Volume LXX, No. 7 | February 16, 2020
Worship at First
Sunday, February 16

Morning Worship
8:30 & 11:15 a.m.
"Doubting Thomas"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

The Sacrament of Baptism

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
"Take Up and Stand"
Dr. Gabriel N. E. Fluhrer

Bulletins will be available by noon on Fridays.

Wednesday, February 19

Lunch at 11:30 a.m., Service at 12:15 p.m.
Jackson Hall
Habbakuk: Trusting God When Life Gets Hard
"Life Isn't Fair Right Now"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
Jackson Hall
Third Wednesday Prayer


This month, the Seniors Ministry at First Presbyterian Church released Episode One of SeniorConnect, a monthly podcast that focuses on ministry to and by senior adults. Each episode will highlight the current month’s news and events. It will also feature either an interview or discussion on a topic of interest to seniors and their families. This podcast is one of several ways the Seniors Ministry Committee hopes to equip our members to serve one another better. 

This month’s episode features our very own Janet Altman, Seniors Ministry Coordinator. Last fall, Janet planned a very successful “Lifelong Learning” series, curating speakers who specialize in areas such as Medicare and cybersecurity, as well as health issues such as dementia. Janet revealed that there will be another series of classes beginning in April. Stay tuned to Senior Connect as well as the “Senior Adults” page on our church website and app for more details to come. 

Our desire is that this podcast be an easily accessible resource to encourage and equip our church family to grow in their knowledge and love for Christ. We are always eager to hear from you about ways we can improve in this effort. If you have ideas for interviews, discussions, or events, please reach out to Janet ( jaltman@firstprescolumbia.org) or pastoral intern Ronny Hull ( rhull@firstprescolumbia.org). 

Ronny Hull
Pastoral Intern for Pastoral Care

Church Nominating Committee

Please pray for the members of the Church Nominating Committee as they begin their task of securing elder and deacon candidates for the work of the church over the next few years. The chairman of the committee is Elder Wilmot Irvin. Other committee members are Ken Wingate, Chuck Davis, Ed Tucker, Lisa Jones, Aimee Murphy, and Randolph Shives.

2020 World Missions Conference

The Columbia area ARP World Missions Conference will be held March 4-8. Check the church’s website and app for details or watch for the brochure.
To Seek and To Save

Sinclair B. Ferguson is the author of To Seek and To Save: Daily Reflections on the Road to the Cross.  Purchase your copy for Easter (Lent) devotional reading from the Book Service locations with a payment envelope or the church app.
New Resources from
Erskine Theological Seminary

Erskine Theological Seminary has begun a new weekly podcast, “Faith for Living,” and a quarterly online magazine, Grace and Truth . The podcast features the teaching of our Provost, the Rev. Dr. Michael Milton. You can access the podcast wherever your device receives podcasts. The quarterly magazine contains teaching resources and news updates. The first edition contains an article on the inerrancy of Scripture by Dr. Mark Ross. The online magazine can be found at https://www.flipsnack.com/C5DD6F5BDC9/grace-and-truth-winter-2020.html .

Church Family

Christian sympathy is extended to:
Bryan Bult and family on the death of his uncle, Louis (Lou) V. Hightower III, on February 2.

Emily Lumpkin and family on the death of her mother, Margaret H. Grice, on February 5.

Fran and Bobby Richardson and family on the death of her mother, Joe Ann Crews, on February 10.

Items for Church Family?
Contact Lisa Eargle at leargle@firstprescolumbia.org.
February Events at First
Committee meetings:
              16            Nominating - 4:30 p.m. in P402A
              17            Session - 5:30 p.m. in P402
              18            Pastoral Care Support - 2:00 p.m. in BR201
                               Local Missions - 5:00 p.m. in BR327
              20            Horizons - 4:30 p.m. in P402A
16         College Lunch - 12:30 p.m. in Jackson Hall
              Spain Mission Trip Informational Meeting - 7:15 p.m. in the Frank C. Hill World Missions Center
18 Young Professionals Gathering - 6:00 p.m. off-site
20 Spaghetti Soiree - 6:00 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Our Encouragers (singles 50+) and AIA (married couples 50+) will enjoy an evening of intergenerational fellowship with our middle school and high school youth.
21-23 College Spring Getaway - Sign-up available on the church app or website.
28 Officers’ Dinner - 5:30 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Please sign up on the church website or app.

March Events at First
WOC Board Meeting - 10:00 a.m. in BR201
Young Professionals Gathering - 6:00 p.m. off-site
4 Spring Blood Drive - 12:00 - 6:00 p.m . in BR125. Please put this date on your calendar so you will be eligible to donate. You may sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org (use Sponsor Code: FirstPresColumbia). 
4-8 World Missions Conference and Children’s Mission Conference. A joint Columbia area ARP conference at various locations.
6 First Fridays Lunch and Organ Concert: In Celebration of 225 Years. Lunch, 12:00pm, $5.00, in Jackson Hall. Concert, 12:30pm, in the Sanctuary.
7 Encouragers Breakfast - 9:00 a.m. in Jackson Hall

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