MAY 2015 |



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Upcoming Worship


May 3

The Vine: Abide In Me

Dr. McConnell



May 10

The Vine: Love Makes It Grow

Dr. McConnell


May 17

The Vine: Fruits of Friendship

Dr. McConnell


May 24

The Vine: The World's Weeds

Dr. McConnell



May 31

The Vine: Roots to Remember

Dr. McConnell 







1   Ellen Foster

2   Mary Lynne Nielson

2   Emily Keller

2   Mason Doyle

2   Hannah Mayfield

3   Scott Keller

5   Jay Michael

6   Mary Grace Schaap

6   Andrew Barner

6   Zachary Preikszas

7   Katherine Moore

7   Liam Doyle

9   Charlie Waugaman

11  Edna Camp

11  Chuck Oliver

11  Julie John

11  Amanda Horton

15  Katie Parkerson

16  Lucy Gordon

16  Robert Kaleida

16  Jamie Ryder

16  Charles Oliver

16  Viktor Segars

17  Lucian McClendon

17  Senna Delgado

18  Bert Eckerman

18  Darla Erickson

19  Diane Brock

19  Madison Gibbs

19  Charlotte Rood

20  Stan Morris

20  Richelle Sanders

21  Susan Touset

22  Edna Bayless

22  Mark Watson

22  William Daw

22  Katherine Muchukot

22  Evan Reed

23  Tyler Crump

24  Joe Walls

24  Dale Mehlhouse

24  Mark Oviatt

24  Kim Brammer

25  Peggy Tienken

25  Jan Sherman

25  Robert Chesser

25  Jackson Todd

25  Reagan Nagel

26  Jack Keegan

26  Jack Williams

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   Joe & Sandra Mazur

4   Tripp & Jenny Seitter

6   Steve & Beth Hartt

6   Will & Lisa Page

7   Kevin & Sally


10  Randy & Barbara


11  Charles & Karen


12  Joel & Jill Guske

14  David & Luke Carney

16  Chris & Ellen Foster

17  Neil & Lindsey Suber

18  William & Jan  

         Warren-Taylor Ray

20  Mark & Lindsay


20  Andrew & Janice


23  Chuck & Reta Frew

23  Frank & Florence


23  Hubie & Terri Mann

23  Bill & Gail Sorrells

26  Roger & Adrienne


26  Tim & Abigail


27  Mike & Carol Hays

27  Chris & Billie





May 3


Dick & Cathy DuBose

Debbie Taylor



Karen Miller

Stan Beard

Marsha Stemme


May 10


Piet & Ester Strydom

Valerie Mote



Dan & Jo Ann Kiser

Scott & Angie Wessner


May 17


Scott & Michelle 


Joel & Jill Guske



Frank & Jo Byrd

Leslie Michael


May 24


Sara Dilworth

Adrienne Riga

Jay Oliver



Eric & Alison Horton

Tommy Nickles


May 31


Helen Hvizdak

Sharon Melcher



Ellen Parkerson

Gail Sorrells




Wed. Night Meals


May 6

Chicken Pot Pie

Shepherd's Pie

Buttered Carrots

Green Salad

Cobblers and Ice Cream


May 13

Hamburger and Hot Dog Cookout

Assorted Salads & Sides



This is the last Wednesday night meal until August.





If you know of a member of our congregation who will graduate this year, please call 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 17.



Christian Sympathy


is expressed to

Barbara Duda in the loss of her brother;

Clete Simpson and family in the loss of his sister, Edie;

Brenda Tighe and Margaret Phillips in the loss of Kevin Tighe.



Refracting the Light of Christ


The Hubble telescope was a $1.5 billion blunder. The optics were so precise, the slightest error could throw them off. When NASA first placed it in orbit, the images revealed that the primary mirror used to collect light from deep space had been misshapen by an error near to 1/50th the breadth of a human hair . . . and all the images would be useless. But the scientists were able to engineer a fix, and a later spacewalk installed "glasses" for Hubble to correct her vision. Since then the images have been stunning!


How carefully is your heart focused? Does it seem off a hair or two?


Joyfully, we don't have to get our focus precise down to the nanometer! We need only look to the face of Jesus Christ and His light will shine on us.


Do you want to beat back the darkness? Focus on the light. Let the light of Christ be refracted and reflected through your life to shine on those around you with love!


Yours in Christ,



For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6



Happy Church: Pursuing Radical Joy as the People of God

By Tim McConnell


Pastor McConnell has brought a book to print!  He has declared that the profits from this book will go back to the church. The books are available at this link, on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or limited copies are available in the office.



Pianos free to carry!

We have determined that we have one (and maybe two) pianos that we are no longer using. They are free to any who wish to carry them off. Please contact the office.


Youth News


May Calendar

Saturday May 2

     End of Year Picnic, 4:30-6:30 PM at EPC Youth Room

     This is a COMBINED Youth Event!

      Girls bring sides

      Guys bring desserts

      EPC will provide drinks and burgers/hot dogs


Wednesday May 6

       Wednesday Night Bible Study, 5-8 PM at EPC

       Youth Room


Wednesday May 13

       FINAL Wednesday Night Bible Study, 5-8 PM at     

       EPC Youth Room


Thursday May 28

        High School Mystery Trip

        PLEASE RSVP to by      

        Monday, May 18!


Jamaica Mission Trip Meetings

       Wednesday May 27 at 12:30 PM

       Thursday June 11 at 12:30 PM

        Monday June 22 at 12:30 PM


Christian Education


Small Groups Ministry

We believe that meeting regularly with a small group of Christ followers is vital to growing in your faith. That's why we offer many opportunities throughout the week for members of EPC to meet together in small groups for fellowship, caring, and Bible study. So, if you're interested in joining a small group, please contact Hubie Mann ( and we'll help you find the right group for you!



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. Contact Hubie Mann in the Christian Education office to sign-up.



Men's Fishing Derby

Eastminster's 2nd annual Men's Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, May 2nd  from 7am-10am at Frank and Jo Byrd's pond (605 Burke Lake Dr. Marietta, 30064). B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bait) and come join us for some great fellowship and great fishing! 



VBS Donations

Donations of grocery store gift cards (Costco, Publix, Kroger, Walmart, etc.) are needed to buy snacks for VBS and we're also collecting old "used" crayons and cupcake pans for one of our 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 17, from 12:30-2:30pm (includes lunch in the fellowship) and training in room 208. There is another training session scheduled for Sunday, June 7, from 2-3:30pm for those who can't make it on May 17 in room 208.



Wednesday, May 13, 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 August 5 for the Fall.


Welcome our new

Director of Worship and Music

Chris Owenby


Chris Owenby has served several churches in the Atlanta area as director of choirs, bell choirs, children's choirs, music ensembles and praise teams and has taught music theory, composition and voice at Master's Academy and The Harmony House. Chris holds a Master of Music from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Music from LaGrange College.


Mr. Owenby is not only a conductor, but also a celebrated composer of choral music with published works including Could It Be (Emerson Music), O Magnum Mysterium, Our True Savior, and Supernova (Imagine Music Publishing). His compositions have been performed by many groups including the Goliard Ensemble, Northwestern College Choir, Dekalb Choral Guild, and the Columbus, LaGrange, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. His music has received recognition and awards from the College Music Society (2010, 2011, and 2012 Southern Regional), Vox Reflexa's New Millenium Composer's Forum CD Project, and the Dekalb Choral Guild's 2009 Young Composer's Competition.


Chris lives in Acworth with his wife Erin, and two children, Abby and Emma. They enjoy spending time together at the park and making crafts around the kitchen table. They look forward to growing and serving in ministry alongside the members of Eastminster.


Craftsmen's Ministry


Guy's Night Out

This is an opportunity to enjoy some good food and get to know some men here at Eastminster.  When: Tuesday, May 19 at Keegan's in East Cobb at 6:30 pm.  Email Steve Hartt ( for information.


Mission News


Kenya Mission 

The Kenya Mission Team needs your help! We are looking for used laptops, tablets and digital cameras in good working order to take with us in May. Our partners in Kenya have requested these specific electronics and we would love to be able to deliver them! If you can help us, please contact Beth Hartt ( or Abigail McConnell ( Thank you for your support!



Costa Rica Mission Trip 2015

As in previous years, Eastminster will be sending missionaries to Costa Rica with In The Carpenter's Footsteps organization out of Tallahassee, Florida. A number of Presbyterian churches will be joining in this effort, and Cathy and Laura DuBose will be representing Eastminster. In The Carpenter's Footsteps has been engaged in a number of activities in severely impoverished areas of Costa Rica for many years, and Eastminster has supported this project by sending missionaries on repeated occasions.  In The Carpenter's Footsteps serves the local people through (1) building churches in areas where Christians are meeting in tents or other temporary structures due to a lack of funds and manpower, (2) conducting Bible School for up to as many as 100 children, (3) carrying sewing machines and supplies and teaching sewing lessons so that the people in these poverty stricken areas can make clothes for their children and family members since they do not have adequate financial resources to purchase clothes, (4) distributing food to hungry families who live under very dire circumstances, (5) attending to the medical needs of the community by means of a physician who travels with us on these trips, (6) carrying out plumbing and septic tank construction activities in order to improve the sanitary conditions, and (7) focusing on building relationships and foundations of hope in these areas in the name of Jesus Christ. Please remember the missionary team in your prayers. 



Hands of Hope - April 2015 Mission Trip



We have just completed another awesome Mission Trip to West Virginia! The men completely repaired a porch floor with new plywood. The women led another successful Ladies Night Out with 36 women attending and held a Bible Study with games, songs and crafts for the children at the SAFE House. We all were able to distribute over 30 lunches, treat bags and small toys to children in need in the Hollers! The women worked in the Hope Chest helping to switch out winter and summer clothes and we all helped unload over 100 rugs from one of the Hands of Hope trailers!


The Mission Trip and what we do while in West Virginia would not be possible without the support of the EPC congregation! You are a caring, praying and giving congregation. That love, care and prayer goes with us on each trip we make. The Mission Team is so very grateful for all that you do. Your donations filled the trailer!! The food you made and the items you donated for Ladies Night Out filled the women with the joy that comes when you know someone cares about you. Donations to the Diaper Fund continue to allow mothers to care properly for their children.


We thank you so very much for all that you do!


Our next trip is scheduled September 24th through 27th 2015. Some of you have expressed interest in going on the fall trip. We will be asking for commitments for the fall trip at the beginning of August!  


Blessings and love,

The Hands of Hope Mission Team


Women's Ministry  


Spring Luncheon

Join us for our Annual Women's Ministry Spring Lunch on Sunday, May 3rd at 12:30 in the Great Hall. This year our speaker will be our own Reverend Katie Hudson! It will also be a covered dish luncheon. Names beginning with A-F bring salads, G-O bring sides and P-Z bring desserts. The meat and beverages will be provided. Make plans now to join us!



Ladies Lunch Bunch 

Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet May 21, at noon at

Marlow's Tavern, 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Suite. 208. From Church, turn left onto Sewell Mill Road and go to Johnson Ferry Road. Turn right on Johnson Ferry Road until you reach the Merchant's Walk Shopping Center. Turn right into the shopping center, Marlow's Tavern is located behind Kohl's. RSVP to Sandra Allen at  770-977-8742 or by May 19.



Craft Circle
Craft Circle will meet Monday, May 11th, 10-1, Room 203/CLC. We will each make a "surprise" craft to keep. (Supplies will be provided.) Plan to go out to lunch following the craft session. Questions, contact Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).  



Spunky Spirits 

Spunky Spirits will be meeting Thursday May 14th, at 11:00 in the CLC. We will have a Bible study followed by a covered dish lunch. All ladies are invited. Any questions, contact Nancy Speiser (770-642-7229) or Snookie Goldberg (770-971-4539).


Girl Scout Gold Award


Cassandra Scott, daughter of Gordon and Connie Scott, is collecting donations for her Girl Scout Gold Award project. As an Ambassador level Girl Scout in Troop 2446, she is currently working on the highest Girl Scout Award, the Gold Award. Her community Gold Award project  focus is anti-bullying.  She will be presenting this interactive message to students at  several elementary schools in our area including Murdock Elementary. Her presentation will include a follow-along, anti-bullying PowerPoint presentation along with individual packets, a school "Stamp Out Bullying" banner, and hands-on lessons. To further expand her global audience she is launching her own website to impact the future generation's acceptance of one another and their differences. She would greatly appreciate the support of Eastminster Presbyterian Church through member donations in order to achieve the Gold Award. Contributions can be made payable to Girl Scout Troop #2446 as Cassie cannot accept checks made directly to her. They can be collected at church or mailed directly to her home address of 2814 Regents Park Lane, Marietta, GA 30062. Thank you for your support of Cassie!


Preschool News


Eastminster Christian Preschool is happy to announce that we will offer two weeks of Summer Camp this summer for children ages 3 to 5 who are reliably potty-trained.  Join us July 14-16 for Space Camp and/or July 21-23 for Silly Science Camp.  Registration information will be posted on-line soon and brochures are available in the Narthex.


Session Meeting Highlights - 
April 2015


Session welcomed the following Confirmands the covenant partnership of Eastminster Presbyterian Church: Megan Bunch, Andrew Daw, Madison Keller, Parker Morris, Grace Preikszas, and Leah Thomas. Session also welcomed Zach Sneath into the covenant partnership.


Session approved the baptisms of new covenant partners Zach Sneath and Madison Keller, on April 26, 2015, at the 9am service, with Rev. Hudson officiating.


Session acknowledged with sadness the death of Ken Jacquot on March 29, 2015.


Session approved removing Jan and Shauna Milligan from covenant partnership at Eastminster at their request.


Session approved a motion to dedicate the new organ to Rev. Dr. Steve H. Janssen, and to include a dedication plaque on the organ.


Session approved a Search Team of Chris Owenby, Vicky Ryder and two choir members to begin the search for a new organist.


Session accepted with regret the resignation of Financial Administrator Denise Anderson effective May 22, 2015. Session approved the formation of a search team to post the position and hire a replacement.


Session approved a motion to have Avery Feuerbach serve as Summer Intern for Children's & Youth ministry from May 26-August 2, 2015.


Session approved the formation of an Eastminster Advisory Team to support the Dunwoody Church Plant. The Team will work with the Dunwoody Leadership Team.


Session approved the Fall Festival to be held October 9-10, 2015.


The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 7:30pm in Room 204.


A Called Session meeting will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at 4pm in the Library for the purpose of receiving the new covenant partners.


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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