Volume LXX, No. 2 | January 12, 2020
Worship at First
Sunday, January 12

Morning Worship
8:30 & 11:15 a.m.
"Truth or Fiction?"
John 18:28-40
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
"The Peace that Starts a War"
Ephesians 6:10
Dr. Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer

Bulletins will be available by noon on Fridays.

Wednesday, January 15

Wednesdays at Noon
Jackson Hall
Rated 'M' for Mature: A Study in Christian Maturity
Rev. Josh Squires

6:00 p.m.
Jackson Hall
Faith, Hope, and Love
Rev. Josh Squires

truthXchange Symposium

This article is part of a series featuring local missions that are supported by First Presbyterian Church. You can find out more about our local missions by visiting our website: f irstprescolumbia.org/localmissions. 

truthXchange equips and empowers the church to communicate the Gospel lovingly and effectively to a culture that has lost the crucial distinction between worshiping creation and worshiping the Triune God.

We are living in a time of fake news where people seem to have lost their ability to distinguish between what is right and what is wrong. You could describe this as a time of great confusion where there are no real distinctions because the general worldview is now that everything is one, so good and evil are really just sides to the same thing, depending upon the way each person looks at them. Ultimately, this results in the belief that some have expressed that Hitler is in heaven. His deeds were not evil, they were mistakes, and everyone makes mistakes, right? But six million mistakes!

This confusion stems from the ultimate pagan belief that God and creation are the same, and this kind of thinking is now in the church. Thus, so-called “Christians” in Union Seminary in New York were praying to potted plants set up in the sanctuary, and the United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton, New York hosted an image of the Slavic “Sviatovid idol,” a ninth-century deity of war, fertility, and abundance as part of its September festival of lights. This is not light; it is deep darkness.

The truthXchange symposium, taking place on January 31-February 1, will be held at First Presbyterian Church. The topic, “The Mind of Christ: Taking Every Thought Captive,” seeks to bring light to our confused world. Speakers include Drs. Rosaria Butterfield, Peter Jones, and Gabe Fluhrer who will speak on a variety of subjects like sexuality, self-identity, the family, genuine spirituality, and clear biblical reasoning. People need to hear, like never before, that the Bible makes sense of life and brings genuine flourishing to human existence.

For more information and to register, please visit truthXchange.com.

Joshua Gielow
truthXchange Director of Operations

Congregational Dinner and Meeting

The annual dinner and congregational meeting for the adoption of the 2020 budget, election of the 2020 Church Officers Nominating Committee, election of the church treasurer, and any other matters will be held on Wednesday, January 22, in the Family Life Center. There is no charge for the dinner which will begin at 5:15 p.m. 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. Parents, please feed your children prior to the nursery and/or children’s program.
Men’s Wild Game Supper
Thursday, February 6
We will be at Carolina Haven: 807 Bluff Road, 29201
Cost: $10.00
Deadline to register is January 30.

The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference

Ladies, are you interested in attending The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference in Indianapolis (June 11-13) with friends from First Presbyterian Church? Let Emily Woodard know at ewoodard@firstprescolumbia.org
Church Family

Congratulations to:
Sandy Tribble on the birth of her grandson, Olin Matthew Milne, on December 21. Grateful parents are Meg and Stephen Milne. Grateful great-grandparents are Dot and David Tribble. 

Kathy and Chuck Davis on the birth of their grandson, Beau William Davis, on December 30. Grateful parents are Leigh and Michael Davis. Grateful great-grandparents are Rosalyn and Clarence Davis.

Christian sympathy is extended to: 
Jim and Ellen Turner on the death of his sister, Mary Osbourne, on December 30.

Sandy Tribble and family on the death of her father, Marion McCabe, on December 31.

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

January Events at First
Committee meetings:
              13 Administration - 5:30 p.m. in P402
12   Inquirers Class Begins - 10:00 a.m. in the Small Dining Room. A new seven-week class will begin. For more information, please contact Lisa Eargle at leargle@firstprescolumbia.org.
              Youth Group resumes with new times - Middle and High     School youth groups will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center
13-15 WOC Circle Meetings
20 Joint Session and Diaconate Meeting - 5:30 p.m. in Jackson Hall
22 Congregational Meeting - Dinner at 5:15 p.m., meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center
Women’s Bible Studies begin. 7:00 a.m. in BR201 or 10:00 a.m. in T305.
24 WOC Prayer Emphasis Day - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel
26 College Lunch - 12:30 p.m. in Jackson Hall
29 Women’s Bible Study begins - 6:00 p.m. in T301
February Events at First
1            Encouragers Breakfast - 9:00 a.m. in Jackson Hall
6             Men’s Wild Game Supper - 6:00 p.m. at Carolina Haven (807 Bluff Road, 29201) Cost: $10.00. Registration and payment is now available on the church app and website.
20         Spaghetti Soiree - 6:00 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Date Change. Our Encouragers (singles 50+) and AIA (married couples 50+) enjoy an evening of intergenerational fellowship with our middle school and high school youth.

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