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
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
Jeffrey & Kimberly
& Karen Jones
Matthew & Lauren
& Kelly French
Bradley & Leigh Ann
& Jo Ann
Stephen & Kay
Jim & Debbie Bussart
Frank & Jo Byrd
Don & Joan Malcolm
Tom & Kathy Schuette
Bob & Jane Douglas
Dave & Chris Wallace
Dan & Jo Ann Kiser
Steve & Debbie Moore
Barbeque Pork Sandwiches
Macaroni & Cheese
Biscuits with Jam and Butter
Cinnamon Apple Crisp
Sympathy is expressed
to Marsha Stemme and family in
the loss of her sister, Barbara Montgomery in West Virginia.
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,
Sunday, January 8: Regular Youth Group
Wednesday, January 11: Regular Fellowship Time,
and Tom Conlon Concert! (Done by 7:15 PM)
Sunday, January 15: Regular Youth Group
Wednesday, January 18: Regular Wednesday Youth
Dinner, Girl/Boy Bible Study)
Sunday, January 22: Regular Youth Group
Wednesday, January 25: Regular Wednesday Youth
Dinner, Girl/Boy Bible Study)
Sunday, January 29: No Youth Group!
Costa Rica Mission Trip Registration Due by Monday,
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!
to all fathers looking to help their sons become young men of
strong character, do noble things, and reflects the love of
on "Raising a Modern-day Knight" by Robert Lewis
January 8th, Ends February 19th
in the CLC, 5:30-6:30 PM
If interested please email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VBS 2017 - Save the Dates!
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
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 email@example.com) if you have questions or
need additional information.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Please indicate here if you wish to participate only
as an alternate (on a periodic basis if a primary participant is
not available). ________
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Elaine
Crock (email@example.com) or Christy Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
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 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).
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 email@example.com with questions, or to make
sure you are on the email list!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
We know that you will be as excited as we are to see
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 email@example.com. 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!
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 www.epres.org/preschool.
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
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Thomas Boone, Transitional Pastor