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Update EASTMINSTERPRES.ORG STAFF DR. BRADLEY D. SMITH Pastor DR. MARK E. DURRETT Associate Pastor REV.

STAFF

DR. BRADLEY D. SMITH Pastor

DR. MARK E. DURRETT Associate Pastor

REV. LYNN A. GRANDSIRE Associate Pastor

DR. JAMES I. ST. JOHN Parish Associate

REV. CHRIS SCOTT Parish Associate

MR. CROSKEYS ROYALL Director of Children’s Ministries

MRS. FREDNA LEE Director of Music Ministries

MRS. ANITA POOLE EDS Director

MR. WILLIAM L. COLLINS, JR. Business Manager

MS. JULIE MCDANIEL Member Involvement Coordinator

Update EASTMINSTERPRES.ORG STAFF DR. BRADLEY D. SMITH Pastor DR. MARK E. DURRETT Associate Pastor REV.

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DECEMBER 6, 2015
DECEMBER
6,
2015

Dear Eastminster Family,

Recognizing that the liturgical year is somewhat foreign to many of you, I thought you might enjoy the following brief expla-

nation of Advent that comes from Christianity.com:

“Some people may know that the Advent season focuses on expectation and think that it serves as an anticipation of Christ’s birth in the season leading up to Christmas. This is part of the story, but there’s more to Advent. The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,” which is a translation of the Greek word par- ousia. Today, the Advent season lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. At that time, the new Christian year begins. (Advent begins on the Sunday that falls between November 27th and December 3rd each year.) Advent symbolizes the present situation of the church in these “last days” (Acts 2:17, Hebrews 1:2), as God’s people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom. The church is in a similar situation to Israel at the end of the Old Testa- ment: in exile, waiting and hoping in prayerful expectation for the coming of the Messiah. Israel looked back to God’s past gracious actions on their behalf in leading them out of Egypt in the Exodus, and on this basis they called for God once again to act for them. In the same way, the church, during Advent, looks back upon Christ’s coming in celebration while at the same time looking forward in eager anticipation to the coming of Christ’s kingdom when he returns for his people. In this light, the Advent hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” perfectly represents the church’s cry during the Advent season: “O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appears. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.” While Israel would have sung the song in expectation of Christ’s first coming, the church now sings the song in commemoration of that first coming and in expectation of the second coming in the future.” Take time to prepare for the coming Messiah this Advent, won’t you?

Update EASTMINSTERPRES.ORG STAFF DR. BRADLEY D. SMITH Pastor DR. MARK E. DURRETT Associate Pastor REV.
 

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Advent at EPC SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT - DECEMBER 6 Presbyterian Women’s Joy Gift Tea -CLICK HERE. Transitions Dinner - December 17 Poinsettia Donations Due - December 18 EDS Christmas Program - December 18 FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT - DECEMBER 20 College Breakfast at 10:00 a.m. in Gameroom - December 20 Lessons & Carols at 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. Services - December 20 Living Nativity - 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. - December 20 CHRISTMAS EVE - DECEMBER 24 5:00 p.m. Children’s Service (Infant Nursery - 2K) 7:00 p.m. Family Candlelight Service (Infant Nursery - 5K) 9:00 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service CHRISTMAS DAY - DECEMBER 25 10:30 a.m. Worship - Sanctuary (No Childcare) 12:00 p.m. Transitions Luncheon SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27 10:30 a.m. Worship - Sanctuary (Regular Childcare) This Sunday, Dec. 6, is the Second Sunday of Advent. Pick up your Devotional and PRAYER CARDS at church in the Welcome Center. The same devo- tionals are being distributed via the Daily Devotional email ministry. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, is the Annual Christmas Dinner & Concert . All meals are $6.00. Make your reservations today by calling the church office at 256-1654. Dinner starts at 5:15 in Thompson Hall. Please bring pea- nut butter for admission to the concert. (Standing dinner reservations do not apply.) Circle of Giving: On Saturday, December 12, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Thompson Hall, Eastminster will host the Cooperative Minis- try’s Christmas Event. We need volunteers (teens and adults) for two shifts that day. Gifts are due by Friday, December 11th. Contact Jennifer Branham at jbranham07@gmail.com , if you can help. THE PEACE WORSHIP SERVICE IS DECEMBER 13. COME PRAY WITH US. Christmas Shop & Dinner for St. Lawrence Place : Monday, December 14, at First Calvary Baptist , our partner church. East- minster is providing gifts for children and teens ages 6 to 18. Contact Su- san Owen if you want to donate gifts for this event, 238-4468, or susanowen@sc.rr.com. " id="pdf-obj-1-2" src="pdf-obj-1-2.jpg">

Advent at EPC

...

SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT -

DECEMBER 6

Presbyterian Women’s Joy Gift Tea - December 8 Christmas Dinner & Concert - December 9 Circle of Giving - December 12 CHAMPS Christmas Party - December 12

THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT -

DECEMBER 13

Staff Love Offering Due to EPC - December 13 PEACE Service - December 13 Youth Christmas Parties - December 13 St. Lawrence Place Christmas Party - December 14 Family Gingerbread House Decorating Party - De- cember 16 - Online Reservations CLICK HERE. Transitions Dinner - December 17 Poinsettia Donations Due - December 18 EDS Christmas Program - December 18

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT -

DECEMBER 20

College Breakfast at 10:00 a.m. in Gameroom - December 20 Lessons & Carols at 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. Services - December 20 Living Nativity - 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. - December 20

CHRISTMAS EVE - DECEMBER 24

5:00 p.m. Children’s Service (Infant Nursery - 2K) 7:00 p.m. Family Candlelight Service (Infant Nursery - 5K) 9:00 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service

CHRISTMAS DAY - DECEMBER 25

10:30 a.m. Worship - Sanctuary (No Childcare) 12:00 p.m. Transitions Luncheon

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27

10:30 a.m. Worship - Sanctuary (Regular Childcare)

This Sunday, Dec. 6, is the Second Sunday of Advent. Pick up your Devotional and PRAYER
This Sunday, Dec. 6, is the
Second Sunday of Advent.
Pick up your Devotional and
PRAYER CARDS at church in the
Welcome Center. The same devo-
tionals are being distributed via the
Daily Devotional email ministry.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, is the Annual Christmas Dinner & Concert.

All meals are $6.00. Make your reservations today by calling the church office at 256-1654. Dinner

starts at 5:15 in Thompson Hall. Please bring pea- nut butter for admission to the concert.

(Standing dinner reservations do not apply.)

Circle of Giving:

On Saturday, December 12, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Thompson Hall, Eastminster will host the Cooperative Minis- try’s Christmas Event. We need volunteers (teens and adults) for two shifts that day. Gifts are due by Friday, December 11th. Contact Jennifer Branham at jbranham07@gmail.com, if you can help.

Advent at EPC SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT - DECEMBER 6 Presbyterian Women’s Joy Gift Tea -CLICK HERE. Transitions Dinner - December 17 Poinsettia Donations Due - December 18 EDS Christmas Program - December 18 FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT - DECEMBER 20 College Breakfast at 10:00 a.m. in Gameroom - December 20 Lessons & Carols at 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. Services - December 20 Living Nativity - 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. - December 20 CHRISTMAS EVE - DECEMBER 24 5:00 p.m. Children’s Service (Infant Nursery - 2K) 7:00 p.m. Family Candlelight Service (Infant Nursery - 5K) 9:00 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service CHRISTMAS DAY - DECEMBER 25 10:30 a.m. Worship - Sanctuary (No Childcare) 12:00 p.m. Transitions Luncheon SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27 10:30 a.m. Worship - Sanctuary (Regular Childcare) This Sunday, Dec. 6, is the Second Sunday of Advent. Pick up your Devotional and PRAYER CARDS at church in the Welcome Center. The same devo- tionals are being distributed via the Daily Devotional email ministry. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, is the Annual Christmas Dinner & Concert . All meals are $6.00. Make your reservations today by calling the church office at 256-1654. Dinner starts at 5:15 in Thompson Hall. Please bring pea- nut butter for admission to the concert. (Standing dinner reservations do not apply.) Circle of Giving: On Saturday, December 12, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Thompson Hall, Eastminster will host the Cooperative Minis- try’s Christmas Event. We need volunteers (teens and adults) for two shifts that day. Gifts are due by Friday, December 11th. Contact Jennifer Branham at jbranham07@gmail.com , if you can help. THE PEACE WORSHIP SERVICE IS DECEMBER 13. COME PRAY WITH US. Christmas Shop & Dinner for St. Lawrence Place : Monday, December 14, at First Calvary Baptist , our partner church. East- minster is providing gifts for children and teens ages 6 to 18. Contact Su- san Owen if you want to donate gifts for this event, 238-4468, or susanowen@sc.rr.com. " id="pdf-obj-1-61" src="pdf-obj-1-61.jpg">

THE PEACE WORSHIP SERVICE IS DECEMBER 13. COME PRAY WITH US.

Christmas Shop & Dinner for St. Lawrence Place:

Advent at EPC SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT - DECEMBER 6 Presbyterian Women’s Joy Gift Tea -CLICK HERE. Transitions Dinner - December 17 Poinsettia Donations Due - December 18 EDS Christmas Program - December 18 FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT - DECEMBER 20 College Breakfast at 10:00 a.m. in Gameroom - December 20 Lessons & Carols at 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. Services - December 20 Living Nativity - 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. - December 20 CHRISTMAS EVE - DECEMBER 24 5:00 p.m. Children’s Service (Infant Nursery - 2K) 7:00 p.m. Family Candlelight Service (Infant Nursery - 5K) 9:00 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service CHRISTMAS DAY - DECEMBER 25 10:30 a.m. Worship - Sanctuary (No Childcare) 12:00 p.m. Transitions Luncheon SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27 10:30 a.m. Worship - Sanctuary (Regular Childcare) This Sunday, Dec. 6, is the Second Sunday of Advent. Pick up your Devotional and PRAYER CARDS at church in the Welcome Center. The same devo- tionals are being distributed via the Daily Devotional email ministry. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, is the Annual Christmas Dinner & Concert . All meals are $6.00. Make your reservations today by calling the church office at 256-1654. Dinner starts at 5:15 in Thompson Hall. Please bring pea- nut butter for admission to the concert. (Standing dinner reservations do not apply.) Circle of Giving: On Saturday, December 12, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Thompson Hall, Eastminster will host the Cooperative Minis- try’s Christmas Event. We need volunteers (teens and adults) for two shifts that day. Gifts are due by Friday, December 11th. Contact Jennifer Branham at jbranham07@gmail.com , if you can help. THE PEACE WORSHIP SERVICE IS DECEMBER 13. COME PRAY WITH US. Christmas Shop & Dinner for St. Lawrence Place : Monday, December 14, at First Calvary Baptist , our partner church. East- minster is providing gifts for children and teens ages 6 to 18. Contact Su- san Owen if you want to donate gifts for this event, 238-4468, or susanowen@sc.rr.com. " id="pdf-obj-1-68" src="pdf-obj-1-68.jpg">

Monday, December 14, at First Calvary Baptist, our partner church. East- minster is providing gifts for children and teens ages 6 to 18. Contact Su- san Owen if you want to donate gifts for this event, 238-4468, or susanowen@sc.rr.com.

January 2016 ... “Lord, Teach Me to Pray” ...A Church-wide Lenten Study on Prayer to Launch
January 2016 ... “Lord, Teach Me to Pray” ...A Church-wide Lenten Study on Prayer to Launch

January 2016

...

“Lord,

Teach Me to Pray”...A

Church-wide Lenten Study on Prayer to Launch in January!

Do you struggle with prayer? Do

you desire to walk closer with God, and deepen your relation-

ship with Him? As a response to many in our church who have expressed their longings to dive deeper into prayer, EPC will launch a church-wide Lenten study in January. Bible studies, Sunday School classes, Youth Groups, Circles, Prayer Groups and others are invited and encouraged to join in this study from mid-January through Easter Sunday. There will also be Small Group study. Questions? Contact Caroline Bennett at cbennett@eastminsterpres.org.

Don’t forget the monthly Transitions Dinner on December 17!
Don’t forget
the monthly
Transitions
Dinner on
December
17!

Enjoy Fellowship at Transitions Luncheon

on Christmas Day, after 10:30 a.m.

Worship. We will take LUNCH to Transitions on December 25. Come to worship at 10:30 a.m. (one service only that day - No childcare) and to lunch at Transitions afterwards at noon. The meal is BBQ, potato salad, clementines and pound cake. Contact Laura (laurapricelong@att.net) to donate money for the BBQ and potato salad, or to provide fruit and/or pound cake. Whether you donate or not, please join us at Transitions.

