The Deep: Grow
The Deep: Wake
The Deep: Free
Mr. Hubie Mann
The Deep: Tell
Rev. Blake Hudson
6 Ashlinn Laverty
15 Gracyn Mordecai
19 Ri Strydom
21 Pam Kemery
23 Baleigh Hammett
28 Dana Suber
Eddie & Teri
Bob & Emily Gilbert
Stan & Ellen Beard
Tom & Brenda Hewett
Mark & Robin Watson
& Peggy Ulrich
Paul & Snookie
Andrew & Leigh Sain
Michael & Teresa
12 Yubo Qiu & Qian
Richard Alder & Patti
& Anne Schatz
& Sarah Tate
Roberto & Kimberly
Gordon & Jenny Hall
& Ester Strydom
& Beth Nickles
& Jo Byrd
& Janet Warren
Gordon & Connie
Robert & Jennifer
Bob & Jane
Dan & Jo
to . . .
Marsha Stemme and family in the loss of her sister,
and family in the loss of her father, James Tayloe.
Presbyterian Church for your donations in support of my Girl Scout
Gold Award Anti-Bullying Project. With your help, I exceeded my fundraising
goal. Please accept my sincere gratitude for your donations and
your encouragement. "Intelligence plus character - that is the
goal of true education,"
When a rocket is
launched into space, it has to reach a certain speed called
"escape velocity." That's how my dad used to get us all
in the car. "We're reaching escape velocity!" meant
"Get in the car. It's time to go!" On the back of a summer
filled with more missions than we've ever sent, strong worship
numbers, and the best Vacation Bible School I've ever been a part
of, I can't help but feel Eastminster is about to reach escape
As you are
reading this on your phone on the way to the beach or by the side of
a lake, I'm sure you are not thinking about August 3rd
when school gets back in session. August 2nd will be our
Rev Up for Fall Sunday. We are already on the launch ramp! What
will we see the Lord do with his church this year?
I want to give
you three things to pray for as we look ahead to the coming season:
(1) Pray for four new small groups to form this year. We will
launch small groups as part of a pulpit series in August based on
Don Evert's book, Go and Do: Becoming a Missional Christian. Copies
are available in the office. I was able to record a personal
interview with Don which will begin each small group session. This
is a great year to try small group life!
(2) Pray that God makes the way clear to launch a new church in
Dunwoody. We are helping to plant Dunwoody Presbyterian Church.
This is an enormous challenge and even bigger opportunity. We know
that new churches are statistically nine times more effective at
reaching new believers. Pray for Dunwoody Presbyterian Church to
hit the map this year!
(3) Pray that Eastminster is a beacon of good news. The Supreme
Court decision on marriage abruptly closed debate across the nation
- the government has defined marriage anew. Our practice of
marriage is a service of worship, protected as a free exercise of
religion, and continues to be founded on Scripture not government
regulation. (We practice marriage between one man and one woman -
Genesis 2:24; Mark 10:6-9). As these foundations are rattled,
people look for solid ground. This becomes a great opportunity for
the Gospel! We know where foundations are sure: in the grace and
truth of Jesus Christ our Lord.
I was asked
recently, "Can you say what your church is praying for?"
I hope I can answer those three things. Let's pray together to see
the Lord work in amazing ways this year.
Now, go back
to your suntan lotion and lemonade! It's summer after all.
Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and
you will receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:24)
Where do I go for information on the SCOTUS marriage
decision? Here are some resources recommended by Dr. McConnell:
We Stand" (a statement signed by 100 leaders
including Bryant Wright, Richard Mouw,
Carmen Fowler LaBerge, Kevin DeYoung, etc)
Things (a remarkable compilation of essays from professors and
The National Marriage
Project at UVA
And below is a
letter from our Synod Executive:
June 26, 2015
of the Supreme Court's decision regarding same sex marriage, our
e-mails and phones have been flooded with questions from our ECO
congregations. While each question is uniquely worded, the
questions can be summed up under two
headings. First, and less frequently, is
the question "What does ECO believe about same sex
marriage?" Second, and more frequently asked, is, "What
are the implications for our churches?"
