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April 22, 2018 Bulletin

04.20.18 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

April 22, 2018 Bulletin

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The Sanctuary Flowers are given to the Glory of God by George and Peggy Bennett in memory of Sara Bennett, Robert Regl, Bobby Dent, and Cordelia Bealor.

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: Jay Cook

Today’s Ushers: 8:30 –Bill Crumpton; 11:00 – Jack Atkins, Loren Zimmerman

Today’s Greeters: 8:30 – Jane Vemer; 11:00 – Jim and Gail Long



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 faith in Jesus Christ, church membership, and/or opportunities to learn and serve at FPC, please speak to Pastor Lifer following the service,… or you may call the church office or send a note to him via email ( ).

FIRSTConnect Cards!

Visitors – including MSU and other students – and FPC Members: If you need to update your information or let us know of Prayer Requests:  Please complete a FIRSTConnect Card and place it in the Offering or in one of our FIRSTConnect Boxes inside the entranceways.




FPC members, if you are not already part of a one of our five Ministry Teams (through participating in a ministry group or committee connected with one of our five teams) – It’s time to get with your team! Please speak with the officer(s) listed for the team to which God may be calling you,… or speak with Pastor Lifer or our Church Office with initial questions. Also, feel free to speak directly with Craig Aarhus about Choir & Music or with Ashleigh Murdock about Children’s Ministry.

May you know the blessing of serving in Christ’s mission through FPC’s ministries!  

EDUCATION MINISTRY TEAM (Allen Johnson; Peggy Johnson)

OUTREACH MISSION TEAM (Jack Forbus; Joel Downey; Tabor Mullen)


WORSHIP MINISTRY TEAM (Cecelia Cook; Vivian Cade – Ushers & Greeters)

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM (Bob Daniels; Edward Kemp)


ALL of the Pictorial Directory Photographs are here!

The photos from BOTH photography sessions have arrived.  Please come by the church office during the week, to get your photos. Peggy Branch will also have the photos available on Wednesday at F&F and NEXT week in the Fellowship Hall after the 8:30 service or during the Fellowship Gathering, 10:30-10:50 a.m.


Everyone - Please join us for our

FPC Children’s Choirs’ Spring Music Program

This Wednesday, 6:00-6:30 p.m. (Sanctuary)


Make Your Reservations for this Semester’s Final Friends & Family Dinner

Wednesday, 5:15-5:45 p.m. This Wednesday’s Dinner: Ham, Purple Hull Peas, Cream Corn, Cornbread, Caramel 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 today, or call or send an email to the Church Office.



Over the next two weeks, please help us provide Diapers & Wipes for FPC members, Drs. Peyton and Catherine Fandel, who are expecting the birth of their first child this summer. You may bring diapers and/or diaper-wipe packs to the Diapers & Wipes Tub in the Fellowship Hall over the next two Sundays, or bring your contributions to the Church Office during weekday Office Hours. Then, please plan to join us on May 6, during our Fellowship Gathering (10:30-10:50 a.m.) in Fellowship Hall for our Diapers & Wipes Shower for the Fandels.


Happy 100th Birthday, Boswell Kennard!!

Boswell Kennard’s family invites you, his church family, to join them in celebrating his 100th Birthday!

Sunday, May 6th at 2:00pm

Oktoc Community Center

NO gifts, but cards are welcome! Cards may also be sent to his home:

Boswell Kennard

693 Kennard Road

Starkville, MS 39759


Congratulations and Thanksgiving for Forrest and Andrea Blackbourn! We join with Richard and Jennifer Blackbourn in joyful thanksgiving:  Last night, in Dalton, GA, Dr. Forrest Maddux Blackbourn and Andrea Joy Dobbins were wed.


Opportunity to Pray for (and to Support Financially) Young Adult Member & MSU Student Jack Burton in a Summer Mission-Learning Experience:

The following update is from Jack Burton, a “child of our church” who is now a Young Adult Member. Jack has been accepted to participate in a summer mission-learning experience in East Asia with CRU. Please remember Jack in prayer, and, if God leads you to do so, in providing further support.    

