January 2014  |



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January 5, 2014

The Great Rescue - The Glory


Dr. McConnell


January 12,

The Elements - Bible

Dr. McConnell

Ordain and Install Elders and Deacons 


January 19,

Elements - Trinity

Dr. McConnell


January 26,

Elements - Creation and Providence

Dr. McConnell

Annual Congregational Meeting







1    Shawn Hanson

1    Kevin Laverty

1    Erin Yates

2    Tom Baskin

2    Don Preus

2    Jonathan Taylor

4    Bailey Madson

5    Greg Gibbs

6    Cathy Kennedy

6    Andrew Waugaman

7   Alessa Oviatt

8   Megan Bunch

9   Blair Erickson

9   Emily McDaniel

10  Maynard Gardner

10  Nathan Irvine

11  Madeline Daw

12  Richard Dubose

12  Suzie Baur

12  Steve Schatz

13  Jim Swann

13  Cary Erickson

13  Sarah Tate

14  Dimitri Panagopoulos

15  Charlotte Hayes

16  Bill Freeman

17  Jennifer Gettys

17  Caroline Willard

18  Marilyn Lewis

19  Melanie Chesser

20  Kevin French

22  Allen Warren

22  Jessica Gibbs

22  Thomas DeVoe

22  Paisley Scholtens

22  Rhett Scholtens

23  Sarah Nielsen

24  David Brentzel

24  James Crump

25  Dolly Kretsch

25  Avery DeVane

26  Arline Fifield

27  Andrew Flood

28  Mary Evelyn Starnes

28  Dax Denherder

28  Jackson Morris

30  Elaine Denny

30  Kristin Hanson

30  Jordan Gettys

31  Katie Hudson

31  Madison Stacy








Happy Anniversary


2   Jeff & Kim Madison

12  Jeff & Karen Jones

15  Rick & Doreen


18  Ken & Sue Strahm

19  Kevin & Kelly French






Christian Sympathy

Is expressed to . . .


Mary Evelyn Starnes and family in the loss of her father, Mike Norwood;


Ester Strydom and family in the loss of her father, Rev. Neels Otto of the Dutch Reformed Church in  South Africa;


Al Cass and family in the loss of his wife, Dottie;


Sally Tinsley and family in the loss of her husband, Mel;


Mark Shreiner and family in the loss of his mother, Marian Forrest Shreiner.



Thank You. . .


Thank you so much for your support of me and my family during my father's illness and death.  Your cards, emails, and prayers meant so much to us.  We are blessed to be a part of such a special church family. 


In Christ,

Mary-Evelyn Starnes









When Sherlock Holmes turns to his friend and says: "elementary, my dear Watson", you know that the master detective is about to reveal a basic, fundamental or underlying clue to the mystery they have been attempting to solve. Where others have missed it, Sherlock has been able to discover what is really happening underneath all of the confusion, false clues, suspicious suspects and red herrings. Because he can see the basics, he knows the answer to the question.


This ability to look at the essential elements of a case is part of what makes him such a good detective but also the reason why he has captivated audiences for longer than a century. We all want to know what's really going on in the world. We want to know, beneath the confusion of superficial layers and conflicting messages, what life really means and what our own life is really all about. As Christians, these questions extend to what we believe. What can we rely on when it comes to faith? What are the essentials of what we believe?


This January, Dr. McConnell will be preaching on the elements of our faith. What are they? Where can they be found? How can we move them into the center of our hearts and use them to anchor our lives? And what do they say about us as members of humanity, the world around us, and our God? These are the questions we all have been asking and should ask as we continue on our faith journey. While they aren't easy to discover on our own, praise God that our Lord has not kept these things hidden, but revealed them to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. May this month be full of clues to knowing Him more fully!


