February 2017 |



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1   Candy McNair

1   Valerie Mote

2   Mary Hamilton

2   John Chastain

2   Brian Melcher

5   Jeanette Gowen

5   Edward Winn

5   Kyle Watson

6   Brenda Tighe

6   Jeff Madson

6   Janeen DenHaese

7   Thad Oviatt

8   Doneita Robinson

8   Kathleen Crock

8   Rachel Nielsen

9   John Speiser

10  Bill Barbin

10  Elizabeth Miller

12  Caroline Cribb

12  Leigh Moyer

13  Martie Pottinger

13  Robert Wiley

14  Sandra Mazur

14  Phillip Morrissey

15  Michael Moran

15  Matthew Wells

15  Matthew Wessner

17  Hoke Wilcox

19  Jocelyn Fowler

21  Jeff Driscoll

21  Amy Chastain

21  Sydney Allen

22  Chris Foster

23  Richard Bell

23  Rich Atalla

24  Irene Misencik

25  Harold Anglin

25  Chris Wickstrom

25  Sharon Melcher

25  Andy Starnes

26  June Josey

26  Sonny Hall

26  Angela Blackwell

28  Mikey Mortimer


Happy Anniversary


1     Jeffrey & Alyson


3     Bill & Melinda


9     Hart & Mary Alice


11   Jim & Debbie


14   Dan & Carolyn


15  John & Lynne


20  Al & Dee Cass

22  Leonard & June


25  Lucian & Gina


26  Hunter & Danielle








February 5


Susan Welborn

Tom Dilworth



Scott Wessner

Lynn Shoop

Stan Sharp

Flo Sharp



February 12


Kim Brammer

Eric Horton



Julia Gallagher

Mike Moran

Mike Adams

Jennie Adams



February 19


Kathy Schuette

Tom Schuette



Chad Ervin

Doug Wallace

Lynn Shoop

Carol Banks




February 26


Amy Allen

Chris Jackson



Scout Sunday





February 5


Sara Dilworth

Ellen Foster



Karen Miller

Marsha Stemme

Tommy Nickles


February 12


Jennifer Gettys

Robert Gettys



Ellen Parkerson

Scott & Angie



February 19


Mercia Weyand

Cathy DuBose



Jeff & Karen Jones

Leslie Michael



February 26


Teresa Rpberts

Debbie Taylor



Eric & Alison Horton

Gail Sorrells


Menu for

Wednesday Dinner


February 1

Veggie Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

Stir Fry Veggies

Vegetables Egg Rolls

Fortune Cookies

Orange Sherbet



February 8

White Chicken Chili

Black Bean and Corn Salad



Cherry-Apple Crisp



February 15

Beef Stew

Roasted Potatoes, carrots, onions

Green Beans

Buttermilk Biscuits

Salad Bar









Christian Sympathy is expressed


Ann Streible and family in the loss of her husband, Jim.


Martie Pottinger in the loss of her brother, Walter Brent, who lived in Ohio.



Thank You


The Craft Circle would like to thank all who contributed to our Hat/Mitten/Scarf trees. We collected and delivered to MUST

(79) caps,

(77) gloves/mittens,

(37) scarves,

(2) headbands.

Your generous contributions will help warm many this cold winter Thank you for participating in this wonderful ministry.







Dear Eastminster Covenant Partners and Friends,


Several of us have just returned from what was a joyous, meaningful, Spirit-filled, and rich national gathering of the ECO! We met in Greenville, SC where 1,200 people gathered to worship, fellowship, and receive best practices seminars covering topics covering leadership, mission, church planting, and transition among others.


A national gathering is an opportunity to come alongside other churches in the ECO and hear reports of the good work we are doing as a body of Christ across the nation and in the world. We heard news of astonishing numerical growth. Our movement is now 327 congregations strong with another 177 in various stages of entry whether as church plants or inquiries and releases of established churches.


Also, inspirational keynote addresses and worship services helped deepen our awareness of how the ECO is a unique movement of congregations with focuses on mission, discipleship, and church planting. Eastminster is part of this movement and I was heartened to see our representatives celebrate how we share these important focuses.


