MARCH 2014  |



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March 2

Elements - Mission to the End

Dr. McConnell



March 5

Ash Wednesday

12n and 7pm

Now Is The Day

Dr. McConnell  


March 9

On the Way: Commuter Faith

Dr. McConnell


March 16

On the Way: Mapping

Rev. Blake Hudson  


March  23

On the Way: Drivers Ed

Dr. McConnell  


March 30

On the Way: Band Aids

Dr. McConnell








1   Brianna Barner

1   Melinda Freeman

1   Betty Ramsey

1   Arlene Sewsankar

1   Ester Strydom

2   Emma Milly

2   Terri Mann

2   Kevin Keegan

3   Elaine Stock

3   Sam Ulrich

4   Carlyle Rood

4   Heidi Morris

4   Jordan Shreiner

4   Lauren Brock

5   Scott Warren

6   Pearl Fleming

6   Taylor Yates

7   Don Welborn

7   Carol Banks

7   Jo Byrd

7   Meredith Shoop

8   Jan Milligan

8   Elizabeth Crump

8   Benjamin Mayfield

9   Grace Dailey

10  Hannah Byrd

10  Ray Daw

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  Michael Brandon

20  Marty Taylor

20  Robin Watson

20  Patrick Sain

21  Sarah Keller

21  Jordan Gardner

22  Brad Malone

23  Dennis Olivier

23  Erica Jansen

23  Lindsay Roberts

24  Coenraad Brand

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  Richonna Sanders

30  Blake Mordecai

31  Cheryl Mjehovich







Happy Anniversary


1   Michael & Beth


1   James & Joyce


1   Denny & Linda


3   Bob & Sarah Nielsen

9   John & Pamela


12  Richard & Jeanette


14  Chuck & Kathryn


16  Tom & Chicky


18  Chris & Karen Miller

19  Harold & Marlene


20  Bob & Jane Douglas

25  Terry & Diane Downs

26  Trey & Janet Nickles






Wed. Night Meals


March 5

Ash Wednesday

Roast Pork

Roast Chicken


Macaroni & Cheese



Green Salad


Brownies and Ice Cream


March 12

Corn Beef

Cabbage and Carrots

Boiled Potatoes

Chicken Fingers

Irish Soda Bread

Green Lemonade

Oatmeal Cake


March 19

Birthday Bash

Tacos and all the fixings

Chicken Fajitas

Refried Beans

Spanish Rice

Chips & Salsa

Birthday Cake and

Ice Cream for all March Birthdays


March 26

Pizza Night


Veggie Dip

Garlic Bread

Ice Cream Sundaes - Make your own



Christian Sympathy

Is expressed to . . .


Merilyn Mitchell and family in the loss of her mother, Margaret Mitchell;


Sarah Keller and family in the loss of her mother, Mae Dell Waldrop;


Jeff Driscoll and family in the loss of his grandmother, Maria Driscoll, who died 5 days before her 106th birthday.  









Oooh! Don't Miss It! 


Shameless Plugs for Upcoming Events 


We have some stuff coming up you are not going to want to miss! I'm getting excited to host Jeremiah Jones for a concert of praise on March 22 at 7:00pm! Mark your calendars, and bring $5 suggested donation at the door. Many of you have heard him in the past, but this time we want to fill up the Christian Life Center.


I'm very excited for our Third Annual March Into Mission Sunday! It's March 16th. Come in your work duds, join a mission team, and be ready to head out after worship and share the love of Christ with our community! Watch for more details, and save that date.


I am thrilled to welcome Drew Archer of "The Gospel of Mark On Stage" to perform the passion week of Christ from the Gospel of Mark during our Maundy Thursday service! It's April 17, so you have some time for this one. But you won't want to miss it!


We will begin a new series called "On the Way: Faith for the Commuter" starting March 9 and leading through Easter. Jesus teaches us so much if we just pay attention to Him on the way. Jump in at the beginning and see what the Lord can show you.


Why not fill the calendar with events at Eastminster that will show you more of Jesus, shape your heart more like His, and help your family to do the same! Ooh! Don't miss it.


