Volume LXXI, No. 37 | September 12, 2021
Worship at First
Sunday, September 12

Morning Worship
8:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Windows of My Soul
"All My Longing"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper

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

Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
The Gospel According to Luke
"His Name is John"
Mr. 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.


Wednesdays@First
Wednesday, September 15
Lunch is at 11:30 a.m., Program begins at 12:15 p.m.
"Praying From the Depths"
Dr. Derek. W.H. Thomas

Wednesday Prayer
Wednesday, September 15
Dinner at 5:00 p.m. Program begins at 6:00 p.m.
Jackson Hall
"The Goal of Prayer"
Rev. David Lauten
Prayer Point: Intersectionality

A Moment of Hope

Have you ever wanted to learn more about how to be involved in the fight for the sanctity of life, the defense of the preborn, and support of those in unplanned pregnancies?

Our church campus is blessed to be the site of the upcoming South Carolina Life Conference taking place on Friday, September 17, through Saturday, September 18. The event, hosted this year by A Moment of Hope, brings together organizations and ministries from around South Carolina that take a stand for life: adoption agencies, pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes, sidewalk outreach ministries, as well as legislative and legal organizations.

The conference will kick off with a dinner on Friday evening in Jackson Hall. We will hear from the pastor who baptized Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” in the infamous Roe v. Wade case. Many do not realize that “Jane Roe” did not go through with the abortion but, instead, placed her child for adoption and made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ.

Saturday will begin with a continental breakfast in Jackson Hall at 8:30 a.m. followed by plenary and breakout sessions, including several led by ministries supported by the First Presbyterian Church Session’s Local Missions Committee: Daybreak Lifecare Center, Palmetto Family Council, the Foster Care Resource Closet, Lifeline Children's Services, and A Moment of Hope. During lunch, we will hear from Pastor Tony Foster, an outspoken black pastor from Greenwood who is a leader in our state’s efforts to end abortion. Additionally, there will be displays from many organizations and opportunities for questions and information gathering. The event will conclude at 4:00 p.m.

You are invited and welcome to attend. For more information and to register, please visit amoh.org/sclife or contact me at (803) 348-1984.

His for life,
Mark Baumgartner
First Presbyterian Church Elder and Executive Director, A Moment of Hope



Congregational Meeting 

The Session has called a congregational meeting to take place Sunday, September 19, for the purpose of hearing and acting upon a report from the Church Officer Nominating Committee and any other business. Each of the nominees for active service has been interviewed and approved by the Session. The meeting will begin immediately following the 8:30 a.m. worship service. After members of First Presbyterian Church who attend that service have had an opportunity to cast their ballots, the meeting will recess until immediately following the 11:15 a.m. service, when those who attend that service will be able to vote. 
Thanksgiving For Missions

This year's Women of the Church’s Thanksgiving for Missions dinner will be held on Tuesday, September 21. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Katie Schooler, one of our missionaries to Japan. The cost of the dinner is $10.00. Ladies, please make a reservation on the church website, app, or in your circle. We look forward to seeing you there! 
Red Cross Blood Drive 

Our fall American Red Cross blood drive will take place on Wednesday, September 22, in The Bridge Room 125 from 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m. To sign up online, go to www.redcrossblood.org, and use the sponsor code: FirstPresColumbia. Thank you for your faithful giving!
Care Team Training Update

A Care Team Training Class has been moved to February 2022. There will still be a very small class on September 17. Please visit the church web page at firstprescolumbia.org/careteams to sign up if you are interested in participating in either class.

Also, if you enjoy cooking for others, please join us on Monday, September 13, at 1:00 p.m. in the WOC room (The Bridge, room 201.) for coffee, fellowship, and recipe sharing.
Green Apron Help Needed Each Week

We have multiple opportunities each week to serve the First Presbyterian Church congregation with Green Aprons. These are our upcoming needs:

  • Sunday Evening Suppers – Serving and Bussing
  • Wednesdays at First Lunch – Cashiers
  • Wednesdays Prayer Dinner – Cashiers
  • South Carolina Life Conference (9/17-18) – Serving and Bussing

If you can help with any of these events, please visit our web page to sign up at firstprescolumbia.org/greenaprons.
Church Family

Christian sympathy is extended to:
Gin and Bronnie Smith on the death of her sister, Margaret McGown Robertson, on September 6.


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