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Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

Eastminster Update
803-256-1654 /

Volume 39 Number 6


1 COR. 12

Dr. Bradley D. Smith
Dr. Mark E. Durrett
Associate Pastor
Rev. Lynn A. Grandsire
Associate Pastor
Dr. James I. St. John
Parish Associate

Snapshots of Haiti. Nineteen EPC members spent a week serving at Hospital St. Croix in the city of Leogane, roughly 15 miles southwest of Port-aPrince. Our experience included teaching hospital staffers how to operate an
ultrasound machine, providing a dental clinic, organizing hundreds of boxes
of supplies that have accumulated since the earthquake, building shelves to
better organize the supplies, simply spending time with the Haitian people,
having our eyes opened to poverty beyond our imagining, sharing devotionals each evening, enjoying working and relaxing together, and in it all, seeing God all around
us. Six other EPC members went this past November and I hope many more of you will
make this trip in the next year or two. Watch for more in the coming months.
Last call for Small Group sign ups!
Visit and click on
Small Groups in lower right corner or
contact Caroline Bennett at cbennett@

Mr. Croskeys Royall

Director of Childrens Ministries
Mrs. Fredna Lee
Director of Music Ministries
Mrs. Lucy Corley and
Mrs. Anita Poole
EDS Co-Directors
Mr. William L. Collins, Jr.
Business Manager
Ms. Julie McDaniel
Member Involvement Coordinator

Sunday, february 8
9:00 & 11:15 a.m. - Sanctuary
11:15 a.m. - Jubilee
Dr. Bradley D. Smith

February 8, 2015

Photos Of:
Group at Hospital
Painting Shelves
Bus Transportation Haitian Lady
Dental work
Street Scene
Sorting Supplies

Jesus Rocks, February 8


Football celebration time! Come dressed in your favorite football teams

colors, T-shirt, uniforms, or cheer leading outfit. Join us at 5:00 p.m. in
the CLC and remember to bring your $3.00 for pizza. Even if you dont
like football, this will be fun!

SUNDAY, February 8

8:00 Celebration Choir Rehearsal

9:00 Worship & Childrens Church
10:00 Jubilee Band Practice

Sunday School

Worship Discovery

First Step
10:05 Chancel Choir Rehearsal
10:30 Called Session Mtg.
11:15 Jubilee Worship

Worship & Childrens Church

Alex Chaplin Baptism
1:00 Basketball Practices
3:00 Cub Scout Mtg.

Confirmation Markup Session
5:00 SUNDAYS @5

Cub Scouts

Circle #6

Jesus Rocks

PEACE Service

MS & SH youth Group
6:00 Youth Meal
6:30 APNC

Monday, February 9

7:00 Mens Prayer Breakfast

9:00 Count Team

Fifty Plus Exercise Class
10:00 Circle #1, Circle #3
10:30 Circle #2
12:00 Worship Ministry Mtg.
1:30 Pastors Mtg.
2:30 Program Staff Mtg.
3:00 Basketball Practice
5:30 Yoga

Stephen Ministry Leaders Mtg.
6:00 EPC Mens League Games

Stephen Ministry Mtg.
6:30 BSF
7:00 Troop 10

Family Promise at Eastminster

Family Promise is an exciting new ministry serving homeless families in the Columbia area. Eastminster has joined
15 area churches to help host these families, with our first
hosting week February 15-22, 2015. We are grateful to all who have donated items to help
with this ministry. We currently have the supplies we need, but there is a specific need for
overnight and weekend volunteers and drivers. If these opportunities are of interest to you,
please contact Elizabeth Barber ( or Lucy Corley (
with questions, or to volunteer to help with this ministry.

Presbyterian Womens February Circle Dates

Circle #1
Circle #2
Circle #3
Circle #6

Monday, February 9 @ 10:00 a.m., Church Parlor

Monday, February 9 @ 10:30 a.m., (Location to be announced)
Monday, February 9 @ 10:00 a.m., Home of Nelle Holcombe
Sunday, February 8 @ 5:00 p.m., E-352.

