Volume LXX, No. 47 | November 22, 2020
Worship at First
Sunday, November 22

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

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
“Generosity 101"
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.

NOVEMBER 26, 2020
10:00 a.m.
“Filled with the Spirit”
Mr. Devin Coleman

Nursery will be available with registration for ages birth through 3-years-old. Registration is available here.

Wherefore art thou, Presbyterian?
“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare’s famous quote came from Juliet as she considered her lover, Romeo, and the importance of his family name. If you remember the story, her family and his family did not always see eye to eye. And the differences between those households spanned generations. But regardless of the past they inherited, Juliet knew that she loved Romeo, and, in her eyes, his family history did not play a major role in their current relationship. So while she waxed eloquently in answering her own question, a modern day English translation could be simply: “Eh, not much.” 

But what about the name Presbyterian? Have you taken the time to consider what this name means to you? How familiar are you with this branch of the Christian family tree? Do you understand why specific traditions and theological distinctions have been passed down from generation to generation? Does the label Presbyterian truly make any difference in your Christian life? Or do you believe a church by any other name gives off a fragrance just as sweet? If so, perhaps it’s time to stop and smell the roses. 
Beginning on January 11, 2021, Erskine Seminary’s Columbia Campus will be offering a class on Presbyterian History and Polity. On Monday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Dr. John Paul Marr, Associate Professor of Divinity at Erskine Seminary and minister of Troy Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, will explore the unique history, theological principles, form of worship, and governing structures of the Presbyterian Church. From the Solemn League and Covenant to the singing of metrical Psalms and the Kirkin’ O’ the Tartan, Dr. Marr is a trusted guide to the legacy that is yours if you claim the name of First Presbyterian Church.

Additional on-site offerings at Erskine Seminary’s Columbia Campus this upcoming Spring include:
  • New Testament I – Gospels & Acts – Mondays, 6:00 -9:00 p.m., with Dr. Ross
  • Systematic Theology III – Holy Spirit, Church, Sacraments, & Last Things – Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., with Dr. Ross

I encourage you to attend one of these classes if you desire to learn more about Christ and His Church. All members of First Presbyterian Church may audit at no cost. Please contact Crystal Tolbert at tolbert@erskine.edu or (803) 771-6180 for more information.

Mark E. Ross
First Presbyterian Church – John R. de Witt Professor of Systematic Theology
Erskine Theological Seminary
Angel Tree 2020

Thank you for your generosity this year with our Angel Tree gifts! Purchased, wrapped gifts may be placed on the Angel Tree tables in The Bridge lobby or the Atrium on or before November 29. Please remind folks to affix Angel Tree labels on their wrapped gifts and to tie each child’s gifts together. You can still donate toward the purchase of Bibles for each child. Donations to the church should be noted for “Angel Tree Bibles.”
Sharing Tidings of Comfort & Joy

Please join Couples in Action in sharing tidings of comfort and joy with residents and staff at Still Hopes and Laurel Crest retirement communities. Tuesday, December 1, we will carol outside of the Greenway Building at Still Hopes at 4:45 p.m. Then we will have pizza and fellowship in Jackson Hall, followed by a filming of the caroling for the Laurel Crest community in the Sanctuary. Please make reservations by November 27 via our church app, website at firstprescolumbia.org/events, or call (803) 799-9062, Ext. 455. 
December Music Concerts

First Fridays Organ Concert
Friday, December 4, 12:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Played by Thomas Russell. In-person attendance and livestream options.

The Company of Singers Christmas
Friday, December 11, 12:00 p.m., Online
Online video concert of a cappella works by Hassler, Hillier, and Byrd.

Christmas Concert
Friday, December 18, 7:00 p.m., Online
Online video concert with the Chancel Choir, Junior Choir, Youth Chorus, and members of the Brass and String Ensembles.

WOC Christmas Cheer and Carols

All women are invited to attend “Christmas Cheer and Carols,” hosted by the Women of the Church, on Tuesday, December 1, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Beth McMaster and Lalla Lee Campsen will share words of encouragement, and Rhoda Paschal and Holly Cole will sing a few Christmas carols. At the same time, our Children's Ministry will host "Children’s Christmas Craft & Cookies" for children birth-5th grade. Registration is required for the Children's program and is available on the website and app.
Emergency Blood Drive 

Because so many blood drives have been cancelled due to COVID-19, we will be holding a special blood drive on Friday, December 11, from noon to 5:30 p.m. in The Bridge, Room 225. Please put this on your calendar, and make a reservation by going to their website, redcrossblood.org, and use the sponsor code: FirstPresColumbia. Donors will be registered to win one of several outdoor living items. Thank you!

Gifts for Family and Friends from the FPC Book Service

Gift book selections are available from The Bridge, the Atrium, and the Ministry Building with payment envelopes, or pay on our church website or app using the fund “Books.” For assistance and book suggestions, contact Deborah Kirkland at dkirkland@firstprescolumbia.org. Christmas books and books by our First Presbyterian Church pastors and members are available.

Lost and Found

Lost and found items will be placed in the Atrium outside of Jackson Hall. Please check these tables if you are missing a Bible, notebook, sweater, water bottle, or any other items that you may have left on the church campus.
Church Family

Congratulations to:
Alex and Mason Harpe on the birth of their daughter, Georgia Mason Harpe, on November 9. Grateful grandmother is Ann Beasley.

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