Our next regional meeting as a Presbytery occurs on April 21-22, and Eastminster is going to host the event. We have a large Presbytery of thirty-eight churches and over one hundred people will come here. We are honored to have been asked to host this meeting, and Session has assigned a special team of folks led by Diane Brock to coordinate it. Look for details on how to support the event soon!


In Christ's service,



Youth Ministry News


February Calendar

Saturday, Feb. 4 - Winter Jam from 2pm until 11 pm


Sunday, Feb. 5 - Super Bowl Party at the Fowlers Home

                (2820 Wesley Chapel Road, Marietta, 30062)

                Girls bring desserts, Guys bring sides

                Dinner and drinks will be provided.


Sunday, Feb. 12 - Youth Group


Sunday, Feb. 19 - No Youth Group on Sunday or

              Wednesday, Feb.22 (Winter Break)


Wed., Feb. 22 - Youth at Movies from 12 until 4pm

                         (lunch and movie to be determined)


Sunday, Feb .26 - Youth Group


Wednesday Schedule

       All Grades Fellowship: 5 - 6pm

       Dinner - 6 - 7pm

       Bible Study: 7 - 8pm

       Boys: Room 203       Girls:  Youth Room


Christian Education


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! 



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 Val Mote at if you have questions or need additional information.


Music Ministry


Join Choir Through Lent

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season and our journey toward Easter, and it's just around the corner. The Chancel Choir will present special music at several services throughout Lent and we want you to join us! Consider making a small commitment to join us from March 1 - April 16. No audition necessary! Rehearsals run from 7:30-9:00 pm each Wednesday. We look forward to seeing you. Contact Chris Owenby with any questions - 


Georgia Festival Chorus In Concert

March 26, 6:00 pm

Join us for an evening of amazing choral selections from Mozart to John Ness Beck. The GA Festival Chorus is a 100 voice choir led by the Mr. Frank Boggs and his assistant conductors (including your own Chris Owenby). Their music will joyfully move you! Don't miss out on this fantastic musical experience.


Children's Musical

Calling All 1st-5th Grade Students!

KidChoir, Eastminster's Children's Chorus (1st-5th grade), will present a musical on Wednesday, May 3. Rehearsals begin on Sunday, February 12, 3:30-4:30 pm. Join us!


Pastoral memo regarding Passing of the Peace


Thanks to those of you who attended the annual congregational meeting on January 29! The ruling elders were able to present some important matters that have an impact on the larger picture for Eastminster. If you weren't able to attend, Diane Brock will be releasing minutes from the meeting once Session has approved them. One matter that generated some discussion on both sides of the issue concerned Session's decision to pause the Passing of the Peace. I sensed it would be good to get some communication out to you, though I apologize for it having taken so long.


As your Transitional Pastor, Session asked me to bring a fresh set of eyes and ears to the scene and to help them identify some areas in which they could make some informed decisions. When I arrived I interviewed each elder and deacon about many items of their concern. One of the themes that emerged centered around how welcoming the church is compared to the perception people have. There was enough disparity that I invited the ministry staff to examine the issue as part of a larger theme of providing a welcoming environment. Staff, in turn, decided it was worth bringing to Session.


There is no "official, peer reviewed research" on the positive or negative impact of Passing of the Peace. However, there are good articles on the tradition of Passing the Peace as a liturgical practice versus what most churches practice as "Stop worship and talk a while with your friends" Since Session has trusted Thom Rainer to guide EPC on the big picture of forming disciples, I thought it wise to check into what he offers in this smaller item. I ask that you read the following two articles he wrote on this topic because leadership read and discussed them as part of the decision process: Thom Rainer article 1 and Thom Rainer article 2.

It was a surprise to ministry staff and ruling elders that Rainer's work concluded the number one reason guests do not return to church is that they experience negative reception with passing of the peace. As we dug into some personal stories among current covenant partners and guests it was determined we should pause the tradition. There was sufficient negative experience to merit this. The ministry staff agreed with the decision, but our hope has been that it might generate a conversation about what constitutes a truly welcoming church environment in 2017 and beyond.