answer both questions, let me start by saying that in ECO we
generally try to stay out of politics. However, there are times
when political decisions affect, or potentially affect, the way in
which ECO operates. For example, there might be times when
religious liberty is challenged. In order to protect the integrity
of our ministry, ECO may need to proactively or reactively engage
in a political conversation. The Supreme Court's decision on marriage
has potential challenges, which is why we are responding to it.
question regarding ECO's stance on sexuality has a very simple
response. In ECO, we affirm that marriage is a gift from God
between one man and one woman. We affirm that sexuality is also a
gift, which is to be expressed within this covenant of marriage.
Scripture, our Essential Tenets, and confessions all speak with one
unified voice on the subject of marriage.
The second question,
regarding the implications for ECO churches, is more complicated.
We are not yet sure about the ramifications of the Supreme Court
decision. However, we have been in conversation during the last
year about potential outcomes and necessary responses. We are
grateful to be a part of a group of denominations that maintain the
orthodox Christian faith and with whom we can process such
questions. John Terech, ECO's Director of
Operations, is taking the lead on coordinating with other
denominations and networks. As information becomes available, it
will be disseminated through your presbyteries.
Let me take
the opportunity to address a third question that could be out
there. How do we respond now? I think the answer to this question
is easy. Preach and live the gospel! Whenever church finds itself
at odds with culture, we have the opportunity to thrive in new ways
as we live out the gospel in a conflicted context. Let us be people
who live the model of Jesus by being welcoming and transforming for
all people, in all aspects of our lives. Each of us has places in
our lives that need to come under the Lordship of Jesus and the
transforming power of the Spirit. Can we be people that welcome and
love one another wherever we are, and yet love one another enough
to work for mutual transformation? I think we can, and I think that
as we do, the gospel will flourish! Let's pray together to that
Bless you all
in your continued ministry,
Dana Allin, Synod Executive
Thank You to the 85 volunteers
who staffed this past
week's VBS program! We had an INCREDIBLY FUN week learning
about Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus Grew Up. 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
and old crayons for our Arts and Crafts projects. A
special thanks to Tim Brammer, Kelly French, Richelle
Sanders, Helen Moran, and Steve Hartt who constructed and painted
our set. Your generosity helped us to share God's love and minister
to 159 children from EPC and the community. We couldn't have
a VBS program without you!!
Children's 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.
During the Summer, we are offering two adult CLT classes
on Sunday mornings. Carolyn Waters is
teaching "Awesome God" (a class on the various Hebrew
names for God) while Hubie & Terri Mann are teaching
"Christianity 101" which focuses on the basics of the
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. So, if you're interested in joining a small group, please
contact Hubie Mann at email@example.com and
we'll help you find the right group for you!
Children's Ministry Summer Activities
Time for summer fun again! Come join us for
Eastminster Children's Ministry outings throughout the summer. All
ages welcome from Preschool through Fifth grade. Kids must be
accompanied by a supervising adult in order to participate.
Lunch at Woodlawn Chick-Fil-A - Wednesday, July 1 at 11:30am (1201 Johnson Ferry
Summer Movies at Merchants Walk -
Tuesday, July 7 at 10am - Join us for "Mr.
Peabody and Sherman" at the Merchants Walk movie
theater. Admission is $1 per person, kid-sized popcorn and
drinks are $1.50 each. Seating is first come, first serve and
they are usually crowded. We'll meet outside at 9:40am to try
to get seats together, just join us inside if you're running
late. The movie starts promptly at 10am.
Pool Party - Wednesday,
July 15, from 10:30-Noon at the Fowler's home (3830 Wesley
Chapel Road, 30062
). Wear your swim suit and bring a towel. There
will be lots of fun, games, and cash prizes!
