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is expressed to Mark
Oviatt and family in the loss of his father, Vinson Oviatt in
Newness in the Lord
"Behold, I am doing a new thing;
it springs forth, do you not
it? I will make a way in the
and rivers in the desert."
2015. Hard to
believe that number! As somebody who grew up singing Prince's
"Party Like It's 1999" it is
jarring to see those numbers and wonder where the years have gone.
And every January, we call it a "New Year." Why is it
that when my age goes up I am called "old," but when the
date goes up it gets to be called "new"? Not fair.
In the Lord's
blessings, each year carries promise. We look forward with hope
knowing that each year we will watch the Lord do new things. As
Eugene Peterson's The
Message puts this verse from Isaiah: "Forget about
what's happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert, be
present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out!
Don't you see it? There it is!" Our God, who is the same
yesterday, today, and forever, is nevertheless the God of the new
Your 2015 and
mine will hold many new things, many fresh endeavors. Blessings and
surprises, more than we could ask or imagine. Let's carry a hope
and expectation, that we, together, can see and celebrate the
Lord's new things.
Why not make 2015
the year you get more comfortable in the Word of God than ever
before? Here are some ideas:
Download the YouVersion Bible App, an incredible free
resource. Choose a year-long Bible reading plan. YouVersion
Subscribe to daily
Bible readings from the American Bible Society: American Bible
Society daily readings
Pick a reading plan
to cover the Bible in one year on your computer, phone or tablet: ESV Bible Reading
The ninth annual
EPC Craftsmen's Retreat will be held February 27 - March 1 at Cohutta Springs Conference Center located
in Crandall, GA. There are one and two-night packages
available. The weekend offers motivational talks, great food,
beautiful music and wonderful fellowship. Register today via
the EPC website at www.epres.org or
at sign-up tables on Sundays after the service.
This is an
opportunity to enjoy some good food and get to know some men here
at Eastminster. When: Tuesday, January 20 at Keegan's Pub at
6:30 pm. Email Steve Hartt (email@example.com) for
Sunday 4: Parents
Meeting at 3pm AND Regular
Youth (4:15 Middle School, 5:30 Combined
Dinner, 6pm High School)
Wednesday 7: Wednesday Night
Youth (5:00 fellowship
dinner, 7pm Bible Study)
Sunday 11: Regular Youth
Wednesday 14: WND Youth
Sunday 18: Sky Zone 1-4 pm Eat
lunch before you come
Wednesday 21: WND Youth
Sunday 25: Regular Youth
Wednesday 28: WND Youth
Apologetics for High School Teens
What Is It?
Many Christian teens walk away from their faith during their
college years. Atheism and agnosticism, so common
on college campuses, erode the foundation of Christian
teens' faith by challenging it on rational terms. To
strengthen our teens' faith prior to their departure for college,
EPC's youth leaders will offer a comprehensive introductory class
on Christian apologetics. Supported by Focus on the Family's TrueU video curriculum and other resources,
the class will help equip our teens to stand up for their beliefs
in the face of a culture that tells them their faith is absurd,
obsolete, and impractical.
demonstrate that science supports the existence of a creator God;
that God's nature is evident in His creation in such a way that
supports our Christian beliefs; and that the Bible is a
reliable resource for understanding our relationship with
God through Jesus Christ as well as our place in the
universe. If this class thrives, we will continue to offer
this class every spring
term for our 11th and
Attend? 11th and 12th Grade High School Students
Teaching? Rev. Blake Hudson and Matt Ryder
7:30-8:30pm (after regular youth)
First Meeting February 15!
Sunday, Feb 1:
Super Bowl Party!
7: Winter Jam
Sunday, Feb 8:
Sharptop Preview with other churches
Sunday ,March 22:
Confirmation Afternoon Retreat
26: Confirmation Exams:
May 3: Youth
May 10: End of
May and June:
Jamaica Mission Trip Meetings
Kick It Into
Gear in the New Year on Sunday, Jan. 4, from 10:15-11am in the
Fellowship Hall. Children and Youth classes will meet as
usual, 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
Winter/Spring semester of Sunday morning and Wednesday night adult
classes are listed below:
Sunday Morning Adult Classes (10:15-11am) - beginning January 11
The Gospel of Luke - led by Carolyn Waters (Room 209)
When the Spirit Moves - led by Hubie & Terri Mann (Room
Bible Stories For Grown-Ups - led by Mary- Evelyn Starnes
Starting Point (New Members) - led by Evangelism team (Dates & Location TBD)
Wednesday Evening Adult Classes (7-8pm) - beginning January 7
The Pastor's Study (Book of Luke) - led by Dr. Tim
McConnell (Room 209)
When the Spirit Moves - led by Hubie & Terri Mann (Room
Got Questions? - led by Mark
Shreiner (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 Wed., January 7, from 5-6pm. Hubie
Mann and Kimber Delgado, Instructors. Rooms 201/202 (CLC)
Save the Dates
Next Summer's Vacation
Bible School is scheduled for June 22-26. Mark your calendars
now and plan to join us in "Hometown Nazareth" for
another awesome week of VBS! 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.
