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