Bumper Bowling at Brunswick's Marietta - Wednesday, July 22 at 10:30am (2749 Delk Road, Marietta 30067) Let's spend the
morning at the lanes. Cost is $4 per person/per game, $4 shoe
End of Summer Water Olympics - Wednesday, July 29, from 11 - 1pm at Frank and Jo
Byrd's home in West Cobb (605 Burke Lake Dr. off of Kennesaw Due
West). We'll spend the morning playing various games for the
Water Olympics, followed by hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill,
drinks and dessert. Please dress to get wet and bring a towel.
Please RSVP to let us know if you'll be attending each
event; firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-775-3439.
Thursday 9,11:30am - 4pm
All Youth - Lunch and Movie
and Movie TBD
Monday 13 - Saturday 18
Fun In The Son
Thursday 16, 2pm
Middle School Menchies Hang Out Time
Meet at Menchies
Wednesday 22, 11am - 4pm
Atlanta Braves Game!
RSVP to email@example.com
Thursday 30, 1pm - 3pm
Anthony "Tony" Rimore
(rhymes with the Italian "amore!") becomes our Organist
effective July 5, 2015. He comes to us from St. Brendan the
Navigator Roman Catholic Church in Cumming where he served as
organist. Tony has also served at Christ the King Lutheran
Church in Peachtree Corners, where he was the Music Associate and
Tony originally hails from Rochester, New York, where he studied
Organ Performance at the Eastman School of Music with David
Craighead and Timothy Albrecht (currently the Emory University
Organist). He has been Director of Music and Organist at
several churches throughout his career, including Sacred Heart
Cathedral in Rochester, New York, and St. Hugh's in the Grove in
Coconut Grove, Florida, as well as King of Kings Lutheran Church in
Portland, Oregon, while also working in marketing and business
development for several notable architectural design firms,
including SOM, HOK and Arquitectonica.
Currently he works in Business Development for Warner Summers
architecture, a firm known for their design of banks and corporate
He brings a wealth of musical experience in all genres, and
especially loves creating liturgical music using digital
electronics with an extensive library of software synthesizers and
sequencing programs on the Macintosh computer. Of special
note is the compatibility of these programs with our new Allen
Quantum organ. We look forward to some interesting
instrumental music in the coming year!
Tony enjoys cooking, having had the good luck of assisting the
noted cajun chef, Paul Prudhomme at the Cordon Bleu School in Paris,
as well as having had a very congenial relationship with Julia
Child from which he treasures several personally inscribed books.
Tony says he is especially looking forward to working
with Chris Owenby and he thinks they will
make a great team assisting worship and praise of God in our Sunday
liturgies. Please welcome Anthony Rimore
to our family here at Eastminster and make sure you let him know of
any special requests you may have. Although he can't promise
to play them all, he assures us he will do his darndest!
11130 Medlock Bridge Road #1007
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Music Ministry Luncheon
Come one come all
for lunch in the fellowship hall immediately following 11:15
worship on July 19. We'll enjoy one another's company over
sandwiches, chips, and homemade ice cream! You'll find out
everything you ever wanted to know and more about the music
ministry and upcoming music events. Contact Chris Owenby for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ministry is excited to announce that the EPC Children's Choir will begin
meeting at 3:30pm on Sunday afternoons
beginning on August 2. Choir will be offered for preschool
thru fifth grade students. The Cherub Choir, Ages 4
thru 1st grade, will meet from 3:30 - 4:15pm in room
two, and the Chorister Choir, 2nd thru 5th
grade, will meet from 3:30 - 4:15pm in the choir room.
enjoy singing a broad range of musical styles, fun games and
activities, and an emphasis on worship and what it means to serve
Jesus through service and singing. No audition necessary,
just a love for singing and a joyful heart!
This is an
exciting time in the life of the music ministry at EPC. God is
working in and through our young people. The music and youth
ministries are excited to announce a new opportunity for youth to
serve in worship.
