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December 31, 2017 Bulletin

12.29.17 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

December 31, 2017 Bulletin

Please click "Notes" above to see full bulletin including order of service. 

Pastor Lifer welcomes Clay Warden to preach God’s Word for us this morning, and we are blessed to welcome home to FPC the Warden family! Clay will begin next month his final full semester of study at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis for his Master of Divinity degree.


+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.


Visiting with Us?

We warmly welcome you to our worship of God.  We hope you can visit our other ministries and be back in worship with us on upcoming Sundays.  Please speak to Pastor Martin Lifer following today’s service (outside the front entrance), … or contact him at the church office or via email ( ). Let us know of any special prayer requests, and learn more about growing in your faith or, specifically, about joining our church family.



We thank all church family members and other regular participants and faithful partner-stewards for serving the Lord in his mission through FPC in 2017. What a fruitful year in the Lord’s ministry at FPC Starkville. We also especially welcome all of our new members who have joined FPC in 2017, as well as the babies God brought into our church family this year. Now we look ahead together to an exciting year of continuing and new ministries, outreach, and friendships.


Special thanks, as well, to Rita Usher, Beckie Miller, and all who have helped in our church office this year, most notably and recently in the very busy month of December. The church office will be closed tomorrow and Tuesday, January 1 and 2, and will be open regular hours Wednesday – Friday, January 3-5.


Enjoy Friend-making Fellowship & Bible Study

Each Sunday Morning!

Guests and members – If you are not already in a Sunday Bible Study & Fellowship Group – join us for one of the following:

Adult Sunday School Fellowship Groups, 9:45-10:30 a.m.

Crusader Class - (led by Jack Forbus, Ernie George, and other teachers – in the Fellowship Hall)

Discovery & Young Adult Joint Class - (led by Bob Daniels - in the Johnson Room of the Church Office Bldg.)

Faith for Life - (led by Martin Lifer and others – in the Chapel , behind the Sanctuary Chancelfor members and guests not already in another class.

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

New Covenant Class - (led by Jim Beatyin the Main Room behind Sanctuary Balcony)

Women in the Word - (led by Nancy Lifer – in Room S-6, main Sanctuary Floor)



Tired of Chasing Perfection?

Turn to Jesus! We Saved You a Seat.

An Invitation for Women: Join us beginning January 2018, on Wednesday nights after Friends and Family dinner in the Parlor for a 7-session DVD driven women’s Bible study focused on increasing our capacity for meaningful friendships with other women. We Saved You a Seat is a study by Lisa-Jo Baker and friends from (in)courage, that explores our relationship with Jesus as the ultimate model for authentic friendship. Nothing shapes us like the impact of a friend - it's how Jesus radically and intimately connects with us. So instead of chasing perfection, overcome your fear of being known and find the courage to connect. To sign up and order a workbook, please contact Orly Hardin 



FUTHER MISSION Opportunities:

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

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.

January 3 – Friend-Supporter of Mission Outreach in Honduras



Dec 2 – Loren Zimmerman         Dec 28 – Billy Harrington


Week of December 31, 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:     12:00 pm        Casserole Kitchen (Episcopal Church)

                        6:00 p.m.       Narcotics Anonymous (Education Bldg.)


Prayer List

Robert McDavid

Thomas Guest (Charlie and Rubye Guest’s grandson)

Mary Jo Wallace and Family

Rusty Bouchillon

Rev. Scott Griffin’s father, Rev. Griffin

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