PS: Sherlock Holmes actually never used the phrase in any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books! But if you're curious to see where the phrase first shows up in film, CLICK HERE:


Youth Calendar for January


Sunday 5: Kick It Into Gear

 Sunday School Starts Again

 Parents Meeting at 3:00 PM

 "Regular" Youth Group

Middle School meets at 4:15 PM

Combined Dinner at 5:30 PM

High School meets at 6:00 PM


 Wednesday 8: WND Youth Activities Begin

Youth Fellowship (hang out time) at 5:00 PM

Dinner at 6:00 PM

Bible Study at 7:00 PM


 Sunday 12: Youth Group


Wednesday 15: WND Youth


Sunday 19: Youth Group


Wednesday 22: WND Youth


Saturday 25: Paintballing at Camp Cherokee w/

Sharptop Churches

Leave at 8 AM, be back by 5 PM, $30 covers paintball


Sunday 26: Youth Group


Wednesday 29: WND Youth


Thank You

From The Hudson Family!



To every member of our Christian family at Eastminster Presbyterian Church: how can we ever hope to adequately thank you for all you have done for us over the past nine months? And how is it that we have been so blessed by being part of such a kind, compassionate and generous congregation? You have supported us with prayer in times of joy and trial, provided us with meals to comfort and nourish, and supplied our twin daughters with everything they could ever need upon their arrival into our home and hearts. To everyone who has modeled the grace and love of Jesus Christ to us, thank you! And as I've mentioned before, we remain honored and overwhelmed by how you lifted Katie and our daughters up in prayer on their delivery day. Thank you!


Summer trips registration now open!


Youth 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 your youth!


As a reminder, we are going on the following trips this summer...

June 1-6: Mission Trip To Hilton Head, SC

Open to Middle and High School Students


 June 15-20: The Great Escape (outside Chattanooga, TN)

 Open to Middle School Students Only


July 13-18: Fun In The Son (Hilton Head Island, SC)

Open to High School Students Only


Christian Education


Kick it into Gear

in the New Year on Sunday, Janunary 5, from 10:15-11am in the Fellowship Hall.  Children and Youth classes will meet as normal, but adults are invited to come check out all of our second semester adult class offerings as well as other ministry opportunities in the church.  The new Sunday morning and Wednesday night adult classes are listed below:

Sunday Morning Adult Classes

(10:15-11am) - beginning January 12

Experiencing God

led by Eddie & Terri Capparucci (Room 209)

How to REALLY Understand the Bible

led by Hubie & Terri Mann (Room 208)

Got Questions?

led by Mary-Evelyn Starnes (Library)


Acts of the Apostles (Part 2)

led by Carolyn Waters (Room 204)


The Choir Class (10-10:30am)

led by Don Fifield (Parlor)

Wednesday Evening Adult Classes

(7-8pm) - beginning January 8

The Pastor's Study (Book of Luke)

led by Dr. Tim McConnell (Room 209)

How to REALLY Understand the Bible

led by Hubie & Terri Mann (Room 208)


The French Confession

led by Tommy Nickles (Room 204)

S.L.A.M. (Serving God, Loving others And Making a joyful noise) is our midweek Kids program for 4yr olds - 5th graders that combines 30 minutes of singing and 30 minutes of fun, "active" Bible learning.  The second semester begins on Wednesday, January 8, from 5-6pm. Hubie Mann and Suzanne Logue, Instructors. Rooms 201/202 (CLC)


Save the Dates

Next Summer's VBS program which will take place on June 23-27, 2014.  For future years, we will be scheduling VBS during the last FULL week of June each year so that families can know in advance when VBS will take place and can plan their summer schedules accordingly.


Church Use 


In order to eliminate conflicts and ensure the church facilities are cleaned up after an event, a Building Use Request form is required before that event is placed on the church calendar. This is for all events including church events. Forms are available from Linda in the church office as well as the usher's closet. For recurring events only one form is required for the year.


Craftsmen Ministry


 2014 Men's Retreat:

The eighth annual EPC Craftsmen's Retreat will be held February 28  - March 2 at Cohutta Springs Conference Center located in Crandall, GA. There are one and two-night packages available. The weekend offers motivational talks, good food, beautiful music and wonderful fellowship. To register  CLICK HERE.



Former Church Members of St. Andrew


Sadly, the Church of St. Andrew in Sandy Springs is closing its doors. On Sunday, January 12 they have invited all former members to a final Kirking of the Tartans at 11:00 am. There will be a pot-luck lunch following  service. Please bring a side or dessert to share. If you are in contact with former members, please let them know.


