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July 28, 2019 Bulletin

07.25.19 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

July 28, 2019 Bulletin

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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 these devices!

Deacon of the Month: Peggy Branch

Today’s Ushers:  Larry Branch, Bob Boyd

Today’s Greeters: Jane Bobbitt, Priscilla Boyd


Beginning NEXT Sunday, August 4, we will return to our Regular Sunday Morning Schedule

Worship Service | 8:30 a.m.

Sunday School | 9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

(Please see the Bulletin Insert for available Sunday School classes.)

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

Worship Service | 11:00 a.m.


+The invitation to the Lord’s Table today is open to all baptized and affirming Christian disciples who: (a) are active in fellowship with our church or any other church professing personal faith in salvation through Jesus Christ; (b) have previously been approved by a church for the Lord’s Supper; and (c) are spiritually ready to receive Holy Communion.  

Freewill Monthly Offering as Extra Giving Support to FPC’s Local Mission & Benevolence: We invite you to place in one of the baskets at the front of the Chancel – during the closing hymn or following the service – a FPC Local Missions & Benevolence Support Special Offering. This offering is to be given only after disciples first bring their tithe to God and regular offering; it is used to supplement FPC’s local benevolence mission support and mission ministries.

Members of our FPC congregation have given today’s Sanctuary Flowers to the Glory of God and to enhance our worship of God this Lord’s Day.

The rose and cradle cross are placed today in thanksgiving for the birth on Monday, July 15, 2019, of Sadie Grace Massingill to Allen and Alex Massingill. The cradle cross and rose will be given to the family following today’s service, in addition to the “First Bible” that Pastor Lifer gave to Sadie Grace when visiting with and blessing Sadie Grace last week.


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.

If you would like to learn more about growing in faith in Jesus Christ, about church membership and/or about ways you can learn and serve at FPC – then 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 ( ).



Week of July 28, 2019

SUNDAY:             8:30 a.m.     Sunday School

                            9:30 a.m.     Fellowship Gathering (Fellowship Hall)

                          10:00 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 (120 Jackson St.)

TUESDAY:            7:00 a.m.     Men’s Prayer Breakfast (Parlor)

                            5:30 p.m.     Bible Study (Fellowship Hall)

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

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

SATURDAY:         6:00 p.m.     Narcotics Anonymous (120 Jackson St.)



July 30 – Loren Zimmerman            August 1 – Billy Harrington


Prayer List

Charles and Roxene Atkinson

Joe and Carol Mobley

Levette and Peggy Johnson

Marjorie Malone

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

Philip and Darinda Gruchy

Sean and Morgan Clark Schnurr & Family

Charlie Guest

Bruce Leopold; Danielle Gregory (friend of Bruce Leopold)

Paula Elliott

Sylvia Love

Bill Gamel

Ross Collins

Billy and Brenda Harrington

Janet, Gary, and Jay Bardwell

Scott Guest (Charlie and Rubye’s son)

Teresa Miller (Amy Harrison’s mom)

Emily Chancellor (Natalie Morgan’s Niece)  

Carl Ivey, Sr. (Dukedom, Kentucky); Michael Belcher (Friend of the Iveys)

Bob and Dot Forbus, and Raleigh Wood (brother, sister-in-law, and friend of Jack Forbus)

Thomas Guest (grandson of Charlie & Rubye Guest).

Gerlene Lifer

Leslie Drane, Frances Ellis (Ellen Mauldin’s brother and sister)

Bobby Fleming (brother of Gloria Cade)

Diane Daniels, her sister, Delores Irvin, Sarah Helen McCloskey and Craig D. Campbell  (family friends of Bob & Diane Daniels)

John Gassaway and Michael Tubb (Anna Ray Gassaway’s brother-in-law and nephew)

David Henderson, Cheryl Kay Linder (Beth Ann Dunlap’s stepbrother & sister)

Frances Knoll Waltman and Cissy Knoll Thomas (Libby Gill’s sister and mother)

Dylan Walker (Jean Alice McDavid’s great-nephew)


Additional Prayer List for Health Care / Assisted Living

Bessie Montgomery – Montgomery Gardens

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

Mary Jo Wallace – The Blake at Flowood

Carolyn Wofford—Heritage At Irene Wood, Memphis, Tennessee



Dear members and friends of FPC,

On behalf of Nancy and our family, I thank you for your outpouring of love and support —especially for Nancy — this past month. In addition, thanks to those of you who have been interested in a Memorial Gift to support God’s mission. If you wish to make a memorial gift, then you may make it in Memory of Louise to FPC to help FPC Missions: check to FPC, and memo “Haddigan Memorial/Missions.”

