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January 20, 2019 Bulletin

01.18.19 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

January 20, 2019 Bulletin

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Deacon of the Month: Johnny Fair

Today’s Ushers: (8:30) – Bob Boyd; (11:00) – Wallace Cade, Loren Zimmerman

Today’s Greeters: (8:30) – Priscilla Boyd; (11:00) – Gloria Cade, Janice Kinard


The primary flowers for our Sunday morning worship today are given to the glory of God by Billy and Brenda Harrington in memory of their son Kirk Harrington.

The additional floral arrangements are provided today to the glory of God and in memory of Thelma Elliott Gentry by her family.

Longtime FPC member Thelma Gentry joined the Church Triumphant last Tuesday, January 15. On Wednesday afternoon, at the Oak Lynn Cemetery in Crawford, Pastor Lifer led the family in an Interment Service. The Memorial Service will be this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in the FPC Sanctuary, followed by a time for Visitation with the family in Fellowship Hall, concluding at 5:30 p.m.

Please join us in continuing to extend our condolences – and to pray for God’s comfort to Malcolm and Gloria Gentry, Janice, Elvis, Elliott and Kirk Kinard, and  all other members of the Gentry and Kinard families.



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 Two weeks from today:  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.


Week of January 20, 2019

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

                                  4:00 p.m.            Memorial Service for Thelma Gentry

MONDAY:           Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed

                                 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)

                                 5:15 p.m.             Bible Study (Fellowship Hall)

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

WEDNESDAY:           5:15 p.m.             Dinner and visiting in the Fellowship Hall

                                5:50 p.m.             Nursery, Children and Youth programs begin     

                                6:00 p.m.             Men’s and Women’s Bible studies

                                6:00 p.m.             HeBrews in Fellowship Hall-coffee, dessert, visiting   

                                7:00 p.m.             Chancel Choir Practice                                                    

THURSDAY:             1:00 p.m.              Women’s Bible Study (Fellowship Hall)

                                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 22 – Rex Buffington               January 24 – Richard and Jennifer Blackbourn


Prayer List

Sylvia Love

Scottie Knight

Chares Atkinson

Allison Jackson

Janet, Gary, and Jay Bardwell

Marjorie Malone

Paula Elliott

Paula and Carl Ivey

Ross Collins

Billy and Brenda Harrington

Gerlene Lifer

Ashleigh Murdock and Hawkins Murdock

Beverly Smitherman (Ellen Mauldin’s cousin)

Bob and Dot Forbus (brother and sister-in-law of Jack Forbus)

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)

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

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


Visitors and members – If you are not already in a Sunday Bible Study & Fellowship Group – join us for one of the following: Adult Bible Study & Fellowship Groups, every Sunday 9:45-10:30 a.m.

Crusader Class (led by Jack Forbus, Ernie George, Charlie Guest and other teachers – in the Fellowship Hall) Beginning a new study on the Book of Acts.  

Faith for Life Class (Led by Pastor Lifer – in the Chapel, behind the Sanctuary Chancel)  Studying the Gospel in Genesis: Dr. Lifer’s review of key highlights every literate Christian needs to know in the First Book.

Joy Class (led by Phil Gruchy – in the Parlor, 1st Floor, Sanctuary Bldg.)

New Covenant Class (led by Jim Beatyin the Central Room behind Sanctuary Balcony) Currently learning the CASKET EMPTY systematic study of the Old and New Testament.

Women in the Word Class (led by Nancy Lifer – in Room S-6, main Sanctuary Floor)  Beginning a new studyFaith: A Bible Study on James for Women, by Keri Fulmar.

Enjoy Fellowship & Bible Study Each Sunday Morning!


FPC Women’s Ministry Janice Kinard, Moderator

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

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

Lesson:  Week Two – Joshua and the Promised Land

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


Men – Please check the bulletin insert for details on the Men’s Ministry Personal Enrichment Conference.  Please RSVP by 1/27/19


Make Your Reservations for Friends & Family Fellowship Dinner

Wednesday, 5:15-5:45 p.m.

Please see bulletin insert for more news on Wednesday Night Children’s and Youth Ministries, Men’s Fraternity Study, and Women’s Study. 

THIS Wednesday’s Dinner: Chicken and Dumplings, Green Beans, Fried Okra, Rolls, Dessert.  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 by Monday, at NOON!


Help Needed for Sunday Worship Services!

Please Volunteer to Be an Usher or Greeter on One or More Sundays.  Please access our “Signup Genius” webpage to sign up, 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


Mission Information for the Starkville Preganancy Center

On this Sanctity of Human Life Sunday that FPC Starkville joins with other evangelical churches around the nation in recognizing –

We encourage you to pick up and to read a copy of the information page provided by the Starkville Pregnanccy Center, an important and very special local mission that FPC supports.