We hope you find the contents of our October Beacon informative and exciting! There's so much going on in the Body of Christ..







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Warren Ballew
Tara Stringer Baun
Norm Baur
Alice Bell
Sarah Brentzel
Carlie Nigro Brock
Wendy Brodrick
John Bunch
Eddie Capparucci
Clinton Barrett Collins
Joseph Richard Crock
Ian Cross
Lily Cross
Cathy DuBose
Hunter Edwards
Charles E. Ervin III
Charles E. Frew
Robert Gilbert
Diane Green
Linda Johnson 
Dan Kiser
Jo Ann Kiser
Jennifer G. Kizer
Margaret Meigs
Jenna Mjehovich
Mike Mjehovich
Spencer Mjehovich
John Thomas Moore
Stephen Moore
Cindy Moran
William Todd Mordecai
Mark Thomas Moyer
Alana Nigro
Carter Noland
Tony Nunez
Edwin Owino
Lisa Page
Judy Parkinson
Diane Preus
Donald D. Russell
Becky Sammons
Kelsey Wolfram Schornak
Tom Schuette
Brooke Seitter
Jenny Seitter
Randy Sherman
Michelle Lynn Simon
Judy Simpson
Gail Sorrells
Debbie Taylor
Karrie Willard
Roger Yates
Kevin Youngberg




October 1


Tom Dilworth

Sara Dilworth



Julia Gallagher

Steve Moore

Mike Adams

Jennie Adams

October 8


Vicky Ryder

Kim Brammer



Joe Walls

David Wallace

Robert Chesser

Carol Banks


October 15


Kathy Schuette

Tom Schuette



John Bunch

Norm Baur

Suzie Baur

David Wallace


October 22


Amy Allen

Jack Williams



Melinda Freeman

Bob Douglas

Paul Denison

Bill Freeman


October 29

Combined Service

Ray Westerlage

Judy Westerlage

John Bunch

Janie Bunch





October 1
Leigh Sain
Sharon Melcher

Jim Bussart
Debbie Bussart
Lorelei Rack

October 8
Emily Gilbert
Val Mote

Frank Byrd
Jo Byrd
Don Malcolm
Joan Malcolm

October 15
Kathy Schuette
Tom Schuette
Irene Misencik

Scott Wessner
Angie Wessner
Dave Wallace
Chris Wallace

October 22
Kim Brammer
Rosie Jeffries

Dan Kiser
Jo Ann Kiser
Steve Moore
Debbie Moore

October 29
Combined Service
Susan Welborn
Cheryl Spring
Tom Nickles
Leslie Michael


Wednesday Night Supper




Baked Ham

Baked Chicken

Mashed Potatoes (with toppings to load it up)

Green Bean Casserole

Rolls & Butter

Cookies & Ice Cream


October 11: Chili Bar

Beef Chili

Black Beans

Shredded Cheese

Green Onions

Sour Cream


Corn Chips

Shredded Lettuce

Orange Sherbet


October 18 


Beef Stew

Peas and Carrots


Green Salad

Cherry Cobbler


October 25: Halloween Night


Chicken Tenders

Tater Tots

Baby Carrots & Ranch Dressing



Chicken Parmagiana

Caesar Salad

Garlic Bread Sticks

Assorted Cookies







From Pastor Aaron . . .



Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11



       The best literary example of a breakdown in stewardship I ever read was in the story of the Lord of the Rings. The story is a trilogy of books. In the final book, The Return of the King, we're introduced to the steward of the kingdom of Gondor. The rightful bloodline of the king is all but extinguished while several generations of another family have served as 'steward' of the kingdom until the rightful heir reclaims his throne. But the steward has grown comfortable and enjoys the life of the throne- even though it is not his. When news comes that the heir is on the move toward the kingdom, the steward, rather than rejoicing in the final return of the rightful king, seeks to consolidate power to make sure he never gets to rule.


       This sorrowful episode is indicative of many in this world. The worldly narrative is eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die, but the reality is that our very lives are a gift from the giver of life. There is nothing that we have that isn't a gift from God Our mind, our thoughts, our intellect would never have existed if God had not seen fit to form us in our mother's womb. We are stewards of our time, our gifts, and our resources, and we should be careful not to grow comfortably stagnant or out of balance in this role. How are we managing?