Your grateful pastor, Martin Lifer


Members – Submit Your Recommendations for the Nominating Committee’s Consideration for Possible Officer-Nominees

The Nominating Committee has invited each active FPC member to complete a Recommendation for Officer Candidates form. You may recommend active FPC members who are not currently on the Session or Diaconate (or whose terms will expire in January 2019 and who can serve another term or in a new office). As has been the case on previous Sundays:

(1) Please refer to blue folders in vestibules and on tables near Deacon office for the list of current Active members;

(2) Please see the list of current officers [below on this page]; and

(3) If you need a recommendation form, please ask an usher for one.

You should return your recommendation information in the offering THIS MORNING, or email your recommendation to Orly Hardin by TODAY.


FPC Officers

Dr. Martin Lifer, Moderator / Will Martin, Clerk of Session

Elders Emeriti: James (Jim) Long and Dero Ramsey

Elders Serving on Our Session

Class of 2019 

Class of 2020 

Class of 2021 

Dolph Bryan 

Carl Ivey 

Wallace Cade 

Harold Clark 

Jim Beaty 

Jack Forbus 

Cecelia Cook 

Peggy Johnson 

Will Martin 

Bob Daniels 

Jeff Foster 

Cal Rackley 

Orly Hardin 



Edward Kemp 



Deacons Serving on Our Diaconate

Class of 2019 

Class of 2020 

Class of 2021 

Peggy Branch 

Tabor Mullen 

Glenda Clark 

Vivian Cade 

Kristen Skinner 

Jack Cook 

Joel Downey 

Johnny Fair 

Peyton Fandel 

Jason Ryder  

Jeremy Murdock

Robby Holditch  


FPC Starkville (EPC) Women’s Ministry

Janice Kinard, Moderator

Please note these dates:

Women’s Ministry Coordinating Team, Sunday, August 4, noon, Fellowship Hall, lunch provided

Women’s Ministry Annual Luncheon and meeting for all circle members, Saturday, August 10, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Fellowship Hall

Fall Thursday Afternoon Women's Bible StudyOne in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land by Priscilla Shirer

Priscilla's words summarize the focus of the study : "... Promised land living does not mean a life with no problems. It means experiencing God's power and presence in spite of difficulty." This seven-session study will begin on August 29, meeting each Thursday 1:00-2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. To register and order a workbook ($15), please contact Peggy Johnson.

Women’s Retreat - Calling all women of the church!! Mark your calendars for our Women’s Retreat, August 23 and 24. Come fellowship with other women, listen to a speaker preach the Gospel, and grow in faith!  More info to come. Questions? Contact Ashleigh Murdock

HELP US PREPARE FOR NEXT SUNDAY’S DIAPERS & WIPES SHOWER FOR THE SIMMONS FAMILY! Lane and Emily Simmons are expecting the birth of their son and third child, Harrison Lane Simmons, this summer, and our Women’s Ministry and Church Family will host a Diapers & Wipes Shower to be during our Fellowship Gathering Time Next SundayPlease bring gifts of diapers and diaper wipes to the bin in the Fellowship Hall today OR bring your gift to the Church Office during Office Hours.


FPC Starkville (EPC) Men’s Ministry

Will Rackley, President, Charlie Weatherly, Treasurer


Back to School for VIP’s (Senior Adults) and Children!

Game Night for ALL children and youth of the church and the VIP’s, Wednesday Night, August 28th, 5:30-7 p.m. in FPC’s Fellowship Hall. We will have pizza and games, a fun time for inter-generational fellowship!! Please call Amy Aarhus if you have questions.


For the Safety and Security of our Members and Guests, FPC’s main premises are monitored by 24-hour video surveillance.