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November 26, 2017 Bulletin

11.22.17 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

November 26, 2017 Bulletin

    Service For the Lord’s Day

    First Presbyterian Church
    Starkville, Mississippi

    Christ the King Sunday
    November 26, 2017

    Prelude Crown Him with Many Crowns DIADEMATA
    ​ Jennifer Blackbourn, organ

    Welcome; FPC Ministry Updates​ Martin Lifer

    *Introit (11:00 – Chancel Choir, Craig Aarhus directing)

    *Call to Worship
    Sharing the Call of God’s Word: from Philippians 2:5-11
    Pastor: Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
    Who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a
    thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself –
    taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being
    found in human form, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the
    point of death, even death on a cross.
    ​ALL: Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the
    name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus
    every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of
    God the Father.

    Prayers of Invocation and Praise

    *Hymn of Praise 311 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name DIADEM

    Prayers of Confession and Petition
    (Unison Prayer) Holy Father, we have failed to put Christ our King first with our time, thoughts, words, and actions. Have mercy on us. Lord Jesus, by your Spirit, lead us into true repentant faith. Let us know the blessings of making faithful promises to You for the year ahead, and sanctify us to receive from your Table today as those who will soon share with You in Heaven.

    Silent Prayers
    Good News of God’s Grace
    * Responsive Hymn 668 - The Doxology

    *Giving to God: Tithes, Offerings, and First Things First Pledges
    *Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication

    Offertory Anthem (11:00 – Chancel Choir)
    Open My Eyes, Spirit Divine

    Prayer with Young Disciples ​Ashleigh Murdock (11:00)

    *Affirming Our Faith from The (Westminster) Shorter Catechism Q. 26

    Pastor: How is Christ a king?
    ALL: As a king, Christ brings us under his power,
    rules and defends us, and
    restrains and conquers all his and our enemies.

    *Hymn 670 The Gloria Patri
    *The congregation is invited to stand.

    Deacon of the Week: Wesley Ferguson
    Today’s Ushers: (8:30) – Jeff Foster; (11:00) – Johnny Fair and Wallace Cade
    Today’s Greeters: (8:30) – Barb Foster & Carolyn Coleman; (11:00) – Gloria Cade

    The Proclamation of God’s Word

    Scripture ​ ​ Revelation 19:11-16; 1:4-7; [5:9-10]
    (ESV Pew Bible pp. 1040, 1028; [1031])

    Sermon King of Kings Martin Lifer

    The Covenant Seal of God’s Word:
    The Sacrament of Holy Communion

    Invitation to the Lord’s Table for Baptized Believers

    The Lord’s Words of Institution

    Prayer of Thanksgiving and Consecration
    ​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.

    Sharing the Bread and then the Cup

    Prayer of Dedication - for Recipients as Christ’s Witnesses

    *+Closing Hymn 578 Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart MARION


    Choral Response God Be With You Until We Meet Again

    Postlude The King is Coming arr. Bock
    ​ Jennifer Blackbourn, piano
    *The congregation is invited to stand.

    +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.

    The Sanctuary Flowers are given to the Glory of God and in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Wade for their 45th Wedding Anniversary by their children and grandchildren - Rebecca, Simon, and Davis Banzhaf, and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd (Buck) Wade, III and Mary Lindsey Wade

    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.

    NEXT SUNDAY, December 3 (1st Sunday of Advent), join us for our
    ONE, UNIFIED 11 a.m. Christmas Missions Blessings Service
    Featuring the FPC Chancel Choir singing
    Were You There on That Christmas Night?
    A Christmas musical by Lloyd Larson

    Please see bulletin insert for our further
    FPC Advent & Christmas Calendar and a Poinsettia Order form.


    HELP Decorate FPC for Advent and Christmas – TOMORROW MORNING! Join us at 8:30 am tomorrow (Monday), to help us get the church ready for the wonderful Advent & Christmas season!

    Parade Float Build TODAY – Volunteers needed!
    Today (Sunday), 3:00 pm (Note time change)
    Meet in west parking lot, covered drop-off.

    Then join us for the Starkville Christmas Parade
    Tomorrow, November 27, 6 pm (“A Charlie Brown Christmas”)

    Church Family Advent Night
    NEXT SUNDAY December 3, 5 pm, Fellowship Hall.
    Families with children, come join us for some fun and Christmas crafts for children.


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

    Help us Ring the Red Kettle Christmas Bell to Raise Funds for the Salvation Army Mission Campaign!
    “Ring the Bell” outside the Starkville Kroger main entrance on Saturday, December 23 (9am to noon, 2-7 pm). Please – individually or with family members or friends – sign up for one-hour slots on the sheets posted on the chalkboard in the Fellowship Hall.

    MSSAS Prison Book Drive
    Do you have books you would like to donate? Bring them to the church office to put in the donation box.
    Book drive ends this Tuesday, November 28.

