Expect: Expect to be Fed
12:00 and 7:00
How We Turn
Lion: The King
of the House
6 Janeen DenHaese
8 Doneita Robinson
13 Martie Pottinger
15 Matt Wessner
18 Vani Arcuragi
24 Jan Strydom
28 John Muchukot
Jeff & Alyson Meigs
Bill & Melinda
Hart & Mary Alice
Dan & Carolyn
Lucian & Gina
Hunter & Danielle
Piet & Ester
Frank & Jo
Eric & Alison
I am grateful for all
the prayers, cards, flowers, food, gifts, and visits I received
during my recent surgery and hospital stay. God has used each of
you to surround me with His healing power and unbounded love. I am
forever blessed to have Dr. Tim and you, my wonderful church
family, at my side.
The Craft Circle
would like to thank all who contributed to our Hat/Mitten/Scarf
trees. We collected and
delivered to MUST (80) hats, (89) pair gloves/ mittens, (22)
scarves, (1) pair socks. Your generous contributions will
help warm many this cold winter. Thank you for participating
in this wonderful ministry.
Minds Want to Know . . .
Of all the musical instruments, the human voice is the
most genuine and expressive. A wise man once stated, "[It's] the
only instrument that God created and we're supposed to use
it." From our first breath we use our voices. The syllables
"ma" and "da" quickly morph into coherent words
and statements. It's not long until we're forming legitimate
sentences and articulating cohesive thoughts and ideas. One
eventually decides to sing a syllable, word, or phrase. Perhaps
this even occurs before speaking. In an instant, the singer is
How about you? Do you like to sing? King David loved
to sing! The book of Psalms is filled with his sentiments on the
act of singing. Psalm 96:1 reads, "Sing to the Lord a new
song; sing to the Lord, all the earth." In Psalm 108:1, David
proclaims, "My heart, O God, is steadfast. I will sing and
make music with all my soul."
The New Testament is filled with references to singing
as well. In Colossians 3:16, Paul says, "Let the word of
Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in
all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with
thankfulness in your hearts to God." We even find Jesus
singing in Matthew 26:30 and Mark 14:26.
I'm always encouraged when leading hymns to find so
many of you passionately lifting your voices in praise to Jesus. I
look out and think to myself, "Wow! That person really loves
Jesus. They are truly lifting a joyful song of
praise." I then think, "why aren't they in
choir!" The choir is a wonderful place to serve the Lord at
Eastminster. There are so many reasons to join us (you may have
seen the top seven in last month's Beacon). In all seriousness,
when you sing in choir you build deep roots in the Word and build
others up! When you sing, you glorify God.
Come try us out this Lent and Easter season. Commit to
six weeks of rehearsals and worship and see what God does in and
through you. We offer childcare during the Wednesday rehearsal
hour. I believe that you'll find a group of like
minded individuals who love the Lord and love one another
and who are passionate about singing for Jesus! I believe you'll be
filled with joy each week and walk away with a song in your heart.
Come sing with us!
On Wednesday, February 10, Wednesday
Night classes and Youth Bible studies will not meet because of the
Ash Wednesday worship service at 7pm in the sanctuary. Wednesday Night
Dinner will take place at the normal time and nursery childcare
will be provided during the Ash Wednesday service.
Winter Break Cancellations
On Wednesday, February 17, during
Cobb County's Winter Break, the following activities WILL NOT
meet: Weds. AM Women's Bible study, Weds.
Night Dinner, Youth Bible studies, Adult Weds. PM classes.
My First Communion Class
Communion" is a special class for 2nd grade
students (and any 3rd -5th grade students who
haven't previously been through the class) which will meet on
Tuesdays March 8th and March 15th from
4:30-5:30pm in the sanctuary. This class which will be taught by
Hubie Mann and Rev. Blake Hudson is designed to teach our children
about worship and Baptism and prepare them to participate in
Communion. To register your child, please contact Hubie Mann in the
Christian Education office (email@example.com).
Small Groups Ministry
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, please contact Hubie Mann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and we'll help you find the right group for you!
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 volunteer be a part of this incredibly fun outreach to the
children of our community, please contact Hubie Mann at email@example.com.
Sunday 7: Super Bowl Party at the Fowlers
Sunday 14: Youth Group
Sunday 21; Youth Group
Sunday 28: Youth Group
Wednesday Night Schedule
will not meet on February 17
High School Devotional: 4:00-5:00 PM
All Grades Fellowship: 5:00-6:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00-7:00 PM
All Grades Devotional: 7:00-8:00 PM
Adds One More To Children's Ministry
Katie and I are thrilled to share our latest joy with
our church family. Yes, that's right: the Hudson family is growing!
