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April 29, 2018 Bulletin

04.26.18 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

April 29, 2018 Bulletin

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+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.


Deacon of the Month: Jay Cook

Today’s Ushers: 8:30 –Bill Crumpton; 11:00 – Jack Atkins, Loren Zimmerman

Today’s Greeters: 8:30 – Carolyn Coleman; 11:00 – Jim and Gail Long


The Sanctuary Flowers are given to the Glory of God in honor of Kirk Randall Kinard’s graduation from Bagley College of Engineering, Mississippi State University. We appreciate the prayers and Christian foundation of FPC’s family throughout his life.  Praise be to the Lord, Jesus Christ, Mr. and Mrs. Elvis Kinard  



FPC members, if you are not already part of a one of our five Ministry Teams (through participating in a ministry group or committee connected with one of our five teams) – It’s time to get with your team! Please speak with the officer(s) listed for the team to which God may be calling you,… or speak with Pastor Lifer or our Church Office with initial questions. Also, feel free to speak directly with Craig Aarhus about Choir & Music or with Ashleigh Murdock about Children’s Ministry.

Know the blessing of serving in Christ’s mission through FPC’s ministries!  

EDUCATION MINISTRY TEAM (Allen Johnson; Peggy Johnson)

OUTREACH MISSION TEAM (Jack Forbus; Joel Downey; Tabor Mullen)


WORSHIP MINISTRY TEAM (Cecelia Cook; Vivian Cade – Ushers & Greeters)

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM (Bob Daniels; Edward Kemp)


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



Please help us provide Diapers & Wipes for FPC members, Drs. Peyton and Catherine Fandel, who are expecting the birth of their first child this summer. Bring diapers and/or diaper-wipe packs (a) to the Church Office during Office Hours this week or (b) to the Diapers & Wipes Tub in the Fellowship Hall next Sunday by 10:35 a.m., Then, please plan to join us NEXT Sunday, May 6, during our Fellowship Gathering (10:30-10:50 a.m.) in Fellowship Hall for our Diapers & Wipes Shower for the Fandels.


Help Celebrate the 100th Birthday of Longtime FPC Member Boswell Kennard - Next Sunday as Well!

Boswell Kennard’s family invites you, his church family, to join them in celebrating his 100th Birthday!

Sunday, May 6th at 2:00p.m.,

Oktoc Community Center

NO gifts, but cards are welcome! Cards may also be sent to his home:

693 Kennard Road, Starkville, MS 39759


Pictorial Directory Photographs are here!

The photos from BOTH photography sessions have arrived.  Please come by the church office during the week, to get your photos. Peggy Branch will also have the photos available TODAY in the Fellowship Hall after the 8:30 service or during the Fellowship Gathering, 10:30-10:50 a.m.


Week of April 29, 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.)



Cradle Crosses Needed for Babies on the Way!! 

Any Craftsmen out there?

To commemorate births in our church family, we have been ordering wooden cradle crosses from a company that has recently closed.  We are looking for a new supplier for these beautiful crosses.  Is there a member of our church who enjoys wood-working who would like to produce these for us?  Please let Pastor Lifer know, or call the church office.


Prayer List

Cissy Knoll Thomas (Libby Gill’s mother) Stuttgart, AR

Nancy Lifer

Albert Clark and Carol Clark (Albert Clark’s sister)

Dolph Bryan

Chloe Hardin

Hawkins Murdock

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

(Daniels’ family friend) -PA

Jay, Gary and Janet Bardwell

Thomas Guest (Charlie and Rubye Guest’s grandson)

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

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

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

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)



Additional Prayer List for Health Care / Assisted Living

Cattie Taylor – Beehive, Starkville

Thelma Gentry – Vicker’s Personal Care Home

Louise Haddiagan – The Claiborne

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 June 10, 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)

Second Sunday, 8am, Parlor – Chairman Lynda Forbus

Second Monday, 1:30 pm, Parlor – Chairman Kay McReynolds

Second Tuesday, 6 pm, Location Parlor – Chairman Orly Hardin

Third Monday, 7 pm, Location TBA – Chairman 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.



May 1 – Loren Zimmerman              May 3 – Billy Harrington

We would like to thank Rebecca Banzhaf for accepting the position as Casserole Kitchen host for the SECOND TUESDAY of each month.

If you are interested in volunteering with Casserole Kitchen, please speak to Loren Zimmerman today, or contact him by email –


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