Women's Ministry  


Eastminster Women's Retreat 2014

Register Now. Come away with us for a weekend of reflection and connection in the beautiful North Georgia mountains.  With Eastminster's own Lane Henderson leading us, we'll take a closer look at who God is - and who we are in Him.  

     When:  January 31st -  February 2nd   

     Where: Cohutta Springs Conference Center.

We've planned a fantastic weekend for you to unplug, connect with friends or maybe even find a little time alone!  Here's some of what's in store:Talks, small groups and praise, prayer hike, music, Saturday night zip-lining and Sunday morning worship service.  This event is not limited to Eastminster Women only, so please invite a neighbor, sister, mom, grandmother, daughter or a friend to join us. For more information and to register on-line, visit our website located under Women's Ministries or contact Christy Thomas at or 678-812-1206.




Spunky Spirits

The Spunky Spirits will be meeting in the CLC on January 9 at 11am Marsha Stemme is our hostess this month with Melinda Freeman teaching Lesson 4 in our study book. The devotional will be presented by Mary Alice Phinney. Please bring your study book, your Bible and, of course, a dish to share. New members and guests are always welcome.  





Craft Circle

Craft Circle will meet Monday, January 13th, 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).



Lunch Bunch

The Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet January 16, at Provino's Italian Restaurant, 440 Ernest Barrett Pkwy.  Directions from the church: Turn right out of church's parking lot onto Sewell Mill Rd and continue until you reach Piedmont

Road. Turn right and continue on Piedmont Rd (road will change names to Ernest Barret Pkwy). At the next light just past entrance into Town Center, turn right. Provino's will be on your immediate right on the corner.  RSVP by January 14, to Sandra Allen at or 770-977-8742.



Sonflower Sisters

Moms with daughters in grades K-5 --- The Sonflower Sisters are excited to announce a mother/daughter Christian yoga night for our January meeting!  Mark your calendars for Friday, January 24, in the Fellowship Hall from 7 - 8:30.  A special guest teacher will conduct an introductory yoga class for our moms and daughters.  Wear comfy clothing and bring a yoga mat.  Sonflower Sisters alumnae are welcome to attend!  Please contact Beth Hartt at with questions or to RSVP.


Session Meeting Highlights

December 2013 


Session approved the baptism of Finley Richard McDaniel, son of members Mark & Lindsay McDaniel, on December 1, 2103, at the 9:00am service.


Session acknowledged with sadness the passing of Van Sammons on November 22, 2013.


Session approved a Letter of Transfer for Doug, Kay, Duncan, and Stewart Cruickshank to Roswell Presbyterian Church.


Session received with regret the resignation of Elder Don Fifield from the Session effective December 31, 2013.


Session approved a motion to cancel the Georgia Life BCBS short term disability policy, currently in effect, and that the short term disability policy through ECO, currently in effect, ECO be retained in force for all salaried employees. This will result in a $113.40 per month savings in our current insurance premiums.


Session commissioned Valerie Mote to serve Holy Communion at the 2014 Women's Retreat.


Session approved a motion to send an email to the congregation regarding an opportunity for matching contributions to the Journey.


Session elected Diane Brock to continue to serve as Clerk of Session for 2014.


The annual Elder/Deacon Retreat will be January 10-11, 2014, at Simpsonwood Retreat Center.


The next Stated Session Meeting will be Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 7:30pm in Room 204.


Session approved the annual meeting of the congregation to be held Sunday, January 26, 2014, at 10:15am in the CLC.


Respectfully submitted,


Diane L. Brock

Clerk of Session


Suppers of Eight


The third Saturday is suggested to be set aside by the participants of Suppers of Eight. For those who are not acquainted with this program, it is a wonderful way to meet and get to know other members or visitors. Participants spend one evening in February, March and April with three other couples. Each couple brings one food course to help the host family with the meal! Singles are welcome to sign-up also. Please complete the form below and mail to the church, place in the offering plate, or call Reta Frew at 770-955-0588. The deadline to sign up is January 19.







Please indicate here if you wish to participate only as an alternate (on a periodic basis if a primary participant is not available).  ___


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






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