Thursday, January 16, 2020

And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: "After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
Mark 1:4-8 & 9-11 

  Announcements & Coming Events     
A reception honoring Joy Chittick will take place in the gym following this Sunday's worship service. 
This Sunday, January 19, we will take up Eastminster's Care and Help Offering (ECHO) to support the Stone Mountain and Lilburn co-ops, as well as the Giathenge Feeding Center in Kenya directed by Martin Mwangi and other outreach projects.
Don't forget the deadline to register for the "More or Less" Series is this Sunday, January 19th. Sunday, January 26th and February 2nd, we'll gather for a Lunch and Learn from noon to 1:30pm. On February 9 th we will attend TheoEd Talks at First Presbyterian Church at 4pm. The cost for this series is $30, which includes both lunches and a ticket to TheoEd Talks. Contact Anne Galliher at or 704-682-8434. 
For the next few weeks different members of the Adult Sunday School class will be teaching on subjects that are very meaningful to them. This Sunday,  Alice Day and Linda Redman will present on Eastminster's Outreach to Refugees in the Clarkston community and discussing ways to address the many needs of this community.  Everyone is invited to attend!     
Come join us on January 22 for Theology School. This year we will have four separate courses on the Old Testament Prophets. Course 1 is four weeks and looks at the prophets during the time prior to the Assyrian invasion of Israel: Amos, Hosea, Micah, and First Isaiah.  
PW looking ahead - Everyone is invited to join in on the Valentine Box packing day on Wednesday, February 5, at 10:00 in Founder's Hall. Our college students and missionary kids really look forward to receiving a decorated shoebox packed full of goodies from their Eastminster family to enjoy and share with friends.  Donations of individually wrapped candy, snacks, and school supplies can be left in the Narthex or office.
To view a complete calendar for the week, click here.

Thanks to all who donated Breakfast With Santa auction items or bought tickets supporting the Stone Mountain Food Co-op. The fundraiser netted about $7,000.

Thanks to all of the Food Angels who helped the Stone Mountain Co-op stay open until Christmas.

A SUPER BIG THANK YOU to our wonderful EPC Co-op Volunteers who helped stock and bag Food November-December at the Stone Mountain Food Co-op.

Lunch & Learn   
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Eastminster has provided Early Evening Hosts for Clifton since 1982. We currently have seven men that participate in this local outreach. We work the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursdays of each month. We show up around 5:30 to help prepare the men's dinner and following dinner we wash clothes for the men assisting with dinner and cleanup. If your interested in helping at Clifton contact Rick Adle (404-697-0277). We will match you up with whoever is going any Thursday you're available.

Eastminster Clothes Closet
The Eastminster Clothes Closet functions as a distribution point for donations from our congregation. Clothing that is in good shape and currently in style is collected and sorted for various uses. A large amount will go to Mission Haven for the use of Presbyterian missionaries and the families of Columbia Seminary students. Depending on condition and needs the rest will be distributed to Lilburn Coop, Clifton Night Sanctuary for Men, and various channels to the immigrant community.  
We can also accept household items like linens and kitchen equipment. We do ask if things are not in good condition that you take them directly to Salvation Army or Goodwill.  
Mission Haven is currently in need of winter coats, scarves, gloves and hats for all. There is a big need for men's small clothing, and dresses for women in all sizes. Mission Haven provides clothing from underwear to overcoats from newborns to XXL men.
Donations can be brought to the church Clothes Closet/room 210 on the first floor, near the Church Office. The door is locked, but donations can be left outside the door if a staff person is unavailable to open it.
If you are interested in helping distribute the clothing to Lilburn Coop and other places or have questions about donations, please contact Susan Adle at 770-498-0532.

Wednesday Night Dinner & Program
Join us for fellowship and dinner Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. If you would like to make a reservation, be on the permanent list, or are already on the list and know in advance you will not be able to attend dinner, please let the church office know by email at, or by phone 770-469-4881. All reservations should be made by Tuesday morning.    

Wednesday, January 15th menu:
  "Arroz con Pollo"
Yellow Rice with Chicken, English Peas, Garden Salad, Dinner Rolls, Fruited Jello, Tea and Lemonade. 
The cost for dinner is $8.00 with a maximum of $20.00 per family.


For our Wednesday night program at 6:30,  Theology School begins. This year we will have four separate courses on the Old Testament Prophets. Course 1 is four weeks and looks at the prophets during the time prior to the Assyrian invasion of Israel: Amos, Hosea, Micah, and First Isaiah.    

January  Birthdays
1     Ginny Matthews
2     Marty Counts
3     Barbara Morgan
4     Bonnie Evans
5     Rick Eaton
       Henry Howard
       Herb Uthlaut
11   Audrey Maly
12   William Hartle
14   Nancy Phillips
17   Kelly Brandon
       Al Lundin
18   Janice Wilmot
19   Libby Fleck
       Beverly Roberts
       James Willis
21   Patti Staten 
24   Annie Ruth Counts
       Daren Sorenson
27   Leslie Bunce
       Beth Heckman 
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Sunday, January 19
       9:15 a.m.     Sunday School
     10:30 a.m.     Worship Service
     11:30 a.m.     Reception honoring Joy Chittick
     11:30 a.m.     Session Meeting - Adult Center
       1:00 p.m.     One Gate Church Service            
Monday, January 20- Office Closed       
       6:30 p.m.     Stephen Ministry Meeting
       7:30 p.m.     Boy Scout Troop 876
Tuesday, January 21
     11:00 a.m.     Alanon - Rm. 323
       5:00 p.m.     Strategic Planning Committee - Rm. 208
       7:00 p.m.     Deacons' Meeting - Adult Center
Wednesday, January 22
     10:00 a.m.     Respite Care - open
     10:00 a.m.     Women's Bible Study - Rm. 208
       5:45 p.m.     Fellowship Dinner - Yellow Rice and Chicken
       6:30 p.m.     Wednesday Night Program - Theology School - Amos 
       7:30 p.m.     Chancel Choir Practice
Thursday, January 23
       6:30 p.m.     Grief Support
Sunday, January 26
       9:15 a.m.     Sunday School
     10:30 a.m.     Worship Service
     12:00 p.m.     Lunch and Learn - "More or Less" Series
       1:00 p.m.     One Gate Church Service                     
*Note: The outer doors by the office and preschool will be locked at 10:45 a.m. during Sunday morning worship. The sanctuary doors will remain open.
*For more information regarding locations and additional events, please note the full church calendar is available on the website and can be accessed at It runs in real-time and is updated every time an item is added.   

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