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
& Sarah Nielsen
Tim & Kim Brammer
Harold & Marlene
& Jane Douglas
& Diane Downs
Robert & Elizabeth
Thomas & Janet
Paul & Snookie
Bill & Melinda
Mike & Jennie Adams
Randy & Edwina
Bill & Paula Barbin
John & Janie Bunch
Linda & Denny
Spiral Sliced Ham
Broccoli & Cheese Casserole
Rolls & Butter
Chocolate Ice Cream with Cones
Creamy Baked Chicken with Tarragon-Mushroom Sauce
Rice Pilaf (parsley, toasted almonds)
Broccoli and Carrots
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Bacon Macaroni & Parmesan Cheese with Spinach
Macaroni & Cheese with Cheddar Cheese
Sympathy is expressed
Cooper and family in the loss of her cousin, Barbara Carter.
A Presbyterian's Guide to Lent
When snow visits the South, most of us head to the store
like a hurricane's-a-comin'! We do this
to prepare for what's ahead. And while our friends from parts of
the country where snow abounds chuckle at us, it's wise to do. It's
a good thing to be prepared.
Lent is a liturgical season of the year where Christians
prepare for Easter. As Advent helps us focus on the impact
Christmas makes in our lives, so it is with Lent and Easter. The
Christian celebration of Easter is a day of resurrection and praise
following the suffering and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. So,
it is a long-standing tradition that people challenge themselves
with sacrifice and emerge on Easter morning with a renewed
understanding of sin and its grip on our lives. This allows us to
more fully celebrate the gift of redemption Christ bought with His
sacrifice on the cross.
Sacrifice in Lent takes on two principal forms. First,
some Christians sacrifice by means of giving something up from
which they derive comfort. You may hear of friends giving up food
such as ice cream, coffee, and eating broth soup on certain nights.
Or you may hear of people challenging themselves by giving up
certain sinful behaviors such as gossip or pornography. The purpose
of giving something up is to learn the extent of our dependency on
mundane elements. This should lead us to a point of confession and
repentance for not allowing Jesus to be Lord over every area of our
Second, other Christians sacrifice self-interest by
adopting a practice that benefits others. Pope Francis has been a
strong advocate for this approach in recent years. This follows the
wisdom Chrysostom wrote about in the fourth century. "No act
of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for
others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter
how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh
continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing
great." Thus, some people will sacrifice time to commit their
families to feeding or clothing the homeless, serving their
churches, or practice other forms of self-giving. The smallest
gesture can make a world of difference to someone whom the rest of
society has marginalized.
In whatever way you choose to prepare for Easter this
year, may the Lord lead you more deeply into His peace and may the
Holy Spirit show you ways you can provide His light to someone who
SUMMER STORIES ON SUNDAY
MARCH 12, 5:30 - 7:00 PM.
The Youth of Eastminster Presbyterian Church cordially
and enthusiastically present an evening of memories and stories from
past summer trips! Paired with a delicious dinner (spaghetti,
meatballs, salad, bread and dessert), the youth will serve your
meal and explain why mission trips and summer conferences mean so
much to their growing faith. In addition, the youth will share why
they need the church's support as they raise funds for next year's
summer trips. All families and ages are invited; childcare will be
provided. No cost for dinner but we will take up a freewill
offering on behalf of our youth for their 2017 Summer Trips!
Sunday, March 5 - Youth Group
12 - Summer Stories Fundraiser 3-8pm
19 - Mystery Trip
26 - Youth Group
Fellowship: 5 - 6pm
Dinner - 6 - 7pm
Bible Study: 7 -
203 Girls: Youth Room
Children's Ministry . . .
"Fix these words of mine in
your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind
them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them
when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie
down and when you get up." - Deuteronomy 11:18-19
the future is a hallmark of our American culture. Economic experts
regularly debate the best methods of saving for retirement and
being prepared in case of the unexpected. What would it look like
if Christians put as much effort into investing in the church's
future? By church, I don't mean the building and all it contains
within, but the spiritual body represented by the eternal souls
entering and exiting through its doors throughout the week. And
more to the point, are we pouring all we
can into our smallest, most open believers? Childhood is an
amazingly formative time when the church has the unparalleled
advantage of encouraging faith in young believers willing and eager
Is God calling
you to help disciple children and their families? Is children's
ministry an avenue through which you feel led to help shape the
future of Christ's church? If you have questions or would like to
speak further about serving, please contact Katie Hudson or the
discipleship team elders.
what life was like for early Christians worshipping in the underground
church? Join Paul in Rome this summer for an exciting week of VBS!