    TEJERAS MEAL SPONSORS (Mission meal for children in Tejeras, Honduras)
    November 29 – Friend-Supporter of Mission Outreach in Honduras
    December 1 – In Honor of the Joy class by Dero and Adelaide Ramsey

    Nov 28 – Rex Buffington​​Nov. 30 – Loren Zimmerman

    FPC’s Mission for Local Congregations’ Right to Be Faithful in Mississippi:

    Hearing Before the MS Supreme Court on December 13: Earlier this fall, the Mississippi Supreme Court (MSC) granted the request by attorneys representing FPC Starkville for oral arguments in the MSC’s review of the case of Presbytery of St. Andrew v. FPC Starkville and of the Chancery Court decisions in favor of FPC — scheduling to hear oral arguments on Wednesday, December 13, at 10:30 a.m. Remember to mark your calendar, pray for God’s continued wisdom, help, and grace in this process of faithful stewardship, and — if you can — join elders, deacons, and other members to attend the hearing at the MSC. [The hearing will be in the MSC Chambers on the second floor of the Gartin Justice Building, 450 High St., Jackson.]

    Week of November 26, 2017
    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:​7:30 a.m.​No Friends & Family until Jan 17, 2018
    THURSDAY:​6:00 p.m.​Casserole Kitchen (Fellowship Hall)
    SATURDAY: 6:00 p.m.​Narcotics Anonymous (Christian Education Bldg.)

    Prayer List
    Mary Jo Wallace and Family
    Rusty Bouchillon
    Diane Daniels, together with her sister, Delores Irvin, and Sarah Helen McCloskey
    (Daniels’ family friend) – Pennsylvania
    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

    Larry Anthony
    Jim Beaty
    Charlie Guest
    Loren Zimmerman
    Myles Carpenter
    Jack Forbus
    Randell Foxworth
    Allen Johnson
    Janice Kinard
    Perry Rackley
    Dolph Bryan
    Harold Clark
    Cecelia Cook
    Bob Daniels
    Orly Hardin
    Edward Kemp
    Elder Emeritus – Dero Ramsey

    The Session’s next Stated Meeting is December 17, 12:30 p.m. / Dr. Martin Lifer, Moderator / Randell Foxworth, Clerk

    Wesley Ferguson
    Brien Henry

    Ellen Boles
    Jay Cook
    Michelle Jones
    John Rush
    Peggy Branch
    Vivian Cade
    Joel Downey
    Jimbo Hearnsberger
    Jason Ryder
    The Diaconate meets Sunday, Dec 10, 12:15 p.m. / Wesley Ferguson, Chair / Joel Downey, Secretary
    Session and Diaconate Ministry Committees
    (*Current Elder, **Current Deacon)
    Worship & Music
    *Larry Anthony, Chair

    Fellowship & Hospitality
    **Jay Cook, **Joel Downey,
    **Jason Ryder, Co-Chairs

    Adult Discipleship Education
    *Allen Johnson, Chair

    *Dolph Bryan, *Loren
    Zimmerman, Co-Chairs
    *Janice Kinard
    Communications & Outreach
    *Orly Hardin, Nancy Lifer,
    Childcare Board of Directors
    Zack Harrington (Chairman)
    Cecelia Cook
    Amanda Henry
    Will Rackley
    Sarah Ryder
    Children’s &
    Youth Ministry
    *Janice Kinard,
    *Orly Hardin, Co-Chairs

    Budget & Finance
    *Bob Daniels, Chair
    *Jim Beaty, Treasurer

    *Perry Rackley, Chair

    *Myles Carpenter,
    *Edward Kemp Co-Chairs

    FPC Women’s Ministry – Caitlin Rackley, Moderator
    Circles meet 2nd week of each month (7:00 pm Circle meets 3rd Monday)
    Circles, Meeting Places, and Leaders

    Sunday 8:00 am, Parlor –
    Lynda Forbus

    Tuesday 6:00 pm, location TBA –
    Orly Hardin
    Monday 1:30 pm, Parlor–
    Kay McReynolds

    Monday 7:00 pm, location TBA –
    Amy Aarhus
    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
    Ashleigh Murdock, Children’s Ministry Coordinator
    Dr. Craig Aarhus, Music Director
    Jennifer Blackbourn, Organist ​
    Kathy McGill, Children’s Choir Director
    Alexis Thibodeaux, Student Assistant for Youth Ministry ​
    Ellen Mauldin, Church Librarian ​
    Amanda Corley, Child Care Director ​


    A Congregation in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church –
    A Global Movement of Evangelical Christians

    November 26, 2017
    Christ the King Sunday

    Worship Service | 8:30 a.m.

    Sunday School | 9:45 a.m.

    Fellowship Gathering | 10:30 a.m.

    Worship Service | 11:00 a.m.

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    Starkville, Mississippi 39759
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