Volume LXIX, No. 45 | November 10, 2019
Worship at First
Sunday, November 10

Morning Worship
8:30 & 11:15 a.m.
"The Cost of Discipleship"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
"The Savior of the World"
Dr. Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer

Bulletins will be available by noon on Fridays.

Wednesday, November 13

Wednesdays at Noon
Jackson Hall
"Definitive Sanctification"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
Finishing the Race Well
"Simeon and Anna"
Rev. Bryan Bult

Grace Church Leith, Scotland Update

We remain amazed and grateful to the Lord at your response to the request to help Grace Church in Leith, Scotland, in their efforts to purchase a building. Your giving came to $244,000. Thank you for responding in such a generous and timely manner.

Here are highlights of what, in God’s providence, has happened and continues to happen:

  • Our gift made it possible for the Grace Church to make a serious bid on the property.
  • It came to light that another party made a greater offer. The seller is trying to close the deal with the other bidder but, as of yet, that deal has not gone through.
  • If the other sale were to fail, Grace Church intends on renewing their effort to purchase the building.
  • Through this whole process, the Grace Church leadership has decided that they are going to purchase a building for their use whether it is this one or another. Our gift to them is absolutely essential for the purchase of a property – whether the current one or something else that is located.

We have received the following communication from Athole Rennie, pastor of Grace Church:

"I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your incredible generosity towards our building fund. Again and again your willingness to pray for us, encourage us and support us financially over the years has acted as a tremendous example of gospel generosity to our church family, to the wider church in Scotland and to our non-Christian friends who wonder at the kindness and love that one community of God’s people can show to another. We are truly blessed to be in partnership with you... God has already used this experience to strengthen our faith, to increase our vision of what’s possible and to deepen our love for you our dear brothers and sisters at First Presbyterian Church. We look forward to seeing what else he plans to do in the weeks and months ahead."

Continue to pray for the successful conclusion of this process.

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
Senior Minister

Green Apron Brigade

Please consider joining the Green Apron Brigade, a team of volunteers devoted to hospitality and food service at dinners, special events, and receptions. On November 17, tables will be available in the Atrium and in Palmer to sign up or obtain more information about our activities. Your help would be most appreciated.

Angel Tree
Sharing Gifts with a Child in Need

Please help a child of an inmate parent this Christmas and stop by the Angel Tree table in the Atrium or in the Palmer entrance hallway on Sunday, November 10 and 17 . Take an Angel Tag, buy a gift or two for a child in need, and return your gift-wrapped presents by December 1 at either of the Angel Tree tables. The deacons will deliver your gifts to the children, along with an age-appropriate booklet of hope about Jesus, in time for Christmas!

Church Print

Looking for a beautiful gift? Erica Hoyt’s church print (17” wide X 23” high) which was commissioned for our 200th anniversary in 1995 is available for sale in our office for $40.00 each. Please contact Barbara Shealy at bshealy@firstprescolumbia.org to make a purchase. 
Church Family

Christian sympathy is extended to:
Allison and David Penwell on the death of her father, James Walker Smiley, on November 2.

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

November Events at First
Committee Meetings:
              11           Administration - 5:30 p.m. in P402
              13           Encouragers Steering - 1:00 p.m. in Laffitte Parlor
10   Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing - 3:30 p.m. in P303
Combined Youth Group - 5:00 p.m. in BR001
11-13 Circles Meet
15-16 Women’s Conference - Intentional: Cultivating Gospel Conversations - Jackson Hall. Registration is now open on the church website and app.
17 Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper - 8:30 & 11:15 a.m. Worship Services in the Sanctuary
Haiti Medical Mission Information Meeting - 4:30 p.m. in the Frank C. Hill World Missions Center
19 Young Professionals Tuesday Gathering - 6:30 p.m. off-site
20 Third Wednesdays Centerpoint Prayer - 6:00 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Please remember to sign up online for the November 20 dinner.
21 Young Professionals Men’s Night - 7:00 p.m. off-site
24 College Lunch - 12:30 p.m. in Jackson Hall. College students and church family are invited to join us for a “Friendsgiving” meal.
27 No Centerpoint activities
28 Thanksgiving Worship Service - 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

For more information on any upcoming events, please check our website at firstprescolumbia.org or our church app.
803-799-9062 | email | website | app