World Communion Sunday
Rev. Dr. Sasan Tavassoli
"Just Like the Book of Acts"
"Imagine: Eastminster 2020"
Dr. Tom Boone
Mr. Hubie Mann
Dr. Tom Boone
"Outside the Lines"
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
Cary & Darla Erickson
Mark & Leigh Moyer
Lee & Jennifer Kizer
Lynn & Meredith
Paul & Andrea Jones
19 Clete & Judy Simpson
21 David &
26 Keith &
29 Eric &
Jim & Debbie Bussart
Frank & Jo Byrd
Don & Joan Malcolm
Tom & Kathy Schuette
Bob & Jane Douglas
Dave & Chris Wallace
Dan & Jo Ann Kiser
Steve & Debbie Moore
Sermon Series Preview
IMAGINE: EASTMINSTER 2020
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.
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
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
Grace and Peace
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions or need
Youth Calendar: October
Sunday, October 2: Youth Group
Sunday, October 9: Youth Group
Sunday, October 16: The Color Games, 4:00-6:30 PM
Truck Cost $15/student
Saturday, October 22: Fall Festival, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Sunday, October 23: Youth Group
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
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 www.leafandloaf.com. 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
"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 -
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 (email@example.com or 770-401-8854) or Phil McClendon
(firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.epres.org/shoebox.
For great tips on packing a shoe box, go to http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box.
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 epres.org on September 1. You can
also contact: Val Mote (firstname.lastname@example.org),Norm Baur (email@example.com),
Phil McClendon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Doug Nielson(email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://www.epres.org/bs_signups/ or contact Sylvian Williams at email@example.com / 770.973.9799 to sign up.
All bake sale proceeds are donated to missions.
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
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, or to make
sure you are on the email list!
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 email@example.com. Don't forget your dish to share as we have lunch following our
meeting. Newcomers are welcome.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Return the food to the alcove or CLC by Sunday,
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com.
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
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
For more race and sponsorship information, visit http://www.kenyarun5k.com/.
You can also contact Beth Hartt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Emily Gilbert (email@example.com) for more
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 MLNIELSON925@msn.com for more information.
September Session Meeting
Session acknowledged with sadness the death of Member Pat
Bynum on September 8, 2016. The memorial service was held September
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
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
Diane L. Brock
Clerk of Session
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.epres.org
3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Dr. Thomas Boone, Transitional Pastor