Elements - Mission to
12n and 7pm
Now Is The Day
On the Way: Commuter
On the Way: Mapping
On the Way: Drivers
On the Way: Band Aids
10 Ray Daw
12 Ryan Radler
14 Jane Struk
14 Bill Keappler
16 Sara Daw
19 Ken Jacquot
27 Trentin Jacobson
28 Pat Provan
29 Lynn Shoop
30 Richonna Sanders
Michael & Beth
James & Joyce
Denny & Linda
Bob & Sarah Nielsen
John & Pamela
Richard & Jeanette
& Karen Miller
Harold & Marlene
& Jane Douglas
& Diane Downs
& Janet Nickles
Macaroni & Cheese
Brownies and Ice
Cabbage and Carrots
Irish Soda Bread
Tacos and all the
Chips & Salsa
Birthday Cake and
Ice Cream for all
Ice Cream Sundaes -
Make your own
Is expressed to . . .
Merilyn Mitchell and family in the loss of her mother,
and family in the loss of her mother, Mae Dell Waldrop;
and family in the loss of his grandmother, Maria Driscoll, who died
5 days before her 106th birthday.
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
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.
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with
all your heart.
Jeremiah Jones in Concert
March 22 at 7pm in the CLC
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.
Sunday 2: Youth Group
Wednesday 5: NO WND Bible
We will have normal fellowship time and dinner
together from 5-7 PM.
The youth and their families are
worship at our Ash Wednesday Service at 7
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
$30 for paintball plus $$ for
lunch together on the way. Please RSVP by
Sunday 9: Youth Group
Wednesday 12: WND Youth
March Into Mission
Wednesday 19: WND Youth
Wednesday 26: WND Youth
NO Youth Group (spring break)
Registration Now Open!
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
As a reminder,
we are going on the following trips this summer...
Mission Trip To Hilton Head, SC
Open to Middle
and High School Students
The Great Escape (outside Chattanooga, TN)
Middle School Students Only
Fun In The Son (Hilton Head Island, SC)
Open to High
School Students Only
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
joining a Small Group? Please contact Don Fifield
(email@example.com) or Hubie Mann (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
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
Adult Classes (10:15-11am)
God - led by Eddie & Teri Capparucci
REALLY Understand the Bible - led by Hubie &
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
Evening Adult Classes (7-8pm)
Study (Book of Luke) - led by Dr. Tim McConnell
REALLY Understand the Bible - led by Hubie &
Terri Mann (Room 208)
The French Confession - led by Tommy Nickles (Room 204)
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 email@example.com. We would love to
add them to the Visiting Angels ministry.
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!
March Into Missions
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
Soldiers - If we can confirm that soldiers will arrive at the
Airport on this day, a group will go down to receive them.
forward to seeing you on one of the projects to share the joy of
Christ with our local community.
Hands of Hope
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
several activities we are looking forward to. We will be sponsoring
a bake sale on Palm Sunday and our annual spring luncheon on May
If you haven't
tried visiting a circle, a Bible Study or attended one of our
events, please consider joining us.
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).
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
770-977-8742. Please advise if you need a ride.
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 email@example.com with questions.
Session Meeting Highlights
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.
with sadness the passing of Margaret Mitchell on February 10, 2014.
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.)
approved a Letter of Transfer for Jon & Charlotte Hayes to
Roswell Presbyterian Church.
approved an EPC Easter Egg Hunt to be held on April 13, 2014, Palm
Sunday, immediately after the second worship service.
hosting Drew Archer to enact "The Gospel of Mark On
Stage" for the Maundy Thursday (April 17, 2014) worship
service, from 7-8:30pm.
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.
approved holding a "Serenade under the Stars" event in
the Memorial Garden on the evenings of May 10, and September 13,
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.
approved a Halloween Party to be held on the evening of October 29,
2014, in conjunction with the Wednesday Dinner.
approved a Christmas & Dinner Party to be held on December 12,
approved a Valentine's Day Family Dinner Party to be held in the
CLC on the evening of the February 14, 2015.
approved a 5K, 2K, and Fun Run to be held on Saturday, April 12,
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.
Stated Session Meeting will be Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 7:30pm
in Room 204.
Diane L. Brock
Eastminster Christian Preschool
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.
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
In loving memory
In honor of
Presented to Eastminster Presbyterian Church
Name of Donor:
check and return to the church office before April 6.
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
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
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
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
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