July 2016 |



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July 3

"God's Gotta Plan"

Abraham: God's Plan Forges Our Freedom

Dr. Tom Boone



July 10

"God's Gotta Plan"

Ananias: God's Plan Breaks Our Boundaries

Dr. Tom Boone


July 17

"God's Gotta Plan"

Nicodemus: God's Plan Leads to New Life

Mr. Hubie Mann


July 24

"God's Gotta Plan"

Jesus: God's Plan Gives Him the Glory

Dr. Tom Boone






1   Chris DenHaese

1   Ashley Mordecai

1   Lucas John

1   David Pirlot

2   Lisa Tabor

2   Annette Harlow

2   Andrea Jones

2   Jay Oliver

3   Michael Beecher

4   Keith Blackwell

4   Audrey Norton

5   Harry Burke

6   Robert Miller

6   Ashlinn Laverty

7   Jack Clark

7   Spencer Allegood

8   Debbie Moore

8   Marlon Will

8   Diane Zimmerman

8   Cameron Scott

8   Mackenzie Gibbs

9   Sue Parker

9   Howard Stemme

9   Mary Swann

9   Jim Bussart

9   Emily Gilbert

9   Kara Erlandsen

10  Lena McClendon

10  Marsha Stemme

11  Phil Cooper

11  Christian Wells

12  Richard Childs

12  John Schuette

13  Jo Ann Haughton

13  Tom Brandon

13  Janet Nickles

13  Holland Scholtens

14  Kathleen Keeler

14  Kelley Carswell

14  Debi Elkins

14  Grace Preikszas

14  Abigail Claire Atalla

15  Mark Griffin

15  Jenifer Pecht

15  Michael Preus

15  Meagan McColloch

15  Gracyn Mordecai

16  Al Cass

16  Mary Ann Gardner

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17  Terry Downs

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31  John Wang

31  William Nagel


Happy Anniversary


4    Eddie & Terri


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6    Stan & Ellen Beard

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6    Mark & Robin


7    Robert & Peggy


8    Paul & Snookie


10  James & Megan


11  Michael & Teresa


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12  Qian Wang & Yubo


14  Richard Alder & Patti


14  Steve & Anne Schatz

16  Sean & Sarah Tate

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  James & Adrienne


27  Gordon & Connie


28  Dave & Molly


28  Robert & Jennifer


31  Mike & Kristy







July 3


Leigh Sain

Sharon Melcher



Jim & Debbie Bussart

Lorelei Rack



July 10


Emily Gilbert

Val Mote



Jeff & Karen Jones

Don & Joan Malcolm


July 17


Tom & Kathy Schuette

Irene Misencik



Bob & Jane Douglas

Dave & Chris Wallace



July 24


Kim Brammer

Lauren Brock



Dan & Jo Ann Kiser

Steve & Debbie Moore


July 31


Susan Welborn

Cheryl Spring



Tom Nickles

Leslie Michael




July 3





Jim Bussart

Phillip Morrissey

Debbie Bussart

Alana Nigro


July 10


Julie John

Chris Foster



Scott Wessner

Lynn Shoop

Stan Sharp

Flo Sharp


July 17


Chris Jackson

Kim Brammer



Julia Gallagher

Mike Moran

Mike Adams

Jennie Adams


July 24


Brian Sherlock

Will Page



Candy McNair

Dave Wallace

Robert Chesser

Carol Banks


July 31


Tom Schuette

Kathy Schuette



Larry McIntire

Norm Baur

Suzie Baur

Janet McIntire


Christian Sympathy


is expressed for the loss of Herb Adkison, husband of Carol Adkison and father of Debbie Taylor and Cheryl Mjehovich.








Greetings Eastminster Friends and Family,


I find myself asking a question recently: what does it mean to be an ECO church in this time and place?


This morning I opened my paper and read two stories. Yesterday was the big "Brexit" vote with Brits voting to leave. The two leading issues were security amidst an increasing concern over refugees, and independence. This decision in the UK signals an alarm during a time when there are more refugees and IDP's (Internally Displaced Persons) than ever before. It leaves me with a nagging question about how to respond as a Christ-follower to the suffering of people who have no home.


The second story was a reflection on Job 28:12, "But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?" These questions remain in times such as ours. The writer, A.N. Wilson who is himself a Brit, reflects that God "leaves us with a nagging horror about life's--and history's--irreconcilable injustice. In a Christian reading, however, it finds divinity not only in the order of nature and the depth of wisdom, but also in the suffering of the innocent" (WSJ, 6/24/16). Logical minds are challenged to find solutions in mysterious times, but faith is knowing God has not left us alone. As Paul wrote, "Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Phil 3:20).


One of my good friends is a priest in the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ukraine. He thought it was sad that the UK, which has long been a beacon of freedom, decided to shut its doors. But, he also added with a smile, "I thank God that He has not shut the doors." In a world that grows increasingly suspicious of the outsider, the church is commissioned to go to the outsider and bring the gospel of Jesus Christ. May Jesus give us His strength to keep the door open and find ways of welcoming the strangers whom God has brought among us.


In Christ's service,

Tom Boone


Christian Education


VBS Thank You  

First of all, a huge THANK YOU to the 80 volunteers who staffed this summer's VBS program!  We had an INCREDIBLY FUN week learning about Egypt and Joseph's Journey from Prison to the Palace.  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, craft beads, and old jewelry for our Arts and Crafts projects.  A special thanks to Kelly French and her Art Ministry team 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!!


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. All of our small groups will be starting back up in August (and we'll be forming some new ones as well) 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 "End of Summer" Water Olympics

4 year olds to 5th graders and their parents are invited to join us on Saturday, July 30, from 11am - 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.


