March 2016 |



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March 6

Lamb: Given to Save

Dr. McConnell



March 13

Lion: The Seal of Heaven

Dr. McConnell

March into Mission

New Members introduced


March 20 - Palm Sunday

Lamb: A Humble Messiah

Dr. McConnell


March 24 - Maundy Thursday

Gospel of Mark

Drew Archer

March 25 - Good Friday

Noon and 7pm

The Commitment of the Cross

Mr. Hubie Mann


March 27 - Easter

7:30, 8:30, 10 and 11:15

The Lion and the Lamb

Dr. McConnell







1   Melinda Freeman

1   Betty Ramsey

1   Ester Strydom

1   Carrie Barker

1   Brianna Barner

2   Terri Mann

3   Elaine Stock

3   Bradley Haertel

3   Sam Ulrich

4   Jenny Hall

4   Heidi Morris

4   Jordan Shreiner

4   Lauren Brock

5   Sara Brown

5   Scott Warren

6   Taylor Yates

7   Don Welborn

7   Carol Banks

7   Jo Byrd

7   Meredith Shoop

8   Elizabeth Crump

8   Benjamin Mayfield

9   Grace Dailey

9   Julian Baumann

10  William Ray

10  Hannah Byrd

10  Ray Daw

11  Amelia Reed

12  Ryan Radler

12  Leah Thomas

12  Caroline Dixon

14  Jane Struk

14  Bill Keappler

14  Sara Dilworth

14  Katie Todd

14  Natalie Weyand

14  Haley Cooper

15  Bailey Peacock

16  Molly Boyenga

16  Sylvian Williams

16  Sheliah Cooper

16  Kathryn Oliver

16  Richard Peery

16  Sara Daw

17  Michael Roberts

17  Janie Bunch

17  Dakota Capparucci

19  Leanne Wood

19  Jason Thomas

20  Marty Taylor

20  Robin Watson

20  Elizabeth Clifton

20  Patrick Sain

21  Sarah Keller

21  Jordan Gardner

22  Brad Malone

23  Denis Olivier

23  Erica Jansen

23  Lindsay Roberts

26  Meredith Doyle

26  Lara Atalla

27  David Wallace

27  Walt Keller

27  Trentin Jacobson

27  Sam Hartt

28  Pat Provan

28  Brianna Laverty

28  Hollis Thompson

29  Jane Douglas

29  Sandra Allen

29  Lynn Shoop

30  Margaret Gibbs

30  Steve Thomas

30  Leslie Reed

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 & Chikami


19  Harold & Marlene


20  Bob & Jane Douglas

25  Terry & Diane Downs

25  Robert & Betsy Miller

26  Trey & Janet Nickles






March 6


Kim Brammer

Teresa Roberts



Cindy Moran

Martie Pottinger

Karen Adair


March 13


Joel & Jill Guske



Paul & Snookie Goldberg

Bill & Melinda Freeman


March 20

Palm Sunday


Sarah Nielsen

Teri Capparucci



Mike & Jennie Adams

Randy & Edwina



March 27 - Easter


Stan & Ellen Beard


10:00 - Road Service

Susan Welborn



John & Janie Bunch

Linda & Denny Zollweg






March 6


Teresa Roberts

Julie John



Melinda Freeman

Bob Douglas

Paul Denison

Bill Freeman


March 13


Tom Schuette

Kathy Schuette



Ray Westerlage

Judy Westerlage

John Bunch

Janie Bunch


March 20

Palm Sunday


Terri Capparucci

Eddie Capparucci



Jay Michael

Scott Briggs

Doug Nielson

Stan Beard


March 27 - Easter


Kevin Youngberg

Eric Horton



Steve Moore

Todd Mordecai

Chad Ervin
Jim Marsh



Thank You. . .


Dear Church Family,

Thank you for your kind and loving letters, cards, beautiful flowers and many gifts of food (so delicious) so thoughtfully brought to my home. My family and I thank you so much.