ReSound, EPC's youth chorus,
will meet on Sunday afternoons beginning
on August 2. High School students will meet in the choir room
from 4:30 - 5:15pm and middle school students will meet in the
choir room from 5:45 - 6:30pm. Students will enjoy singing a
broad range of musical styles and learning what it means to worship
the Lord through song. Come and sing with us!
Wednesday Evenings beginning August 5
(Adult Choir), 7:30-9:00pm, choir room
(4yr-1st grade), 3:30-4:15pm, room two Chorister
Choir (2nd-5th grade), 3:30-4:15, choir room
ReSound, High School
Students (9th-12th), 4:30-5:15pm
ReSound, Middle School
Chorus (6th-8th), 5:45-6:30pm
Braves Games - Sunday, July 19
Take Me Out to
the Ball Game!
and Family Ministry would like to invite all families to an
afternoon with the Atlanta Braves. Sunday, July 19th at 5:00 PM
join us to watch the Braves take on the Chicago Cubs. We have
pre-purchased a number of tickets together in section 401.
Each ticket is $18. First come, first serve. Contact
Steve Hartt (770-910-2358 or email@example.com) to get
your tickets or for more information.
"Express Your Faith"
The submissions for the "Express Your Faith"
Gallery, presented by the Art Ministry, will be on display every
Sunday in July in Fellowship Hall. The artists would like to share and
invite you to enjoy these pieces and their related scripture.
Spotlight: Cobb Pregnancy Services
EVERY DAY in
the U.S., more than 3,500 pregnant women choose to abort their
children. The majority of these women do not choose abortion because
it is their right as women. They abort because they feel they have
no other option. Where they choose to go for initial medical
services has a major impact on whether their unborn children will
live or die. Cobb Pregnancy Services was established to help reduce
the number of abortions by giving the support and information that
people need to choose life. It is the belief of CPS that our value
as human beings is not determined by the circumstances of our
conception or our birth. It is an intrinsic value given to us by
God. CPS not only seeks to influence men and women to choose life
for their unborn children but prays that lives are changed through
the message of the gospel.
Presbyterian Church is a strong supporter of Cobb Pregnancy Services
and its mission in helping men and women deal positively with
unexpected pregnancies by providing life affirming alternatives to
abortion through spiritual, emotional, and practical support. Our
church not only offers financial support, but we have many covenant
partners and friends who are serving in some capacity. Some very
talented ladies in our congregation have knitted/crocheted over 60
pairs of booties and 20 newborn hats in the last 6 months. These
are given to clients as a reminder they are carrying life. During
March into Missions Week, we had a team spend a Saturday morning
helping in the clothing ministry. In May, our church filled 2
tables at their fundraising banquet. We deliver bread and pastries
from Panera every Monday and Wednesday morning. The pastries are
used for refreshments during the classes that are held for clients
at CPS and the bread is shared with those that come through their
doors. Rick Sloss and Ellen Foster have
been trained as consultants at CPS and meet with clients on a
weekly basis. Thank you for being such a giving and supportive
church! If you would like more information about Cobb Pregnancy
Services and how you can be a part of this life-giving ministry,
please contact Ellen Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a new receptacle for 7 Bridges in the CLC.
Feel free to drop off any items including cleaning supplies and
paper goods. We are also collecting new pillows and pillow
cases. I will be delivering on the 4th Friday of the
month, which is the night we make sandwiches there at 7pm. If you
need a ride or directions, call Barbara Lowery at
something new in the Cobb County Superior Court System; it is the
Veteran's Court presided over by Judge Reuben Green. It is a unique
court designed to help veterans regain a useful place in society.
The court accepts the veteran and places him in a program tailored
to his set of problems, medical or emotional or both or addiction
to drugs or alcohol. The court also assigns a mentor who is a
veteran to work with, monitor and provide encouragement to the
mentee veteran who is under the court's jurisdiction. This program
is tailored to each specific case and is 18 months long. When the
veteran successfully completes the program his slate is wiped clean
and he can resume a useful place in society. The court has a
special fund created by gifts from businesses and those who want to
help. This fund provides money to the veterans in the program to
help with basic necessities like food, rent and utilities. The
Mission Team at Eastminster is considering making an annual
contribution to this fund as a means of helping deserving veterans.
