MARCH 2015 |



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March 1

Disruptive: Envied

Dr. McConnell




March 8

Disruptive: Betrayed

Rev. Hudson

Daylight Savings Time



March 15

Disruptive: Accused

Dr. McConnell

March Into Mission Day



March 22

Disruptive: Empowered

Rev. Katie Hudson

United Mission Offering



March 29

Palm Sunday

Disruptive: Celebrated

Dr. McConnell 






1   Carrie Barker

1   Brianna Barner

1   Melinda Freeman

1   Betty Ramsey

1   Ester Strydom

2   Emma Milly

2   Terri Mann

3   Elaine Stock

3   Brad Haertel

4   Heidi Morris

4   Jordan Shreiner

4   Lauren Brock

5   Sara Brown

5   Scott Warren

7   Don Welborn

7   Carol Banks

7   Jo Byrd

7   Meredith Shoop

8   Jan Milligan

8   Elizabeth Crump

8   Benjamin Mayfield

9   Grace Dailey

9   Julian Baumann

10  Hannah Bryd

12  Ryan Radler

12  Leah Thomas

14  Jane Struk

14  Bill Keappler

14  Sara Dilworth

14  Kathryn Todd

14  Natalie Weyand

14  Haley Cooper

15  Bailey Peacock

16  Molly Boyenga

16  Sylvian Williams

16  Kathryn Oliver

16  Richard Peery

16  Sara Daw

17  Michael Roberts

17  Janie Bunch

17  Dakota Capparucci

19  Ken Jacquot

19  Leanne Wood

19  Jason Thomas

20  Marty Taylor

20  Robin Watson

20  Elizabeth Clifton

20  Patrick Sain

21  Sarah Keller

21  Jordan Gardner

23  Dennis Olivier

23  Lindsay Roberts

24  Coenraad Brand

26  Meredith Doyle

26  Lara Atalla

27  Walt Keller

27  Trentin Jacobson

27  Sam Hartt

28  Pat Provan

28  Brianna Laverty

29  Jane Douglas

29  Sandra Allen

29  Lynn Shoop

30  Margaret Gibbs

30  Steve Thomas

30  Jonathon Jeffries

30  Richonna Sanders

30  Blake Mordecai

31  Cheryl Mjehovich 




Happy Anniversary


1   Michael & Beth


1   Denny & Linda

3   Bob & Sarah Nielsen

8   Tim & Kim Brammer

12  Richard & Jeanette


14  Chuck & Kathryn


16  Tom & Chiky


19  Harold & Marlene


20  Bob & Jane Douglas

25  Terry & Diane Downs

26  Tommy & Janet






March 1


Helen Hvizdak

Sharon Melcher



Ellen Parkerson

Gail Sorrells



March 8


Jenny Seitter

Teresa Roberts 



Cindy Moran

Martie Pottinger

Karen Adair



March 15


Leigh Sain

Joel & Jill Guske



John & Janie Bunch

Bill & Melinda Freeman



March 22


Sarah Nielsen

Teri Capparucci



Mike & Jennie Adams

Randy & Edwina



March 29



Kim Brammer

Val Mote



Chris & Ellen Foster

Paul & Snookie Goldberg




Christian Sympathy


Is expressed to Tom Funk and family in the loss of his mother, Harriet Funk.









Holding to the Faith


My Wednesday night pastor's study this spring is devoted to the Westminster Confession. A few years ago, I did the same with the Heidelberg Catechism. We have a Book of Confessions in our church, not a book of confessional prayers, a book of statements the church has made over the course of history in moments of crisis when Christians had to stand up and confess what they believe in the face of strong winds of change in culture.


Why do we confess? When John the Baptist was asked if he was the Messiah, the Gospel says "He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, 'I am not the Christ.'" (John 1:20) He said what he had to say, not what he wanted to say. Confessing the faith is an event, it's when Christians say what they have to say-that Jesus is Lord.


