Volume LXX, No. 21 | May 24, 2020
Worship at First
Sunday, May 24

Morning Worship
10:00 a.m.
Locked Up With Nowhere to Go
"John the Baptist: Losing One's Faith and Losing One's Head"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
Thy Kingdom Come: Studies in the Gospel of Matthew
“The Man of Sorrows”
Dr. Gabriel N. E. Fluhrer

We will be live-streaming our services on Sunday
at 10:00 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.

Upcoming Lifelong Learning Seminar 

When I was growing up, my paternal grandparents’ home sat on the bank of the Lumber River where wild bamboo grew, and a lush muscadine grapevine provided sweet treats for my three siblings and me. I recall Sunday afternoon visits with Grandma and Granddaddy Boone when my mother had us sing Sunday School songs and say Bible verses as they sat by the fireplace or on the sunporch. Another memory is of the small glass bottles of Coca Cola they kept in the “ice box” and shared with us. My mother did not permit “soft drinks” in our house. Beverages offered were milk, water, and sweet tea, and you had to be 12 years old to drink sweet tea. My grandmother, Minnie Magnolia Crawley Boone, died when I was 9. My grandfather, Edwin Theodore Porter Boone, died when I was 16.

I have no memories of Grandma or Granddaddy praying with me or reading Bible stories to me or sending me birthday greetings or sitting with me in church. I cannot say for sure they never prayed for me or never mailed me a birthday card, but I do not have those memories, and I did not have that example. When Steve and I welcomed our sons in 1984 and 1986, we were blessed to have parents who prayed for their grandchildren and found ways to encourage them.

Steve and I became grandparents in 2008 and do not live in the same state as our four grandchildren.  I know we are not the only grandparents whose grandchildren live in other towns, states, or even other countries. I also know that we are not the only ones who desire to be a godly influence on our grandchildren.  We want our covenant children and grandchildren to walk with God, to know him, to desire to please him above pleasing themselves or others. 

On Thursday, May 28, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Dr. Mark Ross will be our speaker for Lifelong Learning Seminar #5: “Covenant Grandparenting”, via ZOOM. One of Dr. Ross’ selected verses is Psalm 79:13, "But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise." Reservations may be made through Monday, May 25 on the church website or app. 

Janet B. Altman 
 Seniors Ministry Coordinator


In this challenging season, COVID-19 has come through our lives like a freight train and derailed countless plans, routines, and expectations. First Presbyterian Church has had to make some hard decisions about VBS for this summer. Because of the impossibility of proper social distancing in a VBS setting, the decision has been made to cancel VBS on the church campus.

However, more than ever, the kids in our church and community need the hope, reassurance, and abundance of God’s love. First Presbyterian Church has decided to launch a Rocky Railway VBS-at-Home program. We will be sending out Rocky Railway VBS-at-Home boxes with crafts, music, T-shirts, activities, and DVD with Bible lessons, mission stories, and other fun videos. 

This program will run June 15-19, 2020. The program is geared for children who are four years old through fifth grade. However, we did not want to leave any child out, so we are including crafts and optional activities for two-three-year-olds. 

Registration for church members is through May 17. After that date, we will open registration to guests. Registration is available through the church website and app while supplies last. 

There is no cost to sign up for the VBS-at-Home program. T-shirts can be purchased online and added to boxes for $5.50 each.

The Flowers in the Sanctuary

Are given to the glory of God and in honor of the Pastors and entire staff of First Presbyterian Church for their faithful service by Dan and Laurie Cannon.

EDMONDS, Bruce Carter III - Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Environmental Studies – Newberry College
Church Family
Congratulations to: 
Lee Ann and Chris Bauer on the birth of their daughter, Martha Ann Bauer, on May 14. Grateful grandparents are Laura and Michael Foster.

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