In this issue: Words for Today, MLK Service Project Recap, CHOA Meal Bag Assembly, 1/29 Congregational Meeting, Refugee Family Update, EPC Book Club, Centering Prayer
WORDS FOR TODAY
"A Christian movement in these times must take seriously the realities of political power. The blessings of God's kingdom must become incarnate in the institutions of society, and the laws of our land must be able to reflect justice and mercy for all men." -- Dr. MLK, Jr., from "A Christian Movement in a Revolutionary Age"
MLK Service Project Recap
Lilabet, Karen, and Sally pose for a brief photo opportunity in the middle of their hard work.
From Lilabet Choate:
Many thanks to all who participated in the 2017 MLK Jr Service Project. A great majority of our church family and friends prayed, baked, provided fruit and other goodies, painted, dug up invasive plants, blocked rat holes, prepped and painted walls and woodwork, hauled trash, repaired and rescreened a porch, updated bathrooms and generally made two homes of Low Income Decatur Seniors safer, more energy efficient, and more Senior friendly. Both families expressed their appreciation. And each one of us who participated was blessed in different ways.
Micah 6:8 ..and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
CHOA Meal Bag Assembly
Join us Saturday, February 25th, at 2:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall for our annual Lenten practice of assembling meal bags for families of CHOA patients. Our friends from Atlanta's Muslim community will be joining us again this year. Stay tuned for a list of items we will need for the bag! If you would like to donate funds for items to be purchased, please designate your gift for "CHOA meal bags".
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING JANUARY 29, 2017
After worship Sunday, January 29th, we had a congregational meeting. During that meeting, seven issues were brought before the congregation:
1. Elder Nominating Committee Chair Marty Moore brought the committee recommendation that Molly Reno finish Jamie Beck's remaining two years as elder to the congregation. The motion passed unanimously.
2. Capital Campaign Chair Sally Fleming updated the congregation on the status of the Capital Campaign that began in 2010. With an initial loan of $200,000, the church essentially owes only $15,685 now.
3. Transition Team Chair Sally Fleming stayed to explain the functions of the Transition Team during this time before, during, and after Jill's retirement and introduced committee member Laura Walker.
4. Transition Team member Laura Walker updated the congregation on special events pertaining to Pastor Jill's retirement. Sunday, March 5th, will be Jill's last Sunday preaching, and a congregational potluck luncheon will immediately follow the service. Sunday, March 12th, will be her last Sunday at EPC. The Reverend Tom Tewell will preach, and a formal, community-wide luncheon will immediately follow worship.
5. Personnel Committee member Kathryn Hornsby motioned that the congregation dissolve Jill's pastoral terms of call, effective March 31st, 2017. The congregation (grudgingly) agreed.
6. Personnel Committee member Kathryn Hornsby brought the congregation's attention to the Ethics Covenant that Jill must sign before she leaves the church. She especially pointed out that Jill must not be involved with the business of the church in any way for at least one year after the installation of church's new permanent pastor.
7. Interim Pastor Nominating Committee Chair Carrie Fuoco updated the congregation on the process to find an Interim Pastor, probably effective beginning in April of 2017. The committee received ten resumes from Presbytery. The committee narrowed down the nominees to three candidates to interview, and the plan is to offer the position to a candidate in about three weeks.
REFUGEE FAMILY UPDATE
We proudly continue to work with our Syrian refugee family. The Haikils came to worship with us Sunday, February 5th. We were all excited to meet the family, and members of the congregation continue assisting with language learning, transportation, and other needs the family has. The right includes a picture of our volunteers on the family's move-in day. We're excited to continue our work with New American Pathways and Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church!
The next EPC book club meeting is Tuesday, February 28th, and will be about State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett. Come join us!
Centering Prayer is every Thursday evening at 8:00 in the Sanctuary. Come join us -- no experience necessary. For more information, call Truette Stubbs at (404) 667-4154.