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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


803-256-1654 /
Volume 38 Number 9 February 23, 2014

Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

Dear Eastminster Family, Prayer is a way of practicing the presence of God. Prayer can help us remember who, and whose, we are. Our Lord works though prayer by providing perspective, fostering gratitude, easing tension, and inspiring dreams. John Wesley said, Prayer is where the action is. Richard Foster has written, To pray is to change. If we are unwilling to change, we will abandon prayer as a noticeable character of our lives. Prayer is an extraordinary gift, but one that is often neglected. Prayer can also be a gift we give others, both near and far. Beginning this past week, about forty Eastminster members began a year-long prayer journey where they will pray, among other things, for each of you. What a wonderful gift they are giving, lifting each and every member by name in prayer for a week. In grateful response, I encourage you to join in praying by heeding the words of the Apostle Paul, Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (Col 4:2) Pray simply to be in Gods presence, to dwell on who God is, what He has done, and what He is doing. Pray as a way of stepping into Gods presence, of remembering who our Lord has created you to be. Pray to give thanks, to approach God in weakness, and to lift others. Treat prayer as an appointment with God. Every day. Every week. All the time. Your Pastor, Brad In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:26 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints Ephesians 6:18 Without prayer we have neither light nor strength to advance in the way which leads to God. St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori Prayer is nothing else than union with God. When the heart is pure and united with God it is consoled and filled with sweetness; it is dazzled by a marvelous light. St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness. St. John Chrysostom Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven. St. Ephraem of Syria

9:00 & 11:15 a.m. - Sanctuary 11:15 a.m. Jubilee Dr. Bradley D. Smith QUESTIONS OF FAITH SERIES #4 Why Does God Allow Suffering? 2 Corinthians 1:3-11


8:00 Celebration Choir Rehearsal 9:00 Worship & Childrens Church Andrew Bryant Walker, Jr. Bapt. 10:00 Sunday School Classes Jubilee Band Practice Worship Discovery 10:05 Chancel Choir Rehearsal 11:15 Worship & Childrens Church Jubilee Worship New Members Join 2:00 Cub Scouts Mtg. 3:00 Cub Scouts Mtg. Smolka Girl Scouts 5:00 Elementary Programming Sunday@5 Childcare Sr. Highs MS Youth Jesus Rocks

Eastminster Dayschool Registration is March 4 - March 7. Visit the Day School website ( to find their registration materials, schedule for registration and answers to any questions you may have about the process or about the Day School. SUnday evening stUdy - This evening study is entitled: Making Room for God in our busy lives: practical ways to read Scripture and pray more meaningfully. This will be led by Lynn Grandsire and is to be a part of SUnday@5 through March 30 in room E-350. This study will include the Peace Service in the middle as part of the class. To sign-up for the class, e-mail Mary at or call her at 256-1654. Eastminster is partnering with Medical Benevolence Foundation to take a group to do medical and construction work at Hospital St. Croix, in Leogane, Haiti. Well also be working at the Darbonne Maternity Clinic. The trip dates are March 22-29, 2014. The cost is being finalized but will include all travel, lodging and meals. Well stay on site at the hospital, which is very safe and has space dedicated to house short-term mission workers. For more information, contact Jane Brissette at or 754-7749.

Eastminster Day School Registration

EPW Bible Study

MOnday, FEBRuaRy 24

7:00 Mens Prayer Breakfast 9:00 Count Team Fifty Plus Exercise Class 10:00 Senior Fitness 11:45 Staff Birthday Party 2:00 Pastors Mtg. CHAMPS Tutoring 2:30 Program Staff Mtg. 3:30 Staff Mtg. 5:30 Yoga Cub Scouts 6:00 Mens League Game 6:30 BSF 7:00 Sr. High Girls D-Group

Medical/work trip to Haiti - March 22-29

9:00 10:00 10:30 11:45 12:30 1:00 1:30 3:30 4:30 5:00 5:30 6:00 6:45 7:00 9:00 9:30 11:00 12:00 3:15 3:30 5:00 5:15 5:45 6:15 7:00 7:15

Drop-In Nursery Senior Fitness EPW Bible Study EPW Moderator Mtg. Tuesday Lunch Savvy Seniors Bradley Lunch Buddies Footcare Ministry Tweeting with Sparrow Youth Basketball Practice Stewardship Comm. Tai Chi Zumba Fitness Diaconate Mtg. Handbell Rehearsal Joint Mtg. Session Mtg. Scottish Country Dancing Zumba Fitness

The Cub Scout Webelos 2 group from Eastminster led by Andrew Cole, attended the BowTie Event at the Convention Center on February 9 and was part of the Guinness book recordsetting event.

Eastminster Webelos 2


The Tuesday Morning Bible Study chose to remember Rhett, a long time member of the study, with a donation to the Lynn Temple Jones Library of a series of Commentaries by N.T. Wright, John Goldingay and Anne Lamont. These books can be found in the library on top of the back counter. Please stop by and check one of these books out for your use.

Library Donation for Rhett Barker

Drop-In Nursery Fifty Plus Exercise Class Prayer Shawl Ministry EDS Chapel Passion of Our Lord Bible Study Commissioners Mtg. Ketchum Brownies Youth Basketball Practice Angel & Junior Choirs WE@EPC Dinner WE@EPC Childcare WE@EPC Classes Womens Divorce Care Group Senior High Guys D-Group Chancel Choir Rehearsal

The Eastminster Ash Wednesday Service with imposition of ashes will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. All WE@EPC classes will be cancelled for this evening, giving everyone an opportunity to attend this service. But, there will be a meal in Thompson Hall at 6:00 p.m. (note time change). Child care will be provided for infants through 1st grade. Wednesday evening classes will resume on March 12. First - fifth graders, join us! Jesus Rocks is from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 23. We will have a fun time and eat pizza! Please remember to bring $3.00 for pizza. Calling all men! Youre always welcome to join us at 7:00 a.m. each Monday morning (excluding church holidays) as we gather in Thompson Hall for a full breakfast, for an enriching, enlightening Bible study, for great fellowship, and for prayer. We conclude at 8:00 a.m., whether our teacher-of-the-day is finished or not, so that everyone can get on to the office or the shop or the golf course. No reservations needed. We hope to see you!

Ash Wednesday Service - March 5

Jesus Rocks the 4th Sunday of the Month - February 23!


9:00 Drop-In Nursery 10:00 Senior Fitness 3:30 Youth Basketball Practice 5:30 BSF 7:00 Zumba Fitness 7:30 Jubilee Band Practice

Mens Monday Morning Breakfast Bible Study Opportunity


7:00 9:00

9:00 Fifty Plus Exercise Class 11:00 Support Staff Mtg. BSF Leaders Youth Basketball League Games

In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Paul instructs us to pray continually. Following this command we are excited to announce a new ministry, Prayer Matters, at EPC. This began on February 10, with church families being prayed for, each over a period of one week during the year. You and your family will receive a note letting you know when you have been lifted up in prayer. Please begin praying now that each family experiences Gods transforming power through this new ministry! For questions please contact: Kim Leighton (260-3548) or Carol Hill (7676734). Jr. High and Sr. High Youth (Cornerstone) meets at 5:00 p.m. each Sunday evening, unless notified, on the third floor of the CLC with a meal immediately following at 6:10 in Thompson Hall. The meal will conclude at 6:30 p.m. It has come to our attention that the service provider we use for youth communication has recently made some changes, resulting in the loss of many names and emails from our weekly youth update. If you were receiving this update and have stopped receiving them, please contact Tricia McCormick, or 256-1654, to be re-added to our list. YOU can join others to help fight hunger in your Midlands with your donations to Harvest Hope Food Bank. Remember your peanut butter on Sunday, February 23. Nutritious, delicious and always appreciated! Harvest Hope Food Bank is always in need of 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. The Sportsman Banquet is planned for Thursday, April 3. This years speaker, Dan Reeves, spent 23 years coaching for the Denver Broncos, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons. He played or coached in a record nine Super Bowls five with the Dallas Cowboys, three with Denver and one with Atlanta. Prior to coaching, he also spent 16 years in the Cowboys organization five as a player, three as a player/coach and eight as an assistant coach. He attended the University of South Carolina, where he played quarterback from 1962-1964 and was inducted into the schools Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977. Keep watching for all the details.