We look back on these moments in history and think: "Sure, back then it was easy. That's what everyone believed." But it's just the opposite. Take Westminster for example, the single most defining confession for the history of the Presbyterian Church. When the leaders emerged from Westminster Abbey in 1649, what they said was what they had to say not what they wanted to say. And what they said was not believed by all, not by a long shot! They spoke into the whirlwind of a collapsing government, a church in revolution, a world on the brink of modernism, and a society deeply confused about morality.


Why do we keep these statements of the church we call "confessions"? Because they remind us, we are not just making this stuff up. Because they tie us to the church from generations past. Because they encourage us to stand up in our times, in our own confused culture, and again confess-not profess, but confess-just what the Lord has revealed of right and wrong and the glories of His salvation in Jesus Christ.


In the crisis, confess the Lord!


Yours in Christ,




Youth News


March Calendar

Sunday 1: Youth Group

         Apologetics, 7:30-8:30 PM (High School Only!)

Wednesday 4: WND Youth

Sunday 8: Youth Group

           Apologetics, 7:30-8:30 PM (High School Only!)

Wednesday 11: Confirmation Movie Night

            WND Youth

Sunday 15: Morning Mission to Seven Bridges

              (High School Only!)

         Youth Group

         Apologetics, 7:30-8:30 PM (High School Only!)

Wednesday 18: WND Youth

Sunday 22: Confirmation Retreat,

                    1:00-4:00 PM in youth room

           Youth Group

            Apologetics, 7:30-8:30 PM (High School Only!)

Wednesday 25: WND Youth

Saturday 28: High School Mystery Trip, 10am - 8pm

             Please see website for more details!

Sunday 29: Middle School Mystery Trip, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

              NO Regular Youth


Christian Education


My First Communion Class

"My First Communion" is a special class for 2nd grade students (and any 3rd -5th grade students who haven't previously been through the class) which will meet on Tuesdays March 17 and March 24 from 4:30-5:30pm in the sanctuary. This class which will be taught by Hubie Mann and Rev. Blake Hudson is designed to teach our children about worship and Baptism and prepare them to participate in Communion. To register your child, please contact Hubie Mann in the Christian Education office (




Pre-K4/Kindergarten Class Leads in Worship

On Sunday, March 22, our Pre-K4/Kindergarten students will be leading the congregation in singing The Doxology during both worship services. These students have been learning The Doxology as a worship "milestone" as part of their Christian Life Training curriculum and now they are ready to lead the congregation. Parents of Pre-K4/Kindergarten students are requested to RSVP to Hubie Mann ( to let us know which service your child will be attending.




Vacation Bible School

This summer's VBS is scheduled for June 22-26, 2015 and online registration begins on March 2.  Mark your calendars now and plan to join us in "Hometown Nazareth" for another awesome week of VBS! Last year, it took 83 volunteers to staff our VBS program and we'll need just as many this summer!  If you'd like to be a part of this incredibly fun outreach to the children of our community, please contact Hubie Mann (




Small Groups Ministry

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 ( and we'll help you find the right group for you!




You're Invited to a Wedding!

Hubie and Terri Mann would like to extend an open invitation to the congregation to attend the wedding of their daughter, Lindsey, and her fiancé, Scott Boyer, who will be getting married at Eastminster on Saturday, March 14, at 1pm. While there is plenty of room in the sanctuary for all who wish to attend the wedding ceremony, the reception (which will be in the CLC Great Hall) has to be limited to only 250 people because of space constraints. So, if you're planning to attend the reception, Scott and Lindsey request that you please RSVP at their wedding web site which is located at:


Holy Week Services


Palm Sunday, March 29


Easter Egg Hunt at 12:30 on Sunday, March 29

More information coming soon! 



Palm Sunday Children in Worship
All children are invited to participate in our "Palm Waving" processional at both worship services on Palm Sunday (March 29). For the first service, meet in the church library at 8:55am and for the second service, meet in the narthex at 11:10am to get your palms and some brief instructions. The children will process in and wave palms during the opening song and the litany that follows. After shouting "Hosanna!" and laying down their palms, they will return to sit with their families.