Coming January 3 to a Sunday School

Classsroom Near You

...

BIBLE 101 for

Young Adults (Post-College) More details to

follow from Rev. Chris Scott. Stay tuned!

January 2016 ... “Lord, Teach Me to Pray” ...A Church-wide Lenten Study on Prayer to Launch

Join the Liggitt and the Twitty families by bringing in white tube socks through the end of Janu- ary to support EPC’s many ministries that seek to clothe and comfort. Look for this sign around EPC and do- nate. Thanks, Kate, Liz & Christopher!

Books for 4-Year-Olds:

January 2016 ... “Lord, Teach Me to Pray” ...A Church-wide Lenten Study on Prayer to Launch

Liz Agee & Becky Smythe’s small group is collecting books again for children in Richland One’s four-year-old child de- velopment classes due to books being lost in the flood. Find the white collection box outside the reception area. The majority of the children in the child development program are considered at risk.

Memorial Gifts Supporting the Eastminster

Endowment:

In memory of Virginia Little, given by Mitzie Trotter. In memory of Joe Allen Wiggins, given by Debbie & Rick Boyer.

Congregational Care & Concern

Deaths:

Love and sympathy go out to:

Elizabeth (Field) Wardlaw in the death of her grand- mother, Elizabeth Green Ballenger, on 11/14. Great grandchildren are Lee & Lucy.

Laura (Roy) Taylor in the death of her sister, Virginia Little, on 11/18.

Lauri ( Martin) Moore in the death of her mother, Nancy Ross Walsh, on 11/27.

Gill (Eleanor) Ellison in the loss of his father, Alfred Ellison, on 11/28. Grandson is Duncan Ellison. Granddaughter is Liza Sansbury.

Hospitals:

Mary Ann Lott – Baptist Tom Wattenbarger – Lexington

January 2016 ... “Lord, Teach Me to Pray” ...A Church-wide Lenten Study on Prayer to Launch

Don’t forget that Prayer Cards are available the first Sunday of each month. Pick one up this Sunday, December 6. If you have updates, contact Shelli

Knapp or Lynn Grandsire at 256-1654.

Staff Love Offering: Each year, we have an op- portunity to contribute to a love offering which will be distributed to all members of our staff during the holiday season. We invite you to participate as we express our corporate gratitude for the dedication demonstrated by our entire church staff through-

out the year. You should indicate on your check or envelope, “Gift to Staff,”and mail or place it in the offering plate by Sunday, December 13. In His service,

The EPC Personnel Committee

Eastminster Presbyterian Church 3200 Trenholm Road Columbia, South Carolina 29204

Come to the Lynn Temple Jones Library to Check Out Some of Our Newest Titles This
Come to the
Lynn Temple
Jones Library to
Check Out Some
of Our Newest
Titles This
Holiday Season:

Deadline for UPDATE:

Send your information to share with the congre- gation to communications@eastminsterpres.org.

Please have your information in by December 13th for the January 3rd Update.

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Update for December 6, 2015

December Dates to Remember:

Dec. 6

Dec. 8

Dec. 9

Dec. 12

Dec. 12

Dec. 13

Dec. 13

Dec. 13

Dec. 14

No Youth Group (Youth Retreat):

Joy Gift Drop-in:

Christmas Dinner & Concert:

Circle of Giving:

CHAMPS Christmas Party:

Staff Love Offering due PEACE Service:

Youth Christmas Parties:

St. Lawrence Place Dinner:

Dec. 16

Dec. 18 (New)

Children’s Gingerbread Houses:

Poinsettia Donations Due:

Dec. 18

Dec. 20

Dec. 20

Dec. 20

Dec. 24

Dec. 25

Day School Christmas Program:

Lessons and Carols (Worship):

College Breakfast (10 am):

Living Nativity (5, 6 & 7 pm):

Christmas Eve (5, 7 & 9 pm):

Christmas Day (10:30 am):

Lunch at Transitions (12:00 p.m.) Dec. 25 Sunday after Christmas (10:30 am) Dec. 27

Lessons & Carols - December 20 Traditional Worship Services Prelude music will begin 15 minutes early. Grab a pew early and enjoy the beautiful music by EPC Choirs.

December Dates to Remember: Dec. 6 Dec. 8 Dec. 9 Dec. 12 Dec. 12 Dec. 13