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Exodus For Followers Of Jesus

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 Childrens Ministries Mrs. Fredna Lee Director of Music Ministries Mr. William L. Collins, Jr. Business Administrator
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 Cindy Correll - Port au Prince, Haiti Dr. John and Gwenda Fletcher - Congo

From Wilderness To Wonder


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Volume 37 Number 38 November 24, 2013

Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

Dear Eastminster Family, Is there a topic or question you would like to hear addressed in a sermon? If so, would you please email me at and let me know what it is. Several pastor friends have had a good experience doing this with their congregations, and I can think of no better way to get a sense of what questions and issues are on your minds than to ask. To prime the pump, here is a sampling of the questions raised elsewhere: How Can I Forgive? How Does Faith Connect with Our Politics? Is the Old Testament Still Relevent Today? Does Religion Do More Harm Than Good? Again, these are just to get you thinking. I look forward to seeing your questions, and, so youll know, my plan is to focus on one question each week beginning in the middle of January and running through the end of February. Again, please email me your questions at In joy,


Pledge Status Report as of November 18, 2013

136 149 47 66 Pledges With No Change Pledges Increased Pledges Decreased New Pledges

For a total of 398 pledges totaling $2,176,506 161 Pledges were made for 2014, but not yet for 2014

9:00 & 11:15 a.m. - Sanctuary 11:15 a.m. Jubilee Rev. Lynn A. Grandsire The King of Glory

If you have not yet pledged, please join us in pledging to support Christs work through Eastminster in 2014.

8:00 Celebration Choir Rehearsal 9:00 Worship & Childrens Church Jubilee Band Practice 10:00 Combined Adult Sunday School Class Generation Change 10:05 Chancel Choir Rehearsal 11:15 Worship & Childrens Church Julia Conroy Boyer Baptism Jubilee Worship 1:00 Thanksgiving Feast 2:00 Cub Scouts Girl Scouts 3:00 Girl Scouts 4:00 Turkey Drop 5:00 ThanksLIVING Night Childcare

Thanks LIVING Night November 24

On November 24, Eastminster will do their small part in feeding the hungry with an afternoon and evening of missional activities for the whole church to fight hunger in our community and internationally during the Thanksgiving season. From 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. church volunteers will assemble 30,000 shelf-stable meals meant for international distribution coordinated by the Stop Hunger Now organization. (Minimum age requirement is 5 years old. Childcare for children infant - 4K is offered beginning at 4:00 p.m.) A donation of $10.00 would help pay for the meals locally or internationally. This is also Double Peanut Butter Sunday - please bring canned goods and peanut butter for Harvest Hope! Sign up on under Quick Links ThanksLIVING Night.

MOnday, nOvEMBER 25

7:00 Mens Prayer Breakfast 9:00 Count Team Fifty Plus Exercise Class 10:00 Senior Fitness 2:00 Pastors Mtg. CHAMPS Tutoring 2:30 Program Staff Mtg. 3:30 Staff Mtg. Youth Basketball Practices 5:30 Yoga Cub Scouts Mens B/B League 6:30 BSF 7:00 Sr. High Girls D-Group

We currently have five international students, who are staying in Columbia over the Thanksgiving holiday, who have not yet been invited into a home for a Thanksgiving meal. If you are interested in this wonderful and easy opportunity to extend Christs love, please contact Dina Boorda: or Jeff Smith: for more information. Eastminster Presbyterian Cookbooks make perfect gifts for only $15 each! Email Fredna Lee at to place an order, or come by the receptionists desk at EPC to purchase your copies. Checks payable to EPC and note: Cookbooks.

Want to share Christs Love with an International Student?

Christmas Shopping?

Do You Have Your Advent Devotional?

Pick up your copy of this years 2013 Eastminster Advent Devotionals written by members of the Eastminster family. Copies are located in the reception area, Narthex and CLC. Pick up and enjoy!