Hudson Baby #3 will be arriving sometime this July and we couldn't
be more thrilled. Ellie and Joanna are very excited, if slightly skeptical
that the new baby really does live in their mommy's tummy, about
our new arrival, as well. Thank you for your prayers in this season
"For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
the works of your hands I sing for joy." Psalm 92:4
SAVE THE DATE
UPCOMING CONCERT AT EASTMINSTER
The Georgia Festival Chorus will be giving a free
concert in the sanctuary on Sunday, March 6, at 6pm. The Georgia
Festival Chorus serves the spiritual needs and ministers to both
local audiences and the greater global community by singing a
repertoire of classical, contemporary, spiritual, and traditional
sacred choral works in live concert presentations and through
professionally produced recordings. You can hear their music
Craftsmen's Annual Men's Retreat
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 after Sunday
The Craft Circle will meet Monday, February 8th, room 203/CLC
from 10:00-1:00 to work on food bags for the Spring Hands of Hope
mission trip to West Virginia. There will be work for all
willing hands. Those who can, bring your sewing machines,
others bring your favorite scissors. Any questions, call Lynn
Spunky spirits will be meeting on Thursday, February
11th at 11:00 in the Library. We are on lesson 5 in our study book
1&2 Timothy and Titus. It has been a joy to see so many new
faces joining us. Remember all ladies are invited. Just bring a
covered dish to share and meet us in the library. Any questions
contact Snookie Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-971-4539.
Attention moms with daughters in grades K-5. Join
us for our Sonflower Sisters meeting on
Friday, February 12th from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Youth Room
(downstairs in the CLC). We are going to do a very special service
project so be on the lookout for an email with details on how you
can help. If you have any questions contact Lara Atalla (email@example.com) or Beth Hartt (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ladies Lunch Bunch
The Lunch Bunch will be meeting
February 18, at Noon at Longhorn Steak House. Directions:From
the church, turn left onto Sewell Mill Rd. continuing until you
Johnson Ferry Rd. Turn right and
continue until you reach the intersection of Johnson Ferry Rd and
Lower Roswell Rd. Turn right - Longhorn Steak House will be on your
right. RSVP by February 17, to Sandra Allen at
770-977-8742 or email@example.com.
Missions Lunch - February 21
The mission team invites
everybody to a light lunch where the various March into Missions
activities, as well as a few other upcoming projects, will be
presented. Opportunities to discuss the projects,
and to sign up will be available.
Missions Week - March 13 - 20
During this week the Mission Team
will present various activities where covenant partners can be
involved in mission-oriented activities. There will be something
for everybody, from working behind the scenes in a kitchen, to
writing letters of support to visiting the poor and needy. Please
prayerfully consider where to be involved, we have room for Willing
Feet, Serving Hands, Sober Eyes, Compassionate Hearts and Joyful
Offering - March 20
On this Sunday, please bring your
mission specific financial contributions. The Annual Mission
Offering is Eastminster's main source of funding.
But also consider to pledge some of your
time during the year ahead, we always have room for more people to
become involved, we have many more opportunities available but we
need people to take the lead in organizing that.
rapidly approaching. It is a great time to buy and dedicate a beautiful
Easter lily in honor of loved ones, in memory of loved ones, or
presented to Eastminster. The cost is $8.00 and may be dedicated as
loving memory of
In honor of
Presented to Eastminster Presbyterian Church
Name of Donor:
check and return to the church office before March 13.
2015/January 2016 Session Meeting Highlights
Session welcomed the following brother and sister in
Christ into the covenant partnership of Eastminster: Keith & Angela
Blackwell and their children Emily, Katie, and Sarah.
Session approved the examination of Dan Kiser for the
office of Deacon.
Session installed Andy Starnes to the office of Elder.
Session approved the removal of Brian and Candice
Sherlock from membership at their request.
Session approved a motion that February 21, 2016, be
Scout Sunday at both worship services.
Session approved moving the Leap into Missions Lunch
from February 28 to February 21, 2016.
Session approved the wedding of non-members Melissa Bensman and Scott Fenwick on March 19, 2016.
Session approved the wedding of member Carlie Nigro
and non-member James Brock on April 9, 2016.
Session approved the following A&P team members
for 2016: Ray Westerlage, Janet Warren,
Andy Dixon and Edwina Sherman.
Session approved John Speiser to serve as Lay Pastor
for Visitation for 2016 with no salary.
Session approved Rev. Katie Hudson to serve as
Assistant Pastor for 2016 with no salary.
Session approved a motion for the Art Ministry to
conduct and display its Express Your Faith Art Gallery in
Fellowship Hall each Sunday during the month of July, 2016.
Session approved the Youth Calendar for Spring and
Session approved a motion to authorize a $500 per week
expense disbursement to Chef Thor. He will still submit expense
reports to the team, and submit expense reimbursement requests to
Julia Owens for expenses exceeding $500. If the expense
totals are less than $500, they will be repaid with the weekly
Session approved Connie Weems-Scott to serve as
Assistant Treasurer. The position of Treasurer has yet to be
The next Stated Session meeting will be held on
Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 7:30pm in Room 204.
Diane L. Brock
Clerk of Session
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor