January 2017 |



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1    Shawn Hanson

1    Kevin Laverty

2    Tom Baskin

2    Don Preus

2    Jan Billons

2    Jonathan Taylor   

3    Chad Bozza

5    Greg Gibbs

5    Gretchen Witt

7    Alessa Shahan

8    Megan Bunch

9    Amelia Stewart

9    Blair Erickson

10  Maynard Gardner

12  Dick DuBose

12  Suzie Baur

13  Jim Swann

13  Cary Erickson

13  Sarah Tate

13  Sarah Frampton

16  Bill Freeman

16  John Norton

16  Paul Jones

17  Jennifer Gettys

19  Jennifer Wall

19  Melanie Chesser

20  Kevin French

22  Allen Warren

22  Jessica Gibbs

22  Rosie Jeffries

23  Sarah Nielsen

24  David Brentzel

24  James Crump

25  Dolly Kretsch

26  Arline Fifield

26  Valerie McColloch

28  Mary Evelyn


28  Dax DenHerder

29  John Michelitch

30  Elaine Denny

31  Matthew Houser


Happy Anniversary


2    Jeffrey & Kimberly


12  Jeff & Karen Jones

13  Jeff & Courtney


15  Matthew & Lauren


15  Rick & Doreen


19  Kevin & Kelly French

20  Bradley & Leigh Ann


24  Jerry & Jo Ann


25  Stephen & Kay






January 1



Jay Michael

Scott Briggs

Doug Nielsen

Robert Chesser


January 8


Cheryl Spring

Will Page



Steve Moore

John Bunch

Chad Ervin

Bob Douglas


January 15


Janie Bunch

Sarah Nielsen



Randy Sherman

Stan Beard

Tom Nickles

Robert Chesser 



January 22


Steve Thomas

Andrew Sain



Paul Goldberg

Snookie Goldberg

Karen Jones

Jeff Jones



January 29




Joel Knight

Phillip Morrissey

Martha Knight

Alana Nigro




January 1


Leigh Sain

Sharon Melcher



Jim & Debbie Bussart

Lorelei Rack


January 8


Emily Gilbert

Val Mote



Frank & Jo Byrd

Don & Joan Malcolm



January 15


Tom & Kathy Schuette

Irene Misencik



Bob & Jane Douglas

Dave & Chris Wallace



January 22


Kim Brammer

Rosie Jeffries



Dan & Jo Ann Kiser

Steve & Debbie Moore


January 29


Susan Welborn

Cheryl Spring



Tom Nickles

Leslie Michael


Menu for

Wednesday Dinner


January 11


Barbeque Pork Sandwiches

Chicken Tenders

Macaroni & Cheese

Cole Slaw

Green Salad

Cherry Crisp


January 18


Pastas with

Meat sauce

Alfredo sauce

Italian Sausages

Caesar Salad




January 25


Breakfast Casserole

Cheesy Grits


Biscuits with Jam and Butter

Cinnamon Apple Crisp

Fruit Dessert



Christian Sympathy is expressed


to Marsha Stemme and family in the loss of her sister, Barbara Montgomery in West Virginia.






Greetings Eastminster!


It's that time of year again when we're thinking about some resolutions. According to TIME, the top ten resolutions people break have been (1) losing weight; (2) quit smoking; (3) learn something new; (4) eat healthy; (5) get out of debt; (6) more time with family; (7) travel to a new place; (8) less stress; (9) volunteer; and (10) drink less. In other words, most of us are creatures of habit! Jason Schwartzman, an actor, is quoted to have said, "I'm a creature of habit. I'm go to restaurants all the time and stuff."


Aristotle said something about this, too. "The good man (or woman) is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life...for as it is not one swallow or one fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes someone blessed or happy" (Ethics, 2.4). Or perhaps you like Will Durant's take on this: "we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit" (The Story of Philosophy).


In Colossians 3:2, Paul, who knew Aristotle's writings well, encourages Christians to be creatures of new habits. "Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." In his book I Will: 9 Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian, Thom Rainer commends the following resolutions. Let's try a few on and see what happens!


For 2017, I will (1) move from "I am" to "I will;" (2) worship with others; (3) grow together with others; (4) serve; (5) go out, not just come in to church; (6) give generously; (7) not be a church drop out; (8) avoid just being religious; and (9) make a difference.


Here are a few others to try. For 2017, I will (1) be more thankful for the small things, because this helps me see the Holy Spirit is at work; (2) smile more, because this helps others see Jesus in me; (3) write at least one handwritten note to someone who needs encouragement because these days ink stands out; (4) see three movies or read three books that help me think outside the box, because it helps me not to be a "fuddy duddy;" and (5) eat something not 100% healthy, because it's good to have fun sometimes! (Source: your's truly).


May God's grace abound in your life in 2017, and may you know His peace,




Youth Ministry News


January Calendar

Sunday, January 8: Regular Youth Group

Wednesday, January 11: Regular Fellowship Time, 

     Dinner, and Tom Conlon Concert! (Done by 7:15 PM)

Sunday, January 15: Regular Youth Group

Wednesday, January 18: Regular Wednesday Youth

     (Fellowship Time, Dinner, Girl/Boy Bible Study)

Sunday, January 22: Regular Youth Group

Wednesday, January 25: Regular Wednesday Youth

       (Fellowship Time, Dinner, Girl/Boy Bible Study)

Sunday, January 29: No Youth Group!


Summer Trips

Costa Rica Mission Trip Registration Due by Monday,

     January 9th!

Great Escape Registration Due by Monday, March 6th!


Dad's Bible Study

Jim Fowler and Steve Hartt will be starting a Bible Study for Dad's starting in the new year!