       I speak often about God's gifts to His people for a couple of reasons. First, God affirms us as His children by the spiritual gifts He gives us. To some he gives the gift of speaking, to some hospitality, to some healing, to some prayer...we are blessed by our Father because he cares for us and desires for us to walk in His gifts and His Spirit. Second, we need to be reminded that the gifts we are given are not ultimately for us. This is the wisdom with which our God works. He pours out His Spirit upon us so that His Spirit can work through us. We, and our gifts, become vessels through which God does His work in the world. The blessing is the awesome and humbling experience of being the hands and feet of our Lord as we give back a portion of what He has given to us for the benefit of His Kingdom.


       There will come a day when the King will return or call us home and we will stand before Him to give an account of our stewardship of the gifts and resources God has given to us. As pastor of Eastminster I don't want that day to sneak up on any of us. We should all periodically bring our whole selves before the Lord to ask how we can more faithfully and consistently be used for the Kingdom of God. As we enter our stewardship season at EPC, won't you join me in prayer for what God is asking of all of us? He is the giver of every good gift, we are stewards of everything He gives.


Grace and Peace,


Pastor Aaron




Fall Festival


Eastminster Presbyterian Church is having its 21st Annual Fall Festival from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, October 14th, rain or shine!   Besides our great BBQ, there is plenty of fun for everyone!  We have pony rides, kids crafts, bouncy castles, petting zoo, face painting, mini golf, book sale, crafters, silent auction, bake sale (goodies made by the wonderful bakers of Eastminster!) and of course, BBQ, pork, ribs, chicken, hot dogs and all the fixin's!  Popcorn and cotton candy as well.  New this year a Dunk Tank !  So come and join the 1,000 folks that came last year and enjoy a fun filled family day!  All proceeds go to support the local Eastminster missions!  We are located at 3125 Sewell Mill road (corner of Old Canton Road) in Marietta.  For more info, go to www.epres.org.   Free admission with four non-perishable items per person! Those items will also go to local missions.  We are also open Friday, October 13th, starting at Noon for take out BBQ pork, chicken and ribs!  See you there! 


Book Sale

Fall Festival is right around the corner, and now is the time to start collecting books for the book sale. Please drop off any cookbooks or paperback books in the boxes/bins labeled FALL FESTIVAL BOOKS in the CLC or to the right of the Sanctuary. Remember, paperback books only, unless they are cookbooks or children's books. Questions? Contact Jeanette Gowen at 770-587-1398 or singingcayman@comcast.net.


Bake Sale

All  Bakers!                                                                         It's not too late to sign up to donate your best cakes, pies, cookies, breads or any goodies to the Fall Festival Bake Sale. There are sign up posters in the CLC lobby, Fellowship Hall and the Narthex.  We also need volunteers to help with packaging, pricing, and working in the booth Friday and Saturday. You may call me at 404.403.6679 or email me at btnic001@comcast.net.   


Silent Aucton

It's time to make some noise about the Silent Auction!

We are one month away from hosting the community at our annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 14.  Now is the time to plan your donation to the Silent Auction.  We need items of all kinds such as sporting events or entertainment tickets,  theme-based baskets like coffee lovers basket or kids crafts basket or dog lover basket.   If you sew, knit or do needle work; if you bake, cook or can veggies from your garden-please consider a donation.  We have extremely talented artists in our midst who have offered beautiful works of art in the past.  Do you have a vocation or specialty such as legal or financial advice you could offer? Truly, the sky is the limit on what we can put up for Auction. We will have a table of offerings for only EPC families to bid on if you prefer your donation stay within our membership.  


Please listen for how God is calling you to get involved in this year's Auction.  If you want to donate but need some guidance or a suggestion, please let me know.  Again, there is nothing too great or too small to donate and I will put together your basket of goodies for you!  Thank you for your faithful support of this important mission opportunity!  


Blessings - Sarah Nielsen

770-634-1734 cell





Youth Ministry News


October Youth Calendar: 


Sunday October 1: Youth Group

Wednesday October 4: Wednesday Night Youth

Sunday October 8: Youth Group

Wednesday October 11: Wednesday Night Youth

Sunday October 15: Youth Group

Wednesday October 18: Wednesday Night Youth 

Wednesday October 25: Wednesday Night Youth 

Sunday October 29: Youth Group




Children's Ministry


A note from the preschool Director:


The halls are once again filled with the joy and laughter of our little friends. The walls are covered in artwork and pictures stemming from a busy day of learning.


We are thankful to the Eastminster Presbyterian congregation, staff, and leadership for their ongoing support and prayers.  God has blessed us with a loving, experienced teaching staff that is beyond compare and with sweet, amazing, unique children with whom we feel fortunate to spend our time.  We are sincerely thankful to have 25 staff members and 108 students.


