Volume LXXII, No. 25 | June 19, 2022
Worship at First
Sunday, June 19
Morning Worship
8:30 & 11:15 a.m.
“Why Jesus Came” 
Dr. Steve Lawson

10:00 a.m.
"Maintaining Good Preaching"
Dr. Steve Lawson
Family Life Center

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
“The Bethsaida Fish Camp”
Rev. Josh Squires

We will be live-streaming our services on Sunday
at 8:30 a.m., 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.

will not be meeting the month of June. We will resume July 6.

Wednesday Prayer Gathering
Wednesday, June 22
Prayer begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Smith Chapel.
Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. in Jackson Hall.

A Time For Change

Summer is in full swing. Personally, I like the change in seasons. Perhaps I get bored and, after a few months, I am ready for something different. Thinking about changing seasons reminds me of change in general. Change always involves loss. A central aspect of loss is the letting go of one thing in order to embrace a new thing.

Loss is difficult. It is stressful. This is because loss involves attachment and significant emotion. The greater the degree of our attachment to the lost object, the greater the intensity of the emotional response. Loss evokes sadness, anger, and fear of change. Both the emotional response and the reorientation of life are experienced as stress. We call this grief.

Losses, large and small, and the accompanying grief process are a normal part of life. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 reminds us that loss and change are a normal part of God’s created order in this life. God does not leave us alone in our loss and grief; in fact, he is very active in it. There are two things that we know for certain about God’s work in our loss and grief.

First of all, he comforts us in the midst of loss. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 tell us that God is the source of all comfort and that he often comforts us through other people. Besides him being in the loss with us, another important takeaway is the value of not isolating in loss (which we are inclined to do). As we share our grief with others, we experience God’s comfort.

Secondly, loss is an opportunity. While we go through life according to the plans we have made, it is ultimately God who “orders our steps” (Proverbs 16:9). If this is true, then God is in the loss/change. It is an opportunity to embrace what he is doing. It can be very difficult in the midst of grief to detach from what was lost, to embrace the new - all the while feeling intense emotion. All the more reason for community and others who will bear our burdens. 

Let us have the courage to share our burdens of change and loss with others; and let us be sensitive to and supportive of others in such a position. Finally, may God give us the courage to follow where he is leading.

Tom Barbian, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Christian Counseling Center of First Presbyterian Church

Books by Steven J. Lawson

Steven J. Lawson, our Summer Lecture speaker this Sunday, wrote Called To Preach, It Will Cost You Everything, New Life in Christ, and The Bible Convictions of John Wycliffe. These four books are available from the Book Service in the Atrium of Jackson Hall with a payment envelope.
2022 Patriotic Gathering: Songs for Summer

The Seniors Ministry’s 2022 Patriotic Gathering takes place on Thursday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Anyone 50 and over is welcome! The cost is $8.00 per meal. Please register for this event on the church website.
Father’s Day Gifts

Kenneth B. Wingate has written three books that are perfect for Father’s Day gifts:
  • “Rich Grace in Poor Soil: Growing in the Master’s Grip”
  • “A Father’s Gift: Lessons from Proverbs”
  • “Run with Endurance: The Triumph of Faith”
The books are available from the Book Service locations with payment envelopes.
Volunteer Needed

Since Mr. Earle Tyler has now retired from his “First Monday of the Month” position, we find ourselves in need of a volunteer to give a much-needed hand at the front desk in the church office. As the title of this position implies, help is needed only one day each month – the first Monday. If you are interested and would like more details, please call Judy Nance at the church office at (803) 799-9062, Ext. 224, or jnance@firstprescolumbia.org
CYBL Summer Camp

Who: Rising 2nd - 7th graders
Dates: July 18 - 21, 2022
Times: Girls & Boys - 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Family Life Center at First Presbyterian Church
Cost: $60.00
Register on the church app or online at firstprescolumbia.org/sports by July 7.

Note: Registration is limited to a total of 50 boys and girls.

Church Family

Congratulations to: 
Aryn and Franklin McGuire on the birth of their son, Franklin “Frank” Scott McGuire III, who was born on June 11. Grateful grandparents are Beth and Mark Baxa.

Christian sympathy is extended to: 
Lisa and Jim Lanpher on the death of her mother, Anna Maria Van Diest, on June 4.

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