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February 18, 2018 Bulletin

02.16.18 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

February 18, 2018 Bulletin

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Deacon of the Month: Jason Ryder

Today’s Ushers: 8:30 Gary Bardwell; 11:00 – Lee Weiskopf

Today’s Greeters: 8:30 – Carolyn Coleman; 11:00 – Amy Weiskopf


The Sanctuary Flowers are given to the Glory of God by members of the congregation.



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.

We also invite you to be guests of Pastor and Nancy Lifer, together with other FPC members, for our

FIRST CONNECT Lunch & Learn Fellowship on Sunday, March 4, 12:10-1:15, p.m.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about being part of our church family and ministries. (We can provide childcare and lunch food for younger children whose parents will be with us. Please simply let Pastor, Nancy, or the Church Office know you are coming.)



Fresh Flowers for the Sanctuary. If you would like to provide flowers for a Lord’s Day worship services, please call Rita Usher in the church office for details and/or to reserve a date.  You may provide one or two arrangements or contribute smaller amounts to a flower fund.

Ushers and Greeters Needed

We had a great response to the First Serve cards for ushers and greeters, but we wanted to give everyone the chance to be a part of this important service to our church.  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



February 25

Join leaders from the Central South Presbytery celebrating FPC’s Becoming a Full, Voting Congregation in the EPC:

10:00 a.m. – We will have a Single, Unified Worship Service;

followed by a Church-wide Fellowship Lunch

All members and others worshiping with us (visitors and other guests) are invited.

Also, on EPC Reception Sunday, February 25th, we will have Ministry Team booths set up in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 9:00 a.m. (before the worship service on that celebration Sunday at 10:00 a.m.). Please come by and meet the Ministry Team coordinators and find out more about each ministry area. We are so excited to see how God will use each of us in the LIFE of FPC!

Excitedly in God’s Good News for FPC,

Your FPC Session and Diaconate



Please join us on March 4, during our Fellowship Gathering (10:30-10:50 a.m.) in Fellowship Hall for our Diapers & Wipes Shower for Zack and Hunter Harrington, and their coming baby boy, Henry Lawrence Harrington, due this spring.


Friends & Family Fellowship Dinner 5:15-5:45 p.m.

This Wednesday’s Dinner: Pot Roast, Rice and Gravy, Lima Beans, Rolls, Strawberry 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.

Children’s, SOS & Youth Ministries (5:50 -7 p.m.)

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 (5:50-7 p.m.).

Women’s Bible Study, led by Orly Hardin (in the Parlor) - We Saved You a Seat, 

…ALSO, our Chancel Choir will resume practice on Wednesday at 6-7 p.m.


Winter Jam for Kids and Youth

Calling all 3rd-6th graders and Youth!! The Winter Jam 2018 Christian concert is February 22nd at 7 pm. Don't miss this amazing night of worship! Let Ashleigh Murdock know if you will attend.



Feb 20 – Paula Ivey                           

Feb 22 – Richard and Jennifer Blackbourn


Week of February 18, 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

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

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

Cattie Taylor

Carol Clark (Albert Clark’s sister)

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

Bessie Montgomery

Mae Glass (Vivien Miller’s mother)

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

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


New Church Pictorial Directory! A professional photographer will begin taking family portraits for the directory on March 1-3 at our church. You can sign up online by using the link below. If you do not have access to a computer you can call the church office to make this appointment at your convenience. Please click the following link to make an appointment: https://tinyurl.com/FPCpictures

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.


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

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, 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 TBA – 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.


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, Student Assistant for Youth Ministry    


Ellen Mauldin, Church Librarian    

Amanda Corley, Child Care Director