NOVEMBER 2014  |



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November 2

Wisdom of Solomon: Knowledge

Rev. Hudson



November 9

Wisdom of Solomon: Pleasure

Dr. McConnell

Veteran Sunday


November 16

Wisdom of Solomon: Work

Dr. McConnell


November 23

Wisdom of Solomon: Fear God

Dr. McConnell


November 30

Naming Jesus: Wonderful Counselor

Dr. McConnell 

1st Sunday of Advent







2   Ken Wood

2   Beth Gannon

3   Claire Allen

3   Michelle Watson

5   Tom Stock

5   Cheri Olivier

7   Tommie Carmichael

7   Elinor Hudson

7   Joanna Hudson

8   Anne Schatz

8   Tim Brammer

9   Frank Koskee

9   Mark Shreiner

9   Lane Henderson

9   Andrew Persaud

9   Maya Persaud

10  Lucy Nanda

10  Judy Westerlage

10  Barbara Tahsler

10  Val Oviatt

11  Julia Gallagher

12  Peggy Ulrich

12  Drew Scholtens

12  Mary Willard

12  Olivia Carney

13  Allison Scholtens

13  Fisher Jackson

14  Alex Ball

15  Hart Phinney

15  Fritz Brewer

15  Peter McConnell

16  Gerri Wiley

16  Anabella Brand

17  Harry Anton

17  Walt Bentley

17  Ron Harlow

17  Lindsay McDaniel

18  Nancy Speiser

18  Jill Guske

19  Ellen Beard

19  Rachel Graziose

19  Jim Fowler

20  Pat Bynum

21  Dan Waters

21  Lindsay Ray

22  Jennie Adams

22  Christopher Arcuragi

22  Cooper Foster

23  James Mayfield

23  Elise Gowen

24  Janice Weaver

25  Patti Cosson

25  Tyler Gruber

25  Sage Holland

26  Trenton Madson

27  Gordon Carswell

27  Rick Waugaman

27  Michelle Dembski

27  Aidan Sherlock

27  Lily Atalla

28  Georgia Bentley

28  Karen Jones

29  Danielle Edwards

29  Kayleigh Rizk

30  Kedrick Daw

30  Kali Ramsey

30  Meagan Will

30  James Shoop

30  Marley Jackson


Happy Anniversary


3    Chris & Ruth Kenyon

4    Mike & Cheryl


6    Don & Susan


9    Bobby & Vicky Ryder

10  Karl & Susan Touset

17   Harry & Bonnie 


17   Steven & Beth


18   Troy & Annette


18   Greg & Jessica


21   Fritz & Lisa Brewer

21   Chris & Aimee


23   Joe & Jan Walls

25   Phil & Lena


27   Larry & B. J. Baskin

29   Walt & Georgia


29   Jim & Ann Streible

30   Robert & Jeanne


30   Jeff & Courtney


30   Tom & Katherine


30   Larry & Sallie






Wed. Night Meals


Adults and teens $8.00

Seniors $7.00

Families $22.00

Children $5 (Elementary School)

Pre-school and below are free


Nov. 5

Roast Beef

Chicken & Rice Casserole

Mashed Potatoes


Green Beans


Green Salad



Nov. 12

Roast Pork

Fried Chicken

Hash Brown Casserole

Lima Beans


Broccoli-Raisin Salad

Ceasar Salad


Nov. 19



Spaghetti with & without 

     Meat Sauce

Pasta Con Broccoli

Italian Salad


Nov. 26

No Dinner due to Thanksgiving 



We will have peanut butter and jelly available for those children who don't care for the selections. 





Nov. 2


Dick & Cathy DuBose

Debbie Taylor



Jim & Debbie Bussart

Ray & Judy Westerlage



Nov. 9


Piet & Ester Strydom

Valerie Mote



Dan & Jo Ann Kiser

Scott & Angie Wessner


Nov. 16


Scott &Michelle

 Leslie Michael



Frank & Jo Byrd

Joel & Jill Guske


Nov. 23


Sara Dilworth

Adrienne Riga

Jay Olivier


Eric & Alison Horton

Tommy Nickles

Nov. 30


Helen Hvizdak

Sharon Melcher


Ellen Parkerson

Gail Sorrells


Christian Sympathy


Jason Barker and family in the loss of his grandfather, Claude D'Amour.









Give Thanks 


...for Trials? 


Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. -James 1:2-3


It's Thanksgiving time. That time of year when we cultivate our spirit of gratitude. How we have been blessed this year! Pause to count and recognize your blessings, and let the spirit of gratitude draw you nearer to the One Who Blesses. But can we even give thanks for trials?


