MAY 2014  |



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At the Well: Thirst


Dr. McConnell


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At the Well: Need

Dr. McConnell

Mother's Day


May 18

At the Well: Satisfaction

Dr. McConnell


May 25

At the Well: The Saga of the Sandwiches

Mr. Hubie Mann, Preaching 

Memorial Day Weekend 







1   Ellen Foster

2   Mary Lynne Nielson

2   Emily Keller

2   Hannah Mayfield

3   Scott Keller

5   Jay Michael

6   Andrew Barner

7   Millie Moore

9   Doris Funk

9   Charlie Waugaman

11 Edna Camp

11  Chuck Oliver

11  Julie John

11  Amanda Horton

14  Mary L Whitehead

14  Melissa McKay

15  Katie Parkerson

16  Lucy Gordon

16  Jamie Ryder

16  Charles Oliver

16  Viktor Segars

17  Lucian McClendon

18  Bert Eckerman

18  Darla Erickson

19  Diane Brock

19  Madison Gibbs

20  Stan Morris

20  Richelle Sanders

21  Susan Touset

22  Edna Bayless

22  Mark Watson

22  William Daw

23  Tyler Crump

24  Joe Walls

24  Dale Mehlhouse

24  Mark Oviatt

24  Kim Brammer

25  Jan Sherman

25  Robert Chesser

25  Jackson Todd

25  Olivia Brewer

25  Reagan Nagel

26  Jack Williams

26  Jack Keegan

27  Ralph Gordon

28  Kim Peery

30  Shirley Byrd

31  Steve Hartt

31  Ella Todd




Happy Anniversary


1   Ray & Judy


2   George & Jane Merry

3   Todd & Ashley


4   Tripp & Jenny Seitter

6   Steve & Beth Hartt

6   Will & Lisa Page

7   Kevin & Sally


10  Randy & Barbara


11  Chris & Karen Miller

12  Joel & Jill Guske

14  David & Luke Carney

16  Chris & Ellen Foster

20  Mark & Lindsay


20  Jan & Shauna


20  Andrew & Janice


21  Kevin & Brenda


21  Andrew & Melissa


22  David & Stephanie


23  Chuck & Reta Frew

23  Frank & Florence


23  Hubie & Terri Mann

26  Roger & Adrienne


26  Tim & Abigail


27  Mike & Carol Hays

27  Chris & Billie






Wed. Night Meals


May 7


Hash Brown Casserole



Fruit Bowl


May 14 - Cookout

Final Dinner Until Fall


Hot Dogs


Baked Beans

Asian Cole Slaw


Birthday Cake

Ice Cream  





If you know of a member of our congregation who will graduate this year, please call Rev. Hudson or the church office and let us know their name,

date of graduation, school, and degree. We want to appreciate and recognize our graduates on May 18.



Christian Sympathy

Is expressed to . . .


Tom Schuette and family in the loss of his mother, Marilyn Schuette;


Christy Thomas and family in the loss of her mother, Barbara McCallum.





Thank You


The Melcher Family would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the members of this wonderful congregation who have helped us in so many ways, following the death of Karl's dad, Don Melcher. We really have appreciated all of the cards, hugs, stories about Don and attendance at his memorial service. We feel so blessed to be part of such an amazing congregation with such awesome pastors and staff!


Karl, Sharon, Brian

and Kevin

Come, All You Thirsty


At the well with Jesus 


I started up the lawn mower on Saturday, and because of the helpful tinkering of Frank Byrd, I started up my edger too! Back to the weekly lawn care responsibilities. It wasn't hot, but when I was finished, I poured myself a glass of water. As soon as it hit my lips, I realized just how thirsty I was. I swallowed the full glass down and filled another.


Have you ever felt that thirsty? So thirsty that you didn't realize how much you needed a drink until the water hit your lips?


We live thirsty lives, but we drink from the wrong cisterns. This May, we will spend the month in John 4, the story of the Samaritan Woman at the Well. I hope you will take a little time to read it and reflect on it, maybe even discuss it at your small group. It's such a rich moment in Jesus' ministry.


What Christ promises is that when we give our lives to Him, to rest in His Spirit, He will give us water that becomes a spring of living water welling up in us to overflowing! Thirst changes to abundance. Lack to provision for others. Emptiness to overflowing! Let's seek that together this May.


Yours in Christ,



            And he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment."

(Revelation 21:6)




Men's Fishing Derby 


Eastminster's 1st Annual Men's Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, May 3rd from 7am-10am at Frank and Jo Byrd's pond (605 Burke Lake Dr. Marietta, GA 30064). B.Y.O.B. (Bring your own bait) and come join us for some great fellowship and great fishing!  Special Guest appearances by Byrd's Pond resident fishing guide, Frank Byrd, & three time Breammaster "Angler of the Year", Hubie Mann.


Youth May Calendar   


Sunday 4: March Into Mission, 2-5 PM

We have been asked to help clean up the yard for one of our congregation's widows. She has an extensive property that has not had much work. We will meet at the church and drive over to her home, which is just down the road.


Every youth should bring the following:

     Appropriate tennis shoes

     Work gloves

     Hats and sunscreen

     A box of heavy duty trash bags,


Wednesday 7: WND Youth


Saturday 10: End of Year Parties

Middle School at The Fowler Home

     WHEN: 4:00-6:00 PM

     WHAT: End of year youth parties!

                  Along with a closing devotion, this is a time of

                  fellowship and fun.

     WHAT TO BRING: Ladies bring desserts, guys bring

                  sides! A main course (sandwiches, etc) and 

                  drinks will be provided.

                  Also, bring a swimsuit and towel! While it won't

                  be all that warm, the Fowler's pool will be

                  open! If your youth is brave enough, they may

                  swim if they'd like. One of our qualified high

                  school students will serve as lifeguard.


High School at The Riga Home

      WHEN: 6:00-8:00 PM

      WHAT: End of year youth parties! Along with a closing

                   devotion, this is a time of fellowship and fun.

      WHAT TO BRING: Ladies bring desserts, guys bring

                   sides! A main course (sandwiches, etc) and

                   drinks will be provided.

                   Also, bring a swimsuit and towel!

                   While it won't be all that warm, the Riga's pool

                   will be open! If your youth is brave enough,

                   they may swim if they'd like. One of our

                   qualified high school students will serve as



Wednesday 14: Final WND Youth



Other Updates

Our SUMMER SCHEDULE will be released at the end of May, so look for it via email, the Beacon (our church newsletter) and the youth blog!


A HUGE THANK YOU to every youth who participated in YOUTH SUNDAY in any way. It was a blessing for our youth and hopefully a blessing for the church! Special thanks to our preachers (Cullan Sherlock and Brooke Seitter) and worship leaders.


All Sunday School classes (including Confirmation) will continue until May 18.


There will be NO Sunday School on May 25.


Summer Sunday School begins on June 1 in the Youth Room. All ages (grades 6-12) meet together through the summer. We will divide into classes in August.

Students will be moving into next year's class in the Fall!

So, if you have a fifth grader, they'll move up to youth Sunday school in August.



EPC Family Prayer Conference

"Coming Together" 


This is an extraordinary opportunity to strengthen your understanding about prayer on Saturday, May 17 from 9am - 12pm. Instruction will be led by three incredibly gifted ministers: Rev. Sam Henderson, Rev. Ben Laughlin, and the Rev. Jan Warren-Taylor. This is a family event, so while the adults and high school students are in one series of talks, the preschool, elementary school, and middle school aged kids will be in separate, age-appropriate classes that will be both educational and fun. Child care will be available for kids under 4 years. A light breakfast snack is also included! To register RSVP to Bob Gilbert at (678-354-6787 or or Julie John (


Christian Education


On Sunday, May 4, our Pre-K/Kindergarten students will be leading the congregation in singing the Doxology during both worship services. These students have been learning about the Doxology as a worship "milestone" in their Christian Life Training curriculum and now they are ready to lead the congregation. Parents of Pre-K/Kindergarten students are requested to RSVP to Hubie Mann in the Christian Education office to let us know which service your child will be attending.