9:00 10:00 10:30 11:45 12:30 1:00 3:00 3:30 5:00 5:30 6:00 7:00

Drop-In Nursery Senior Fitness EPW Moderators Mtg. Tuesday Lunch Bradley Lunch Buddies Foot Care Ministry Exercising for Arthritis Youth B/B Practice Tai Chi Zumba Fitness Handbell Rehearsal Zumba Fitness Scottish Country Dance

Intergenerational Christmas Dinner and Music

Make plans to join us on Wednesday, December 4, beginning with dinner at 5:15 p.m., followed by and the Journey to Bethlehem musical program at 6:15 p.m. in Thompson hall. The meal is our normal pricing with ham, sweet potatoes, corn, green beans, caesar salad, croissants and assorted cakes and pies. Please register for dinner early, as seating is limited. The Flower Guild is accepting memorials and honoraria which will cover the cost of decorating the sanctuary and other areas of the church with live wreaths, greenery and poinsettias for Christmas. Please enclose the wording you would like to have printed in the Christmas bulletins with a check for $17.00 made out to Eastminster Flower Guild for each listing. Checks and enclosed information should be mailed to the church or placed in the Flower Guild box in the workroom. The deadline is Friday, December 6. Go ahead, send in your check today! The youth will be heading to Winterplace, West Virginia, for two nights at the Glade Springs Resort. In addition to lodging, lift tickets, ski rental, ski lessons and all meals (except traveling) are included in the cost. The trip is $290.00 per person, and the registration and payment are due by Monday, December 9. Transporation will be by charter bus. If you need information or a registration form, contact Tricia, or 2561654. Have courage for the great sorrows in life and patience for small ones. And when you have laborously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. Victor Hugo

Christmas Memorials and Honoraria

EDS CLOSED 9:00 Fifty Plus Exercise Class 3:15 Brownies 3:30 Youth Basketball Practice 7:00 Sr. High Boys D-Group All Church Facilities Closed Thanksgiving Holiday


Youth Ski Trip (Jr. & Sr. High) - February 7 - 9, 2014

All Church Facilities Closed Thanksgiving Holiday All Church Facilities Closed Thanksgiving Holiday


Meet Our Newest Members

Charity and Josh Ard join by reaffirmation of faith. They live on Edgewater Lane in West Columbia with their daughter Campbell. Josh works with a human resources group and Charity is a registered nurse with Palmetto Spine and Sports Medicine. They are excited about growing in their faith among friends here and teaching their daughter to wholeheartedly love Jesus. Charity & Josh Miriam and Ben Covar are recently married, and live on Abelia Road. Ben joins by reaffirmation of faith, and Miriam by transfer of letter from Red Oak Grove Baptist in Modoc, SC. Ben is a financial analyst for Merrill Lynch and Miriam is in sales with Intermedix. Miriam & Ben Covar Carmen Dejdar joins by transfer of letter from the Federated Church of Hyannis, in Hyannis, MA. She lives at Summit Place and was born in Ontario, Canada. Carmen was very active in many aspects of her church in Hyannis, and is looking forward to finding ways in which she can serve at Eastminster, and in Columbia. Carman Dejdar Dori Ditty joins by reaffirmation of faith. She lives at Lonsford Drive, and is employed by the SCRS Investment Commission. Dori Ditty Bianca and Ben Douglas join by transfer of letter from Shandon Presbyterian church. They live at Budon Court. Ben is in medical sales, and Bianca teaches first grade at Forest Heights Elementary. They have several family members here and are looking forward to worshiping with them and becoming part of a wonderful church family. Trey Jones joins by profession of faith. He is an attorney with Richardson Plowden and Robinson, and lives on Wilmot Avenue with his wife Caroline Ellzey Jones. He has experienced Gods love in his life through his family, and looks forward to the fellowship and friendship that will grow from his involvement here. Elizabeth Crouch and husband Andy Kahle join by reaffirmation of faith. They live on Stratford Road. Andy is a pharmacist with Walgreens and Elizabeth is a health economist with USC. Elizabeth Crouch & Andy Kahle

Bianca & Ben Douglas

Trey Jones

A New Member Class Begins on Sunday, December 1, at 10:00 AM

Richard and Kalen Kloskey join by transfer of letter from Washington Street UMC. They live on Landgrave with their young children Parker and Taylor. Richard is in sales with Tindall Corporation. Gods love has been made evident in their lives through the blessing of their family. Kalen & Richard Kloskey

Dalton & David Massey

David Massey lives on Shirley Street with his son Dalton and joins by reaffirmations of faith. David in an attorney and is looking forward to becoming an active member of the body of Christ. He felt God drawing him to Eastminster through the warmth he saw for all ages.

Mary J. ONeal

Mary Jacqueline ONeal joins by transfer of letter from First church in Greenville, SC. She is a pre-school special education teacher in Richland 2 and lives on Elm Street. She enjoys the friendly and welcoming attitude of Eastminster and has felt comfortable from the start.

Keith Poston lives on Autumn Circle and joins by transfer of letter from St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Lexington, SC. He is an attorney with Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough. He enjoys fly fishing. Keith Poston Sarah-Porter Sanders joins by reaffirmation of faith. She lives on Woodrow Street and is a first grade teacher at Forest Heights Elementary school. Sarah-Porter was active in her Presbyterian church in Orangeburg growing up, and has felt Gods love throughout her life. She is looking forward to a church family to help her continue to grow in her faith.

Sarah-Porter Sanders

Brenda Saylors

Brenda Saylors lives on Trenholm Road, and joins by reaffirmation of faith. She has felt Gods love in the blessings of wonderful parents, healthy children and grandchildren, and is looking forward to spending time here with her daughter, son-in-law and their family. Mick and Susan Zais join by transfer of letter from the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Newberry, SC. They live on Tanglewood Road, and have children and grandchildren in Charleston, SC and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mick is with the Dept. of Education, and Susan is a realtor with Bollin Ligon Walker. They have many family members here and are looking forward to getting involved in a Sunday school class and in outreach activities.

Mick & Susan Zais

Eastminster supports SEND missionaries Steven and Natalie Hall, who work with native people and residents in Alaska. They will be joining us on Sunday, November 24, in Thompson Hall from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Please plan to attend and learn of their ministry. We are looking for volunteers to help! This year the Saint Lawrence Place Holiday Shop and Christmas party will be hosted at First Calvary Baptist Church in conjunction with Eastminster. We have over 26 families in need of being adopted. Volunteers are needed to put together necessity baskets and to work on the day of the event, Monday, December 9th. Please contact Meredith Christenberry for more information on how you can get involved in this ministry. This annual event is a wonderful way to give back over the holidays and is a whole lot of fun! To volunteer or for additional information contact or 803-269-8265. Eastminster hosts the Cooperative Ministrys Christmas Program each year where disadvantaged children shop, wrap gifts, sing songs, have refreshments and make gifts for their special teacher, immediate families and a friend. This event is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Thompson Hall. We need volunteers (teens & adults) to help set up on December 13 from 4:00 p.m. until, and volunteers to help the children shop, wrap gifts and do small crafts. Two shifts are available on December 14: 8:45 until 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Please contact Rochelle Caton at if you would like to help. Cannot be there? We also need donations of gift bags (all sizes), tissue paper, large shopping bags, and unwrapped new gifts in the $10 range. Gift suggestions are: balls; toy cars & trucks; dolls; sports watches & costume jewelry; baseball caps; and M-P3s with batteries. Gifts should be delivered to the Circle of Giving boxes in the CLC lobby or the CE building lobby no later than Friday, December 13.

