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  • First Presbyterian Church of Columbus, Georgia December 2012

    Sunday, December 2nd

    John the Baptist and the Risk of Listening

    Sunday, December 9th

    Mary and the Risk of Surrendering

    Sunday, December 16th

    Joseph and the Risk of Forgiving and Trusting

    Sunday, December 23rd

    Shepherds and the Risk of Sharing Faith

    Monday, December 24th Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion

    Services 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. Jesus and the Risk of Incarnation

    Sunday, December 30th

    Simeon and the Risk of Waiting

    Sunday, January 6th

    The Magi and the Risk of Worship

    The anticipation and joy of Christmas hang in the air. We are not quite ready, however,

    to celebrate. Instead of heading straight to Bethlehem to hear the angels sing and worship

    the Christ child, Advent takes us on a journey through some challenging terrain. When we

    take this path, we discover Christmas is risky business. Not only for us but for God; who

    out of His great love for us, sent His only Son to earth, as an infant who will grow to be our

    Savior. Talk about a risk! We take a risk when we resolved to let go of control and let God

    lead our lives. Why not decide to take a risk this Advent and Christmas season and follow

    where the Holy Spirit leads? It is a risk worth taking.

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    Sunday, December 16 – 3rd Sunday of Advent Christmas Breakfast 9:30 a.m.

    No Sunday School

    Wednesday, December 19 Church-wide Caroling at the Ralston

    Thursday, December 20 – Advent Lunch Series

    Rev. Adam Borneman, Teaching Pastor Second Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL

    Sunday, December 23 – 4th Sunday of Advent

    No Sunday School

    Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Services

    4:30 p.m. Children & Youth Choirs 6:30 p.m. Adult Choir

    Tuesday, December 25

    Merry Christmas!

    Advent & Christmas Christmas Breakfast Sunday, December 16

    at 9:30 a.m. in the gym

    Come join us for our annual Christmas

    Breakfast featuring Rennie Bickerstaff’s

    country ham along with other awesome

    foods. The 10:30 a.m. band will be back

    and there may even be a guest appear-

    ance by Frosty himself. Along with all the

    fun, it’s a great time to reconnect with


    Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion


    4:30 p.m. featuring

    Children & Youth Choirs

    6:30 p.m. featuring

    the Adult Choir

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    James Wade began working at First Presbyterian

    over 16 years ago, but he grew up a little farther north,

    in West Virginia, working in the coal mines, then man-

    aging a pizza parlor until his parents became ill and

    needed a full-time caretaker. James devoted many

    years of his life to the care of his parents. When his

    father passed away, his mother moved to Columbus

    to allow his brother to take over her care, but shortly

    thereafter, James joined his family here. He worked

    for Doctor’s Hospital on the housekeeping staff for

    five years then he was promoted to Central Supply.

    After leaving the hospital, he spent several years at

    TSYS until he came to work at First Presbyterian.

    James may have been working here for a long time, but he is more than a fixture, he is a friend to all. Eve-

    ryone knows James−from the youngest to the oldest.

    October 9th of this year, James was diagnosed with

    Squamous Cell Lung Cancer.

    He began radiation treat-

    ments in mid-November and

    is on his third week of chemo,

    but you wouldn’t know it by

    looking at him or hearing him

    talk about his life. He is up-

    beat and jovial, continually

    thanking God for his blessings

    Our Salvation Army Kettle collected $3,250.56 for our week at Wal-Mart!!! We also saved the Salvation Army $450 by filling the week with volunteers!! They are so appreciative of our help and our Mission Ministry is grateful to those who participated as well.

    and telling those he comes in contact with how great

    God has been to him and how he knows God is on his


    To show our love and support for James and to help

    remind us to keep him in our prayers, Rev. Hasty

    suggested we order white bracelets to help us “band

    together” with James. While white represents lung

    cancer, each bracelet is also inscribed with God is Able

    Daniel 3:17 JTW (James’ initials). This passage is often

    referenced by James as he reminds us that “whether or

    not God chooses to heal me, God is able to heal me.”

    And James is trusting Him to do just that!

    Members of James’ church are also wearing these

    bands as a sign of love, support and encouragement to

    him. There are a few bracelets still available in the

    reception hall if you would like one.

    James would like to thank everyone for their prayers

    and support. He is very grateful for the outpouring of

    love that has been shown to him all the years he’s been

    here, but especially now.

    James has given a lot of his life to help others and

    now we are able to give back to him through our

    prayers and support. If you would like to send him a

    card or letter, you may do so:

    James Wade

    5808 Valleybrook Road

    Columbus, GA 31907

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    December’s Emphasis is on


    December Service Project

    Mitten Tree

    for Open Door Community House

    Christmas Sing-A-Long

    Thursday, December 20th

    11:30 a.m. around the tree

    in the Reception Hall

    December 24 – January 9

    FX2:42 Schedule for December/January

    December 19 Family Caroling at the Ralston

    December 26 No FX2:42

    January 2 No FX2:42

    January 9 Iona Service of Healing

    January 16 FX2:42 Family Experience

    January 23 FX2:42 Bible Study

    January 30 FX2:42 Bible Study

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    Our youth group went shopping to buy Thanksgiving food for two families who are unable to afford food for themselves.

    Youth Summer Trips It’s time to start thinking about summer trips for our youth! This year we will be planning for the following trips:

    Chattanooga Mission Trip − July 6-12

    Triennium − July 16-20 (students currently in grades 8-12)

    High School Montreat − June 9-15 (Presbytery Trip)

    Middle School Montreat − July 24-28


    19 Caroling at the Ralston

    23 No SNL! (family time)

    24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Services 4:30 – Children & Youth Choirs 6:30 – Adult Choir

    25 Merry Christmas!!!!

    26 No Church Family Supper or Activities

    30 No SNL! (family time)

    Our beautiful Chrismon Tree was decorated by our Youth in loving memory of Terrell Tuggle Adams (September 12, 1956−September 20, 2012).

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    Year End Reminder

    In order to receive contribu- tion credit for the year 2012, please be reminded that all monies must either be received in the church office or postmarked no later than Monday, December 31st. All donations of stock must be transferred on or before that date as well. The church office will be open until 5 p.m. on Monday, December 31st. Contributions received after December 31st will be credited to the year 2013.

    Clare Bowles Bonnie, Kevin & Nyla Reherman

    Zeke Schriver


    As of Wednesday, December 12th, we have received 215 pledge cards totaling $1,202,136.72. The average pledge is $5,591. This represents a 11% increase over the same pledges last year. We have reached 84.5% of our goal.

    88 Increased their pledge 71 Remained the same

    36 Decreased their pledge 20 New Pledges

    215 Total Pledges

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    27 Robert & Tootie Bickerstaff

    Bunky & Cherry Pease Cecil & Terry Whitaker Katherine Kimbrough Madden Hatcher, Jr. Laurie Billiot Ed Adams, III Lindsey Bauler Cain Harrelson Laura Chapman Benton Bruce

    28 Bud Paepcke Jake Burrus, Jr. Thomas Adams, IV

    29 Lynn & Ida Page

    30 Thomas Cooper Edward Heard, Jr.

    31 Stan & Jill Copelan Bill & Sara Heard

    1 Terry Whitaker

    Judy Dean Mitchell Jarrett Will Richards

    2 Edith Pignato Jack Norman

    3 Cal & Virginia Holman Ted Neumeister Tyler Rogers

    4 Rick Peebles

    5 Richard Doub Suzanne Saunders Julie Straus Berry Wells Charlie Straus Minna Straus Boyd Bickers