May 2016 |



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May 1

Take Heart and Do Not Fear

Dr. McConnell's Last Sermon



May 8

Take Heart and Trust

Rev. Blake Hudson

Mother's Day


May 15

Take Heart and Find Peace

Mr. Hubie Mann



May 22

Take Heart and Love

Dr. Dana Allin, Synod Executive, ECO


May 29

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


Happy Anniversary


1   Ray & Judy


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 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


31  Sean & Pam








May 1


Dick & Cathy DuBose

Debbie Taylor



Karen Miller

Marsha Stemme

Tommy Nickles


May 8


Ester Strydom



Ellen Parkerson

Scott & Angie Wessner


May 15


Scott & Michelle


Chris & Ellen Foster



Frank & Jo Byrd

Leslie Michael


May 22


Sara Dilworth

Adrienne Riga



Eric & Alison Horton

Stan Beard 


May 29


Susan Welborn



Lucian & Gina


Gail Sorrells




May 1


Susan Welborn

Cheryl Spring



Julia Gallagher

Mike Moran

Mike Adams

Jennie Adams



May 8


Tom Dilworth

Chris Foster



Candy McNair

David Wallace

Larry McIntire

Janet McIntire



May 15


Steve Hartt

Jack Williams



Carol Banks

Norm Baur

Suzie Baur

Robert Chesser



May 22


Andrew Sain

Will Page



Melinda Freeman

Bob Douglas

Paul Denison

Bill Freeman


May 29


Kevin Youngberg

Teresa Roberts



Ray Westerlage

Judy Westerlage

John Bunch

Janie Bunch


Thank You. . .


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, Edith Shoop.


Edna Bayless  and family in the loss of her brother-in-law, Norris Bayless.






I Belong to Jesus


Savior and Lord


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


Christian Education


Men's Fishing Derby

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! 



Kids' Fishing Derby
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!

Summer Intern
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!


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!



Vacation Bible School

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 ( 



VBS Donations

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.



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.





Sunday, May 1: Regular Youth

Wednesday, May 4: Wednesday Night Youth

Saturday, May 7: End of Year Cook-out at

               East 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 ( 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 Needed!


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 at


Attention Ministry Leaders


Need a graphic to promote a church event? Contact Linda Delbridge ( 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).


Music Ministry


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 event!



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  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  For more information contact Eastminster's Director of Worship and Music, Chris Owenby.


Pastor Transition Update 


The pastor transition process continues to move forward at Eastminster. Please continue to keep the Session, the staff, and the search teams in your prayers.


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 June.


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,


Diane Brock, Clerk of Session

Bill Freeman, Administration & Personnel Elder

Julie John, 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 or Alison Horton at


Women's Ministry 


Spunky Spirits

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


Craft Circle

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 OR 404-234-5063)



Ladies Lunch Bunch

The May Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at Noon at the

Paradise Grill,  3605 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta.

Directions 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 or 770-977-8742.


Mission News


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!


Teenagers-we 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 or 678-522-5267.



In The Carpenter's Footsteps

Building Foundations of Hope in Costa Rica


About the ministry: 

In The 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.


Our partnership: 

Each year 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.



That these activities will be successful venues to proclaim the gospel.

That the Carpenters will continue to build life-long relationships with the Costa Ricans in the name of Jesus Christ.


Get involved

Support: Join 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."


Contact: Dick and Cathy DuBose (



Kenya Child Sponsorship Program

Child 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 (, Emily Gilbert ( or Leanne Chesser ( for more information. Thank you!


"Express Your Faith" Gallery

July 2016


Art Ministry will host our 2nd annual scripture based Art Gallery. If you are 8-108 and would like to enter your submission, email Kelly at Submissions are due June 12th (1-2 submissions). Information can be found in the Fellowship Hall on the Art Ministry Bulletin Board.


Preschool News


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 referrals!


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   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.


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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