March 2017 |



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March 5


Jack Williams

Kedrick Daw



Melinda Freeman

Bob Douglas

Paul Denison

Bill Freeman



March 12


Vicky Ryder

Julie John



Ray Westerlage

Judy Westerlage

John Bunch

Janie Bunch



March 19


Kevin Youngblood

Cheryl Spring



Jay Michael

Scott Briggs

Doug Nielson

Stan Beard




March 26


Teri Capparucci

Eddie Capparucci


Steve Moore

John Bunch

Chad Ervin

Janie Bunch





March 5


Sara Daw

Sarah Nielsen



Martie Pottinger

Karen Adair

Stan Beard


March 12


Teri Capparucci

Suzanne Edmond



Paul & Snookie


Bill & Melinda



March 19


Scott Baumann

Michelle Baumann



Mike & Jennie Adams

Randy & Edwina




March 26


Vicky Ryder

Bill & Paula Barbin



John & Janie Bunch

Linda & Denny



Menu for

Wednesday Dinner


March 1

Spiral Sliced Ham

Broccoli & Cheese Casserole

Rolls & Butter

Salad Bar

Chocolate Ice Cream with Cones



March 8

Chicken Parmagiana

Linguine Alfredo

Garlic Breadsticks

House Salad




March 15

Creamy Baked Chicken with Tarragon-Mushroom Sauce

Rice Pilaf (parsley, toasted almonds)

Broccoli and Carrots

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies


March 22

Bacon Macaroni & Parmesan Cheese with Spinach

Macaroni & Cheese with Cheddar Cheese

Spinach Salad

Italian Ice


March 29

Taco Casserole

Tortilla Chips

Soft Tortillas

Salad Bar

Shredded Cheese


Shredded Lettuce

Black Olives

Sugar Cookies





Christian Sympathy is expressed


Sheliah 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 lives


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 needs it.


Dr. Boone


Youth Ministry News



 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

Sunday, March 12 - Summer Stories Fundraiser 3-8pm 

Sunday, March 19 - Mystery Trip

Sunday, March 26 - Youth Group


Wednesday Night Schedule:

       All Grades Fellowship: 5 - 6pm

       Dinner - 6 - 7pm

       Bible Study: 7 - 8pm

       Boys: Room 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


Planning for 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 to listen.


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.



Vacation Bible School

Ever wonder 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.


And grown-ups, 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 greatly appreciated.




Music Ministry


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 -


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.


Children's Musical

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.


24-Hour Prayer Vigil


"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 or outside both services beginning March 12th. Questions? Contact Deacon Christi Laverty at 770-617-2277 or



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 heart.


"Therefore, 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 Scripture?


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 Scripture memorization.

"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? Memorization."


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 misunderstandings.


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 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 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, or contact Valerie Mote at or 770-401-8854.


Women's Ministry 


Spunky Spirits

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.



Sonflower Sisters

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 There are only two meetings left for this school year! 



Craft Circle

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 (404-234-5063). 


Lunch Bunch

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 or 770-977-8742 by March 15th.


Mission News


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 there!


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




Costa Rica 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 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 them either.


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 and Norm Baur 678-283-0776 or


Preschool News


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.




Thank You

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 there. 


Your servant in Christ,

Cathi Cahn


Session Meeting Highlights

February 2017


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, March 26


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 playground.


Session approved Cheryl Mjehovich to be the Assistant Director of the Preschool, effective January 10, 2017.


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 ( if you are interested in volunteering. Registration will be online in March at for those interested in attending.


Respectfully submitted,


Diane L. Brock

Clerk of Session



Eastminster Presbyterian Church |
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Thomas Boone, Transitional Pastor








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