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Volume 37 Number 6 February 10, 2013
803-256-1654 / www.eastminsterpres.org
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
Our Missionaries:
George & Anne Harper - Philippines
Luke 9:28-36
on all people.
prophesy, your young men will see
Dear Friends,
How fitting that as Eastminster celebrates its 65th birthday, and as we await our vision 2020 Coordinating Team report in early April, that I also tell you of an exciting plan to step forward to update the facilities of this campus, particularly the sanctuary.
The notes here are to help those of you that were not in worship to hear this yesterday. The good news is that those that have gone before us did a wonderful job building a high-quality resource center for ministry. The bad news is that our 57-year-old sanctuary needs some work. The other good news is that, by banding together, you and I can leave a legacy of our commit- ment to Jesus Christ for those who will follow!
1. The sanctuary heat and air systems are old and inefficient. The plan is to replace these sys- tems, as well as the supporting ductwork and electrical wiring.
2. A men’s bathroom near the sanctuary is needed, as is updating the women’s bathroom to make it ADA accessible. The plans call for a men’s restroom to be built immediately op- posite the women’s restroom, on the left as you leave the narthex, and before you get to the steps that lead to the Administration Building.
3. We need an elevator to help people get from the sanctuary level down to the Memorial Garden and the Thompson Hall walkway, and further down to the choir area. Adding an elevator in the parlor, where the closets are located, will make this possible.
4. Currently we have no covered drop-off for the sanctuary. A porte-cochere extending from the Nell Gunter Room entrance would enable family members to drive in undercover and drop people off in inclement weather.
5. We want to make the chancel design more consistent with our theology while also using that limited space in a more efficient manner. When the sanctuary was built, it was de- signed so that people’s eyes would be drawn to the communion table. However, when the pipe organ was added in 1988 that changed. When people enter the rear of the sanctuary today, what catches the eye is not the communion table, but the stained-glass window and the organ pipes. Our understanding of God’s Word and of reformed theology tell us that the three most important pieces of furniture in our sanctuary should be the pulpit, from which God’s word is proclaimed, the baptismal font where we are reminded in a tangible way of God’s covenant promise, and the communion table, which reminds us of our Lord breaking bread with his disciples in that most intimate meal. Unfortunately, however, our table is at the furthest, most distant point from the congregation and, because it is nearly against the wall more people call it an altar than a communion table. Only we Presbyterians do not have altars! Imagine the table, not back there, but brought forward, enabling us to see one another’s eyes as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. To do this, a small semi-circular addition, on which the baptismal font will sit, will be added to the front edge of the chancel. The communion table will sit where the font is currently, with a modesty rail behind the communion table and the choir sitting behind the modesty rail, facing the congregation. This enhancement will provide better acoustics, require less shuffling from the choir, and increase the capacity of the choir loft.
The changes listed here come at the recommendation of our Sanctuary Evaluation Commit- tee and have been unanimously approved by the Session. Although there are many “t”s to be crossed and “I”s dotted, I share these with you now so we will all be on the same page. A Capitol Campaign, which will culminate in May, will be held to raise the $2.6-$3mm anticipated cost of the total effort. Information on other pieces of the effort will be shared in next week’s Update.