Dr. Lifer, Over the summer I will be traveling to East Asia for 6 weeks where my team and I will be participating in a language course on a college campus. The goal of the trip is to use this language course to introduce us and enable us to make lasting relationships with the people (in particular the other students) there. By spending time with them we hope to introduce them to Jesus and the great joy that you and I have in Him! 

You may mail a check, made out to “Cru”, to 109 Josey Ave, Starkville, MS 39759 if you feel led to give. You may also give online at www.give.cru.org/1001482

Gratefully in Christ’s service, Jack


Week of April 22, 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)

WEDNESDAY:           5:15 p.m.            Friends & Family Meal

                                 5:50 p.m            Children’s Choir, SOS, Youth Discipleship

                                 6:00 p.m.           Adult Choir Practice           

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.)



Cradle Crosses Needed for Babies on the Way!!  Any Craftsmen out there?

To commemorate births in our church family, we have been ordering wooden cradle crosses from a company that has recently closed.  We are looking for a new supplier for these beautiful crosses.  Is there a member of our church who enjoys wood-working who would like to produce these for us?  Please let Pastor Lifer know, or call the church office.


Prayer List

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

Albert Clark and Carol Clark (Albert Clark’s sister)

Dolph Bryan

Chloe Hardin

Hawkins Murdock

Diane Daniels, together with her sister, Delores Irvin, and Sarah Helen McCloskey  

(Daniels’ family friend) -PA

Jay, Gary and Janet Bardwell

Thomas Guest (Charlie and Rubye Guest’s grandson)

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

Marjorie Malone

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)

Dawn Allen (Nell Hartness’ granddaughter) - Starkville

Billy and Brenda Harrington

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

Bessie Montgomery

Jane Zitta

Carl Ivey, Sr. – Dukedom, Kentucky

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

Marshall McReynolds (Sherylan Webb’s nephew) – Tupelo

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

Danny Carlisle (Loren Zimmerman’s friend)

Frances Ellis, Christopher A. Cook, and Brett Horton (Ellen Mauldin’s sister, grandson –

U.S. Army-Poland – and her brother Leslie’s grandson)


Additional Prayer List for Health Care / Assisted Living

Cattie Taylor – Beehive, Starkville

Thelma Gentry – Vicker’s Personal Care Home

Louise Haddiagan – The Claiborne

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 / Randell Foxworth, Clerk

The Session’s next Stated Meeting is TODAY, April 22, 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 Caitlin Rackley, Moderator

Circles, Meeting Places, and Leaders

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

Second Sunday, 8am, Parlor – Chairman Lynda Forbus

Second Monday, 1:30 pm, Parlor – Chairman Kay McReynolds

Second Tuesday, 6 pm, Location Parlor – Chairman Orly Hardin

Third Monday, 7 pm, Location TBA – Chairman Amy Aarhus


Please join the Women’s Ministry in providing meals for Zack and Hunter Harrington on the birth on their son, Henry.  Go to the link below to choose a date to bring a meal.



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./ Children’s Choirs at 5:50 p.m.



Apr 24 – Rex Buffington                     Apr 26 – Richard and Jennifer Blackbourn

Casserole Kitchen host needed by next month for the SECOND TUESDAY of each month. Please speak to Loren Zimmerman about volunteering. If you miss him at FPC today, you may send an email to


FPC and FPCCC Ministry Team

Rev. Dr. Martin Lifer, Pastor                                                                       

Rita Usher, Pastoral Secretary                                                                     

Ashleigh Murdock, Children’s Ministry Coordinator                      

Dr. Craig Aarhus, Music Director                                                                

Jennifer Blackbourn, Organist                                              

Kathy McGill, Children’s Choir Director            

Alexis Thibodeaux, Youth Ministry                     

Ellen Mauldin, Church Librarian                                      

Amanda Corley, Child Care Director