Volume LXIX, No. 1 | January 6, 2019
Worship at First
Sunday, January 13

Morning Worship
8:30 & 11:15 a.m.
That You May Believe
"Cleanliness Next to Godliness"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
"Countercultural Husbands"
Dr. Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer

Bulletins will be available by noon on Fridays.
Wednesday, January 16

12:00 p.m.
Battle Stations
"Breastplate of Righteousness"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
Jackson Hall

6:00 p.m.
A Psalm A Day
“Thursday - Psalm 81”
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
Jackson Hall

Spaghetti Soirée

With the dawn of the new year comes a renewed excitement on my part to minister to and with the elderly at First Presbyterian Church. I can only aspire by the Lord’s grace to be as much of a blessing to our “mature” members as they have already been to me. To enhance the already vibrant spiritual life of our elderly, your Elderly Care Committee envisions the development of, among other things, “activities that create inter-generational opportunities for the elderly to interact with younger church members.” 

I am thrilled that some ideas are already taking shape to intermingle the generations. On February 7, our youth will host the Encouragers and AIA for the first annual “Spaghetti Soirée” in Jackson Hall at 6:00 p.m. (If you are new to our congregation, you may not know that our Encouragers are open to single adults, aged 50 or more. AIA stands for Adults in Action, and is comprised of married couples, 50 and over. These groups have periodically met for fellowship, fun, and mutual support.) 

At the Spaghetti Soirée, our youth will serve the adults a delightful spaghetti supper that Chef Rich has graciously agreed to prepare. Then youth and adults will sit and enjoy the meal together. Your youth leaders and I are excited about the potential this event holds for sparking new relationships between our younger and older members and galvanizing existing ones. It’s all about relationships in the Body of Christ, and how the Lord might use them for his glory. I, for one, can’t wait for my own children to get to know the wonderful senior adults at First Presbyterian Church. I pray this event will be a springboard to future intergenerational ministry endeavors. Stay tuned and pray with me, expecting the Lord to do great things!

Because of Christ,
Rev. Bryan Bult

Congregational Dinner and Meeting

The annual dinner and congregational meeting for the adoption of the 2019 budget, election of the 2019 Church Officers Nominating Committee, election of the church treasurer, and any other matters will be held on Wednesday, January 30, in the Family Life Center. There is no charge for the dinner, which will begin at 5:15 p.m. The serving line will open at 5:00 p.m., and 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. Classrooms will be open at 5:45 p.m. for drop-off. Parents, please feed your children prior to the nursery and/or children’s program.

Always Ready Youth Conference

  • Saturday, February 2, at First Presbyterian Church
  • A one-day apologetics youth conference for middle and high school students from Reformation Bible College. 
  • Cost: $15.00 (free for FPC students)
  • Sign up available on the church website and app.
Church Family

Congratulations to:
Chantelle and Ellison Neese on the birth of their son, Palmer McCoy Neese, on January 6.

Items for Church Family or People for Prayer?
Contact Lisa Eargle 803-799-9062, Ext. 244.
January Circle Schedule
January Events at First
Committee Meetings this week:
14 - Deacon Chairs - 5:00 p.m. in Laffitte Parlor
Joint Session/Diaconate - 5:30 p.m. in Jackson Hall
Diaconate - following in BR201
Session - following in P402
14-16 WOC Circle Meetings
15 Young Professionals Tuesday Gathering - 6:30 p.m. Please contact Rebecca Milford at rmilford@firstprescolumbia.org for more information. 
18 Encouragers’ Luncheon - 12:00 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Cost is $6:00. RSVP by Monday, January 14, to Lisa Eargle at leargle@firstprescolumbia.org or to 799-9062 ext. 455 
20 Inquirers Class Begins - 10:00 a.m. in the Small Dining Room 
23 Women’s Bible Studies begin.
27 College Student Lunch - 12:30 p.m. in Jackson Hall. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Rebecca Milford at rmilford@firstprescolumbia.org .
29 Women’s Prayer Emphasis Dinner - 6:00 p.m. in Jackson Hall. “How the Psalms Help Us to Pray More Effectively” with Dr. Derek Thomas. Cost: $10.00. Registration for Women’s Prayer Emphasis Dinner available on the church website , app, or at Circle meetings.
30 Congregational Dinner and Meeting - 5:00 p.m. in Jackson Hall

February 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
2 Always Ready Youth Conference - 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Register on the church website and app. Free for First Presbyterian students. 
7 Spaghetti Soirée - 6:00 p.m. in Jackson Hall (New Date) - A joint dinner between the Youth Ministry and the AIA/Encouragers. Please register for the free dinner with Lisa Eargle at leargle@firstprescolumbia.org or 799-9062, Ext. 455.
8 Wild Game Men’s Supper - 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. It will feature speaker Ed Hartman and a variety of meats will be served. Cost: $5.00 per person. Registration is limited so register by February 1 on the app or web.  

For more info on upcoming events, visit us at firstprescolumbia.org or our church app
803-799-9062 | email | website | app