Rev Up For Fall

On Sunday, July 31, Come join us in the Fellowship Hall from 10-11am for food, fellowship and information booths. This is your chance to find out everything you ever wanted to know about all of the various ministries at Eastminster and to sign-up for classes, Bible studies, small groups, choirs, youth group activities, Men's and Women's Ministry, etc.  Children should join their parents in Fellowship Hall from 10-10:30am to get some food and check out all of the booths, but then from 10:30-11am, the children will be dismissed to go to their new Fall Christian Life Training classes to meet their teachers and fill out registration cards. Adult Christian Life Training classes will begin the following Sunday, August 7.



Crossroads Crash Course for Career Transition

During the month of July, First Presbyterian Church of Marietta is hosting a two week, seven session course for people who are either actively looking for work, or considering a change of employment. For more details and registration information, go to:




Chattanooga Mission Trip: Monday, July 4 - Saturday, July 9


Thursday July 14: Coffee on Johnson Ferry at 1:30 PM


Fun In The Son: Sunday, July 17 - Friday, July 22



Saturday July 30 at 6:30 AM: Student Mystery Morning!

If your student is entering the sixth grade, please contact me at ASAP.

While most of the older youth know exactly what's

happening on this morning, the sixth graders do not!


Sunday 31: Youth Pool Parties at the Fowlers

Middle School at 2:30-4:00 PM

Bring Snacks (salty and sweet!)

High School at 4:30-6:00 PM

Bring Snacks (salty and sweet!)


August 7: First "Regular" Youth

4:00-5:15: Middle School Youth

5:15-5:45: Dinner

5:45-7:15: High School Youth


Sharptop Retreat

Friday, August 12 - Sunday, August 14


SIGN-UPS ARE OPEN! Please text or email Rev. Hudson ASAP.

If your child will be in 6th-12th grade, they are invited to come to this awesome retreat!


Cost: $170, (the price increases to $185 August 7)

This weekend is full of passionate worship, small group Bible studies, crowded cabins and an entire afternoon playing on the amazing things Sharptop Cove offers (they have a "blob", zip lines, slides, giant swing, climbing wall, and tons of open space). This is the first trip for next year's youth, so we want to bring as many people as possible!

We need drivers and chaperones! Let me know if you are interested.


Attention Ministry Leaders


Need a graphic to promote a church event? Contact Linda Delbridge ( to fill out a Creative Request Form. Please note all promotions require staff approval and at least 4 weeks of lead time (prior to promotion start date).


Music Ministry


Get Ready for Music this Fall, 2016! 


ReSound, Eastminster's Youth Band and Chorus will kick-off on Sunday, August 7. Students enjoy rehearsing music that covers a broad range of musical styles and learning what it means to glorify God through praise and worship. 6th -12th grade vocalists and instrumentalists are all welcome! (rehearsal time printed below)


KidChoir, Eastminster's Children's Chorus will also kick-off on Sunday, August 7. Children 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! (rehearsal time printed below)


The Eastminster Ringers is a handbell choir made up of dedicated musicians. New members may have some ringing experience or demonstrate musical proficiency to the director; instruction is available for those with no ringing experience. Rehearsals resume on Wednesday, August 3. Join us for a new member reception from 7:15-7:45 pm on August 3.


Our Chancel Choir presents during the 11:15 am worship service on Sunday mornings and different special events. No audition required for membership - we welcome all men and women with the desire to participate and the willingness to commit to rehearsals. Rehearsals resume on Wednesday, August 3. Join us for a new member reception from 7:15-7:45 pm on August 3.




Eastminster Ringers - Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 pm, Sanctuary, beginning on August 3


Chancel Choir - Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 pm, choir room, beginning on August 3


KidChoir - Sunday, 3:30-4:15 pm, room 2 and choir room, beginning on August 7.



High School, Sunday, 4:30-5:15 pm, choir room

Middle School, Sunday, 5:45-6:15 pm, choir room, beginning on August 7.


Upcoming Concerts


Minus One String Quartet - Free concert in the Sanctuary on July 31, 7:00 pm

The program includes

*Ernst von Dohnányi - Serenade in C Major op. 10 for Violin,

           Viola and Cello

*Benjamin Britten - Phantasy op. 2 for Oboe and String


*String Trio by Chris Owenby, world premiere             

* Ludwig van Beethoven - Trio in G Major op. 1 No.1 for

            Violin, Viola and Cello


Jeremiah Jones - Free concert in the Memorial Garden on August 6, 7:00 pm


 Knitters and Crocheters


If you'd like to make items for the annual Hat/Scarf/ Mitten ministry, we would love for you to use the yarn that has been donated to the Craft Circle.  There will be a bin of assorted yarn in the Main Bldg. alcove.  Any questions, contact Lynn Hall or Lynne Buchanan.  


Volunteers Needed for the

Web Team


Do you have a  passion or gift for communication and are comfortable with computers? The Web Team is looking for volunteers to help keep our website content current.  It's important that our window to the community is up to date and inviting! We are happy to train you so don't worry if you don't have experience in that area. If you have any questions or would like to help, please contact either Jack Williams at or Alison Horton at


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 21.




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). ____


Women's Ministry 


Craft Circle
The Craft Circle will have a "cutting day", Monday, July 11th, 10-1, room 203 CLC, to work on cutting for several upcoming projects.  Bring your favorite scissors.  Please RSVP so we will know how many to plan for.


Dear Eastminster Church Family,


There is no way we can ever fully express our gratitude for your thoughts and prayers, well wishes, visits, phone calls, food, cards (the USPS was going to add a second daily delivery), and 

other offers of support. You are a blessing from our heavenly Father. I am doing well now and trying to gain back a few lost pounds.


Love, blessings and peace,

Paul and Snookie


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








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