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April 14, 2019 Bulletin

04.12.19 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

April 14, 2019 Bulletin

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Having trouble hearing the service?  We have portable units that are connected directly to our sound system for optimum audio. Please see an usher about these devices!


Please see the Bulletin Insert for Extra Giving Opportunities: Glorify God and support (1) FPC’s 2019 Strategic Ministry Initiatives and (2) the Easter Lily Fund Benefiting FPC’s Support of Mission India’s Program to Train & Equip Church Planting Pastors in India.


Deacon of the Month: Kristen Skinner

Today’s Ushers: (8:30) – George Vemer; (11:00) – Lee Weiskopf, Rebecca Banzhaf

Today’s Greeters: (8:30) – Jane Vemer; (11:00) – Ernie George, Janice Kinard



Visiting with Us?

We warmly welcome you to our worship of God this Lord’s Day.  Please complete a FIRSTConnect Card and place it in the Offering … or in a FIRSTConnect Box in the entranceways.

To learn more about faith in Jesus Christ, as well as about church membership, your spiritual growth, and ways to learn & serve at FPC – please speak to Pastor Lifer following the service, or call him this week at the church office. You may also send a message to him via email ( ).



This Week: Our 2019 Holy Week Schedule

  • Mid-Day Holy Week Services, (Noon, Sanctuary)    and Fellowship Lunches (following each service, Fellowship Hall, $6.00)
  • Monday, April 15Edward Yeates, (Exec. Dir. Father’s Child Ministries) Lunch – Dooey’s BBQ with buns, baked beans, slaw and cake
  • Tuesday, April 16 – Rev. Larnzy Carpenter (Pastor FBC Longview) Lunch – Fried Chicken, green beans, mash potatoes, rolls, brownies & ice cream          
  • Wednesday, April 17 Dr. Garth Gilmour, (Dir. CMJ Israel Christian Ministry to the Jewish People, Israel Office) Lunch – Pizza, Salad, Cookies, drinks.


  • April 17, Holy Wednesday Evening - 5:15 p.m. Friends and Family Dinner; 5:50 p.m. Children’s & Youth Programs; Adults will meet in Fellowship Hall to hear MISSION UPDATES from Dr. Gilmour on CMJ Israel and recent updates from Israel


  • April 18, Maundy Thursday Cantata and Communion Service 7:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary. Childcare for infants and younger children provided.


  • April 19, Good Friday Morning Ecumenical/Community Stations of the Cross (Ambulatory) beginning 9:00 a.m. at FUMC (FPC hosting Station 7), concluding at St. Joseph’s Church.

ALSO: Book Signing at Book Mart & Café (Starkville) – for FPC member Rev. Robert (Bruce) Latimer, presenting & signing day for his new book. Congratulations, Bruce!

  • April 20, Holy Saturday – Children’s Ministry Egg Hunt, 10:00 a.m.  at FPC. Meet in the Eastside Breezeway.  Biblical Children’s Message, Egg Hunt & snacks.


  • EASTER SUNDAY MORNING, April 21, Resurrection Sunday Worship Services:
  • 11 a.m. Classic Easter Service in the Sanctuary (with full Choir, and concluding with Handel’s “Hallelujah” Chorus from The Messiah;
  • 8:30 a.m. Classic Easter Services in the Sanctuary; and  
  • Easter Sunrise Service & Fellowship Breakfast. This service will begin by 6:30 a.m.; weather permitting, it will be at Robinson Lake. Check office or email, If inclement weather, we will have the service at FPC main campus. Please bring a snack food for the Fellowship Breakfast.



