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Menu for

Wednesday Dinner


Dec. 7

Taco Bar

    Chicken or Beef

Green Salad

Pound Cake

Strawberries and

Whipped Cream


Dec. 14

Ham with Pineapple 

and Cherries

Green Bean Casserole

Maple Roasted Pears & Toasted Pecans over Greens

Rolls and Butter


Vanilla Ice Cream








Greetings Eastminster!


I'm writing this article at Chick-fil-A having a coffee in the pause before family gathers from all Georgia, Alabama, and Chicago. This is the first Thanksgiving I've been home for a few years, and I'm excited. Amazing, too, is that already you and I have been together for six months, and it has been a busy season. This morning I started reading from Colossians just as I had done with Philippians for two months. I'm looking forward to soaking in what God wants me to hear from that letter next!


What struck me today is that from the start Paul assumes a thankful note. "We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you" (1:3). It's good to lead off with thanksgiving. There is always something to thank God for, though sometimes we might need to focus our attention off what's dragging us down. I write this as I look at a hill made brown by a long drought. I don't thank God for that, though I recall what a farmer told me years ago. "It's not good for me, but my friend in construction sure is happy now."


So, I thought I'd share with you a few items about which I'm thanking God during these days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.


I'm thankful for (or I'm thankful that):

  • I'm able to read God's Word this morning because I know some can't;
  • I am breathing in and breathing out;
  • Several Eastminster families are celebrating new arrivals this Advent;
  • Our oldest daughter's wedding went off without a hitch;
  • A terrific leadership team with whom I'm partnered during this transition. It is the best transition team with whom I've ever worked;
  • The Tide is rolling strong (let's be nice);
  • People at Eastminster have found new employment;
  • At least one daughter among us took a big step toward healing. A HUGE praise God on this one!
  • We have amazing Veterans among us;
  • The sky has been so beautiful lately. God is an incredible artist!
  • The Father's gift of His Son to us and the salvation we have because of Him.

Let's add to this list. This month we're going to put out some pads and markers for you and your family to write down things you're thankful for right now. Then we're going to publish the list. Let's spend some time thanking our Heavenly Father, not just one day, but throughout Advent. Then on Christmas day, which is a day of worship at Eastminster, I'm going to read a lot of them. I look forward to what we'll be lifting up!


Grace and peace,




Advent Sermon Series Notes


The four Sundays of Advent begin on November 27 and this year the staff has come together around a wonderful theme. Advent 2016: Celebrating Christ, Faith, and Family.


Using the common lectionary readings for this year, we will be celebrating how God has come near to us by entering a family. The family God chose was far from perfect, and quite common. Through His incarnation, God sanctified the human family in a significant way as He did from the start in Genesis 1 and 2. God not only created a man and a woman, but brought them together as a family, commissioning them to be one flesh, be fruitful, and multiply. Eastminster expresses God's design for family in marriage, adoption, fostering relationships, and Eastminster grandparents stand with their grandchildren nurturing them into faith and maturity.


You will hear from the staff this Advent, each one sharing God's Word and reflecting their perspectives on the meaning of God entering family through Jesus.

  • November 27: Rev. Katie Hudson will share a mother's perspective
  • December 4: Rev. Trent McEntyre will share a father's perspective
  • December 11: Hubie Mann will share a grandfather's perspective
  • December 18: Dr. Boone will share a blended family's perspective

May God enrich each of us and our families this Advent through encountering His Word.




Christmas Day

Join us for a combined worship experience on Sunday, December 25 at 11:15 am in the Sanctuary. A Family Christmas Lessons and Carols Service. There will be NO Sunday school classes.




New Year's Worship and Sunday School

On New Year's day, Sunday, January 1, we will follow our normal Sunday schedule with worship at 9:00 and 11:15am and Sunday school classes at 10:15am.


Christian Education


Wednesday Night Dinner & Programs

Wednesday Night Dinner, Youth Bible Studies, and Adult classes will conclude for the first semester on December 14 and then start back up on January 11 with dinner and a concert by Tom Conlon.



The Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant is coming!

