September 2015 |



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September 6

Go and Do: Family on Purpose

Dr. McConnell



September 13

Go and Do: Fruitful Friendship

Dr. McConnell


September 20

Go and Do: Happy Church

Dr. McConnell


September 27

Go and Do: Bless the City

Rev. Blake Hudson 







1   Janet McIntire

2   Jim Streible

2   Teri Capparucci

2   Allison Chastain

2   Kenneth Warren

3   Sarah Clark

3   Lee Kizer

4   Eleanor Tandy

4   Mercia Weyand

4   Ruth Kenyon

5   Martha Knight

5   Kayla Brodrick

5   Caitlin Foster

6   Doug Nielson

6   Leanne Grady

7   Elliot Brown

8   Andrea Peacock

8   Anne Dixon

9   Susan Welborn

10  Donna Flood

10  John Bunch

10  Roger Dickerson

10  Caleb Hammett

11  Dick Tandy

11  Janet Warren

11  Mike Snedden

11  Bonnie Pirlot

11  Addison Dembski

12  Clete Simpson

12  Jane Baskin

12  Jack Jeffries

13  Hoke Wilcox

14  Hayley Nagel

15  Mike Adams

15  George Hamilton

16  Tom Funk

16  Rod Clark

16  Craig Rizk

16  Jeff Meigs

16  Ben Keller

16  Isabel Kizer

17 Jason Barker

17 Tim McConnell

17  Robin Richter

17  Ann Streible

18  Phil McClendon

18  Doreen Waugaman

18  Greyson Fowler

18  Conlan Ray

19  Ferebee Kaleida

19  Karen Miller

20  Scott Briggs

20  Diane Downs

21  Ellen Parkerson

21  Barbara Duda

21  Robert Gettys

21  Griffin Dilworth

22  Carol Lewis

22  Gordon Scott

23  Lynne Buchanan

23  Bailey Seitter

24  Hugh Ryder

25  Tommy Conkright

26  Karen Adair

26  Barry Gannon

26  Chris Jackson

26  Courtenay Frew

27  Mallory Becker

27  Don Malcolm

27  Roland Stebbins

27  Bruce Hanson

27  Steven Cummings

27  Trey Nickles

28  Shanna Bryington

28  Harry Owen 

28  Samuel Watson

28  Suzanne Yates

29  Marilyn Michelitch

29  Ella Goodwin

29  Liam Ryder

30  James Gruber

30  Finley McDaniel





Happy Anniversary


2 John & Peggy Tienken

3 Devin & Sara Brown

4 Gordon & Kelley


4 Don & Diane Preus

6 Kedrick & Sara Daw

6 Dan & Kathy Wolfram

7 Chad & Sarah-Kate


7 Richard & Kim Peery

8 Steve & Debbie Moore

12 Ken & Linda Johnson

12 Craig & Heidi Morris

13 John & Lindsey


16 Scott & Pam Keller

17 Jack & Sylvian


18 David & Karen


20 Mark & Wendi


22 Wesley & Omega


22 Chris & Mary Lindsay


22 Bruce & Shawn


23 Brad & Susan West

26 Karl & Lisa Barner

28 Sam & Lane


28 Greg & Andrea


30 Tony & Jenifer Pecht






September 6


Teresa Roberts



Cindy Moran

Martie Pottinger

Karen Adair


September 13


Leigh Sain

Joel & Jill Guske



Paul & Snookie Goldberg

Bill & Melinda Freeman


September 20


Sarah Nielsen

Teri Capparucci



Mike & Jennie Adams

Randy & Edwina



September 27


Val Mote

Emily Gilbert



John & Janie Bunch

Linda & Denny Zollweg





September 6

Larry & Janet McIntire

Candy McNair

Stan Morris


September 13

Randy Sherman

Tom Nickles

Phillip Morrissey

Stan Morris


September 20

Todd Mordecai

Jim Swann

Scott Wessner

Stan Morris


September 27

Carol Banks

Courtenay Frew

Paul Dennison

Stan Morris



Christian Sympathy


Is expressed to. . .