Daily CalENDaR SuNdAy, FebruAry 10
8:00 Celebration Choir Rehearsal 9:00 Worship & Children’s Church 10:00 Sunday School Pastor’s Class Jubilee Band Practice Eastminster First Step Worship Discovery Trebel Choir Rehearsal 10:05 Chancel Choir Rehearsal 11:15 Worship & Children’s Church Nathan James Hall Bapt. Jubilee Worship 3:00 Cubscouts Wolf Den 4:00 Webelos 1 & 2 Cubscout Bears, Tigers Youth Band Practice 5:00 P.E.A.C.E. Service JESUS Rocks 5:30 Youth Group Dinner & Mtg. 5:45 Childcare 6:00 Kerygma 6:15 Women’s Bible Study
MoNdAy, FebruAry 11
7:00 Men’s Prayer Breakfast 9:00 Count Team Fifty Plus Exercise Class Circles #3, #1 10:30 Circle #2 12:00 Worship & Ministry Mtg. 2:00 Pastor’s Mtg. 2:30 Program Staff Mtg. 5:30 Men’s Basketball League Yoga Webelos 1 Stephen Ministry Leaders 6:00 Stephen Ministry Mgt. 7:00 Sr. High Guys Bible Study Boy Scouts Troop 10 Lee/Orlandini Small Group
TueSdAy, FebruAry 12
9:00 Drop-In Nursery 9:30 Staff Meeting 10:00 Women’s Bible Study 11:45 Tuesday Lunch 12:00 Property Committee Mtg. NED Mtg. 2:00 Circle #7 5:00 Tai Chi 5:30 Girls on Run Zumba 6:00 Handbells 6:30 C 7:00 Zumba Fitness Scottish Country Dance WedNeSdAy, FebruAry 13
9:00 Drop-In Nursery Fifty Plus Exercise Class 9:30 Prayer Shawl Ministry EDS Chapel 11:00 Lenten Study - John’s Gospel 5:00 Angel, Junior Choir Rehearsals 5:45 Childcare 6:00 Fellowship Meal 7:00 Ash Wednesday Service
THurSdAy, FebruAry 14
7:00 MS Prayer Breakfast HS Prayer Breakfast 9:00 Drop-In Nursery 5:30 Girls on the Run Zumba 7:00 Zumba Fitness 7:30 Jubilee Band Practices
FrIdAy, FebruAry 15
9:00 Fifty Plus Exercise Class 11:00 Support Staff Mtg. 4:00 Sr. High Girls Bible Study
SATurdAy, FebruAry 16
9:00 Youth Basketball League Games
February is HEART Month! Did you know? Your heart is strong enough to lift about 3,000
pounds-roughly the weight of a compact car. Did you know? The blood vessels fed by your heart are over 60,000 miles long. They could wrap around the world twice! 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 [email protected] or 256-1654 to make sure we have enough materials.
Senior High Urban Mission Trip - June 9 - 15, 2013 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 Tricia’s desk.) There are only 20 spots available; these will be filled as registrations are received.
FREE February Parenting Workshops 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. Sign-up on line http://goo.gl/st0hD Safety for Women - Tips and practical ways for prevention and awareness to protect yourself when
out on a date, jogging, at school, and other times. From 4:15-5:15 p.m., in the Adult Reception Hall. Sign-up on line http://goo.gl/w1GnO
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 country’s 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! Keep watching for workshop registration and more details on how to register.
Attention Parents!!! Hold the date! Vacation Bible School will be June 17 - June 20, 2013! Additional details
will be out soon. Volunteer parents please remember that we offer free childcare for younger children of VBS volunteers in the Drop In nursery rooms that week.
Congregational Meal - February 24 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.
Jesus Rocks FOOTBALL FRENZY! When: February 10, 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Please be prompt! Where: Gather first in Thompson Hall for a pizza dinner; pick up will be in the CLC gym area. What to bring: $3.00 for pizza; 2 or 3 canned goods for Harvest Hope; Wear your favorite team’s jersey, tee-shirt, or cheerleading outfit. Bring a friend or two!
What are we doing? Test your athletic skills on football kick and throw inflatables loaned to us by Souper Bowl of Caring! Try some flag football on the floor of the gym or improve your cheerleading skills! Learn about Souper Bowl of Caring and what it does. Parents HeLP! We need some extra hands (particularly from dads!) to help in the gym area with the inflatables and football drills. If you can help, please email [email protected] org.
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 God’s special care.
In Extended Care Margaret Zeigler
Hospitalized this week Ethel McCants Lowder, Charlotte Law
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.
Deadline for UPDATE Don’t miss out! Send your informa- tion to share with the congregation to [email protected] Please have your information in by Wednesday, February 6, to be shared in our next newsletter on February 17, 2013.
Never lose an opportunity . . .
for seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting, wayside sacrament. Welcome it
in every fair face, in every fair sky, and thank God for it as a cup of His blessings. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ash Wednesday Service - February 13 The Eastminster Ash Wednesday Service with imposition of ashes will be
held at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. All [email protected] 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 February 20.
Transitions Eastminster will be serving the residents of Transitions on Thursday, Febru-
ary 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.); pre- paring food in advance from your home-pasta salad or pound cakes; or donating money toward chicken and biscuits. Please respond to Laura Long at 530-6731.
Treble Choir Practice Schedule Trebel choir for 6 -12 graders will practice in room S-90 on the following days:
Sundays, February 3, 10, and 17 from 10:00-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, January 30, February 6, and 20 from 6:15-6:45 p.m.
For our loved ones . . . In memory of Virginia Anne Singletary, given by M/M James B. Murphy, Jr.,
Alex & Betty Jenkins, Clare Hancock, Ms. Constance Parramore, Sally & Richard Ames, Mitzie Trotter.
In memory of Evelyn Murphy, given by Sally & Richard Ames.
P.E.A.C.E. Service, February 10, in the Adult Reception Hall The P.E.A.C.E. 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 Lord’s 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 CLC.
Did you know . . . … That Eastminster was able to donate $75,000 in 2012 to Columbia-
based homeless shelters and other underprivileged organizations? Some of these organizations were as follows:
Transitions Homeless Center
Promising Students)
Salvation army
Thank you for allowing a portion of the blessings God has provided to Eastmin- ster, to be a blessing to so many people in need of our care and love. Robbie Foster
February 10 is Scout Sunday at
Eastminster All scouts are invited to attend
church on Sunday dressed in their uni- forms and asked to sit together in the pews near the front of the sanctuary
that will be roped off for you.
Eastminster Presbyterian Church 3200 Trenholm Road Columbia, South Carolina 29204
Update for February 10, 2013
Nonprofit Org. US POSTAGE
February 10 oFFICer’S PrAyer:
Elder Tara Barr deACoNS: Lisa Dunbar & Simpson Fant Elder Becky Smythe(Jubilee) Deacon Abbott Carnes (Jubilee) P.e.A.C.e. SerVICe
Deacon Jason Tompkins, Kara Glenn Elder Marilyn Stradtman, Herman Snyder uSHerS: Steve Searcy & John McCabe INFANT rooM - CLC 119
(9:00) Anna & Justin Fleming (11:15) Lori & Wade Douroux ToddLer rooM - CLC 117
(9:00) Ned & Kerry Boykin (11:15) Matt & Andrea Reynolds 2-K rooM - CLC 115
(9:00) Myles & Olivia Burns (11:15) Matt & Kelty Riddle CHILdreN’S CHurCH 103 - 3K
(9:00) Brad & Erin Dampier (11:15) Warren & Shannon Darby CHILdreN’S CHurCH 105 - 4K
(9:00) Matt & Amy Hill (11:15) Bowen & Susie Horger CHILdreN’S CHurCH 107 - 5K
(9:00) Dean & Jeannie McDaniel (11:15) Billy & Shannon McGee
gospel of John Lenten Study In Plenary or Small group Settings
Join Dr. Mark Durrett for a six-week walk through John’s Gospel. In addition to mirror classes that will take place at the church Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. and again at 6:15 p.m., some small groups will also offer this study. Dr. Durrett will teach live at the two Wednesday classes, while the small groups, which are offered at various times and locations, will utilize a 25 minute video of the teaching and discussion guide. Please register at http://EPC2013Lentsmallgroups.notlong.com or call Julie McDaniel at 256-1654.
gospel of John Lenten Brochures Anyone who who would like to read throught the Lenten series in their quiet
Bible study time, brochures are available in the reception area, narthex, CLC and Thompson Hall during Jubilee. Pick yours up the next time you are at church.
John Lenten Study Books We have ordered “John for Everyone” by N.T. Wright to use with our Lenten
study of the Gospel of John. Stop by Julie McDaniel’s office to pick up your book. The two-volume set is $20.
Have You visited the Library? If you have, you know what a pleasant, useful, comfortable, and well-kept space
it is for all the members. Sharon Derham our volunteer librarian, has recently “re- tireded” from her volunteer position. The church wishes to thank Sharon for her dedicated and wonderful help! If anyone would like to volunteer to help maintain the library, please contact Mark Durrett, [email protected]
Savvy Seniors Meet February 26 Baseball fans this is for you and anyone who would like to hear Ray Tanner
speak. The meeting and lunch begins at noon in Thompson Hall. Please call Mary at 256-1654 to make your reservation for lunch.