Rehearsals will be on Sunday afternoons on December 4th (from 3-4:15pm), Dec. 11th (from 3-4:15pm) and Dec. 18th (from 3-4:30 pm) so parents please mark your calendars now. Middle school/High school actors will rehearse all 3 Sundays. Members of the angel choir and Elementary school actors will rehearse on December 11 and 18, and Pre-K4 /Kindergarten actors will just come from 3:30-4:30 for the final rehearsal on Dec. 18.  Contact Hubie Mann ( to sign-up your kids to participate.




VBS 2017 - Save the Dates!

Next summer's VBS is scheduled for June 19-23.  Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for "Rome: Paul and the Underground Church" for another awesome week of VBS! Online registration will begin in March.  Every year, it takes more than 80 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



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.




December  Calendar

Sunday, Dec. 4   Reindeer Games

                            (Regular Youth Time)

Sunday, Dec. 11  Youth Christmas Parties



Dec. 7    5pm  Fellowship Time

               6pm  Dinner

               7pm  Bible Study


Dec. 14  - this is the last meeting until January


Music Ministry


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 10, at 7:00 pm.  The concert will feature music by J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, Dan Forrest, and our Director of Worship and Music Chris Owenby, all of which will be performed by a professional String Quartet, Chancel Choir, Eastminster Ringers, KidChoir, and the ReSound youth chorus and praise team.  Don't miss out on this special worship experience!


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 and return to the church office. The deadline is December 4.


Total # Plants___________  


In loving memory of ____________________________




In honor of ___________________________________




____Presented to Eastminster Presbyterian Church


Name of Donor ________________________________


Bridge Players!


Ladies, we are still looking for bridge players!  All levels are welcome, even if you haven't played for a while and would like to get back into the game. We would like to have a group of 8 players who are willing to commit their time once a month.  (Of course, we would be thrilled with 12 or more.)  We play on the 3rd Monday of each month, at 10am.  We have been playing at our homes but are considering playing at the church, let us know if this appeals to you more.  We are taking a slight break while searching for more players and will resume on Monday, January 16, 2017.  Nancy Speiser


Operation Christmas Child


Want to help behind the scenes of OCC? Volunteer at the OCC Processing Site! Join us for a morning or night of working, praying and fellowship as we help process shoeboxes before they get shipped out all over the world. There are two dates to choose from - Monday, December 12 from 6 - 10pm, or Wednesday, December 14 from 9am - 1pm. Space is limited, so sign up now at


Hat/Scarf/Mitten Tree(s)


It will soon be 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 wonderful ministry. 





Women's Ministry 


Craft Circle

Craft Circle will take the month of December off and resume January 9th to continue work on the Feminine Hygiene Kits (DfG kits) for Days for Girls International.  Merry Christmas to you all.

Sonflower Sisters

Calling all elementary-age girls and their moms!  Sonflower Sisters will have our next meeting on December 9, in Room 206 (upstairs in CLC) from 7-8:30 pm.  Please join us as we continue our study of the Fruits of the Spirit with the theme of Joy.  We'll also have a Christmas celebration, so look for the evite for details and ways to contribute.  Contact Lara Atalla at with questions, or to make sure you are on the email list!




Spunky Spirits

Spunky Spirits will be meeting Tuesday, December 6, to do our annual Christmas shopping for our adopted families. We will meet at IHOP on Johnson Ferry at 8:30 for breakfast and go on to Walmart for shopping. It is not to late to donate if you haven't  had a chance. Our meeting will be Thursday, December 8, and we will meet at 10:30 to wrap our gifts then have our lesson and lunch. Our study is "Worshipping God". What a wonderful season to be worshipping God and to be thankful for our blessing and thankful for the strength that we are given to get through our trials. Look forward to seeing you there.





Lunch Bunch

The Ladies Lunch Bunch will not meet as it was felt with everyone's schedules for the month, attendance would be rather small.



Mission News


Atlanta Dream Center Christmas Toy Giveaway

In a nutshell, the Christmas Toy Giveaway involves 700 volunteers,  handing out 10,000 toys to nearly 3000 children in at-risk communities in Atlanta. They still need 500 volunteers and LOTS of toys. Each toy donated is more than just a toy, because it helps families and communities be open to hearing the gospel.