Walt Bentley and family in the loss of his mother, Carolyn Bentley;


Mike Moran and family in the loss of his mother, Lois Moran;


Bill Keappler and family in the loss of his mother, Bea Keappler.







Bunker Mentality


Are we a shelter or an outpost?


In times like ours when Christian values are increasingly under fire, it is easy to feel like jumping into a foxhole. But is the church meant to be a bunker for shelter or an outpost for mission?


I read a funny blog post this week about an old movie from 1999 called "Blast from the Past." A family in the 1960s locked themselves into a fallout shelter for fear of nuclear holocaust. They gave birth to a son who emerged in 1997 after 35 years in the bunker. It was pretty hard on all of them to see how much the world had changed, but especially on this young man as he tried to use 1960s dating techniques to win the heart of a 1990s woman!


When the church gets a bunker mentality it can act just like that family, locked in a particular time and place, not interested or not able to meet the culture of today with the good news of the Gospel. The author summarized, "Reaching people of this generation, and the next, requires us to accept the culture of today and leverage it for the Gospel." (Chad Hunt, "Is Your Church a Fallout Shelter?")


Jesus doesn't gather the church to defend turf, but to gain ground. Jesus has called us "to seek and to save" (Luke 19:10) and to "win" souls for Christ (1 Cor. 9:19). The church is sent out to the world to play offense, not defense.


This month, we will spend a lot of time thinking about how God sends us out into the world on offense to bring His love and good news to those around us. Let's be bold. Resist the bunker mentality, and take to the field!


Yours in Christ,



"For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. ... I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some." (1 Corinthians 9:19, 22)


Christian Education


Financial Peace University (FPU)

Come join us as we learn how to handle money God's way. Take the first "baby step" to get out of debt, prepare for your future, and be able to give generously! Eastminster will be hosting Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, a nine week class, running from September 2 - November 4 from 7:00-8:30pm each week. The cost is $99 per couple (or individual) and includes the class, lots of support materials, and a lifetime membership to FPU. Singles, couples, and older adults are all encouraged to attend! This class will meet in CLC Room 204 and will be led by Carrie and Jason Barker. Contact Hubie Mann for more details.


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.



Fall Teacher Training

Our fall training for all teachers of Christian Life Training classes as well as Youth Ministry leaders/ volunteers will be on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 2-3:30pm in CLC Room 208.


Youth Calendar



Sunday, September 6, 3:00 - 5:00pm

    Youth Labor Day Pool Party

     Where? The Fowler Home  

     (email for address)

     Bring a swimsuit and towel for a laid back afternoon in

     the pool

Sunday, September 13: Regular Youth

         Real Life Series w/ Eddie Capparucci

Sunday, September 20 and

Wednesday, September 23: Fall Break, no regular youth


Wednesday, September 23: Rock Climbing, 1-3 PM



REMIND 101: This year, I'll be using the app Remind 101 for group texts and weekly reminders!

To sign up, text @allep to 81010.

Sign-up sheets with specific instructions will be available in the youth room throughout the year!



We will not meet on September 23.

Wednesday Night Schedule

Fellowship: 5:00-6:00 PM

Dinner: 6:00-7:00 PM

Devotional Time: 7:00-8:00 PM


THE REAL LIFE SERIES is back with meaningful topics that impact the youth of today. We will be discussing how God's truth can help us handle everyday problems from a Spiritual perspective.

