December 2015 |



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Upcoming Worship


December 6

All I Want: Is A Little Power

Dr. McConnell

Lessons and Carols


December 13

All I Want: Is A Little Money

Dr. McConnell


December 20

All I Want: Is A Little Hope for the Future

Dr. McConnell

December 24

Christmas Eve

5pm Pageant

7 and 11pm - Sanctuary


All I Want: Is Jesus

Dr. McConnell


December 27

All I Want: Is Wisdom

Rev. Blake Hudson 






1   Suzanne Bryan

1   Piet Strydom

1   Alison Horton

1   Meredith Hall

2   Yubo Qiu

3   Courtney Driscoll

4   Kathleen Moak

4   Wesley Bickham

5   Pam Keller

5   Virginia Warren

6   Leigh Sain

7   Nicole Simon

7   Carter Sain

8   B. J. Baskin

8   Omega Bickham

8   Matthew Ryder

8   Mark Moran

8   Wesley McDaniel

9   Emily Wilcox

9   Adrienne Riga

9   Jared Riga

10  Karen Clark

10  Emma Dilworth

11  Richard Alder

11  Stan Sharp

11  Eric Horton

11  Bailey Bickham

12  Frank Byrd

12  Brian Sherlock

13  Amy Allen

13  Joel Knight

13  Lindsey Suber

14  Reta Frew

14  Paige Jennings

14  Holly Meigs

15  Merrilee Morris

15  Jan Conkright

15  Denny Zollweg

15  Karen Miller

15  Gordon Carswell

16  Paul Goldberg

16  Bette Van Winkle

16  Samuel Norton

18  Judy Struk

19  Bill Allen

19  Alex Moyer

20  Karl Melcher

21  David Elkins

21  Steve Todd

21  William Meigs

22  Carolyn Keappler

22  Carol Hays

22  Garner Page

23  John Thompson

24  Bob Douglas

24  Carolyn Waters

25  Greg Peacock

25  Martha Childs

27  Tom Dilworth

27  Candice Sherlock

27  Mary Georgia


28  Ted Wood

28  Hallie Radler

28  Thomas Denhaese

28  William DenHaese

29  Scott Wessner

29  Aimee Jackson

29  Caroline Warren

30  Mary Alice Phinney

30  John Bentley

31  Frances Skeeles

31  Brian Lamb 




Happy Anniversary


6   Chad & Sally Ervin

10  Logan & Sarah


 17  Wonyean & Leah


21  Dick & Eleanor


26  Larry & Anne 


27  Norm & Suzie Baur

27  Ralph & Lucy Gordon

28  Richard & Martha


29  Bill & Amy Allen

30  Hoke & Amy Wilcox








December 6


Jenny Seitter

Teresa Roberts



Cindy Moran

Martie Pottinger

Karen Adair


December 13


Leigh Sain

Joel & Jill Guske



Paul & Snookie Goldberg

Bill & Melinda Freeman


December 20


Sarah Nielsen

Teri Capparucci



Mike & Jennie Adams

Randy & Edwina



December 24


Joel & Jill Guske



Bob & Jane Douglas



Stan & Ellen Beard


December 27


Val Mote

Kim Brammer



John & Janie Bunch

Linda & Denny Zollweg






December 6

Randy Sherman

Carol Banks

Courtenay Frew

Paul Dennison


December 13

Jim Swann

Paul Goldberg

Snookie Goldberg

Jim Marsh


December 20

Janet McIntire

Larry McIntire

Candy McNair

Robert Chesser


December 27

Robert Chesser

Jim Bussart

Debbie Bussart

Steve Moore  






Thank You. . .


Thank you to all who donated money and food for Thanksgiving Baskets. The Williams' SUV was full and $960 was collected for turkeys!



Thank you for all the cards, emails, texts, phone calls, Facebook postings, and journal postings.  Elise, Rich and I have felt the love!  The first treatment started November 17, and we will see in 12 weeks how successful it will be!  Blessings from our family!