We at ECP are committed to providing the children with a spiritual learning environment, dedicated to the child's heart, as well as their mind.  They'll learn their ABC's and 1, 2, 3's, but also about Jesus Christ, the power of prayer and the role faith plays in their lives.


We have a few spaces left in our M/W and T/Th Toddler classes and a few spots in our T/TH 2's class. Parishioners receive a $20 discount off tuition. Please contact the preschool director, Dawn Milazzo at 770-485-0611 to learn more about our fabulous preschool. 


May his grace and blessings be with you and your family.


Dawn Milazzo

ECP Director




Music Ministry


Combined Kirkin' Service

The Worship Team has decided to hold one service in celebration of Reformation Sunday and the annual Kirkin' service on October 29. The service will take place at 10:00AM in the sanctuary. There will be no Christian Life Training classes on this day. Please stay tuned for information on how to sign up to carry a Tartan.


Joy to the World Decorating Event

Imagine this...carols, cocoa, hanging greens, and a massive tree lighting on the Eastminster lawn! Well, this is no dream, friends. This is a firm reality, and it's happening on Wednesday, November 29, at 6:00PM. So save the date and plan to join us for dinner, decorating, cocoa, and carols!


Annual Christmas Concert

The Worship Team is excited to announce a collaborative effort between Eastminster Presbyterian and Kennesaw United Methodist Church on December 9 and 10. Methodist and Reformed Presbyterians unite to provide two evenings of passionate and exuberance worship! The first concert will take place at Eastmisnter Presbyterian Church on December 9, 7:00PM, and the second concert at Kennesaw United Methodist Church on December 10 at 7:00PM. Join us for a spectacular evening filled with fantastic carols, both old and new. And all presented by a 70 voice choir and 20 piece orchestra! We'll see you there!!




Women's Ministry


Craft Circle

Craft Circle will meet Monday, October 9th, room 203/CLC, 10-1. We will complete any unfinished quilts and begin working on dog quilts. Those who can, please bring sewing machines.  All others, bring your favorite pair of scissors.  

Any questions, please call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949) or Lynne Buchanan (404-234-5063).




Mission News


Fall Festival 2017

Save the date for this year's Fall Festival on Friday, October 13 (BBQ Take-Out) and Saturday, October 14 (BBQ & Festival) 

It takes a lot of hands to make Fall Festival a success. Your help is needed!


Keep up to date and sign up to serve at www.epres.org/fallfestival. For questions, email missions@epres.org.


Celebrate Recovery

Just last week, we lost another young man from Roswell to drugs and alcohol further illustrating the drug epidemic we find ourselves fighting.  In 2015 alone, 1,302 of our neighbors in Cobb, Gwinnett and Fulton counties died from a drug overdose.  Out of 59 counties, Cobb County ranks number 7 in deaths by drug overdose.  Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for people under 50 and is the leading cause of accidental death.  As a church, we need to ask ourselves how we can respond to this epidemic and how the healing power of Jesus Christ can be brought to bear on the problem.  A small, core group of people are researching a Christ-centered recovery program, Celebrate Recovery, with the goal of starting a chapter at Eastminster.  We are currently looking to expand this core group by adding other people who are interested in helping people on the road to recovery from drugs and alcohol.  People recovering from eating disorders and other addictions are also served.  For more information, please send a confidential e-mail to Maynard Gardner (m_gardner83@att.net),  Cathy and Dick Dubose (mtns2beach@bellsouth.net), Mercia Weyand (mercnat@aol.com), Tom Nickles (tomnickles@comcastnet) or Stephen Moore (smoore632@gmail.com).   




Happy Anniversary!


01 Cary & Darla Erickson
01 Thomas & Leigh Moyer
05 Lynn & Meredith Shoop
04 Lee & Jennifer Kizer
07 Paul & Andrea Jones
13 Warren & Susan Ballew
19 Clete & Judy Simpson
21 David & Lisa Preikszas
23 Paul & Gloria West
26 Keith & Angela Blackwell
29 Eric & Alison Horton




Coming Up


Operation Christmas Child

Shoebox collection for Operation Christmas Child kicks off on Sunday, October 15th! Prayerfully packing a shoebox is such a simple yet wonderful way to share the love of Christ with needy children all over the world! OCC is a powerful testament to how God can use a shoebox to change the hearts of children and their families.

New this year - NO CANDY and NO TOOTHPASTE can be packed in boxes anymore. Brochures (with complete instructions) and pre-printed boxes will be located in the alcove near the sanctuary, the Fellowship Hall, and in the CLC lobby starting October 15th.  For more information and important dates visit www.epres.org/shoebox.

