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In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see

Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

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Volume 37 Number 3

January 20, 2013

your old men will dream

ACTS 2:17

Dr. Bradley D. Smith Pastor Dr. Mark E. Durrett Associate Pastor Rev. Lynn A. Grandsire Associate Pastor Rev. Jeffrey S. Smith Associate Pastor Dr. James I. St. John Parish Associate Rev. Jonathan S. Wagner Associate Pastor Mr. Croskeys Royall Director of Children’s Ministries Mrs. Fredna Lee Director of Music Ministries
Our Missionaries: Rev. & Mrs. Donald Marsden-Virginia/Russia Steven & Natalie Hall - Alaska Sarah Snapp - Bolivia Rev. John McCall - Taiwan Steve & Kathy Amar - Virginia/Muslims in the US George & Anne Harper - Philippines

9:00 & 11:15 a.m. - Sanctuary 11:15 a.m. Jubilee Rev. Lynn A. Grandsire “The Wounds That Bring Life” Isaiah 49:13-16

SUnDaY, JanUaRY 20

Dear Eastminster Family, Have you ever built a house? People that have undertaken that endeavor often describe it as an enormous challenge. Finding the lot, developing just the right architectural plans, putting in a good foundation, framing the walls, and so much more. A thousand decisions lead to a thousand parts, each of which needs to be installed in just the right way for everything to come together to be a home. Baptism is about building lives. Those who think of baptism as a few words and a few drops of water shared over five minutes on a Sunday morning are missing the point. In baptism, God gives you and me the privilege of joining in the most sacred construction project there is: a human life. Thankfully, through Scripture and in Jesus Christ, God provides the architectural plans for everything from a strong foundation to the finishing touches. God delivers the materials needed for construction directly to us. In grateful response for His provision, we seek to carefully shape and mold the lives entrusted to us. Thankfully, even during the construction process our Lord counsels us, guides us, and is with us. Baptism is a life-long process and while it is important to intentionally nurture the children entrusted to us every day, I want to take a minute to say a word about Confirmation, the vital period where students move from the shadow of their parents faith to step forward to claim Christ’s forgiving love for themselves. Eastminster is approaching Confirmation in a new way that I think is quite good. At the beginning of this past school year, all our ninth graders were invited to participate in a year long process that combined moderate involvement with our Senior High Youth ministry with several special times of teaching and learning. Specifically, in addition to being present for at least half the weekly Sunday School classes and half the weekly Sunday night Youth Fellowship, the students are also asked to participate in three weekend retreats and two service activities. These expectations are modest compared to what is asked of a student involved in band or a sport, but my prayer is that the combination of fairly regular participation in the Senior High ministry along with the intentional weekends away will add up to a meaningful explanation of and equipping for, what it is to follow Jesus Christ as Lord. I especially want to thank the adult volunteers who are giving three weekends serving as leaders of the “family groups” that offer the students a small group environment for discussion, support and encouragement. As a church family we are blessed by God to participate in His work of building lives by fulfilling our baptismal vows. But we need to do our part. Whether building a foundation for tiny tots or growing teens, or whether detail work or renovation in our own lives, let us serve the One who is the ultimate Architect and Carpenter. See you Sunday,


8:00 Celebration Choir Rehearsal 9:00 Worship & Children’s Church 10:00 Sunday School Pastor’s Class Jubilee Band Practice Eastminster First Step Worship Discovery 10:05 Chancel Choir Rehearsal 11:15 Worship & Children’s Church Emerson Kaye D’A lberto Bapt. Jubilee Worship 12:30 Greeter Meeting 3:00 Cubscouts Wolf Den 4:00 Webelos 1 & 2 Cubscout Bears, Tigers Youth Band Practice 5:30 Youth Group Dinner Vision 2020 Coordinating Team C 5:45 Nursery 6:00 Kerygma Youth Meeting 6:15 Women’s Bible Study

Eastminster will be closed on Monday, January 21, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Facilities will re-open at their normal operating times on Tuesday, January 22. The 2013 Flower Calendar is in the narthex. Contact Carol Anderson at if you wish to place flowers in honor or in memory of someone. Also, if you have a standing memorial, please contact Carol to confirm that you still wish to reserve a date. Crossroads Career Network offers programs and opportunities for job seekers, career explorers, employers and regular church attendees to get involved. We meet most Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. in the Christian Life Center, room C- 265. Contact Jim Hatchell for more information: Although food and cash donations are always needed, Harvest Hope Food Bank has a CRITICAL need for plastic grocery bags used to fill food orders for families and individuals in need. Donate yours in the bins marked “Harvest Hope” in the Christian Education Building lobby. TheY nO lOngeR aCCePt egg CaRtOns.