Maundy Thursday, April 2 - 7pm with communion


Prayer Vigil beginning Maundy Thursday at 8 PM until Good Friday at 8:00 PM in the Sanctuary

Watch for sign-up sheets


Maundy Thursday/Good Friday Childcare

For the Maundy Thursday (April 2) and Good Friday (April 3) 7pm worship services, we will have childcare available in the toddler room (Room 3) on both nights.  However, there will not be childcare at the 12pm worship service on Good Friday. 



Good Friday, April 3

Noon and 7pm (Tenebrae)




Easter Day - April 5

The Resurrection of the Lord

7:15 AM Sunrise Service (Memorial Garden)

8:30 AM Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary

10 AM Contemporary Service in the Christian Life Center

11:15 AM Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary


 Easter Sunday Classes and Childcare
Because of the four worship services on Easter Sunday (April 5), Christian Life Training classes will not meet on Easter morning. At the 8:30am, 10am, and 11:15am worship services, there will be childcare provided in the nursery and toddler rooms as well as a children's sermon followed by children's church for ages preschool through first grade. At the 7:15am "Sunrise Service", however, please be aware that there will be no childcare, no children's sermon and no children's church. 


Craftsmen's Ministry


Guy's Night Out

This is an opportunity to enjoy some good food and get to know some men here at Eastminster.  When: Tuesday, March 24 at Keegan's Pub at 6:30 pm.  Email Steve Hartt ( for information.




It's almost spring time and that means getting out and enjoying the outside.  What a better way to enjoy the great outside and have fellowship with members than to play for an Eastminster Softball team.  The COED team plays on Monday nights and the Men's team plays on Friday nights.  If you are interested or have questions contact Robert Chesser at or 770-924-6318.


Deacon's Corner



Would you like to be a greeter at the 9:00 or 11:15 service? Our greeters provide the first impression of Eastminster...welcoming and friendly! This is such an important service and one that takes only a few minutes of your time. To sign up contact Ellen Beard at 770-992-2285 or



Mission News


March Into Mission

It is again time for our annual outreach. In keeping with our theme of Each One Reach One we have a wide variety of activities this year. They range from a family visit to 7 Bridges, through cutting denim shoes to prevent Jigger infections in Uganda to writing Letters to the Martyrs, for those inclined to a more sedentary activity. The mission team looks forward to you joining us in Jesus' Great Commission. Please pray that we will be able to faithfully execute His plan for March into Mission 2015.






Save the Date 

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar (stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting) are coming to town!  On Thursday, April 30 the Duggars will be the keynote speakers at the Cobb Pregnancy Services fundraising banquet from 7-9pm at the Cobb Galleria Centre Ballroom, and you are invited. We will be putting together some Eastminster tables so contact Ellen Foster if you would like to be included.  Dinner is complimentary but you will have an opportunity to make a financial gift to help Cobb Pregnancy Services continue in its mission to help men and women deal positively with unexpected pregnancies by providing life affirming alternatives to abortion through spiritual, emotional, and practical support.





Hands of Hope Mission Trip April 23-26

Donations and Team Members Needed


We go as the "Hands and Feet of Christ" to provide a pathway of hope by building relationships and reaching out to others with the love of Jesus Christ to one of the poorest counties in the United States.


Suzie and Norm Baur are available anytime to talk to anyone interested in going about the details! A team of 12 is ideal for this trip. We have 5 people signed up to go at this time.


Donations Needed: Household and kitchen items, small appliances ,personal hygiene supplies (includes towels, washcloths and travel samples) and cleaning supplies. New children's underwear (sizes 2 to 6) and socks.


SPECIAL NEEDS REQUESTED FOR THIS TRIP: Baby clothes 0-24 months for any season of the year. Very gently used or new.




Donation Bins will be placed in the alcove by the choir room and in the Lobby of the CLC on March 1st.


We are the only Church that supplies HOH with diapers on an ongoing basis. Donations are always welcome. Make sure your cash or check indicates Hands of Hope Diaper Fund.


Thank you for your continued support for Hands of Hope!   Please contact: Norm or Suzie Baur if you have questions or would like to go on the Mission Trip! Home Phone: 770-321-0188 Norm: Cell 678-283-0776, email: Suzie: Cell 678-283-0774, email:



Women's Ministry  


Craft Circle

Craft Circle will meet Monday, March 9th, 10-1, Room 203/CLC.  We will continue work on 50 bookbags/ backpacks for Kenya mission. Sewing machines, scissors and willing hands needed.  There's a job for everyone.  Any questions, contact Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).  


