Words of Life"
6 Ashlinn Laverty
15 Gracyn Mordecai
19 Ri Strydom
23 Baleigh Hammett
Eddie & Teri
Bob & Emily Gilbert
Stan & Ellen Beard
Tom & Brenda Hewett
& Robin Watson
Robert & Peggy
Paul & Snookie
Andrew & Leigh
Yubo Qiu &
Richard Alder &
& Anne Schatz
& Sarah Tate
& Ester Strydom
& Beth Nickles
& Jo Byrd
& Janet Warren
Gordon & Connie
Robert & Jennifer
Dan & Jo
is expressed to . . .
Suzanne Edmond and
family in the loss of her father, Bill Crowley.
Robert Caput and family in
the loss of his mother.
Tom Thomson and family in
the loss of his wife, Marge.
Don Fifield and family in
the loss of his brother, Captain John Fifield.
Cathy DuBose and family in
the loss of her mother, Camille Clements.
Please help me
find my silver cake server. Lost at East Cobb Park after the fun
filled day of Church in the Park. If you find it, please call
404-502-5657 or leave it at the church office.
A Message from Dana Allin
marks our one-year anniversary of joining ECO: A Covenant
Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. From inception in January
of 2012, ECO has grown to 135 congregations and 54,000 members.
I am so grateful that the Lord has led our church in such a
In honor of
our anniversary, I thought I'd share this article with from
our Synod Executive, Dana Allin,
"Five Shifts for our Future Development":
In the middle
of May, the ECO Synod Executive Council met for a day. We spent
some time thinking about the future and looking at where we need to
spend our time and energy for future development. We took a look at
our mission statement, to build flourishing churches that make
disciples of Jesus Christ. We began to ask, "What are the road
blocks keeping our churches and leaders from flourishing?"
brainstormed lot of different items and then tried to categorize
all the information into a few themes. What we came up with are
five shifts we feel are important in the lives of our churches. Some
shifts will be more relevant to some congregations than others but,
as a whole, these are important shifts for us all to make as we
move forward as an ECO community and fulfill our mission.
Shift #1 - From "Clergy-Centered" to an
One of the
things I loved about being part of the team that created the ECO
polity is I know how many ways we sought to create an environment
that hands more ministry over to the congregation. This includes
simple nomenclature changes, like moving from 'member' to 'covenant
partner.' It also includes a radical shift in the Presbyterian
world of authorizing officers to more easily celebrate the
sacraments. But even though the ECO polity helps set an expectation
for unleashing the laity to do ministry, it's vital each
congregation ensure their internal culture doesn't rebel against
Shift #2 - From "Safety and Preservation" to
"Risk-taking and Expansion"
At our last
National Gathering, Gary Haugen (IJM) talked about how churches are
addicted to safety. We all can resonate with that statement; often
decisions are made in order to cater to those on the inside rather
than trying to reach those who not yet part of the congregation.
When a church seeks to make a necessary change, it can be met with
resistance. How can we, through a variety of avenues, help leaders
feel the need to make church less like an aquarium where everything
is kept nice and comfortable, and instead prepare people for the
ocean of life?
Shift #3 - From "Homogeneous Leadership Prepared
for Christendom" to "Preparing all of God's people for a
There are two
challenges encompassed in this shift that need to be considered.
First, we need to live into our value of "Egalitarian
Ministry." As stated in our values, this includes focusing on
nurturing women for ministry as well as younger leaders, and raising up a diversity of leaders from a variety
of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Secondly, we need to
shift the types of ministry we are preparing leaders to be a part
of. Most people realize the Christendom model of ministry is
rapidly fading away, if not gone entirely. Yet, we do not fully
embrace the type of preparation necessary for leaders to serve in
Shift #4 - From "Purely Attractional
Model of Ministry" to "Missional
years, the debate between "missional"
and "attractional" models of
ministry has shifted so the two are not seen as mutually exclusive
and competing, but as complementary to one another. The attractional model of ministry seeks to bring
people into worship and then assimilate them into an educational
opportunity in community as well as into some form of service. The missional model of ministry seeks to get
smaller communities out into the world, consistently engaging with
those in their culture who do not know Jesus. Sociologists who
focus on the ministry of the church estimate that, nationwide, 50%
of the unbelieving population can be reached through the attractional model and 50% will need to be
reached through the missional model. Our
churches must be able to shift to being both attractional
Shift #5 - From "An Addition/Subtraction
Mentality" to "Multiplication Mindset"
The focus for
churches for a long time has been on adding numbers to our
congregations, which is a focus on addition. In other cases, the
focus has been on slowing down the decline, a focus on subtraction.
