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November 12, 2017 Bulletin

11.10.17 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

November 12, 2017 Bulletin

    Service For the Lord’s Day

     First Presbyterian Church

     Starkville, Mississippi

     November 12, 2017

    Prelude                 The Call of the Trumpets                           Purcell

                           Jennifer Blackbourn, organ

    Welcome; FPC Ministry Updates                                    Martin Lifer

    *Introit (11:00 – Chancel Choir, Craig Aarhus directing) 

    Call to Worship

    Thanksgiving for Our Veterans and Praying for Current Military

    *Hymn 646 (v. 4)                 My Country, ‘Tis of Thee        AMERICA

    *Sharing the Call of God’s Word: from John 13:34-35

         Pastor: [Jesus said] “A new commandment I give to you –“

         ALL: “That you love one another:”

         Pastor: “Just as I have loved you, so you are to love one another.”

         ALL: Jesus said that, by this, all people will know that we are  his  disciples: if we have love for one another.

    Prayers of Invocation, Thanksgiving, Confession and Petition

    *Hymn 385 (vv. 3-4)    They’ll Know We Are Christians     


    Updates for Our Season of Thanksgiving and Commitment         

    Jim Beaty


    *First Things First Hymn 524    Seek Ye First                   LAFFERTY

    Anthem (11:00 – Chancel Choir) O, the Deep, Deep, Love of Jesus     


    +Good News for Young Children (11:00 –Amy Aarhus) 

    *Affirming Our Faith: The Apostles’ Creed  (Unison)                               

    I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen.


    *Hymn 670 The Gloria Patri

    Stewardship Sermon Series:


    Scripture                                Matthew 20:25-28; 1 Peter 4:8-11

                           [Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 3:17]

     (ESV Pew Bible pp. 825, 1016, 976, and 984)

    Sermon                              First Serve!                          Martin Lifer

    Inviting Seekers to faith and Disciples to Bear The Fruit of Faithfulness


    Time of Silent Prayers and Disciples’ Commitment to the Lord


    * Responsive Hymn 668 - The Doxology

    *Giving to God: Tithes, Offerings, and First Things First Pledges

    Prayers of 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.                                       

    Offertory                    In the Name of the Lord                   arr. Ham

                              Jennifer Blackbourn, piano

    *Hymn 596              A Charge to Keep I Have                  BOYLSTON



    Choral Response             God Be With You Until We Meet Again              

    Postlude                         Sing Praise                           arr. Ham

                                                                    Jennifer Blackbourn, piano


    *The congregation is invited to stand.

    Deacon of the Week: Jason Ryder

    Today’s Ushers: (8:30) – Barb Foster; (11:00) – Johnny Fair

    Today’s Greeters: (8:30) - Carolyn Coleman; (11:00) – Maggie Fair.

    The Sanctuary Flowers are given to the Glory of God by the Bennett family as a Veterans’ Day Memorial for USA Capt. Robert Bennett KIA 1970, USN Lt. Kenneth Seawright KIA 1958, George McKay USAF-NSA D 2017, and USA Lt. Bill Johnson KIA 1968.

    +Reminder from Amy Aarhus: Participate in our collection of gift boxes for Samaritan’s Purse Mission organization’s Operation Christmas Child by picking up one or more unfilled box sets in the Fellowship Hall today, following the basic instructions for gifts for girls or boys of different ages, … and bringing your completed Christmas mission box(es) back to FPC on or before NEXT Sunday – which is also our STEWARDSHIP SEASON, First Things First, Commitment Sunday.

    Visiting with Us?

    We warmly welcome you to our worship of God and to our other ministries. Please speak to Pastor Martin Lifer following today’s service (outside the front entrance), … or contact him this week at the church office or via email ( ), and let us know of any special prayer requests, or if you would like to learn more about growing in your faith or, specifically, about joining our church family.


    FINAL Wednesday Night Friends & Family FOR 2017:

    This week marks the final Wednesday night Friends & Family event in 2017.  Join us again for a new season of friends & Family in 2018, beginning January 17, 2018.