Spunky Spirits

Spunky Spirits will be meeting at 11:00 am, Thursday, March 12, in the CLC. We will have a Bible study followed by lunch. Any questions, contact Nancy Speiser (770-642-7229) or Snookie Goldberg (770-971-4539).



Lunch Bunch

Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at noon on March 19, at Marietta Fish Market. Direction from church: turn right on Sewell Mill Road and proceed to East Piedmont Road. Turn right - stay on East Piedmont until you reach Canton Road. Turn right and proceed to Marietta Fish Market on your left. RSVP to Sandra Allen by March 18 to  770-977-8742 or




Sonflower Sisters

Moms with elementary-aged daughters - The next Sonflower Sisters meeting is Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the CLC. We are hosting a Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party for all the moms and daughters of EPC for March into Missions. We're going to need help from all of the Sonflower Sisters to make this happen, so watch your email for more detailed information. If you have any questions, contact Beth Hartt at


Easter Lilies


Easter is rapidly approaching. It is a great time to buy and dedicate a beautiful Easter lily in honor of loved ones, in memory of loved ones, or presented to Eastminster. The cost is $8.00 and may be dedicated as follows:


# of Plants                          (please print)


_______   In loving memory of







_______   In honor or





 _______   Presented Eastminster Presbyterian Church


Name of Donor: _______________________________


Please enclose check and return to the church office before March 22.


Session Meeting Highlights - February 2015


Session approved the baptism of Kenneth Warren, son of Members Scott & Virginia Warren, on March 8, 2015, at the 11:15am service. Session also approved the baptism of Amelia, daughter of New Member Candidates JR & Leslie Reed, on March 22, 2015, at the 11:15am service.


Session acknowledged with sadness the passing of Doris Funk on February 5, 2015. A memorial service will be held March 9, 2015, at 5pm in the sanctuary.


Session approved holding the Easter Egg Hunt on March 29, 2015, Palm Sunday, immediately after the 11:15am service.


Session approved holding a 24-hour prayer vigil in the Sanctuary on Maundy Thursday, April 2, beginning at 8pm and ending on Friday, April 3, at 8pm.


Session approved a motion allowing the Art Ministry to sponsor card-making on May 3, 2015, for Mother's Day, and June 7, 2015, for Father's Day, after the 11:15am services from 12:15-1:30pm.


Session approved holding the Halloween Party on October 28, 2015, in conjunction with Wednesday Night Dinner.


Session approved holding the Christmas Party on Saturday, December 12, 2015, in the CLC.


Session formed a Discernment Team to assist Hubie in his call to ordained ministry. He hopes to be ordained in place so that he can continue to serve Eastminster (as allowed by ECO polity).


Session approved the purchase of two new matching memorial plaques for approximately $930. One will replace the existing plaque to provide a consistent look.


Session approved the following update to Eastminster's weapons policy:

"In response to the new State of Georgia 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 buildings, with the following exceptions:

·        Specifically hired, licensed security personnel for Church protection,

·        Sworn and active law enforcement officers,

·        Persons on Church property and on mission trips for the purpose of installing, repairing, or maintaining items, when their equipment to perform their tasks would otherwise fall with the definition of a potential weapon,

·        Persons who carry pocket knives no longer than two inches,

·        The person carrying the Claymore sword for the Kirkin' O' the Tartans service on Reformation Sunday,

·        Honor Guards for weddings or funerals.

Only Session has the right to modify this policy.


A Called Session meeting will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2014, at 4pm for the purpose of receiving new covenant partners.


The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 7:30pm in Room 204.


The next ECO Presbytery meeting will be at Peachtree Presbyterian Church on April 17-18, 2015. All active and inactive elders are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested can register here If you like more information, or would like to volunteer to help host the event by manning check in tables, etc, please contact Diane Brock at


Respectfully submitted,


Diane L. Brock

Clerk of Session



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