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May 13, 2018 Bulletin

05.10.18 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

May 13, 2018 Bulletin

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Having trouble hearing the service?  We have portable units that are connected directly to our sound system for optimum audio. Please see an usher about using one of these devices during the service.

Deacon of the Month: Vivian Cade

Today’s Ushers: 8:30 –Bob Boyd; 11:00 – Sonny Stuart, Peyton Fandel

Today’s Greeters: 8:30 – Priscilla Boyd; 11:00 – Patsy Stuart, Catherine Fandel


The Sanctuary Flowers are given to the Glory of God by Jeff Foster in honor of his wife and all the mothers in our church. Happy Mothers’ Day!



A Rose for Each Woman Today: Mrs. Gerlene Lifer, Pastor Martin Lifer’s mother, has again provided roses so that each woman in worship on this special Sunday may receive a rose – in thanksgiving to God for each woman in our church family.



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.


Join Us Today During Fellowship Gathering Time (10:30 – 10:50 a.m.) Outside on Our East Courtyard & Porticos For Our Ascension Sunday/ Mothers’ Day Brunch and Our Annual Ascension Sunday Balloon Release Celebration with Our Children


Sermon – Scripture Highlights and Notes:

“For this boy I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to Him.  So I have also dedicated him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he is dedicated to the LORD."  And he [the boy/Samuel] worshiped the LORD there. 1 Samuel 1:27-28

If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31b-32

Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? … No one! Christ Jesus is He Who died – Who, more than that, was raised – and Who is at the right hand of God, Who indeed is interceding for us. Romans 8:33a & 8:34b



VBS 2018 Sign-Up is Open

For children Ages 4 years-old thru Rising 6th graders


June 11-14, 2018; 8:30-11:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church

VBS Kickoff and Summer Fellowship: June 10, 4:30 p.m. at Robinson Lake

Web site for registration: www.vbspro.events/p/fpc2018vbs 



Bank Draft Your Monthly or Semi-Monthly Offering

Do you sometimes forget to write your offering check or forget to bring it to church with you on Sunday?  Did you know that you can have your offering drafted directly from your account on a monthly or semi-monthly basis? Contact Rita Usher in the church office 662-323-1994, , if you are interested in creating an automatic draft for your regular offering.


Pianists or Other Instrumental Musicians: Use Your Gift to Play Christian Music Prior to the 11:00 a.m. Service on a Sunday this Summer. We have several openings on summer Sundays for playing the pre-service music at the Sanctuary Piano (or on your instrument of choice which you could bring), 10:45-55 a.m. If you would like to serve the Lord and use your gift in helping with our preparation for worship, please speak with Jennifer Blackbourn today, or contact her via email –


Week of May 13, 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.)



Prayer List

Myles Carpenter

Jay, Gary and Janet Bardwell

Thomas Guest (Charlie and Rubye Guest’s grandson)

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

Chloe Hardin

Jack Burton

Nancy Lifer

Carol Clark (Albert Clark’s sister)

Hawkins Murdock

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

(Daniels’ family friend) -PA

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)

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

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)

Women's Bible Study:  Pick a session that is most convenient for you and come join us to study the word of God.  Also a great way to make new friends.

May 14 - Monday 1:30 P.M. Church Parlor - Kay McReynolds Chairman  662-418-4694

May 15 - Tuesday 6:00 P.M. TBA - Orly Hardin  662-418-3139

May 21 - Monday Eve. 6:30 P.M. - Amy Aarhus Chairman - At Amy's home 108 Hiwassee Dr.  662-722-2304


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 15 – Paula Ivy                              May 17 – Bob Boyd

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            

Ellen Mauldin, Church Librarian                                      

Amanda Corley, Child Care Director