Yours in Christ,



You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.   (Jeremiah 29:13)




Jeremiah Jones in Concert

March 22 at 7pm in the CLC 


An Amazing Evening with Jeremiah Jones, National Touring Artist and BMI Award Winning Songwriter. Mark your calendars NOW for the evening of Saturday, March 22nd in the CLC.  Jeremiah is best known for penning the radio hit and popular worship song "What a Savior" released by Grammy Award winning artist Laura Story in 2012. He's traveled extensively throughout US and Canada performing songs and leading worship from his first full-length studio release Mighty River. Please plan on being there.  You will be surprised and thrilled with his music, all for the glory of our Lord.  Donations at the door. Concert starts at 7 PM.  Child care will be available.


Youth March Calendar   


Sunday 2: Youth Group

Wednesday 5: NO WND Bible Study

        (Ash Wednesday Worship)

         We will have normal fellowship time and dinner

          together from 5-7 PM.
      The youth and their families are encouraged to      

       worship at our Ash Wednesday Service at 7 PM!
Saturday 8: Paintball
       11:00 AM - 6:00 PM   $30 for paintball plus $$ for

        lunch together on the way. Please RSVP by Sunday

        March 2! 

Sunday 9: Youth Group 

Wednesday 12: WND Youth
Sunday 16: March Into Mission 

Wednesday 19: WND Youth
Sunday 23: Youth Group 

Wednesday 26: WND Youth
Saturday 30: NO Youth Group (spring break)


Summer Trips

Registration Now Open!


Youth families! Registration for summer trips are due no later than Monday, March 17! If you are interested in having your youth attend these trips, please return the registration form (FOUND HERE) along with your deposit. While we will try to keep these trips open as long as possible, this is the only way to reserve a spot for your youth!


As a reminder, we are going on the following trips this summer...

June 1-6: Mission Trip To Hilton Head, SC

Open to Middle and High School Students


 June 15-20: The Great Escape (outside Chattanooga, TN)

 Open to Middle School Students Only


July 13-18: Fun In The Son (Hilton Head Island, SC)

Open to High School Students Only


Christian Education


Wednesday Night classes and Youth Bible studies will not meet on March 5. Instead, we will be holding our Ash Wednesday worship service at 7pm in the sanctuary. The Children's Ministry S.L.A.M. program and Wednesday Night Dinner will meet at their normal times. Nursery childcare will be provided during the Ash Wednesday service.




Next Summer's VBS dates will be June 23-27, 2014 and the theme will be "Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides". On March 5  REGISTER HERE online.  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 be a part of this incredibly fun outreach to the children of our community, please contact our Director of Christian Education, Hubie Mann (




Smal Groups

Interested in joining a Small Group? Please contact Don Fifield ( or Hubie Mann ( for details.


Christian Life Training Classes

It's not too late to join a class on Sunday morning or Wednesday night! Check out our Christian Life Training class offerings from the list below:


Sunday Morning Adult Classes (10:15-11am)
Experiencing God - led by Eddie & Teri Capparucci

(Room 204)
How to REALLY Understand the Bible - led by Hubie &

Terri Mann (Room 208)
Got Questions? - led by Mary-Evelyn Starnes (Library)

Acts of the Apostles - led by Carolyn Waters (Rm 209)

The Choir Class (10-10:30am) - led by Don Fifield


Wednesday Evening Adult Classes (7-8pm)
The Pastor's Study (Book of Luke) - led by Dr. Tim McConnell (Room 209)
How to REALLY Understand the Bible - led by Hubie & Terri Mann (Room 208)

The French Confession - led by Tommy Nickles (Room 204)


Deacon's Corner


From the Nurture Team

If you know an EPC member or have a family member that is a shut-in or in an assisted living residence who would enjoy regular visits from someone in our congregation, please contact Beth Hartt at We would love to add them to the Visiting Angels ministry.


From the Hospitality Team

Looking for an easy way to help out at church? Check Here to volunteer as a greeter on Sunday morning or to lend a hand at Wednesday Night Dinners.  We're always looking for smiling faces to help us out!


Mission News


March Into Missions

March has arrived, and it is time to focus on missions at Eastminster! We are blessed to be able to participate in the third annual March into Missions on March 16 and March is also the time for our annual mission offering. 