  • Open to all fathers looking to help their sons become young men of strong character, do noble things, and reflects the love of God
  • Based on "Raising a Modern-day Knight" by Robert Lewis
  • Starts January 8th, Ends February 19th
  • Upstairs in the CLC, 5:30-6:30 PM

If interested please email at


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


Spring Music Kick-Off Rehearsals


Chancel Choir - Wednesday, January 4, 7:30 pm

Eastminster Ringers - Wednesday, January 18, 6:30 pm

KidChoir - Sunday, January 8, 3:30 pm

ReSound - Sunday, January 8, 4:30 pm (high school), 5:45 pm (middle school)



Join us for our Spring Kick-Off Dinner and Concert featuring Singer/Songwriter Tom Conlon in the Great Hall on January 11, 6:00 pm.


Bridge Players!


Ladies, we are still looking for bridge players!  All levels are welcome, even if you haven't played for a while and would like to get back into the game. We would like to have a group of 8 players who are willing to commit their time once a month.  (Of course, we would be thrilled with 12 or more.)  We play on the 3rd Monday of each month, at 10am.  We have been playing at our homes but are considering playing at the church, let us know if this appeals to you more.  We are taking a slight break while searching for more players and will resume on Monday, January 16.  Nancy Speiser


An Update from the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC)


As we begin the new year, the Pastor Nominating Committee is excited to report that we are in active discussions with multiple highly-qualified pastoral candidates. These candidates are interested in exploring God's work at Eastminster and our discussions are going well. We are committed to following God's call and His timeline as we search for our next pastor, so with that in mind, we are not ready to announce a specific timeline at this point. But we are grateful to continue to witness His hand in this process, both within Eastminster and in the lives and ministries of the candidates we have met along the way. Please continue to pray with us for the work we are doing and for the pastor God is already preparing to lead this congregation into Eastminster's next stage of ministry.


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 15.


Name: ___________________________________


Phone: __________________________________


Address: _________________________________


Email: ___________________________________


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



Women's Ministry 


Eastminster Women's Ministry is excited to announce an opportunity for us to gather in worship with women from all over our community. We are a part of a planning team along with four other churches and are hosting the first event at Mt. Bethel UMC. Mark your calendars now because you don't want to miss our first gathering on January 27th. You don't even need a ticket to be a part of this awesome worship experience! Below is some information. Please contact Leigh Sain (, Elaine Crock ( or Christy Thomas ( for more info. 


Homegrown: Women Gathering in Worship

January 27, 2017 from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm 

Mt. Bethel UMC Fellowship Hall


The Rooted Community is a collection of churches who believe that we belong together. We have gone outside of our church walls and crossed denominational lines because we believe that the church really is one body and that we worship, serve and grow better, together.

So come and see what this looks like!


Join us for our first in a series of Homegrown Worship Nights! Through Homegrown, we will give voice to local women by inviting them to lead us in worship and teaching. This will be a time to listen, learn, fellowship, and draw closer to Jesus as we draw closer to each other. We are four churches united in one community and committed to serving our one big God. There is a place for you here, too!




Craft Circle

Craft Circle will meet Monday, January 9th, 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 January 13, 2017 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 Kindness.  An evite will be sent with details.  Contact Lara Atalla at with questions, or to make sure you are on the email list! 




Spunky Spirits

Spunky Spirits will meet on January 12th at 10:45 in library and with lunch afterwards in the Great Hall. Bring a dish to share. 



Lunch Bunch

Our Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet January 19th at noon at O'Charley's Restaurant,3350 Sandy Plains Road, corner of Sandy Plains and Shallowford Roads. RSVP by January 18th to Sandra Allen at 770-977-8742 or



Happy New Year from your Facilities Team and Building and Grounds!


You may have noticed a face-lift in progress in the reception area, adjacent to the Church office. During the week, this area receives heavy traffic from covenant partners, community members, people in need and preschool families. For many, this area and our sanctuary are the only areas of the Church that they see.


At our recent joint meeting of Deacons and Session, Dr. Boone presented the opportunities that we have to demonstrate Eastminster's vision and hope in the gospel. This was both eye opening and refreshing; and there was unanimous enthusiasm from our Team to come up with a cost-effective plan to begin a transformation. So, we decided to renovate our high traffic, reception area, in order to better convey the gospel, our vision, and the members of our leadership (Staff, Session, and Deacons). The next phase is to thank God for the service of each of our previous Senior Pastors; by uniformly displaying their pictures, names and dates of service. We have selected a space for this and will unveil it over the upcoming months.


Our desire, as always, is to put Christ first. When people walk in the door, we want them to know what we are about. We want them to feel welcome and recognize that they are in a Christ-centered place.


We know that you will be as excited as we are to see this transformation!


Mission News


Have you ever cooked a meal for someone at church? Have you ever prayed for others in need? Have you shared your spiritual gifts with others? Have you helped load, unload, sort, organize, or deliver donated items to those in need? Many of us have done these things without realizing that it is God's Mission at work. Do you have just a few minutes of spare time during your week? If you do, the Mission team would love to have you join us during our monthly meetings to learn in more depth how you can share your spiritual gifts with others, and help in the community or nationally or globally. We are also interested in ideas about potential new missions you are aware of and would like to be a part of. For more details, please contact Norm Baur, (cell 678-283-0776) or Many hands make light work and we are hoping to add many hands during this upcoming year! Our next meeting is at 7 PM in the CLC Library on Thursday, January 12th. We hope to see you there!


Preschool News


Registration for the 2017-18 school year begins January 23 for currently enrolled students and for members of Eastminster Presbyterian.  Registration information will be available in the Narthex, CLC, and on-line at


Priority for placement will be given first to currently enrolled students and their family members, and secondly to Eastminster members.  Registration opens to the public on February 1 and will then be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please contact the preschool director if you have any questions.


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








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