    This Wednesday’s Dinner: Hamburger Steak, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Fried Okra, Rolls, Chocolate Cake;… or, as always, children may have pizza – just let us know.  If you have not already been able to do so, 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 Bible Study (5:50 -7 p.m., Fellowship Hall),

    led by Pastor Lifer, continuing our fall Bible Study

    God Has a Word on How You Can Minister to Your Family!

    …AND Chancel Choir Practice (Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m.).

    Invitation for Women from Orly Hardin: Join us beginning January 2018, on Wednesday nights after Friends and Family dinner in the Parlor for a 7-session DVD driven women’s Bible study focused on increasing our capacity for meaningful friendships with other women. We Saved You a Seat is a study by Lisa-Jo Baker and friends from (in)courage, that explores our relationship with Jesus as the ultimate model for authentic friendship. Nothing shapes us like the impact of a friend - it's how Jesus radically and intimately connects with us. So instead of chasing perfection, overcome your fear of being known and find the courage to connect. To sign up and order a workbook, please contact Orly Hardin 




    Members and Friends of FPC:

    Join Us in Worship a Week from Today –  

    as we Thank God and

    Bring to God Our Commitments to

    Put First Things First in 2018.

    Remember, also, to Join Us at Our

    Commitment Sunday Fellowship Brunch

    on the East Courtyard, 10:25-10:50 a.m.

    A message from our

    Fellowship Team to FPC members and friends:

    Please bring a dish for the Fellowship Brunch next Sunday!

    If you are coming first to Sunday School before the brunch, please simply go ahead and bring your dish to the Fellowship Hall Kitchen.


    SPECIAL MISSION GIVING & SERVING Opportunities through FPC:

    In addition to your regular tithe or offering, Help Christian Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria:

    (1) Support the EPC Hurricane-Relief Mission Fund of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) - for Direct Aid to and through Puerto Rican & Caribbean congregations and the Presbytery of Florida & the Caribbean. Please indicate on the Memo line of a check to FPC “EPC – Maria Relief.”

     (2) Support Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse mission organization, helping many in greatest need with emergency supplies together with the Good News of Jesus Christ, while also providing chaplaincy and pastoral ministry. In your check or other means of giving to FPC, indicate the following on the Memo line of a check or other means of giving “Samaritan’s Purse – Maria Relief.”

    (3) If you would like to give to help both the EPC’s and Samaritan's Purse’s efforts equally, you may simply make one special gift under the designation "Mission Relief – Maria;” we will send half of your gift to each organization.

    TEJERAS MEAL SPONSORS (Mission meal for children in Tejeras, Honduras)

    November 15 – Friend-Supporter of Mission Outreach in Honduras

    November 17 – Michele and Perry Rackley in honor of James Rackley’s 6th birthday

    If you would like to sponsor a Tejeras Meal in 2017, there are some additional dates available. 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.


    Nov 14 – Caitlin Rackley                        Nov. 16 – Bob Boyd

    Week of November 12, 2017

    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,Th & 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

    7:00 p.m.               Adult Choir Practice           

    THURSDAY:       6:00 p.m.               Casserole Kitchen (Fellowship Hall)

    SATURDAY:     6:00 p.m.             Narcotics Anonymous (Christian Education Bldg.)

    Prayer List

    Jane Zitta

    Rusty Bouchillon

    Sylvia Love

    Marjorie Malone

    Cynthia Ware

    Eleisha G. Reynolds (Anita Reynolds’ daughter-in-law) Montrose, CO

    Marie Tubb (Anna Ray Gasaway’s sister in law) Amory, MS

    Ryan Carrithers (son of a friend of Dolph Bryan’s) – Columbus, MS

    Dawn Allen (Nell Hartness’ granddaughter) - Starkville

    Donna and Herman Ware (Cynthia Ware’s parents)

    Billy and Brenda Harrington

    Patti Drane – (Ellen Mauldin’s sister in law) - Atlanta

    Cattie Taylor

    Carol Clark (Albert Clark’s sister)

    Brenda Pratt (Beth Ann Dunlap’s stepmother)