Keep an eye on your mailbox early March for a letter detailing all the mission activities we have planned for 2014. There are things near (Cobb  Pregnancy Services) and there are things far. (Costa Rica) There are things that require a small commitment (March into Missions), there are things that require a large commitment. (Leading any of our existing projects, or starting a new one that God leads you to.)


We ask that you prayerfully consider the activities available at your church to minister with either time or money, and that you continue to pray for God's blessing on Eastminster's activities throughout the year. 


On the 16th we March into Mission with the following projects:


 1. 7 Bridges - 7 Bridges provides shelter to the homeless. We attend a church service with them and then serve a lunch to about 130 people, having great fellowship all around.


 2. The Salvation Army - The Salvation Army in Marietta has varied opportunities for us to serve them, ranging from repacking their pantry, to some paintwork and trimming trees. You can even get to drive a vehicle that will paint parking lines in the parking lot.


3.  The Youth Ministry - The youth will have their own activity for the day with Reverend Blake, and as always their will be a need for chaperones, so there is room for the moms and dads as well.


4. Voice of the Martyr - In the library those in the church with a literary bent can join together to write letters to people imprisoned for their faith around the world.


5. Returning Soldiers - If we can confirm that soldiers will arrive at the Airport on this day, a group will go down to receive them.


We look forward to seeing you on one of the projects to share the joy of Christ with our local community.



Hands of Hope Mission Trip 

The Mission Team will be traveling to West Virginia: April 24, 25, 26 and 27. There are bins placed in the alcove and CLC for donations of small appliances and household goods. (microwaves, fans, lamps, toasters, small tables, sheets, towels, dishes, kitchen items, detergent, cleaning items , sponges, etc.)  We will also be collecting baby, toddler and children's items (underwear for toddlers and children, toiletries for babies and children like shampoos, soaps and lotions etc.) There is a continual need for diapers. If you would like to contribute money for diapers, a check can be written to Eastminster and note it is for HOH Diaper Fund. If you give cash , place it in an envelope and mark it for HOH diaper fund. All can be placed in the offering plate or given to Denise in the office. Diapers will be ordered online and sent with no delivery charge to HOH.  Many thanks for your wonderful support of this mission! Contact Suzie and Norm Baur if you would like more information regarding the mission trip.



Phone: 770-321-0188  





Costa Rica Mission Trip

In the Carpenter's Footsteps mission team is returning to Costa Rica again this summer. Their goal is to finish the kitchen in the church where they've worked for the last two years and begin a new church in the hill country nearby. The cost of the trip will be $1,450 for 11 days, July 21 -31, 2014.  You can't beat this bargain and you also get to serve God.  It is a wonderful experience and we hope that you will take this opportunity to join us in doing what God has asked us to do.  He says go and that is what we have been doing for the last 30 years.  We hope that you will consider the charge from our heavenly Father and go with us to serve others. Contact the DuBoses at





Children's Choirs


Children's Choirs sing at both services on Sunday, March 23. It's not too late to join us and sing! Children should be in the Music Office at 8:50 and the Choir Room at 11:05 for warm-ups. We hope to see you there!


Women's Ministry  


Women's Ministry ended 2013 on a high note and is off to a great start in 2014. Currently the Craft Circle is working on pet beds to be donated to the Cobb County Animal Shelter.

We have donated $250.00 to the Journey at KSU.


Our women's retreat was enjoyed by 65 women, gathering in Cohutta Springs to praise the Lord and be refreshed in his name. Our offering of $652.00 was donated to the Mt Bethel Opening our Doors program which provides food and temporary shelter during emergency situations such as freezing temperatures.


We have several activities we are looking forward to. We will be sponsoring a bake sale on Palm Sunday and our annual spring luncheon on May 4th.


If you haven't tried visiting a circle, a Bible Study or attended one of our events, please consider joining us.




Craft Circle 

Craft Circle will meet Monday, March 10, 10-1, Room 203/CLC.  We will finish making pet beds for Cobb County Animal Shelter. There'll be cutting and sewing, so a job for everyone!  Sewing machines needed.  Any questions, call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).


