Volume LXIX, No. 40 | October 6, 2019
Worship at First
Sunday, October 6

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

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
"Faith for the Long Haul"
Dr. Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer

Bulletins will be available by noon on Fridays.

Wednesday, October 9

Wednesdays at Noon
Jackson Hall
"John on Patmos"
Rev. Bryan Bult

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
Jackson Hall
Angry & Afraid
"Seeing Red"
Rev. Josh Squires

Mental and Spiritual Health on the College Campus

Sometimes there are statistics that just stop you in your tracks. One such stat came across my desk late last spring. It was from a book called The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt. They reported that the number of suicides on college campuses has gone up by 75% for men and 100% for women over the past four years alone! That is an absolutely heartbreaking statistic.
As a result, and in conjunction with the College Ministry, I will be speaking on this issue on the University of South Carolina campus on October 15. Lukianoff and Haidt identify three “untruths” that Americans have begun to teach their children which have led to this crisis: 

  • First, what doesn’t kill you, makes you weaker. That is to say, all negative experiences should be avoided because they only cripple. 
  • Second, our emotions define our reality. In the midst of this post-modern moment, the only thing that we can know as real is what we experience right now in this moment. 
  • Third, the us vs. them mentality. In order to make sense of a world that does not operate the way we intuit that it should, we have to make someone the bad guy.

We will be evaluating all three of those statements from a Christian perspective. Plus, we will add one more - a vitally important addition in my opinion. Culture tells us to focus inward; Scripture tells us to focus upward. Upward is the direction of faith. Upward is the direction of love. Upward is the direction of hope (1 Corinthians 13:13), and hope is what these students desperately need.

I would ask for your prayers for this event. The topic is extremely sensitive. It has touched the lives of many of the students already, including our own students last fall. But the need is great and the Gospel has so much to offer at moments like this that we can’t afford to be silent.

Yours in Christ,
Josh Squires
Associate Minister of Counseling

Operation Christmas Child 2019

We have set up our OCC shoebox table in the Atrium with shoeboxes and brochures. Packed boxes need to be returned to the Atrium by Sunday, November 10. If you would prefer to donate toward shipping costs for the boxes, please make your check payable to First Presbyterian Church, noting OCC on the memo line. 

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Shealy at bshealy@firstprescolumbia.org or
799-9062, Ext. 261.
October Circle Schedule
Church Family
Congratulations to:
Janet and Bill Reese on the birth of their granddaughter, Eden Elizabeth Reese, on Monday, September 23. Grateful parents are Sara Beth and Garrison Reese.
Sarah and Joel Bowers on the birth of their daughter, Catherine (Cate) McKenzie Bowers, on September 27. Grateful grandparents are Det and Polly Bowers.
Mary Kathryn and Josh Cone on the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Moriah “Betsy” Cone, on September 27.
Christian sympathy is extended to: 
Kathy and John Bowen on the death of her father, James T. Ballew, on September 27. 

Items for Church Family or People for Prayer?
Contact Lisa Eargle at leargle@firstprescolumbia.org 
or 799-9062, Ext. 244.

October Events at First
Committee meetings: 
7 Deacon Chairs - 5:00 p.m. in BR001
Diaconate - 5:30 p.m. in BR201
Worship, Music, & Sacraments - 5:30 p.m. in P402A
9 Encouragers Steering - 1:00 p.m. in Laffitte Parlor
10 Pastoral Care Support - 2:00 p.m. in BR201
6 Haiti Mission Trip Informational Meeting - 4:30 p.m. in the Frank C. Hill World Missions Center
Uganda Mission Trip Informational Meeting - 7:15 p.m. in the Frank C. Hill World Missions Center
7-9 WOC Circles Meet
8 Catawba Presbytery Meeting - off-site
13 The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be held during the 6:00 p.m. service in the Sanctuary.
15 Young Professionals Tuesday Gathering - 6:30 p.m. off-site
16 Third Wednesdays Centerpoint Prayer - 6:00 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Please remember to sign up online for the October 16 dinner.
23 Reformation Hymn Festival - 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Join us for a congregational hymn festival led by the Chancel Choir and Brass Ensemble during our Centerpoint Wednesday night program. 3rd - 12th grade students will join their parents in the hymn festival. 
25 Fall Golf Tournament - 11:30 a.m. at Ft. Jackson Golf Club. Cost is $48.00 per individual or $25.00 for college students.
29 Fiesta Fabulosa WOC Missions Dinner - 6:00 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Lisa King will be speaking about Spain. Cost is $10.00. Childcare is available (birth through 5th grade) for those who would not be able to attend otherwise. Register online or with your WOC Circle by October 25.

For more information on any upcoming events, please check our website at firstprescolumbia.org or our church app.
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