Take Heart and Do Not Fear
Dr. McConnell's Last Sermon
Take Heart and Trust
Rev. Blake Hudson
Take Heart and Find Peace
Mr. Hubie Mann
Take Heart and Love
Dr. Dana Allin, Synod
Take Heart and Be Bold
Rev. Blake Hudson
Memorial Day Weekend
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
7 Hannah Brune
9 Charlie Waugaman
11 Edna Camp
11 Amanda Horton
11 Julie John
11 Chuck Oliver
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
20 Stan Morris
20 Richelle Sanders
21 Susan Touset
21 Katherine Brune
22 Edna Bayless
22 William Daw
22 Katherine Muchukot
22 Evan Reed
22 Mark Watson
23 Tyler Crump
24 Joe Walls
24 Dale Mehlhouse
24 Mark Oviatt
24 Kim Brammer
25 Robert Chesser
25 Reagan Nagel
25 Jan Sherman
25 Peggy Tienken
25 Jackson Todd
25 Colin Wells
26 Jack Williams
27 Ralph Gordon
28 Kim Peery
30 Shirley Byrd
31 Steve Hartt
31 Ella Todd
Ray & Judy
Todd & Ashley
Joe & Sandra Mazur
Tripp & Jenny Seitter
Steve & Beth Hartt
Will & Lisa Page
Kevin & Sally
Charles & Karen
& Jill Guske
& Luke Carney
& Ellen Foster
& Lindsey Suber
William & Jan Ray
Mark & Lindsay
Andrew & Janice
& Reta Frew
& Terri Mann
& Gail Sorrells
Tim & Abigail
& Carol Hays
Dick & Cathy DuBose
Scott & Angie Wessner
Scott & Michelle
Chris & Ellen Foster
Frank & Jo Byrd
Eric & Alison Horton
Lucian & Gina
Thank you for all the cards, facebook
posts, assistance, and support over the past month. We
appreciate the outpouring of love concerning Richard's passing.
Blessings to you all! Jeanette and Elise Gowen
Christian Sympathy is expressed to
. . .
Lynn Shoop and family in the loss of his grandmother,
Edna Bayless and family
in the loss of her brother-in-law, Norris Bayless.
Long ago, sitting outside by myself in the middle of a
field at a Young Life Camp called Oakbridge,
I recognized and declared Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in a
direct and private prayer to God. My life has not been the same
since that moment.
The Gospel was clear. I needed a Savior. A Savior can
shelter you from the eternal consequences of your sins and errors.
A Savior can rescue you from harm. A Savior can keep your soul safe
when the world, those around you, and your own dumb decisions seem
to throw your soul into constant peril. I needed a Savior.
"Lord" was harder. What does it mean to have
a Lord? I submitted my life to Him. I surrendered my future to Him.
I supposed, in my young and idealistic state, that I would search
His Word for guidance on every decision from that day forward. I tried.
But having a Lord is harder than having a Savior. Nevertheless I
have from that day belonged to Jesus. And I belong to Him still.
Over the last five years, there have been many
critical moments. We saw Eastminster reshape the Sunday morning
experience to include strong Christian Education. We added a Deacon
Board to our leadership structure. We moved from a long-standing
denomination into a new movement carrying on the historical faith
and practice. We moved ahead with a change in staff structure to
make room for full time worship and music leadership. In each of
these moments I have been credited with strong leadership. I'm
grateful for that. None of them were easy. But looking back, I
can't help but feel that the real decision had already been made.
As for me, I belonged to Jesus. What we discerned Him calling us to
do, He would help us do. There was no matter of cost. My life
already belonged to Him.
Today is no different. Jesus is at the lead. Jesus is
at the head of our church. Jesus is the Lord of my life and
ministry. Today we say "goodbye" to one another. This is
the shortened version of "God-be-with-ye." God be with
you, with all my heart. But the Head of the Church goes nowhere
today. Jesus leads. Jesus is Savior. Jesus is Lord. You and I, we
belong to Him.
Yours in Christ,
"You therefore, beloved,
knowing this beforehand, take care that you ... grow in the grace
and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of
eternity. Amen." --2 Peter 3:17-18
Eastminster's 3rd annual Men's
Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, May 7th 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!
Saturday, May 21, from 9-11am at Jo and Frank Byrd's pond (635
Burke Lake Rd) in West Cobb. We'll provide the bait (you bring
your fishing pole and tackle box) and there will be prizes for
biggest fish, most fish, etc. Bring your kids for some great
fellowship and great fishing!
This summer's Intern for Children's and Youth Ministry will be Lucas
John who will be serving with us from May 24 - July 31. Lucas
is a recent graduate of The University of North Carolina who grew
up here at EPC and is returning to serve on our staff for the
summer. Lucas will be introduced to the congregation on Sunday, May
29, so when you see him around church (or at one of the Children's
or Youth Ministry events this summer), please introduce yourself
and welcome him back home!
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 (email@example.com)
and we'll help you find the right group for you!
VBS is almost full -- we only have a
few spaces left for Kindergartners! However, we still need more
adult and youth volunteers. If you'd like to be a part of
this incredibly fun outreach to the children of our community,
please contact Hubie Mann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Donations of grocery store gift cards (Costco, Publix,
Kroger, Walmart, etc.) are needed to buy snacks for VBS and they
can be dropped off in the main office or given to Hubie Mann.
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.
Sunday, May 1: Regular Youth
Wednesday, May 4: Wednesday Night Youth
Saturday, May 7: End of Year Cook-out at
Cobb Park, 4-7 PM
Wednesday, May 11: Final Wednesday Night Youth
Sunday, May 15: Senior Dinner (Details TBD)
If you know of a member of our congregation who will
graduate this year, contact Blake Hudson (email@example.com) or 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 15.
Acolyte and Cross Bearer's
Fresh faces are needed to join our Acolyte and Cross
Bearer team in the 11:15 service. If you have a child, 7 years old or
older, who is looking for a way to serve the church once a month,
this job is for them! Contact Meredith Shoop for more information
Attention Ministry Leaders
Need a graphic to promote a church event? Contact
Linda Delbridge (firstname.lastname@example.org)
to fill out a Creative Request Form. Please note all promotions
require staff approval and at least 4 weeks of lead time (prior to
promotion start date).
Eastminster Ringers in Concert -
May 22, 4pm
Join Eastminster's own handbell ensemble in the sanctuary at 4pm on
May 22, for a unique concert experience. The group will
perform music spanning multiple genres and expound upon handbell techniques and other musical devices
throughout the concert. A handbell
"petting zoo" will immediately follow the concert.
You'll have fun executing the vast array of handbell techniques yourself on our wonderful Malmark handbells.
We hope that you'll join us for this wonderful and FREE
Song and Hymn Requests through
June and July
We want to feature your favorites in worship during
the months of June and July. You may e-mail your top three
selections to email@example.com.
We can't promise to present every selection presented to us,
but we will do our very best to accommodate your selections!
Performing Arts Camp
Calling all rising 2nd to 7th grade students!
Join us for Performing Arts Camp at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, June
27-July 1, 9am-1pm each day. Students will produce a musical in
one week! They'll have the opportunity to audition for
speaking roles and music solos, create props, work with sound and
lighting, sing, dance, and much more! Early bird registration
is now open. Those who register prior to May 15 will receive
$10 off of the $85 registration fee. (Sibling discount rate
is $65 per student). Scholarships are available. Make
checks payable to Eastminster Presbyterian Church and include
"Performing Arts Camp" in the memo line. Registration
closes on June 13. Register online at www.epres.org/performingartscamp.
For more information contact Eastminster's
Director of Worship and Music, Chris Owenby.
The pastor transition
process continues to move forward at Eastminster. Please continue
to keep the Session, the staff, and the search teams in your
Here is a
summary of the latest transition plans and activities:
The Session has approved a Transitional (Interim)
Pastor! The Task Force to hire a Transitional (Interim) Pastor
considered multiple applicants including reviewing their statements
of faith, listening to their sermons, and meeting in person when
possible. The Task Force unanimously and enthusiastically
recommended one candidate to the Session. Final contract
negotiations are underway, and Presbytery will soon meet to approve
the candidate as well. We anticipate that this will be completed by
the first week of May, at which time he will be introduced to the
congregation. He is scheduled to begin his time with us in early
The Standing Nominating Team has received a large
number of thoughtful nominations for the PNC from the congregation.
Thank you for your interest and support of this important process!
The Standing Nominating Team has prayed over each name, and is in
the process of creating a PNC slate to present to the congregation
for a vote.
Tim is splitting his time between Eastminster and
First Pres Colorado Springs during the month of May. He will be
with us until May 3. He will also be here for a few days between May 19-31.
Tim's final sermon with us will be May 1, with
a reception to follow at 3pm in the afternoon.
In His Service,
Clerk of Session
Freeman, Administration & Personnel Elder
Administration & Personnel Elder
Volunteers Needed for the Web Team
Do you have a passion
or gift for communication and are comfortable with computers?
The Web Team is looking for volunteers to help keep our website
content current. It's important that our window to the
community is up to date and inviting! We are happy to train
you so don't worry if you don't have experience in that
area. If you have any questions or would like to help, please
contact either Jack Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or Alison
Horton at email@example.com.
Spunky Spirits will meet Thursday, May 12th at 11am in
the Library. This will be our last meeting until
September. We have finished our book, so Jan Walls is planning a
lesson for us. Hope to see you there. Questions, please contact Snookie Goldberg at 770-971-4539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craft Circle will meet for a Spring Lunch at the home
of Lynne B, Monday, May 9th at 12:00pm. Hosted by Lynn H. and
Lynne B. Please plan to join us for good food and fellowship
as we end the year and plan for future projects, "Together in
Service". (rsvp to Lynne B. at email@example.com
Ladies Lunch Bunch
The May Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at Noon at the
Grill, 3605 Sandy Plains Road,
from church: Turn right and go to Piedmont Rd. Turn right and go to
Sandy Plains Rd. Turn right and continue until you reach
intersection of Sandy Plains and Shallowford
Rd. Turn left and take an immediate
right into the Highland
Plaza Shopping Center. Paradise Grill should be straight
ahead. RSVP to Sandra Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org
MUST Summer Lunch Program
The MUST Summer Lunch Program has been sponsored by
MUST Ministries since 1995. During the summer months children who
are eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch delivered to them
by way of school year are also given the opportunity to have a free
lunch delivered to them by way of volunteers. Mondays through
Friday a child receives a sack lunch. Sometimes this is their only
meal of the day. MUST Ministries is proud to have delivered over
254,900 lunches last summer to children in need. They have served
over 1.84 million lunches since 1995.
You can help!
On Tuesday mornings, May 31, June 7 and 14 Eastminster volunteers
will make 500 lunches each day for a total of 1,500 lunches. It
only takes about an hour of your time...everyone can do their part
from Grandparents to kindergarteners! We can also use help when we
are shopping at Costco and delivering the lunches.
We will meet in
the kitchen of the CLC at 9:15 am on the above dates! All you need
to bring is a big smile!
can sign off on service hours if you need them.
If you would
like to help all summer there are opportunities for you at MUST as
lunch bag checkers or drivers. Call us to find out the details!
Questions? Contact Karen Miller email@example.com or 678-522-5267.
The Carpenter's Footsteps
Building Foundations of Hope in Costa Rica
About the ministry:
Carpenter's Footsteps builds churches in impoverished areas by
working side-by-side with local residents and shares the gospel
through activities such as sewing, VBS for children and youth, building
pews, food distribution to the needy, and
adult Bible study. Opportunities are offered for people of all ages
to share their faith, offer their services, perform manual labor
and create relationships with many people in a global setting.
Experienced leaders and Spanish translators guide participants
through all of the activities.
members of Eastminster join In The Carpenter's Footsteps on their
trip to Costa Rica. Most recently work was completed on the Iglesia Casa del Alfarero
Church in Miramar. During the summer of 2016, construction on a
church will begin at a new site. The gospel will be shared through
the interactive building of lasting relationships while engaging in
the above listed activities of your choice, and team members can
rotate between all of the activities if desired.
activities will be successful venues to proclaim the gospel.
Carpenters will continue to build life-long relationships with the
Costa Ricans in the name of Jesus Christ.
us on a future trip to Costa Rica. Plans are being made now for the
late July trip. Visit the Carpenter's website to see photos of past
projects. In John 20:21, Jesus said to His disciples: "As the
Father has sent me, I am sending you."
and Cathy DuBose (firstname.lastname@example.org)
sponsorships are now available at Tumaini
and Huruma through our very own church!
Sponsoring a child is $30/month and helps to pay for food,
clothing, shelter, medical care and school fees for that child.
Mother's Day is just a few days away - a child
sponsorship makes a meaningful gift for Mom that changes the life
of a child. For more information or to look at sponsorship folders,
contact Beth Hartt (email@example.com), Emily Gilbert
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Leanne Chesser (email@example.com) for
more information. Thank you!
"Express Your Faith" Gallery
will host our 2nd annual scripture based Art Gallery. If you are
8-108 and would like to enter your submission, email Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions are due June 12th (1-2 submissions). Information can be
found in the Fellowship Hall on the Art Ministry Bulletin Board.
Thank you for your support this school year. Our
last day of school for students this year is May 19. Classes will
resume on August 15. We are nearly at capacity for the 2016-17
school year again next year. Your
prayers and encouragement are greatly appreciated, as well as your
We are offering a Summer Camp for ages 2 - 6 this July
and registration is now open. Camp will be offered T, W, TH from 9AM-1PM July 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, and
26-28. The registration form is available at www.epres.org/preschool.
We hope to see some Eastminster Presbyterian children
at camp this summer!
Our preschool is also in need of a few more tricycles
in good working condition. If you have one that your child(ren) or
grandchildren have outgrown, the preschool would be happy to take
it off your hands. Thank you!
April Session Meeting Highlights
Session approved the baptisms of Colin and Christian Wells,
children of Matthew and Sarah Wells, on May 1, 2016, at the
11:15am service. Dr. McConnell will officiate.
Session approved a motion to authorize the A&P
elders to finalize negotiations with the top candidate for the
positon of Transitional Minister of Eastminster Presbyterian
Church, pending official approval from Presbytery.
Session approved Rev. Trent McIntyre to serve as
Assistant Pastor for Church Planting at Eastminster. As outlined in
the Hiring Letter, the position is unpaid by Eastminster.
Session approved a love offering to be collected
during the reception for the McConnell family on May 1, 2016.
Session approved a love offering to be collected at
Wednesday Night Dinner for Chef Thor on May 11, 2016.
Session approved the Fall Festival to be held on
October 7-8, 2016.
Session approved reductions in the Wedding Policy
rates charged for administrative fees and the organist. Cleaning
fees will be based on the current Building Use Policy.
The next Presbytery meeting will be held April 29-30,
2016, at First Presbyterian Church of Douglasville.
The next Stated Session meeting will be held on
Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 7:30pm in Room 204.
Diane L. Brock
Clerk of Session
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
email@example.com | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Timothy P. McConnell, Senior Pastor