Lamb: Given to
Lion: The Seal
March 20 - Palm Sunday
Lamb: A Humble
March 24 - Maundy Thursday
Gospel of Mark
March 25 -
Noon and 7pm
of the Cross
Mr. Hubie Mann
March 27 - Easter
7:30, 8:30, 10
The Lion and
12 Ryan Radler
14 Jane Struk
14 Bill Keappler
16 Sheliah Cooper
27 Trentin Jacobson
28 Pat Provan
30 Richonna Sanders
Michael & Beth
Denny & Linda
Bob & Sarah Nielsen
Tim & Kim Brammer
Richard & Jeanette
Harold & Marlene
& Jane Douglas
& Diane Downs
Robert & Betsy Miller
& Janet Nickles
Paul & Snookie Goldberg
March 27 - Easter
10:00 - Road
March 27 - Easter
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.
Christian Sympathy is expressed
to . . .
Bill Barbin and family in
the loss of his sister,
Debi Elkins and family in the loss of her mother;
Cliff Lowery and family in the loss of his wife,
Rod Clark and family in the loss of his mother, Fern
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
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
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
Maundy Thursday, March 24 - 7:00 -
"The Gospel of Mark on Stage"
Maundy Thursday / Good Friday
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
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com)
and we'll help you find the right group for you!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, March 6: Bubble Soccer at Pope High School
Middle School - 2 - 3:30pm
School - 3:30 - 5pm
Sunday, March 13: Youth Group
Sunday, March 20: Youth Group
Sunday, March 27: Easter! No Youth Group.
All Grades Fellowship: 5:00-6:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00-7:00 PM
All Grades Devotional: 7:00-8:00 PM
Upcoming Concert at
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 www.tgafc.com.
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 email@example.com or
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Beth Hartt
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
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
Ladies Lunch Bunch
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 email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Offering - March 20
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.
Child Sponsorship Program
- 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 (email@example.com) or Abigail
McConnell (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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: email@example.com
Suzie : Cell 678-283-0774, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hands of Hope
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
Suzie and Norm
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
loving memory of
In honor of
Presented to Eastminster Presbyterian Church
Name of Donor:
check and return to the church office before March 13.
February Session Meeting
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,
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
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
There will be a Called Meeting of the Session on March
6, 2016, at 4pm in the library for the purpose of receiving new
The next Stated Session meeting will be held on
Thursday, March 17, 2016, at 7:30pm in Room 204.
Diane L. Brock
Clerk of Session
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
email@example.com | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor