October 2016 |



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October 2

World Communion Sunday

Rev. Dr. Sasan Tavassoli

"Just Like the Book of Acts"



October 9

"Imagine: Eastminster 2020"

Romans 8:18-25

Dr. Tom Boone


October 16

Mr. Hubie Mann



October 23

"Mirror, Mirror"

Romans 7:14-25

Dr. Tom Boone


October 30

"Outside the Lines"

Luke 5:27-32

Dr. Tom Boone





1   Sally Brentzel

1   Elliana Baur

2   Larry Rainwater

2   Carlie Brock

2   John Bunch

3   Dan Kiser

3   Bob Gilbert

3   Lauren Moot

3   Sarah Blackwell

4   Mark Moyer

7   Gail Sorrells

7   Norm Baur

7   Brook Seitter

8   Judy Simpson

8   Roger Yates

8   Joey Crock

9   Donald Russell

9   Debbie Taylor

10 Cathy DuBose

11 Judy Parkinson

11 Alana Nigro

12 Michelle Simon

13 Ashley Grady

14 Linda Johnson

14 Kevin Youngberg

14 Kelsey Schornak

15 Hunter Edwards

16 Diane Green

16 Karrie Willard

16 Chuck Frew

17 Mike Mjehovich

17 Warren Ballew

17 Tom Schuette

18 Alice Bell

18 Eddie Capparucci

18 Cindy Moran

18 Jenny Seitter

19 Ian Cross

19 Todd Mordecai

19 Katie Blackwell

19 Mark Brune

20 Helen Hvizdak

20 Jennifer Kizer

20 Lisa Page

20 Lily Cross

21 Chad Ervin

21 John Tienken

21 Wendy Brodrick

22 Joseph Harlow

23 Randy Sherman

23 Jenna Mjehovich

23 Spencer Mjehovich

24 Caroline Bozza

25 Edwin Owino

26 Carter Noland

27 Diane Preus

27 Steve Moore

27 Becky Sammons

27 Davis Griffin

28 Jo Ann Kiser

28 Margaret Meigs

28 Emily Blackwell

29 Tom Moore

29 Noah Tate

30 Peter Moot

31 Thomas Schaap

31 Jet Ballew

31 Patrick Allegood

31 Taylor Driscoll


Happy Anniversary


1   Cary & Darla Erickson

1   Mark & Leigh Moyer

4   Lee & Jennifer Kizer

5   Lynn & Meredith


7   Paul & Andrea Jones

13 Warren & Susan


19 Clete & Judy Simpson

21 David & Lisa


26 Keith & Angela


29 Eric & Alison Horton 




October 2


Jim & Debbie Bussart

Lorelei Rack



October 9


Emily Gilbert

Val Mote



Frank & Jo Byrd

Don & Joan Malcolm



October 16


Tom & Kathy Schuette

Irene Misencik



Bob & Jane Douglas

Dave & Chris Wallace



October 23


Kim Brammer

Rosie Jeffries



Dan & Jo Ann Kiser

Steve & Debbie Moore



October 30


Susan Welborn

Cheryl Spring



Tom Nickles

Leslie Michael




October 2


Julia Gallagher

Mike Moran

Mike Adams

Jennie Adams



October 9


Kedrick Daw

Julie John



Candy McNair

David Wallace

Robert Chesser

Carol Banks



October 16


Tom Schuette

Chris Foster



Larry McIntire

Norm Baur

Suzie Baur

Janet McIntire



October 23


Walt Keller



Melinda Freeman

Bob Douglas

Paul Denison
Bill Freeman




October 30


Vicky Ryder

Bobby Ryder


Ray Westerlage

Judy Westerlage

John Bunch

Janie Bunch











Sermon Series Preview



A new sermon series begins October 9, and the staff is excited about it. We will be exploring a variety of significant questions with which today's churches wrestle. Answering these questions will help to form Eastminster's ministry map toward 2020. Over the next several weeks we will ask the following questions, seeking answers from the Bible, ourselves, and our community.


Why church?

What's keeping people awake in our community?

Will others come to us for more than good BBQ?

Can we cross boundaries in an age of tolerance?

Why is it time to let God shatter our mission paradigm?

What is God leading you to give? No, really.

What is our bottom line?


Following each sermon there will be a guided discussion group on Wednesday night, some small groups will use their time to focus on the discussion material, youth and music ministries will discuss the material, and we will have an online discussion forum. All input will contribute to our ministry map for 2020 so your participation is important. Please come to the opening message of the series on October 9 for more details.



"I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Psalm 16:8


Kim Rhode is an inspiring woman. She has competed and medaled in double-trap and skeet shooting over six separate Olympics. That's 24 years of Olympic competition! I admire sports such as shooting and archery because they require terrific concentration on multiple levels. Not only does one need to know factors like distance-to-target, but one must also be aware of oneself. How steady am I? How am I breathing? Add to this the ability to concentrate through the unpredictable external factors such as the competitive atmosphere, a shift in wind, or a distracting sound in the distance.


Recently, though, certain shooting events have promoted fear more than inspiring anything noble. Last month, we were saddened as violence unfolded in Charlotte, NC while in Tulsa, a police officer killed a black man without justification. These, among several hostile events in recent months, remind us that an evil one remains active in this world and has spread a net of fear. Staying centered on the promise in Psalm 16:8 is not easy, though it is important.


But, how? I believe that Christ has placed us in this place and time for His purpose, and it isn't just to sit back and withdraw in fear. People need a change of heart. There are no easy solutions to this age old philosophical and spiritual quest. We cannot think our way through it or withdraw into a "secure" enclave. This, or any, election won't solve the problem, though this won't stop politicians telling us otherwise. I was glad to hear former NFL Baltimore Raven's player Benjamin Watson put it this way. "Obama can't save us. Mrs. Clinton can't save us. Mr. Trump can't save us. The only one who can change the heart of man is the Lord."


This sounds obvious to us, but not to our community. Only 51% of the people around Eastminster believe there is a God at all. 68% believe that God is active. The challenge couldn't be clearer for us. As the Psalmist writes, let's not be shaken. Let's not allow us or our ministry be diverted by fear. Rather, let's take the Rhodian way and stay focused on what's most important: making disciples. Let's focus on the miraculous ways God shows up and can we practice gratitude. Let's imagine a church that is the beacon of hope not because we are secure, but because we have Jesus.


God be with each of you and fill your hearts with His indescribable peace.


Grace and Peace



World Communion Sunday


On October 2nd, Christians across the globe will join together and celebrate communion in their local churches. Here at Eastminster, we are thrilled to welcome Sasan Tavassoli, an Iranian Christian pastor and author, to both our pulpit and our Christian Life Training hour. His primary outreach focuses on teaching discipleship, theology, and evangelism to Christians still living in Iran via satellite television. Come hear Sasan share his own story, listen to the stories of our brothers and sisters faithfully following Jesus across the Middle East, and end as we worship together in the Sanctuary. Due to the Great Hall floors being refinished, and the opportunity to worship together, we will only have one worship service this morning at 11:15 AM in the sanctuary. Because of the change in worship, all children's, youth, and adult Christian Life Training classes will meet from 10-10:45am. There will just be one combined adult class that will meet in the sanctuary and will be led by Rev. Tavassoli.


Christian Education


Small Groups

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. Contact Hubie Mann ( if you have questions or need additional information.




Youth Calendar: October

Sunday, October 2: Youth Group

Sunday, October 9: Youth Group

Sunday, October 16: The Color Games, 4:00-6:30 PM

        with Food Truck  Cost $15/student

Saturday, October 22: Fall Festival, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Sunday, October 23: Youth Group

Wednesday, October 26: All Students will be helping with the kids fall party! Students are also encouraged to dress up in an appropriate (not scary!) costume.

Sunday, October 30: Youth Group


Wednesday Night Dinner News


We're excited to announce that we have a new chef, Sue Snape! When asked about her vision for the food ministry on Wednesday night, Sue wrote:


"I am very grateful for this opportunity to feed your minds, bellies, and spirits. My food has a way of bringing people together in a very nourishing, comfortable, and nutritious way. Food brings people together to share a meal and it should also keep them returning to share another meal. Over and over again. My hope is that my food will be an opportunity to feed each Eastminster covenant partner - children, youth, and adults - to share in fellowship and then to be fed spiritually with the educational, youth, and music programs offered on Wednesday nights."


Sue is a local to the East Cobb community and knows our tastes very well. You can find more information about her at her website Sue will begin with us on Wednesday, October 5 so please come and welcome her, and of course try out her southern comfort cuisine! The meals are family friendly and a great way to come together in fellowship.


For more information about October's menu please see the information in this Beacon, in your Sunday bulletin, and on Facebook.


Music Ministry


"O come, all ye faithful singers in the choir!" It's hard to believe that seasonal choir rehearsals begin this month! Are you interested in singing in the Christmas concert? Well, come one and all! Join us for the 45 minutes of rehearsal each Wednesday from 7:30-8:15 pm. The Christmas concert is set for Saturday, December 10, 7 - 8:15 pm.


Fall Starting Point Class


If you have been visiting Eastminster and feel led to join with us as covenant partners, we would like to invite you to attend our Fall Starting Points class. In this class we will review (or learn for the first time) what it means to be Presbyterian, you will have the chance to meet the staff and leadership and we will have the opportunity to share a little bit about ourselves with each other. We will meet for three consecutive Sundays (October 9, 16 & 23) at 10:15 - 11:00 in the Parlor. If you have not already notified us of your desire to attend, please call the church office (770-977-2976) or contact Valerie Mote ( or 770-401-8854) or Phil McClendon ( or 770-518-9811). If you have children that do not currently attend a Christian Life Training class during that time, we will be glad to help you locate the appropriate class for them.  


Keyless Entry System


A keyless entry system has been installed in both buildings. This will provide better access as well as better control to our church. Access is available on eight doors. The main door to the office, the portico, rear hall behind the sanctuary, both sides of the front and back breezeways between buildings, and the left front door of the CLC. FOBs are available for those who need building access outside office hours (there is a $10 refundable deposit). The system supports fingerprint access and you may do that as well. Testing showed that some people had great success using fingerprints while others did not have very good success. We are recommending FOBs as the primary method of entry. If you have keys to the church, please make arrangements to drop your exterior key off and pick up a FOB as the locks will be changed in several weeks. Please direct any questions to Jack Williams at


Operation Christmas Child


It's the most wonderful time of the year - time for Operation Christmas Child! Shoebox collection for Operation Christmas Child kicks off on Sunday, October 16th. Prayerfully packing a shoebox is such a simple yet wonderful way to share the love of Christ with needy children all over the world! Operation Christmas Child is a powerful testament to how God can use a shoebox to change the hearts of children and their families.

What do you say, Eastminster, can we pack 400 shoeboxes this year? Of course we can! Brochures with complete instructions will be located in the Alcove near the Sanctuary or in the CLC lobby on October 16th.  Help yourself to some of the pre-made boxes at the tables, or use your own shoebox or a reusable plastic storage box. For more information and important dates visit

For great tips on packing a shoe box, go to Drop off filled boxes in Fellowship Hall until November 13th. Share the love of Jesus this Christmas with children in need!


Fall Festival - Oct. 21 -22


Fall Festival is our yearly open house to the community, a wonderful time of fellowship and fun for kids and adults alike.  Festivities start Friday with the men's famous BBQ (12:00 to 8pm), and continue Saturday (10 am - 4pm). Saturday's festivities feature kids' crafts and games, bouncy houses, dunk tank, pony rides, a petting zoo, cake walk, face-painting, silent auction, bake sale and book sale. There will also be a host of crafters with a wide variety of homemade items ranging from jewelry to flower arrangements to artwork and everything in between. It is a great way to get a head start on Christmas shopping! We have something for everyone. Come out and enjoy the fellowship and fun!  

We need plenty of volunteers to make this great event happen.  Sign up links will be on on September 1.  You can also contact: Val Mote (,Norm Baur (, Phil McClendon ( or Doug Nielson(       


Book Sale

Please drop off any cookbooks or paperback books in the boxes/bins labeled Fall Festival books in the CLC or the alcove. Remember, paperback books only, unless they are cookbooks or children's books. Questions? Contact Jeanette Gowen at 770-587-1398 or


Calling All Bakers!

Pull out your favorite recipes and bring your tastiest creations - we need cookies, cakes, pies, breads, muffins, brownies, cupcakes, and other treats! Drop off baked goods Friday, October 21 between 10 and 4 or on Saturday morning in the Youth Room. Please go to or contact Sylvian Williams at / 770.973.9799 to sign up. All bake sale proceeds are donated to missions.



Calling All Crafters!

If you are planning to have a booth at this year's Fall Festival, you need to get your registration submitted. We will have up to 15 booths available and they will be assigned on a first come, first served basis; with preference to hand crafted items. You can pick up a form at the church office or email Sally Brentzel at


Women's Ministry 


Craft Circle

Craft Circle will meet (CHANGE OF DATE) Monday, October 3rd, room 203/CLC, 10:00-1:00 to continue work on Feminine Hygiene Kits (DfG kits) for Days for Girls International.  There will be work for all willing hands.  Those who can, bring sewing machines (dark colored thread and extra bobbins), others bring your favorite scissors.  Any questions, please call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).




Sonflower Sisters

Calling all elementary-age girls and their moms!  Sonflower Sisters will have our next meeting on October 7, in Room 206 (upstairs in CLC) from 7-8:30 pm.  Please join us as we continue our study of the Fruits of the Spirit with the theme of Patience.  An evite will be sent with details.  Contact Lara Atalla at with questions, or to make sure you are on the email list! 



Spunky Spirits

Spunky Spirits will meet on Thursday, October13 in the church library at 10:45. We are studying "Worshiping God with our Lives". This month we will be covering Chapter 2. We will be exploring the ways in which we can bring glory to God in all we say and do. If anyone still needs a book, contact Marsha Stemme at Don't forget your dish to  share as we have lunch following our meeting. Newcomers are welcome.


Lunch Bunch

The October Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet at noon October 20th at Ted's Montana Grill, 640 Johnson Ferry Road. From the church: Take Sewell Mill to Johnson Ferry Road. Turn right and continue until you reach Lower Roswell Road. After you cross Lower Roswell, Ted's will be on the front side of Parkaire Mall facing Johnson Ferry Road. RSVP to Sandra Allen at 770-977-8742 or


Mission News


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 in a program called Thanks For Giving. 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 13th.


Donate money for the purchase of turkeys and other perishable items. You can do this by placing a check payable to Eastminster Presbyterian Church, marked "turkeys" in the offering plate by Sunday, November 6th.


Help sort food on Sunday afternoon, November 13th.

Help deliver the food to Jim R. Miller Park on Nov. 16 or 17 between 9:30 - 4:30.


For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jeanette Gowen at or 770-587-1398.


Providing Dinners for MUST

Hello Small Groups! The Mission Team at Eastminster provides dinners for MUST on the 9th of each month. The food is ready for pick-up at 6pm from the Publix deli on the corner of Delk Road and Powers Ferry Road. We will provide you with a detailed map to get to the MUST location. Serving the food takes approximately 30 minutes (6:45 to 7:15). No cooking involved and no clean-up! Please talk with your small group about serving. Call me for further details and to sign-up for the 9th of the month of your choice. Contact Patti Cosson at 770-953-1895 or



Join Missions and The Art Ministry-

Soles4Souls Shoe Drive

Since 2006 Soles4Souls has collected and distributed 26 million pairs of shoes to those in need in 127 countries around the world and all 50 states in the U.S.

See the Art Ministry bulletin board for more information about the shoe drive or email

epcartministry@yahoo. com.


2017 Haiti Medical Mission

First Presbyterian, Douglasville is planning a trip from Saturday, March 11th - Saturday, March 18th. This is a 5-day clinic (Sunday is a Sabbath day in Haiti). The trip is primarily for medical personnel: MD, DO, DMD, NP, PA, RN, PT, but there are spots for non-medical personnel. If you are interested in going, contact Rev. Andrew Dickinson for more information: 770-942-0710 or


Ken 'Ya Run 5K

Have you registered for the Ken 'Ya Run 5K yet? Join us Saturday, November 19th at Still Family Farm for a great trail race for a great cause! All proceeds from the race will benefit Kenya Connection Kids, specifically going toward construction of the technical school.


The race still needs sponsors and time is running out! Can you help? Do you own a company or have influence where you work? We'd love to talk to you about race sponsorship! There are sponsorship levels for every budget and it's a great way to advertise any business! The deadline for sponsorship is October 17th.


For more race and sponsorship information, visit You can also contact Beth Hartt ( or Emily Gilbert ( for more information.




Out of Darkness

They seeks to rescue and restore victims of Sex Trafficking in Atlanta. It's Princess Night outreach helps build relationships with these women by going to areas of street prostitution and offering roses, prayer, and handmade cards of encouragement and scripture. EPC has the opportunity to participate on Friday nights at 7pm on October 28 and December 23.  The registration deadline for October is Friday, October 7th.  Contact Mary Lynne Nielson for more information.


September Session Meeting Highlights


Session acknowledged with sadness the death of Member Pat Bynum on September 8, 2016. The memorial service was held September 16, 2016.


Session approved Rev. Sassan Tavaossoli, an Iranian Christian pastor and author, to be the guest preacher for World Communion Sunday on October 2, 2016, at the 11:15am service.


Session approved Rev. Jim Truesdell, a PCUSA pastor from Birmingham, to be the guest preacher for Consecration Sunday on November 13, 2016, at both services.


Session approved a gift to the Dunwoody Presbyterian church plant of $5,000 to be given in 2016. Other sources of revenue for Dunwoody include individual ministry partners and the Dunwoody group's tithes and offerings.


Session approved a target range for total compensation for the Senior Pastor position.


Session approved a motion to host the Spring 2017 Presbytery meeting.


The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 7pm in Room 204.


The next Presbytery meeting will be held on October 7-8, 2016, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, SC


Respectfully submitted,


Diane L. Brock

Clerk of Session


Eastminster Presbyterian Church |
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Thomas Boone, Transitional Pastor








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