JUNE 2014  |



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Upcoming Worship


June 1

"Looking For Heaven"


Dr. McConnell


June 8

"Spirit Come Down"


Dr. McConnell


June 15

Church in the Park!

(One Service at 10:00 in East Cobb Park)

"Receiving the Gift"

Dr. McConnell

Communion (Intinction with 4 stations)

Father's Day


June 22

"Better Than Gold"

Rev. Hudson

Baptism: Luke Tate


June 29

"Faith Gives Strength"

Dr. McConnell

Vacation Bible School Celebration







1   Lisa Barner

1   Elizabeth Weyand

2   Gloria West

3   Vicky Ryder

3   Leanne Chesser

4   Karl Barner

4   Brody Bryington

5   Snookie Goldberg

5   Beth Hartt

5   Hubie Mann

6   Drew Nielsen

6   Hawthorne Brown

7   Michelle Baumann

7   David Carney

8   Carolyn Bigler

8   Cathy Erskine

9   Martha Powers

9   Jeff Jones

10  Addison Crump

10  Jensen Guske

10  Larry McIntire

10  Jonathan Michael

11  Cathy Clark

11  Alex Baur

11  Jack McConnell

13  Nancy Smith

15  Chris Kenyon

15  Savannah Snedden 

16  Patrick Page

17  Lauren Segars

18  Phillip DeVoe

18  Brooks Gannon

19  Karen Dunbar

19  Gibson Page

19  Hannah Gruber

19  Elaine Malone

20  Luke Carney

20  Lorelei Rack

21  Ken Johnson

21  Sue Strahm

21  Angie Wessner

21  Alaine Bayless

21  Julie Brentzel

21  Kellen Brown

22  Cristina Barrios

23  Sara Allegood

23  Melinda Swann

24  Lewis Wiggins

24  Suzanne Edmond

24  Bryndon Peacock

24  Miles Brewer

24  Bree Shoop

25  Elaine Crock

25  Summer Shoop

26  Tommy Nickles

27  Glenna Sullivan

28  Troy Denherder

28  Brittany Parkerson

28  Thomas Taylor

29  Saundra Huckaby

29  Blake Hudson

29  Beth Beecher

29  Jason Brock

29  Lucian McClendon

30  Andrew Sain

30  Kathryn Barrios

30  Kevin Melcher

30  Grace Ellen Griffin

30  Leah Hartt



Happy Anniversary


1   Larry & Carol Lewis

1   Andy & Mary Evelyn


2   Andrew & Allison


3   Eric & Julie John

5   Walter & Sarah Keller

6   Ben & Kathy Keeler

7   Don & Arlene Fifield

7   Marion & Suzanne  


9   Vir & Lucy Nanda

9   Ed & Connie Winn

10  James & Diane


11  Scott & Michelle


11  Maynard & Mary Ann


12  Jack & Marilyn


13  George & Mary


13  Paul & Jane


13  John & Nancy


14  Mark & J. J. Griffin

15  Reed & Elisabeth


16  Ryan & Beth Crump

16  Randy & Edwina


16  Howard & Marsha


16  Scott & Virginia


17  Tom & Doris Funk

17  Mike & Helen Moran

20  Kristoffer & Sara


20  Bill & Carolyn


21  Larry & Janet


21  Alan & Lynne Segars

24  John & Stella


24  Jim & Saundra


24  Jason & Karrie


26  Sonny & Lynn Hall

26  Mark & Val Oviatt

26  Brice & Diane


28  Joe & Vani Arcuragi

30  Jay & Leslie Michael

30  Craig & Tanya Rizk









June 1

9:00 am 

Jenny Seitter

Teresa Roberts


11:15 am

Cindy Moran

Martie Pottinger

Karen Adair


June 8

9:00 am 

Leigh Sain

Beth Hartt


11:15 am

John & Janie Bunch

Bill & Melinda Freeman


June 15

Church in the Park

10:00 am

Mike & Jennie Adams

Kevin & Christi Laverty

Randy & Edwina



June 22

9:00 am

Sarah Nielsen

Teri Capparucci


11:15 am

Jim & Debbie Bussart

Courtenay Frew


June 29

9:00 am

Kim Brammer

Michelle Dembski


11:15 am

Chris & Ellen Foster

Paul & Snookie Goldberg  


Christian Sympathy


is expressed to Lucy Nanda in the loss of her nephew, Sid Vahal.






