Volume LXXI, No. 48 | November 28, 2021
Worship at First
Sunday, November 28
Morning Worship
8:30 & 11:30 a.m.
"The Perfect King"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

Sunday School for All Ages
10:00 a.m.

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
Installation service for Rev. David Henderson

We will be live-streaming our services on Sunday
at 8:30, 11:15 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.

Wednesday, December 1
Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at 12:15 p.m.
Jackson Hall
“God, a Glorious Plan”
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
Wednesday, December 1
Dinner at 5:00 p.m. Program begins at 6:00 p.m.
Jackson Hall
“Elements of Praying”
Rev. Bryan Bult
Prayer Point: A Moment of Hope, Part 2
Advent 2021

Sunday Evenings in Advent
December 5 
The Chancel Choir and Festival Orchestra present a concert of congregational carols and selections of choral masterworks. Musical settings by Julian Wachner, Dan Forrest, Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Frideric Handel, Barlow Bradford, and Philip Stopford.

December 12
The First Presbyterian Church Primary Choir, Junior Choir, Youth Chorus, and String Ensemble come together to celebrate the joy of Christ’s advent and birth. 

December 19
The Chamber Choir concludes the Sunday evening Advent services with moving choral settings by Shawn Kirchner and Kim André Arnesen.

Friday Lunch and Organ Concert for Christmas
December 10 
12:00 p.m. Lunch, 12:30 p.m. Concert
Thomas Russell plays carol settings of Bach, Guilmant, and Mark Miller in our organ concert for December on the *second* Friday of the month.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Lessons and Carols Services
Friday, December 24
4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Communion Service
Friday, December 31
6:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit our app or firstprescolumbia.org/advent.

Encouragers December Events

  • Thursday, December 2, at 4:00 p.m. - We will go caroling at the homes of some church members who live near the VA Hospital and, at 6:00 p.m., we will return to the church for our Christmas Celebration in Jackson Hall. You can sign up for both Caroling and Celebration or only one or the other. 
  • Saturday, December 4, at 9:00 a.m. – Instead of having breakfast in Jackson Hall, we will meet at Lizard’s Thicket on Elmwood Avenue.
  • Friday, December 10, at 5:30 p.m. – We will have “The Wonder of Christmas” celebration in the Family Life Center with Couples in Action. We will enjoy dinner, a musical program, and a homily by Dr. Thomas. Cost is $8.00 per person.

Please register for these events on the church website or app. If you have any questions, please contact Janet Altman at (803) 799-9062, Ext. 550.
Gen2Gen Update

The principal balance of The Bridge loan is now $89,715. December 13 is the deadline for Gen2Gen giving opportunities. Until then, any contributions can be completed on the website (visit firstprescolumbia.org/give and choose the Gen2Gen – Capital Campaign fund), via the app, by mail, or in person. Please designate any gift by check as being for Gen2Gen.
Angel Tree

If you selected an Angel Tree tag, please remember to return wrapped and tagged gift items for your selected child to the Atrium table or The Bridge table by Sunday, December 5. Deacons will be delivering your gifts, along with an age-appropriate Bible, to the children in time for Christmas. (If you plan to drop off your Angel Tree gift items during the week, please return to the table near The Bridge guard desk. Thank you!)
If you have any questions and/or need further clarification on the 'Tips for Givers' sheet provided when you selected your child, please contact Lauren Kozlik at (803) 312-4818. 
Save The Date – Blood Drive 

Our last American Red Cross blood drive for the year will take place on Tuesday, December 14, in The Bridge, Room 125, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To sign up online, go to www.redcrossblood.org, and use sponsor code: FirstPresColumbia. Thank you for your faithful giving!
Women’s Christmas Coffee

All women are invited to the Women’s Christmas Coffee Tuesday, December 7, at 11:00 a.m. in Jackson Hall, hosted by the Women of the Church. Childcare for children ages birth through 5th grade is available by registration on the church website or app. 
World Missions Sunday School Class

The World Missions Sunday School Class invites you to join them this Sunday, November 28, to hear from this week’s featured missionary, Dr. Ed Gross. Dr. Gross will discuss his new book as well as what his work consists of, where, and with whom. Please come as he shares these updates.
The class is located in the Frank C. Hill World Missions Center in the Ministry Building, room 100, at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. 
Church Family

Christian sympathy is extended to: 
Marty Lopez and Joe and Andy McGown on the death of their mother, Martha McGown, on November 18. 
James and Anna Fuller on the death of his father, Thomas Edward Fuller, on November 17.
Irina Ponomarev on the death of her mother, Ludmilla Krishtofovich, on November 16.
Bonnie and Jack Haynes on the death of her brother, Preston LeRoy (Roy) Williamson, on November 16.

Congratulations to: 
Emily and Koby Padgett on the birth of their twins; son, Owen Stafford Padgett, and daughter, Margaret Hill Padgett, on November 19.
Janet and Bill Reese on the birth of their granddaughter, Kathryn Anna Reese, on November 2. Grateful parents are Ashley and William Reese.

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