Church Offices and Christian Life Center Closing

Flowers for Sanctuary

Not Employed or Under-Employed

Donate bags for Harvest Hope


Church Closed for the MLK Holiday


9:00 Drop-In Nursery Count Team 9:30 Staff Meeting 10:00 Women’s Bible Study Senior Fitness 10:30 Yoga Bible Moderator 11:45 Tuesday Lunch 12:00 Savvy Seniors 12:30 Visitation 3:30 Youth B/B Practice 4:30 Cub Scouts “God and Me” Stewardship Mtg. 5:00 Tai Chi 6:00 Yoga Joint Session & Diaconate Mtg. Handbells 7:00 Zumba Fitness Scottish Country Dance 9:00 Drop-In Nursery Fifty Plus Exercise Class 9:30 Prayer Shawl Ministry EDS Chapel 11:00 A Journey Through John’s Gospel 3:30 Youth B/B Practice 4:30 Lovebearers - Group 1 5:00 Angel, Junior Choir Rehearsals 5:15 Fellowship Meal 5:45 Childcare 6:15 WE@EPC Crossroads Career Network DivorceCare Class ‘ MS Youth 7:15 Chancel Choir Rehearsal 7:30 Jubilee Band Practices 9:00 10:00 3:30 5:30 6:00 7:00

Eastminster will sponsor a Habitat build in New Orleans in coordination with St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church. If you’ve never been on one of these trips, you might consider this a pilgrimage as well as a Christian outreach project. We stay in a nice hotel, enjoy good Creole cuisine, and assist a needy family in building the first home they will ever own. The weather is good in New Orleans this time of year, and the effort is something you will never forget. Contact Mark Rosenblum at for more info or to sign up.

Spring RHINO trip to New Orleans March 11 - 16, 2013


Peanut Butter Sunday, January 27
Remember to pick-up your jar(s) of peanut butter to bring with you to church on the 27th. We have a challenge this year, as we try to top the 4,970 pounds we donated in 2012!


Drop-In Nursery Seniors Fitness Youth B/B Practice Vision 2020 Coor. Team Greeter Meeting Zumba Fitness Fifty Plus Exercise Class Support Staff Mtg. Youth B/B Practice Sr. High Girls Bible Study Youth Basketball League Games Music Play

Eastminster will celebrate its 65th anniversary on Sunday, February 3. In appreciation for the ministry of the church and all who have helped shape the church, we will share a few snippets of our past history.

Eastminster Presbyterian Church 65th Anniversary

9:00 11:00 3:30 4:00 9:00 9:30


Our Fellowship Hall - In 1969 Eastminster’s Long Range Planning Committee recommended adding a fellowship hall that would provide space for a basketball court, meal accommodations for 400, a kitchen and additional classrooms. Five years later, after discussions of revisions and alternatives, the fellowship hall was approved. The construction contract for approximately $475,000 was awarded, with money from the sale of the manse on Wyndham Road to be applied. Ground breaking occurred in the spring of 1974, and the building was completed in early 1975. In December 1976 it was announced that the building would be renamed Thompson Hall, and it continues to be the site of many activities, including the Sunday Jubilee service.

A Jewish Rabbi and Catholic priest, good friends, were at a picnic. Priest, eating a ham sandwich: “I know that you aren’t supposed to eat ham, but these sandwiches are delicious, When are you going to break down and try one?” Rabbi: “At your wedding!”

EPC Prayer List Part of what it means to be a Family of Faith is to be in prayer for one another. Contact the church office at 256-1654 to be included on this Prayer List. EPC Special Concerns Walker Pearce, Boots Fuller, Remer Waguestack, those serving in our military, Stephen Ministers & their care receivers and all those in need of God’s special care. In Extended Care Margaret Zeigler Births Congratulations and love to:

For our loved ones . . .

In memory of Mary Baldwin, given by Rebecca Baston. In memory of Ann & Buddy Adams, given by Happy & Ross Holmes. In memory of Joe Bouknight, given by Happy & Ross Holmes. In memory of Opal Humphrey, given by Happy & Ross Holmes. In memory of Nancy Milliken, given by Happy & Ross Holmes. In memory of Gary Schraibman, given by Happy & Ross Holmes. In memory of Ellen Oliver, given by Happy & Ross Holmes. In memory of Tot Smith, given by Happy & Ross Holmes. In memory of Virginia Anne Singletary, given by Happy & Ross Holmes.

