JANUARY 2015 |



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January 4

Naming Jesus: Light of the World

Dr. McConnell



January 11

The Mirror: Know Yourself

Dr. McConnell

Ordain and Install Officers


January 18

The Mirror: How People Reflect

Dr. McConnell


January 25

The Mirror: Faith that Works

Dr. McConnell

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   Alessandra Oviatt

8   Megan Bunch

9   Amelia Stewart

9   Blair Erickson

9   Emily McDaniel

10  Maynard Gardner

10  Nathaniel Irvine

11  Madeline Daw

12  Dick DuBose

12  Suzie Baur

12  Steve Schatz

13  Jim Swann

13  Cary Erickson

13  Sarah Tate

14  Dimitri


16  Bill Freeman

17  Jennifer Gettys

17  Caroline Willard

17  Mason Brammer

18  Marilyn Lewis

19  Jennifer Wall

19  Melanie Chesser

20  Kevin French

22  Allen Warren

22  Jessica Gibbs

22  Rosie Jeffries

22  Thomas DeVoe

22  Paisley Scholtens

22  Rhett Scholtens

23  Sarah Nielsen

24  David Brentzel

24  James Crump

24  Tyler Sneddens

25  Dolly Kretsch

26  Arline Fifield

26  Valerie McColloch

27  Andrew Flood

28  Mary Evelyn Starnes

28  Dax Denherder

28  Jackson Morris

29  Jack Michelitch

30  Elaine Denny

30  Kristin Hanson

30  Jordan Gettys

31  Katie Hudson

31  Madison Stacy



Happy Anniversary


2   Jeff & Kim Madson

12  Jeff & Karen Jones

15  Matt & Lauren


15  Rick & Doreen


19  Kevin & Kelly French

20  Bradley & Leigh Ann






Wed. Night Meals


Adults and teens $8.00

Seniors $7.00

Families $22.00

Children $5 (Elementary School)

Pre-school and below are free


January 7

Chicken w/Lemon Sauce

Smothered Pork Chops

Mashed Potatoes

Broccoli Casserole


Buttered Carrots

Caesar Salad



January 14


Baked Chicken

Mashed Potatoes  


Green Beans

Glazed Carrots

Seven Layer Salad



January 21

Roast Pork

Fried Chicken

Mac & Cheese


Corn w/Red Pepper

Green Salad



January 28

Chicken Pot Pie

Shepherd's Pie

Buttered Carrots


Green Salad

Birthday Cake


We will have peanut butter and jelly available for those children who don't care for the selections. 





Jan. 4


Leigh Sain

Teresa Roberts



Valerie Mote

Alaine Bayless


Jan. 11


Emily Gilbert

Rosie Jeffries



Jeff & Karen Jones

Lucian & Gina



Jan. 18


Tom & Kathy Schuette

Irene Misencik



Jack & Diane Keegan

Ken Jacquot

Brad West


Jan. 25


Ellie McConnell

Lauren Brock



Dan & Joann Kiser

Steve & Debbie Moore 




Christian Sympathy


is expressed to Mark Oviatt and family in the loss of his father, Vinson Oviatt in Scotland.







New Year


Newness in the Lord


           "Behold, I am doing a new thing;

          now it springs forth, do you not

      perceive it? I will make a way in the   

      wilderness and rivers in the desert."

                         --Isaiah 43:19  


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 thing.


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.


Happy New Year!


Yours in Christ,



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 App 

        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 Plans


Craftsmen's Ministry


2015 Men's Retreat

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 or at sign-up tables on Sundays after the service.



Guy's Night Out

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 ( for information.


Youth News


Youth January Calendar

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

                and 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




Further In: 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.


We will 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 12th Graders!


Who Can Attend? 11th and 12th Grade High School Students


Who Is Teaching? Rev. Blake Hudson and Matt Ryder

(Youth Pastor and Elder)


When? Sundays, 7:30-8:30pm (after regular youth)

                    First Meeting February 15!


Where? Youth Room



Big Events This Spring

Sunday, Feb 1: Super Bowl Party!

Saturday, Feb 7: Winter Jam

Sunday, Feb 8: Sharptop Preview with other churches

Sunday ,March 22: Confirmation Afternoon Retreat

Sunday, April 26: Confirmation Exams:

May 3: Youth Sunday

May 10: End of Year Parties

Spring-time Fundraiser (TBD!)

May and June: Jamaica Mission Trip Meetings


Christian Education


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 208)
Bible Stories For Grown-Ups - led by Mary- Evelyn Starnes (Room 204)

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 208)

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.


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, place in the offering plate or call Reta Frew at 404-456-3762. The deadline to sign up is January 11.




Phone: _____________________________________




Email Address: ________________________________


Please indicate here if you wish to participate only as an

alternate (on a periodic basis if a primary participant is

not available). ___


Go and Do Conference


Becoming a 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 communities. 


Adult 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 or contact FPC-Douglasville at 770-942-0710.



Deacon's Corner


Church Use

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.



Prayer Shawl Ministry 

The 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 at


Mission News


Kenya Chili Cook-Off

Start 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 or 404-697-6924.


New Opportunities for Missions beginning in January - "100 to HELP"

The homeless 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 the following:

  • 100 sets of twin bed sheets sets - packaged please
  • 100 twin blankets - also packaged

Let's call 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 or 404-405-0909.


Missions 2015

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 favorite?

Mine is 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 ourselves?

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.


Women's Ministry  


Spunky Spirits

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  


Through the 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.  


2 Corinthians 9:7 "Each 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!


Sonflower Sisters

Attention moms 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



Craft Circle 

The Craft 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.


Lunch Bunch 


Happy New 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 or 770-977-8742.


Eastminster Christian Preschool News


Registration for 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. 


Golden Girls


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 - or 404-374-2381


Session Meeting Highlight - December 2014 


Session acknowledged with sadness the death of Merilyn Mitchell on November 6, 2014, and the death of Pearl Fleming in March 2014.


Session welcomed Margaret Harouny into covenant partnership with Eastminster. Session also approved the creation of a Discernment Team to support Margaret in her call to ministry.


Session 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).


Session 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.


Session 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.  


Session approved Kelly French to serve as the leader of the reorganized Art Ministry effective January 2015.


Session approved 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.


Session elected Diane Brock to serve as Clerk of Session for 2015.


Session approved Mike Dembski to serve as Treasurer for 2015.


Session approved Denise Anderson and Linda Delbridge to count the offerings for 2015.


The 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.


The Annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held January 25, 2015, at 10:10am in the CLC.


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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