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July 8, 2018 Bulletin

07.06.18 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

July 8, 2018 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 using one of these devices during the service.


Deacon of the Month: Kristen Skinner

Today’s Ushers: Derick and Pam Metts

Today’s Greeters: Janice Kinard and Jane Bobbitt


Ushers and Greeters Needed! Please Choose Your Dates and Volunteer to Serve the Lord on One or More Sundays. 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


The Sanctuary Flowers are given by members of the congregation to the Glory of God in honor of Randell and Jean Ann Foxworth.



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 university students …  and

FPC Members (if you need to update your information or let us know of Prayer Requests or Ministry Questions):  Please complete a FIRSTConnect Card and place it in the Offering or in one of our FIRSTConnect Boxes inside the entranceways.


Appreciation from Joe and Carol Mobley

There aren’t enough words for us to express our appreciation to our FPC family for the cards, visits, food, and especially prayers during this ordeal.  We are slowly improving and started therapy July 2 at the Wellness Center to try to get our stamina and strength back.  We especially want to thank Rita for all the organization and thank Martin for his prayers and visits.  We are looking forward to the time when we can again be active participants in FPC.                                

Love in Christ,

Carol and Joe Mobley


Notice to FPC Members Regarding Congregational and Corporate Meetings on Sunday, July 22:

(1) All members are asked to attend – and all visitors are invited to --

FPC’s Annual Congregational Meeting at the close of the 10:00 a.m. Service.

On July 22, in our 10:00 a.m. Worship Service and then at our Annual Congregational Meeting – hear updates on

Reports and Action Items before the Annual Meeting include:

- a Report on the 2018 Budget and on Your Giving & Ministry Finances to date in 2018;

- Other Ministry Planning Updates; and

- The Election of two At-Large congregational members to the 2018-2019 Congregational Nominating Committee.

(2) Then following the Annual Congregational Meetingthere will also be on Sunday morning, July 22, a

Special Meeting of the Members of First Presbyterian Church Starkville, Inc.

[All active, voting members of the congregation are members of the corporation].

The purpose of this Special Meeting of the Members of FPC, Inc., is to review and act upon the Board of Directors’ recommendation to adopt proposed corporate Bylaws.

[All members are receiving by email or by postal mail a copy of the proposed Bylaws.]



As we continue thanking God for Winn Fandel’s birth, please consider helping our FPC Women’s Ministry in providing meals for the Fandel family

in these next 2-3 weeks following the birth on their son Winn. 

Follow the directions below to choose a date to bring a meal. 

Website: takethemameal.com       

Last Name: Fandel     Password: Fandel



Will and Caitlin Rackley are expecting the birth of their second child:  Please bring Diapers and/or Wipes to the Church Office during office hours on weekdays or to the Diapers & Wipes Tub in the Fellowship Hall one of the upcoming Sundays of this month.

Then join us Sunday, August 4, during our Fellowship Gathering (10:30-10:50 a.m.)  for our Diapers & Wipes Shower for the Rackley family.


Week of July 8, 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.)




July 10 – Rebecca Banzhaf              July 12 – Ross Collins


Prayer List

Jay, Gary and Janet Bardwell

Fancy George

Thomas Guest (grandson of Charlie & Rubye Guest)

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

Glen and Karen Sisk (Joe and Carol Mobley’s daughter and son-in-law)

Carol & Joe Mobley

Nancy Lifer

Hawkins Murdock

Billy and Brenda Harrington

Marjorie Malone

John Michael & Avent VanHorn and Nicholas

Shirley Randle

Laurin Scales

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

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

Louise Haddigan – The Claiborne

Cattie Taylor – Beehive, Starkville

Thelma Gentry – Vicker’s Personal Care Home

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


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


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

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