Cookbooks are available for all, no pre-order needed! The Eastminster Cookbook “Table Blessings” is available for purchase in the parlor on Sunday mornings. If you are unable to pick one up on Sunday, contact to find out how you may purchase one.

Table Blessings

Be Moved by the Spirit! Join the Music Ministry of Eastminster
Celebration Choir for Adults Chancel Choir for Adults Jubilee Band for Adults Handbell Choir for Adults Angel Choir - K5-Grade 1 Junior Choir - Grade 2-5 Treble Choir - Grade 8-12 Rehearsals: Sundays @ 8:00 a.m. Rehearsals: Wednesdays @ 7:15 p.m. Rehearsals: Wednesdays @ 7:30 p.m. Rehearsals: Tuesdays @ 6:00 p.m. Rehearsals: Wednesdays @ 5:00 p.m. Rehearsals: Wednesdays @ 5:00 p.m. Rehearsals: TBD

Jason & Ashley Burbage on the birth of their son, John Colin Burbage, January 11, 2013.
Deaths Congregational love and sympathy are extended to:

Friends & family, on the death of Virginia Anne Singletary, January 8, 2013. Louie & Allison Harrison, on the death of his father, Louie Harrison, Jr., January 10, 2013.
On weekends a minister is on call. If you have a crisis which one of the ministers needs to know about, phone 256-1654 and leave a message. A minister will return your call.


Youth vs. Parents Flag Football Game A free church-wide fellowship event for the whole family on Sunday, February 3, 2013. All youth and parents are invited! The place to be is Crayton Middle School as the adults and youth compete in a game of flag football. Come cheer on your team! Keep watching for details. The 2012 Habitat House that Eastminster built last spring is finally ready to be dedicated. Join us on Sunday, January 27 at 2 p.m. The house is off Monticello Road in the Rockgate community. If you would like to attend email jmcdaniel@ for the address.

2012 Habitat House Dedication

… Eastminster gave money to various Global Missions in 2012 totaling over $100,000. These missions include Sudan School Building Project, Living Waters for the World, Hope Unlimited, IMCK Congo Good Shepherd Hospital and Nile Theological Seminary. Laura Long

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Update for January 20, 2013

The Parents of Teens class welcomes Jack Claypoole as the January 27 Sunday School class speaker, to discuss how parents can help prepare their youth to think before they act, especially as these decisions relate to risky behaviors such as alcohol and drug use. The presentation is open to all (nonmembers welcome) and will begin at 10:10 a.m. in the CLC game room area. Jack, a Midlands native, was formerly in Washington, D.C., Jack W. Claypoole with the Drug Free Communities program at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, first as administrator and then as associate deputy director (2006-12). Previously, he was CEO of the Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council. A USC graduate, he returned to Columbia in July to become executive director of the Carolina Alumni Association.

Parents of Teens Class Presentation Open to All

Serving on Sunday January 20
OFFICER’S PRAYER: Elder John Barr DEACONS: Jeff Burden, Matthew Burns Elder Michael Schraibman (Jubilee) Deacon March Seabrook (Jubilee) USHERS: Don Helms, Milton Moore GREETERS: (9:00) Mark & Laurie Childress Michael & Aimee Schraibman (11:15) Suzie Wattenbarger, Mike Gorman Charles & Caroline Jenkins INFANT ROOM - CLC 119 (9:00) Ashley & Thomas Garvin (11:15) Mollye & Zack Hudson TODDLER ROOM - CLC 117 (9:00) David & Susanne Hicklin (11:15) Patrick & Beth Moore 2-K ROOM - CLC 115 (9:00) Matt & Andrea Reynolds (11:15) Erin Pope CHILDREN’S CHURCH 103 - 3K (9:00) Brian & Margie Blackwelder (11:15) Ned & Kerry Boykin CHILDREN’S CHURCH 105 - 4K (9:00) John & Jeanette Florence (11:15) Alex & April Getz CHILDREN’S CHURCH 107 - 5K (9:00) Albert & Harper James (11:15) David & Karla Johns

Savvy Seniors Say ‘Toss Excess’ in New Year

Want to simplify your life and get rid of clutter in the New Year? Savvy Seniors will get advice from an expert at their luncheon meeting on Tuesday, January 22, at noon in Thompson Hall. Renee Wright, owner of Estate Sale Service, will offer tips on how to turn unneeded possessions into a tidy profit. She will be accompanied by Hannah Stiles, an Eastminster member and a member of her staff. John Hart will be the new 2013 leader for Savvy Seniors, replacing Sara Davis. Sara, thank you for a great job! Call Mary Baldauf at 256-1654 no later than Friday, January 18, to make a reservation.