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June 24, 2018 Bulletin

06.22.18 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

June 24, 2018 Bulletin

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My mid-year joyful praises to the LORD:


My prayers and promises for specific ways to glorify my King in the next 6 months:


Deacon of the Month: Jeremy Murdock

Today’s Ushers: 8:30 –George Vemer; 11:00 – Harold Knight; John McReynolds

Today’s Greeters: 8:30 – Mary Jane Vemer; 11:00 – Ernie George; Wanda Anthony

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.



+We invite you to place in one of the baskets at the front of the Chancel – during the closing hymn or following the service – your Two-Cents-a-Meal Special Offering for this month – to be used to (1) defray FPC’s costs in hosting the Casserole Kitchen Mission on Tuesday and Thursday nights AND (2) support for FPC’s other benevolence missions.


We welcome Jessica Banks today as our guest musician.  Jessica is an instructor of flute in the Department of Music at MSU.


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.



Caleb and Betsy Luke are expecting the birth of their second child: a little brother for Wade, due to be born in August. Please Join us TODAY during our Fellowship Gathering (10:30-10:50 a.m.)  for our Diapers & Wipes Shower for the Luke family.


Ushers and Greeters Needed!

Please Choose Your Dates and Volunteer to Serve the Lord

on One or More Sundays.

Our current schedule for Ushers and Greeters Concludes this month.  Please access our “Signup Genius” webpage to sign up for Sundays through the end of the year or call Rita at the church office 662-323-1994 or contact Vivian Cade at .

Sign up for the 8:30 Service: tinyurl.com/FPC8-30Ushers-Greeters-Aug-Dec

Sign up for the 10:00 a.m. Service in July or the 11:00 a.m. Service Aug.-December:        tinyurl.com/FPC11amUshers-Greeters-Jul-Dec



BEGINNING NEXT SUNDAY:  Unified Worship 10:00 a.m. Service

for our July Sundays.

We will have a single, unified Lord’s Day Worship Service beginning at 10:00 am each of the five Sundays of July (1, 8, 15, 22 and 29).  In addition, our Children’s and Youth Sunday School will NOT meet during July – to provide a “sabbatical” to our small number of volunteers for Children’s and Youth Sunday School; however, we will provide childcare during the 10:00 am services in July.  

Then, on Sunday, August 5, we will return to our regular Sunday morning schedule of two services at 8:30 and 11:00 am, and our full Sunday School schedule will be back at 9:45-10:30 on Sunday mornings.


IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER to teach Children’s or Youth Sunday School – this coming fall semester OR during this or next summer – please contact Ashleigh Murdock.


Meals for Joel and Laura Downey

Please join the Women’s Ministry in providing meals for Joel and Laura Downey on the birth on their daughter, Esther.  Follow the directions below to choose a date to bring a meal.      Website: takethemameal.com  Last Name: Downey  Password: Downey


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

June 26 – For the Glory of God by Sonny and Patsy Stuart in Celebration of their grandson, Thomas Ethridge Stuart's, first birthday

If you would like to sponsor a Tejeras Meal in 2018, please send a check for $80 made out to Honduras Agape Foundation to Michele Rackley, PO Box 826, Starkville, MS 39760, or in the church office, or you may place your check in the Offering.


Week of June 24, 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:           6:00 p.m.             Adult 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.)




June 26 – Rex Buffington  June 28 – Richard and Jennifer Blackbourn


Prayer List

Carol & Joe Mobley

John Michael & Avent VanHorn and Nicholas

Shirley Randle

Laurin Scales

Jay, Gary and Janet Bardwell

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

Billy and Brenda Harrington

Jack Burton

Pat Cardwell (Emily Daniels’ grandmother) - Sylacauga, AL

Hawkins Murdock

Thomas Guest (grandson of Charlie & Rubye Guest)

Lauren Cooper (granddaughter of Wallace & Gloria Cade)

Carol Clark (Albert Clark’s sister)

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

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)

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

Dawn Allen (Nell Hartness’ granddaughter) - Starkville

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

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

Danny Carlisle (Loren Zimmerman’s friend)

Frances Ellis and Brett Horton (Ellen Mauldin’s sister 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



Pastoral note of Appreciation and Update from Pastor Lifer - Carol Mobley is home!

Thank you for your prayers and thanks to those who provided meals for Joe.  No further meals are needed at this point, but we ask for your continued prayers for Joe and Carol.  Also please pray for their daughter, Karen, who is helping them.


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 August 19, 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


VIPs (Adults 60+)  Summer Fun Fellowship!!

Lunch at the Veranda followed by ice cream at MAFES

THIS Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 11 am;  Meet at the church at 10:45 to ride together.

Please RSVP to church office 662-323-1994 or by email


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)


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.


FPC and FPCCC Ministry Team

Rev. Dr. Martin Lifer, Pastor                                          

Rita Usher, Pastoral Secretary                                        

Ben Jackson, Assistant Minister for FPC’s CCO University Ministry Outreach

Dr. Craig Aarhus, Music Director                                    

Ashleigh Murdock, Children’s Ministry Coordinator  

Jennifer Blackbourn, Organist                      

Kathy McGill, Children’s Choir Director            

Kirk Kinard, Youth Ministry                                                  

Ellen Mauldin, Church Librarian                                      

Amanda Corley, Child Care Director              



Visit Our Website for Ministry Resources and News: www.fpcstarkville.org


Church Office – 307 University Drive, Starkville, Mississippi 39759

Phone | 662-323-1994, Fax | 662-323-1999

Office Hours – Mon. - Friday: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. & 1:00-4:30 p.m.