Church in the Park!


June 15th at 10:00am 


Don't come to church on June 15th!! (You don't hear me say that a lot). Come to East Cobb Park, where we will worship together at 10:00 am, sing both hymns and praise songs, take communion, and have a church picnic to follow. Bring your own food and chairs, and bring a little extra to share.


Why are we doing such a thing? Because we are serious around here...serious about FUN! One of my favorite quotes is C. S. Lewis', "Joy is the serious business of heaven."


We are the church. The ransomed people of God. The only people on earth who will not suffer the eternal consequences of their sins, but stand redeemed by the work of Christ on the cross, stand justified by simple faith and trust in Him, and stand to receive the eternal inheritance of the children of God. A people like that ought to be happy. And they ought to have fun! So we do.


Come worship outside together. Come sing, and come have communion, and come play!


Yours in Christ,



PS - Also, I sure hope somebody brings some pie. The world needs more pie.


"Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass."

-Mark 6:39




Summer Interns


Seminary Intern - Matthew Gramling

I am currently a rising senior (third-year student) in the Masters of Divinity program at Princeton Theological Seminary. I was born in rural northwest Georgia and grew up in a small United Methodist church in the rustic village of Cassville. I was blessed to be surrounded by a committed family in Christ as I matured, but until the age of fifteen I was only moderately knowledgeable about the faith and not particularly engaged except on a moralistic level. By the profound manifestation of God's grace and providence, all of this changed when in 2004 I underwent a radical conversion to faith in Christ. This faith was accompanied by a surprising and profound call from God into ministry, particularly in the context of the local church.


At the age of seventeen, I was called up by the current pastor to serve as a lay leader and worship leader. I ministered in that capacity for three years and was immensely blessed with many moving experiences in serving the needs of the congregation. In 2007 I graduated high school and the weeks before I left for college, the church laid hands on me and commissioned me like a missionary, which is essentially how I lived for the next four years.


I went to college at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and lived a remarkable life of Christian witness and discipleship as a college minister with the local Christian fellowship. After graduating from college in 2011, I took a year off in order to reflect upon the nature of my calling before coming to Princeton Theological Seminary in the Fall of 2012. My current direction is to hopefully seek out a doctoral program in theology and pursue a vocation as a "pastoral professor" at a seminary or university, or as a "pastor-theologian" in the context of a local congregation.




Children and Youth Summer Intern - J. C. Russell

I am 20 years old and from Memphis TN. I love the Lord and consider myself a slave of Christ. I heard the call to become a pastor when I was still in high school but ran from it until about a year ago. I eventually began studying the Bible and embraced God's will for my life instead of trying to change it. I cannot wait to see what God has in store for this summer. I know that God is alive and moving in this congregation and I can't wait to help the youth grow in their relationship with Christ.


Youth Summer Calendar   


Summer Bible Studies

led by Rev. Hudson and J. C. Russell

11:00 am - Middle School

Noon - Lunch - Bring your Own

1:00 pm - High School




Sunday 1 - Friday 6: Mission Trip to Hilton Head, SC

Tuesday 10: Summer Bible Studies

            Middle School - 11:00 am

            Combined Lunch and Fellowship - 12 noon

             High School - 1:00 pm



Thursday 12, 1 PM - 4 PM: Kennesaw Sky Zone

Sunday 15 - Friday 20: The Great Escape

Tuesday 17: Summer Bible Studies (see schedule above)

Monday 22 - Friday 27: Vacation Bible School                (volunteers)

Wednesday 25: Summer Bible Studies (1-4 PM instead of 11-2 PM...middle hour will be fellowship and games)

Thursday 26, 1 - 4 PM: EPC Youth at The Movies




Tuesday 1: Summer Bible Studies  

            Middle School - 11:00 am

            Combined 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

       Middle School at 12 - 2 PM at(TBD)   

       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: $150 before June 17, $165 after, $180 week of

Spots: 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.