TO DONATE A TOY, bring a new, unopened, unwrapped toy for a child aged 1-12 to church by Sunday, December 11th.  There will be marked collection sites in the CLC lobby and alcove.

Please bring these types of toys:
Age appropriate board games
Jewelry making/craft/coloring kits, 
Action figures 
Science kits/puzzles 
Hotwheels/toy cars

Please do NOT donate: 
Anything involving wizardry or witches 
Open or used toys 
Food items 
Stuffed animals, cloth toys 
Anything war related, or that promotes violence 
Anything electronic or anything that needs batteries

TO VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME: Notify Mary Lynne Nielson so that she can pre-register you with the group of volunteers from Eastminster. There is no age restriction on volunteering as long as children are accompanied by an adult, 21 years or older. 


Here is the schedule for Saturday, December 17th:
9:00AM-9:30AM - Registration
9:30AM - Orientation
10:15AM- Volunteers disperse to assigned communities

                 to distribute gifts
1:00PM- Clean up and conclusion

For more detailed information about volunteering to hand out toys on December 17, contact Mary Lynne Nielson at


Princess Night

Out of Darkness seeks to rescue and restore victims of Sex Trafficking in Atlanta.  Its Princess Night outreach builds relationships with these women by offering roses, prayer, and cards of encouragement.  EPC has the opportunity to participate Friday, December 23. Contact Mary Lynne Nielson ( by Monday, December 5th to sign up.  




Child Sponsorship

There's a gift you can give this holiday season that reflects the true meaning of Christmas - child sponsorship. For just $30 a month, you can provide food, clothing, shelter, school fees and healthcare for a child living in the Tumaini or Huruma Children's Home. Knowing that you are the hands and feet of Christ to your sponsor child is a meaningful and lasting gift for both you and that child. If you would like more information on how to sponsor a child at Tumaini or Huruma, please contact Beth Hartt -


Preschool News


Breakfast with Santa is December 3 at 9 AM in the Great Hall.  Tickets will not be sold at the door so please deliver your ticket order with payment to Preschool Director Cathi Cahn by Friday, December 2, at 12PM in order to attend.  There will be pancakes, Christmas crafts, and a photo session with Santa!  Why wait in line at the malls when Santa will be right here at Eastminster!


Registration for the 2017-18 school year will open on January 23 for current students and members of Eastminster.  We will open to the public on February 1 and spaces usually fill up fast.  Check back often at for more information regarding school tours and registration.


November Session Meeting Highlights


Session approved the examinations of Elders-Elect Rich Atalla, Norm Baur, Janie Bunch, Alana Nigro, and Carolyn Waters, and of Deacons-Elect Ian Cross and Wendy Brodrick. Deacon-Elect Kathy Schuette will be examined on December 4, 2016.


Session approved the baptism of Charli Ann Gunter, daughter of non-members Matthew & Lindsay Gunter, date TBD, at the 11:15am service. The grandparents are Members Sonny & Lynn Hall. Dr. Boone will officiate.


Session approved the baptism of Josie Lynn, daughter of Member Diane Zimmerman and Brice Zimmerman, on January 1, 2017, at the 11:15am service. The grandparents are Members Jeff & Karen Jones. Rev. Blake Hudson will officiate.


Session approved the removal of Dave & Carolyn Bigler from the membership roll at their request. They have moved to Florida and joined another church.


Session approved a motion to increase the number of total deacons from nine (9) to fifteen (15) over the next two years. Three additional deacons will be added for 2017 for a total of 12, and another additional three will be added in 2018 for a total of 15. The terms will be staggered as necessary to balance the number of deacons rolling off each year.


Session approved John Speiser to serve as Lay Pastor for Visitation for 2017 with no salary.


Session approved Rev. Katie Hudson to serve as Assistant Pastor for 2017 with no salary.


Session approved Valerie Mote to serve as Commissioned Lay Minister for 2017 with no salary.


Session approved the following A&P Team members for 2017: Edwina Sherman, Michele Simon, Janet Warren, and Ray Westerlage.


Session approved Linda Delbridge and Julia Owens to be the designated personnel responsible for the routine counting and depositing of the offerings for 2017 as part of their normal duties.


The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 7pm 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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