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December 3, 2017 Bulletin

12.03.17 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

December 3, 2017 Bulletin

    Christmas Missions Blessings

    Service for the Lord’s Day

    First Presbyterian Church

    First Sunday of Advent

    December 3, 2017


    Prelude What Child is this? / Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring arr. McDonald    

    Jennifer Blackbourn, piano


    Welcome, Sharing of Friendship Register, And Ministry Invitations     Martin Lifer


    Call to Worship  Lighting the Candle for the First Sunday of Advent                             The Will and Meredith Martin Family


    * Advent Hymn 175: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel VENI EMMANUEL                                                                                                                                                                                              Welcoming New Members of Our Church Family

    Prayer with Young Disciples  Ashleigh Murdock

    Prayers of Thanksgiving, Confession, Petition, and Intercession      Martin Lifer

    The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

    Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in     heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and  forgive  us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.  


    *The congregation is invited to stand.


    Deacon of the Week: Peggy Branch

    Today’s Ushers: (11:00) – Ross Collins

    Today’s Greeters: (11:00) – Carolyn Coleman


    Visiting with Us?

    We warmly welcome you to our worship of God and to our other ministries. Please speak to Pastor Martin Lifer following today’s service (outside the front entrance), … or contact him this week at the church office or via email ( ), and let us know of any special prayer requests, or if you would like to learn more about growing in your faith or, specifically, about joining our church family.


    +The Christmas Missions Blessings Special Offering

    Once again, the Christmas Missions Blessings Offering will be directed toward additional FPC support of the following missions and missionaries that our church has supported through the years: Starkville Habitat for Humanity; Helping Hands (of Starkville/Oktibbeha County); the Palmer Home 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.”


    We welcome today as members of our church family:

    Shane and Merzamie Clark;

    Rilda Cox;

    Peyton and Catherine Fandel;

    Malcolm and Gloria Gentry;

    Derick and Pam Metts; and

    Lee and Amy Weiskopf, together with their daughter, Julia Weiskopf.


    *Doxology Hymn 592


    *Call to Bring God’s Tithe and Our Further Offerings –

    including The Christmas Missions Blessings Special Offering+

    Offertory Coventry Carol  arr. Berry    

        Marquita Beaty and Jennifer Blackbourn


    Christmas Missions Blessings Sunday

    Musical Offering to God

    The First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir Presents

    Were You There on that Christmas Night?

    A Christmas Musical

    By Lloyd Larson


    Introduction Dr. Craig Aarhus, FPC Music Director


    A Great Light

    Jack Aarhus, soloist




    All is Well


    Sing We Now of Christmas


    Welcome to Our World

    Thomas and Margaret Pound, duet


    Were You There on That Christmas Night


    Glory to the Newborn King!


    Invitation to Faith and Discipleship


    Postlude  Christmas Joy!  arr. McDonald    

       Jennifer Blackbourn, piano


    *The congregation is invited to stand.


    We give thanks to God 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 Missions Blessing Sunday.


    FPC Chancel Choir

    Music Director: Craig Aarhus

    Accompanist/Organist: Jennifer Blackbourn

    Guest Musicians: Ellen Moore, Flute; Michaela Dubose-Schmitt, Oboe; Seth Abernathy, Clarinet;

    Brian Harris, Bassoon; Trenton Brown, Percussion

    Narrators: Bill and Susan Gamel

    Soprano: Glenda Clark; Vivien Miller; Margaret Pound; Michele Rackley; Patsy Randle; Lynn Zimmerman

    Alto: Amy Aarhus; Marquita Beaty; Vivian Cade; Paula Ivey; Nancy Lifer; Peggy Moore

    Tenor: Richard Blackbourn; Matt McAfee; Thomas Pound

    Bass: Jim Beaty; Randell Foxworth; Charlie Guest; Phil Hubbard; Martin Lifer



    Church Family Advent Night                                              

    TONIGHT, 5 pm, Fellowship Hall

    Families with children, come join us for some fun and Christmas crafts for children.    


    Children’s Christmas Musical Drama

    This Wednesday, December 6, 6 pm, Sanctuary                                Church-wide Pizza Fellowship follows at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall


    Parent’s Morning Out

    This Saturday, December 9, 10am-12:30pm, Fellowship Hall

    Drop off the kids at the Fellowship Hall for pizza and Christmas fun, so you can get some shopping done!                                                     


    Star(k)filled Christmas

    Next Sunday, December 10, 4:30 pm, City Hall Plaza

    Celebrate Christmas with your friends from all over Starkville!

    Hosted by participating Starkville churches, including FPC!

    4:30 Refreshments; Program begins at 5:00

    Includes: Welcome from the Mayor, Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long, Multi-church Choir presentation with narration (including our own, Pastor Martin Lifer), Scripture reading, Live Nativity


    Next Sunday, December 10 (2nd Sunday of Advent)

    Two Services 8:30 and 11 a.m.

    11 am Service will include Children’s Choir Christmas music.


    Prayer List

    Thomas Guest (Charlie and Rubye Guest’s grandson)

    Hawkins Murdock

    Robert McDavid

    Mary Jo Wallace and Family

    Rusty Bouchillon

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

    Jane Zitta

    Sylvia Love

    Marjorie Malone

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

    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

    Cattie Taylor

    Carol Clark (Albert Clark’s sister)

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

    Bessie Montgomery

    Mae Glass (Vivien Miller’s mother)

    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)

    Billy Ray Ball (Dolph Bryan’s Uncle) – Tuscaloosa

    Madeline Bell (Greta Bryan’s great niece) – Vienna, Virginia

    Jack Boren & family, Ryan Carrithers, Tonia McLendon, and Sue Salley (friends of Dolph & Greta Bryan)


    Health Care / Assisted Living Prayer List

    Jane Lusk – The Claiborne

    Jetta Kuykendall – The Grove, Columbia

    Kathleen Smithson Lawson – Vicker’s Personal Care Home

    Lu Graham (Jane Zitta’s sister) – The Hermitage, Richmond, Virginia

    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

    Thelma Gentry – Vicker’s Personal Care Home


    Additional FPC 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 Tuesday, December 19The gifts will be distributed to the FPC Child Care Center workers December 21. 


    TEJERAS MEAL SPONSORS (Mission meal for children in Tejeras, Honduras)

    December 6 – In Honor of Faithful Workers at FPC by Dero and Adelaide Ramsey



    Dec 5 – Loren Zimmerman Dec 7 – Billy Harrington


    FPC Hearing Before the MS Supreme Court December 13, 10:30 am, MSC Chambers on the second floor of the Gartin Justice Building, 450 High St., Jackson.