College and Masters


Joey Crock graduated from Valdosta State University on May 10, 2014 with a degree in Business Management.


Richelle Sanders graduated from Shorter University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, Cum Laude.


High School


Matthew Thomas, graduating from The Walker School, will be attending The University of Auburn.


Bonnie Pirlot, graduating from Pope High School.


Brooke Seitter, graduating from Walton High School, will be attending the University of Georgia.


Cullan Sherlock will be graduating from the Kennesaw Mountain High School Magnet Program. He will be attending the University of Alabama Honors College with a focus in Mechanical Engineering.





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.


Summer Adult 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".



Vacation Bible School - June 23-27

This year's theme is: "Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides" and we only have a few spaces left, so REGISTER TODAY! We also still need more volunteers so if you'd like to be a part of this incredibly fun outreach to the children of our community, please contact Hubie Mann, at


Donations of grocery store gift cards (Costco, Publix, Kroger, Walmart, etc.) are needed to buy snacks for VBS and we're also collecting toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, and empty cereal boxes for craft projects. These items can be dropped off in the main office or given to Hubie Mann.


VBS volunteer training for all VBS volunteers (including Youth Volunteers) will take place on Sunday, June 1, from 2-3:30pm in CLC Room 208 for those who missed the May 18 training session.


Children's Ministry Summer Activities

Time for summer fun again! Join us for an EPC kids outing each Wednesday this summer, plus two special Saturday events. All ages welcome!


June 4th - Lunch at Woodlawn Chick-Fil-A at 11:30 a.m. (1201 Johnson Ferry Road, 30068)


*Saturday, June 7th - Children's Fishing Derby from 9-11 a.m. at Frank and Jo Byrd's pond in West Cobb (605 Burke Lake Dr. off of Kennesaw Due West).  Register by phone or email with Hubie Mann.  Bring your kids (wearing shoes & hat for safety), fishing poles, tackle, outdoor chairs, and snacks (optional).  If you don't own a fishing pole, we'll have a few extras. We'll also provide live bait (worms, crickets, and minnows), and prizes for the biggest fish, most fish, etc. 


June 11th - Morgan Falls Overlook Park at 10:00 a.m. (200 Morgan Falls Road, Sandy Springs 30350). Let's meet for playground time and lunch at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. The playgrounds are great for all ages. Bring a picnic lunch to eat in the covered picnic area.


June 18th - "How to Train Your Dragon 2" at Merchants Walk Movie Theater; watch your email and the church bulletin for the movie time closer to date.  


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. 


July 16th - BounceU @ 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 required). 


*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 these two events; or 404-775-3439.


Deacon's Corner


From the Nurture Team

Visiting Angels - If you know an EPC member or have a family member that is a shut-in or in an assisted living residence who would enjoy regular visits from someone in our congregation, please contact Beth Hartt at We would love to add them to the Visiting Angels ministry.


MUST Lunches


It is already that time of year again!  With Eastminster's help MUST was able to serve around 2000 lunches each day in Cobb County last summer. Each year the number of children served increases and this summer MUST has a goal of providing 250,000 lunches for the 8 counties we serve.  We will be making 500 sandwiches and packing bags on each of the following Tuesdays in the kitchen at 10am - June 3, June10, and June 17.


If anyone would like to volunteer some time and a strong back to help transport food from Costco to Eastminster, please let us know!


