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August 12, 2018 Bulletin

08.10.18 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

August 12, 2018 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 using one of these devices during the service.

Deacon of the Month: Johnny Fair

Today’s Ushers: 8:30 –Charlie Guest; 11:00 – Keith Hodge, Wesley Ferguson

Today’s Greeters: 8:30 – Rubye Guest; 11:00 – Gayle Hodge, Emily Ferguson

The Sanctuary Flowers are given by Loren and Lynn Zimmerman to the Glory of God and in honor of their 50th Wedding Anniversary.


Ushers and Greeters Needed for Many Upcoming Sunday Morning Services!

Please Choose Your Dates and Volunteer to Serve the Lord on One or More Sundays.

Access our “Signup Genius” webpages to sign up for Sundays through the end of the year, or call Rita at the church office 662-323-1994 or contact Vivian Cade at .

Sign up for the 8:30 Service: tinyurl.com/FPC8-30Ushers-Greeters-Aug-Dec or the 11:00 a.m. Service Aug.-December: tinyurl.com/FPC11amUshers-Greeters-Jul-Dec


Visiting with Us?

We warmly welcome you to our worship of God.  We hope you can be back in worship with us on upcoming Sundays and also connect with other study and fellowship opportunities at FPC.  

To learn more about believing 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 ( ).

FIRSTConnect Cards!

Visitorsincluding MSU and other university students … and FPC Members - if you need to update your information or let us know of Prayer Requests or Ministry Questions:  Please complete a FIRSTConnect Card and place it in the Offering or in one of our FIRSTConnect Boxes inside the entranceways.


Sermon – Scripture Highlights and Notes:

“Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you.  For on Him God the Father has set his seal.”  John 6:27





Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believe in Me shall never thirst.”  John 6:35





“I am the living bread that came down from heaven.  If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.  And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”  John 6:51





So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”  John 5:53




Members – Today is the final Sunday to submit Your Recommendations for Possible Elder-Nominees and Deacon-Nominees

Over the past few weeks, the Nominating Committee has extended the invitation for each active FPC member to complete a Recommendation for Officer Candidates form. Today is the final Sunday for any such responses. If you need a recommendation form, please ask an usher for one.  Please place your recommendation information in the offering TODAY or email your recommendation TODAY to Orly Hardin:


Continuing Prayers for the Families who have Lost Loved Ones

Please continue to join in our expressions of sympathy to – and in our prayer’s for the Lord to comfort – to:

- John Michael and Avent, John Michael's mother and father, and all those in their family, following the death last Sunday (August 5) of John Michael VanHorn's grandmother, Helen Parker Daves [services were last Tuesday in Winona];

- Dr. Jimmy Lee Dodd — following the death on Monday (August 6) of his sister, Helen Ann Dodd Puitt [services were Friday in Aberdeen].


Thank you from Will, Caitlin and Madeline Rackley

To Our Church Family,

We are blessed to call FPC Starkville our church home and to serve the Lord with each of you.  The outpouring of love through our Diapers and Wipes Shower is a tremendous gift to our family and we thank you!  Please continue to pray for us as we prepare for our son’s arrival. 

- Will, Caitlin and Madeline Rackley


Thursday Women's Bible Study Begins on September 20, 2018

This year's study, The Epic of Eden: Understanding the Old Testament by Sandra L. Richter, is a 14-session series which will be the subject of both the fall (Peggy Johnson) and spring (Susan Gamel) studies. From the Publisher's Forward to the workbook:  "The Old Testament makes up three-fourths of the Bible--a clear majority--and yet it is the least understood part of the Bible. Sandra Richter is one of the finest teachers of the Old Testament in the world. She has a way of teaching the Old Testament that brings it to life. As a result of engaging with her in this study of the Old Testament, you will come to a profound understanding of the New Testament and all that Scripture means for your life. She comprehends it from a deep place of faith and understanding and she has learned to teach it to ordinary people in extraordinary ways." 
    Workbooks will be ordered the first week of September and will cost $25 for the entire series. For questions or to sign up for the fall session, please contact Peggy Johnson at  or at 662-418-6870.


