Thursday, May 13, 2021
A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR SCOTT
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? In the first century, Jewish teachers were called Rabbis and their students were called disciples. A disciple learned about God, the Torah, and life from the Rabbi. A disciple was one who sought to be like his Rabbi, who was a mentor to him, and much more. Jesus gathered many followers who were called disciples, but not everyone who put faith in Jesus ended up being a disciple. Many of them stayed home or were even sent away by Jesus.
In the book of Acts, a disciple is anyone who is a believer in Jesus the Messiah. But then the word disciple no longer appears in the Bible. Paul does not use the word disciple in any of his letters, and neither does Peter, James, John, or the writer of Hebrews. Rather, the believers are called saints, holy ones, and children (of God). But mostly the believers are called brothers and sisters. So there is a wide range of meaning for one who is a Christian. Not only are we followers of Jesus the Messiah, who seek to be like him (a disciple), but we are also holy people who are called to live a new life marked by holy living. And we are brothers and sisters, members of a universal family whose parent is God the Father.
Today we use the word disciple to include the full range of what it means to be a believer and follower of Jesus. But the word disciple means just one person, and we can easily think that a disciple can follow Jesus on their own. We need to remember that a disciple is also a sister or brother who is part of a family; the community of believers called the church. We cannot live this life of faith alone. God calls us into the community of faith so that we might walk together on the path of discipleship where we grow into the image of Christ. So let us come together, grow together, live together in love, and serve together as a witness to the world so that we might be a blessing to all.
Grace and Peace,
The Columbia Weekly
We are excited to announce that in the coming weeks, you will see changes to the style of the Columbia Weekly. We will also be changing our email delivery method. So that you consistently receive our emails, please take the following steps.
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- Open and click on other emails we send you.
- Move any Columbia Presbyterian emails from your junk or spam folder into your inbox. This will “teach” your inbox how to handle our messages.
Columbia’s Mobile App
The Columbia Presbyterian app is the perfect place to access online services, announcements, a digital Bible, and even our library catalog! You can download the app in the Apple App Store or Google Play by searching “Columbia Presbyterian Church.” If you already have the App, now is a great time to update it as we have improved the functionality of our digital Bible and fixed a few bugs.
- In-person worship services are at 5:00PM on Saturdays and 10:30AM on Sundays.
- Doors will open 10 minutes prior to the start of each service; please remain in your car until doors are open.
- The link for online worship is: https://columbiapresbyterian.org/media/worship_videos
Join us Sunday mornings at 10:30, either in person in the Fellowship Hall, or on Zoom beginning Sunday, May 23, as we resume our class on Genesis called, “Chaos and Creation.” This class is taking a deep dive into the message of this foundational book, and how God calls new life from the chaotic places in which we find ourselves. Contact Terry Hurley, firstname.lastname@example.org, to get the Zoom link.
Forging Ahead – Forging Ahead is a two-part session designed to help the congregation understand all that is going on with the Columbia Future Forge and how it’s ministry is making an impact at CPC and beyond. Forging Ahead (part 2) will be held in-person in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, May 16, 9-10am. The information presented will get you up to speed on the scale and scope of the Forge and help us to start asking questions about what the implications for the Forge ministry might be for Columbia’s missional future, youth ministry, and staffing. It’s really exciting stuff and we have some significant thinking to do and we need your help.
Did you miss Week 1 of the Forging Ahead class with Pastor Matt? You can view the presentation on our website. Go to the ministries tab then go the Columbia Future Forge page or click here.
Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. You can donate a unit right in Columbia’s fellowship hall Monday, May 17, with appointments from NOON-5:00PM. We have more appointment opportunities, and more Red Cross staff, than ever. Please email Barbara Miller, email@example.com, to set up a time to give your lifesaving blood.
Did you know that Columbia has a Mental Health Ministry?
Here are some things to know about the developing Mental Health Ministry:
- We secured a grant for funding to start the ministry from the Presbytery’s Mission for Compassion, Peace, and Justice.
- The identified goals are to provide education, support, and resources to improve understanding of mental health issues, decrease stigma surrounding mental illness, and reduce mental health related risks.
- We are funding 4 people to become instructors of Mental Health First Aid, who, when trained, will be available to teach MHFA to people in our church and its neighbors.
- We are working on developing a program of support for people providing care to a loved one with dementia, and for those living with dementia.
- We are in the process of investigating the possibility of expanding the current program of support for those experiencing grief and loss.
- We have a beginning relationship with NAMI Southwest (the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Southwest WA Chapter); this organization provides an abundance of free programs for people with mental health challenges, as well as multiple resources for education about mental health concerns.
If you have recommendations for the Mental Health Ministry team, or if you have questions about it or how it might help you or someone you know, or if you want more information about a particular mental health issue, please feel free to reach out to Pam Stover-Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, you may check the CPC directory or call the office for her phone number. We look forward to hearing from any of you!
End of Year Gathering — Featuring Garnet Hayes! — May 22
We’d love to have you join us in the Sanctuary on Saturday, May 22, from 10:00AM- 12:00PM, to celebrate being together with your Columbia Presbyterian sisters in person again! Featuring our own Garnet Hayes, who has graciously agreed to bless us with a short concert, we will also elect and install officers, vote on our budget, and announce Ellen Torongo Scholarship recipients for 2021-2022. For any questions, please contact Eileen O’Neil at email@example.com or Karen Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week’s VIRTUAL Events…
Friday, May 14
8:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Chapel & Zoom
12:00 PM Women’s Bible Study Zoom
6:00 PM Movie Night Fellowship Hall & Chapel
Saturday, May 15
5:00 PM Worship Service Sanctuary
Sunday, May 16
9:00 AM Worship Service Sanctuary
9:00 AM Forge Informational Class Fellowship Hall & Zoom
10:30 AM Worship Service Sanctuary
9:00 AM HS Sunday School LL 6
9:30 AM MS Sunday School Youth Center
10:30 AM CM Sunday School Gym & Orange Room
6:00 PM High School Youth Group Youth Center
Monday, May 17
12:00 PM Blood Drive Fellowship Hall
6:30 PM Ruth Circle Zoom
7:00 PM Monday Night Prayer Zoom
Tuesday, May 18
7:00 AM Men’s Westside Bible Study Zoom
7:15 AM Men’s Eastside Bible Study Zoom
9:30 AM GIFT AM Fellowship Hall
9:30 AM Precept Zoom
4:00 PM Adult Faith Formation Team Chapel
6:30 PM Deacon Meeting Fellowship Hall
7:00 PM Guys/Kids Campout Planning Team Chapel
Wednesday, May 19
6:00 PM GIFT PM Zoom
6:00 PM MS Youth Group Youth Center
6:30 PM The Sermon on the Mount Study Zoom
Thursday, May 20
1:30 PM Elizabeth Circle Zoom
If You Need to Reach Us…
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