Volume LXXII, No. 3 | January 16, 2022
Worship at First
Sunday, January 16
Morning Worship
8:30 & 11:15 a.m.
"The Church's Members"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Sunday School for All Ages
10:00 a.m.

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
"The Fasting Question"
Rev. Josh Squires

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, January 19
Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at 12:15 p.m.
Jackson Hall
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Centerpoint Prayer
Wednesday, January 19
Dinner at 5:00 p.m. Program begins at 6:00 p.m.
Jackson Hall
"Praying 'Thy Kingdom Come'"
Rev. David Lauten

225+2 Years - A Beginning

Our celebration year has finally arrived, and the 225+2 Anniversary Celebration Committee reminds you to mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 30, to Sunday, April 3, and join us in preparing for this special season in the life of our church. Sinclair Ferguson and Robert Godfrey will be joining us over the five-day celebration. In the coming weeks, the 225+2 Anniversary Celebration Committee will begin to share more details of the festivities. But, for now, get ready for an ice cream social, a golf tournament, a music concert and reception, a lecture series, a “question and answer” luncheon with Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Godfrey, a special churchyard tour, a sanctuary tour, a visit to the Ronald Miller Memorial Music Library and the Frank C. Hill Mission Center, a church-wide celebration on the grounds with live music, fun games for all, plenty of food and food trucks, and a tented birthday party with birthday cake. 

Be watching the E-Boards around the campus, reading First Things, checking the church app and website (www.firstprescolumbia.org/225) for the specifics of what is to come.
The events being planned will honor our legacy, will share the work of our current ministries, and will set the stage for preserving and expanding these ministries during the next 25 years. They will showcase our past, present, and future. They will engage our entire congregation – young and old alike. There will be many opportunities for you to volunteer your time and talents to help us with event activities. You will soon be able to do this by signing up on the website or app, or by contacting any committee member.

225+2 Anniversary Celebration Committee: 
Mary Best, Kristin Cason, Tom Gottshall, David Hodges, Lawson Hough, Lanny Lambert, Gordon Query,
Mary Tribble, and Evan Wilson

Congregational Dinner and Meeting

The annual dinner and congregational meeting for the adoption of the 2022 budget, election of the 2022 Church Officers Nominating Committee, election of the church treasurer, and any other matters will be held on Wednesday, January 26, in the Family Life Center. There is no charge for the dinner which starts at 5:15 p.m. The congregational meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. 

The Corporation of The First Presbyterian Church will meet immediately following the congregational meeting to elect officers and act on any other business that may come before The Corporation.

Nurseries for infants through three years old will be available beginning at 5:45 p.m. Children’s activities for K4 – 5th grade will be offered beginning at 6:00 p.m. Parents, please feed your children prior to the nursery and/or children’s program.
Next Step Class 2022 

Next Step is a class for students interested in joining the church. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning January 26 from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. If your student is interested in participating in the class or if you would like more information, please contact Matt McFarling at mmcfarling@firstprescolumbia.org.
Men’s Wild Game Supper

Thursday, February 10, at 6:00 p.m., we will have our annual Men’s Wild Game Supper in the Family Life Center. Our speaker will be Dr. Harry Reeder. A variety of meats and accompaniments will be served. Registration is limited, so please register by February 1 on the church app or website. Cost is $5.00.
World Missions Sunday School Class

The World Missions Sunday School Class invites you to join them this Sunday, January 16, to hear from this week’s featured missionaries, Dennis and Cynde Morgan. The class meets in the Frank C. Hill World Missions Center in the Ministry Building, room 100, at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. 
College Lunch Invitation

A lunch for college students will be held on Sunday, January 23, in Jackson Hall following the 11:15 a.m. service. We invite church members to attend and build relationships with our college students. This is a wonderful way to interact with our College Ministry and help connect them to the greater church body. You do not need to bring anything but yourself! 
Parents’ Night Out
Friday, January 28 - 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

For our First Presbyterian Church families, we are offering a Parents’ Night Out for children who are birth - 5th grade. You may register on our church website or app by Tuesday, January 25. 
Care Team Training 
Friday, February 4, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join us in The Bridge, room 201, for training and lunch. Cost is $5.00. To register, visit firstprescolumbia.org/careteams or the app. For more information, please contact Barbara Diller at bdiller@firstprescolumbia.org.
Fitness Walking at First Presbyterian Church

You are invited to join others walking laps in the Family Life Center during our Fitness Walking from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please sign up on the church app or contact Jimmy Easterby at jimmyeasterby@gmail.com.
Church Family

Christian sympathy is extended to: 
Susan and Larry Wyatt on the death of her brother, Don Cooke, on January 3.
The family of Phyllis “Phyll” Van Es who died on January 6.

Congratulations to: 
Liz and Tom Stonecypher on the birth of their grandson, James “Jimmy” Augustus Hunter Miller, on January 5. Grateful parents are Anna and Mark Miller.
Priscilla and Trevor Harris on the birth of their daughter, Calista Grace Elizabeth Harris, on January 5. Grateful grandmother is Edna Larkin.

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