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From Pastor Aaron . . .


Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:1-2)


My family was able to get to a Braves game a couple weeks back. They smashed the Diamondbacks 6-2. Go Braves! On our way out of the stadium I noticed something remarkable. The stadium personnel were so incredibly polite. They were waiting for all the fans to clear out of the seats before they began to swoop in to clean. Of course, that was probably a logistical decision, but they could have waited anywhere, talking it up with each other. I'm sure, like every workplace the employees of Suntrust Park know each other and have relationships with each other that they could cultivate while they waited for us visitors to file out of the stadium. Instead, they each lined the aisles and entrance ways, the breeze ways and gates, and each one of them looked me in the eye, said "thanks for coming", or "we hope you enjoyed the game", or "be safe going home", or "come back and see us again"


One employee doing this may not have made such an impact on me, but this was person after person, at every turn (it's a big stadium), every employee had a job as they waited for the final clean up, and it was to make sure we fans know our patronage is appreciated. Wow! How much can the church learn from this kind of hospitality?


Most every church deals with this issue of hospitality. We sincerely and earnestly desire for people in our neighborhoods to be a part of our worshipping community. We do a fairly good job of shaking hands as people enter our doors, or as we file out. I think every church would say they could be better at this task of welcoming. But unlike a ball game, ours is more than an event. We are a family, a community of believers gathered to feast together on the Word of God. Yes, this is God's house, but it's our house too. How amazing would it be if every member of this house, of EPC, could line the aisles and breezeways and entranceways welcoming and getting to know each other, and especially the guests that decide they want to see if this fellowship community is a right fit for their family? How might our loving smile or open arms be the catalyst for a guest to find a new faith home?


I desire for Eastminster to be known for its gracious hospitality; to be a warm and embracing community for anyone who happens to enter this property. The Welcoming Team under the direction of the Deacons is in the process of brainstorming how we can be a more hospitable church. I want to encourage each one of you in this act of welcoming, but especially those of you who may have a gift of hospitality to consider becoming a part of this team. Your ideas and warm welcome may just be the very thing that helps this thread of hospitality become a defining characteristic of the DNA of Eastminster. Be encouraged dear friends in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ


Pastor Aaron


Youth Ministry News


Youth Ministry - SAVE THE DATES

Saturday 5: Mystery Morning at 6:00 AM


Sunday 6:  Christian Life Training Starts

  • Pool Parties at The Fowlers
    • Middle School: 2:00-3:30 PM
    • High School: 4:00-6:00 PM

Sunday 13: Parent Meeting at 2:00 PM

  • Youth Group
    • Middle School: 4:00-5:15
    • Combined Dinner: 5:15-5:45
    • High School: 5:45-7:00

Wednesday 16: First Wednesday Night!

  • Youth Fellowship/Hang-out Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
  • Dinner With Church: 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Separate Boy/Girl Bible Study: 7:00-8:00 PM

Friday 18 - Sunday 20: Sharptop Retreat (see details below)

  • No youth group this Sunday, August 20!

Sunday 27: Youth Group



  • While most of the older youth know exactly what's happening on this morning, the sixth graders do not!
  • If your child is entering the sixth grade, please contact Blake at for more details. 



Sharptop Retreat

Dates:      August 18-20, 2017 (Friday afternoon through

                Sunday afternoon)

Ages:       If you're in Middle or High School This Fall


Spots:      Spots are essentially unlimited, but please

                 sign up earlier rather than later!

* This is our annual youth ministry kick-off at Sharptop Cove in Jasper, GA with other churches from our region! This is a weekend full of passionate worship, crowded cabins and bunk beds, and an entire afternoon playing on the amazing things Sharptop Cove can offer (they have zip lines, slides, rope swing, climbing wall, and tons of open space). Please visit our new website to register!



Eastminster Presbyterian Church is delighted to present a year-long Confirmation Program for our students! Open to any Eighth Grade Student, this comprehensive program designed helps our students take those first steps of faith, and if desired, to join the church as a full member in the spring of 2018. 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 (


Promotion Sunday - August 6


While our students move into their new Christian Life Training classes, our ministry teams will be available to share information and make connections! Students will be promoted to their next grade level - this includes Children's Church during worship. Join us for coffee, pastries and information in the fellowship hall.


Children's Ministry . . .