Combined Adult Sunday School Class, November 24


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 Boots Fuller, Remer Waguespack, Dr. Mary Tobin, Bill McInnis, Peggy Lewis, those serving in our military, Stephen Ministers & their care receivers and all those in need of Gods special care. Hospitalized this week Carol Tanner, Jim Timmons Deaths Congregational love and sympathy are extended to:

Saint Lawrence Place Holiday Shop and Christmas Party 2013!!

Circle of Giving - Saturday, December 14

John & Chris Carrington, on the death of his mother, Shirley Carrington, November 9, 2013. Grandchildren, Hannah & Ainsley Carrington. Bill Barker, on the death of his wife, Rhett Barker, November 18, 2013. Sons, Clint & Jake Barker.
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 Sunday School

Family Fun Night Trunk or Treat

Stephen Ministry Retreat

Adult Sunday School Class

Dont miss out! Send your information to share with the congregation to Please have your information in by Wednesday, November 27, to be shared in our next newsletter on December 8, 2013.

Deadline for UPDATE

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Update for November 24, 2013

The church facilities and CLC will be closed from Thursday through Sunday, November 28 - December 1, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Offices and CLC will re-open on Monday, December 2, on their normal operating schedules. If you need to speak with a pastor during this time, please call the church and leave a confidential message, and a pastor will return your call. Join us for the annual Joy Gift Tea on Thursday, December, 5 at 10:00 a.m. at the home of Ramelle Mashburn, 1514 Wyndham Rd. You dont have to be a Circle member to attend -- all women of the church are invited so please make plans to attend!

Thanksgiving Holiday Closing

SerVing on Sunday November 24

OFFICERS PRAYER: Elder Boyd Scott DEACONS: Matthew Burns, Myles Burns Elder Steve Searcy (Jubilee) Elder Steve Draffin (Jubilee) ushERs: Eddie Laney & Joey Copley GREETERS: (9:00) Bill & Susan Coggins Jane Kerr Williams Kathie Williams, Kim Andrews Danielle Wooden-Lehman (11:15) Karen Hudgens Kathy Winterhalter Don & Sherry Davis Steve & Sharon Bryant INFANT ROOM - CLC 115 (9:00) Natalie Quinn & Daniel Hall (11:15) Kelty & Matt Riddle TODDLER ROOM - CLC 117 (9:00) Alicia & Bruce Harper (11:15) Joan & Brian Boyer 2-K ROOM - CLC 119 (9:00) Patrick & Brady Cutler (11:15) Alex & Sarah Dillard CHILDRENS CHURCH 101 - 3K (9:00) Bernie & Susan Kuhn (11:15) Elisa Lumpkin CHILDRENS CHURCH 103 - 4K (9:00) Jennifer Branham (11:15) Ryan & Jenna Burke CHILDRENS CHURCH 106 - 5K (9:00) Staff (11:15) Staff

Ladies of the Church . . .

Double Peanut Butter Sunday

On November 24 we are reviving a tradition by asking for DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER on the November and December Peanut Butter Sundays. Watch for the BOGO sales and pick up extra peanut butter. The hungry are always with us! Each year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving Eastminster receives a special offering for the Thornwell Home. On Sunday, November 24, we will again be receiving this offering. With the help of Eastminsters donations last year, 123 children were served in residential care; twenty four-year-old kindergarteners were educated; 83 children were able to remain with their siblings; 43 children were reunited with their families; and seven children were placed into permanent families. Thank you for being a blessing to these children through your gifts to Thornwell.

Thornwell Offering On November 24

Last year, Eastminster gave a total of $13,827 to Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina through the Mothers Day Offering and other budgeted gifts. The director of the Foundation for Retirement Communities wrote the Church and said, What an impact this has made on the lives of seniors at PCSC. Your gifts are vitally important to our mission to enrich the quality of life for seniors of all faiths who reside in the 5 Presbyterian retirement communities throughout our state. Your gifts and offering are making an impact on the elderly throughout the state. Robbie Foster

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