Volume LXX, No. 19 | May 10, 2020
Worship at First
Sunday, May 10

Morning Worship
10:00 a.m.
Locked Up With Nowhere to Go
"Daniel: Taming the Lion"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
Thy Kingdom Come: Studies in the Gospel of Matthew
“A Tale of Two Sons”
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.

An Update on Our Pastoral Interns

Who knew two years ago when we first started the pastoral internship program that we would soon be facing one of the largest pastoral crises in a generation? The Lord, that’s who. As our confession reminds us, “God from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass” (Westminster Confession of Faith 3.1) and, to be honest, I couldn’t imagine weathering this particular pastoral storm without our interns.  

From the moment we found ourselves in this situation, all of our interns jumped on board to eagerly serve in whatever capacity they could. This has meant a wholesale re-writing of many of their responsibilities or giving them responsibilities for which they never signed up. It is not uncommon these days to see a small gaggle of them (never more than two or three, social distancing rules and all!) carrying armloads of audio and video equipment around the church grounds preparing for our next round of content creation. They have learned how to record, edit, and publish content on a variety of platforms over these past seven weeks, all the while still trying to serve their various ministry areas in reaching out to members, 
leading prayer groups and Bible studies. Not to mention continuing in their school responsibilities! 

Early mornings? No problem. Long days? No complaints. Late nights? Not an issue. Again and again, they have risen to whatever challenge has been placed before them. And, believe me, each week we place some new challenge before them! Much of their effort is behind the scenes (literally!), but I have had the enormous privilege of watching them work, and their selfless response has been a visible demonstration to me of God’s love for you, his people of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC. So, I thought you should know in order that you may be encouraged as well. God knew this was coming, and He has been preparing us for it for years.  

The next time you see one of the interns (Josh Adair, Devin Coleman, Ronny Hull, Beck Otersen, and Billy Pierce), even if only on a Zoom call, give them a pat on the back. They deserve it. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21).

Josh Squires
Minister of Counseling

Deacon and Disaster Relief Funds

Hebrews 13:16 encourages us “do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” First Pres members have been extraordinarily faithful in giving to the Deacon and Disaster Relief Funds. The Deacon Fund comes alongside families and individuals to meet financial needs in our church and our community, including rent, groceries, healthcare bills, and other financial challenges. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Deacon Fund has been a huge blessing as we have been able to assist many families and individuals in their time of need. The Disaster Relief Fund has also been a blessing to numerous families, churches, and non-profit organizations as we have been able to assist those impacted by tornados, floods, hurricanes, and COVID-19 needs. Most recently we have been able to provide needed assistance to the Nixville Baptist Church (Estill, SC) Tornado Relief Fund and provided needed cleaning and disinfected supplies to six churches in the Valley of Hope in eastern Haiti. Your continued generosity is the source of funds for this important ministry, and we want to thank you for your faithful giving to the Deacon and Disaster Relief Funds. 

The Flowers in the Sanctuary

Are given to the glory of God and in memory of Vivian Anderson, Virley Gause, Lillian Jervey, and Marjorie Stands by the Gause and Stands families.

Church Family
Congratulations to: 
Evelyn and Tanner Amerson on the birth of their daughter, Walker “Wells” Amerson, on April 30. Grateful grandparents are Ransey and Mary Wells Bowers. 

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