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April 7, 2019 Bulletin

04.05.19 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

April 7, 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!

The Sanctuary Flowers for today’s worship are given to the Glory of God by Bruce Leopold in loving memory of his Aunt Irene Griffiths.


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 ( ).


Join us Today for Our Tartan Sunday Fellowship Brunch!

10:20-10:50 a.m. on the East Breezeway, Bell Tower & Courtyard Areas.  (Weather permitting, we’ll be outside!)


Also, if you are interested in joining our October 2019 Mission Trip to Scotland departing October 11 to visit, worship with, and serve with the new Free Church of Scotland congregations we are helping God begin in Haddington and Dundee, then Please join us TODAY for a brief but important Mission Trip Update meeting in the Chapel, 12:10-12:20 p.m.


Deacon of the Month: (8:30) Joel Downey, (11:00) Tabor Mullen

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


Adult Members – consider planning to see Unplanned This Afternoon

Adult Members & Friends: Consider joining Pastor & Nancy Lifer at Starkville’s Hollywood Premier Cinema for the 4:15 p.m. Matinee Showing of the R-rated, powerful Christian film for adults, Unplanned.

Focus on the Family’s Unplugged reviewer says: “Every now and then, a movie comes along that's not just merely ‘good.’ Or merely "must see" water-cooler fare. I'm talking about films that are genuinely important because they force us to see something clearly that perhaps we've never really seen before. I'd put Schindler's List in that category. And Saving Private Ryan. And Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. Not surprisingly, perhaps, all of those movies are rated R. … I'd put Unplanned in the same category as these films in terms of the emotional wallop it packs. …  Since 1973, an estimated 56 million abortions have been performed in the United States…. Unplanned is an important film because it makes us consider the moral weight of this otherwise mind-numbing statistic.”


Week of April 7, 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)

                            5:15 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     

                            6:00 p.m.     Men’s and Women’s Bible studies

                            6:00 p.m.     Dr. Lifer’s In Jesus’ Footsteps Bible Study for Men & Women

                            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 9 – Rebecca Banzhaf    April 11 – Ross Collins


April 10 – Ellen Mauldin in honor of Melrose Cook (Ellen's great grandchild).


Prayers Celebrating the Wedding of Stephano & Joyful Curtis! Join us in prayers of thanksgiving and intercession following the wedding on Saturday, March 30, of FPC’s Property Manager, Stephano Curtis, and his new wife, Joyful.


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  

Officer-Leaders of Ministry Teams

Please speak to these leaders today to learn more about the following ministry teams:

Bob Daniels                                             Administrative Team

Will Martin                                                      Education Team

Jack Forbus                             Outreach and Missions Team

Orly Hardin                                               Shepherding Team

Cecelia Cook                                                    Worship Team


FPC Starkville (EPC) Women’s Ministry

Janice Kinard, Moderator

Women’s Scholarship Application is available in the church office.  Applications are due in the office by 4/15. Please call the church office or email Rita Usher 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. 

Sunday, 4/7, FPC Parlor, Leader: Lynda Forbus, 8 am

Monday, 4/8, FPC Parlor, Leader: Sara Wilson, 1:30 pm

Tuesday, 4/9, Home of Sandy Jackson 212 Turnberry Lane, @ 6 pm, Leader: Vivian Cade

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


Make Your Reservations for Friends & Family Fellowship Dinner

Wednesday, 5:15-5:45 p.m.

THIS Wednesday’s Pulled Pork, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Rolls, Butter Cream Cake.  Adults may also choose a Chef Salad, … or 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 Church Office by Monday,NOON!


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 Grounds

Adopt-A-Bed Opportunity

It’s spring again!  Want to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather? Looking for an opportunity to fellowship and share among your church family? Want to serve your church and make the grounds beautiful? Here is your chance -  Adopt a Landscape Bed! For a good example, see the bed near the covered canopy that was adopted last year.

Interested? Contact Peggy Branch.  Men and women are needed!!