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, place in the
offering plate or call Reta Frew at
404-456-3762. The deadline to sign up is January 11.
indicate here if you wish to participate only as an
a periodic basis if a primary participant is
not available). ___
Missional Christian: Would you like to join God's mission in this
world? Get a glimpse of the vision, see what Jesus is doing,
and "Go and Do" likewise! Eastminster is
participating with First Presbyterian Church, Douglasville, at the
"Go and Do" Conference, Saturday, January 24, 2015,
8:30am-4:15pm, At this one day conference, Christian author
Don Everts challenges Christians to live our lives on
mission. Explore how to serve God in our local and global
registration is $40 or 2 for $65. Youth is $20. Walk in
registration is $60 or 2 for $100. Cost includes conference
attendance, materials, snacks, lunch and all children's activities.
Check out details and register online at www.fpcdouglasville.org
or contact FPC-Douglasville at 770-942-0710.
In order to
eliminate conflicts and ensure the church facilities are cleaned up
after an event, a completed 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 approved in 2014, a form for 2015 must be submitted
only one form is required for the year.
new Prayer Shawl Ministry is set to kick off in 2015!
Meetings will be held the first Wednesday of each month at noon in
the Library. We will knit and/or crochet together, enjoy fellowship,
and pray over the shawls at the end of each meeting. The first
meeting will be January 7, at noon. We hope you can join us!
If you have any questions, please contact Ester Strydom
Kenya Chili Cook-Off
perfecting your chili! The Kenya Mission Team invites you to
the 2nd Annual Kenya
Chili Cook-off! Mark your calendars for Sunday,
January 25th at 6pm to taste some
amazing chili and see if anyone can beat Terri Mann this
year! This will be an evening full of food, fellowship, and
an exciting chance to support the mission team's work in Kenya next
summer. All proceeds will go directly to projects at Tumaini, Huruma and
Kenya Connection Children's Homes. We need chili
contestants! If you are interested in entering, please
contact Leanne Chesser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-697-6924.
Opportunities for Missions beginning in January - "100 to
women's shelter (called The Garden) at Seven Bridges is in need of
basic items. After given a tour of the facility and realizing the
need of these precious Christian people. Missions came up with a
plan to help! It is hard to see God's children in such need and
they are so near to us. They live in small cubicles with a
twin bed and it also houses all their worldly possessions.
Eastminster Church, Missions and The Women's Ministry will collect
- 100 sets of twin bed sheets sets -
- 100 twin blankets - also packaged
this the "100 to HELP" plan. This will be an ongoing
project. They are thrilled at the prospect of receiving this kind
of help. As soon as we collect these items, they will be delivered.
It is cold now so let's get going on this. There will be a
sign at the collection bins in the alcove. We would like
to have these items by February 15, so catch those white
sales after Christmas. For more information or questions, contact
Gail Sorrells at email@example.com or 404-405-0909.
Promises - We
make them, and break them, with impunity. However, God has also
made many promises, but He never breaks any of them.
Do you have a
twofold. That even if I lost my fire, and it is just a smoldering
wick, He will not put me out (Matthew 12:20) and more than that, He
is with me all the days till the end of time. (Matthew 28:20). With
promises like that behind me, I can look forward to a wonderful
2015! But then there are others: I came so that they can have life,
and have it abundantly (John 10:10); or the comfort that my help is
from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121).
Do you have a
promise for 2015?
And if we have these wonderful promises, if we have this wonderful
God that wants to make promises like these, how can we keep them to
We sometimes wonder why Jesus has been away for 2000
years, but Peter tells us in 2 Peter 3:9 that He is not tardy, He
is giving us time to reach every one with His promise of eternal
salvation. Please join the mission team as we work with urgency
during 2015 to hasten the return of Jesus.