Sessions Include:

      Lies Teens Believe

      Spiritual Discipline


Details: We will meet once a month during regular youth group. The dates for Fall are September 13, October 18 and November 15


Finance Corner


God is good. Each day we are blessed with the gift of life and His love. God has poured bountiful blessings on Eastminster this year and we should continue to thank Him daily. Among the spiritual blessings are new members, mission trips to Kenya as well as the youth mission trip to Jamaica. Material blessings include a new organ which enhances our worship and a new security system to protect our staff, preschool children and buildings. New windows are being installed in the sanctuary and the RhinoShield installation to protect the exterior of the sanctuary building will begin soon. While God pours out His blessings to make these improvements possible, we are guided by His word to provide our financial support. Donations to the organ fund will help pay the $44,000 balance and will be greatly appreciated. Also, contributions to the general operating fund will help replenish funds depleted by increased expenses and continuing improvements to our facilities. In Luke 6:38 God directs us to give and it shall be given and that which is given will be given again.

If you have any questions please contact Julia Owens at 770-977-2976 or


Music Ministry


Media Team 

Are you gifted in scripting, filming, set design, or production?  This exciting new team will be responsible for creating presentations that help promote our church, church ministries, and tell the stories of ministry taking place in and outside of our church.  The first meeting will take place on Thursday, September 3, at 7pm in the fellowship hall.  Contact Chris Owenby for more information,



Seasonal Choir Rehearsals

We realize that some people just want to sing Christmas music.  For this reason, the Chancel Choir will rehearse Christmas music during the first half of rehearsal, 7:30-8:15pm, beginning on Wednesday, September 9. The choir is preparing this music for two very special events, the Lessons and Carols service scheduled for December 6, during 9:00am and 11:15am worship, and the Christmas Celebration Concert scheduled for December 12, 6:00pm.  For more information, contact Chris Owenby at, or just show up on September 9.



Additional Adult Choir Rehearsal Time

For ages folks have been meeting on Wednesday evenings to rehearse with the church choir.  It works for many schedules, but not all schedules. Would you join Eastminster's Chancel Choir if it offered an additional rehearsal opportunity that was earlier in the day?  That's exactly what we are doing!  Come join us for rehearsal in the sanctuary beginning on Thursday, October 1, 10:15-11:45am.  For more information, contact Chris Owenby at, or just show up on October 1.


Deacon's Corner



We all need it, we all do it, we all like help with it!  The Nurture Team is in the process of developing a "pool of pray-ers" who we can call upon in varying times of need.  This is in the beginning stages, so if you are interested in helping with the development of this group, please contact Nurture Deacon Christi Laverty at or 770-617-2277.



College Student Addresses

We mail notes of encouragement and surprises periodically throughout the school year. Please get us your college student's mailing address! Forward that information to Jeanne Chesser via text or voicemail at 404-374-2381 or


Fall Festival


Silent Auction Needs You! 

Fall Festival is right around the corner. Now is the time to consider donating something for the Silent Auction. Need some ideas? How about a hand-crafted item, original work of art, professional services (legal, financial, athletic training) sporting event or theatre tickets,or perhaps offering your vacation home for a weekend. Maybe you can pick up a few items for a theme-basket. Small baskets are most appreciated and I will assemble the basket if you donate the items! Some themes to consider are: food lovers (ex. coffee, pasta, chocolate), sports, gardening, book lover, pet care, kid crafts, auto care, spa/health, you name it! We have many faithful church supporters of this event both donors and buyers alike. If you have never offered a donation, we ask that you prayerfully consider making this your inaugural year!  The Silent Auction is Saturday, October 10.  Accepting pledges for donations now!  Please call or email Sarah Nielsen, 770-634-1734,



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 containers labeled Fall Festival Books in the CLC and alcove. Remember, paperback books only, unless they are cookbooks or children's books. Questions? Contact Jeanette Gowen at or 770-587-1398.