Holy Week: Week of April 14, 2019

SUNDAY:             8:30 a.m.      Worship Service

                            9:45 a.m.      Sunday School

                            10:30 a.m.    Fellowship Gathering (Fellowship Hall)

                            11:00 a.m.    Worship Service

MONDAY:              7:00 p.m.     Boy Scouts (Boy Scouts Building)

                             8:00 p.m.     Narcotics Anonymous, also on T, W, & F (Ed. Bldg)

TUESDAY:             7:00 a.m.     Men’s Prayer Breakfast (Parlor)

                             5:30 p.m.     Bible Study (Fellowship Hall)

                             6:00 p.m.     Casserole Kitchen (Fellowship Hall)

WEDNESDAY:       5:15 p.m.     Dinner and visiting in the Fellowship Hall

                             5:50 p.m.     Nursery, Children and Youth programs begin 

                             5:50 p.m.     Children’s Choir rehearsal in Sanctuary     

                             6:00 p.m.     Dr. Garth Gilmour – Mission Update on CMJ Israel

                             7:00 p.m.     Chancel Choir Practice

THURSDAY:          1:00 p.m.     Women’s Bible Study (Fellowship Hall)

                             6:00 p.m.     Casserole Kitchen (Fellowship Hall)

SATURDAY:         12:00 pm      Casserole Kitchen (Episcopal Church)

                              6:00 p.m.    Narcotics Anonymous (Christian Education Bldg.)


Sponsor or Help with FPC’s University Ministry Meals! On Mondays, Ben and Allison Jackson host a CCO/FPC meal to students in their home. Church members are invited not only to help with food but also to eat and mingle with everyone. If you would like to help some way – whether (a) bringing or sponsoring a meal or (b) helping serve the meal and spending fellowship time with the students, then please speak to or email Allison or Ben ( ).



April 16 – Paula Ivey              April 18 – Bob Boyd


TEJERAS MEAL SPONSORS (Mission meal for children in Tejeras, Honduras)

March 17 & 19 – By members of the congregation for the Glory of God.


Prayer List

Cynthia Ware, together with her parents, Donna and Herman Ware 

Philip and Darinda Gruchy

Charlie Guest

Bruce Leopold; Danielle Gregory (friend of Bruce Leopold)

Paula Elliott

Sylvia Love

Charles Atkinson

Allison Jackson

Marjorie Malone

Ross Collins

Billy and Brenda Harrington

Janet, Gary, and Jay Bardwell

Paula and Carl Ivey; Carl Ivey, Sr. (Dukedom, Kentucky); Anderson Ivey (Carl and Paula Ivey’s grandson in Birmingham); and Traci Hardin (wife of a manager of the Iveys’ Village Center Cycle)

Bob and Dot Forbus, and Raleigh Wood (brother, sister-in-law, and friend of Jack Forbus)

Thomas Guest (grandson of Charlie & Rubye Guest).

Gerlene Lifer

Beverly Smitherman, Frances Ellis and Brett Horton (Ellen Mauldin’s cousin, Ellen’s sister, and her brother Leslie’s grandson)

Bobby Fleming (brother of Gloria Cade)

David Skinner (Kyle Skinner’s father)

Diane Daniels, her sister, Delores Irvin, and Kevin McCauley, Sarah Helen McCloskey and Craig D. Campbell  (family friends of Bob & Diane Daniels)

John Gassaway and Michael Tubb (Anna Ray Gassaway’s brother-in-law and nephew)

David Henderson, Cheryl Kay Linder (Beth Ann Dunlap’s stepbrother & sister

Frances Knoll Waltman and Cissy Knoll Thomas (Libby Gill’s sister and mother)

Dylan Walker (Jean Alice McDavid’s great-nephew)

Additional Prayer List for Health Care / Assisted Living

Bessie Montgomery – Montgomery Gardens

Louise Haddigan – The Claiborne

Cattie Taylor – Beehive, Starkville

Jane Lusk – The Claiborne

Jetta Kuykendall – The Grove, Columbia

Frances Oakley – Sunnybrook Estates, Madison

Marie Tramel – Plain View, Richland

Maxine Eastland – Franklin, TN

Elizabeth Duffey – Presbyterian Village, GA

Jewel Jacobs (Cindy Walker’s mother) – Montgomery Garden

Lu Graham (Jane Zitta’s sister) – The Hermitage, Richmond, Virginia

Mary Jo Wallace – The Blake at Flowood


FPC Officers

The Session and Diaconate meet monthly.