    Cheryl Kay Linder (Beth Ann Dunlap’s sister)

    Mason Saxon, 4-year-old son of Donald & Catherine Saxon (friends of Nancy Lifer)

    Brett Horton (Ellen Mauldin’s Brother Leslie’s grandson) – Marietta, GA

    Bessie Montgomery

    Mae Glass (Vivien Miller’s mother)

    Carl Ivey, Sr. – Dukedom, Kentucky

    Sue Salley (Dolph Bryan family friend) – Eupora

    Anderson Ivey (Carl and Paula Ivey’s grandson) – Birmingham, Alabama

    Billy Ray Ball (Dolph Bryan’s Uncle) – Tuscaloosa

    Tonia McLendon (friend of Greta Bryan)

    Madeline Bell (Greta Bryan’s great niece) – Vienna, Virginia

    John Gassaway (Anna Ray Gassaway’s brother-in-law)

    Marshall McReynolds (Sherylan Webb’s nephew) – Tupelo

    Delores Irvin (Diane Daniels’ sister) – Pennsylvania

    Sarah Helen McCloskey (Daniels’ family friend) – Pennsylvania

    Frances Ellis (Ellen Mauldin’s sister) – Mayhew

    Craig Wolf (Paula Elliott’s son-in-law) – Huntsville, Alabama

    Danny Carlisle (Loren Zimmerman’s friend)

    Jack Boren and family (Dolph and Greta Bryan’s friends) – Bartlett, TN


    Health Care / Assisted Living Prayer List

    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

    Thelma Gentry – Vicker’s Personal Care Home



    Larry Anthony

    Jim Beaty

    Charlie Guest

    Loren Zimmerman


    Myles Carpenter

    Jack Forbus

    Randell Foxworth

    Allen Johnson

    Janice Kinard

    Perry Rackley


    Dolph Bryan

    Harold Clark

    Cecelia Cook

    Bob Daniels

    Orly Hardin

    Edward Kemp

    Elder Emeritus – Dero Ramsey

    The Session’s next Stated Meeting is November 19, 12:30 p.m. / Dr. Martin Lifer, Moderator / Randell Foxworth, Clerk



    Wesley Ferguson

    Brien Henry



    Ellen Boles

    Jay Cook

    Michelle Jones

    John Rush


    Peggy Branch

    Vivian Cade

    Joel Downey

    Jimbo Hearnsberger

    Jason Ryder

    The Diaconate meets 1st Sunday, 12:15 p.m. / Wesley Ferguson, Chair / Joel Downey, Secretary

    Session and Diaconate Ministry Committees

    (*Current Elder, **Current Deacon)

    Worship & Music

    *Larry Anthony, Chair


    Fellowship & Hospitality

    **Jay Cook, **Joel Downey, 

    **Jason Ryder, Co-Chairs


    Adult Discipleship Education

    *Allen Johnson, Chair






             *Dolph Bryan, *Loren    

             Zimmerman, Co-Chairs


    *Janice Kinard

    Communications & Outreach

    *Orly Hardin, Nancy Lifer,


    Childcare Board of Directors

    Zack Harrington (Chairman)

    Cecelia Cook

    Amanda Henry

    Will Rackley

    Sarah Ryder

    Children’s &

    Youth Ministry

    *Janice Kinard,

    *Orly Hardin, Co-Chairs


    Budget & Finance

    *Bob Daniels, Chair

    *Jim Beaty, Treasurer



    *Perry Rackley, Chair



    *Myles Carpenter,

    *Edward Kemp Co-Chairs


    FPC Women’s Ministry Michelle Rackley, Moderator

    Circles meet 2nd week of each month (7:00 pm Circle meets 3rd Monday)

    Circles, Meeting Places, and Leaders

    Sunday 8:00 am, Parlor –

                     Lynda Forbus    


    Tuesday 6:00 pm –

    Orly Hardin – TBA

    Monday 1:30 pm, Parlor–

                     Kay McReynolds


    Monday 7:00 pm –

    Caitlin Rackley - TBA    

    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.