worship. 6th-12th-grade vocalists and instrumentalists are all welcome! (see At-A-Glance for rehearsal times)


KidChoir, Eastminster's Children's Chorus will also kick-off on Sunday, August 7. Children enjoy singing a broad range of musical styles, fun games and activities, and an emphasis on worship and what it means to serve Jesus through service and singing. No audition necessary, just a love for singing and a joyful heart! (see At-A-Glance for rehearsal times)


The Eastminster Ringers is a handbell choir made up of dedicated musicians. New members may have some ringing experience or demonstrate musical proficiency to the director; instruction is available for those with no ringing experience. Rehearsals resume on Wednesday, August 3. Join us for a new member reception from 7:15-7:45 pm on August 3.


Our Chancel Choir presents during the 11:15 am worship service on Sunday mornings and different special events. No audition required for membership - we welcome all men and women with the desire to participate and the willingness to commit to rehearsals. Rehearsals resume on Wednesday, August 3. Join us for a new member reception from 7:15-7:45 pm on August 3.




Eastminster Ringers - Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 pm, Sanctuary, beginning on August 3

Chancel Choir - Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 pm, choir room, beginning on August 3

KidChoir - Sunday, 3:30-4:15 pm, room 2 and choir room, beginning on August 7

ReSoundHigh School, Sunday, 4:30-5:15 pm, choir room - Middle School, Sunday, 5:45-6:15 pm, choir room, beginning on August 7




Award-winning singer/songwriter Jeremiah Jones will give a FREE concert in the Memorial Garden on Saturday, August 6, 6:00 - 7:00 pm. 


Theatre Organist Walt Strony will give a FREE concert of organ music in the Sanctuary on Sunday, September 18, 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Please join us for a reception in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the concert.


Knitters and Crocheters


If you'd like to make items for the annual Hat/Scarf/ Mitten ministry, we would love for you to use the yarn that has been donated to the Craft Circle.  There is a bin of assorted yarn in the main building alcove.  Any questions, please contact Lynn Hall or Lynne Buchanan.


Looking for Old Boy/Cub Scout Memorabilia or Collectables


Troop/Pack 565 has reserved a table at the Atlanta "Trade-O-Ree" in late September. We are looking for any Boy/Cub Scout Memorabilia or Collectables you have that are just gathering dust. We will try and sell the items at the Trade-O-Ree and all proceeds go to our Boy Scout programs.


College Student Addresses


As our college students return to school, we will need to get updated addresses for them as well.  We like to stay in touch with them while they are away from home.  Please email your college students mailing address to Jeanne Chesser at


Suppers of Eight


The third Saturday is suggested to be set aside by the participants of Suppers of Eight. For those who are not acquainted with this program, it is a wonderful way to meet and get to know other members or visitors. Participants spend one evening in September, October and November with three other couples. Each couple brings one food course to help the host family with the meal! Singles are welcome to sign-up also. Please complete the form below, place in the offering plate or call Reta Frew at 404-456-3762. The deadline to sign up is August 21.




Phone: _____________________________________




Email Address: ______________________________


Please indicate here if you wish to participate only as an alternate (on a periodic basis if a primary participant is not available). ____


Women's Ministry 


Craft Circle

The Craft Circle will take the month of August off. We look forward to seeing you all in September as we begin new mission projects. 


Mission News


Out of Darkness

Out of Darkness seeks to rescue and restore victims of Sex Trafficking in Atlanta.  It's Princess Night outreach helps build relationships with these women by going to areas of street prostitution and offering roses, prayer, and handmade cards of encouragement and scripture.  EPC has the opportunity to participate on Friday nights at 7pm on August 26, October 28, and December 23.   For more information, contact Mary Lynne Nielson (




Fall Festival - October 21-22 - Save the Date
The annual Fall Festival will be held on Friday, October 21 (12 pm to 8 pm) and Saturday October 22 (10 am - 4 pm).   BBQ, Bouncy Castles, Sno-Cones, Crafts and, as a new addition, a Pastoral Dunk Tank! We will need lots of volunteers to help make this outreach to the community and Missions fund-raiser a big success. Stay tuned for more information. To get involved, contact Doug Nielson (;

Val Mote (,

Phil McClendon ( or

Norm Baur (



Ken 'Ya Run 5K

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 19th and join us for the inaugural Ken 'Ya Run 5K at Still Family Farm! All proceeds from the race will benefit Kenya Connection Kids, specifically going toward construction of the technical school.


