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
Having trouble hearing the sermon? We have portable units that are connected to our sound system. Please see an usher about getting one of these devices for use during the service.
The Sanctuary Flowers are given to the Glory of God by Martha Wade and in loving memory of her husband and her son, Clyde and Pat Wade.
The rose and cradle cross are placed today in thanksgiving for the birth on Monday, April 2, 2018, of Henry Lawrence Harrington to Zack and Hunter Harrington.
Please also join in our continued sympathies to, and our prayers on behalf of:
– The family of FPC member Jane Scott, following Jane’s death on March 31, 2018.
– Richard and Bettye Forbes, following the death of Richard’s brother, James R. Forbes.
Make Your Reservations for Friends & Family Fellowship Dinner
Wednesday, 5:15-5:45 p.m. This Wednesday’s Dinner: Chicken Enchiladas, Green Salad, Butter Beans, Bread, Chocolate Cake. There is NO Chef Salad option for the month of April. 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.
Adult Studies Wednesday Night (5:50 -7 p.m.):
Men's Bible Study (Johnson Room) A Life Beyond Amazing
Women’s Bible Study, led by Nancy Lifer (in the Parlor)
FirstConnect 201 Learning Opportunity led by Pastor Lifer with special guest and featured speaker this week:
Dr. Garth Gilmore of Christ Church, Jerusalem
(Meet in the Chapel, beginning 5:55 p.m.)
ALSO, Join our Chancel Choir, Wednesday, 6 p.m. Rehearsal
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 ( ).
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 to help us know you are with us (and to follow up on ministry connections or prayer requests you may have by as well).
We also welcome today to FPC Dr. Garth Gilmore.
Dr. Gilmore is a archaeologist (Ancient Near Eastern/ “Biblical” Archeology) who earned a Masters Degree at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his doctorate at Oxford University. He has excavated at a number of sites in Cyprus and Israel – including the ancient Philistine city of Ashkelon, as well as the historic “City of David” area of Jerusalem.
Garth now lives and works in Jerusalem. He serves with Christ Church (Anglican), the oldest Protestant Church in the Old City of Jerusalem, and, specifically, is the Executive Director of CMJ.
CMJ has been in Israel since the 1830s serving a three-fold purpose:
- To inform the Gentile Church of the Jewish roots of our Christian faith;
- To serve and honor the Jewish people by being a presence in the Land; and
- To seek the spiritual restoration of the Jewish people.
Come hear Garth this Wednesday night at FirstConnect 201 and learn more about (a) a few highlights of his archeological work, and – especially – (b) about the current ministry of CMJ and of Christ Church in Jerusalem. We meet in the Chapel at 5:55 p.m.
Deadline in 1 week for scholarship applications!
The FPC Women’s Ministries is again offering scholarships to a deserving student (male or female) from our congregation this spring. Applications are available in the church office, and are due in the office by NEXT Monday, April 16, at noon. If you have questions about the Women’s Ministry Award Scholarship, please contact Jane Vemer at 662-324-8316 ( ) or another member of the Women’s Ministry Coordinating Team.
Week of April 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: 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.)
Jay, Gary and Janet Bardwell
Thomas Guest (Charlie and Rubye Guest’s grandson)
Cynthia Ware, together with her parents, Donna and Herman Ware
Diane Daniels, together with her sister, Delores Irvin, and Sarah Helen McCloskey
(Daniels’ 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)
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)
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)
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
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
Elder Emeritus – Dero Ramsey
Dr. Martin Lifer, Moderator / Randell Foxworth, Clerk
The Session’s next Stated Meeting is April 22, 12:30 p.m.
Deacons Serving on Our Diaconate
FPC Women’s Ministry – Caitlin Rackley, Moderator
Circles, Meeting Places, and Leaders
Tuesday, April 10, 6 pm, Location Parlor – Chairman Orly Hardin
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
Please join the Women’s Ministry in providing meals for Zack and Hunter Harrington on the birth on their son, Henry. Go to the link below to choose a date to bring a meal.
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.
CASSEROLE KITCHEN MISSION MEAL HOSTS AT FPC THIS WEEK
Apr 10 – Caitlin Rackley Apr 12 – Ross Collins
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