Women's Ministry 


Sonflower Sisters

Attention moms with daughters in grades K-5. The first Sonflower Sisters meeting for the 2015/16 school year is Friday, September 11th from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Youth Room (downstairs in the CLC). We can't wait to kick off a new year of fun and fellowship, and we hope you'll join us! If you have any questions, please contact Lara Atalla ( or Beth Hartt (



Lunch Bunch

The Ladies Lunch Bunch will meet September 17, at Caf้ 33, 2520 Piedmont Road, Suite 106, Marietta. Directions

from church: Turn right out of parking lot and go to Piedmont Road, Turn right and continue until you see Cafe 33 on your right (across from the fitness center). Turn right, Cafe 33 will be on the left-backside. Huge sign out front.  RSVP by September 15, if you will attend to Sandra Allen at or 770-977-8742.



Spunky Spirits

Spunky Spirits would like to invite all ladies to come and join us for a Bible study and lunch Thursday, September 10th at 11am. (We meet the second Thursday of the month in the library.) We will be using the book "Encounters With God, 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus".

Books will be available at the meeting for $9.00.

After study, we will move into the CLC and share a covered dish. If you have any questions you can email Snookie Goldberg at or

call 770-971-4539.



Craft Circle

The Eastminster Craft Circle will begin our new year on Monday, September 14, room 203/CLC from 10:00-1:00.  We will be making fleece blankets to send with our mission team to West Virginia. If you would like to donate material please bring the following amount of fleece: (Large Blanket) = 3 to 4 yards. (Baby Blanket) = 1-1/4 yards if it is 60 inches wide, 1-5/8 yards if it is 54 inches wide.  We will also have fleece at the meeting. Just bring your scissors. There'll be work for all willing hands.  We look forward to having a large turn out and hope to see new faces. Any question, call Lynn Hall (770-552-0949 or


Mission News


Hands of Hope News

Fall Mission Trip - September 24 - 27


The trailer is here. Let's fill it up!

It was a very hard winter in the West Virginia Mountains last year. We are asking for donations of specific items for this trip in hopes of making this a warmer winter for the children and families of McDowell County.


Specific Priority Needs:  Warm blankets, sleeping bags (adult and children), comforters, winter jackets (infant, child and adult), scarves, hats and (especially mittens and gloves), pillows and pillow cases, children's winter clothes, warm socks, sweat shirts/pants (child, teen and adult).  All items should be gently used or new. Please, no adult clothes other than those listed. A list of suggested items is available in the alcove and the CLC lobby attached to the donation bins.


If you are interested in going on the next mission trip, please contact Suzie 678-283-0774 or Norm 678-283-0776.  If you have questions about items or large items please call us. Thank you for all you do for Hands of Hope! 



Hands of Hope Bicycle Give Away

Suzie and Norm Baur traveled to West Virginia on August 12, for the HOH Bicycle Give Away for the McDowell County Library Children's Summer Reading Program. EPC provided a total of 22 bicycles for the drawing! The bicycles were distributed among the 4 branches of the McDowell County Library System. All the branches give the children a party at the end of the program. It was a beautiful summer day in Welch. The children had fun swimming, playing on the playground, eating pizza and receiving their awards from the library for participating in the program. The Welch Branch gave away 12 bicycles. We were able to participate in the drawing and visit with the parents and children. The smiles on the children's faces during the whole party made our day! We know that God was smiling down on all his children, pleased with their joy and the love they received that day. "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these". Matthew 19:13-14 Enjoy the pictures on the Mission Bulletin Board!



Diaper Fund

Thank you all for your generous donations to the Diaper Fund! We have been able to replenish the funding that enables us to continue to send diapers to help mothers care for their babies in McDowell County. We appreciate donations at any time. Checks can be made out to Eastminster Presbyterian Church with Hands of Hope Diaper Fund indicated on the memo line on the check.  Cash should be placed in an envelope marked Hands of Hope Diaper Fund. Both can be placed in the offering plate, mailed or given to the church office. Thank You!



Costa Rica 2015 

Once again, two members of our congregation had the privilege of serving alongside fellow missionaries from "In the Carpenter's Footsteps" in Costa Rica. The goals of the Carpenter's group are to build foundations of hope and to grow deepening and abiding relationships in the name of Christ.


This year our group returned to Casa del Alfarero in Miramar and completed some construction projects, working side by side with local church members, that were started in 2014. We built walls in the kitchen and laid a concrete walkway from the church building to the restrooms. Completion of these projects was needed for permits issued by the government. In addition, sewing materials were delivered to enable the sewing ministry to continue; flower boxes were constructed and herbs and flowers were planted to help beautify the church grounds; VBS was held every morning and afternoon for the children who were out of school the week we were there (Laura and I helped with VBS); games and sports activities were conducted for the children; and a Bible study/devotion time was held for adults. The Bible devotion time was led by Cathy DuBose and Yolanda Mendez, my translator, using The Hope of Glory written by Nancy Brummett, Dr. McConnell's mother. This year the number of participants increased from five on the first day to twenty-five on the last day. Clearly, there is a hunger and thirst for God's word and fellowship among the members of this congregation!

Our tradition to collect money from our fellow missionaries to purchase food for the neediest continued. This year we bought food and delivered it to fifteen families in the community of Emmanuel, which is a satellite church of Casa del Alfarero. School supplies were also included for those families with children. Delivering the food and school supplies is a very sobering experience! Smiles, tears, and many expressions of "thank you" filled the air as we delivered the bags of food from family to family.

This year, a new tradition was begun! One of the missionary families from Tallahassee suggested we begin an outreach effort to the community in Miramar, so a hot dog lunch was planned. We served over three hundred hot dogs and juice! The left over one hundred hot dogs were taken to Emmanuel church and served there. By the way, the VBS lesson for that day was from Matthew 14, Christ feeds the five thousand.

God continues to greatly bless the Carpenter's mission effort in Costa Rica. Eastminster's monetary support of this mission reaps great rewards for expanding God's kingdom. Consider joining us next year and you will be truly blessed.

Cathy and Laura DuBose


7 Bridges

We are running short on new pillows and cases. Our 3rd quarter ends September 30. Walmart has pillows for $2.37 each and they are decent pillows. If you would prefer for us to purchase them for you, call Barbara at 770-973-1172. They are still in need of underwear for all age groups. Again thank you for your gifts of love. September 25, is our Friday for making sandwiches there at 7pm.


Leadership Nominations


It's time to nominate our next slate of leaders. Do you recognize a Christian leader among you?


CALLED TO SERVE: The Presbyterian Church is governed by elders and led into service by deacons. These officers must be mature Christians, people we look up to as leaders and admirable Christian disciples. Please read the descriptions and guiding scripture, and pray before nominating a possible officer. It is also kind to check with them for willingness to serve.



Elders (presbyter) lead the spiritual life and overall governance of the church by actively following Christ, the Head of the Church. (1 Pet 5:1-15; 1 Tim 3:1-10; Titus 1:5-9)

Deacons recruit, train and inspire volunteers for ministries of service and compassion. Our deacons handle maintenance of the facility, hospitality, and nurture. (Acts 6:2-6; 1 Tim 3:8-13)

Trustees are responsible for protecting and monitoring the Corporation of Eastminster.

Nominating Team is also elected by the congregation for the purpose of discerning potential leadership. All who serve as officers in A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO) must agree without reserve to the Essential Tenets, which may be downloaded from All proposed officers (even those transferring ordination from another Reformed/Presbyterian church) will be asked to agree to the Essential Tenets before their names will be placed in nomination.



So I exhort the elders among you. . .shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversite, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. - 1 Peter 5:1-3


For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. - 1 Timothy 3:13


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Officer Nomination Form I have prayerfully considered the requirements of officers, and spiritual walk of the following candidates. I believe these men and women to be qualified to serve for the coming 3-year term.


ELDER (need 5) ญญญญญญ_______________________________


DEACON (need 3) ญญญญญญญญญญญญญญญญญญญญ_____________________________


TRUSTEE (need 1) _______________


NOMINATION TEAM (need 2)______________________


Nominations will be received until Sept. 6, 2015. Place in offering plate or in a sealed envelope to the church office.