Spunky Spirits

Spunky Spirits Circle will meet in the CLC at 11:00 on March 13. Ellie Tandy and Linda Johnson are our hostesses and Marsha Stemme will present the devotional. The lesson will be led by Jan Walls who will be covering Lesson 5 in our study book. Please bring a dish to share, your Bible, study book and a big smile! Hope to see a big group on the 13th. Remember friends and guests are always welcome to join us.



Lunch Bunch 

The Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet March 20th at Ted's Montana Grill, 640 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta. Directions from church: Turn left from the parking lot onto Sewell Mill Rd and then proceed to Johnson Ferry Rd. Turn right on Johnson Ferry Rd and continue until you reach Lower Roswell Rd. As you cross over Lower Roswell Rd, Ted's Montana Grill will be on the front side of Parkaire Mall facing Johnson Ferry Rd. RSVP to Sandra Allen by April 18th at or 770-977-8742. Please advise if you need a ride.  




Sonflower Sisters

Moms with daughters in grades K-5 --- The next Sonflower Sisters meeting is Friday, March 21.  We will be attending a mother/daughter event at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church that evening.  Watch your email for more details on how to RSVP for this special event.  Contact Beth Hartt at with questions.


Session Meeting Highlights

February 2014


Session approved the installation of Julie John on the Session to fill the unexpired term of Don Fifield. Installation will be held on February 23, 2014.


Session acknowledged with sadness the passing of Margaret Mitchell on February 10, 2014.


Session approved the baptism of Lucas Jeffrey Tate, son of Member Sarah Tate and Sean Tate, on June 22, 2014, at the 11:15 service. (Grandparents are Jeff & Karen Jones.)


Session approved a Letter of Transfer for Jon & Charlotte Hayes to Roswell Presbyterian Church.


Session approved an EPC Easter Egg Hunt to be held on April 13, 2014, Palm Sunday, immediately after the second worship service. 


Session approved hosting Drew Archer to enact "The Gospel of Mark On Stage" for the Maundy Thursday (April 17, 2014) worship service, from 7-8:30pm.


Session approved an Eastminster Prayer Conference be held on May 17, 2014, with instruction from various ordained ministers (possibly including, but not limited to, Rev. Jan Warren Ray, Rev. Sam Henderson, Rev. Tim Erskine, and pastors of our own staff) on practices of prayer.


Session approved holding a "Serenade under the Stars" event in the Memorial Garden on the evenings of May 10, and September 13, 2014.


Session approved holding "Church in the Park" on June 15, 2014, offering one worship service at 10am in East Cobb Park with a church picnic to follow, and that communion be served by intinction during worship.


Session approved a Halloween Party to be held on the evening of October 29, 2014, in conjunction with the Wednesday Dinner.


Session approved a Christmas & Dinner Party to be held on December 12, 2014.


Session approved a Valentine's Day Family Dinner Party to be held in the CLC on the evening of the February 14, 2015. 


Session approved a 5K, 2K, and Fun Run to be held on Saturday, April 12, 2015.


Session formed a commission to investigate the issues regarding the cleanliness of the church and to make a recommendation to Session.


The ECO East Central Presbytery Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC, from 10am-3pm.


There will be a Called Session meeting on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 4pm in the library for the purpose of receiving new members.


The next Stated Session Meeting will be Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 7:30pm in Room 204.


Respectfully submitted,


Diane L. Brock

Clerk of Session


Eastminster Christian Preschool 


Eastminster Christian Preschool Now Enrolling!  ECP has limited space remaining in our Toddler and PreK4's classes for the 2014-15 school year.  Our two-year-old and three-year old classes are now full.  We offer a multisensory, child-centered approach to learning with Zoo-phonics curriculum, a top-notch teaching staff, and a variety of after-school programs.  Enroll during the month of March and get $10 off the $100 registration/activity fee!  You can find more information and registration forms HERE.


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 6.


