Volume LXXI, No. 2 | January 10, 2021
Worship at First
Sunday, January 10

Morning Worship
8:30 & 11:15 a.m.
Molded by the Master's Hand
"Serving God or Serving Man?"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper


Evening Worship
6:00 p.m.
Thy Kingdom Come
“Letting Go by Holding On"
Dr. Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer


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, January 13
12:00 p.m.
The Loving Wisdom of Our God
“Resolute"
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas
Jackson Hall

Please register online for Wednesdays@First.

Amen and A-woman

We live in an age of fools. Most of you, like myself, have gasped with horror as Rep. Emanuel Cleaver delivered the opening prayer as the U.S. House began the new session Sunday. He ended his prayer with the words, “Amen and ‘A-woman,’” a pun, he said, meant to reflect the record number of women serving in the new Congress.

Where does one even begin? As a Methodist minister, he no doubt knows that “Amen” is the English transliteration of the Hebrew for “let it be.” There is little point in addressing the woeful ignorance, but my guess is that he simply wanted to be both politically correct and clever. God will not be mocked!

This is a far cry from the days when the Scottish Presbyterian Peter Marshall was appointed as chaplain to the Senate on January 4, 1947. Born in Coatbridge (North Lanarkshire), Scotland, he emigrated to New York with not a penny in his pocket. Graduating from Columbia Theological Seminary in 1931, he received a call to a Presbyterian church in Covington, Georgia, and soon afterward to Atlanta’s Westminster Presbyterian Church, followed by New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. His wife, Catherine Marshall, wrote the influential biography of her husband, A Man Called Peter. The book was later adapted as a film, receiving an Oscar nomination. 

On May 22, 1947, during the 80th Congress, U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall prayed:

"God of our fathers, give unto us, thy servants, a true appreciation of our heritage, of great men and great deeds in the past, but let us not be intimidated by feelings of our own inadequacies for this troubled hour. Remind us that the God they worshiped, and by whose help they laid the foundations of our Nation, is still able to help us uphold what they bequeathed and give it meaning."

Lord, may such men pray in the Senate and House of Representatives again. Amen. 

Derek W.H. Thomas
Senior Minister

Tithe Envelopes

If you have not yet received your 2021 tithe envelopes, please use one of the pew envelopes, which are available at the offering plate stations in the Sanctuary and on the table at the courtyard entrance to the Family Life Center. You may also mail or deliver your check in an envelope noting your envelope number. Please designate on your check how you wish your contribution allocated. Thank you for your understanding as we work with the postal service, which has been delayed due to the Christmas season and COVID considerations. 
Spring Inquirers Class

We are pleased to offer a new hybrid class that will begin on Sunday, January 10. This class will be held in our World Missions Center each Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Because this class will be offered two ways, via zoom and in person, registration will be required. If you plan to attend, please register on the church website under firstprescolumbia.org/events. Please email Lisa Eargle at leargle@firstprescolumbia.org if you have any questions.
Congregational Meeting

The Session has called a Congregational Meeting to take place Sunday, January 31, for the adoption of the 2021 budget, election of the 2021 Church Officers Nominating Committee, election of the church treasurer, and any other matters. The meeting will begin immediately following the 8:30 a.m. worship service. Then, the meeting will recess until immediately following the 11:15 a.m. service. After the 8:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services, the meeting will recess until immediately following the 6:00 p.m. service.
The Corporation of The First Presbyterian Church will meet immediately following the adjournment of the Congregational Meeting to elect officers and act on any other business that may come before The Corporation.
Seniors Ministry Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars! 
February 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Third Annual Spaghetti Soiree
for Encouragers, Couples in Action, and Youth

For more information, please contact Janet Altman at jaltman@firstprescolumbia.org
Fun Fact Friday

Friday, January 8, we released the first video of our new YouTube video series, Fun Fact Friday. Each Friday, our hosts, Dr. Derek Thomas and Mr. David Hodges, will share a tidbit of history or fun fact about our church campus. For the inaugural episode, Mr. Ken Wingate joins to share interesting information about the Sanctuary pulpit. You can watch the videos on our YouTube page or access them through the church app or website.
Church Family

Congratulations to: 
Will and Miranda Unthank on the birth of their daughter, Lola Belle Unthank, on December 31. Grateful grandparents are Christie and B.J. Unthank. 

Norris and Rachel Laffitte on the birth of their daughter, Nell Duvall Laffitte, on December 17. Grateful grandparents are Helen and Tuck Laffitte. Grateful great-grandparents are Emma and Tucker Laffitte.
 
Christian sympathy is extended to: 
Allie Trice on the death of her grandfather, Tom Trice, on December 29. 

Alex and Dana McLaughlin and family on the death of his father, William McLaughlin, who died on January 1.


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