Volume LXXI, No. 18 | May 2, 2021
Worship at First
Sunday, May 2

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

Congregational Meeting

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

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
"Making Sense of Life in a Crazy World"
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, April 28
12:00 p.m.
Resurrection Theology for a Resurrection Life
“Christ is All"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
Jackson Hall

Wednesday, April 25
5:30 p.m.
Prayer Gathering
followed by dinner

Update on the Ministry of The Christian Counseling Center

In April, The Christian Counseling Center of First Presbyterian Church celebrated its 24th anniversary. This ministry has grown steadily since its inception. What was initially conceived of as a counseling ministry primarily to support the ministerial staff of the church has become a significant outreach ministry of First Presbyterian Church to the greater Midlands area and beyond. As you might imagine, the need for this ministry has never been greater.

Last year, the number of sessions provided in The Counseling Center grew nearly 9% from the previous year. With all that is going on in the world around us, people are reaching out for help to deal with it. I am grateful that a counseling center with highly competent professionally trained counselors who counsel from a Biblical perspective exists as a ministry of this church. The following words of appreciation come from a client of the center:

“It may sound cliché that this experience has been life changing but thankfully it has. After several years of living life on auto pilot and exhausted from anxious thought and negative self talk, I finally came to the realization that I didn’t want to live that way anymore and I needed help to make that change. I’m so thankful for the gospel centered counseling and thankful that places like The Christian Counseling Center exist.”

I am also grateful that early this year we were finally able to launch our satellite office in Sumter. This satellite is a partnership with Westminster Presbyterian Church. There is a need for Christian counseling in Sumter, and the community is receiving our satellite well.

The Christian Counseling Center was established as a non-profit ministry, allowing the center to receive financial contributions. These, in turn, allow us to provide reduced fee counseling services to those who are struggling financially. Again, as you might imagine, 2020 was a year where we saw an increase in the number of those seeking counseling assistance funds. Thanks to the generosity of this church and the supporters of the Counseling Center, we were able to meet those needs. 2021 has seen a continuation of these needs.
As a ministry, we are excited about the opportunity to participate in the upcoming Midlands Gives fundraising campaign on Tuesday, May 5. The Board of The Christian Counseling Center and I would encourage you to check out the Center’s participation in this campaign either at our website, www.christiancounseling.ws, or at www.midlandsgives.org

Thomas Barbian, Ph.D.
Executive Director of The Christian Counseling Center
Congregational Meeting

The Session hereby calls a Congregational Meeting for Sunday, May 2, 2021, for the purpose of asking the congregation to concur with the request of Rev. Dr. Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer to dissolve the pastoral relationship between himself and First Presbyterian Church, pending his being elected Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

First Summer Social

Our first Summer Social will take place on Wednesday, May 12, at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this time of dinner and casual fellowship. There will be games and activities for children, and a drop-off nursery. No registration needed to attend.
The Music Ministry Spring Concert

The Chancel Choir, Junior Choir, Youth Chorus Trebles, and Orchestra will present works on the themes of Pentecost and New Jerusalem, including our church’s own William H. Bates, "Tongues of Fire;” Rutter, "Visions;" and Bach, Cantata 34, "O eternal fire." Concert will be held on Thursday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Jackson Hall and the Sanctuary. Limited seating by reservation only: reservations can be made on the church website beginning May 5 at 9:00 a.m. The video release of the concert will be May 23, at 2:00 p.m.
Support Local Missions

Now through May 4, you may make an online donation through Midlands Gives to one or more of the 19 participating local ministries that First Presbyterian Church supports. Several ministries are even offering dollar-for-dollar matching funds for twice the impact. To give to organizations such as A Moment of Hope, The Cooperative Ministry, and RUFi, go to MidlandsGives.org to browse and donate. You can find a complete list of local ministries supported by First Presbyterian Church at firstprescolumbia.org/localministries.
Father/Daughter Outing

The Children’s Outreach Committee of the Diaconate is sponsoring a Father/Daughter Outing (no age limit) on Saturday, May 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to be held at Margaret and Carl Cease’s farm in Cameron. Grandfathers and granddaughters are welcome to attend. There will be games and activities, and lunch will be provided. Space is limited. To register, please visit the church app or website under EVENTS, or contact Lisa Eargle at leargle@firstprescolumbia.org. The registration deadline is Thursday, May 6.
Save the Date! Blood Drive 

American Red Cross has again asked us to host an emergency blood drive to cover all of the cancellations they have had during this COVID season. It is scheduled for Wednesday, June 9, in The Bridge Room 125 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. We will provide a link to sign up online soon. Thank you for your faithful giving!
Church Family

Christian sympathy is extended to: 
Mark and Harriett Newell and their son, David, on the death of their daughter-in-law and his wife, Lydia Newell, on April 9.

Anne Calhoun and family on the death of her husband, David Bays Calhoun, on April 9. David Bays Calhoun was the author of First Presbyterian Church’s history book, The Glory of the LORD Risen Upon It which was written in celebration of the church’s 200th anniversary.

Kristy Rollins on the death of her grandmother, Vivian “Woodie” Woodward, on April 22.

Congratulations to:
Angela and Daniel Hancock on the birth of their son, Isaac Joseph Hancock, on April 24.

Nancy and Lanny Lambert on the birth of their granddaughter, Elise Suzanne Lambert, on April 19. Grateful parents are Lyndsey and Bryant Lambert.

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