Children's Church on Promotion Sunday

On August 6th, children who are beginning 2nd grade are joyfully invited to begin attending worship with their families! This is the year these children graduate from Children's Church and begin to increase their understanding of the central purpose of our Christian community. As their exposure to the rhythms of worship grows every Sunday, they will learn and be reminded of who they are, and why we come together each week to praise and glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It may be a challenging transition for some, but their presence is vital to their developing faith. This shift culminates in the spring with EPC's My First Communion Class, which prepares children to receive communion and allows them to grow even more not just into children of worshiping parents, but worshipers themselves.


Annual EPC Craftsmen Retreat August 5 in the CLC


Building a Christ-Centered Home


Being a man committed to maintaining Christian values can be extremely difficult in this time when the world encourages selfishness and a me-centered attitude. Men today face numerous challenges that threaten our efforts to create a Christ-centered home for our families. But there has never been a more critical time to step-up and be the spiritual leaders of our homes. 


The EPC Craftsmen Ministry is offering a one-day retreat design to equip men with the tools and skills they need to cultivate and maintain a Christ-like environment in their homes. This highly-interact program will consist of speakers who will outline why we must be diligent in living the Fruit of the Spirit in our homes. They also will provide instruction on how to introduce prayer, Bible study, and devotions into your family activities.


The retreat will be Saturday, August 5 from 8 am to 2 pm in the Christian Life Center at EPC. Breakfast and lunch will be served and there will be no charge for admission. However, registration is required. Please sign up online by visiting  You also can obtain more information by contact Steve Hartt at


"But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15


Music Ministry


Opportunities to serve and become involved in Eastminster's Music Ministry


Johann Sebastian Bach once stated, "The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul." I couldn't agree with this statement more. We were created to glorify God. We were created to enjoy Him and He us. What a wonderful purpose! The Creator delights in His creation!


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


ReSoundEastminster's Youth Band and Chorus will kick-off on Sunday, August 13. 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! (rehearsal time printed below)


KidChoir, Eastminster's Children's Chorus will also kick-off on Sunday, August 13. 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! (rehearsal time printed below)


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. It's super simple to learn! Rehearsals resume on Wednesday, August 16.


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 2. 




Eastminster Ringers - Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 pm, Sanctuary, beginning on August 16


Chancel Choir - Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 pm, choir room, beginning on August 2


KidChoir - Sunday, 3:30-4:15 pm, choir room, beginning on August 13


ReSound - High School, Sunday, 4:30-5:15 pm, choir room - Middle School, Sunday, 5:45-6:15 pm, choir room, beginning on August 13


Women's Ministry


Craft Circle

Craft Circle will not meet in August but will resume September 11th to complete projects for West Virginia mission. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).


Mission News


Kenya Mission Trip 2018 Informational Meeting

If you are interested in going on the 2018 Kenya mission trip, there will be an informational meeting on Sunday, August 13th in the library (in the CLC) after the 11:15am service. If you cannot make the meeting but want more information, please contact Beth Hartt ( or Leslie Michael (




Fall Festival 2017 - Save the Date

Save the date for this year's Fall Festival - Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14. More details to follow. If you are interested in being a part of the Fall Festival leadership committee or to find out more about volunteer opportunities, please email


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 20.




Phone: _____________________________________


Address: ___________________________________


Email: ______________________________________


Please indicate here if you wish to participate only as an

alternate (on a periodic basis if a primary participant is not available). ______


Thank You!


Dear Church Family,

I want to thank all of you for proving again, the power of prayer. I appreciate you having been part of my healing and recovery over the past couple of months. We can't begin to tell you how much your continued prayers, love and support means to us. Your delicious meals, visits, hugs, flowers and wonderful cards have touched our hearts in so many ways. Thank you! By the Grace of God, I am truly blessed!


Janet and Larry McIntire


Session Meeting Highlights  July 2017


Session approved the 2017 Stewardship campaign to be held during October 8-22.


Session approved a mission trip to Kenya from May 30-June 13, 2018. The cost of the trip is $2900 with $900 for an optional safari. The maximum number of missionaries is 18. A tentative fundraiser is planned for January 2018.


Session approved the purchase of a new projector for the CLC, at an estimated cost of $12-15,000, to replace the current projector that is on the brink of failing and is unable to be repaired. 


Session approved a task force for the purpose of interviewing and hiring a full-time Director of Ministries for Children and Families with the goal of hiring in the fourth quarter of 2017. 


The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 7:30pm in Room 204.


Respectfully submitted,


Diane L. Brock

Clerk of Session


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Rev. Aaron Moore, Senior Pastor






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