Elements - Jesus, God in the Flesh
Elements - Jesus, Savior and Lord
Elements - Spirit of God
Elements - The Church
2 Merilyn Mitchell
6 Jeffey Madson
6 Janeen DenHaese
8 Doneita Robinson
13 Martie Pottinger
18 Vani Arcuragi
24 Jan Strydom
Jeff & Alyson Meigs
Bill & Melinda
Hart & Mary Alice
& Debbie Bussart
& Jan Conkright
Lucian & Gina
Hunter & Danielle
Breakfast for Dinner!
Green Beans Almondine
Cake/Cream Cheese Icing
and Ice Cream for all February Birthdays!
All menus are
subject to change. We will try follow
these menus, but sometimes last minute changes are necessary.
Is expressed to . . .
Jeff Jones and
family in the loss of his father, Malcolm Jones;
Alaine and Edna Bayless and family in the loss of Marvin Bayless;
and family in the loss of his mother, Barbara Keller;
Wonyean Gaye and family in
the loss of his sister;
and family in the loss of her uncle, Dean.
Do you want to
meet old friends and new friends on Sundays? Sign up to be a
greeter-- we need you! It only takes 15 minutes, a warm smile
and a warm handshake!
I wanted to say
thank you for all the cards, calls, thoughts and prayers sent to me
and my family after Van passed away in November. Your support means so very, very much! Thank you!
Valentine's Day Teach Our Kids?
Mom's, start buying those
Valentine's Day kits. It's coming. The onslaught of candy swapping.
The little folded notes to every kid in the class. The bag that comes home full of notes and kisses...and maybe
that one special, cryptic message from a special admirer!
And what will
our kids learn? What will our children learn about love this
most of them will walk away with a skewed picture of love, namely
that love is about being selected because of what you are on the
outside. I imagine most kids walk away from that wondering if they
will ever be loved.
God's love is
very different. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, "For the LORD sees not as
man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks
on the heart." What's more, God loves us despite what He
finds. God's love moves toward us to make us more valuable than we
were when He started. As it says in Romans, God's love for us is
proven by what He is willing to do to reach us and redeem us, even
when we were disobedient to Him: "but God shows his love for
us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
It will be
hard to avoid the Valentine's Day type of love, as kids look around
the room for the most valuable person they can possibly find, and
try to attach themselves to them. But let's elevate a greater love.
A love that seeks to instill value in what it loves. A love that
loves first. The love we find in Jesus Christ.
Youth Calendar for February
Super Bowl Party @ McConnell Home
Girls bring desserts,
(drinks and subs will be provided)
Winter Jam Concert
Meet at 2 PM, return at 11 PM. Please bring $30
for tickets and money for dinner/snacks
Please RSVP to email@example.com by
Sunday, February 2!
Registration Now Open!
families! Registration for summer trips is now open! If you are
interested in having your youth attend these trips, please return
the registration form (FOUND HERE)
along with your deposit. While we will try to keep these trips open
as long as possible, this is the only way to reserve a spot for
As a reminder,
we are going on the following trips this summer...
Mission Trip To Hilton Head, SC
Open to Middle
and High School Students
15-20: The Great Escape (outside Chattanooga, TN)
Open to Middle
School Students Only
Fun In The Son (Hilton Head Island, SC)
Open to High
School Students Only
On Sunday, February 23, our 1st/2nd grade students will be leading the
congregation in The Lord's Prayer during both worship services. These
students have been learning The Lord's Prayer as a
worship "milestone" as part of their
Christian Life Training curriculum and now they are ready to lead
the congregation. Parents of 1st/2nd grade students are requested
to RSVP to Hubie Mann (firstname.lastname@example.org) to
let us know which service your child will be attending.
Teacher Training Event: On Sunday, February 23, from 2-4pm in CLC Room 208,
we will be having our mid-year training event for all teachers of
children's, youth, and adult Christian Life Training classes as
well as youth Bible study leaders. Please mark your calendars
and plan to join us!