Let a mission team member know what you think about this idea for
- October 9 and 10
Mark your calendars!
Highlights from the Kenya Mission Trip
Mission Team returned safely from a two-week trip June 10.
The team of seven - Leanne Chesser, Emily Gilbert, Beth Hartt,
Julie John, Abigail McConnell, Leslie Michael and Reba Harrison
(Mars Hill PC) - once again served at Tumaini
Children's Ministry and Kenya Connection Kids Children's Ministry, Eastminster's long-term mission partners in
If you haven't
checked out our blog yet, click here www.kenyagowithus.blogspot.org
to read details of our journey. Here are a few highlights:
worshipped. At partner churches, student-led fellowships
and daily devotions ... Kenya mission trips are built around
worship. We joined Kiereni Church and Githenya Church (both Presbyterian Church of
East Africa) for Sunday worship. Elders on our team helped plan
worship and serve communion. We sang in English and Swahili, and
heard rousing sermons. Our team also led Sunday worship for the
kids at Huruma, where Leanne
preached. Every day at Tumaini, we
began our day at staff devotions with others from the Parish. The
student-led Friday Night Fellowship at Tumaini
is a remarkable time of praise, prayer and preaching that leaves
everyone in tears.
- We built
relationships. Our small group was able to minister
individually and go deeper in relationship with kids, caregivers,
ministry leaders and community members. We shared one-on-one time
with each of your sponsored children at KCK. We spent time with
alumni of Tumaini and Huruma,
and saw firsthand the dramatic impact of these ministries. These
young adults, who were once considered destitute children, are now
pursuing advanced education, discipling
others in Christ, and giving back to their communities.
- We prayed for and with people. We were let into so many places and situations where
we were able to offer the blessing of prayer. We prayed over Chuka Hospital, where we saw patients crowded
two and three to a bed. We prayed at the humble wood home of a
mentally challenged mother, whose children were taken in by Tumaini because she couldn't care for them. We
prayed with Nancy, the spirit-filled manager at Huruma,
whose strength and charisma keep this home going despite enormous
physical challenges. And we prayed for Praise, the child at KCK who
has been waiting for surgery on a tumor behind his eye for 6
months. Surgery finally happened during our visit, and we were able
to see him before and after.
- We shared the Gospel. Our team ran a Bible program for more than 400 kids
at five different sites. Through teaching, crafts, songs and games,
we had fun learning about the Fruits of the Spirit. Some of the KCK
field kids walked hours with their elderly guardians to take part
in the program.
- We shared resources. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to give 6
laptops, 4 tablets, 5 digital cameras, office supplies, school supplies,
medical supplies, a communion set for a new church plant, hats and
scarves for every Huruma student, gifts
for the kids and our hosts, and much more. Thanks to all who gave -
you've made a huge difference in the lives of many.
- We documented 200 kids at Tumaini
and Huruma. The interviews and photos we gathered will be made
into a yearbook, available online and in print. The compilation
will be the foundation for a new sponsorship effort at Tumaini and Huruma -
something our team has identified as a target priority.
This list says that we did all these things.
Actually, God did them all. Every one. Without
his love, protection, guidance, wisdom and grace not a minute of
this mission would have happened. And he used all of you to do
it. Thank you for your prayers; we felt every one.
One last thing. Many of you were
concerned about our safety. And yes, we all had a little fear
heading into Kenya this time because of the security situation.
While we felt very safe the whole trip, our Kenyan brothers and
sisters in Christ reminded us that insecurity and increased
Christian persecution is the new normal for them (and for so many
around the world), and that it was a profound encouragement that we
would come, especially now. We stand for Jesus together as
the body of Christ. And it was our honor to do it.
Mungu ni mwema! God is good!
- Abigail McConnell
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, place in the offering plate
or call Reta Frew at 404-456-3762. 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