Session Meeting Highlights

August 2015


Session acknowledged with sadness the death of Robert Richter on July 26, 2015. The memorial service was held on August 1, 2015.


Session approved a Letter of Transfer for Lewis & Myrall Wiggins to Roswell Presbyterian Church.


Session approved a motion to allow Matthew Shankute to raise support for his Eagle Scout project of building benches around the fire pit through a bulletin and Beacon announcement.


Session approved the sale of the "Go & Do" books in the foyer of the CLC and the narthex of the sanctuary for the purpose of uniting the church around the book for the upcoming sermon series/small group study.


Session approved a motion that Eastminster declare itself to be a Veteran's Friendly Congregation and allow its name and address to be published by the VFC national organization.  Eastminster will assume role of Lead Congregation for ECO and encourage other ECO churches to become VFCs.


Session approved Clifford Lowery to serve as Lay Minister/Leader for the Veteran/Military Ministry of Eastminster. Cliff agreed to serve in this position on staff, without pay for as long a period as his services are needed.


Session approved the expenditure of funds of up to $25,000 from the S&F capital reserve account for the RhinoShield project for the exterior of the sanctuary building. The rest of the necessary funds ($25,000) are being donated by two members.


Session approved holding a Vendor Raffle at the Fall Festival.  The items donated by the vendors will be raffled off.  Tickets will be sold in advance before/after church in the Fellowship Hall, at Wednesday night dinners, and at the Festival on Friday.


Session approved Director of Christian Education, Hubie Mann, to represent EPC at the Mission and Vision Conference in Cairo, Egypt (November 10-21, 2015) as part of EPC's recently approved involvement in this country. Costs for the trip will be covered by existing funds in the Missions budget.


Session approved the dates for the 2016 March into Missions activities: Leap into Missions Dinner - February 28; March into Missions week - March 13-20; Annual Mission Offering - March 20.


Session approved bringing both Women's Ministry and Craftsmen (Men's Ministry) under the umbrella of the Fellowship & Family Ministries Team.


The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at 7:30pm in Room 204.


A Called Session meeting will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015, at 4pm in the Library for the purpose of receiving new covenant partners.


Respectfully submitted,

Diane L. Brock

Clerk of Session


Volunteers Needed!


Looking for volunteers with computers to assist with loading the sermon podcasts (recordings) to the EPC website. The process is easy and quick once learned.  Contact Jeanette Gowen at 

if you have questions or to volunteer.


Preschool News


Eastminster Christian Preschool (ECP) is back in session! Our Meet 'n' Greet was Friday, August 14 and our first day of school was August 17. We are starting the year strong with 90 students and 10 classes of 1, 2, 3, and 4-year olds. Please be sure to check out their art work in the hallways! Also, please note that anyone who is visiting the church on a school day, who enters the classroom areas, must sign in at the preschool director's office and pick up a visitor nametag. It only takes an extra minute of your time and it helps to ensure the safety of our preschool staff and children.


ECP is also a member of the Kroger Community Rewards program again this year. Please register your Kroger shopping card with Eastminster by visiting and search for Eastminster Presbyterian. Once you link your card, our preschool earns money every time you shop. If you signed up last year, you will still need to re-register as your preferences don't automatically roll over in this program.   Thank you for your support!


Edward Casey is an award winning professional portrait and silhouette artist who will be bringing his craft to Eastminster on November 4 at 9:30 AM. Brochures will be available at the preschool for anyone interested in having a hand-cut silhouette created of your loved ones.  He makes silhouettes and portraits of both pets and people that are available to purchase. Jewelry, ornaments, mugs, and other gift items can also be created - just in time for Christmas!  And, your purchase also helps to support the preschool because he donates a portion of his proceeds back to the school.  See for more information about his work.


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






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