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EASTMINSTERPRES.ORG

VOLUME 39 N UMBER 33 | OC TOBER 25, 2015

Dear Eastminster Family,


Let me again share how pleased I am to see so many of you
stepping up and serving in special ways these past weeks.
For some in our church family and community, it will be
a longer road to recovery. Continue to reach out and support one another as you have been doing.

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

Information and introductions:


Beginning immediately, and for at least the next three
weeks, Eastminster is making space available to lodge
AmeriCorps work groups at the church. Please welcome
and thank these young adults as they serve in our community. They arrived last Tuesday, October 20, and will be here until November 10.
Because of the flooding, Stewardship Dedication Sunday has been rescheduled for
November 22. You are invited to support Eastminsters Flood Relief Fund. A vast
majority of donated funds will help EPC families recover, with a tithe going to help
other flood efforts in the area. Those requesting support from the fund should contact Business Manager Bill Collins or me.
Welcome New Staff Members:
The Rev. Chris Scott, an ordained Presbyterian Minister, is working with us on a part-time, temporary basis for the next several
months. Chris will help provide pastoral care and support to
members, work with young adults to start a new Sunday School
class, and assist with worship leadership. Chris wife, Kathy, is also
an ordained minister and is serving on the Chaplain School faculty
at Fort Jackson. Chris and Kathy have two children, Sophia (5)
and Simeon (2), who is in the Day School. In his free time, Chris
enjoys bicycling. Please welcome Chris and family to Eastminster.

MR. WILLIAM L. COLLINS, JR.


Business Manager
MS. JULIE MCDANIEL
Member Involvement
Coordinator

See you Sunday,

Blythe Lewis joins our staff as the Director of Communications,


helping convey information, opportunities, and inspiration to the
church family. Blythe brings experience working in marketing and
communications for various businesses as well as a church, Saxe
Gotha Presbyterian. Blythe is familiar to many of you through her
husband, Tim, and children, Gracie (14), Tinnin (7), and Baye
(7), as well as her parents, Joe and Kay Donaho. In her free time,
Blythe enjoys painting and other forms of art. Please welcome
Blythe to the Eastminster staff.

Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Fundraiser

Sponsored by the youth of EPC, Christmas trees and wreaths may be ordered through Sunday, November 22. You
can place your orders online via our website or following worship. Please support our youth ministry again this year
by placing your orders soon. This is a great way to contribute to a vital ministry at EPC!

Eastminster Pre-K/Kindie Trunk or Treat is This Sunday!


The EPC Halloween event for children babies through 5K, and parents, will be this Sunday, Oct. 25, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
in the lower Medway Parking Lot. Costumed kids will trick or treat from decorated parked cars, and there will be popcorn, spooky music, snacks and a game or two. Older siblings are welcome, but encouraged to go easy on the candy
to ensure younger children can enjoy it. Wear costumes! Volunteers with decorated cars are needed, and all EPC members are invited to donate candy for distribution. Participants, please bring canned goods to support Harvest Hope Food Bank.

EPC Youth THIS SUNDAY

Trinity Masquerade Ball


What: Sunday Night Youth Group (Middle and High school)
Whos Invited: YOU and as many friends that fit in the car (legally)
Why: FUN and Fellowship in Jesus Christ: DJ, Costume Contest,
Food, Photo Booth, Games
Drop off: Sunday, October 25, at 6:00 p.m.
Eastminster Presbyterian Church CLC
Pick up: Trinity Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m.
1st Floor of the Trinity Center
What to bring: YOU, friends, WEAR a COSTUME

Register now for Novembers Haiti Mission trip

Registration is open for the EPC mission trip to Leogane, Haiti, Saturday-Saturday, Nov. 7-14, flying out of Charlotte. The team will be doing light construction and painting in addition to offering medical and dental assistance
to the doctors, dentists and nurses working at Hospital St. Croix and the maternity clinic at Darbonne. If anyone is
interested in registering for the trip, and for more information, contact Julie McDaniel, jmcdaniel@eastminsterpres.
org or 256-1654. As we get closer to the dates, the cost for airfare increases.

PEP Dates: Nov. 17 and Dec. 1

PEP (People Enjoying People) will have a special guest at their luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Lt. Gov. Henry
McMaster will speak to the group in Thompson Hall. The luncheon and presentation will be from 11:45 a.m. until
1:00 p.m. - Lunch is $6 / person. PEP will also have its annual Christmas luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at McCutchen House on the USC Horseshoe. The cost is $12 / person and must be paid in advance. Please meet at 10:30
a.m. in the CLC; buses and carpools will leave the church property at 11:15 a.m. Parking at McCutchen House is at
a premium. Please RSVP to Shelli Knapp, ext. 122 for both of these events, as limited seating and reservations available.

Share Your Stories - Daily Devotions Needed

Wed like to share your stories of faith. You may have


seen a few miracles lately or have reflections to share
on how others are gathering together and reaching
out. If you are willing to contribute to the EPC Daily Devolitonal ministry, please contact Blythe Lewis
at 256-1654, ext. 165, or email a few paragraphs to
blewis@eastminsterpres.org. Please include scripture
and a prayer.

Eastminster is AmeriCorps NCCC Host Site

Eastminster will be a host site for a group of young


people with AmeriCorps over the next three weeks.
They will be spending the nights in two rooms on the
second floor hall of the Christian Education building,
and spending their days out in the community, working in various areas to get homes, community centers
and public spaces rebuilt. Please welcome them if you
see them on campus.
Please Like us on
Facebook. Go to wwwfacebook.com/eastminsterprez.

EPC....Gathering Together...
Reaching Out

Applications Are being Accepted for a New


High School Youth Director

The selected applicant will serve alongside the Middle


School Youth Director. The new director will develop
relationships with students and their families, provide
leadership through evening Bible studies, summer programs, trips, conferences and other related programs
as well as recruit and train volunteers, teachers and lay
leaders. The director will provide and promote mission
opportunities, and serve as part of a staff ministry team.
Candidates must be clear communicators and possess a
vision and passion for high school youth ministry. Candidates must be believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and
committed to serving Him through ministry. For more
information, applicants should contact Bill Collins,
Business Manager at bcollins@eastminsterpres.org.

Volunteer Help Needed in Church Office

The church office staff is in need of someone who can devote


their time from Noon to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11:00
a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays, answering the telephone at
the reception desk. This will help give the staff a break for
lunch. Please contact Tricia at 256-1654 or tmccormick@
eastminsterpres.org if you are willing to serve! Its also a
great opportunity to get to know the EPC staff.

Live Streaming

Out of town? Unable to attend? Eastminster is pleased


to announce that you can now watch the sermons via
the website through live streaming. You can use this link
(http://eastminsterpres.org/live-services) or go to the home
page and click on sermons. The live streaming will be at
the top of the page.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE & CONCERN


DEATHS

Congregational Love and Sympathy are extended to:


Sandra Bryant and family on the death of her husband,
Donald (Don) Manning Bryant, Sr., on October 18.

On weekends a minister is on call. If you have a crisis that


one of the ministers needs to know about, phone 256-1654
and leave a message. A minister will return your call.

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 fellowship. Registration brochures
are available throughout the Eastminster church
property and on the church website.

Advent Retreat - Dec. 4-6

Due to the recent flood, the Stewardship Committee is moving Dedication Sunday from October 18 to November 22. Further details will be
announced soon. Until then, 2016 pledges may
be made via mail or through the web site.

Dedication Sunday - Nov. 22

Save The Date! There will be a Congregational


Luncheon in the gym on Sunday, Nov. 15 follow
ing worship services. More information coming!

Send the church your email address!

Congregational Luncheon - Nov. 15

A Celebration Concert, Nearer, Still Nearer will


be Sunday, Nov. 1 at 4:00 p.m., in the sanctuary.
The concert will include the choir and orchestra,
featuring a variety of music sure to uplift and inspire. THIS IS NOW A FLOOD RECOVERY
BENEFIT VIA LOVE OFFERING. PLEASE
SPREAD THE WORD. Bring a neighbor or a
friend who needs a little celebration.

Celebration Concert - Nov. 1

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Eastminster Presbyterian Church


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Update for October 25, 2015