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Dear Eastminster Family

Let me use this space to mention four important Items of interest.
General Assembly follow-up discussion to take place at 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, August 10. Actions taken by the recent General Assembly of
the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. have generated quite a stir. As your
pastor, I need to do my best to interpret these actions, to share my
own reflections, and to try to answer your questions. Please join me in the Christian
Life Center, rooms 271-275, on Sunday, August 10 for this discussion. We will begin
promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Thank you and Godspeed to Jeff Smith, Mele Baize, and Carol Sutton. These three
dedicated Eastminster staff members are making transitions. After 14 years lead-
ing the Eastminster Day School, Mele Baize has accepted the director position at the
Lake Murray Presbyterian Day School in Chapin. A reception thanking Mele for
her service will take place Friday, August 8, from 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. in Thompson
Hall. Current and previous Day School parents and students are welcome to attend.
Carol Sutton, who serves as Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor, is retiring
after 15 years at Eastminster. Carol has been a great help to me, even as she has also
assisted with ministry ranging from baptism scheduling to making sure Session re-
cords are kept in ways that are decent and in order. Carol will be honored at a lunch
on Monday, August 4. Finally, as you know, the Rev. Jeff Smith has been called to
serve as Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian in Boone, NC. A reception honoring Jeff,
Angela and family will take place after worship July on 27.
Rally Day, August 17. Yes, it’s time to start planning for Rally Day! Sunday, Au-
gust 1700, is the day we will resume our usual schedule with three worship services
and Sunday school classes for all ages. While some usual components of Rally Day,
such as the congregational meal, will be delayed until the sanctuary is reopened for
worship, August 17 is the day. As you will begin seeing shortly, our theme for this
year will be “We are the Body.”
Sanctuary Renovation. A four-minute video update can be found by visiting east-, then clicking on “Construction Updates” in the lower right corner.
The asbestos removal from the side rooms in the sanctuary building is underway.
While it is the right course, our decision to undertake the asbestos abatement has
added both time and cost to the project. Beyond that, Mashburn Construction has
kept the project on track, and we are scheduled to return to the sanctuary in October.
In joy,
Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina
Volume 38 Number 24 July 20, 2014
803-256-1654 /
Dr. Bradley D. Smith
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
Mrs. Mele Baize
Day School Director
Mr. William L. Collins, Jr.
Business Manager
Ms. Julie McDaniel
Service Coordinator
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
10:00 a.m. Jubilee
10:15 a.m. - Gym
Walking Trough Galations 8
Rev. Lynn A. Grandsire
“Is Freedom Free?”
Galatians 4:21-5:1
To Wonder
Exodus For Followers
Of Jesus
For our loved ones . . .
In memory of Walter Hayden, given by M/M J. Michael
Ash, Wayne & Jacquie Corley, Dr. & Mrs. Jerry C. Langley,
Joyce B. Wise & Jennifer, Phil & Beth Wilson, Ann & An-
drew Cameron, Frank & Emily Windham, Ed, Joann & Myra
Burrell, Patti & Andy Tuite, Lucie & Bob Eggleston, Gus &
Kim Dixon, Richard Demarest, John Pritchett, Marit Bobo.
In memory of Virginia McCracken, given by Ann G. Dun-
can, Wayne & Jacquie Corley, Wray & Loretta Sercy, Martha
& Harvey Studstill, Nancy & Boyd Scott, Patti & Andy Tuite,
Lucie & Bob Eggleston, Ethel McCants Lowder, Russell &
Gail Jeter, Frank & Mackey Norris.
In memory of Toby Cassels, given by Ann G. Duncan,
Wayne & Jackie Corley.
In memory of Jerry Foster, given by Ann G. Duncan, Mary
& Billy Keenan, M/M Rodney R. Hull, Clare McLain McMa-
han, M/M Cherry D. Stribling, Nancy & Boyd Scott, Timmy
Dorn, Bill & Elaine Littlejohn, Lucie & Bob Eggleston, Jane
In memory of Bill Barron, given by Lucie & Bob Egg-
leston, Dr. & Mrs. Hugh H. DuBose, Candytuff Garden Club.