However, the church, as the Body of Christ, is an organism-and all
healthy organisms multiply. While we still need to ask questions
regarding addition and subtraction, the better focus is on
questions of multiplication. We need to help churches of all sizes
and situations see the role they can play in the multiplication of
disciples, leaders, communities, and churches.
articulate these shifts, our goal is to help congregations and
leaders be linked to a variety of resources ECO offers, but also
resources outside of our tribe. We want resources where leaders and
congregations can take the next step in making these shifts,
regardless of where they are starting from. Also, we all can help
set the environment in our Mission Affinity Groups, Pastor Covenant
Groups, and Presbyteries to spur each other on in continuing this
led by Rev.
Hudson and J. C. Russell
11:00 am -
Noon - Lunch -
Bring your Own
1:00 pm - High
Tuesday 1: Summer Bible Studies
Middle School - 11:00 am
Lunch and Fellowship - 12 noon
High School - 1:00 pm
Wednesday 2, 12:30 PM: Lunch Out Together (TBD)
Tuesday 8: Summer Bible Studies
(see schedule above)
Thursday 10: at 12:00-4:00 PM: Pool Parties
School at 12 - 2 PM
High School at 2 - 4
PM at (TBD)
Sunday 13 - Friday 18: Fun In The Son
Tuesday 22: Summer Bible
Studies (see schedule above)
Thursday 24 at 1 - 4 PM: Putt-putt at Area 51, Roswell
Tuesday 29: Summer Bible
Studies (see schedule above)
Wednesday 30 at 5 - 8 PM: Movie Night at EPC
SAVE THE DATE: Kick Off Fall Retreat at Sharptop Cove
Dates: August 22-24, 2014
(Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon)
Ages: Current 5th-11th graders
Cost: $165; $180 week of
Spots are essentially unlimited,
but note the price differences!
This is our annual
youth ministry kick-off at Sharptop Cove
in Jasper, GA with other churches from the Cobb County/West Georgia
area. This is a weekend full of extremely loud and passionate
worship, Bible studies, crowded cabins and bunk beds, and an entire
afternoon playing on the amazing things Sharptop
Cove can offer. (They have a "blob", zip lines, slides,
giant swing, climbing wall, and tons of open space - and only
if weather permits.) While we are only in the planning stages,
please note the dates and cost of this Fall Kick-off Retreat. I
know this seems far away, but it's right
around the corner so please mark it in your calendars now! Costs
are dependent on when you sign up.
Join the Craft Circle for "A Day of Service",
Saturday, July 12th, 10:00-3:00, Fellowship Hall (main bldg.), and
bring a friend. We plan to have work centers set up for many
projects we complete throughout the year; pillow cases for ConKerr Cancer, fleece cut for blankets for
Hands of Hope mission project in West Virginia, hospital gowns for
hospitals in Kenya, knitted hats for our Christmas Hat/Scarf/Mitten
mission for MUST Ministries, pet beds for animal shelters.
Bring your favorite knitting needles or plan to use the Knifty Knitters (no knitting experience
required). We'll have plenty of yarn and material.
Sewing machines needed. There'll be a job for everyone!
Bring your lunch. Drinks and desserts will be provided.
Join us for a fun day of fellowship and ministry
work...."together in service". Any questions,
please contact Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan
Ministry Teachers Needed:
We're looking for volunteers to
teach children's Sunday school during the summer so that our
regular teachers can have some time "off". We provide the
curriculum and training; you provide the love and encouragement
for our children for several weeks. What a blessing! Contact
Hubie Mann to sign-up.
Christian Life Training
During the Summer, we will be offering two
adult CLT classes on Sunday mornings. Carolyn Waters will be
teaching "The Life and Ministry of the Messiah" using a
DVD series by Ray Vander Laan while
Hubie and Terri Mann will be teaching "How to REALLY
Understand the Bible".
VBS Thank You's
Thank you to the 83 volunteers who staffed
last month's VBS program! We had an INCREDIBLY FUN week learning
about the Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides. Thank
you as well to all of the people who donated gift cards and money
to provide snacks for VBS and to those who donated toilet paper
tubes, paper towel tubes, and cereal boxes for our Arts &
Crafts projects. A special thanks to Tim
Brammer, Kelly French, and Richelle Sanders who constructed and painted
our set and to Brad West (and Stevi B's
Pizza) who provided lunch for all of our volunteers one day.