Next Summer's VBS dates will be June 23-27, 2014 and the theme will be "Wilderness Escape:
Where God Guides and Provides". 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 our Director of
Christian Education, Hubie Mann (email@example.com).
joining a Small Group?
Don Fifield (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Hubie Mann (email@example.com) for details.
It's not too late to join a class on Sunday morning or Wednesday night!
Check out our Christian Life Training class offerings from the list
Adult Classes (10:15-11am)
God - led by Eddie & Terri Capparucci (Room
REALLY Understand the Bible - led by Hubie &
Terri Mann (Room 208)
Questions? - led by Mary-Evelyn Starnes (Library)
Acts of the Apostles - led by Carolyn Waters (Room 209)
The Choir Class (10-10:30am)
- led by Don Fifield (Parlor)
Evening Adult Classes (7-8pm)
Study (Book of Luke) - led by Dr. Tim McConnell
REALLY Understand the Bible - led by Hubie &
Terri Mann (Room 208)
The French Confession - led by Tommy Nickles (Room 204)
Do You Know
Did you know Eastminster
has a ministry for shut-ins and assisted living residents in our
congregation? Visiting Angels matches volunteers with members
(or family members) of EPC who are shut-in or reside in an assisted
living facility. It's important for these members to feel the love
of their church family, especially after they can longer attend
services regularly. If you know a member or have a family
member that needs to be added to the Visiting Angels ministry, or
if you'd like to volunteer to be a Visiting Angel, please contact
Beth Hartt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Churchwide Mission Day
As part of our
Spirit-led ongoing drive to be a missional
church, we are getting ready for our 3rd annual March into Mission.
The mission committee is very excited about this
opportunity and pray that Eastminster would one day be known
as much for its March into Mission outreach as for its Fall
Festival BBQ. We are looking for "March into
Mission" leaders and team members that are willing to share
some of the blessings that we have received so abundantly. This
local outreach will be on March 16. Last year, teams of our own
missionaries spread out among the community to several sites and
outreaches -- including 7 Bridges, Salvation Army, Letters to
Martyrs and Visiting Angels -- to share the love of
Jesus. We are interested in additional ideas that would serve
our local communities. If you would like to help, contact Mark
Shreiner at 770-364-9348 or email@example.com or Piet Strydom at 770 265 9139 or Piet.SAP.Strydom@gmail.com.
Hands of Hope
Mission Trip Dates
calendars for the Hands of Hope Mission Trips!
Eastminster Mission Teams will be traveling to West Virginia on the
following dates in 2014:
April 24, 25, 26 and 27
October 23, 24, 25 and 26
On March 1st there will be bins placed in the church
Alcove and CLC for donations of small appliances and household
goods. ( microwaves, toasters, fans,
lamps, small tables, sheets, dishes, kitchen items etc.)
Suzie and Norm Baur if you would like
more information regarding the mission trips. Suzie: firstname.lastname@example.org and Norm: nbaur@bellsouth. net. Home phone: 770-321-0188 As
always thank you for your wonderful support
of this mission. We will update you on the plans for the April trip
and any specific needs for
donations. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any
The Craft Circle would like to thank all who
contributed to our Hat/Mitten/Scarf trees. We collected (20)
hat/scarf sets, (162) hats, (67) scarves, (11) baby blankets, (124)
gloves/mittens sets. We packed and sent some of the items with
the mission team to West Virginia. The bulk and balance of the
items were taken to MUST. Your generous contributions will help
warm many this COLD winter! THANK YOU for participating in
this wonderful ministry.
Spunky Spirits Circle will meet in the CLC at 11:00 on
Feb. 13. Ellie Tandy will be our hostess and Marsha Stemme will present the devotional. The lesson
will be led by Jan Walls who will be covering Lesson 5 in our study
book. Please bring a dish to share, your Bible, study book and a
big smile!! Hope to see a big group on the 13th. Remember friends
and guests are always welcome to join us.
the ladies (or should I say the elves) of the Spunky Spirits Circle
out did themselves! The collection at Christmas for needy families
was over $2600. 18 of us gathered on December 3rd to shop for five
different families, a total of 16 people. These families ranged
from a family of 6 with both a mom and a dad, to one family where a
single mom was not only raising her own infant, but her 3 year old
nephew. We were able to provide warm clothing, toys, a bicycle,
diapers, microwave ovens, sheets and towels and food gift cards.
