10 Donna Flood
10 John Bunch
10 Mary Noland
11 Dick Tandy
11 Mike Snedden
11 Bonnie Pirlot
12 Clete Simpson
12 Jane Baskin
13 Hoke Wilcox
15 Mike Adams
16 Tom Funk
16 Rod Clark
16 Craig Rizk
16 Jeff Meigs
17 Ann Streible
17 Jason Witt
18 Doreen Waugaman
18 Grey Fowler
19 Ferebee Kaleida
20 Diane Downs
20 Robert Radloff
21 Ellen Parkerson
21 Barbara Duda
21 Robert Gettys
22 Carol Lewis
24 Hugh Ryder
26 Karen Adair
27 Mallory Nix
27 Don Malcolm
27 Kay Miller
28 Harry Owen
28 Shanna Bryington
29 Marilyn Michelitch
29 Liam Ryder
Paul & Snookie Goldberg
Bill & Melinda Freeman
Mike & Jennie Adams
Randy & Edwina
Bill & Paula Barbin
John & Janie Bunch
Linda & Denny Zollweg
1 Who has believed
what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the
Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew
up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry
he had no form or majesty that we should
look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was
despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and
acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
To whom has the arm of the
Lord been revealed? What does the Lord look like? What is my
expectation of the King? These are all questions we need to ask ourselves
at times because it can be easy to settle into a comfortable place
where our vision of Jesus isn't inspired. I do this all too often.
My relationship with Jesus and my creative vision of him in my own
life becomes too theological or mystical and I miss him asking me
for water or clothes or money for bread.
What does Jesus
look like? A handsome middle-eastern Jewish man? Perhaps. More to
the point, what does the heart of Jesus look like? I was telling my
Wednesday night Bible Study about The Book of Matthew, a movie
created in the late 90's. This was the first movie depiction of
Jesus I had ever seen where Jesus was joyful, smiling, and laughing
rather than somber, intense, and ominous. I loved it! And it made
me love Jesus just a little more, too. But this passage from Isaiah
paints a different picture. This is the Jesus I always knew- one
from whom men hide their faces... Psalm 45 gives us another vision.
Your throne, O God, is forever
The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of
you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond
In Psalm 45, Jesus is the
joyful and just King. The expectation of the King in the first
century was of one who would overthrow the Roman rule that
continued to keep Israel in lonely exile. The expectation was of
strength, power, and authority. Yet while Christians understand
that Jesus' strength, power, and authority were very present, they
were not immediately evident.
How often in our lives do
we miss the presence of Jesus because our expectation of Him is not
rightly placed? I wonder how often Jesus might minister to others
through our own acts of kindness if we clearly understood the real
and true mystery of Christ in us, the hope of Glory. May the Lord
continue to open our eyes to His heart and expand our vision and
expectation of who He is and how He is working in and around us
throughout the world.
September Youth Calendar:
Sunday September 3: Youth Group
Wednesday September 6: Wednesday Night Youth
Sunday September 10: Youth Group
13: Wednesday Night Youth
Sunday September 17: Youth Group
20: Wednesday Night Youth
Sunday September 24: No Youth Group (Fall Break)
Important Worship Services and Events:
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.
Jeremiah Jones in
Join us for a FREE concert during dinner (regular dinner rates apply)
on Wednesday, October 4, at 6:00PM. Jeremiah stepped into
national view in 2012 when Grammy Award winning recording artist
Laura Story released What a Savior, a worship song he wrote, to
national radio. Written for his local church, What a
Savior was recorded by Story in 2009 for the Catalyst Music
Project and re-cut for her record Blessings, which held the
top spot on Billboards Christian and Folk charts in the summer of
Joy to the World
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!
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!!
Craft Circle will meet Monday, September 11, in room
203/CLC, from 10AM-1PM. We will continue to work on finishing the
projects for the Hands of Hope mission. 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).
Spunky Spirits will meet Thursday, September 14 at
11:00AM in the church library. All women are invited. We are
studying "Worshiping God with our lives". If you don't
have a book there will be a lesson printed for you. After the Bible
study we will adjourn to the CLC for a covered dish lunch. If you
would like more information you can contact Nancy Speiser
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hands of Hope Mission Trip: September 21-
We go as the "hands and feet of Christ" to
provide a pathway of hope by building relationships and reaching
out to others with the love of Jesus Christ to one of the poorest
counties in the United States.
Mission Trip Volunteers
We have a team of 10 signed up for the September
mission trip. The optimum team size is 12 which enables
us to do work projects as well as host Ladies Night Out and other
activities. If you are interested in going on the September trip,
please contact Norm or Suzie Baur. There
is still time to sign up!
McDowell County Donations Needed
Donation bins are placed in the CLC lobby and the
Alcove (area outside the choir room. The donations will focus on needs
for the upcoming winter in McDowell County. There are lists of
specific items needed by the donation bins. PLEASE TAKE A LIST
The last day for accepting donations is Sunday,
September 17. There will be a SORTING DAY to pack donations in the CLC
after the 11:15 service. A light lunch will be served!
Some great things have happened in McDowell County
this summer through Hands of Hope! Your Mission donations are what
have made all these things possible. Eastminster has been able to assist
a young woman who has started college this fall on a full
scholarship at Glenville State College in West Virginia. We have
had an ongoing relationship with her for several years and we will
continue to pray for her success at college.
August 8 was the McDowell County Library Summer
Program Event. Once again Eastminster provided 18 bicycles for a
drawing at the end of the summer party. Suzie and Norm were able to
attend this special event for the children of McDowell
Thank you for all the donations to the Diaper Fund!
EPC's support of this fund has been a blessing to the people of
McDowell County. The needs will continue to be ongoing and are more
important than ever with the continued poor economy and lack of
jobs in McDowell County.
Our Scripture verse
for September is from 2 Corinthians 12:9:
"But he said to me, "My
grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in
weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my
weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."
We never like to think about our weaknesses, or worst
yet, have them pointed out to us. But when it comes to surrendering
ourselves fully to God, we must learn to boast about our moral
deficiencies. Our Scripture this month demonstrates the value that
comes in being dependent on Christ. While we obtain strength from
His love and acceptance, we also have the wonderful opportunity to
demonstrate His glory to others.
2 John & Peggy Tienken
3 Devin & Sara Brown
4 Gordon & Kelley Carswell
4 Don & Diane Preus
6 Kedrick & Sara Daw
6 Dan & Kathy Wolfram
7 Chad & Sarah-Kate Bozza
7 Richard & Kim Peery
8 Steve & Debbie Moore
12 Ken & Linda Johnson
12 Craig & Heidi Morris
13 John & Lindsey Thompson
16 Scott & Pam Keller
17 Jack & Sylvian Williams
20 Mark & Wendi Shreiner
22 Wesley & Omega Bickham
22 Chris & Mary Lindsay Grady
22 Bruce & Shawn Hanson
23 Brad & Susan West
26 Karl & Lisa Barner
& Lane Henderson
& Andrea Peacock
& Jenifer Pecht
Visitors - Starting Points Class
The Fall 2017 "Starting Points" class is
designed for all visitors wishing to join us here at Eastminster Presbyterian
Church as covenant partners. Please plan to join us Sundays,
September 10 through October 8 from 10:15-11:00AM in the Parlor.
The Parlor is located next to the offices in the Sanctuary
building. This is a great time to get to know other visitors, our
Ministerial Staff, Elders and ministry teams. If you have any
questions, contact Valerie Mote (770-401-8854 or email@example.com).
Session Meeting Highlights
August 2017 Session Meeting Highlights
Session approved a Letter of Transfer for Helen Hvizdak to Mt. Bethel United Methodist
Session approved a motion to donate the proceeds of
the offering from Rev. Moore's installation service to fund mission
outreach in Panama City, Panama, through an organization called
Sports X Change
Session approved Cindy Moran to teach two Cub Scout
classes on Sunday afternoons in the 5th Grade classroom: God
& Me (1:00-1:45PM) and God & Family (2-3PM). The
classes will be September 10, 17, October 8, 15, 22, and November
Session approved canceling all CLT classes on October
29 (due to the combined Kirkin' of the
Session approved a family-centered church-wide
decorating event, tree lighting ceremony, and Christmas Caroling on
the grounds on November 29, 2017, and for a "Share the
Joy, Adopt a Tree" plan to wrap the trees on the church
property with Christmas lights to shine during the Advent Season.
Session approved a Women's Ministry one-day retreat in
the CLC on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 8AM to 3:30PM.
Session placed under the authority of the Trustees the
administration of the Columbarium as it pertains to documentation
of contracts and purchasing of niches, as well as handling the
transactions thereof. The physical removal and replacement of the
marble cover on the Columbarium, as well as the placement and
internment of remains will be overseen by the Facilities Ministry
Team in coordination with the Senior Pastor.
Session confirmed the appointment of Dawn Milazzo as
the Director of the Preschool effective August 7, 2017.
Session designated Amber Benford
(along with Julia Owens) to be the personnel responsible for the
routine counting and depositing of the offerings for 2017 as part
of her normal duties.
The next Stated Session meeting will be held on Thursday,
September 21, 2017, at 7:30PM in Room 204.
The next Presbytery meeting will be held on October
6-7, 2017, at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington, SC.
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