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It’s time to learn the TRUTH about Medical Marijuana. Get the facts straight and get your questions answered.
Come learn everything involved with Medical Marijuana and the impact legalization will have in our state. Major Frank O’ Neal will be giving the presentation and he will open up a time for questions at the end.
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First Women’s Ministry invites you to Celebrate Women’s Ministry: a fall gathering for women with our new first lady Rachel Church. All women, college-age and older, are invited to this gathering on Saturday, October 13 from 2pm-4pm in the auditorium of the 1420 Sumter building. Get to know Rachel as she shares her faith story. Learn how you can be a part of First Women’s Ministry through Discipleship, Outreach, Events, and Service opportunities. Enjoy fellowship and fall-themed treats while collaborating on a service project. $10 suggested donation, and a portion of the event proceeds will support Operation Christmas Child. Register online below or contact Natalie Knotts in the church office (803-343-8585).
The Believers gathered to worship like Christians do. As songs to Jesus were lifted up, one fell out on the ground and then another until four women were out on the ground, possessed by demons. It’s not something that most Baptists are used to seeing during a worship service in the United States, but on Beth Greer’s latest trip to Tanzania, this scene, albeit intense, was not completely unordinary. On Kome Island off the coast of the Tanzanian mainland in Lake Victoria, six out of ten inhabitants are demon possessed. Beth spent part of her trip on the island, sleeping in a tent, using a ziplock bag as a restroom at night, and telling the residents about Jesus using a stick and the dirt on the ground.
On October 18th, Keith & Kristyn Getty, along with their troupe of talented instrumentalists, will be coming to Columbia for a fun filled day of events all leading up to their evening concert taking place @ 7:00pm in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Columbia. It’s a free concert, and no ticket is required to attend, but a love offering will be taken up during the performance.
The other events of the day start in the morning and extend to early afternoon focusing on teaching and workshops designed to help worship leaders, pastors, and church musicians lead their congregations in deeper and more personal worship.
The concert is free but if you want to attend all of the workshop events then please click here to go to their website and purchase tickets, as well as find out more information about the entire days events.
We look forward to seeing you on October 18th!
Welcome Week, or some form of it, has been going on this week at the University of South Carolina and other midlands colleges. This mission field of over 40,000 students is just a few city blocks away from us. Be in prayer for our students as they get into their regular school routines and build relationships with other students in their classes, residence halls, and apartments. If you have a college student that you would like to send our way or if you would like to get involved as a volunteer with First College Ministry, please e-mail Rob Nicholes.
See what’s been going on in this video below.
Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant -2006 Senate St, Columbia, SC
If you’re looking for something different and unique, Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant is a great option for something new and delicious. To get an up close look at the food and to learn about the life and ministry (a.k.a. testimony) of First Family member Beth Greer, check out the new Sunday Lunch Blog video.
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While I’m writing this with my friends who are in college or about to spring forth into the “real world” in mind, these resources are useful for anyone. Debt seems to be the reality for the majority of Americans. Scratch that, it doesn’t just seem like it, it is. As of September 2017, outstanding student load debt grew to $1.36 trillion. Credit card debt increased by $24 billion. Household indebtedness is up to $12.96 trillion! I wish that I was making these numbers up, but you can read the full report here. Most starting out their adult lives, begin in the hole, and instead of climbing out of that hole, it only grows deeper and deeper as time progresses. That hole is one of the contributing factors to why people are getting married later in life and why many marriages end in divorce. Once the hole gets that deep, it can feel like you’re being buried alive with no chance of getting out.
Fortunately, there is hope! There are some things that we can do to get out of the hole. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.
Before you can budget, you have to know how much money is required for you to live. Chances are, you’re mindlessly spending money in certain areas, or could manage to cut out a few things.
Each month, write out your income and then allot money for each expense. Work from your expected income and work all the way down to zero to make sure that each dollar is accounted for. You can create a free account using a website/app like EveryDollar and/or download these printable budget sheets and expense journals here.
Your goal should first be to save $1,000. You’ll rest easier knowing that you have some contingency money and won’t be thrown off too bad when the unexpected happens.
Start Paying off Your Debt
Save 3-6 Months Worth of Expenses
Once your debt is paid off, take that money that you were using to pay off loans and save enough to cover you for a while in case you lose your job or some other emergency happens.
While this is not an extensive and detailed list for financial management, we didn’t even talk about retirement funds and investment options, it is a starting point for getting out of the hole and moving forward. I want to encourage you to check out sites like EveryDollar (by Dave Ramsey) and experiment with some of their tools. They also have tons of articles to help you budget, cut spending, and save. Sign up for their e-mail list and they should send you a free budgeting guide. If they don’t, e-mail me and I’ll send it to you. Set up savings funds through a bank like Capital One 360 Savings that offers a higher interest rate for your savings. The accounts are free to open with no minimum balance required and they are FDIC insured. If you have questions, don’t be shy about reaching out!
Lesson originally delivered on 4/29