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August 18, 2019 Bulletin

08.16.19 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

August 18, 2019 Bulletin

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Deacon of the Month: Jeremy Murdock

Today’s Ushers: (8:30) – Bill Crumpton (11:00) – Billy Harrington, Loren Zimmerman 

Today’s Greeters: (8:30) – Janice Kinard (11:00) – Brenda Harrington, Janice Kinard


The Flowers in the Sanctuary today are given to the Glory of God by Ellen Mauldin – in memory of her husband, Tom Mauldin, to enhance our worship of God this Lord’s Day.


The cradle crosses on the pulpit and the roses beside the chancel are placed today in thanksgiving to God for the respective births of:

James Wellington (Wells) Beaty, born to Rev. Cameron and Emily Beaty on Friday, April 9; and  Harrison Lane Simmons, born to Lane and Emily Simmons on Friday, August 16.


While celebrating the birth of Wells and the birth of Harrison, we also continue to pray for God’s comfort to the family of The Rev. Dr. Albert Sidney (Shep) Crigler III, following his death in Franklin, TN, on July 31. Shep, born in Starkville in 1936, was a child of this church family. After graduating from Starkville High School and later from Southwestern College, he earned an M.Div. at Louisville Seminary and went on to a career as a pastor in the PCUSA, including serving for nine years as the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Oxford, MS.


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.

If you would like to learn more about growing in faith in Jesus Christ, about church membership and/or about ways you can learn and serve at FPC – then 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 ( ).


You’re Invited!

Join us at 10:35 this morning for the special Gathering on the Northside 3rd Floor of the Sanctuary Building, adjacent to the Music & Choir Room, for our Ribbon-Cutting & Commissioning of FPC’s NEW Youth/C.E. Space.


Follow Up in FPC’s Mentoring Ministry Opportunities:  Grow in Your Faith and Service to God.

Jesus through the Great Commission commands the church and every believer to be active in making disciples in the ongoing process of growth and service.

Further – as God’s Word has reminded us through our current series, Be Free in DEED – Jesus sets us free to know the joy of (a) being mentored through stages of our own growth, and (b) serving to mentor other disciples, as they grow in faith.

If you are interested in being faithful to Jesus through (a) being mentored and/or (b) mentoring others who might be blessed by you, then please speak with or contact Dr. Lifer, Rev. Nasvytis, Ben Jackson, Kirk Kinard, Reid Roberson, or Ashleigh Murdock.

Among your opportunities to Mentor: We are seeking several volunteers to mentor MSU students who are becoming involved in our CCO/FPC University Ministry; some of the students are already Christians, while some are not yet believers but are open to Christian faith. If you are willing to serve as a mentor to students, please contact Ben Jackson.


Week of August 18, 2019

SUNDAY:              8:30 a.m.     Worship Service

                            9:45 a.m.     Sunday School

                            10:30 a.m.    Ribbon Cutting – new SOS and Youth rooms

                            10:40 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 (120 Jackson St.)

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)

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

SATURDAY:          6:00 p.m.     Narcotics Anonymous (120 Jackson St.)



August 20 – Paula Ivey      August 22 – Richard and Jennifer Blackbourn


Prayer List

Paula Elliott

Charles and Roxene Atkinson

Scott Guest and Thomas Guest (son & grandson of Charlie & Rubye Guest)

Joe and Carol Mobley

Marjorie Malone

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

Sean and Morgan Clark Schnurr & Family

Bruce Leopold; Danielle Gregory (friend of Bruce Leopold)

Sylvia Love

Ross Collins

Billy and Brenda Harrington

Janet, Gary, and Jay Bardwell

Aspen Reynolds (Anita Reynolds granddaughter)

Hazel Davis (Wallace Cade’s aunt)

Teresa Miller (Amy Harrison’s mom)

Emily Chancellor (Natalie Morgan’s Niece)  

Carl Ivey, Sr. (Dukedom, Kentucky); Michael Belcher (Friend of the Iveys)

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

Gerlene Lifer

Leslie Drane, Frances Ellis (Ellen Mauldin’s brother and sister)

Bobby Fleming (brother of Gloria Cade)

Diane Daniels, her sister, Delores Irvin, 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)


Additional Prayer List for Health Care / Assisted Living

Bessie Montgomery – Montgomery Gardens

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

Carolyn Wofford—Heritage At Irene Wood, Memphis, Tennessee


Back-to-School Fellowship for VIP’s (Senior Adults) and Children on Wednesday Evening, August 28 (5:30-7:00 p.m.)

Game Night for ALL children and youth of the church and the VIP’s, Wednesday Night, August 28th, 5:30-7 p.m. in FPC’s Fellowship Hall.  We will have pizza and games, a fun time for inter-generational fellowship!!  Please call Amy Aarhus if you have questions.


For the Safety and Security of our Members and Guests,

FPC’s main premises are monitored by 24-hour video surveillance.


FPC Officers

Dr. Martin Lifer, Moderator / Will Martin, 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 

Johnny Fair 

Glenda Clark 

Vivian Cade 

Tabor Mullen 

Jack Cook 

Joel Downey 

Jeremy Murdock 

Peyton Fandel 

Jason Ryder  

Kristen Skinner

Robby Holditch  


FPC Starkville (EPC) Men’s Ministry

Will Rackley, President, Charlie Weatherly, Treasurer


FPC Starkville (EPC) Women’s Ministry

Janice Kinard, Moderator

Women’s Retreat – THIS Friday Night 6 p.m. at Harvey’s Restaurant, Saturday Morning beginning 8:30 a.m. at FPC Fellowship Hall - Shape to Bear Fruit

Women – Members, Visitors and Friends: Our First Presbyterian Church (EPC) invites you a fun and spiritually renewing weekend of good food, fellowship, and a Bible Teacher Rachel Reynolds.

Friday, 6 pm – meet at Harvey’s for dinner, fellowship, and an Introductory Message to our Saturday Bible Study, led by Rachel Reynolds.

Saturday in the Fellowship Hall

8:30 am – Breakfast with Worship music

9:00-11:00 am – Bible Study Lessons on Bearing Fruit

11:00 am – Paint party with artist Mandee Lewis

11:45 am – Lunch

(After the retreat, you’re also invited to stay for a bit to help the Fellowship Committee decorate for the Tailgate Sunday.)

Rachel Reynolds and her husband, Rev. Steve Reynolds, are the founding ministry team for RENEW, an Associate Reformed Presbyterian New Church Development in Fort Myers, Florida. Rachel is the Worship Leader of RENEW. She also has years of experience as a superb Children’s Ministry Director and Women’s Ministry Director at First Presbyterian Church, Corinth. In addition to being the wonderful mother of our own Kristen Skinner (and grandmother of Jon Kyle and James Breter Skinner!), she is a longtime, beloved friend of Pastor and Nancy Lifer – going back to their seminary years.

So join us Friday night at Harvey’s for dinner, fellowship, and an overview of Saturday’s events in the Fellowship Hall, where our speaker, Rachel Reynolds, draws from John 15:4, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

Registration fee is $15.  Questions about the Women’s Retreat? Speak to Kristen Skinner or to Ashleigh Murdock today, or contact Ashleigh this week.


Fall Thursday Afternoon Women's Bible Study -

One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land by Priscilla Shirer

Priscilla's words summarize the focus of the study : "... Promised land living does not mean a life with no problems. It means experiencing God's power and presence in spite of difficulty."  This seven-session study will begin on August 29, meeting each Thursday 1:00-2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. To register and order a workbook ($15), please contact Peggy Johnson.