Once again the
Spunky Spirits Elves outdid themselves providing Christmas gifts
for three needy families. The families and their individual needs
were obtained through the Families First organization in downtown
Atlanta. This organization "strengthens families with
empowering solutions" throughout the Greater Atlanta area
(look them up and learn more www:familiesfirst.org).
generosity of the Circle members and many other "elves"
in the congregation we raised $2785 and were able to provide a
total of 18 people clothing, shoes, coats, toys, household items, 4
bicycles and generous food gift cards. We shopped on the 9th
of December, wrapped on the 11th and delivered everything downtown
on the the 12th. Just ask a member
of the Spunky Spirits Circle how this has become one of the
highlights of their Christmas season and how you can be part of the
fun next year.
one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or
under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
Thanks to all of our cheerful givers!
of elementary-age daughters - Join us for Sonflower
Sisters on January 16th in the youth room from 7 to 8:30
p.m. We'll be learning about the Blessings in a Backpack
ministry. Please bring one of the following items to the meeting to
contribute this wonderful ministry if you are able
- cheese and crackers, granola bars, mac and cheese,
juice boxes, fruit cups, fruit snacks, and other non-perishables
that can fit in a backpack. If you have any questions,
please contact Beth Hartt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Circle will take the month of January off and resume work on the
bookbags/backpacks for the Kenya mission
in February. We'll look forward to seeing everyone then.
Year! The Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet January 15th at Noon at
the California Pizza Kitchen, 4250 Roswell Rd, NE, Marietta, GA Directions from the church: Turn left
onto Sewell Mill Rd and continue until you reach Johnson Ferry
Rd. Turn right and continue until you reach the intersection
of Johnson Ferry Rd & Roswell Rd. Turn left and immediately
turn right into the Shopping Center on your right. Restaurant
will be on the far-end of the Shopping Center
RSVP by January 14th to Sandra Allen at email@example.com or
Eastminster Christian Preschool News
the 2015-2016 school year opens to the
Eastminster congregation on January 25 with a due date of February
1. Registration opens to the public on Monday, February
2. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis so
reserve your space today! During early registration in
January and February, we are offering $20 off the $100 registration
fee, making it just $80. Registration forms can be found in
the Narthex. Turn in your completed registration forms and
fees to Cathi Cahn, Preschool Director.
The EPC Golden
Girls is a social club for widows and single mature ladies in our
church family. Please plan to join us for our next event, a
retirement party for Martha Powers on Saturday, January
3rd at 1pm at Nancy Speiser's
house. Please contact Jeanne Chesser and let her know what you
can bring - firstname.lastname@example.org or
Session Meeting Highlight -
acknowledged with sadness the death of Merilyn
Mitchell on November 6, 2014, and the death of Pearl Fleming in
Margaret Harouny into covenant
partnership with Eastminster. Session also approved the creation of
a Discernment Team to support Margaret in her call to ministry.
approved the removal of the following covenant partners: Peter
& Glenna Sullivan (having joined Walden Community Church in
Montgomery, TX), Christopher Gallagher (having joined Johnson Ferry
Baptist Church), and Collin Hewett (having joined Christ United
Methodist Church in Franklin, TN).
approved the baptism of Mason Brammer, son of Tim & Kim
Brammer, on December 14, 2014, at the 9am service, the baptism of
William Nagel, son of Lee & Hayley Nagel, on December 14, 2014,
at the 11:15am service, and the baptisms of Marley, Fisher, and
Sadie Jackson, children of Christopher and Aimee Jackson, on
January 18, 2015, at the 9am service.
approved a motion to purchase a new organ from the Allen Organ
Company for $95,900. The cost will be covered by a combination of
funds from the Memorial Organ Fund, EPC's reserve account, a line
of credit of up to $75,000 from Community and Southern Bank, and
whatever funds can be raised from donors.
approved Kelly French to serve as the leader of the reorganized Art
Ministry effective January 2015.
John Speiser to serve as Lay Pastor for Visitation for 2015 for no
salary. Session approved Rev. Katie Hudson to serve as Assistant
Pastor for 2015 with no salary.
elected Diane Brock to serve as Clerk of Session for 2015.
Mike Dembski to serve as Treasurer for
approved Denise Anderson and Linda Delbridge to count the offerings
Elder/Deacon Retreat will be held January 23, 2015, at First
Presbyterian Church, Marietta, at 6pm-10:30pm, including the Joint
Meeting of the Session and Deacon Board, and January 24, 2015, at
First Presbyterian Church in Douglasville, 8:30am-4:15pm, for the
"Go & Do" Conference.
Meeting of the Congregation will be held January 25, 2015, at
10:10am in the CLC.
Diane L. Brock
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
email@example.com | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor