November 10 Bulletin Announcements


Weekly Events:


Learner’s Exchange 

One of the best kept secrets here at Columbia is the consistent offering of “The Learner’s Exchange” at 10:30am on Sundays in the Chapel.

  • 11/10 – Jon Moore, on “1001 New Worshiping Communities”
  • 11/17  – Bruce Armstrong, on “A Christian Perspective on Retirement: Making the Most of the Third Third”

A Study of 1 Corinthians

using the lectures of Dr. Kenneth Bailey and his book, “Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes.”  Dr. Bailey looks at Paul’s writings with the cultural perspective of first century Christians and gives an enlightening perspective and clear meaning to the message in I Corinthians.  Facilitated by Rev. Ted Buck, Rev. Scott Peterson, and Bill Wheeler, this class will be presented at 10:30 Sunday mornings in the Fellowship Hall.


Westside Bible Study for Men 

meets Tuesdays at 6:30am at the Peachtree Restaurant: 6600 NE Hwy 99.   This group is now studying the New Testament. For information, contact  Bill Wheeler or Bob Weller.


Eastside Bible Study for Men 

Tuesdays at 6:15am at Black Bear Diner, 1505 SE 164th Ave. This is an inductive bible study of the Gospel of Mark, led by various members of the group. Contact Dick Petermann for more information.


GIFT Women’s Tuesday Bible Study

9:30-11:30am in the Chapel. Please join us for “Twelve Women of the Bible.” Contact Sheri Borrevik with any questions. Childcare is available by reservation through Terry Hurley in the church  office.


Wednesday Bible Study for Men 

meets at 9am in the church library. Contact Dave Cram for further information.


Holy Yoga for Men and Women

Bring yoga into your fall routine with some gentle movement and meditation. Thursdays, through November 14, 5:45-6:45pm, usually in the Fellowship Hall. Childcare is available by reservation—please contact Terry Hurley in the church office. $5-10 suggested donation per session. Questions? Please see the Holy Yoga webpage at



Wednesday Nights this Fall:

For all Wednesday activities, childcare is available by reservation. Whether you are a leader or a participant, please help us help our childcare staff. Kindly contact Terry Hurley in the office.


Wednesday Dinners 

Join others at Columbia for food and fellowship,  Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:15 in the Fellowship Hall.  Cost is $5 per adult, $3 per youth/child, $10 max per family.  Gluten free options are available. Dinner will not be served on October 30, but will resume on November 6.



Now through December 11, in the office conference room at 6:30pm.  This is a 13-session program. While it’s ideal to attend all 13 sessions, each week can stand alone.  Cost for the workbook is $20 (scholarships available). For information  contact one of the team members: Mary Lange, Terry Robertson, Fernando Alvarez, or Monica Fryer.



Save the date for ALPHA! What is Alpha? It is a 10-week course designed to explore the meaning of life. Who is Jesus? Why did he die? How does faith and prayer work? And much more. Led by Pastors Fitz and Laurel Neal, Scott Peterson, and Ted Buck. We will meet every Wednesday evening beginning January 8, through March 18. Look for more information on how to sign up in the coming weeks.



Upcoming Events:

Parents Night Out

Friday, November 15, 5:30 – 8:30pm.  Enjoy an evening out while we watch your children, birth – 6th grade. This event is free and space is limited.  Register here.


Southern Washington Boychoir Concert 

All are invited to attend the winter concert which will take place on Saturday, November 16 at 2pm here at Columbia.  Admission at the door is $10 (or $8 for children and honored senior citizens).  For more information, visit the choir’s website at or speak with Garnet Hayes.


Churches in Partnership Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 26, 7:00pm at Cascades Presbyterian Church, 9503 NE 86th St, Vancouver, WA 98662


Turkey Bowl

Sunday, December 1, 12:30 – 2pm.  Join Columbia’s youth for a flag football game at the field by Marshall Elementary School.


Say Goodnight to God

Advent worship gatherings centered on experiencing God’s restoration and comfort through the beauty of music, art, and story. Sunday evenings December 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 7:30-8:15 in the Chapel. Facilitated by Jennifer Neal.



Ways to Serve and Give:

Deacon Fund 

Columbia has a Deacon Fund, managed by the Deacons and the Pastors that provides assistance for those in need.  Thank you for your support of this in the past.  We have helped many families and people in need so far this year and are in need of replenishing this fund.  If you would like to help out with this please consider a gift over and above your regular tithe.  Just mark your check: Deacon Fund.  Thank you – Pastor Fitz


Elder and Deacon Nominees 

The Congregational Nominating Committee is now meeting to determine a slate of names for elder and deacon nominees to be presented at the annual meeting in January/February. We value your input and prayers for this process. Brochures explaining the qualifications for and responsibilities of these offices are available at the church office or at the Welcome Desk. 


Prayer Vigil

Haiti continues in a 2-month ‘lock-down’ crisis, calling for the president’s resignation. There is limited food and fuel in the country. The national schools have not opened. A 24-hour prayer/fasting vigil is planned for November 18.  On this day Columbia will host a prayer time from  3-9pm. You are invited to drop in to learn more and join in prayer.  There will be leader-led group prayer at the top of each hour.