Summer Children's Ministry activities will "kick off" on Wednesday, June 4, with lunch at Chick Fil-A and the annual Kid's Fishing Derby will be on Saturday, June 7, from 9-11am at Frank and Jo Byrd's pond. The complete list of weekly events for June and July will be published in next month's BEACON.


Vacation Bible School - June 23-27

This year's theme is: "Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides" and we only have a few spaces left, so REGISTER TODAY! We also still need more volunteers so if you'd like to be a part of this incredibly fun outreach to the children of our community, please contact Hubie Mann, at




Donations of grocery store gift cards (Costco, Publix, Kroger, Walmart, etc.) are needed to buy snacks for VBS and we're also collecting toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, and empty cereal boxes for  craft projects. These items can be dropped off in the main office or given to Hubie Mann.




VBS volunteer training for all VBS volunteers (including Youth Volunteers) will take place on Sunday, May 18, from 12:30-2:30pm (includes lunch) in the Fellowship Hall. There is another training session scheduled for Sunday, June 1, from 2-3:30pm for those who can't make it on May 18.


Wednesday Night Dinner and Programs

Wednesday, May 14, will be the last night of the Spring semester for Wednesday Night Dinner as well as our children's SLAM program, youth Bible Studies, and adult Christian Life Training classes. All of our Wednesday programs will resume on September 3 for the Fall.


Summer Teachers Needed: We're looking for volunteers to teach children's Sunday school during the summer so that our regular teachers can have some time "off". We provide the curriculum and training; you provide the love and encouragement for our children for several weeks. What a blessing! Contact Hubie Mann to sign-up.








Deacon's Corner


From the Nurture Team

Widow to Widow - Whether you are recently widowed or have been a widow for some time, the Nurture Team is establishing a group for you to share and care with each other.  The first organizational meeting will be held on Saturday, May 31 at 2:00 in the Parlor. We hope that you will come and learn from each other, and help each other understand the journey that you are on. Light refreshments will be provided.  Please contact Jeanne Chesser at or 404-374-2381 if you have any questions.



From the Hospitality Team

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


Music Ministry 


Music Appreciation Party

Our splendid music volunteers will be celebrating our wonderful year of praising God through music at Eastminster Presbyterian Church with a Music Appreciation Potluck Party, Wednesday May 21 at 6PM at Eileen Moremen and Rick Brown's Roswell home. Musicians and volunteers, come and celebrate with us!







Learn to Ring Handbells 

LOOK for an opportunity to learn to ring handbells this summer at EPC!  We will be holding open bell ringing events for those of you that can read music but think that bells would be too challenging. Come try it out! The bell choir is on hand to be mentoring teens and adults to give you a taste of what it is like to ring handbells. Look to these dates as times to play: June 25, July 23, Aug 6 from 6:00-7:00PM in the sanctuary. MARK YOUR CALENDARS, come have some fun!



Mission News


Updates from our partner missionaries:


Eastminster supports dedicated missionaries around the world, who help share the Gospel with people groups who need the saving news of Jesus Christ.  A few updates: 



Darren and Elizabeth Kennedy are both full-time professors at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo. 



Hizkia Soewignjo, Ambassadors for Christ Indonesia, in his latest letter said "Entering the year of 2014, God said this year is the fulfillment of all promises of God, HE will do more beyond every common things, it will happen in many event that men or people could not believe, limited understanding, because God the mighty is Awesome."  Eastminster is honored to support Hizkia as he helps train students, pastors and lay leaders to spread the Gospel among the unreached people groups in Indonesia.


Tim and Debbie Dunn are missionaries in Brazil, where they help empower Christians in leadership through the local mission organization SEPAL (SErving Pastors And Leaders). Tim was recently in India as part of his efforts to expand the influence and success of Business as Mission. Now that he is back in Brazil, he is preparing to conduct a workshop on families in mission. Debbie is well underway in her music/leadership development ministry.



The missionaries we support in China bring the grace of Christ to the Chinese people by supporting underground churches, teaching and grooming new Chinese ministers. For security reasons, their names are withheld.


Women's Ministry  


Craft Circle

Craft Circle will meet Monday, May 12th, 10-1, Room 203/CLC.  We will continue work on pillow cases for ConKerr Cancer, annual hospital gown project and prep for July's "Day of Service".  Bring your sewing machines if you have them, but there'll be a job for everyone!  Any questions, call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).  

Ladies Lunch Bunch

Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet May 15, at 12:00 noon at Marlow's Tavern, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 208. Directions from church: turn left out of parking lot onto Sewell Mill Road and head towards Johnson Ferry Road. Turn right and stay on Johnson Ferry Road until you reach the Johnson Ferry Shopping Center on your right. Turn and go around the right side. Marlow's Tavern will be on left just beyond Kohl's. RSVP to Sandra Allen by May 13, at 770-977-8742 or


Spunky Spirits Circle 

Spunky Spirits Circle will meet on May 8 at 11:00 in the CLC. Our hostess is Nancy Speiser. Carolyn Keappler will give the devotional and Jo Byrd will lead Lesson 7 in our study book. Let's have a big turnout for our last meeting of the year. Please bring a dish to share, your study book, your  Bible and a big smile for everyone. Questions? Call Jan Walls at 770-977-0316 or Glenna Sullivan at 678-925-4929.




Preschool News 


It's hard to believe the school year is coming to a close!  Our four-year-olds graduate on Thursday, May 15, and are well-prepared, both spiritually and academically to hit the ground running in Kindergarten. Our last day of classes is Friday, May 16.  The halls will be quiet over the summer and we'll miss the smiles, giggles, and hugs that make every day so joyful; but, we are also thankful for the time to prepare for our returning, and new, students who will be gracing our halls next year, beginning August 18. We currently have 67 spaces filled in the preschool! A great way to end the year. Please continue to share information about our school with your friends and neighbors over the summer months. We still have a few openings in our 4's classes, one opening in our 3-day 3's class, and a number of openings in our 2-day toddler's classes. Thank you for your prayers and continued support of our mission as we strive to guide these precious children toward a lifelong love of learning and a relationship with Jesus Christ. We appreciate it so very much.



Sewing Machine Needed . . . 


If you have a sewing machine that is "gathering dust" and begging for some action, consider donating it to the Eastminster Craft Circle. We meet monthly to work on mission projects (for local and global) and have the need for more sewing machines. If you have a machine to donate, please contact Lynn Hall (440-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).


Session Meeting Highlights

April 2014 


Session received the following Confirmands as new Covenant Partners: Austin Barner, Jason Brock, Catherine Fowler, Mary Georgia Hamilton, Brianna Laverty, Jack McConnell, Holly Meigs, Blake Mordecai, and Jason Thomas.


Session received Gail Sorrells into Covenant Partnership.


Session approved the annual Fall Festival to be held October 10-11, 2014.


Session approved a Board of Directors for The Journey at KSU. The Board includes Eastminster members Leslie Michael, Bob Gilbert, and Emily Gilbert plus representatives of other area churches that support The Journey as well as a student representative.


The next Stated Session Meeting will be Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 7:30pm in Room 204.


The next ECO Synod Meeting will be held Monday, August 18, 2014, in Dallas Texas.


Respectfully submitted,


Diane L. Brock

Clerk of Session


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






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