July 2015 |



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The Deep: Grow

Dr. McConnell


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The Deep: Wake

Dr. McConnell 


July 19

The Deep: Free

Mr. Hubie Mann


July 26

The Deep: Tell

Rev. Blake Hudson







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1   Ashley Mordecai

1   Lucas John

1   David Pirlot

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2   Annette Harlow

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8   Mackenzie Gibbs

9   Sue Parker

9   Howard Stemme

9   Margaret Phillips

9   Mary Swann

9   Jim Bussart

9   Emily Gilbert

10  Lena McClendon

10  Marsha Stemme

11  Phil Cooper

12  Richard Childs

12  John Scott Schuette

13  Jo Ann Haughton

13  Tom Brandon

13  Janet Nickles

14  Kathy Keeler

14  Kelley Carswell

14  Debbie Elkins

14  Grace Preikszas

14  Abigail Atalla

15  Mark Griffin

15  Jenifer Pecht

15  Michael Preus

15  Meagan McColloch

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16  Al Cass

16  Mary Ann Gradner

16  Amy Wilcox

16  Gina McClendon

17  Terry Downs

17  Annette DenHerder

17  Adrienne Fowler

17  Claire Dixon

18  Beth Nickles

18  Cindy Holland

18  Jillian Wood

18  Lily Kizer

19  Cliff Lowery

19  Joanne Tedesco

19  Jeanne Chesser

19  Devin Brown

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23  Susan Ballew

23  Luke Barker

23  Baleigh Hammett

24  Rebecca Chesser

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25  Barbara


25  Bobby Ryder

25  Noah Barker

26  Tom Thomson

26  Abigail McConnell

26  Reece Taylor

27  Stan Beard

27  Christi Laverty

27  Bridget Doyle

28  Larue Cribb

28  Mike Hinton

28  Marshall Moore

28  Dana Suber

28  Cooper Jeffries

29  Sarah Madson

29  Lynn Hall

29  Natalie Wickstrom

30  Sharon Johnson

30  Cassandra Scott

31  Leslie Michael

31  John Wang

31  William Nagel 



Happy Anniversary


4   Eddie & Teri


5   Bob & Emily Gilbert

6   Stan & Ellen Beard

6   Tom & Brenda Hewett

6   Mark & Robin Watson

7  Robert & Peggy Ulrich

8   Paul & Snookie


10  Jay & Megan


11  Andrew & Leigh Sain

11  Michael & Teresa


12  Yubo Qiu & Qian


14  Richard Alder & Patti


14  Steve & Anne Schatz

16  Sean & Sarah Tate

17  Peter & Glenna


18  Roberto & Kimberly


19  John & Amy


19  Gordon & Jenny Hall

20  Ron & Annette


21  Piet & Ester Strydom

22  Mike & Janette


23  Tom & Beth Nickles

26  Frank & Jo Byrd

26  Allen & Janet Warren

27  Jim & Adrienne


27  Jack & Diane


27  Gordon & Connie


28  Dave & Molly


28  Robert & Jennifer


31  Mike & Kristy








July 5


Leigh Sain

Teresa Roberts



Jim & Debbie Bussart

Jeff & Karen Jones


July 12


Emily Gilbert

Rosie Jeffries



Lorelei Rack


July 19


Tom & Kathy Schuette

Irene Misencik



Bob & Jane Douglas

The Chesser Family


July 26


Ellie McConnell

Lauren Brock



Dan & Jo Ann Kiser

Steve & Debbie Moore 



Christian Sympathy


is expressed to . . .


Marsha Stemme and family in the loss of her sister, Karen Collins. 


Ellen Parkerson and family in the loss of her father, James Tayloe.



Thank You


Eastminster 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,"

(Martin Luther King Jr.)


      Cassandra Scott

        Troop 2446


Breaking Out


On the Launch Pad


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 velocity.


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.


Yours in Christ,



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:


Christianity Today


 "Here We Stand" (a statement signed by 100 leaders including Bryant Wright, Richard Mouw, Carmen Fowler LaBerge, Kevin DeYoung, etc)



First Things (a remarkable compilation of essays from professors and theologians)



The National Marriage Project at UVA


And below is a letter from our Synod Executive:


June 26, 2015


Dear ECO Friends,


Within minutes 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?"


Before I 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.


The first 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 end.


Bless you all in your continued ministry,

Dana Allin, Synod Executive


Christian Education


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!!



Christian Education

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 Christian faith.



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. So, if you're interested in joining a small group, please contact Hubie Mann  at 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 Road, 30068)


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 rental.


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; or 404-775-3439.


Youth Calendar


July Calendar


Thursday 9,11:30am - 4pm

      All Youth - Lunch and Movie

      Lunch 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


Thursday 30, 1pm - 3pm

       Rock Climbing


Welcome Our New Organist

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 organist.

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 headquarters.

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!
 Anthony Rimore
11130 Medlock Bridge Road #1007
Johns Creek, GA 30097


Music Ministry


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,



Children's Choir

The music 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. 


Children will 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! 



Youth Chorus  

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!



Fall Music Activity Break-Down

Wednesday Evenings beginning August 5

Handbell Ensemble, 6:30-7:30pm, sanctuary

Chancel Choir (Adult Choir), 7:30-9:00pm, choir room


Sunday Afternoons

Cherub Choir (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!

The Fellowship 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 to get your tickets or for more information.


"Express Your Faith" Gallery


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.


Mission News


Mission 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.


Eastminster 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 



7 Bridges 

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 770-973-1172.



Veteran's Court 

There is 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 outreach.



Fall Festival - October 9 and 10

Mark your calendars!


Highlights from the Kenya Mission Trip


Our Kenya 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 Kenya.


If you haven't checked out our blog yet, click here to read details of our journey. Here are a few highlights:


- We 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


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 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.


Name: ______________________________________


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). ____


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3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor






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