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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

803-256-1654 /

Volume 37 Number 6

February 17, 2013

Dear Friends, Thirty-some years ago, when the Holy Spirit began nudging me to know God as a living Lord, someone suggested I read the Gospel of John. Paragraph by paragraph my eyes were opened, and by Gods grace, I met Jesus. The twenty-one chapters of Johns Gospel permitted me not only to read the claims that he is the Messiah, but also to see Jesus in action and to listen to his teaching for myself. Beginning this Sunday and for the six weeks following, I want to challenge you to listen to Jesus by reading the Gospel according to John. After an introduction this Sunday, the next six Sundays will focus on the I am sayings of Jesus that are found only in John. Listed below are ways you can be aided in getting the most out of Gods Word during this Lenten Season. 1. Receive Daily Email Readings. Weve divided John into sections and will send about twenty verses a day, six days a week, starting Monday, February 18 and ending on Easter. A brief reflection on each reading, written by Eastminster ministers and members, will also be included. If youd like to receive this, simply make sure we have an email address for you by emailing 2. Attend the Pastors Class Sunday School. Even if youve never come to Sunday School, try this. Meet in the Parlor at the rear of the Sanctuary this Sunday at 10:00 a m. Bring your Bible, and dont worry, you wont be called on. 3. Dig In at the Breakfast Bible Study. Monday mornings from 7:00-8:00 a.m. in Thompson Hall. Enjoy a bodacious breakfast ($4), friendly fellowship, and one of our pastors teaching on that days reading. 4. Participate in a Mid-week Study. A mirrored class will be offered Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. and again at 6:15 p.m. Dr. Mark Durrett will be the primary teacher with Mark teaching for roughly thirty minutes then providing opportunities for discussion. Wednesday night students can stay in a large group for discussion, or break out and share discussion in small groups. 5. Satellite Studies. The Wednesday teaching will be videotaped and provided to small groups that will meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with some meeting at the church and others meeting downtown. *To help us plan effectively, please sign up for the classes listed above by visiting the Eastminster website at http// and sign up on the front page of the site, calling Julie McDaniel at 256-1654, or emailing Capital Campaign Enhancements (Part II of III) In addition to the sanctuary improvements mentioned in last weeks UPDATE, here are other worship related items that will be part of the Capital Campaign: 1. Jubilee Worship resonates with a good number of you, and we want to give it increased attention by making Thompson Hall as inviting as possible. 2. New pew cushions. 3. New choir robes. 4. Improved lighting and sound support for the hearing-impaired in the sanctuary. 5. Installing video capacity. While we are doing work in the sanctuary, we believe this is the time to add video capacity so long as, and only if, it can be done in a way that is tasteful, unobtrusive, and befitting our sanctuary. We are not planning to use video during worship. Rest assured, that as tasteful as the Parlor improvement was two years ago, so this enhancement will be equally tasteful. Additional Capital Campaign items approved by the Session will be in next weeks Update. Further details on all the enhancements that are part of the campaign will be available as we move toward the launch in late March. Brad

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 Childrens 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 Dr. Mark E. Durrett Prologue To Light and Life!


8:00 Celebration Choir Rehearsal 9:00 Worship & Childrens Church Taylor Avery Straka Bapt. 10:00 Sunday School Pastors Class Jubilee Band Practice Eastminster First Step Worship Discovery Trebel Choir Rehearsal 10:05 Chancel Choir Rehearsal 11:15 Worship & Childrens Church Banks McKinley & Ella Grace Cartwright Baptism Jubilee Worship 3:00 Cubscouts Wolf Den Parenting Workshop 4:00 Webelos 1 & 2 Cubscout Bears, Tigers Youth Band Practice Scotland Trip Mtg. 5:30 Youth Group Dinner & Mtg. 5:45 Childcare 6:00 Kerygma 6:15 Womens Bible Study

Did you know? Morning is peak time! Most heart attacks happen during the hours of 8 and 9 a.m. in the morning, and usually on Mondays. Want to know more? Join us on Monday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. in the Adult Reception Hall, to meet our new parish nurse, Parker Sparrow, RN, and learn more fun facts about the heart! Please RSVP to Mary or 256-1654 to make sure we have enough materials. Parents, join us on Sunday, February 17, at Eastminster for: Child Safety for Parents - Ways to keep your kids safe in our world today from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., in the Adult Reception Hall. Safety for Women (Senior High and Adult) - Tips and practical ways for prevention and awareness to protect yourself when out on a date, jogging, at school, and other times. From 4:155:15 p.m., in the Adult Reception Hall. Workshops will be given by Larry Bonney, a former FBI agent who worked his way up into the upper ranks of that agency, working on several of our countrys high profile crimes along the way. After retirement, he served as Deputy Director of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He now lives in Wilmington, NC and works as a consultant. Among other things, he helped with the production of the film The Silence of the Lambs (and has a guest appearance near the beginning of it!) and has been featured on Dateline NBC. Childcare will be offered! Sign-up for both classes at Eastminster will have a congregational meal in the gym on Sunday, February 24 following the 11:15 a.m. worship service. Make plans to enjoy a delicious lunch and fellowship with your church family! Regualr pricing will apply. Please call 256-1654 for reservations. The 2013 Eastminster Senior High Urban Mission Trip will be in Nashville, TN. The total cost of this trip is $320.00 which includes transportation, lodging, programming, and the majority of meals. Scholarships are available. Please return your registration and the full payment by Friday, April 5, 2013. (If you have misplaced your form, additional forms are available on Tricias desk.) There are only 20 spots available; these will be filled as registrations are received. The Eastminster 2012 Habitat House was dedicated on Sunday, January 27. Proud home owner Vette Alston is shown here at the ribbon cutting of her home on Crane Church Road in Columbia.

February is HEART Month!

FREE February Parenting Workshops


7:00 Mens Prayer Breakfast 9:00 Count Team Fifty Plus Exercise Class 11:00 Healthy Hearts 11:45 Staff Lunch 2:00 Pastors Mtg. 2:30 Program Staff Mtg. 4:45 Personnel Mtg. 5:30 Mens Basketball League Yoga Webelos 1 7:00 Sr. High Guys Bible Study Boy Scouts Troop 10 Lee/Orlandini Small Group


7:15 MS Prayer Breakfast 9:00 Drop-In Nursery 9:30 Staff Meeting 10:00 Womens Bible Study 11:45 Tuesday Lunch 12:00 Thornwell Mtg. Finance Mtg. 12:30 Visitation 4:00 CHAMPS Tutoring 5:00 Tai Chi 5:30 Girls on Run Zumba CLC Ministry 6:00 Handbells MSB Team 6:30 Congregational Care 7:00 Zumba Fitness Scottish Country Dance

Congregational Meal - February 24

Senior High Urban Mission Trip - June 9 - 15, 2013

9:00 Drop-In Nursery Fifty Plus Exercise Class 9:30 Prayer Shawl Ministry EDS Chapel 11:00 Lenten Study - Gospel of John 5:00 Angel, Junior Choir Rehearsals 5:15 WE@EPC Dinner 5:45 Childcare 6:15 DivorceCare Crossroads Career Gospel of John MS Youth Trebel Choir Rehearsal 6:45 Bible Study Groups 7:15 Chancel Choir Rehearsal


Habitat House Dedication

7:00 HS Prayer Breakfast 9:00 Drop-In Nursery 4:00 champs Tutoring 5:30 Girls on the Run Zumba Jr. League 7:00 Zumba Fitness Eagle Boards of Review 7:30 Jubilee Band Practices


9:00 Fifty Plus Exercise Class 11:00 Support Staff Mtg. 4:00 Sr. High Girls Bible Study


9:00 Youth Basketball League Games 12:30 EPC Youth B/B Awards Program

Eastminster will sponsor a Habitat build in New Orleans in coordination with St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church. If youve 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 Rosenberg at for more info or to sign up.

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

Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.


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 Gods special care. In Extended Care Margaret Zeigler Hospitalized this week Charlotte Law, Pat Pollard, Al Floyd 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.

Eastminster will be serving the residents of Transitions on Thursday, February 21. Transitions is located in downtown Columbia where it houses and trains around 200 homeless and transitional people. You have the opportunity to prepare food, serve, or donate money toward this night. You will think that you are the one serving, but you will be touched beyond belief at the outpouring of love shown to you by the residents. Please join us! Opportunities include serving or mingling with the residents (we will meet at EPC at 4:30 p.m. and return by 6:30 p.m.) Please respond to Laura Long at 530-6731. USC Athletics Director Ray Tanner will speak at the next Savvy Senior meeting on Tuesday, February 26. He will talk about updates in the Universitys athletic program and take a look at current teams -- hope for basketball; prospects for baseball; and dreams for the coming football season. If time permits, he will also be available for questions. Reservations for the noon lunch in Thompson Hall must be made no later than Friday, February 22. Call Mary Baldauf at 254-1654.


Savvy Seniors to Hear Ray Tanner

Attention all 6 8th graders, want to go to Washington DC? Well be doing inner-city mission work as we serve as a group and with other youth groups from all over the U.S. The cost is $340.00 with a deposit of $170 due by March 15th. There are only 15 spaces left so please dont wait until the last minute to reserve your spot. The week includes: lodging, transportation, Worship and fun themed nights; a free evening in D.C., and a T-shirt. If you have any questions contact Jeff Smith (Associate Pastor) at 256-1654. Registration forms are available from and should be turned into Tricia McCormick, administrative assistant for youth and children. Fun was had by all at the 3rd annual youth EPC Bowl. If you havent heard, the parents won the game! The victorious champs are pictured here!

Jr. High Summer Mission Trip - July 7-12, 2013

and . . .the Parents Win!

Did you know that EPC members administer foot baths and spiritual encouragement to Columbias homeless community every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. at Christ Central Ministry on North Main Street? Guests are treated to a new pair of tennis shoes and socks provided by EPC, snacks and Christian comfort in their time of need. We thank God for the opportunity to serve others and to be a blessing to those who are in need of a blessing. If interested, please contact Marit Bobo at 788-8178, or just show up one Tuesday and observe.

Did you know . . .

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Update for February 17, 2013

Beginning this Sunday, February 17, the Pastors class will be meeting in the Adult Reception Hall in the CE building. The Childrens Worship Discovery class will meet in the church parlor. Please make note of the changes. We have ordered John for Everyone by N.T. Wright to use with our Lenten study of the Gospel of John. Stop by Julie McDaniels office to pick up your book. The two-volume set is $20. Supper Six is a new fellowship opportunity at Eastminster. Couples or single adults are invited to register for a supper club comprised of 6 Eastminster members. Groups of six will be randomly formed. The goal is to develop meaningful friendships and get to know other members. Each Supper Six group will meet three times: once a month, for three months, March, April and May. Once formed, each Supper Six group will decide the location and time to meet each month. Groups may choose to meet at a members home and share the food preparation, or the group may decide to pick a restaurant and go Dutch. Two ways to sign up: 1. Registration forms will be located in the Narthex on Sunday mornings, and in the Church Receptionists area each day. Fill out a form and leave in the adjacent box; or, 2. Sign up electronically in the E-News. 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:

Pastors Class Moving to the Adult Reception Hall

SerVinG on SundaY February 17

Deacon Tiffany Beitz OFFICERS PRAYER: DEACONS: Robbie Foster & Hagood Tighe Elder Marilyn Stradtman (Jubilee) Deacon Herman Snyder (Jubilee)

John Lenten Study Books

Join Supper Six! Food, Fellowship, and Fun!


USHERS: Don Helms & Milton Moore

(9:00) Alicia & Bruce Harper (11:15) Joan & Brian Boyer TODDLER ROOM - CLC 117

(9:00) Brad & Jennie Bradley 2-K ROOM - CLC 115

(11:15) Reece & Lauren McWilliams (9:00) Michael & Carter Scott

(11:15) Will & Ashley Yarborough CHILDRENS CHURCH 103 - 3K (9:00) Chris & Kelly Daves

Not Employed or Under-Employed

(11:15) Stephen & Townes Denemark CHILDRENS CHURCH 105 - 4K (9:00) Steven & Sazy Johnson (11:15) Bernie & Susan Kuhn

Table Blessings

Cookbooks are available for all, no pre-order needed! These book are available for purchase in the parlor on Sunday mornings and make great gifts for birthday, graduation, shower, etc. If you are unable to pick one up on Sunday, contact flee@ to find out how you may purchase one.


(9:00) Frank & Stephanie Mood

(11:15) Law & Mary Dawn Murdock