Volume LXXI, No. 8 | February 21, 2021
Worship at First
Sunday, February 21

Morning Worship
8:30 & 11:15 a.m.
"Royal Wedding"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Masks are required at the 8:30 a.m. service.

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
"How to Know God Answers Prayer"
Dr. Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer

We will be live-streaming our services on Sunday
at 8:30, 11:15 a.m., and 6:00 p.m.
For those who do not have internet capabilities, the morning sermon is also broadcast on 1320 AM radio at 11:00 a.m.

Bulletins will be available by noon on Fridays.

Wednesday, February 24
12:00 p.m.
The Loving Wisdom of Our God
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
Jackson Hall

Wednesday, February 24
5:30 p.m.
Praying with the Saints
"Moses - Powerful Pleading"
Rev. David Lauten
Jackson Hall

World Day of Prayer

Every year, the Women of the Church have a Prayer Emphasis event. This year, it will be the World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 5. Smith Chapel will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with child care from 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

The World Day of Prayer was named in 1928, but its roots date back to the 19th century when Christian women of the United States and Canada initiated a variety of cooperative activities in support of missions at home and in other parts of the world. This prayer fellowship expanded and involves women dedicating themselves to prayer with Christian sisters of other races and nations. It serves to enrich our experiences and to release the power of prayer to accomplish great things for the kingdom of God around the world.

Our focus will be on prayer for our missionaries, our church, our families and our nation. I have selected Romans 12:12 as our focus verse. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” There will be guides for prayer and information on our missionaries available. Officers from the Women of the Church Board will read scripture and pray intermittently throughout the day. A few weeks ago, Gabe Fluhrer was discussing three important disciplines in the Christian life: Giving, Praying and Fasting. May this be a day that we give of our time and devote ourselves to prayer. Some may be called to fast as well. May it be a day when we quiet our hearts to hear “that still small voice” of God.

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne,
Make all my wants and wishes known!
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief,
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer.

To find out more information about the Prayer Emphasis event, please visit the church website or app, under events.

Rhoda Paschal
WOC Spiritual Life Chairman

Church Nominating Committee

Please pray for the members of the Church Nominating Committee as they begin their task of securing elder and deacon candidates for the work of the church over the next few years. The chairman of the committee is Elder Jimmy Herlong. Other committee members are Frank Cason, Matt Bogan, Wyman Bowers, Rhoda Paschal, Susan Powell, and Will McMaster.
The Officer Nomination insert is included in this week’s First Things. Nomination inserts are also available at each ballot box location in the Narthex, Jackson Hall, Family Life Center, and the Ministry Building lobby. A form is also available on the church website and app. 

Inquirers Class

We are pleased to offer a new hybrid class that will begin on Sunday, March 21. This class will be held in our World Missions Center each Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Because this class will be offered two ways, via zoom and in person, registration will be required. If you plan to attend, please register on the church app or website under firstprescolumbia.org/events. Please email Lisa Eargle at leargle@firstprescolumbia.org if you have any questions.
Sunday Coffee Resumes

Coffee is available to pick up in Jackson Hall and the 3rd floor of the Ministry Building before Sunday School. COVID-19 protocols are in place. Once you have received your coffee, please head directly to your Sunday School class so that we can avoid large gatherings at this time, and everyone may be served quickly.
New Women’s Ministry Director

Monday, February 15, the Session approved Marie Louise Bowers to become the new Director of Women’s Ministries beginning March 15. Join us in welcoming her to her new position!
American Red Cross

Our spring blood drive will take place on Wednesday, March 3, from noon to 6:00 p.m. in The Bridge Room 125 (College room). You may sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org (use Sponsor Code: FirstPresColumbia). Thank you for your faithful giving!

Church Family

Christian sympathy is extended to:
Carl Ellsworth and family on the death of his mother, Augusta Mae McDonald Ellsworth, on February 10.

Items for Church Family?
Contact Lisa Eargle at leargle@firstprescolumbia.org.
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