Everyone can help!   We have jobs for kids to grandparents!  If you are in high school and need service hours, we are glad to help you out! Questions? Contact Karen Miller 678-522-5267 or



Mission News


Costa Rica Mission Trip 2014

Once again Eastminster is sending missionaries to Costa Rica with "In the Carpenter's Footsteps" organization out of Tallahassee, Florida. Cathy and Laura DuBose will be representing Eastminster. The dates of the trip are July 21 - July 31. This year we will be completing the kitchen at Casa del Alfarero Church in Miramar, and beginning construction on a new church in a nearby community. VBS will be offered to the children, sewing materials will be delivered and put to good use, gardens will be planted, and the love of Christ will be shared with our brothers and sisters. Ministering to the elderly through Bible Study is a new project that will be provided using Nancy Brummett's, book, The Hope of Glory. We will be collecting fabric paint, fabric markers for VBS projects, and sewing notions to take to our friends in Costa Rica. These items will be collected during the month of June. Please place your contributions in the designated collection bin outside the narthex and in the box labeled "Costa Rica" in the CLC lobby. Thanks so much for joining us as we follow God's command to love one another. Please contact Dick and Cathy DuBose if you have any questions at


Women's Ministry  


Craft Circle

The Craft Circle will meet Monday, June 9th, 10-1, Room 203/CLC.  We will continue prep work for July's "Day of Service".  Bring your sewing machine if you have one, but there'll be work for everyone!  We'll plan to go to lunch for those interested and available.  Any questions, call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).     



Ladies Lunch Bunch

Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet June 19th at 12:00 Noon at Marietta Fish Market, 3185 Canton Road, Marietta. Directions from church: Turn right out of parking lot and take Sewell Mill Road to East Piedmont Road. Turn right (this will become Barrett Pkwy eventually). Once you reach Canton Road, turn right and go until you see the Marietta Fish Market Lighthouse on your left. Turn into the parking lot. RSVP by June 17th to Sandra Allen at 770-977-8742 or


Summer Starting Points Class


The Evangelism Elders of Eastminster invite you to join us for our summer "Starting Points Class" to be held during June and July. This is a five session class designed to give you a good overview of EPC, meet our Ministerial Staff as well as several of the Elders and Deacons up close and personal. The dates will be Sundays June 22 and 29 (we will skip July 6th) July 13, 20 and 27. We will meet from 10:15 to 11:00 in a room yet to be determined. We realize it may be difficult to make every class during the summer, but if you believe you can make most of them, please join us. Please RSVP to Valerie Mote (, 770-401-8854) or Phil McClendon (, 770-518-9811) 




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 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.




Phone: ______________________________________




Please indicate here if you wish to participate only as an alternate (on a periodic basis if a primary participant is not available). ___



Session Meeting Highlights

May 2014 


Session approved "Wacky Wednesday" (plus two Saturdays) children's activities for the summer.


Session approved the Youth schedule of activities for the summer including a Summer Bible Series.


Session approved holding the next Starting Points class from June 22-July 27, 2014 (with no class on July 6).


Session approved the purchase and sale of EPC t-shirts. The t-shirts will be sold between services in the Fellowship Hall.


In response to the new State gun law effective July 1, 2014, that permits weapons in places of worship if specific approval is given, the Session voted to continue to prohibit the carrying of weapons or long guns from all Eastminster Church property, except for specifically hired, licensed security personnel for Church protection.


Session approved a $4,200 increase in the Youth Ministry budget to cover additional transportation expense (buses) for the increased number of youth attending Youth trips this summer.


Session approved the Preschool budget for the 2014-2015 school year.


The next Stated Session Meeting will be Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 7:30pm in Room 204.


There will be a Called Session Meeting on July 27, 2014, at 4pm in the Library for the purpose of receiving new members.


The next ECO Synod Meeting will be held Monday, August 18, 2014, in Dallas Texas.


Respectfully submitted,


Diane L. Brock

Clerk of Session


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






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