Prayer Matters

TUESDAY, February 10

In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Paul instructs us to pray continually. Following this command we are excited to continue
the ministry Prayer Matters at EPC. Beginning the week of
February 9, each church family will be prayed for over 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
or ways to join this ministry, please contact Kim Leighton (260-3548) or Carol Hill (7676734).

WEDNESDAY, February 11

Eastminster Day School Spring Arts Auction

March 19, 7-10 p.m., Leaside

9:00 Drop-In Nursery

Youth Council
10:00 Senior Fitness
11:45 Tuesday Lunch
12:00 Property Committee
NED Committee
12:30 Bradley Lunch Buddies
1:00 Footcare Ministry
3:00 Exercising for Arthritis

Basketball Practice
5:00 Tai Chi

CHAMPS Steering Committee
6:00 Handbell Rehearsal
6:30 Congregational Care
7:00 Scottish Country Dancing

Girls Senior High Small Group

Guys Senior High Small Group

9:00 Drop-In Nursery

Fifty Plus Exercise Class
9:25 EDS Chapel
9:30 Prayer Shawl Ministry
11:00 Conversions
12:00 Commissioners Team Mtg.
3:00 Basketball Practice
3:30 Ketchum Brownies
5:15 Angel Choir, Junior Choir
5:15 Wednesday Evening Dinner
5:45 Childcare
6:15 WE@EPC
6:30 Jubilee Band Practice
7:15 Chancel Choir

THURSDAY, February 12


BFS Leaders
Jr. High Breakfasts
Drop-In Nursery
Senior Fitness
Exercising for Arthritis
Basketball Practice
Evangelism & Membership Mtg.

FRIDAY, February 13


Fifty Plus Exercise Class

EDS Grandparent Day
Support Staff Mtg.
Basketball Practice

SATURDAY, February 14

9:00 Youth Basketball League Games

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, entertainment, drinks and hors doeuvres. Tickets are $35 until
March 4, and $40 after March 4. To purchase a ticket, contact Melissa Gentry at mfgentry@ or 803-546-1803. If you or your business would like to sponsor the event or
donate an item for the silent auction, please contact Rebecca Arrington at bec72182@hotmail.
com or Jenny Brown at by Feb. 17. Thank you for your support!

Writers Wanted!
Would you like to write a brief devotional or reflection for Lent? We want to provide a
brief (roughly 100 words) devotion for the 40 days of Lent via e-mail. Write when the spirit
moves you, write from the heart or just write! Each and every one will be greatly appreciated by our congregation. Please send to

For our loved ones . . .

In memory of Jo Cartwright, given by Richard & Dottie Campbell.
In memory of Adair Crawley, given by Nancy & Floyd Woods.

PEACE Service February 8

The PEACE Service offers 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 Lords
Supper together. If you desire a quiet place of worship, join us at 5:00 p.m. in the
Adult Reception Hall. A nursery is available in the Drop-In Nursery rooms in the

Be a Lunch Buddy!

Would you like to help a child learn to read? Thirty-five, Eastminster members
share lunch with their 4th grade lunch buddies at Bradley Elementary, two Tuesdays per month from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., followed by work on reading skills. The
kids read to their Lunch Buddies and then take Accelerated Reader tests on school
computers. The Lunch Buddies will tell you it is a rewarding experience. Our
challenge: there are 55 kids, so most Lunch Buddies have two kids to assist in their
reading exercises. Our goal: get to a one-to-one ratio so that each child gets the full
attention of a Lunch Buddy. Come give Lunch Buddies a try for the remainder of
this semester. You will find it a worthwhile and fun ministry. If interested, please
contact Julie McDaniel at the church office,, or
John McArthur at

Whats Your Top 10?

EPCs library will be undergoing some exciting changes in 2015! We want to

start with your input and suggestions, as we make new plans. What are your
favorite Christian-based reads, Bible studies or other resources youve enjoyed
recently? We want to build our librarys resources to best suit our members
desires and needs. To submit your TOP 10 READS & RESOURCES, e-mail
Caroline Bennett, Small Groups Coordinator and Librarian,


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
Remer Waguespack, Bill McInnis, Dave
Steven, and those serving in our military,
Stephen Ministers and their care receivers,
and all those in need of Gods special care.
Helen Miller
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.

Susan Jackson-Dowd Speaking

All Eastminster women are invited to hear Susan Jackson-Dowd, Executive Director of Presbyterian Women for PC(USA), on February 8 at 3:00 p.m. at Forest
Lake Presbyterian Church. The cost is $3 if you pre-register by February 1, or $5
at the door. After speaking, Susan will take questions. If you have questions youd
like to ask of Susan, but cant attend, please send your questions to Mary McCants

Flowers for Sanctuary

If you would like to give flowers for the sanctuary in honor or memory of someone, please contact Carol Anderson at Also, if you have a
standing memorial, please contact Carol to confirm that you still wish to reserve a

Music Recital February 15, 3:00 PM

Eastminster choir member, Ginger Jones-Robinson, mezzo-soprano, and Matthew Ganong, organist/pianist of the Church of the Epiphany will be in concert
Sunday, February 15, in the Eastminster Sanctuary at 3:00 p.m. This concert is free
and open to the public! Invite your friends.

The Body at Work

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

Your time, talent, and treasure at work in Gods Kingdom

Eastminsters donation of $11,000 and countless volunteer

hours to the Transitions Center helped prepare and serve
meals to the hungry in our community.

Deadline for UPDATE

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February 11, to be shared in our next newsletter on February 22, 2015.

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Update for February 8, 2015

Celebration of Faith March 14 - 15

Please hold the dates of March 14 & 15 on your calendar for this years Celebration of Faith. The adult education speaker will be Rev. Dr. Richard Boyce,
Dean of Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte, NC. The Faith formation for youth speaker is Dr. David Olshine, Professor of Youth and Family at
Columbia International University, and there will be a creative arts component
offered by Mr. Brian Maness of Memphis, TN. Brian has taught stained glass
classes at the annual recreation retreat in Montreat, many times.

Front Desk Volunteer Needed

If you are available from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Fridays and would like to
volunteer at the church, give Tricia a call 256-1654 or You would help greet visitors and answer the phone. Training is

Ash Wednesday Service - February 18

The Eastminster Ash Wednesday Service with
imposition of ashes will be held at 7:00 p.m. in
the sanctuary on February 18. All 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.

Contribution Statements
You should have received your Eastminster contribution statement for 2014.
The church asks that you carefully review your statement and contact Christy
Rippy with any questions or concerns as soon as possible. Phone 256-1654 or

Vacation Bible School Dates

Hold the dates of June 22 - June 25 from 9 - 12:00 noon! Eastminster will
have VBS those days for 4K - rising 6th graders.

Serving on Sunday
February 8
Elder Tara Barr
DEACONS: Connie Chase & Doris Stapel
Elder Michael Schraibman (Jubilee)
Deacon Mary Counts (Jubilee)
peace service:
Elders Mary Bett Thorne, Henry Price
Deacons Susan Laird, Kay Lydon
Ushers: Steve Searcy & John McCabe
(9:00) Bowen & Susie Horger
Laura & Charlie Irick
Albert & Harper James
Bud & Ann John
(11:15) Pat Fuller
Johnny & Karen Hudgens
Charles & Caroline Jenkins
Jerry & Mary Frances Jowers
(9:00) Staff
(11:15) Lauren & Reese McWilliams
(9:00) Kennedy & Nathan Natvig
(11:15) Ann Mac & Claude Prevost
2-K ROOM - CLC 119
(9:00) Liz & Krishjen Auld
(11:15) Elizabeth & Ed Black
(9:00) Matt & Ashley Jeffords
(11:15) Kyle & Meredeth Hewett
(9:00) Stuart & Rebecca Arrington
(11:15) Aaron & Katie Barthel
(9:00) Lee & Danielle Dixon
(11:15) Brian & Ashley Fitzgerald