Drop off filled boxes in the Fellowship Hall by November 12th. Share the love of Jesus this Christmas with children in need!


Ken 'Ya Run 5K

The 2nd Annual Ken 'Ya Run 5K is coming up on Saturday, November 18th at the Still Family Farm in Powder Springs. All proceeds from the race will be used to continue construction on the Kenya Connection Kids technical school. 


Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come join in the fun for a wonderful cause! And tell your friends! 

For more race information, visit www.kenyarun5k.com, or contact Beth Hartt (beth.hartt@gmail.com) or Emily Gilbert (emilyanngilbert@bellsouth.net).


Spunky Spirits

Spunky spirits will be meeting October 12th at 11:00 in the Library. We are on lesson 10 in our study book

"Worshiping God."  If you don't have a book we have printed copies for you.

We would like to invite all ladies to join us for this study followed by a pot luck lunch in the CLC. 

If you have any questions you can contact Nancy Speiser at 770-642-7229 or nancyspeiser@att.net

Sonflower Sisters

Calling all elementary-age girls and their moms!  Mark your calendars for our next Sonflower Sisters meeting!  We will meet on Friday, October 13 from 7-8:30pm in Room 201 (upstairs in the CLC).  We'll continue our study of Proverbs by talking about how to be wise with our words.  You won't want to miss it!  Watch your inbox for an evite with details.  Please contact Lara Atalla at lara_atalla@yahoo.com with questions, to add your email to the list and to add friends who are interested.




Scripture Memorization 


Our Scripture memorization for the month of October comes from Galatians 5:16.


"So I say to you live in the spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature."


It's not uncommon for a Christian to act in a worldly manner and later wonder to himself "Why did I do that?"


 As we know, we are all sinners. However, there is an antidote to reduce our sinful nature, and that is found in the Holy Spirit. What Paul is telling us in this passage is God's desire is for each of us to abide and live by the teachings of the Holy Spirit. 


To do this we must be fully cognitive of the Spirit within us and not allow ourselves to simply follow the path of worldly values and teachings. In doing so, we will find ourselves living a life that is more peaceful despite our current circumstances.      






Rejoice! Changes are a-comin'.


Good news from the Facilities Team! We are working to make our church buildings more efficient. The existing space is being repurposed to better serve the needs of staff, preschool, classes and committees in order to serve our members and community in a more useful way. 


Soon you will see that the preschool will have a proper entrance in the area to the right of the Narthex. This is where the desk and pew outside the main church office will be relocated.


The space outside the main office will become an inviting sitting area. 


To enhance the interworking and communication of the entire staff, the present Parlor will become offices for four staff persons with the addition of newly purchased work stations. The conference table will remain there. This change will make for a more efficient and cohesive work experience for the entire staff. 


The two existing offices in the CLC will become meeting rooms. The office with the window will become the new parlor/meeting room. The other room will be a much needed classroom. 


This is an overview of the repurposing of our present space. With great care and space planning we are sure the change will be very good for the function and growth of our church. There is much to be done and we appreciate your prayers and support as the changes take place.


Please be patient and enjoy observing the changes as they happen. Your Facilities Committee, Session, Pastors and Staff are working for the Glory of the Lord our Father. 


Beth Nickles, Candy McNair and Facilities Team




Session Meeting Highlights 

September 2017


Session received Rick Sloss into covenant partnership.


Session approved the wedding of soon-to-be-Covenant partners Ellie Larry and Jeffrey Jonsson at Eastminster on October 28, 2017, at 4pm.  Rev. Moore will officiate.


Session approved the wedding of Non-Covenant partners Michelle Ridgeway and David Bishop request at Eastminster on December 16, 2017, at 4pm.  Michelle is the daughter of members Mitchell & June Ridgeway.  A PCA minister will officiate.


Session approved Rev. Dan McNerney to be a guest preacher on October 1, World Communion Sunday, to speak about the global church and specifically about the church's role in reaching Muslims for Christ.


Session approved Dr. Tharwat Wahbe, professor at Cairo Seminary in Egypt, to be a guest preacher on November 12, to speak about the ongoing work and partnership of ECO in Egypt.


Session approved eliminating the separate United Mission Offering held each spring.  Going forward, funding for Missions will be allocated directly from the general operating budget for the Outreach Team.


The next Presbytery meeting will be held on October 6-7, 2017, at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington, SC.


The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 7:30pm in Room 204.



Respectfully submitted,



Diane L. Brock

Clerk of Session








Eastminster Presbyterian Church 
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3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30062
Rev. Aaron C. Moore, Senior Pastor










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