Not a runner or walker? The race needs sponsors too! Do you own a company or have influence where you work? We'd love to talk to you about race sponsorship! There are sponsorship levels for every budget and it's a great way to advertise any business!


For more race and sponsorship information, visit You can also contact Beth Hartt ( or Emily Gilbert ( for more information.




Hands of Hope Mission Trip - September 22 - 25


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.


We have a team of approximately 6 to 8 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, a trip to the Kimball, WV Food Bank and other activities.


The donation bins will be placed in the CLC lobby and the Alcove (area outside the choir room ) August 14th.The donations will focus on needs for the upcoming winter in McDowell County. The needs are: Sleeping bags (child and adult), blankets, quilts, and comforters. Children's clothing (sizes new born to 4T, summer and winter). Warm winter jackets, fleece jackets, sweat shirts and pants, boots, mittens, gloves, socks and hats. (all sizes child, teen and adult). Items always in short supply: Infant and toddler clothing, men's shoes, men's small and medium shirts, men's plus sizes especially 3XL, women's plus size clothing and pots and pans. Other household needs: silverware, cooking utensils, dishes, lamps, small appliances. All items should be new or gently used and clean. Clothes should be labeled by size and gender.   ****PLEASE, PLEASE: NO other adult clothes except as listed previously.


Some great things have happened in McDowell County this summer through Hand of Hope! Your Mission donations are what have made all these things possible.


Eastminster was able to assist 2 women enroll in a Certified Nurse Assistant Program through our mission funding! Their husbands are both miners who lost their jobs, one 3 years ago and one this year. Both women completed the course and exam. They will be taking the State Certification Exam and are applying for jobs!Eastminster is blessed to be able to help them provide for their families. They are overwhelmed with God's goodness and our generosity in helping them.


Eastminster was asked by Hands of Hope to participate in a Kids Day sponsored by The Coalfield Community Action Project. Mount Bethel in Marietta also participates in this special event. Eastminster was asked to provide 6 bicycles. One of our small groups at Eastminster provided the funding for the bicycles!


Norm and Suzie Baur traveled to West Virginia on July 23rd for this free event day with games, prizes, food and of course a bicycle drawing! It was a joy to interact with the children and their parents. Such a happy time in an area with so many hardships.


August 11th is the McDowell County Library Summer Program Event. Once again Eastminster Is providing 18 bicycles for a drawing at the end of the summer party. We also hope to attend that event. Yes, we are becoming known as the bicycle church.


Thank you for all donations to the Food Box Fund and continued donations to the Diaper Fund! EPC's support of these funds has been a blessing to the people of McDowell County. The needs will continue to be ongoing and are more important than ever with yet another recent downturn in the economy of McDowell County. (The closing of yet more coal mines and the closing of Walmart in the Spring).


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 other specific needs identified by Hands of Hope for the winter months.  


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 Phone : 770-321-0188 Norm: Cell 678-283-0776, email: Suzie : Cell 678-283-0774, email:



Suzie and Norm


Calling All Crafters!


If you are planning to have a booth at this year's Fall Festival, you need to get your registration submitted early.  We will have up to 15 booths available and they will be assigned on a first come, first served basis; with preference to hand crafted items.  You can pick up a form at the Church office or email Sally Brentzel at


July Session Meeting Highlights


Session welcomed Ian and Alison Cross, and their daughters Avary, Lily, Shannon, and Jillian into the covenant partnership of Eastminster.


Session approved the wedding of Member Matthew Wessner and Sarah Healey on June 9, 2018. Rev. Blake Hudson will officiate.


Session approved a motion that Eastminster, in partnership with Miesto Baznycia, a Lithuanian church, hold a 24-hour prayer vigil (date TBD) to allow members of both congregations to reflect on the tragic events that have taken place in both the U.S. as well as throughout the world. Eastminster will set up a prayer banner to allow members of each congregation to sign up for a prayer slot.


Session approved a shoe drive starting in August to collect new and used shoes to be given to needy people in the U.S. and internationally through the Soles4Souls organization.


Session approved Rev. Trent McIntyre to preach at Eastminster on September 25, 2016.


Session approved a combined worship service on World Communion Sunday, October 2, 2016. The service will take place in the sanctuary to accommodate the Great Hall floor refinishing. The service time is to be determined.


Session approved a trip to Egypt with the Outreach Foundation on October 10-21, 2016, to build awareness and strengthen our relationship with the pastors Eastminster is supporting. Dr. Tom Boone, Emily Gilbert, and Mary Lynne Nielson will be attending.


The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2016, 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. Thomas Boone, Transitional Pastor








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