Visiting with Us?
We warmly welcome you to our worship of God this Lord’s Day. 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, as well as about church membership, and ways to learn, serve & grow 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 ( ).
Visitors, … including MSU and other university students …and Members – to update your contact information, prayer requests or ministry questions: Please complete a FIRSTConnect Card and place it in the Offering … or in a FIRSTConnect Box in the entranceways.
+The Christmas Mission Blessings Special Offering+
This year’s Christmas Missions Blessings Offering will be directed to provide additional FPC year-end support (co-equally) to the following missions and missionaries: Starkville Habitat for Humanity; The Father’s Child Ministries; French Camp Academy and the Rising Son Camp; the Palmer Home for Children Mission; as well as two “Children of the Church” working overseas – Aretta Zitta (Director of Young Life/Club Beyond Ministry to children living on US military bases and housing in Europe and parts of the Middle East) and Chip Bobbitt.
Today and throughout December, feel free to give – above and separately from your regular tithe and offerings – to this special offering. Checks should be made to FPC Starkville, but please designate in the check’s Memo line “Christmas Blessings Mission Offering” or simply “Christmas Blessings.”
NEXT SUNDAY, December 9 (2d Sunday of Advent), join us for our ONE, UNIFIED 10 a.m. Worship Service & 11:15 a.m. Breakfast/Brunch Fellowship - Featuring FPC Children’s Choir Members in a Presentation of Scriptures and Carols, and FPC Youth & SOS Students assisting Pastor Lifer with worship.
Following worship, our FPC Youth will then host at 11:15 a.m. a Fellowship Breakfast/Brunch Fundraiser, as our Youth are seeking to raise funds for FPC benevolence missions.
We give special thanks to God today for Craig Aarhus, Jennifer Blackbourn, our guest musicians, and, most certainly, all of the members of our Chancel Choir for their ministry to the Lord and for the Lord here at FPC. We specifically give thanks for these faithful members’ many hours of musical practices and spiritual preparation for this musical offering to Christ our Lord on this Christmas Mission Blessing Sunday.
CHRISTMAS HAPPENINGS AT FPC!
Next Sunday, December 9 (2nd Sunday of Advent)
One Worship service (10:00 a.m.) <= Note special time.
*10:00 a.m. Worship Service - Featuring Children’s Choir Scriptures and Carols
And Youth assisting Pastor Lifer with worship
11:15 a.m. Fellowship Breakfast/Brunch - FPC Youth will be preparing brunch and
raising funds for Youth Benevolence efforts.
Star(k)filled Christmas 2018 – A Night of New Traditions
Next Sunday, December 9, 4:30 pm, City Hall Plaza - Multi-church Choir and instrumental presentation, Live Nativity
Celebrate Christmas with your friends from all over Starkville! Hosted by participating Starkville churches, including FPC!
4:30 pm Refreshments; Children’s Choirs 4:45 pm; Program begins at 5:00 pm Includes: Welcome from the Mayor, Scripture reading.
Church Family Advent Night - Wednesday, December 12, 5 pm, Fellowship Hall - Family fun and Christmas crafts for Children
If you are interested in ordering Poinsettias, please find an order form in the pew racks. These purchases benefit the Palmer Home for Children. Final deadline for ordering – Wednesday, Dec. 12.
FURTHER MISSION NOTES
BE AN ANGEL THIS CHRISTMAS! Buy gifts for our FPC Child Care Center workers’ dependent children. Tags with suggested gifts and sizes are on the Angel Christmas Tree in the Fellowship Hall. Please take one or more of these tags from the tree, buy and wrap the gifts, and then bring the wrapped gifts (tags attached) to the church office by Wednesday, December 19.
TEJERAS MEAL SPONSORS (Mission meal for children in Tejeras, Honduras) December 5, 7 – By members of the congregation for the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the newly-elected Deacons and Elders.
CASSEROLE KITCHEN MISSION MEAL HOSTS AT FPC THIS WEEK
Dec 4 – Loren Zimmerman Dec 6 – Billy Harrington
FPC/EPC Women’s Ministry
Janice Kinard, Moderator
Coordinating Team: Tuesday, December 4th at noon , Church Office, Major Johnson Room
Circle Meetings & Leaders
12/09/18, Sunday morning @ 8 am, Leader: Lynda Forbus, place: FPC Parlor
12/10/18, Monday afternoon @ 1:30 pm: Members check with Leader: Sara Wilson
12/11/18, Tuesday evening: Members check with Leader: Vivian Cade
12/17/2018, Monday evening: Members check with Leader: Amy Weiskopf
Mission : * no financial offering given at circle. Women of the church will join the congregation to support local charities – FPC Angel Tree, Adopt a Child, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Christmas Cantata etc.
Lesson: Each circle will enjoy their time together and the Advent season.
Please join us as we extend our condolences to – and our prayers for God’s comfort to – the Jackson family, following the death on Tuesday, November 27, of Janet’s brother-in-law, Artis Lee Davis.
Janet, Gary, and Jay Bardwell
Ashleigh Murdock and Hawkins Murdock
Tom King (co-worker of Janice Kinard)
Cindy Stewart (friend of Jane Vemer)
Thomas Guest (grandson of Charlie & Rubye Guest).
Frances Knoll Waltman and Cissy Knoll Thomas (Libby Gill’s sister and mother)
Cynthia Ware, together with her parents, Donna and Herman Ware
Michael Tubb – Anna Ray Gassaway’s nephew
Dan Ryder (Jason Ryder’s father)
David Skinner (Kyle Skinner’s father)
Billy and Brenda Harrington
Frances Ellis and Brett Horton (Ellen Mauldin’s sister and her brother Leslie’s grandson)
Diane Daniels, her sister, Delores Irvin, and Sarah Helen McCloskey and Craig D. Campbell (family friends of Bob & Diane Daniels)
Marie Tubb and John Gassaway (Anna Ray Gassaway’s sister-in-law & brother-in-law)
Brenda Pratt, Cheryl Kay Linder (Beth Ann Dunlap’s stepmother & sister)
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)
Danny Carlisle (Loren Zimmerman’s friend)
Health Care / Assisted Living Prayer List
Bessie Montgomery – Montgomery Gardens
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