This year we were even able to provide extra toys for the Families
First Toy Closet. On the 5th we gathered for our holiday meeting
and lunch and wrapped all the gifts. They were delivered to
Families First in downtown Atlanta on the 9th where they were then
distributed to the families by the social workers. Once again,
kudos to everyone who contributed, shopped, wrapped, and prayed for
Craft Circle will meet Monday, February 10th, 10-1,
Room 203/CLC. We will continue making pet beds for Cobb
County Animal Shelter. There'll be cutting and sewing, so a job for
everyone! Sewing machines needed. Any questions, call
Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).
meeting of Genesis Circle will be Tuesday, February 11th at Suzie Baur's house for dinner. We would
love to have you join us for fellowship, prayer, a
devotion and sharing time. No need to bring anything
but yourself! Please contact Suzie
Baur at 678-283-0774 , email@example.com or
Georgia Bentley 770-321-8778, firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like more information.
daughters in grades K-5 --- The next Sonflower
Sisters meeting is Friday, February 21st at 7pm in the youth room
in the CLC. We have an extra special guest speaker - Mrs.
Abigail McConnell - coming to teach the girls about a young
missionary currently serving in Uganda. We hope you can join us!
Please contact Beth Hartt at email@example.com with
questions or to RSVP.
Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet February 20 at noon at O'Charley's Restaurant located at 3350 Sandy
Plains Road, Marietta (corner of Sandy Plains and Shallowford Road). You are invited to bring
your special guy with you. Please RSVP by February 18 to Sandra
Allen at 770-977-8742 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need transportation, please advise
at that time.
Session Meeting Highlights
the baptisms of Elinor Bell Hudson and
Joanna Katrina Hudson, daughters of Revs. Blake & Katie Hudson,
on February 16, 2014, at the 11:15 service.
acknowledged with sadness the passing of Dottie Cass on December 8,
designating February 23, 2014, as Scout Sunday.
approved holding Ash Wednesday services at 12pm and 7pm on March 5,
approved hosting Jeremiah Jones on March 22-23, 2014, for a Praise Band
workshop at 10am Saturday, concert at 7pm Saturday, and worship at
approved the Youth event calendar for Spring and Summer 2014.
approved a motion for Rev. Katie Hudson to serve as Assistant
Pastor for 2014. There is no salary for this position.
approved a motion for John Speiser to serve as Lay Pastor for
Visitation for 2014. There is no salary for this position.
approved the following persons to serve as the Road Team for 2014:
Vicky Ryder-Road Volunteer Director; Lee Kizer-Praise Band
Director; Kevin French-A/V Stage Director.
approved Mike Dembski to serve as
Treasurer for 2014.
approved moving $5,000 to The Journey account for the 2013
committed contribution which was not made last year.
approved adjusting the budgeted amounts for Dr. McConnell's and
Reverend Hudson's salary and benefit accounts to correctly reflect
actual amounts for 2014.
Stated Session Meeting will be Thursday, February 20, 2014, at 7:30pm
in Room 204.
The ECO East
Central Presbytery Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC, from 10am-3pm.
Diane L. Brock
Eastminster Christian Preschool
Christian Preschool Now Enrolling! ECP has classes available for
children ages 16 mos. to 4 years for the 2014-15 school year. We offer a multisensory,
child-centered approach to learning with Zoo-phonics curriculum, a
top-notch teaching staff, and a variety of after-school
programs. Enroll during the month of February and get $20 off
the $100 registration/activity fee! Classes will fill
up quickly so don't delay. You can find more information and
registration forms at www.epres.org/classes-tuition.
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
email@example.com | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor