CPC updates

May 8, 2019

columbia updates may 2019
Christ Is Risen! He Has Risen Indeed!

Easter at Columbia Presbyterian


Sanctuary Asbestos Tiles to Be Removed Followed by New Floor Installation

sanctuary asbestosWe’ll be closing the sanctuary in June to have all the old asbestos floor tiles safely removed. Once the abatement is completed, we will then begin the process of installing a brand-new floor in the sanctuary. The session also recently approved a plan from the People to Resource ministry team to have some of the pews in the balcony and the main floor permanently removed. All seating in the sanctuary will be movable, including the pews, to allow for more creative flexibility in worship and other events. Both projects should take approximately one month to complete. So…during that time…we will be worshipping in Hazelwood Hall. More details to follow as soon as they are available.

Please Come and Worship as Welcome Table Reaches Out to Our Neighbors

worship table may 2019

The Welcome Table will be worshipping this month, Thursday, May 16, at Avondale Pizza beginning at 7 p.m. The service will be held in the large back room at the restaurant. This is a new opportunity for all of us to reach out to our neighbors in a unique and inviting way as we share food and worship together. The church will be providing the pizza . . . so invite a friend and come out and join us!

Would You Be Interested in Attending a Weekend Church Retreat This Fall?

may 2019 weekend retreat

The People to People Ministry Team is exploring the idea of hosting a church-wide retreat to be held sometime this fall up in the North Georgia mountains. The tentative schedule is for guests to arrive on a Friday evening and stay two nights, departing on Sunday morning following worship. We first need to gauge congregational interest before planning the retreat, so please let Randy Dobbs ([email protected]) know if you’re interested in attending.

Giuseppe Launches Aid Project to Send Supplies to the Venezuelan People

venezualan people may 2019

Declaring that he “can’t site back and watch the suffering of my friends and neighbors”, Giuseppe Parra, our own asylum seeker who lives in the church, is launching an aid project to send food, clothing, hygiene items, medicine and emergency items back to his home town in Venezuela. Donations are also being accepted to pay for the shipments which range from $60 to $90 per box. Please see the full-page flyer in this newsletter for detailed information on how you can help Giuseppe!


cpc new sign 2019

Thank You

Jim and Jo Van Duys for the new church signage and the beautiful landscaping!

The Welcome Table

Goes on the Road in May!

the welcome table logo


Let’s Share Some Columbia

Hospitality With our Neighbors!

Join Us for the Welcome Table

At Avondale Pizza

Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m.

Pizza Provided

Food . . . Fellowship      . . . Plenty of Music and Worship

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Palm Sunday Communion Table and Prayer Stations

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garden launch people 2019

Garden Launch & Celebration Day

New refugee families were recently assigned their garden plots as part of the Global Growers Garden project at Columbia Presbyterian. They were welcomed to the garden by members of the church and with wonderful nutritious treats!


The Venezuelan People Are in Desperate Need

I was forced to leave Venezuela and I’m now awaiting asylum in the United States.

But I can’t sit back and watch the suffering of my friends and neighbors.

Please help me send critically needed supplies to my homeland.


FOOD: dry beans, rice, oil, dry lentils, sugar, all kinds of packaged sweets, coffee, powdered milk, foods that do not require refrigeration, pasta, flour, mayonnaise, canned meats and protein bars

CLOTHING: pants, boxers, shoes, shirts, jackets, socks, sheets and towels.

Hygiene items: bath soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, mouthwash, toothpicks, napkins, toilet paper, razors, shaving creams, diapers and sanitary napkins

medicine: acetaminophen, ibuprofen, vitamin supplements, gauzes, band aids, cough and flu medicine, antiallergics, bandages, antiseptics, alcohol wipes and antibiotic creams

Emergency items: candles, flashlights, cordless phone chargers


Donations can be delivered to Columbia Presbyterian Church

711 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

Place items in the bin at the office breezeway door or bring to church on Sunday

For large donations, please contact the church at 404-284-2441 or [email protected]

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If you cannot donate items, you can also contribute money for shipments.

It cost approximately $90 to ship one box to Venezuela.

18” x 18” x 24” (or 4.5 cubic feet)

Make your check out to Columbia Presbyterian Church

and mark the memo line “Venezuelan Relief”.


decatur ministry 50th

Decatur Cooperative Ministry 50th Anniversary

DCM recently celebrated their 50th anniversary of serving the homeless in DeKalb County with a festive event at the Solarium in Oakhurst. Our own accoustic performance group (formerly known as the Bubba Rays) helped entertain all the celebrants at the event!

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immigrant walk 2019

Giuseppe Helps Lead the Palm Sunday Immigrant Walk

Giuseppe Parra, Columbia’s sponsored asylum seeker from Venezuela, participated in the annual Palm Sunday Walk sponsored by St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Tucker, GA.

giuseppe immigrant walk 2019

Trusting God’s Will – A Letter from Jim and Jodi McGill

Click here to read


cpc breakfast photo 2019

For just a few moments, they sat still and had their pictures taken

while dining at Melton’s App and Tap for lunch recently!

cpc breakfast club

Join us every Sunday Morning

at 9:45 a.m. for coffee and study



Run for the Homeless!

Join Us for the Three Taverns 5K Benefiting DCM!

The third-annual Three Taverns 5k is just around the corner! A celebration of both running and beer, the 3T5k will wind through the neighborhood streets of Decatur. The race culminates with a party-live music, beer tasting, and BBQ await runners at the finish line! Recognized by Atlanta Magazine as the “Best of Atlanta Beer 5ks”, this is one run you don’t want to miss.

DCM is grateful to once again be the beneficiary of this fun event!

Three Taverns 5k
Saturday, May 18th, 2019
8 AM – 11 AM
Register today!

Running not your speed?
You can also support DCM by volunteering during the event!
Click here for more information or to sign up!

pizza cafe avondale

First Friday Fellowship

June 7 at 7 p.m.


Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry provides emergency help for local residents to prevent homelessness and hunger.

Help Fill Up the DEAM Food Pantry

    canned chili (with or w/out beans)

    canned baked beans

    canned beef ravioli

    canned mandarin oranges

    sweet cereal

    small pkgs of yellow rice

    small boxes of corn muffin mix


    bar soap


    toilet paper


I was hungry…and you gave me something to eat

food items


columbia presbyterian in our thoughts

Our Homebound

H. N. Towrey, Kay Potter, Dru Carter, Jack and Nonagene Freeman, Dot Smythe

Helen Woods

Recovering at Home from Recent Hospitalization

Dorothy Clark

Rehab at North Decatur Rehabilitation Clinic, Going Home May 10

Marilyn Washburn

Recovering from Surgery

Jonelle Baird

Pending Surgery

Sue Lawson

Home Rehabilitation

 Nicole Miller’s Father

Continued treatment for cancer

 Randy Dobb’s Aunt Willett

 David Bussie’s Nephew, Darius


Michael Smith

Friend of Jeff Funderburk

 Charlotte McCord’s Niece, Carol

 Gordon and Dorothy Gartrell

Missionaries in Brazil

 Jodi and Jim McGill

Missionaries in Niger

Ruata and Nutei Hmar

Missionaries in India

 Ricardo Green

Hispanic Ministry in Atlanta

 Hannah Lefton

Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal


If you have a prayer request, please contact the church office at 404-284-2441

or email at [email protected]

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