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Dear Eastminster Family,


Gratitude is the word on my mind as I write these
words.

STAFF
DR. BRADLEY D. SMITH
Pastor
DR. MARK E. DURRETT
Associate Pastor
REV. LYNN A. GRANDSIRE
Associate Pastor
DR. JAMES I. ST. JOHN
Parish Associate
MR. CROSKEYS ROYALL
Director of Childrens Ministries
MRS. FREDNA LEE
Director of Music Ministries
MRS. ELIZABETH BOWER
EDS Director
MR. WILLIAM L. COLLINS, JR.
Business Manager
MS. JULIE MCDANIEL
Member Involvement
Coordinator

Im grateful for the engagement and energy evident at the Officers Retreat this past weekend as
125 past and present officers gathered to listen
and reflect on Gods work in our lives, while also
dreaming and planning for the coming year in the
life of Eastminster. Im also grateful for John Frye,
for his past witness to Christ in this place and for
his encouragement this weekend.
Im grateful you all voted to purchase the property we currently lease
from the Carolina Childrens Home; Im excited to see the slate of
officers-elect for the class of 2018; and Im thankful for the behind the
scenes work of the men and women who helped discern, distill, and
communicate these important decisions in ways we can all understand.
Im grateful for special opportunities like actor Brad Sherrills dramatic
presentations of The Apostle to take place this Sunday 6:00 p.m.
to 7:30 p.m. and and Monday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In these
ninety minutes you will experience and come to know the Apostle Paul
in a whole new way. Mr. Sherrill, who has performed at Eastminster
previously, does an incredible job. Invite a friend, email jmcdaniel@
eastminsterpres.org to reserve a seat, and come.
Im grateful for all of you who are joining in Christs work in this place.
Even as small groups and studies and service endeavors get underway,
I also ask you to begin praying about showing your gratitude to God
through your giving. Stepping up in joy and generosity, each giving in
grateful response to Gods blessings, will help us grow in faith individually even as we grow in our shared witness to Jesus Christ.
See you Sunday,

Dedication Sunday, Eastminsters Joy and Eastminster Joining with Others to Build
Generosity, Oct. 18
Habitat Home
As Eastminster church gathers together and reaches out into
the community and beyond, the church is making a tremendous impact on others. To see how God works through His
church is a glorious blessing. Lets continue the work Hes
started by prayerfully considering support of the church, its
ministries and missions in 2016. Dedication Sunday will be
Oct. 18, and pledge cards will be collected at all three services.

Advent Devotions Are Needed

Members willing to write Advent devotions are asked to contact Shelli Knapp in the church office, 256-1654, ext. 122.

Eastminster is teaming up with two other churches to build


a home for Ebony and her five children. In addition to being
a mother and working full time at Palmetto Health, Ebony is
hard at work on the build site. But she needs your help.
Eastminster has built many Habitat homes over the years. In
fact, the church family will provide Habitat with more than
$30,000 this year. But, it takes more than money. While this
continues to be an important local ministry, Eastminster has
had a hard time recruiting sufficient volunteers in recent years.
Please consider helping answer the prayers of Ebony and her
family. You can sign up on the website (www.easterminsterpres.
org) or call Mark Rosenberg for details at 803-446-0003.

EPC Tweens attending CROSS mission program

EPC fourth- and fifth-graders, and a parent, will be traveling to


Myers Park Presbyterian, Charlotte, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 3031, to participate in the Myers Park CROSS Missions ministry.
EPC volunteers will leave late Friday afternoon and return by
Saturdays dinner hour. CROSS will match EPC participants
with mission projects on Saturday morning and early Saturday
afternoon that are age appropriate, and that kids and parents can
do together. Cost is $20 / child; parents are free. Contact Croskeys at croyall@eastminsterpres.org for more information or to
register.

Bradley Elementary Lunch Buddies Needed

Bradley Elementary has 15 fifth-graders who need a Lunch Buddy two Tuesdays per month, 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., beginning Tuesday, Sept. 15. Lunch Buddies get to know their fifth-grader and help him or her with reading skills. If interested, please
contact Julie McDaniel in the church office, 256-1564, or by e-mail to jmcdaniel@eastminsterpres.org.

Senior High Youth


Sunday Morning Breakfast

The Senior High Youth enjoys coffee and breakfast in the HeBrews Caf every Sunday morning at 9:43. We love Jesus A
Latte!

Eastminster Youth Ministry

Will meet on Sunday nights in the Christian Life Center from


5-6:30 p.m., beginning Sunday, Sept. 13. Middle school students will meet in the Arts & Crafts Room of the CLC; high
school students will meet in the Multi-Purpose Room of the
CLC. Both rooms are on the third floor. This is a time for
students to grow in their relationship with God and others in a
fun, casual environment. Its a time for games, meeting friends
from other schools, reading the Bible and eating together.
Adult volunteers are always needed. To volunteer, please contact Laura Long at 530-6731.

Cookie Party to Begin School Year

A start-of-the-school-year Cookie Party for families with babies


through Kindies will be at Citadel Park, Sunday, Sept. 27 from
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Thank You!

Thank you to the many bakers and deliverers who made the 5th
annual Cookies for First Responders possible. Eastminster
was able to send dozens of delicious cookies to 18 fire stations,
police and sheriffs departments, and hospital emergency rooms.
Two lucky boys got a tour of the police department, including
inside a cell and inside a police car. While all of the bakers are
not known, those who delivered cookies included Boyd and
Nancy Scott, Jennifer Branham and family, the Jowers family,
the Oliver family, Dori Ditty, Alana Holmes, the Beitz family,
Bosie Martin, Betsy Leopard, the Matthew Burns family, Susan
Laird and family, Leslie and Bruce Walker and family, Karla
Johns and boys, Jennifer Rayfield and Molly Evatt.

Volunteer Help Needed in Church Office

The church office staff is in need of someone who can devote their time from Noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
on Fridays, answering the telephone at the reception desk. This service will help give the staff a break for their lunch. Please contact Tricia at 256-1654 or tmccormick@eastminsterpres.org if you are willing to serve the church in this manner.

Eastminster Receives Partner Award

Transitions Homeless Recovery Center has awarded Eastminster its first Faith-Based Partner of the Year Award. The presentation
was made at a luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and came about as a result of the time, effort, financial support and yes, pound
cake that made a contribution to Transitions work to end homelessness in the Midlands. Eastminster delivers and serves dinner at Transitions on the third Thursday of each month. To get involved, please contact Laura Long at laurapricelong@att.net.

Prayer Cards Available at Welcome Desk

Prayer Cards are available at the Welcome Desk. Please take


one and use it in to pray for people and the ministries listed.
Where there are updates for the cards, please let Shelli Knapp
or Lynn Grandsire know.

Middle School Prayer Breakfast Resumes

Middle school students are invited to morning prayer breakfasts before school beginning in September. On the first and
third Tuesdays, the breakfasts will be at the home of Sarah
Long; on the second Thursday of each month the breakfast will
be at the home of John Bailey and Lyndsay Moore. Rides from
the breakfast to school are available if needed. Come enjoy the
Bible and Bacon.

Eastminster Women Bible Study Meets


Sundays and Tuesdays

Eastminster Presbyterian Women (EPW) will be studying the


book of Esther this fall. The study, Esther: The Hidden Hand
of God, will meet Sundays, 5-6 p.m., in Room 350, beginning
Sept. 20 and concluding Nov. 8. The study will also be taught
on Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. in Room 351, beginning Sept.
22 and concluding Nov. 10.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE & CONCERN


Elizabeth Ross

HOSPITALS
DEATHS

Congregational Love and Sympathy are extended to:


Jack & Dottie Pratt on the death of his cousin, Carolyn
Felsher, September 10.
Jane Smith on the death of her sister-in-law, Linda Smith,
September 14.
Andy Tuite on the death of his wife, Patricia (Patty)
Tuite, September 19. Daughter, Lisa (Mitch) Newman.
Grandchildren, Quinn, Davis & Braxton Newman.

BIRTHS

Dicky & Ivey Bouknight on the birth of their grandson,


Braxton Boyle Brading, born September 3. Parents, Brett &
Blair Brading.
Joe & Carol Anderson on the birth of their granddaughter, Ivy Walker Anderson, born September 13. Parents, Van
& Frances Anderson.
On weekends a minister is on call. If you have a crisis which
one of the ministers needs to know about, phone 256-1654
and leave a message. A minister will return your call.

Peanut Butter Sunday is September 27!

Save the Date! There is a Redeemer!

The choirs and orchestra of EPC will present a program of


sacred and secular music, There is a Redeemer! on Sunday,
Nov. 1, 4-5 p.m., in the sanctuary.

College Ministry Building Network for


Encouragement

The Eastminster Presbyterian College Ministry is collecting the


names and addresses of college students for prayer support and
encouragement during the 2015-2016 school year. Please contact Laura Long at laurapricelong@att.net, or call the church
office at 256-1654 to join this networking database.

Please bring a jar (or three or four) to put in the bins for Harvest Hope! Over the years, Eastminster has donated literally
tons of peanut butter to help feed our hungry neighbors, but
the need never goes away. Many thanks to the Boy Scouts of
Troop 10 for delivering.

Deadline for UPDATE

Send your information to share with the congregation


to communications@eastminsterpres.org.
Please have your information in by September 27th
for the October 18th update.

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The 2015 Advent Retreat, Friday-Sunday, Dec.


4-6, at Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain,
NC, will include hiking, shopping, singing, worship and rich fellowships. Registration brochures
are available throughout the Eastminster church
property and on the church website, www.eastminsterpres.org.

Advent Retreat

Brad Sherrill Returns to Eastminster


Performing Apostle - The Writings
of Paul

Brad Sherrill is a 30-year Atlanta-based performer


who brings Scripture alive through his one-man
performances focusing on Scripture memorization
and stage theatre. On Sunday, Sept. 27 at 6:00
p.m. and Monday, Sept. 28, at 7:00 p.m., Brad
will perform his most recent show, Apostle, focusing on the writings of Paul. Both performances
will be in Thompson Hall and are presented at no
charge. However, due to seating limitations, an
RSVP is preferred and may be made by calling
the church office at 256-1654 or sending e-mail
to Julie McDaniel at jmcdaniel@eastminsterpres.
org. Childcare for up to age 10 can be provided
with advance reservation.

Update for September 27, 2015