Volume LXIX, No. 36 | September 8, 2019
Worship at First
Sunday, September 8

Morning Worship
8:30 & 11:15 a.m.
"A Bad Odor!"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
"Living the Nightmare"
Dr. Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer

Bulletins will be available by noon on Fridays.

Wednesday, September 11

Wednesdays at Noon
Jackson Hall
"Gideon at the Winepress"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
Jackson Hall
"The Problem of Pain: The Book of Job"
Part 4 of 4
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Becoming the Family of God

What should a conference on Christian parenting aim to accomplish? There are probably lots of good answers. One is to build up parents’ confidence in the Lord. Another is to consider some practical ways by which parents might instruct and lead their children. Still another is simply to remind parents that God’s ability to enlighten the mind and renew the will extends even to the challenging job of raising kids. 

We pray that this year’s parenting conference—we’re calling it “Becoming the Family of God”—will accomplish those ends. Our speaker is Dr. Mark Ross, a professor of theology at Erskine Theological Seminary. Many of you know Mark already (he was on our ministry staff for twenty years), and you know he has a particular gift for encouraging his listeners by turning their attention to the character and ways of God. Mark’s teaching and preaching always gives you greater confidence in God’s word and its power to enable what it commands. If you’re a younger parent at First Presbyterian Church and you don’t know Mark, drop what you’re doing and reserve a spot. 

We want to stress, too, that it doesn’t matter where you happen to be on the path of raising children. Married couples with no kids (yet) will hear much from which they may profit in years to come. Parents with grown children will as well, since the work of parenting doesn’t end when kids leave home. And moms and dads currently in the thick of things will find themselves both instructed and strengthened.

The conference will take place on Saturday, October 5. We will have dinner at 5:00 p.m., two teaching sessions with a dessert break, and be done by 8:15. Childcare will be provided. Chef Rich has something special planned for the occasion. You can sign up on the church app or website, or at one of the sign-up tables around the church campus between Sunday services. Come and enjoy being a Christian parent. 

The Parenting Conference Committee

Church Family
Congratulations to:
Rebekah and Jonathan Ashworth on the birth of their son, Bowen Scott Ashworth, on August 27. Grateful grandparents are Stacy and Ron Bowen and Beth and Scott Ashworth.
Melissa and David Moody on the birth of their son, Timothy Davies Moody, on August 28.
Mary Jo and Spencer McDonald on the birth of their granddaughter, Amelia Rose Griffith, on August 28. Grateful parents are Ragan and Noah Griffith.
Ginny and Graham Hurst on the birth of their son, Pendleton Kent Hurst, on August 29. Grateful grandparents are Lisa and Norman Kent.
Jean and David Kent on the birth of their son, Nathaniel August Kent, on August 29. Grateful grandparents are Lisa and Norman Kent.
Lynn and Lee Harvin in the birth of their grandson, Robert Barton Kirby, on August 30. Grateful parents are Kelly and David Kirby.
Ann and Daniel Janosik and Susan and Jerry Cooke on the birth of their granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Cooke, on August 31. Grateful parents are Anna and David Cooke. 
Harriette and Andrew Howard on the birth of their daughter, Rikard Frances Howard, on September 3. Grateful grandparents are Mary and Rick Best.

Items for Church Family or People for Prayer?
Contact Lisa Eargle at leargle@firstprescolumbia.org 
or 799-9062, Ext. 244.
September Events at First
Committee meetings:
9            Christian Growth & Nurture - 5:00 p.m. in BR327
              11            Encourages Steering - 1:00 p.m. in Laffitte Parlor
              12           Horizons - 4:30 p.m. in P402
13         Parents’ Night Out - 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. For children ages birth to 5th grade. Reservation deadline is September 10. For more information, contact Laurie McGill at lcmcgill@firstprescolumbia.org .
15         Congregational Meeting The Session has called a congregational meeting for the purpose of hearing and acting upon a report from the Church Officer Nominating Committee and any other business. The meeting will begin immediately following the 8:30 a.m. worship service. and will recess until immediately following the 11:15 a.m. service, when those who attend that service will be able to vote.
18 Fall Blood Drive - 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center
20 Care Team Training - 9:00 a.m. in BR125. Please join us for training and lunch. Cost is $5.00. For more information, contact Barbara Diller at bdiller@firstprescolumbia.org .
20-22 High School Fall Retreat at Bonclarken Conference Center
24 Men’s Foundry Kick-off Breakfast - 7:00 a.m. in Jackson Hall
Women’s Foundry Kick-off Dessert - 7:00 p.m. in Jackson Hall
27-29 RUF International Retreat at Bonclarken Conference Center. If you would like to join us and develop relationships with our international students, please contact Scott Andes at scott.andes@ruf.org .

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