In memory of W. R. McWilliams, given by Lucie & Bob
In memory of Marjorie Stands Wallace, given by William
& Betty Strohecker, Richard Demarest.
In memory of Missy Boyd, given by Drs. Bud & Sally
In memory of Marnie Pearce, given by Dr. & Mrs. Hugh
H. DuBose.
In honor of Cornelia & Leland Williams, given by Mrs.
Ferrell Crowley.
PEACE Service - August 10, 5:00 P.M.
Te PEACE Service ofers you a place to come away and
be quiet before the Lord. It is a service where we pray for all
kinds of needs and celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. If
you desire a quiet place of worship, join us at 5:00 p.m. in the
Adult Reception Hall. During the summer if you will need
childcare, please contact Croskeys (croyall@eastminsterpres.
Columbia Pastoral Counseling Center
Please save the date for the Dinner and Silent Auction on
October 9 at 6:30 p.m. Full details will follow.
EPC will prepare and serve dinner for the 200 residents
at Transitions Homeless Shelter on Thursday, August 21.
Children as young as 10 are allowed to serve with their fam-
ily. Each month we prepare pasta salad (recipe provided),
homemade pound cakes and bananas. Our servers meet at
the church at 4:30 and return by 6:30. Please contact Laura
Long at to help. Thank you!
Want to Write an Advent Devotional?
Eastminster is currently accepting devotionals, written by
members, to be published in our yearly Advent Book. If you
would like to write a devotional to be included in this year’s
edition, please e-mail
Thanksgiving Reception for Jef Smith
Please join us on Sunday, July 27 immediately after 10:15
a.m. worship to thank and affirm Jeff, Angela, Brennan,
and Lawson Smith for their service to Christ at Eastminster
these past four years. The reception will take place on the
second floor of the CLC, rooms 269-273.
Peanut Butter Sunday, July 27
Harvest Hope reminds us each summer that their food
supply cannot keep up with the demand. Check out your lo-
cal grocer for their BOGO deals on peanut butter and other
canned goods, and remember to pick them up while you are
doing your weekly shopping and bring them to church with
Save Your Wednesdays for Children’s Choirs
Plan ahead! Angel and Junior choirs will meet every
Wednesday beginning SEPTEMBER 3 FROM 5:10-5:55 PM.
• ANGEL CHOIR – K5-grade 1, Room E-253 - Exciting
news as a new director will be joining us soon. Keep
watching for all the info.
• JUNIOR CHOIR – Grades 2-6, Room E-255 - Fredna
Lee will be directing this age group.
Israel Through the Eyes of Eastminster
Make plans to attend dinner and an Israel trip presenta-
tion on Wednesday, August 27, in Thompson Hall from 5:15
- 7:15 p.m. Hear from the trip participants who journeyed
there in January 2014. Save the date!
New Members Joined June 29
join, Brett by reafrmation of faith
and Laura by transfer of letter from
Westminster Presbyterian in Colum-
bia. Tey live in Blythewood on Lower
Forest Court. Brett is an attorney for
McAngus, Goudelock, and Courie,
and Laura is the director of communications with the South
Carolina Public Charter School District.
MATT CORNWELL joins by reaf-
frmation of faith. He and his wife,
Sarah-Porter, who joined last fall, live
on Woodrow Street, and he is a market-
ing specialist with the SC Department
of Agriculture.
join by reafrmation of faith. Tey live
on Northridge Road with their baby
daughter, Isla. Will is a sales manager
for Total Strength & Speed, and Brandi
is director of policy for New Morning
Brian by reafrmation of faith and
Sarah by transfer of letter from First
Presbyterian in Myrtle Beach. Brian
is an assistant controller with the SC
Education Lottery, and Sarah is a
manager at First Citizens Bank. Tey
live on Heyward Street.
EMILY HERNDON joins by reafrma-
tion of faith. She is a registered nurse with
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and
lives on Hampton Forest Drive.
joins by transfer of
letter from St. John’s Episcopal Church
in Columbia. Clay is a project manager
with Shealy Electrical. He lives with his
wife, Staci, on Shady Lane and joins
her and her mother Kathy Hymson at
join by transfer of letter from North-
east Presbyterian Church. Tey live
on King’s Grant Drive with their
children Baylor, Avery, Brody and
Ainsley. Brad is a radiologist with
Pitts Radiology and April is a full-
time homemaker.
by reafrmation of faith. Tey live
on Stratford Road. Tey join their
daughter, Melissa and grandson, Jonas
Lindsay at Eastminster
MICHAEL RAMA joins by reafrma-
tion of faith. He is a security consul-
tant and lives on Sinkler Road with his
wife, Sarah Monteith Rama, who is a
COLE SANDERS joins by reafrma-
tion of faith. She is a teacher in Lexington
District 2 and lives on Shandon Place. She
joins her sister and brother-in-law, Matt
and Sarah-Porter Cornwell here.
OLS join by reafrmation of faith.
Tey live on Sylvan Drive. Matt is
a partner in On Point Strategy, and
Caroline is a recruiting manager with
CEO, Inc.
joins by reafrmation of faith. Julia
is a nurse anesthetist with Pal-
metto Health Richland and lives on
Ravenwood Road with her husband
Preston. She joins Preston and his
parents Paul and Phyllis at Eastminster.
Teachers 5K - 5th Grade - We Need You!
We are currently recruiting teachers for the 5K, 1st, 2nd,
3rd and 5th grade classes. We will use a team approach this
school year and need 5 to 6 teachers a class that will alter-
nate teaching/assisting each week. Please note, this does not
mean that you will need to be there each week, generally it
is a commitment of two Sundays a month (although, if you
want to make that commitment, that would be great). If you have
questions or are willing to teach one of these classes, please
Farewell Party by Middle School Youth
The middle school stu-
dents surprised Jeff Smith
with a “surprise” party dur-
ing their July 7 - 11 in-house
mission week. The youth
served Christ Central Min-
istries, St. Lawrence Place,
Jubilee Academy, Harvest
Hope Food Bank and Thorn-
well Home in Clinton.
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
3200 Trenholm Road
Columbia, South Carolina 29204
Update for July 20, 2014
Nonprofit Org.
Columbia, SC
Prayer Concerns
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 ofce at 256-1654 to be included
on this Prayer List.
EPC Special Concerns
Boots Fuller, Remer Waguespack, Bill McInnis, Dave Steven, and
those serving in our military, Stephen Ministers and their care
receivers, and all those in need of God’s special care.
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.
Hospitalized this week
Katie Barthel
Congratulations and love to:
Katie & Aaron Barthel, on the birth of their son, Bowen Wil-
liam Barthel, July 14, 2014.
Deadline for UPDATE
Don’t miss out! Have your information to share with the
congregation in to
Our next newsletter will be August 17, 2014. Please
have your information in by Wednesday, August 6.
Rally Day - August 17
It’s Back! Rally Day will be on Sunday, August 17, with
the return of services at 9:00 and 11:15 am. New Sunday School
classes begin, and our children move to their new classes. Keep
watching for ALL THE NEWS!
Adopt-a-fower bed program
Cheryl Yates, Nelle Hol-
combe, Judy Small, and Sha-
ron Derham have been weed-
ing and edging the flower
beds along the front walkway
and around the Easminster
sign. The maintenance staff
have helped with mulching,
watering and even pressure
washing the steeple. Our goal is to make the outside look as good
as the inside is going to look at the end of construction. There
are many more beds to weed and edge! If you can help with this
project, please call or e-mail Sharon Derham at 803-787-2690, or
Stay Tuned . . .
Information about the new Presbyterian hymnal entitled . . .
“Glory to God” coming in August.
Last Tailgate Sunday School
August 3 - 9:00 AM
Join us for our last relaxed Sunday school tailgate time
on the front lawn this summer. The idea is for you to bring
your own lawn chair and team up at one of our tailgate
tents. We will have coffee, juice, and whatever our tailgate
friends decide to bring. Our hope is for us to get to know
one another better and to share how God is at work in our
lives. There’s no curriculum, just fellowship and intentional
time of being together. Please dress casual and invite your