Your generosity helped us to share God's love and minister
to 144 children from EPC and the community. We couldn't
have a VBS program without you!!
Ministry Summer Activities
Time for summer fun again! Join us for an
EPC kids outing each Wednesday, plus a special Saturday event.
All ages welcome!
July 2nd - Lunch at Woodlawn Chick-Fil-A at 11:30 a.m. (1201 Johnson
Ferry Road, 30068)
July 9th - Bowling at Brunswick's
Marietta at 10:30 a.m. (2749 Delk Road,
Marietta 30067) Let's spend the morning at the lanes. Cost is
$4 per person/per game, $4 shoe rental. http://www.brunswicks.com/marietta.html
July 16th - BounceU
at 10:30 (1634 Cobb International Blvd., Kennesaw
30152) Jump, jump, jump the morning away! Admission is $7.99
($5 for walkers under 3). Don't forget your socks (they are
*Saturday, July 26th - Water Olympics from 11 - 1 at Frank
and Jo Byrd's house in West Cobb (605 Burke Lake Dr. off of
Kennesaw Due West). Register by phone or email with Hubie
Mann. We'll spend the morning playing various games for the
Water Olympics, followed by hamburgers and hotdogs on the
grill, drinks and dessert. Dress to get wet and bring a towel!
*Please RSVP with Hubie Mann for this
Widow to Widow
Our 1st Widow
to Widow meeting was a great success! We have a great group of
women who are excited to begin a social avenue with other women who
are experiencing a similar journey. Please join us on a great
new adventure! Contact Jeanne Chesser for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks be to God that we are starting the 2014-15
school year with over 70 students enrolled! Thank you all for
your support and for spreading the news about our wonderful
preschool. We still have openings in our M/W and T/TH Toddler
classes, accepting students 16 months and older. Brochures
are available to pass out to your friends
and neighbors, or post at your neighborhood swimming pools.
All church members receive $10 off their monthly tuition AND if you
enroll a friend along with your child, you get $100 off your next
Mission Trip 2014
Eastminster is sending two missionaries to Costa Rica
with In The Carpenter's Footsteps organization out of Tallahassee,
Florida. A number of Presbyterian churches will be represented, and
Cathy and Laura DuBose will be representing Eastminster. In The
Carpenter's Footsteps has been engaged in a number of activities in
severely impoverished areas of Costa Rica for many years, and
Eastminster has supported this effort by sending missionaries on
repeated occasions. In The Carpenter's Footsteps serves
the local people through (1) building churches in areas where
Christians are meeting in tents or other temporarily fabricated
facilities due to a lack of established facilities, (2) conducting
Bible School for up to as many as 100 children, (3) carrying sewing
machines and supplies and teaching sewing lessons so that the
people in these poverty stricken areas can make clothes for their
children and family members since they do not have adequate
financial resources to purchase clothes, (4) distributing food to
hungry families who live under very dire circumstances, (5)
attending to the medical needs of the community by means of a
physician who travels with us on these trips, (6) carrying out
plumbing and septic tank construction activities in order to
improve the sanitary conditions, and (7) focusing on building
relationships and building foundations of hope in these areas in
the name of Jesus Christ. Please remember the missionary team in
Team wants to thank the Eastminster congregation for its generous
contributions to the Annual Mission Offering and helping to work
towards our annual giving goal of $30,000. We have succeeded in
achieving 95% of that goal. Also, thank you for all of the material
goods that you have provided during the different collection
activities. All of your contributions go to support our local,
national, and international mission efforts. Your continued support
is very much appreciated.
will NOT meet for July and August on our normal 2nd Monday. Please
join us instead on Saturday, July 12th, 10:00-3:00, Fellowship Hall
(main bldg.) for "A Day of Service", and bring a
LOOK for an opportunity to learn to ring handbells this summer at EPC! We will be
holding open bell ringing events for those of you that can read
music but think that bells would be too challenging. Come try it
out! The bell choir is on hand to be mentoring teens and adults to
give you a taste of what it is like to ring handbells.
Look to these dates as time to play - July 23 and August 6 from
6:00 until 7:00 PM in the sanctuary. Mark your calendars and come
have some fun!.
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 September, October and
November 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 August 16.
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
email@example.com | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor