Volume LXIX, No. 28 | July 14, 2019
Worship at First
Sunday, July 14

Morning Worship
8:30 & 11:15 a.m.
"Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus"
Dr. Burk Parsons

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
"A Disputed Text of Great Encouragement"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper

Bulletins will be available by noon on Fridays.

Wednesday, July 17

"7th Month"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

"The Budding Fig Tree"
Rev. David Lauten

A Call for Service

One of the ways the Diaconate serves First Presbyterian Church is through the Congregational Care Committee. This committee works alongside the Pastoral Care Department to meet many and various needs within the congregation. Not only is our committee called to meet needs, but it is also charged with building the body in service to help one another. 

We want to invite our members to partner with us in bringing support and care to the body of our church. Would you consider offering your time and gifts to help meet these needs? Areas of service include yard clean-up for the elderly, small home repairs, helping with moves, or preparing meals for those recovering from surgery or another infirmness. Other areas include visiting the elderly, running errands, or offering computer help. We would like to create a database of helping hands to call upon when the need arises. If you are interested in joining our Care Ministry, please submit your information to Barbara Diller, Congregational Nurse, through email ( bdiller@firstprescolumbia.org), the church app, or the church website at firstprescolumbia.org/careteams.

Barbara has scheduled a Care Team Training class this fall on Friday, September 20, at The Bridge from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., with lunch to follow. Please contact her with your interest in this training.

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 4:10-11, ESV)

Alan Lord 
Chairman of the Congregational Care Committee

Thornwell Lectures - Burk Parsons

The Rev. Dr. Parsons serves as Senior Pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida. He is a Ligonier Ministries Teaching Fellow and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He is the Thornwell Lecture speaker on July 14 at 10:00 a.m. in the Family Life Center. He is the author of Why Do We Have Creeds? and John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine and Doxology; and he is editor of and contributor to Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God’s Grace. The books are available from the Book Service in the Atrium, with payment envelopes or payments can be made on the church app.
Church Directory Photos Have Begun

The church is partnering with Lifetouch to produce a new pictorial directory.
You may schedule your family photo session online through our church website, church app, or through the following link: http://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/yqkq15b8/

There will also be sign-up tables in the Atrium and Family Life Center on August 11 and 18 before and after the Sunday School hour.
College Team to Wales

A team of 13 students and leaders leaves for a week of ministry in Wales on July 19. They will be commissioned during the July 14 evening service. Leaders of this team are Nate Cesky, Liz Cooper, and Billy Pierce. Students serving on the trip are Ethan Jackson, Joseph Paulson, Rachael McIntosh, Laird Weaver, Rivers Clarke, Anna Price, Kacey Beckham, Morgan Siuda, Robert Cathcart, and Joseph Yi.
Save the Date - Fall Blood Drive

Our fall blood drive will take place on Wednesday, September 18, from noon to 6:00 p.m. Please put this date on your calendar so you will be eligible to donate. Thank you so much for this gift to help those who may need it!
Church Family
Congratulations to:
Hannah and Chris Lampman on the adoption of their son, Caleb Lampman, on June 24. Grateful brother is Micah Lampman.
Sandra and Larry Jackson on the birth of their granddaughter, Caroline Elizabeth Jackson, on July 1. Grateful parents are Laura and Alex Jackson. 
Christian sympathy is extended to:
Alana and Ben Dietrich on the death of her grandfather, Carlton Eugene Lyerly, on July 6. 

Items for Church Family or People for Prayer?
Contact Lisa Eargle at leargle@firstprescolumbia.org 
or 799-9062, Ext. 244.
July Events at First
Committee Meetings:
15 Deacon Chairs - 5:00 p.m. in Laffitte Parlor
Joint Session & Diaconate Dinner- 5:30 p.m. in Jackson Hall; immediately following
Diaconate - in BR201
Session - in P402
15 - 18 Youth Basketball Camps in the Family Life Center. Register on the church website or app.
19 - 29 Wales Mission Trip
22-26 Widows Watchmen Mission Trip
23 Young Professionals Gathering - 6:30 p.m. off-site

August Events at First
3 Encouragers’ Breakfast - 9:00 a.m. in Jackson Hall
6 Pursuit of Godliness Luncheon - 12:00 p.m. in Jackson Hall
7 Rising 6th Grade Lunch - 12:00 p.m. in BR001
14 Chancel Choir Rehearsal begins - 6:00 p.m. in P110
18 Rally Day - Fall Sunday School classes begin, and all children are promoted to their new class grade. 
21 Children’s Choirs and Youth Chorus Informational Meeting - 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

For more information on any upcoming events, please check our website at firstprescolumbia.org or our church app.
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