Volume LXIX, No. 15 | April 14, 2019
Worship at First
Sunday, April 14

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

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
"No One Ever Gave Up More"
Rev. Bryan Bult

Bulletins will be available by noon on Fridays.
Wednesday, April 17

12:00 p.m.
Everyday Sayings that are in the Bible
"He Gave Up the Ghost"
Rev. David Lauten
Jackson Hall

6:00 p.m.
There will be no Centerpoint programs on Wednesday, April 17.

The Church, His Church, Our Church

We are blessed beyond measure to belong to a church where the word of God is faithfully preached from the pulpit every Lord's Day. The Gospel is bringing new life and changing lives at First Presbyterian Church.

One evidence of this is the way we see many among us investing themselves in the building of his Church. It is refreshing and instructive to be reminded by Dr. Thomas that the Church is God's Plan A. There is no Plan B. We are a family, brought together through the work of the Holy Spirit, to worship, fellowship, minister to one another, and serve together.

This year, the Session has designated the Easter Sacrificial Offering for the support of the five church plants and mission churches under the care of the Catawba Presbytery. These works are sprinkled throughout the Columbia area as well as in Charleston and on the west coast.
The Columbia area works are: King’s Church in Irmo is pastored by Matt Awtrey, and has more than 30 communicant members. First Presbyterian Church ruling elders, Henry Foster and Jimmy Stands, serve as provisional elders. Arsenal Hill Mission Church in Columbia is pastored by Rob Turner, former World Witness missionary to Turkey, and is a multicultural body with about 40 communicant members. Iglesia Biblica Latinoamericana in Columbia is a Spanish-speaking ARP church and is pastored by former First Presbyterian Church member and World Witness missionary to Mexico, Scott Moore. 

If you find yourself in the Low Country on a weekend, plan to worship at Shem Creek ARP Church in Mt. Pleasant. Pastored by Ben Carver, the church meets in the Darby Building in the Old Village. And, perhaps surprising to us but not to the Lord, Catawba Presbytery is planting a church in Los Angeles, Montage Church. You met Leon Brown last month and witnessed his zeal for evangelism and desire to see a church planted in his hometown. Leon is in the first phase of church planting - building relationships and forming a core group of believers. First Presbyterian Church ruling elders, Dan Cannon and Robby Woodard, serve as provisional elders.

These five churches need our prayers. Pray. They need our support. The Easter Sacrificial Offering is called that for a reason. Pray about giving generously.

The Session has established a new committee specifically to come alongside these church plants and assist them. In the coming months, you will be hearing about different ways we can help in the building of these churches. We can be encouraged that God’s Plan A will never be frustrated. These five works are proof that Gospel light overcomes darkness. 

Norman Kent
Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Church Plants in the U.S.

Easter Nursery Volunteers Needed

We are looking for nursery volunteers to help during our 8:30 and 11:15 a.m. Easter services on Sunday, April 21. If you are able to serve, please contact Beth Grider at bgrider@firstprescolumbia.org or 799-9062, Ext. 233.
Baccalaureate Sunday

May 12, is Baccalaureate Sunday when we recognize our graduates for the year. Please contact Rebecca Milford at rmilford@firstprescolumbia.org by Monday, April 29, with the full name of the student, the name of the school, and the degree to be received.

In a prior publication of “First Things,” it was erroneously stated that Rev. Leon Brown is currently an Adjunct Professor at Erskine Seminary. Rev. Brown had been scheduled to teach a class at Erskine’s Columbia campus in the spring of 2016 and was listed on the Erskine website as an Adjunct Professor at that time; however, the class was subsequently cancelled, and his name was removed from the site. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.
Church Family

Congratulations to:
Christine and Luke McFadden on the birth of their son, John Rutherford McFadden, on April 8. Proud grandparents are Mary and Mac McFadden

Christian Sympathy is extended to:
Braxton and Shelley Towery on the death of her grandfather, Robert Charles Gowan, on March 28.

Jenni and Andy Wilson and family on the death of her father, Clyde Turbeville, on April 4.

Items for Church Family or People for Prayer?
Contact Lisa Eargle at leargle@firstprescolumbia.org 
or 799-9062, Ext. 244.
April Events at First
Committee Meetings:
15 - Session Meeting - 5:30 p.m. in P402
16 Encouragers Tour at Fort Jackson - Meet at the church at 8:45 a.m., and we will depart at 9:00 a.m.  
16 Young Professionals Tuesdays - 6:30 p.m. off-site
18 Maundy Thursday Service - 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be administered during the service.
19 Good Friday Service - 12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary
19 Good Friday Musical Tenebrae - 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The Chancel Choir and Chamber Choir will sing music of Lassus, Billings, and MacMillan in a candlelight service of Scripture readings, anthems, and hymns.
21 Easter Sunday - Services will be held at 8:30, 11:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
23 Women’s Foundry Celebration - 7:00 p.m. in Jackson Hall
25 Men’s Foundry Closeout - 6:30 p.m. off-site
25 Young Professionals’ Men’s Night - 8:00 p.m. off-site
27 Youth Golf Clinic - 10:00 a.m. at the Fort Jackson Golf Club
28 Churchyard Tour - 10:00 a.m. Tom Gottshall will conduct the Men’s Bible Class Churchyard Tour. All are welcome. 
28 College End-of-Year Party - 1:00 p.m. off-site
28 Next Step Luncheon & Communion Service - Lunch at 12:30 p.m. in Jackson Hall followed by the Communion Service at 1:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

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