Volume LXIX, No. 6 | February 10, 2019
Worship at First
Sunday, February 10

Morning Worship
8:30 & 11:15 a.m.
That You May Believe
"'Another Sign"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
"Where is History Headed?"
Dr. Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper

Bulletins will be available by noon on Fridays.
Wednesday, February 13

12:00 p.m.
Battle Stations
"Sword of the Spirit"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
Jackson Hall

6:00 p.m.
Westminster Confession of Faith
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
Jackson Hall


What is the best definition of a volunteer? Answer: Earle Tyler! At 94, he spends all day Monday answering the telephone at the receptionist desk. He is always kind, welcoming, and the epitome of grace. What an example he is! But he has announced that he will take a break starting next week. Thank you, Mr. Tyler, for your generous and sacrificial heart. You make us all want to serve Jesus better. What you did for us made a difference. It is not only the work you did, and did so well; it is the heart and soul with which you did it. You showed us Jesus. You will be greatly missed. 

All to say, we need another Earle Tyler to step into his shoes. That may not be possible, but can I ask you to pray about it and see if this role on a Monday could be what God is asking you to do? If you think that it might be, or you want more information, please contact Judy Nance at jnance@firstprescolumbia.org or 799-9062, Ext. 224, and let her know. 

And there are many other settings where volunteers are needed—the Green Apron crew will be in the Atrium on Sunday to sign up new volunteers. 

Here are some Scriptures to help you as you pray:
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10).

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).

“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40). 

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

Derek W.H. Thomas
Senior Minister

Souper Bowl of Caring Results
Thank you! Because of your generous giving, we raised $2,201.43 to distribute to local charities. The money collected will be divided between three organizations: Pearls Columbia, RUF International at USC, and A Moment of Hope. The food collected will be given to Harvest Hope Food Bank.
WOC – Circles Invitation

Please come join the fun and fellowship as we study the Book of Romans at our monthly circle meetings. It’s a great way to start off the New Year, and new members are ALWAYS welcome! Please check our monthly listing in First Things or on our church website or app for meeting times and locations. There are sixteen circles meeting in various locations in Columbia. One is just right for you. If you have any questions, please contact Jean Bunch at a_bunch@bellsouth.net or 206-4183. 

Church Family
Congratulations to:
Sarah and Ryan Patane on the birth of their son, Nathan Ryan, who was born on January 30.

Morgan and Taj Ghosheh on the birth of their daughter, Mary Ellen, who was born on February 3.
Grateful grandparents are Donna and Fred Martinez.  

Christian sympathy is extended to:
Emma McElveen Laffitte and family on the death of her sister, Gertrude Jenkins Gause, who died on January 26.

Russel Dunbar and family on the death of his brother, Jimson Dunbar, who died on Sunday, February 3.

Tom Ryan and family on the death of his brother, Gregg Ryan, who died on February 3.
February Events at First
Committee Meetings this week:
   11 -        Administration Committee - 5:30 p.m. in P402
13 -         Encouragers Steering Committee - 1:00 p.m. in Laffitte Parlor
11-13 Women’s Circle Meetings
12 Christian Youth Basketball League Banquet - 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Register on the website or app by February 6. 
15 Young Professionals Galentines Gathering - 7:00 p.m. at the Hendersons’ - for the young professionals ladies
15-17  High School Mystery Trip
15-17  Youth Chorus Trip to Atlanta 
16 Encouragers’ Breakfast - 9:00 a.m. in the Small Dining Room; cost is $5.00. Reservation deadline is February 11. Reservations can be made with Lisa Eargle at leargle@firstprescolumbia.org or 799-9062, Ext. 455.
17       College Student Lunch - 12:30 p.m. in Jackson Hall
18 Session Meeting - 5:30 p.m. in P402
19 Young Professionals Tuesdays - 6:30 p.m. at the Towerys’ home
20       College Coffee & Questions - 6:00 p.m. in BR125
22-24  College Spring Retreat
22-23  Catawba Women’s Ministry Retreat - Bonclarken Retreat Center
March Events at First
1 First Fridays Organ Concert - 12:00 p.m. Lunch in The Bridge; 12:30 p.m. Organ Concert in the Sanctuary
6 Red Cross Blood Drive - 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center -Please sign up by contacting Barbara Shealy at bshealy@firstprescolumbia.org or 799-9062, Ext. 261.

For more info on upcoming events, visit us at firstprescolumbia.org or our church app
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