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March 11, 2018 Bulletin

03.09.18 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

March 11, 2018 Bulletin

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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.



On April 1, Resurrection Sunday, we will have classic Easter Services in the Sanctuary at 8:30 & 11 a.m.

We will also host our Easter Sunrise Service & Fellowship Breakfast – either at Robinson Lake or* in the FPC Sanctuary.

*The location of the Sunrise Service is TBD – depending on the weather. Please stay posted through the church email notices, or through the Church Office before Good Friday afternoon.

See the Bulletin Insert for Our Complete HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE



Make Your Reservations for Friends & Family Fellowship Dinner

Wednesday, 5:15-5:45 p.m. This Wednesday’s Dinner: Fried Catfish, French Fries, Hushpuppies, Cole Slaw, Caramel Cake. Adults may also choose a Chef Salad, … or, as always, children may have pizza – just let us know.  Please complete your reservation card and place it in the Offering today, or call or send an email to the Church Office.


This “spring break week,” our Children’s and Youth groups will not meet. However, join the following Adult Studies Wednesday Night (5:50 -7 p.m.):

Men's Bible Study (Johnson Room). A Life Beyond Amazing,

HOW TO BE FAITHFUL,TECH-Wise Christians and Families:

Dr. Lifer leads this small group study in the Chapel.

ALSO, Join our Chancel Choir practicing for Holy Week, Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m.


Enjoy Friendship-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 Pastor Martin Lifer (in the Chapel, behind the Sanctuary Chancel)

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

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

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


Further Opportunities to Glorify God through His Mission:

Spring Clean-Up Day - Saturday, March 24! 7:30 am -10:30 am

Calling all Church Volunteers (and young helpers) to assist in spring cleaning of our beautiful church campus on Saturday, March 24!

Coffee and biscuits will be available for breakfast beginning at 7:15 am.  If available, bring wheel barrows, rakes, trimmers, mulch forks and other outdoor tools or just bring yourself!  We will be joined by several members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity so let's be sure to thank them for their volunteer service.

For more information or questions, please contact the following:

        Outdoors – Jeff Foster or Myles Carpenter

        Children’s Education Building – Ashleigh Murdock, to begin at 9 a.m.

        Kitchen – Peggy Branch, to begin at 9 a.m.


Ushers and Greeters Needed

Please access our “Signup Genius” webpage to sign up for any Sundays from now through June, or you may call Rita at the church office or contact Vivian Cade at  to sign up.

8:30 Service: https://tinyurl.com/8-30amService     11:00 Service: https://tinyurl.com/11amService


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.


Week of March 11, 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:          5:15 p.m.            Friends & Family Meal

                                5:50 p.m             Children’s Choir, SOS, Youth Discipleship

                                6:00 p.m.           Adult 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.)


Prayer List

Laurin Scales

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

Thomas Guest (Charlie and Rubye Guest’s grandson)

Gary and Janet Bardwell

Jay Bardwell

Diane Daniels, together with her sister, Delores Irvin, and Sarah Helen McCloskey  

(Daniels’ family friend) -PA

Jane Zitta

Sylvia Love and her mother

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)

Dawn Allen (Nell Hartness’ granddaughter) - Starkville

Billy and Brenda Harrington

Carol Clark (Albert Clark’s sister)

Brenda Pratt, Cheryl Kay Linder (Beth Ann Dunlap’s stepmother & sister)

Bessie Montgomery

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

Cattie Taylor – Beehive, Starkville

Thelma Gentry – Vicker’s Personal Care Home

Louise Haddiagan – The Claiborne

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


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 March 25, 12:30 p.m.


Deacons Serving on Our Diaconate


Jay Cook

John Rush


Peggy Branch

Vivian Cade

Joel Downey

Jimbo Hearnsberger

Jason Ryder


Tabor Mullen

Kristen Skinner

Johnny Fair

Jeremy Murdock


FPC Women’s Ministry Caitlin Rackley, Moderator

Circles meet 2nd week of each month (7:00 pm Circle meets 3rd Monday)

Come join a circle, make new friends and study God's word together.
Circles, Meeting Places, and Leaders this month

March 11th - Sunday Morning Circle - 8am - Church Parlor - Leader Lynda Forbus

March 12th - Monday Afternoon Circle - 1:30pm - Church Parlor - Leader Kay McReynolds

March 19th - Monday Evening Circle - 7:00pm - Leader Amy Aarhus,

       Meeting at Amy's home at 108 Hiwassee Dr. 

March 20th - Tuesday Evening Circle - 6:00pm - Leader Orly Hardin,

       Meeting at Vivian Cade's at 104 Walden Way.


The FPC Women’s Ministries will again be offering a scholarship to a deserving student of our church this spring.  Applications are available in the church office, and are due in the office by Friday, April 15, at noon.  If you have questions about the PW scholarship, please contact Jane Vemer at 662-324-8316 ( ) or another member of the Coordinating Team.


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.



Mar 13 – Caitlin Rackley                    Mar 15 – Bob Boyd


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, Youth Ministry                     

Ellen Mauldin, Church Librarian                                      

Amanda Corley, Child Care Director