The adventure happens June 19 - 23 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.
Registration opens in March and fills up fast,
so be sure to sign up early.
this Roman escapade isn't just for kids! If you'd like to volunteer
to help, please contact Katie Hudson. With about 150 children Rome-ing the church, all talents and gifts are
Join Choir Through Lent
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season
and our journey toward Easter, and it's just around the corner. The
Chancel Choir will present special music at several services
throughout Lent and we want you to join us! Consider making a small
commitment to join us from March 1 - April 16. No audition necessary!
Rehearsals run from 7:30-9:00 pm each Wednesday. We look forward to
seeing you. Contact Chris Owenby with any questions - email@example.com.
Georgia Festival Chorus In Concert
March 26, 6:00 pm
Join us for an evening of amazing choral selections
from Mozart to John Ness Beck. The GA Festival Chorus is a 100
voice choir led by the Mr. Frank Boggs and his assistant conductors
(including your own Chris Owenby). Their music will joyfully move
you! Don't miss out on this fantastic musical experience.
Calling All 1st-5th Grade Students!
KidChoir, Eastminster's Children's
Chorus (1st-5th grade), will present a
musical on Wednesday, May 3. It's not too late to join us on
Sundays, 3:30 - 4:15pm.
"Then Jesus went with them to a place called
Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, 'Sit here, while I
go over there and pray.' And taking with him Peter
and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and
troubled. Then he said to them, 'My soul is very
sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with
me.' And going a little farther he fell on his face and
prayed, saying, 'My Father, if it be possible, let this
cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you
will.' And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he
said to Peter, 'So, could you not watch with me one
hour'? " Matthew 26:36-40
You are invited to take part in a 24-Hour Prayer Vigil
marking the time between the Last Supper and Jesus' death on
the cross. Half-hour time slots are available,
however you are encouraged to sign up for an hour. Quiet,
reflective, prayer stations will be available to guide you through
scripture and the story of Jesus from the Garden of Gethsemane to
His death on the cross. Or simply come, sit, pray, and read
scripture in the quiet of the sanctuary. Sign up online at www.epres.org or outside both
services beginning March 12th. Questions? Contact Deacon Christi
Laverty at 770-617-2277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barnabas Fund Contributions
Over the years, the Barnabas Fund at EPC has helped
members and families of church who struggled with temporary
hardships. Thanks to your faithful contributions we have been able to
serve as the hands and feet of Christ for those who are hurting,
fearful and anxious.
To continue this amazing ministry we are asking you to
prayerfully consider making a contribution to the Barnabas Fund.
You can send your contribute to:
Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3125 Sewell Mill Road, Marietta,
GA 30062. Please indicate on your check that funds should be
earmarked to the Barnabas Fund. We thank you for your generous
whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good
to everyone--especially to those in the family of faith."
Galatians 6:10 NLT
Ready to Start Memorizing
Why should we bother trying to memorize Scripture?
There are numerous reasons but at the heart of
memorizing Scripture is the opportunity to create a stronger spiritual
foundation within ourselves. Dallas Willard, an American
philosopher has written numerous books on Christian spiritual
formation. Here is what he had to say about the benefit of
"Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to
spiritual formation. If I had to choose between all the disciplines
of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible memorization, because
it is a fundamental way of filling our minds with what it needs.
This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth. That's
where you need it! How does it get in your mouth?
Memorizing Scripture serves to fight temptation
(remember what Christ did when tempted by Satan? Matthew 4:1-11).
We can lean on it to bring comfort to us and others in times of
trouble. Plus, memorizing Scripture can assist us when
opportunities present to share the Gospel with non-believers.
At EPC we are committed to helping our Brothers and
Sisters in Christ strengthen their Christian walk. As part of this
process, we are encouraging members of our congregation to engage
in memorizing Scripture. As part of this
process, each month you will receive a new Bible passage that we
ask you commit to memory. We hope over time you will find these
Scriptures to not only be encouraging but will serve to strengthen
your relationship with our Lord and Savior.
Here is our Scripture verse for the month of March
that focuses on how to be less reactive during conflict. It is from
the Book of James 1:19-20
"My dear brothers and
sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen,
slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does
not produce the righteousness that God desires."