Jeanette Gowen




Karen Miller in the loss of her mother, Shirley Kessler.







All I Want


Turn Your List Jesus


"Put it on your list for Santa," I said to my six-year old last week. His ears perked up with interest and he asked, "How do I turn that in again?" This year he wants to make sure Santa gets it. I said I thought there was a form online.


What is on your list this year? What does your heart want most? Are you willing to turn your list in, not to Santa, but to Jesus and let Him give or remove what He will?


Christianity Today's 2015 Book of the Year is Jen Pollock Michel's Teach us to Want (InterVarsity Press, 2015). In it, Michel points out that desire is not bad in and of itself. Actually, God wired us up to want things. Wanting things is not wrong. It's wrong to want the wrong things.


Can we submit our desires to Jesus? He will actually change what we want. He can actually alter our desires to match His goodness. He can change our hearts to want what is right and recoil from what is wrong. Maybe all I really want for Christmas is a changed heart. Turn in your list to Jesus and see what He wants to do with it, and with you.


Merry Christmas!


Yours in Christ,



"Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart."   --Psalm 37:4


Christian Education


We Need Your Kids

For The Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant

Rehearsals will be on Sunday afternoons on December 6th, 13th, and 20th from 3-4:15pm in the gym. Middle school/High school students and members of the angel choir will rehearse all 3 Sundays. Elementary school students (grades 1-5) will rehearse on Dec. 13th and Dec. 20th, and Pre-K4 /Kindergarten students will just come for the final rehearsal on Dec. 20th.  Contact Hubie Mann ( to sign-up your kids...there's room for everyone who wants to participate!



Wednesday Night Dinner Program

The first semester of Wednesday Night Dinners, Adult classes, and Youth Bible Studies will conclude on Wednesday, Dec. 11, and resume for the second semester on Wednesday, Jan. 7.



Hubie Mann's Egypt Trip Report

On Sunday, Dec. 27, all of our Adult Education classes will be joining together from 10:15-11am  in the gym to hear a special report from our Christian Education Director, Hubie Mann, about his recent trip to Egypt with leaders from ECO and The Outreach Foundation. Come hear about the exciting things that God is doing in the Presbyterian Church in Egypt and the partnership that Eastminster is developing with the Synod of the Nile.



Kick It Into Gear

"Kick It Into Gear in the New Year" is our winter version of "Rev Up For Fall" and will take place in the Fellowship Hall from 10:15-11am (between the worship services) on Sunday, January 4.  Ministry team leaders should contact Hubie Mann to reserve a table if your team wants to have a "booth" at this event.



Small Groups

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.  Contact Hubie Mann ( if you have questions or need additional information.



VBS 2016 - Save the Dates!

Next summer's VBS is scheduled for June 20-24.  Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for "Egypt: Joseph's Journey From Prison to Palace" for another awesome week of VBS! Online registration will begin in March.  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, please contact Hubie Mann at




December Calendar

Sunday, December 6: Youth Group - Reindeer Games

Sunday, December 13: Youth Christmas Parties

Sunday,  December 20: Christmas Movie Night


Men's Ministry


Craftsmen's Annual Men's Retreat 


Save the Date: February 26-28


The tenth annual EPC Craftsmen's Retreat will be held February 26-28, at Cohutta Springs Conference Center located in Crandall, GA. Jay Watts will be the guest speaker again this year.  There are one and two-night packages available. Look for the sign-up tables at Sunday services beginning in December.


Music Ministry


Christmas Welcome,

A Christmas Concert and Dessert

The Family and Worship ministries are excited to help you move into the spirit of Christmas by giving you a special evening full of Christmas music and delicious treats on Saturday, December 12, 7pm.  The concert will feature music by guest composer Lee Johnson (professor of composition at LaGrange College) as well as original works by our Director of Worship and Music Chris Owenby, all of which will be performed by a professional string quartet, the Chancel Choir, Eastminster Ringers, the ReSound youth chorus and Praise Team.  Don't miss out on this special worship experience!