The Journey KSU


Landing The Plane:  

I love to fly, but I'm not very good at landing. I got my first BMX bike when I was 7. At the time, we lived in a single-story 3 BR ranch in a suburb of Nashville. It had one of those massive concrete front porches complete with those oddly popular mid-century iron-cast columns with a decorative arrangement of acorns and flowers. They were white, and kind of rusty, but made climbing to the roof a breeze for a skinny 7 year old. One day, a "friend" triple-dog-dared me to jump my BMX bike off the roof. This is currency to a 7 year old boy. The kind that legends and super heroes are made of. The roof had a very slight pitch. Plenty of room to get set, and bunny hop off the side. I remember feeling like Superman until I met the ground. I had to replace the seat on my bike, and my voice went upward a few octaves. 

A couple years later a couple friends and I walked our bikes up one of those 2-story dirt mounds created by dump trucks in a residential construction site. Same bike. There were two smoothly worn tracks from top to bottom created by the weight of the many dump trucks that would back up the hill to dump 10 tons of dirt. At the bottom of this massive mound of dirt was a roughly constructed ramp made from a couple planks of wood and some cinder blocks. After some daring debate over who would go first, I grew tired of the debate and volunteered. I don't remember what I said, or how long it took me to finally push off and start pedaling, but I remember the descent and feeling the rush of going faster than I'd ever gone before. I remember hitting the ramp perfectly. I remember going airborne. And most of all, I remember the thrill of flying through the air, the wind hitting my face, and day-dreaming that E.T. was in a crate strapped to the front of my bike. It was incredible. A few hundred yards away in my line-of-sight were some town homes; I was able to see clearly over the roof of the town homes. That's when reality set in. I was on a BMX bike, about two stories in the air. No pads. No helmet. No pillows. Nothing soft in sight. I'd reached the peak of my ascent, and now it was time to land... the rear wheel traveled a little too far forward, the bike came out from under me, and my softer-side hit the dirt first... it hurt. 

These stories are both completely true; they've become quite symbolic of my life as a leader. I love to fly, apparently on bikes, but I'm not very good at landing. You could argue it might have something to do with trying to fly a bicycle instead of a plane; I blame Steven Spielberg. Regardless, I love to fly, but landing just isn't my greatest skill.

I've done this on more than one occasion lately in my visits to Eastminster. I get so excited to share all that is going on at KSU, and how God is moving in the lives of our students. It's very similar to the thrill of flying. But in my excitement, sometimes I fail to "land the plane." Our upcoming Spring Break Mission Trip to GGC is a prime example.

Many other Campus Ministries have a national organization that they're part of; Campus Crusade, InterVarsity, RUF, etc. These national organizations offer annual opportunities for their students to attend retreats, seminars, and conferences focused on equipping their students to effectively reach their campuses. The Journey doesn't have such opportunities. And while going to New Orleans was certainly an incredible, Godly, Christ-centered thing to do with our Spring Break in years past, it didn't completely align with our central focus: intentional discipleship. So when God moved a few mountains and opened undeniable doors to travel to Georgia Gwinnett College in April, our student leaders and I knew it was the right thing to do. To not go would be disobedient to God's calling. 

But why GGC? Why now? What does it mean for The Journey at KSU? These are just a few questions that I have failed to "land the plane" with. And for that, I am sorry. I'm imperfect, but thankfully, God is not. 

From March 31 - April 4 we'll be spending an entire week intentionally immersed in our Vision, Mission, and strategy for Intentional Discipleship. I'll be teaching and training our students to encounter, engage, equip, and empower their peers through outreach and evangelism on the GGC campus. Yes, we will be laying the groundwork for what we hope will be the second chapter of The Journey, but the real fruit will be seen at KSU. With God's help, this trip gives our students a "training camp" experience outside of their normal environment, and practical hands-on experience. I am fully expectant that God will bless The Journey at KSU when we return with a renewed community of disciples eager to take what they've learned on this trip and use it to advance the mission of Jesus at KSU and lead more young adults from where they are to where God wants them to be. And for that, I give thanks!

Oh yeah. That BMX bike? Good news; we went through a few rebuilds, bumps and bruises together, but I kept on "flying" it until finally passing it on to another lucky little boy when I went to college. 

Thanks for letting me fly. The "bike" is a little different these days, but I am blessed to have such a generous and gracious church full of guardian angles that make landing a little softer.


Eastminster Presbyterian Church |
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor






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