Dr. Martin Lifer, Moderator / Bob Daniels, Clerk of Session

Elders Emeriti: James (Jim) Long and Dero Ramsey

Elders Serving on Our Session

Class of 2019 

Class of 2020 

Class of 2021 

Dolph Bryan 

Carl Ivey 

Wallace Cade 

Harold Clark 

Jim Beaty 

Jack Forbus 

Cecelia Cook 

Peggy Johnson 

Will Martin 

Bob Daniels 

Jeff Foster 

Cal Rackley 

Orly Hardin 



Edward Kemp 



Deacons Serving on Our Diaconate

Class of 2019 

Class of 2020 

Class of 2021 

Peggy Branch 

Tabor Mullen 

Glenda Clark 

Vivian Cade 

Kristen Skinner 

Jack Cook 

Joel Downey 

Johnny Fair 

Peyton Fandel 

Jason Ryder  

Jeremy Murdock

Robby Holditch  


FPC Starkville (EPC) Women’s Ministry, Janice Kinard, Moderator

Women’s Scholarship Applications are available in the church office and are due in the office by tomorrow (4/15). Please call the church office or email Rita at   to request the application.

Circle Meetings - 2nd week of each month (7:00 pm Circle meets 3rd Mon.)

Lesson:  Week 6:  The Letters : We need to understand the chapters that follow the life and death of Jesus Christ, because They bring to light the struggles and stories of fellow believers with their newfound faith. 

Monday, 4/22, Home of Amy Weiskopf, 1305 Nottingham Rd @ 6:30 pm


FPC Starkville (EPC) Men’s Ministry

Will Rackley, President, Charlie Weatherly, Treasurer


Come hear this Wednesday from one of the key missions and missionaries FPC began supporting last year and that we continue to support with ongoing partnership help from your regular giving and our Annual Budget:  Rev. Dr. Garth Gilmour, Exec. Dir. Of CMJ (Christian Ministry Among the Jewish People) in Israel - Preaching Wednesday at Noon, and Wednesday night at 6 p.m. - Speaking on CMJ Mission & Updates from Israel.

Dr. Gilmour is by training an archaeologist (Ph.D. from Oxford University in Ancient Near Eastern Archeology).  He now lives and works in Jerusalem, serving with Christ Church (Anglican), the oldest Protestant Church in the Old City of Jerusalem, and, specifically, as the Executive Director of CMJ.

Also this Wed. beginning at 5:50 p.m. – Children’s Choirs – rehearsal in Sanctuary

Make Your Reservations for Friends & Family Fellowship Dinner, Wednesday, 5:15-5:45 p.m.

Wednesday’s Menu - Fried Chicken Tenders, Baked Potatoes, Broccoli & Cheese, Rolls, Chocolate Cake.  Adults may also choose a Chef Salad; as always, children may have pizza; just let us know.  Please complete your reservation card and place it in the Offering, or call or send an email to the Office by tomorrow - NOON!


VIP’s: Join us THIS Friday (Good Friday, April 19) at MSU Rose Garden

We will meet at the MSU Rose Garden at 1:30 pm and tour the area.

Then we will go to MAEFES on campus for ice cream. 

Please call Amy Aarhus or the church office if you have questions.


VBS Coming June 10-13; Registration Opens in May! Our Vacation Bible School Program (VBS) this year will be June 10-13, Monday-Thursday, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Children ages 4 years old to 6th grade are welcome! Come join us as we learn about how life is wild, but God is good! Registration will be live and on the FPC website by early May.


Church Family & Friends: You are Invited to

A Birthday Celebration for Myles Carpenter

Saturday, May 4, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, at Robinson Lake

Casual Dress – Farmer jeans and plaids are a favorite. Bring lawn chairs and fishing poles. No gifts, please … but cards are always fun.  In case of rain, come to FPC instead.  Please RSVP to June Carpenter. Children 15 and older are welcome.