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February 25, 2018 Bulletin

02.21.18 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

February 25, 2018 Bulletin

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Service For the Lord’s Day

First Presbyterian Church

Starkville, Mississippi

February 25, 2018

Reception Sunday

(on the 2d Sunday in Lent) -

FPC Received into Central South Presbytery, EPC


Prelude           Sing the Glad Song              Ritter

                              Jennifer Blackbourn                                       


Introit (11:00 – Chancel Choir, Jim Beaty Dir.)  

*Call to Worship from Psalm 124 and Calvin’s Geneva Liturgy

Tate Ferguson: If it had not been for the LORD Who was on our side, let Israel now say –

All: Our help is in the Name of the LORD – Who made heaven and earth!

*Invocation and Praise

*Hymn 656         A Mighty Fortress Is Our God         EIN FESTE BURG


*Prayers of Confession, Petition and Intercession

      The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.    Amen.

        Silent Prayers

        Good News of God’s Grace

       *Responsive Hymn 670 - The Gloria Patri


Anthem (Chancel Choir)    I Will Sing Praise to the Lord                                                                                                                                            

Good News for Young Disciples                     Martin Lifer

*Affirming Our Faith From the Westminster Larger Catechism Q. 43  

Leader: How is Christ a prophet?

ALL: As a prophet, Christ reveals the complete will of God to his church about everything for the church’s edification and salvation. He does this throughout the ages in different ways by means of his Spirit and Word.

* Responsive Hymn 668 - The Doxology                                    


*Giving to God: Tithes and Offerings

            Invitation and Prayer                       Martin Lifer

Offertory         I Know Whom I Have Believed           arr. McDonald  

                              Jennifer Blackbourn


*The congregation is invited to stand.


+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.


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


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


God’s Word Proclaimed

Scripture                        Revelation 1:9-20 (ESV Pew Bible p. 960)

Sermon              Transforming Vision             Rev.Steve Burton      


Installation of the FPC Session and of Pastor Martin Lifer

in Central South Presbytery (EPC)


Reception of First Presbyterian Church, Starkville

into the Central South Presbytery (EPC)


Introduction of the Commission and Summary of proceedings –

Chairman John Adamson

Constitutional Question to the Session – Teaching Elder Steve Burton

Constitutional Question to the Pastor – Ruling Elder Mike Matthews

Constitutional Questions to the Congregation – Ruling Elder Mike Matthews

Prayer of Installation – Teaching Elder Rev. Bob Wilbur

Charge to the Pastor, Session and Congregation – Ruling Elder Bill Cade

Declaration – Ruling Elder John Adamson


*+Hymn 443                 Open My Eyes              SCOTT

*Invitation and Benediction                                    Martin Lifer

Choral Response (11:00 – Chancel Choir)      Amen     TRADITIONAL

Postlude         The Call of the Trumpets       Purcell                                                        Jennifer Blackbourn


*The congregation is invited to stand.


In addition to welcoming all guests and visiting worshipers with us today, we also extend special thanks to all of our brothers and sisters from the Central South Presbytery who are able to be with us today, including the following members of the commission who are formally receiving us into the presbytery and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church:

- Chairman John Adamson (Ruling Elder, 2d Presbyterian Church, Memphis)

  • Steve Burton (Teaching Elder and Pastor, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Selma)
  • Bill Cade (Ruling Elder, First Presbyterian Church, West Point)
  • Mike Matthews (Ruling Elder, First Presbyterian Church, West Point)
  • Robert (Bob) Wilbur (Teaching Elder and Recently Retired, Former Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Columbus)

Further, we are blessed to have Rev. Burton preach God’s Word in this very special service today, and to have his wife, Cindy, join us today. Steve has led Cornerstone Church as pastor for over three years.


We invite all members and visitors with us to join us downstairs in the Fellowship Hall, following today’s worship service, for --

Today’s Church-wide

Fellowship Lunch For Reception Sunday


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 hope you will plan to be guests of Pastor and Nancy Lifer, together with other FPC members, for our

FIRST CONNECT Lunch & Learn Fellowship

NEXT 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.)




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 expected son, Henry Harrington (due early April).


Make Your Reservations Today for

Friends & Family Fellowship Dinner

Wednesday, 5:15-5:45 p.m.

This Wednesday’s Dinner: Pulled Pork (with BBQ Sauce), Baked Beans, French Fries, Rolls, Sour Cream 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 practices on Wednesdays at 6-7 p.m.



Feb 27 – Rex Buffington                    Mar 1 – Loren Zimmerman


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 February 25, 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

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


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, 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