Prayer Matters


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, Bill Barron those serving in our military, Stephen Ministers & their care receivers and all those in need of Gods special care. Hospitalized this week Carol Tanner, David Dye, Jim Crosby Births Congratulations and love to:


Peanut Butter Sunday - February 23

Jeff & Gay Amberg, on the birth of their grandson, Jeffrey Harrison Hicks, February 14, 2014. Parents, Anna (Amberg) & Chris Hicks.
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.

Reserve the Date for the Sportsman Banquet

The Eastminster Day School Parents Organization invites all adults to attend the EDS Spring Arts Auction for a fun evening to benefit the Day School. This event features a silent auction with fantastic prizes, a live auction, entertainment, and hors doeuvres. Tickets are $35 before March 1, and $40 March 1 and after. To purchase a ticket, contact Melissa Gentry at or 803-5461803. If you or your business would like to sponsor the event or donate an item for the silent auction, please contact Jenny Brown at or 803-622-7207 by March 1st. Thank you for your support!

Eastminster Day School Spring Arts Auction March 13, 7 - 10 p.m. at Leaside (100 E Exchange Blvd )


Dont miss out! Send your information to share with the congregation to Please have your information in by Wednesday, February 26, to be shared in our next newsletter on March 9, 2014.

Deadline for UPDATE

Looking at the way some people live, they ought to obtain eternal fire insurance soon.

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Update for February 23, 2014

Family Promise
Family Promise is an exciting new ministry for EPC that will serve homeless families. Eastminster is joining other area churches to host these families four times a year, one week at a time. There are many volunteer opportunities and all are family-friendly! Please contact Elizabeth Barber ( or Lucy Corley ( with any questions, and look for more information to come soon!

SerVInG on SundaY February 23

OFFICERS PRAYER: Elder Michael Schraibman DEACONS: Katie Evatt, Jeff Burden Elder George McCutchen (Jubilee) Deacon Jim Hatchell (Jubilee) UshERs: Eddie Laney, Joey Copley GREETERS: (9:00) Coleman Chambliss Alex & Sarah Dillard Mark & Laurie Childress Sara Davis (11:15) Don & Betty Barton George & Phyllis Beighley Dina Boorda, Craig Freeman Joe & Jane Anderson INFANT ROOM - CLC 115 (9:00) Mary Catherine & Rob Arthur (11:15) Joni & Drew Richardson TODDLER ROOM - CLC 117 (9:00) Elizabeth & Christian Rasor (11:15) Emily & Spencer Lindsay 2-K ROOM - CLC 119 (9:00) Bryan & Amy Wates (11:15) Kalen & Richard Klosky CHILDRENS CHURCH 101 - 3K (9:00) Marshall & Mary Kirk Morton (11:15) John Michael & Joslyn Otis CHILDRENS CHURCH 103 - 4K (9:00) Mark & Christina Richardson (11:15) Betsy Roof CHILDRENS CHURCH 106 - 5K (9:00) Tim & Blythe Lewis (11:15) Laine & Taylor Ligon

Please Help Us Stay in Touch!

Have you moved, changed your phone number, disconnected your land line, changed your email address, had a baby, or gotten married? Please notify the church of these changes as we need to keep our data base up-to-date and current! We cannot do it without your help! Either call the church at 256-1654 or email We want to stay connected with you!

Savvy Seniors - February 25

Dr. Warner Montgomery will be our featured speaker! He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the University of Michigan and began his professional career as a teacher and coach at the new A.C. Flora High School in 1960. After teaching in Thailand, Michigan, Ohio, Africa, and Canada, he returned to Columbia in 1989 as owner-publisher of the Columbia Star newspaper. He is now retired and writes and teaches about the history of Columbia. He is author of COLumBia REvisitEd. Remember to make your reservation for lunch by calling Mary, 256-1654 or e-mail Following the program, Parker Sparrow, our parish nurse, will be in the Byrd Room if anyone would like to speak with her.

VBS 2014 is Coming

Save the dates of June 16-19 for your 4k-rising 6th grade child. We will be visiting Son Treasure Island! Stay tuned for further details.