February 2016 |



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Upcoming Worship


February 7

What to Expect: Expect to be Fed

Dr. McConnell



February 10

Ash Wednesday

12:00 and 7:00 pm

How We Turn

Rev. Hudson


February 14

Lion: The King is Coming

Dr. McConnell


February 21

Lamb: Behold the Lamb

Dr. McConnell


February 28

Lion: Master of the House

Rev. Hudson







1   Candy McNair

1   Valerie Mote

2   Mary Hamilton

2   John Chastain

2   Brian Melcher

5   Jeanette Gowen

5   Ed Winn

5   Kyle Watson

6   Brenda Tighe

6   Jeff Madson

6   Janeen DenHaese

6   Nick Keller

7   Thad Oviatt

8   Doneita Robinson

8   Katie Crock

8   Rachel Nielsen

9   John Speiser

9   Katharine Byrd

10  Elizabeth Miller

11  Ellie McConnell

12  Caroline Cribb

12  Leigh Moyer

13  Martie Pottinger

13  Robert Wiley

14  Sandra Mazur

14  Phillip Morrissey

14  Michael Wang

14  Emily Jansen

15  Mike Moran

15  Matt Wessner

17  Hoke Wilcox

18  Vani Arcuragi

18  Robert Madson

18  Ella Morris

19  Jocelyn Fowler

21  Jeff Driscoll

21  Amy Chastain

21  Sydney Allen

22  Chris Foster

23  Richard Bell

23  Richard Atalla

23  Janelle Welborn

24  Irene Misencik

24  Jan Strydom

25  Harold Anglin

25  Chris Wickstrom

25  Sharon Melcher

25  Andy Starnes

25  Kendall Peery

26  Sonny Hall

28  Mikey Mortimer

28  John Muchukot 


Happy Anniversary


1    Jeff & Alyson Meigs

3    Bill & Melinda  


9    Hart & Mary Alice


11  Jim & Debbie   


14   Dan & Carolyn


15  John & Lynne


19  Tom & Jan


25   Lucian & Gina


 26  Hunter & Danielle






February 7


Dick & Cathy DuBose

Debbie Taylor



Karen Miller

Tommy Nickles


February 14


Piet & Ester Strydom

Valerie Mote



Ellen Parkerson

Scott & Angie Wessner


February 21


Scott & Michelle Baumann

Chris & Ellen Foster



Frank & Jo Byrd

Leslie Michael


February 28


Sara Dilworth

Adrienne Riga

Jay Oliver



Eric & Alison Horton

Stan Beard





February 7


Amy Allen

Chris Jackson



Scott Wessner

Lynn Shoop

Stan Sharp
Flo Sharp


February 14


Andrew Sain

Jack Williams



Julia Gallagher

Mike Moran

Mike Adams

Jennie Adams


February 21


Scout Sunday



Candy McNair

David Wallace

Robert Chesser

Carol Banks


February 28


Kedrick Daw

Piet Strydom



Larry McIntire

Norm Baur

Suzie Baur

Janet McIntire



Thank You. . .


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.


Bonnie Anton



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.








In "choiring" Minds Want to Know . . .


Why You Ought to Sing!


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 born!


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!


 Chris Owenby


Christian Education


Ash Wednesday

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

"My First 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 (



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 ( and we'll help you find the right group for you!



VBS 2016

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




February Calendar

Sunday 7: Super Bowl Party at the Fowlers

Sunday 14: Youth Group

Sunday 21; Youth Group

Sunday 28: Youth Group



Wednesday Night Schedule

         We 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


Hudson Family 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 of expectation!


"For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
    at the works of your hands I sing for joy." Psalm 92:4


Music Ministry




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 at


Men's Ministry


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 services.


Women's Ministry 


Craft Circle

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 Hall (770-552-0949).



Spunky Spirits

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 or 770-971-4539.



Sonflower Sisters

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 ( or Beth Hartt (





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 reach

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


Mission News


Leap into 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.



March into 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 Souls!



Annual Mission 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.



Easter Lilies


Easter is 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 follows:


# of Plants                              (please print)


_____   In loving memory of






_____    In honor of






_____     Presented to Eastminster Presbyterian Church


Name of Donor: _______________________________


Please enclose check and return to the church office before March 13.


December 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 Summer 2016.


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 dinner receipts.


Session approved Connie Weems-Scott to serve as Assistant Treasurer. The position of Treasurer has yet to be filled.


The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 7:30pm in Room 204.


Respectfully submitted,


Diane L. Brock

Clerk of Session


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






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