My love,

Arline Fifield



Christian Sympathy is expressed to . . .


Bill Barbin and family in the loss of his sister,

Shirley Kottler;


Debi Elkins and family in the loss of her mother;


Cliff Lowery and family in the loss of his wife, Barbara;


Rod Clark and family in the loss of his mother, Fern Clark.






Who Is This?  


The Lion and the Lamb 


We are focusing our eyes on Jesus. Only Jesus. How is it the same one can be both a ferocious lion and a helpless lamb? This is the glory and wonder of our Lord and Savior - He is both. And by being both, He unlocks the gates of eternal life.


This month, we march toward an early Easter (an Easter in March). There is an old saying: "March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb." Starting with the cold of winter, it ends with the warming spring. But March isn't the only one who covers those two bases.


Augustine of Hippo wrote many years ago: "Who is this, both lamb and lion? He endured death as a lamb; he devoured it as a lion. Who is this, both lamb and lion? Gentle and strong, lovable and terrifying, innocent and mighty, silent when he was being judged but roaring when he comes to judge." This is the Lord, Jesus Christ. The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. The Lion who has conquered the kingdoms of earth.


We don't need to ask who He is anymore. We know Him. We love Him. And He loves us.


Yours in Christ,



"And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, 'To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!" --Revelation 5:13



Holy Week Services


Palm Sunday Children in Worship
All children are invited to participate in our "Palm Waving" processional at both worship services on Palm Sunday (March 20). 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.


Easter Egg Hunt  

Please join us Sunday, March 20 at 12:30  immediately after the 11:15 service for an Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt will take place beside the playground. If rainy or wet, it will be held in the CLC.  All ages are welcome. Bring a basket/bag to collect eggs. There will not be candy in the eggs. Gather what you can and turn them in for a bag of goodies. An "EGGScellent" time is expected.  If you have questions, please contact JJ Griffin (


Maundy Thursday, March 24 - 7:00 - 8:30 PM

with Communion

"The Gospel of Mark on Stage"



Maundy Thursday / Good Friday Childcare

For the Maundy Thursday (March 24) and Good Friday (March 25) 7pm worship services, we will have childcare available in the toddler room (Room 3) both nights. However, there will not be childcare at the 12noon worship service on Good Friday.



Good Friday, March 25

Noon and 7pm (Tenebrae) Our Good Friday evening service is a "service of shadows" with descending lights until we leave in darkness and silence.



Easter Day, March 27

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 CLC

11:15 AM Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary



Easter Sunday Classes and Childcare

Because of the four worship services on Easter Sunday (March 27), 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.


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 8th and March 15th 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 (



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!



VBS 2016

Next summer's VBS is scheduled for June 20-24.  Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for "Egypt: Joseph's Journey from Prison to Palace" for another awesome week of VBS! Online registration will begin in March.  Last year, it took 88 volunteers to staff our VBS program and we'll need just as many this summer!  If you'd like to volunteer be a part of this incredibly fun outreach to the children of our community, please contact Hubie Mann at




March Calendar

Sunday, March 6: Bubble Soccer at Pope High School

              Middle School - 2 - 3:30pm

              High School - 3:30 - 5pm

Sunday, March 13: Youth Group

Sunday, March 20:  Youth Group

Sunday, March 27: Easter! No Youth Group.



Wednesday Night Schedule

All Grades Fellowship: 5:00-6:00 PM

Dinner: 6:00-7:00 PM

All Grades Devotional: 7:00-8:00 PM


Music Ministry


Upcoming Concert at Eastminster 

The Georgia Festival Chorus will be giving a free concert in the sanctuary on Sunday, March 6, at 6pm. The Georgia Festival Chorus serves the spiritual needs and ministers to both local audiences and the greater global community by singing a repertoire of classical, contemporary, spiritual, and traditional sacred choral works in live concert presentations and through professionally produced recordings.  You can hear their music at


Ladies Bridge


The Monday Ladies Bridge Group is looking for more players!  We meet on the third Monday of each month, at 10:00.  We meet in our homes, play through lunch, finishing usually around 2:00.  Currently we have 2 tables and have had 3 tables in the past.  We are looking for full time and substitute players.  Our playing levels vary and we would welcome anyone.  Please contact Nancy Speiser at  or 770-642-7229.