We all struggle with conflict from time to time. But in
many cases the issues we have with others are simply
James is telling us our first call-to-action when
engaging with others is to seek to understand their position, which
we do by attentively listening and if needed seeking clarification.
He understands that by slowing everything down, we allow our brain
to fully process information and therefore will more likely take
action in a manner that is pleasing to God.
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:
_____ In loving
_____ In honor of
_____ Presented to
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
Name of Donor: ______________________________
Please enclose check and return to the church office
before April 2.
Georgia Presbyterian Pilgrimage
Georgia Presbyterian Pilgrimage (GPP) provides a
foundation for both individual and community spiritual
growth. It is an opportunity for Christians who want to
"step up" their relationship with Christ and to have a
greater impact on their environments in response to God's call
beginning with a three-day weekend where grace, spiritual growth,
and community are combined in a fun and energetic way. The weekend
includes chapel each day, communion, small group discussions,
sharing, music, singing, laughter, and prayer. The next GPP weekend
will be held at the very comfortable Pinnacle Retreat Center in the
beautiful North Georgia Mountains of Clayton. Eastminster has
approximately 75 individuals that have enjoyed one of our weekends.
Many of them would be glad to talk with you about their experience.
We invite you to join us this spring for our 50th weekend, March
30th thru April 2nd. The cost is $100 per person all inclusive. There
are scholarships available. For more information and to register, www.georgiapresbyterianpilgrimage.com or
contact Valerie Mote at email@example.com or
Spunky Spirits will meet Thursday, March 9th at 11am
in the Library. We will have a lesson and then go to the Great Hall
for a covered dish lunch. All ladies are invited.
Calling all elementary-age girls and their moms! Sonflower Sisters will have our next meeting on
March 3, in Room 206 (upstairs in CLC) from 7-8:30
pm. Please join us as we continue our study of the
Fruits of the Spirit with the theme of Faithfulness. An
evite will be sent with details. If you have questions or to
make sure you are on the email list,contact Lara Atalla at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are only two
meetings left for this school year!
Craft Circle will meet Monday, March 13th, room
203/CLC, 10-1. We will begin a new (quilting) project for the
Quilts of Valor Foundation. "The mission of the Quilts of
Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched
by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor."
Plan to join us. There will be work for everyone. Those
who can, please bring sewing machines. All others,
bring your favorite pair of scissors. Any questions,
please call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan
The Lunch Bunch will meet March 16th at noon at the
Longhorn Steakhouse on Lower Roswell Road. Directions: Take Johnson
Ferry Road until you reach the
intersection of Johnson Ferry Road and Lower Roswell Road. Turn
right - Longhorn Steakhouse will be on your right. RSVP to Sandra
Allen at allen47680bellsouth.net or 770-977-8742
by March 15th.
March Into Missions Lunch
Are you ready for a cookout courtesy of the Men's
Ministry? If you are, then come and join us on March 5th at 12:30 PM
for burgers, hot dogs, beans, slaw and the fixin's
in the CLC. There you will get updates on the trip to Egypt, future
trips to Costa Rica, West Virginia and more as well as our events
planned for March Into Missions week (March 19th - 26th) from the
Outreach Team (formerly Missions and Evangelism). See you
Sunday, March 26 - Annual Missions Offering
Blessings In A Backpack Update
Eastminster continues to be a huge help in feeding
hungry children in Cobb and Fulton counties. There are approximately
446 children that we are feeding on a weekly basis. Some food needs
have changed. When shopping for the children, consider these now:
cereal/granola bars, fruit/applesauce cups, any
kid's snack item. (No drinks) Thank you for your continued support
of this ministry! If you have questions, contact Lisa at email@example.com.
Mission Trip 2017
Once again Eastminster has the opportunity to send missionaries
to Costa Rica with "In the Carpenter's Footsteps"
organization out of Tallahassee, Florida. The dates of the trip are
July 14 - July 25. Last year, EPC was represented by six of our
members. Please prayerfully consider participating in this opportunity
to be a blessing to others. We will continue working at Iglesia de Dios Primitive de Costa Rica, the
church where we worked last year. Projects consist of construction,
sewing, VBS, sports activities with the children, gardening, and
Bible study for the adults. Join us as we follow God's command to
love and serve one another. Please contact Dick and Cathy for
additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org or
you can call Cathy at 678-665-9607.
Hands of Hope Mission Trip McDowell County West
Virginia April 20 to April 23, 2017
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.
