August 9 Bulletin Announcements
Church Office Update –Clark County is in Phase 2 of re-opening. Until further notice, please continue to contact us by phone, 360-694-7549, or email.
Pastor Fitz’s Retirement is approaching
Worship Service: Sunday, August 30, will be the final worship service lead by Rev. Fitz Neal. Fitz will also be delivering his final sermon during this service (in-person and online).
Retirement Celebration: Columbia Presbyterian Church will be celebrating Fitz and Laurel Neal as they retire from the practice of pastoral ministry. This celebration will take place at Columbia Presbyterian Church from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Because we are planning this during the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration will be a casual gathering. We’ll gather in the main parking lot. Please bring your own chairs and follow social distancing protocols. A brief program will begin at 4:30 PM featuring music, speakers, and prayer.
Love Gift: It is a tradition here at Columbia to express our appreciation for staff, when they depart, through contributing to a Love Gift. If you would like to participate, you may do so by making out a check or contribution to CPC and marking it: “Fitz Neal Love Gift.”
Marshall Elementary and McLoughlin Middle School Update
Hey CPC, have you seen the new Marshall/McLoughlin campus? If not, take a drive on MacArthur Blvd. west of the church and take a look. You’ll be amazed at the beautiful new campus. Pray for the staff, students, and families – that their new facilities will lift their spirits, facilitate teaching and learning, and be a source of pride and encouragement for the entire community.
Of special interest for us at CPC in our efforts to support Marshall and Mac, is that our two Family-Community Resource Coordinators will now be sharing some overlapping office and storage space, so communication, coordination and distribution of resources should be even easier.
Recent updates have confirmed that there will definitely be a need for backpacks this year. Even as the details of how/if/when classes will resume are still being discussed, she is certain that backpacks will be in high demand for use in transport, organization, and security of various school materials. While school supplies will still be accepted, the primary need is for backpacks.
There is a drop off container on the CPC office porch during weekly office hours and on Sunday mornings. Let’s fill the container and, as we’ve come to say over the years, “attach some love” to a Mac student!
Red Cross Blood Drive
Columbia Presbyterian is holding another blood drive on Monday, August 17, from 1-6 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. Please consider donating to this vital and worthy cause as blood is badly needed in Clark County and everywhere in the United States.
The Red Cross is taking every precaution to keep you safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Every surface is sanitized before and after each donor, including the chairs where you wait. Masks are required. Please enter through the south side of the building, lower level.
Please visit www.redcross.org for an appointment time or contact Barbara Miller or Judy Smith.
Westside Bible Study for Men
Meets Tuesdays at 7:00 am via Zoom online meeting. This group is now studying the New Testament. For information or an invite to the meeting, contact Bill Wheeler.
Eastside Bible Study for Men
Meets Tuesdays at 7:15 am via Zoom online meeting. This is an inductive bible study of the Gospel of Mark, led by various members of the group. Contact Doug Henderson for more information.
Friday Bible Study for Men
Meeting at 9:00 am Fridays, via Zoom. Contact Dave Cram for the link to join the class. Newcomers are welcome at any time. No preparation needed. We are currently studying the letters of Paul in the New Testament.
Being a Disciple of Jesus; lessons from the book of Acts.
Acts helps us understand what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus who walks in the power of the Spirit. Acts also shows us what it’s like for the people of God, the Church, to be empowered by the Spirit. And perhaps most relevant to our day, Acts teaches us how to adapt to new social and cultural realities, as the people experience tectonic social changes all around them. We live in a time of great cultural and social change too, so Acts can help us navigate through the rough seas in which we find ourselves.
You can join the class at any time and any week during the study. Just send an email to Terry Hurley and she will give you instructions to the Zoom link. So join us whenever you can, there is always more room in Zoom!
Sunday, Aug 9 – High School Water Night, 6pm-8pm. Wear clothes to get wet in and bring a towel!