Women's Ministry 


Sonflower Sisters

Attention moms with daughters in grades K-5. Join us for the next Sonflower Sisters meeting on Friday, March 4th from 7 - 8:30pm in room 202 upstairs in the CLC (please note the change from our regular meeting place). If you have any questions contact Lara Atalla ( or Beth Hartt ( ).

Spunky Spirits

Spunky spirits will be meeting on Thursday, March 10 at 11:00 in the library. We are on lesson 6 in our study book 1&2 Timothy and Titus. Remember all ladies are invited. Just bring a covered dish to share for lunch and meet us in the library. Any questions contact Snookie Goldberg at  or 770-971-4539.




Craft Circle

The Craft Circle will meet Monday, March 14th, room 203/CLC from 10:00-1:00 to work on food bags for the spring Hands of Hope mission trip to W.VA.  There will be work for all willing hands.  Those who can, bring your sewing machines, others bring your favorite scissors.  Any questions, call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949).



Ladies Lunch Bunch 

The March Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet March 17th at Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q on Roswel Road, Marietta. Directions from the church: Go to Old Canton Road, turn left and go to Roswell Road. Turn right on Roswell Road at the light. Continue on Roswell Road, going under 120 Loop. Williamson Bros will be on your right side. Contact Sandra Allen by March 16th at 770-977-8742 or



Ladies save the date!

Our annual spring luncheon will be held April 24, following the 11:15 service in the Great Hall. Back by popular demand it will be a potluck and Women's Ministry will provide meat, beverages and table service. Our speaker will be Michael Belk. Michael was a fashion photographer when he sensed God had a greater plan for him. He has created the project Journeys with the Messiah. He will present this collection of photographs that depict messages of Jesus and the relevance in our modern world. Mark your calendars. Details for sign ups will follow.  


Mission News


March into Missions Week - March 13 - 20

Come join the many events planned: Serving lunch at 7 Bridges, writing Letters to the Martyrs; sharing meals with the homeless with Agape Way; making cards for Manor Care residents and for Princess Night as well as knitting baby booties and delivering bread/pastries for expectant mothers at Cobb Pregnancy Services.  Visit our tables after both services to sign up for these great opportunities to show God's love in practical ways! Any questions, contact Doug Nielson at



Annual Mission Offering - March 20

On this Sunday, please bring your mission specific financial contributions. The Annual Mission Offering is Eastminster's main source of funding. But also consider pledging some of your time during the year ahead. We always have room for more people to become involved. We have many more opportunities available but we need people to take the lead in organizing them.



New Kenya Child Sponsorship Program

Exciting news - child sponsorships are now available at Tumaini and Huruma through our very own church! Sponsoring a child is $30/month and helps to pay for food, clothing, shelter, medical care and school fees for that child. This new program means that you can now sponsor a child at any of the three orphanages Eastminster partners with in Kenya! If you feel God stirring in your heart to sponsor a child in Kenya, please contact Beth Hartt ( or Abigail McConnell ( for more information. Thank you!



Hands of Hope Mission Trip April 21 - 24

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


We have a team of 12 signed up to go on the trip in April!  That is the optimum team size which enables us to do work projects as well as host Ladies Night Out and a trip to the Kimball, West Virginia Food Bank.


The donation bins will be placed in the CLC lobby and the Alcove (area outside the choir room) on March 13th!