Week of August 12, 2018

SUNDAY:                  8:30a.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)

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

THURSDAY:             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.)



August 14 – Rebecca Banzhaf         August 16 – Bob Boyd


Prayer List

Morgan Schnur

John Michael & Avent VanHorn and Nicholas

Jane Vemer

David Skinner, Kyle Skinner’s father

Elbin McLaurin (grandfather of Amanda Corley)

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

Shirley Randle

Jay, Gary and Janet Bardwell

Fancy George

Traci Hardin

Captain Matt Savage

Thomas Guest (grandson of Charlie & Rubye Guest)

Carol & Joe Mobley

Nancy Lifer

Hawkins Murdock

Billy and Brenda Harrington

Marjorie Malone

Jane Zitta

Laurin Scales

Carol Clark (Albert Clark’s sister)

Diane Daniels, her sister, Delores Irvin, and Sarah Helen McCloskey  (family friend) -PA

Eleisha G. Reynolds (Anita Reynolds’ daughter-in-law) Montrose, CO

Marie Tubb and John Gassaway (Anna Ray Gasaway’s sister-in-law & brother-in-law)

Cissy Knoll Thomas (Libby Gill’s mother) Stuttgart, AR

Dawn Allen (Nell Hartness’ granddaughter) - Starkville

Brenda Pratt, Cheryl Kay Linder (Beth Ann Dunlap’s stepmother & sister)

Bessie Montgomery

Carl Ivey, Sr. – Dukedom, Kentucky

Anderson Ivey (Carl and Paula Ivey’s grandson) – Birmingham, Alabama

Craig Wolf (Paula Elliott’s son-in-law) – Huntsville, Alabama

Danny Carlisle (Loren Zimmerman’s friend)

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


Additional Prayer List for Health Care / Assisted Living

Louise Haddigan – The Claiborne

Cattie Taylor – Beehive, Starkville

Thelma Gentry – Vicker’s Personal Care Home

Jane Lusk – The Claiborne

Jetta Kuykendall – The Grove, Columbia

Frances Oakley – Sunnybrook Estates, Madison

Marie Tramel – Beau Ridge, Ridgeland

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


Elders Serving on Our Session


Myles Carpenter

Jack Forbus

Randell Foxworth

Allen Johnson

Janice Kinard

Perry Rackley


Dolph Bryan

Harold Clark

Cecelia Cook

Bob Daniels

Orly Hardin

Edward Kemp


Carl Ivey

Jim Beaty

Peggy Johnson

Jeff Foster

Elder Emeritus – Dero Ramsey

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

The Session’s next Stated Meeting is August 19, 12:30 p.m.


Deacons Serving on Our Diaconate


Jay Cook

John Rush


Peggy Branch

Vivian Cade

Joel Downey

Jason Ryder


Tabor Mullen

Kristen Skinner

Johnny Fair

Jeremy Murdock


FPC Women’s Ministry Janice Kinard, Moderator

Circles, Meeting Places, and Leaders

Circles meet 2nd week of each month (7:00 pm Circle meets 3rd Monday)


Men of the Church (MOC) Officers Andrew Fountain, President,

Will Rackley, Vice President, Charlie Weatherly, Treasurer


The Ministry of Music

On Wednesdays - Chancel Choir, 6:00 p.m.



FPC and FPCCC Ministry Team

Rev. Dr. Martin Lifer, Pastor                                          

Rita Usher, Pastoral Secretary                                        

Ben Jackson, Assistant Minister for FPC’s CCO University Ministry

Dr. Craig Aarhus, Music Director                                    

Ashleigh Murdock, Children’s Ministry Coordinator  

Jennifer Blackbourn, Organist                      

Kathy McGill, Children’s Choir Director            

Kirk Kinard, Youth Ministry                                                  

Ellen Mauldin, Church Librarian                                      

Amanda Corley, Child Care Director              


Visit Our Website for Sermon Podcasts and Ministry News



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