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May 6, 2018 Bulletin

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May 6, 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 the family of Boswell Kennard, recognizing his 100th birthday today, and in memory of his loving wife of 65 years, Margaret McWillie Kennard, life member and former President of FPC’s Women of the Church.


Celebrate the 100th Birthday of Longtime Member Boswell Kennard!

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



DIAPERS & WIPES SHOWER. Join us TODAY, during our Fellowship Gathering (10:30-10:50 a.m.) in Fellowship Hall for our Diapers & Wipes Shower for members Peyton and Catherine Fandel.




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 Next Sunday During Our 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



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.

Week of May 6, 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

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


Opportunity to Pray for (and to Support Financially) Young Adult Member & MSU Student Jack Burton in a Summer Mission-Learning Experience:

Jack has been accepted to participate in a summer mission-learning experience in East Asia with CRU. Please remember Jack in prayer, and, if an as God leads, further support. You may mail a check, made out to “Cru”, to 109 Josey Ave, Starkville, MS 39759 if you feel led to give. You may also give online at www.give.cru.org/1001482


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 13 - Sunday 8:00 A.M. Church Parlor - Linda Forbus Chairman  601-416-2536

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 8 – Rebecca Banzhaf                                May 10 – Ross Collins

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