James says to count it all joy when we meet trials. Why? Because the trial only means God sees you worthy of testing and purifying. I saw a young lady with a T-Shirt the other day: "Without pressure there would be no diamonds." But it sure is hard to give thanks in the middle of a struggle, isn't it?


There are a few things to remember about trials that make them easier to endure. Trials are temporary; they begin and then they end. They do not go on forever. Trials are necessary for growth. Trials are mentally distressing, and it can be hard to think straight in the middle of them. Trials are diverse-they emerge from surprising corners, and are not always what you expect. Trials refine us, deepening and proving our faith, producing greater trust in God and burning away any confidences or attachments other than Him. Trials are for our benefit.


Count your blessings. Give thanks for the easy and joyful things. Then give thanks for your trials and struggles. Jesus is often closer in them.


Yours in Christ,



Healing and Wholeness Service   


Rev. Jan Warren-Taylor Ray will lead us in a Service for Healing and Wholeness on November 9, 2014, at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Come for an evening to worship and pray for the healing the Lord brings. Pastors and elders will be available to pray with you during and after the service. You may be seeking your own healing or willing to spend time praying for the healing and well-being of a friend or neighbor. Music will be blended in style.


Youth November Calendar   



Sunday 2: Youth Group

Tuesday 4: Voter Free Day, 3 - 4:30 PM in Youth Room

Wednesday 5: Wednesday Night Fellowship (5-7 PM) and Bible Study (7 PM)


Sunday 9: Youth Group

Wednesday 12: Wednesday Night Fellowship (5-7 PM) and Bible Study (7 PM)


Sunday 16: Youth Summer Trips Fundraiser, 5 - 7 PM

      All youth should be at the church by 2:00 PM to help 

      set up, cook dinner, etc!

      All youth should also stay until we are completely

      cleaned up (no later than 8:30 PM)

Wednesday 19: Wednesday Night Fellowship (5-7 PM) and Bible Study (7 PM)


Sunday 23: Youth Group

Wednesday 26: NO Wednesday Night Activities


Sunday 30: NO Youth Group



Wednesday 3: Wednesday Night Fellowship (5-7 PM) and Bible Study (7 PM)


Sunday 7: Youth Group (Reindeer Games)

Wednesday 10: Wednesday Night Fellowship (5-7 PM) and Bible Study (7 PM)


Wednesday 17: Youth Christmas Movie Night! Regular fellowship at 5 PM, dinner at 6 PM, and movie begins at 6:30 PM!


Friday 19: Youth Christmas Parties!

If you are interested in hosting a Christmas party, please let Rev. Hudson know at




Sign-ups are now open for the youth mission trip to Jamaica!

        High school students ONLY!

        $100 deposit due by Sunday, November 16!




The Youth of Eastminster Presbyterian Church cordially and enthusiastically present an evening of shared memories and stories from past summer trips! Paired with a spaghetti dinner (spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and dessert), the youth will serve your meal and explain why mission trips and summer conferences mean so much to their growing faith. In addition, the youth will share why they need the church's support as they raise funds for next year's summer trips, which include one week of local mission, two youth conferences and an international mission trip to Jamaica. All families and ages are invited; childcare will be provided. No cost for dinner but we will take up a freewill offering on behalf of our youth for their 2015 Summer Trips! If possible, please RSVP to Rev. Hudson at


Christian Education


It's not too late to join a Small Group!

The "Imagine" sermon series has just completed and all of our small groups are starting new Bible studies this month, so NOW is a great time to "jump in" to a Small Group. For more information or to sign-up, contact Hubie Mann (


Wednesday Night Meal - November 26 

On Wednesday, Nov. 26, all of the usual Wednesday evening programs (Wednesday night dinner, Children's SLAM program, Youth Bible studies, Adult classes, choir practice, etc.) will not meet because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant is coming!Rehearsals will be on Sunday afternoons on December 7, 14, and 21 so parents please mark your calendars now.  In addition to the usual roles for our middle school, high school, and elementary students, our Pre-K4/Kindergarten students will have the opportunity to participate as well!  Contact Hubie Mann ( to sign-up your kids to participate.


Preschool News


Scholastic Book Fair

The Eastminster Christian Preschool Scholastic Book Fair is almost here!  Please visit us in the Library November 10 - 13 for great gifts for all the wonderful children in your lives.  Books are also a great idea as gifts for charitable organizations that serve children.  The book fair will be open from 9:15 to 9:45am, 12:45 to 1:15pm and during Wednesday night dinner on November 12.  You may also purchase on-line for children of all ages (Click Here).  Remember, everything you buy from ECP's book fair helps earn more books for our preschool! 


Breakfast with Santa 

Save the Date! Breakfast with Santa returns on Saturday, December 6, at 9am.  You don't want to miss this fantastic event featuring delicious pancakes prepared by Eastminster's own Craftsmen and served by the preschool Board of Directors.  Santa will also be available to accept your Christmas wish list.  Tickets will be available soon! 


Kroger Community Rewards Program
 Eastminster Christian Preschool is now a Kroger Community Rewards Program partner!  To link your Kroger card to the preschool, earning us donations for our preschool activities and programs, just go to:  Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy when you go on-line.  If you do not have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger store.  Once on-line, click SIGN UP TODAY in the 'New Customer?' box.  After you've completed your registration, you can enter 81817 for Eastminster or find us on the list of organizations to link to your account.  Every time you shop, the preschool will earn a percentage of your total shopping bill.  Happy Krogering!


Old Time Family Christmas!


December 13, 2014

6:00 P.M.

Fun time for all with lots of surprises

Members and guests of all ages are welcome

Dinner catered by Chef Jeff

Tickets:  $12.00 Adults      $5.00 Children 

(maximum of $30.00 per family)

More information to come, but for now please



Deacon's Corner


The Nurture Team, along with Ester Strydom, is looking to start a prayer shawl ministry. The idea is to get together once a month and knit or crochet prayer shawls together, and pray over them. Finished prayer shawls will be distributed to members in long term care, in the hospital, and going through treatments. If you are interested in joining in this ministry, please contact Beth Hartt,, with your availability (weekdays, weeknights, or Saturdays?).


Mission News


Operation Christmas Child

Shoebox collection for Operation Christmas Child is underway! Prayerfully pack these shoeboxes to share the love of Jesus with children around the world. Our goal for this year is 350 shoeboxes - we can do it! Brochures with complete instructions are located in the Alcove near the Sanctuary or in the CLC lobby. Help yourself to some of the pre-made boxes at the tables, or use your own shoebox or a reusable plastic storage box. Visit for more information and important dates. For great tips on packing a shoe box, click here. You may drop off filled boxes in Fellowship Hall until November 16th. 


Want to help behind the scenes of OCC? Volunteer at the OCC Processing Site! Join us for a night of working, praying and fellowship as we help process shoeboxes before they get shipped out all over the world. There are two dates to choose from - Monday, December 1st from 6 - 10 p.m., and Tuesday, December 2nd from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Space is limited, so sign up now at



Thornwell Home for Children

Thornwell has been around since 1875 when it was founded as a Presbyterian ministry. They provide loving Christian homes for abused, abandoned and neglected children. They provide complete care, from physical health, to mental health to education to ensure that the children can have a happy and fulfilled life. Eastminster support them with an annual contribution. For more details about Thornwell, (click here).


Kenya Chili Cook-Off

Start perfecting your chili! The Kenya Mission Team invites you to the 2nd Annual Kenya Chili Cook-off!  Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 25th at 6pm to taste some amazing chili and see if anyone can beat Terri Mann this year!  This will be an evening full of food, fellowship, and an exciting chance to support the mission team's work in Kenya next summer. All proceeds will go directly to projects at Tumaini, Huruma and Kenya Connection Children's Homes.  We need chili contestants!  If you are interested in entering, please contact Leanne Chesser at or 404-697-6924.


Women's Ministry  


Sonflower Sisters

Attention moms of elementary-age daughters - the next Sonflower Sisters meeting is Friday, November 7th. We are going to 7 Bridges to make sandwiches for their street mission. Bring a picnic dinner to the CLC parking lot at 5:45 so we can carpool together. We'll leave church around 6:15. If you'd like to meet us down there, we plan to arrive at 7:00. The address is 2840 Plant Atkinson Road SE, Smyrna 30080. We'd also like to take them some items they need, so please pick up Lysol spray or wipes, cold/sinus medicine for adults or children, or diapers if you can. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Hartt at



Craft Circle 

Craft Circle will meet Monday, November 10th, 10-1, Room 203/CLC.  We will continue working on 50 bookbags/backpacks for the Kenya mission.  Sewing machines, scissors and willing hands needed.  There'll be a job for everyone.  Any questions, contact Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).  


Lunch Bunch 

Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet Nov. 20th at 12:00 Noon at Cherokee Cattle Co., 2710 Canton Road, Marietta. Directions from the church: Take Sewell Mill Road to

Piedmont Road. Turn right and stay on Piedmont Road until you reach Canton Road. Turn left, go slowly, as Cherokee Cattle  Company is on your left. Advise Sandra

Allen by Nov. 19th at or 770-977-8742. 


Thanksgiving Bake Sale
It's that time again, our annual Women's Ministry Thanksgiving Bake Sale is right around the corner. So men, women and youth put on your aprons and start baking!  We had such an awesome year last year and hope to even do better this year. We'll be accepting all goodies in the Fellowship Hall from 11AM - 2 PM on Saturday, November 22. Attach your recipes to them, if you wish.  On Sunday, November 23rd our Harvest Sale will take place before, during and after both church services. The money collected goes directly to the Women Ministry, so help us make this event a huge success!  Any questions, please contact Kathy Schuette: 404-310-3761 ( or Vicky Ryder: 404-353-7094 (


Thanksgiving Baskets

The Center for Family Resources and the Cobb County Department of Family and Children's Services join together each year to distribute Thanksgiving Food Baskets to Cobb County's low income citizens. They rely entirely on donations from organizations and churches. Please join us in making this important program a success.

Here's how you can help:

        Pick up a list of the needed items from the alcove or CLC.

        Return the food to the alcove or CLC by Sunday, November 16th.

        Donate money for the purchase of turkeys and other perishable items. You can do this by placing a check payable to Eastminster, marked "turkeys" in the offering plate by Sunday, November 9th.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Sylvian Williams at 770.973.9799 or Jeanette Gowen at or 770.587.1398.


Advent Devotional 2014


The Advent Devotional will be available on the first day of Advent, November 30. Please plan to pick up your copy at either church service. If you would like your copy mailed, please let the office know as soon as possible.


Session Meeting Highlights

October 2014 


Session approved the budget for 2015. It will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation.


Session approved having Piet & Ester Strydom represent Eastminster at the "Connecting Mission Leaders" Conference on October 15-19, 2014, in San Antonio, TX.


As a member of ECO, Eastminster participates in a Ministry Accountability Group (MAG). The first MAG meeting will be held November 8, 2014, from 10am-2pm at Eastminster.


The next Presbytery Meeting will be November 21-22, 2014, at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington, SC.


The next Stated Session Meeting will be Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.


Respectfully submitted,


Diane L. Brock

Clerk of Session


Poinsettia Dedication


We are accepting dedications for poinsettias to be placed in both the Sanctuary and the Great Hall this Christmas season. The cost of the poinsettias is $8 per plant. Please fill out the form below. The deadline is December 7.


Total # Plants _________________


In loving memory of _____________________________




In honor of ____________________________________




____ Presented to Eastminster Presbyterian Church


Name of Donor ________________________________


Amount Enclosed ______________________________


Please return to Eastminster Presbyterian Church

3125 Sewell Mill Road, Marietta, GA  30062


Golden Girls


The EPC Golden Girls, a Deacon ministry, is a newly-formed social club for widows and single mature ladies in our church family. There are many fun outings planned, so watch the church bulletin and check your email for up-to-date information on the latest events!


We had a fun time at our planning meeting. Thank you so much Martha Powers for bringing the delicious finger sandwiches. Thank you also to Sally Tinsley for bringing us chocolate chip cookies and paper products. Joyce O'Brien provided some beverages as well. Barbara and Pat - we'll use your goodies the next time!


So here are the upcoming events on our calendar:


Monday 11/03/14 - Woodstock Outlet Shopping - meet at the church at 10:30 if you want to carpool or at the outlet at 11:00 at Crabtree and Evelyn which is E507 on the map.  It is centrally located so that no matter where you park we should be able to find each other.  Plan to have lunch around 12:30 at Taqueria Tsunami.  Here is the website for the Outlet Mall -


Thursday 11/13/14 - Brixx Wood Fired Pizza at 12:15 for lunch, then Chico's for a mini fashion "show" and shopping.


Thursday 12/4/14 - Paper Mill Grille for lunch at 11:30 - hopefully the finance guy will be able to come that day as well. (Joyce, don't forget to contact him.)


Saturday 12/20/14 - Bradley's Bar and Grill for lunch at 12:30 - here is the website address for menu and location -


Saturday 01/03/15 - 11:00 in the CLC for a Retirement Party for Martha Powers and a planning meeting.

     (Let me know what you can bring or contribute to the party - Martha you are NOT allowed to reply for this one!)


Please feel free to bring a guest to any event.  Also, let me know if I need to add anyone to the email list. If you have questions, please contact Jeanne Chesser at or 404-374-2381.


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






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