We are again asking for donations to fill the trailer that delivers much needed items to the Hope Chest run by Hands of Hope in Welch, West Virginia.  The priority needs are household goods (silverware, cooking utensils, pots and pans, dishes, lamps, small appliances, sheets, light blankets for summer etc.), personal hygiene supplies (soap, shampoo, deodorant, towels, washcloths) and cleaning supplies.  Children's underwear, socks, clothes (winter and summer) sizes new born to 4T are needed.  Please, NO adult clothes at this time. 


Thank you so much for your generous contributions to the Hands of Hope Diaper Fund that have enabled us to continue to provide diapers as needed to the Hope Chest.  We are the only Church that supports HOH by supplying diapers on an ongoing basis.  Donations to this fund are always welcome.  Make sure your cash or check indicates Hands of Hope Diaper Fund.


Stay tuned for more information in the church bulletins and the Beacon as we get closer to the Mission Trip date.  We will be notifying you of specific needs identified by Hands of Hope for the spring and summer months.  There will also be other ways to participate in addition to the above donations!


Thank you for your continued support for Hands of Hope!  We are truly making a difference for the people of McDowell County.  Please contact: Norm or Suzie Baur if you have questions or would like to go on a Mission Trip!  Home: 770-321-0188  Norm: Cell 678-283-0776,  email:  Suzie : Cell 678-283-0774, email:





Hands of Hope Mission Update 

A huge economic blow has recently hit McDowell County. The local Walmart closed (130 employees laid off). The Food Bank has been forced to decrease food distribution to 1 time per month due to the loss of food donations from Walmart. The railroads and the SAFE House are laying off employees. Temporarily closed mines are now permanently closed. Appalachian Electric has just passed on a huge cost increase to local residents.


We can HELP through Hands of Hope! The Hope Chest provides Food Boxes worth $20 to families for only $5. The Hope Chest has also had to reduce the number of Food Boxes they can provide. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. Checks to EPC or cash are accepted. Be sure to note it is for "HOH Food Box".


Thank you and blessings,

Suzie and Norm


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 of






_____     Presented to Eastminster Presbyterian Church


Name of Donor: _______________________________


Please enclose check and return to the church office before March 13.




February Session Meeting Highlights


Session acknowledged with sadness the passing of Barbara Lowery on February 7, 2016.


Session approved the baptisms of Sarah, Katie, and Emily Blackwell, daughters of Keith and Angela Blackwell. Sarah and Katie were baptized by Rev. Blake Hudson on February 21, 2016, at the 9am service. Emily will be baptized by Rev. Blake Hudson on April 24, 2016, at the 9am service.


Session approved a letter of transfer for Cathy Erskine to Associate Reformed Church in Due West, SC. Session also approved letters of transfer for George & Jane Merry and Tom & Brenda Hewett to Marietta Community Church.


Session approved Hubie Mann and Rev. Blake Hudson to teach a First Communion Class the weeks of March 8 and March 15, 2016.


Session approved the Easter Egg Hunt to be held on March 20, after the 11:15am service.


Session approved the Missions Team to host "Egypt Night" on April 13, including dinner and a presentation.


Session approved the Women's Luncheon to be held April 24, after the 11:15am service.


Session approved the Halloween party to be held October 26 in conjunction with Wednesday Night Dinner.


Session approved the musical events calendar for 2016.


Session approved Tom Stock to serve as Treasurer for 2016.


Session approved Carolyn Waters to serve as chairperson of the Preschool Board of Directors.


Session approved a task force of Session elders to hire an interim pastor for Eastminster. The elders are Bill Freeman, Steve Hartt, Julie John, Phil McClendon, Matt Ryder, Andy Starnes, and Diane Brock.


Session authorized the Standing Nominating Committee to begin forming a slate of members for a Pastor Nominating Committee.


There will be a Called Meeting of the Session on March 6, 2016, at 4pm in the library for the purpose of receiving new covenant partners.


The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2016, at 7:30pm in Room 204.


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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