The recent signs of Spring mean that our April trip to
Hands of Hope is just around the corner!
If you are interested in going on the April trip,
please contact Suzie or Norm Baur! This
is a great experience for those who have never been on a mission
trip in the past.
The donation bins will be marked and placed in the CLC
lobby and the Alcove (area outside the choir room
) on March 12th. The last day that we can accept donations
will be April 9th. The donations will focus on needs for the
upcoming summer in McDowell County.
LISTS of items needed and specific instructions will
be available by the donation bins and in the Alcove. We are sorry
we cannot accept any fall or winter clothing at this time. We will
accept Spring and Summer Clothes ONLY. No exceptions. We have no
place to store clothes that are out of season and Hands of Hope
cannot take out-of-season clothes as they have no room to store
Some great things happened in McDowell County last
year through Hands of Hope! Your Mission donations are what have
made all these things possible.
Thank you for all donations to the Food Box Fund and
continued donations to the Diaper Fund! EPC's support of these
funds has been a blessing to the people of McDowell County. The
needs will continue to be ongoing and are so important with the
continued poor economy and lack of jobs in McDowell County.
Contacts: Suzie Baur
678-283-0774 or email@example.com
and Norm Baur 678-283-0776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastminster Christian Preschool would like to invite
everyone to our upcoming Eastminster Christian Preschool Art Show
taking place in the Fellowship Hall, Wednesday, March 8th.
While you are here for Wednesday night supper, feel free to
stop by and see the art show. Our creative children have been
working throughout the year to make a beautiful exhibit.
I would like to once again thank Eastminster
Presbyterian Church for your prayers and support during the 6 1/2
years I was at the preschool. The reception on February 12
was lovely and I was overwhelmed by your generosity. I am so
blessed to have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful
and faithful people. The dedication of the children's garden
is so very thoughtful and I am so excited to see this dream come to
fruition, as well as to know that the annual release of the
butterflies will continue. I want to make sure to thank
again, Margaret Gibbs, and the original board for laying the
foundation for this wonderful preschool. Without them, none
of this would be possible. Also, please know, that I would
not have left if I had not felt confident in the future of the
preschool under the leadership of the current board of directors,
the new director, Dawn Milazzo, and the fabulous teaching staff of
ECP. Eastminster will always have a special place in my
heart and I hope to keep in touch with all the friends I have made
Your servant in Christ,
Session Meeting Highlights
Session received the following new covenant partners:
Joe & June Josey, George & Ellen Boney, and their children
Hanna and George Boney.
Session acknowledged with sadness the death of Jim Streible on January 16, 2017.
Session approved the following annual March into
Missions initiative: March into Missions Lunch - Sunday,
March 5 in the CLC at 12:30pm; March into Missions Week -- Sunday,
March 19 - Sunday March 26; Annual Missions Offering -- Sunday,
Session approved a Barnabas Fund distribution of
$3,600 over the next three months.
Session approved the Georgia Festival Chorus to give a
concert in the Sanctuary on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 6pm.
There is no cost related to the concert.
Session approved a one-day Men's retreat to be
held in the CLC. Date TBD.
Session approved the new Eastminster Vision story
videos to be posted on the church website.
Session approved the use of Eastminster for the
ordination service of Joe Skillen, who is joining ECO while
currently serving at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Date TBD.
Session approved Cindy Moran to teach a Boy Scouts
program entitled "God and Church", on January 29,
February 26, and March 26, 2017, from 1-2:30pm in Room 204.
Session approved Zane Kwiatkowsky,
a member of EPC's Boy Scout troop, to complete his Eagle Scout
project. His project will be the instillation of two raised
garden beds for use by the Preschool and will be located behind the
Session approved Cheryl Mjehovich
to be the Assistant Director of the Preschool, effective January
Session approved adding one additional Toddler's Class
(M, Tu, Th) by
creating a classroom space in the Fellowship Hall with the existing
portable walls beginning the 2017-2018 school year.
All set up and restoration will be handled by the preschool staff,
and all safety regulations will be followed.
The next Stated Session meeting will be held on
Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 7:30pm in Room 204.
The Spring Presbytery meeting will be held at
Eastminster April 21-22, 2017. Volunteers to help host the event
are needed. Please contact Diane Brock (email@example.com) if you are interested in
volunteering. Registration will be online in March at www.epres.org for those interested in
Diane L. Brock
Clerk of Session
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Thomas Boone, Transitional Pastor