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December 30, 2018 Bulletin

12.27.18 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

December 30, 2018 Bulletin

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+Commit in Faith to God for 2019

We are so thankful for the many FPC members who have responded with strong Stewardship commitments for 2019.  This helps us plan for everything from ensuring that you are connected with ministry groups to ensuring good stewardship in the church’s budget planning.

If you have not already sent in your 2019 Worship, Giving or Ministry pledges, you may find blank cards at the 2019 Stewardship boxes located around the church.  Thank you for your commitment to the Lord and His 2019 mission through FPC.


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 Week: Tabor Mullen

Today’s Ushers: (8:30) – Janice Kinard; (11:00) – Will Martin, Edward Kemp

Today’s Greeters: (8:30) – Janice Kinard; (11:00) – Meredith Martin



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.

To learn more about faith 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 ( ).

We also hope you will plan to be guests of Pastor and Nancy Lifer, together with other FPC members, for our FIRST CONNECT Lunch & Learn Fellowship Sunday, February 3, 2019, 12:10-1:15, p.m. 

This is an excellent opportunity for all currently visiting FPC to learn more about becoming part of our church family and ministries. We can provide childcare and lunch for younger children whose parents attending. Please simply let Pastor Lifer, Nancy, or the Church Office know the ages and needs of any young children joining us for FIRSTConnect.


Upcoming Events for FPC Officers in the First 3 Sundays of 2019

January 6, 12:30 pm – Called Session Meeting to Examine Officers-Elect

January 13, 11:00 am – New Officers Ordained and Installed in Worship

January 20, 12:30 pm – Stated Officer Meetings


Please Volunteer to Be an Usher or Greeter. HELP Needed!

Our current schedule for Ushers and Greeters ends today. We need volunteers to help with ushering and greeting – beginning NEXT Sunday and continuing in 2019! Please access our “Signup Genius” webpage to sign up for Sundays through the first half of 2019 or call Rita at the church office 662-323-1994.

Sign up for the 8:30 a.m. Service: https://tinyurl.com/FPC-830am-U-G-Jan-Jun-2019

Sign up for the 11:00 a.m. Service: https://tinyurl.com/FPC-11am-U-G-Jan-Jun-2019



Week of December 30, 2018

SUNDAY:                  8:30 a.m.             Worship Service

                                9:45 a.m.             Sunday School

                                10:30 a.m.           Fellowship Gathering (Fellowship Hall)

                                11:00 a.m.           Worship Service

MONDAY:           Church Office Closed

                                8:00 p.m.             Narcotics Anonymous, also on T, W, & F (Ed. Bldg)      

TUESDAY:          Church Office Closed

                          No Casserole Kitchen

WEDNESDAY:          7:00 p.m.             Chancel 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.)




January 1 – No Casserole Kitchen                 January 3 – Billy Harrington


Prayer List

Chares Atkinson

Loise Haddigan

Janet, Gary, and Jay Bardwell

Marjorie Malone

Paula Elliott

Allison Jackson

Robert McDavid

Ross Collins

Gerlene Lifer

Ashleigh Murdock and Hawkins Murdock

Bobby Fleming (brother of Gloria Cade)

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)

David Sanders (Friend of Loren Zimmerman)


Additional Prayer List for Health Care / Assisted Living

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 – 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

Please pray for our Officers and Officers-Elect as they serve the Lord’s Ministry through FPC.  Ask an usher if you’d like a list of current and newly elected Officers and for further information on Leadership and Ministries at FPC.



The poinsettias are provided this month by the generous support of the Givers mentioned in today’s Poinsettia Gifts 2018 bulletin insert. All Givers to the Poinsettia Support Fund have thereby also provided mission support to the Palmer Home for Children. Please see the insert’s special thanks to the Givers, the persons for whom the Givers have dedicated their gifts in honorarium or in memoriam – with all gifts being ultimately to the glory of God.

Please feel free to take home a poinsettia TODAY.


Help Take Down, Care for, and Store Our Church Christmas Decorations Thursday Morning!

All willing and available volunteers: Please join Wanda Anthony and her team of helpers in this Thursday, January 3, beginning in the Sanctuary at 8:30 am.



Coming up in the New Year!!

Women - Nancy Lifer and the Women in the Word Sunday School Class  (meeting each Sunday, 9:45-10:30 a.m., in the Sanctuary Bldg. Room S-6, on the main floor of the Sanctuary Building, around the corner and down the hallway from the Choir Loft and Chapel)

Cordially invite you to join them for the following:

  • Sunday, January 6 – an Open House/Fellowship Brunch from 9:45 through 10:30 a.m.
  • Then each Sunday morning, beginning January 13, for a new study on the Book of James – Faith: A Bible Study on James for Women, by Keri Fulmar


For Visitors Interested in Learning More About FPC and Becoming Involved at FPC – FIRST CONNECT Lunch & Learn Fellowship, Sunday, February 3, 2019, 12:10-1:15, p.m.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about becoming part of our church family and ministries. We can provide childcare and lunch food for younger children whose parents want to attend. Please simply let Pastor Lifer, Nancy, or the Church Office know that you are coming and the ages and needs of any young children joining us.


Men - Save the Date! – Men’s Ministry Retreat – Friday and Saturday, February 1-2, 2019


FPC Women’s Ministry Janice Kinard, Moderator

Coordinating Team:  Tuesday, January 8 at noon , Church Office, Major Johnson Room

Mission for January:  FPC Children’s Ministry, Ashleigh Murdock

Circles, Meeting Places, and Leaders

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

Lesson:  Week Two – Joshua and the Promised Land

Circles meetings & Leaders

01/13/19, Sunday morning @ 8 am,  @ FPC Parlor ; Leader: Lynda Forbus,

01/14/19, Monday afternoon @ 1:30 pm @ FPC Parlor: Leader: Sara Wilson

01/15/19, Tuesday evening:  @ 6 pm @ home of TBA; Leader: Vivian Cade

01/21/19, Monday evening @ 7 pm @ home of Amy Weiskopf; Leader: Amy Weiskopf