Thus, there is now a Welcoming Team on deacons that is going to focus solely on the larger issues of creating a welcoming environment at Eastminster. That team will look at how other churches are creating welcoming atmospheres and study the issues. The team will need many volunteers who are passionate about extending warm welcomes to people regardless of their being guests or long term covenant partners. I think this is a terrific approach that involves many voices and consensus among people who are motivated and energized to do this. If you think this is a place for you to contribute in a meaningful positive way, please speak with Christy Laverty or Blake Hudson about how to be part of this Deacon coordinated team!


As with any matter, I hope you will bring your questions and concerns to the ruling elders directly, and I am open to hearing from you as well. You are a healthy congregation, and my prayers are for your continued strength led by a good Session, staff, and soon a new Senior Pastor. It is an honor to be with you!


Dr. Thomas Boone

Transitional Senior Pastor


Spunky Spirits Do It Again!


Well, there may be only one Women's Circle left, but they are spunky and they are mighty.  In December the women raised approx. $2700 to provide Christmas for 3 needy families (a total of 16 individuals).  The families and their needs and wishes were obtained through the Families First organization in Atlanta.  After the money was collected the ladies shopped for each member of every family, buying them coats, pjs, clothing, toys, linens and household items. We then met to wrap each gift with tender loving care. All of the gifts, as well as substantial grocery gift cards were delivered to Families First in downtown Atlanta. We were even able to provide several gift cards for the folks at FF to give out for last minute needs or emergencies.  


This is an annual mission project the Spunky Spirits have been doing well over 20 years. In fact, we are to be featured in the FF newsletter this year.  But, more than what we are able to provide, just ask any member of Spunky Spirits just how much it means to them and how we all look forward to it every year. Thank-you ladies for your generosity and commitment to serving as Christ taught us to do.              

Karen Jones


Women's Ministry 


Spunky Spirits

Spunky Spirits will meet Thursday, February 9th in the Great Hall at 11:00. We will be studying Worshiping God with our Lives, chapter five. After our study we will share a pot luck lunch. All ladies are invited. We would love to have you.



Craft Circle

Craft Circle will meet Monday, February 13th, room 203/CLC, 10:00-1:00 to continue work on

Feminine Hygiene Kits (DfG kits) for Days for Girls International.  There will be work for all willing hands.  Those who can, bring sewing machines (dark colored thread).  Any questions, please call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063). 



Sonflower Sisters

Calling all elementary-age girls and their moms!  Sonflower Sisters will have our next meeting on February 10, 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 Goodness and Self Control.  An evite will be sent with details.  Contact Lara Atalla at with questions, or to make sure you are on the email list! 



Lunch Bunch

Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet February 16th at Noon at Bub-Ba-Q, 10020 Hwy 92, (Ingles Shopping Center)Woodstock. Directions: Take Canton Road (towards

Woodstock) to the intersection of Hwy 92 and Canton Road. Turn left, the restaurant will be on your left in the Ingles Shopping Center towards the far left side.  RSVP to Sandra Allen at or 770-977-8742.


Mission News



Come pray for and with victims of sex trafficking in Atlanta. Out of Darkness seeks to rescue and restore these women, and its Princess Night outreach helps build relationships with them by offering roses, prayer and cards of encouragement. EPC has the opportunity to participate on Friday, February 24th. Contact Mary Lynne Nielson ( by Wednesday, February, 8th to sign up or for more information.


Preschool News


Are you looking for a new school home, or is your child just starting the preschool years?  Eastminster has a wonderful program, and we would love the opportunity to give you a tour. Open tour times are Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.  If you are interested in touring during these times, please feel free to drop in. If the advertised times aren't conducive to your schedule,  Please call Dawn Milazzo, the preschool director at 770-977-2976 or and she will schedule a more convenient time. 


Registration information is available in the Narthex, CLC, and on-line at As a church member you will receive a $20 discount per family, per month on your tuition.  We look forward to seeing you soon and showing you our great preschool.


Eastminster Presbyterian Church |
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Thomas Boone, Transitional Pastor








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