Women's Ministry 


LOVING WELL: Women's Retreat 2016      

It's time to register for the 2016 Women's Retreat! Join us for a weekend of reflection and connection as we examine together how God equips us to answer the call of loving well.  We will learn and laugh, worship and pray, relax and spend time together.  Whether you are a homemaker, career woman, retiree, Biblical scholar or new believer, as a woman of Eastminster there is a place for you at this retreat. Find more info and register online at   

When:  Friday, February 5 - Sunday, February 7

Where: Unicoi Lodge, Helen, GA.

Cost: $250 (Get $10 OFF if you register before Dec. 1)

Sonflower Sisters

The next Sonflower Sisters meeting is coming up on Friday, December 4th from 7 - 8:30pm in the Youth Room (downstairs in the CLC). We can't wait for another evening of fun and fellowship! Don't forget to bring boxes of macaroni and cheese or a jar of peanut butter for our December service project. If you have any questions, contact Lara Atalla ( or Beth Hartt ( ).


Ladies Lunch Bunch 

The December Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at Noon on December 17th at Paper Mill Grill, 255 Village Parkway, NE, Marietta. Directions from church: Turn left out of parking lot onto Sewell Mill Road, proceed to

Johnson Ferry Road.Turn right and stay on Johnson Ferry Road until you reach Paper Mill Village on your right. Turn in - restaurant will be on your left.  RSVP by December 16th to Sandra Allen at 770-977-8742, Cell: 404-432-6252 or


Spunky Spirits

Spunky Spirits will meet at the IHOP on Johnson Ferry Road Tuesday, December 8th at 8:30. After breakfast we will go to Walmart and shop for our two families. Please contact Karen Jones if you haven't given her your name for breakfast (678-445-8080). December 10th we will meet at 10:30 to wrap presents and have a Bible study given by Karen Jones. Lunch will follow our study in the Great Hall.


Craft Circle
The Eastminster Craft Circle will take the month of December off and resume Jan. 11th working on lap quilts for Presbyterian Village.  Merry Christmas to you all.


Mission News


7 Bridges

We are ending the year with the twin bed mattress cover pads for 7 Bridges. Everyone should now have complete new bedding of their own! A big thank you to all who participated. For more information, please contact Barbara Lowery at 770-973-1172.


Volunteers Needed!


Looking for volunteers with computers to assist with loading the sermon podcasts (recordings) to the EPC website. The process is easy and quick once learned.  If you have questions or to volunteer, contact Jeanette Gowen at


Hat, Scarf and Mitten Tree


It is time to decorate the Hat/Scarf/Mitten tree(s) with all

the items you've been working on throughout the year (or purchased). These items will be donated to MUST Ministries, providing warmth for many children and adults for the cold winter months. This is a wonderful opportunity to allow your children or grandchildren to participate in this important ministry. There will be a tree in the CLC lobby as well as the narthex/alcove of the main building for you to hang your donations.


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 February, March and April 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, and return to Eastminster or call Reta Frew at 404-45603762. The deadline to sign up is January 16.


Name: _____________________________________


Phone: _____________________________________


Address: ____________________________________


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. ______


Poinsettia Dedication


We are accepting dedications for poinsettias to be placed in both the Sanctuary and the Great Hall this Christmas season. The cost of the poinsettias is $8.00 per plant. Please fill out the form below. The deadline is December 6.


Total # Plants _____________


In loving memory of ___________________________




In honor of __________________________________




____ Presented to Eastminster Presbyterian Church


Name of Donor _______________________________


Preschool News


Breakfast with Santa is this Saturday, December 5, at 9 AM in the Great Hall.  Skip the mall lines to see Santa and come to Eastminster instead.  Ticket order forms are located in the Narthex, or you may complete the form within this email and return it to to reserve your space.  All reservations must be placed by Wednesday, December 2, and payment received by Friday, December 4, at noon.


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






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