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Deacon of the Month: John Rush
Today’s Ushers: 8:30 – Janice Kinard; 11:00 – Wallace Cade, Loren Zimmerman
Today’s Greeters: 8:30 – Janice Kinard; 11:00 – Gloria Cade; Brenda Harrington
+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 FPC Benevolence Missions Support Special Offering for this month. This offering is used to be to supplement FPC’s local benevolence mission support and mission ministries.
Visiting with Us?
We warmly welcome you to our worship of God this Lord’s Day. 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, as well as about church membership, your spiritual growth, and ways to learn & serve at FPC – please speak to Pastor Lifer following the service, or call him this week at the church office. You may also send a message to him via email ( ).
FIRSTConnect Cards! Visitors, … including MSU and other university students …and Members – to update your contact information, prayer requests or ministry questions: Please complete a FIRSTConnect Card and place it in the Offering … or in a FIRSTConnect Box in the entranceways.
A NOTE ABOUT REFORMATION SUNDAY: On October 31, 1517, an Augustinian friar and theology professor named Martin Luther nailed to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, 95 propositions, or theses disputing the Roman Catholic practice of selling indulgences. Though initially a call for scholarly debate, the 95 Theses were quickly translated from Luther’s scholarly Latin into German, mass-printed with the aid of the movable type printing press, and distributed to the masses. This combination of actions – centering on Luther’s devastating critique of the Roman Church’s abusive use of indulgences and Luther’s call for repentant faith and justification in Christ alone as the only way to salvation – helped ignite what became the Protestant Reformation.
BEADLES AND THE BIBLE. In the early days of the Reformation in Scotland, a lay office in many local Kirks (churches) was that of the “Beadle.” The Beadle was usually elected by the Kirk’s Session and usually served for an indefinite period of time. (The Session was the Kirk’s governing Board consisting of the Pastor and of Elders from among the people), In those days, Bibles were still relatively rare in Scotland among common people, and the Bible of the Kirk (church) was a treasured possession. The chief duties of the Beadle were: (1) To guard and protect the Kirk’s Bible and to present it for worship and preaching; (2) To “call” (as indicated by his title) people to stand and worship as he brought the Bible into worship, and to call people to stand and to prepare to follow God’s Word into the world; (3) To summon people to church court (the Session); (4) To issue church decrees throughout the parish; (5) To fulfill other duties for the Kirk Session, which sometimes included collecting fines.
THIS TUESDAY (NOON in the Chapel) – JOIN OUR TEAM TO HELP PLAN FOR DECORATING FPC FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS.
We will begin planning & scheduling this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 12:00-12:30 pm, Chapel – including looking ahead to our main, initial decorating morning on Monday, November 26.
Bring your lunch, and join Dinah Clark, Wanda Anthony and others on Tuesday.
Week of October 28, 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)
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir Practice (Note: Tuesday this week)
THURSDAY: 1:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study (Fellowship Hall)
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.)
CASSEROLE KITCHEN MISSION MEAL HOSTS AT FPC THIS WEEK
October 30 – Loren Zimmerman November 1 – Billy Harrington
Please join us as we continue to extend our condolences to – and our prayers for God’s comfort to – the Scales family, following the death on Saturday, October 20, of FPC member Laurin (“Spook”) Scales, and following the funeral services led by Pastor Lifer last Monday afternoon, October 22.
Jay, Gary and Janet Bardwell
Thomas Guest (grandson of Charlie & Rubye Guest) and Butch Guest (Charlie’s brother)
Frances Knoll Waltman and Cissy Knoll Thomas (Libby Gill’s sister and mother)
Cynthia Ware, together with her parents, Donna and Herman Ware
Michael Tubb – Anna Ray Gassaway’s nephew
Dan Ryder (Jason Ryder’s father)
David Skinner (Kyle Skinner’s father)
Billy and Brenda Harrington
Carol Clark (Albert Clark’s sister)
Frances Ellis and Brett Horton (Ellen Mauldin’s sister and her brother Leslie’s grandson)
Diane Daniels, her sister, Delores Irvin, and Sarah Helen McCloskey and Craig D. Campbell (family friends of Bob & Diane Daniels)
Marie Tubb and John Gassaway (Anna Ray Gassaway’s sister-in-law & brother-in-law)
Brenda Pratt, Cheryl Kay Linder (Beth Ann Dunlap’s stepmother & sister)
Carl Ivey, Sr. (Dukedom, Kentucky); Anderson Ivey (Carl and Paula Ivey’s grandson in Birmingham); and Traci Hardin (wife of a manager of the Iveys’ Village Center Cycle)
Danny Carlisle (Loren Zimmerman’s friend)
Additional Prayer List for Health Care / Assisted Living
Bessie Montgomery – Montgomery Gardens
Louise Haddigan – The Claiborne
Cattie Taylor – Beehive, Starkville
Thelma Gentry – Vicker’s Personal Care Home
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
Elder Emeritus – Dero Ramsey
Dr. Martin Lifer, Moderator / Bob Daniels, Acting Clerk of Session
The Session’s next Stated Meeting is Sunday, November 18, 12:30 p.m.
Deacons Serving on Our Diaconate
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING NOTICE: We will hold a Congregational Meeting and Election TODAY – with the meeting opening at 8:30 a.m. for Nominations from the Floor; after nominations are closed during the opening part of the meeting, active members will be able to vote individually any time from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the northeast section of the Fellowship Hall.
The Congregational Nominating Committee will nominate:
Candidates for the office of Elder: Wallace Cade, Jack Forbus, Ernie George, Thomas Gregory, Will Martin, Cal Rackley.
The congregation will elect 4 elders to the class of 2021.
Candidates for the office of Deacon: Jack Atkins, Glenda Clark, Jack Cook, Leslie Corey, Peyton Fandel, Robby Holditch
The congregation will elect 4 deacons to the class of 2021.
In addition, Pastor Lifer and the Session will ask for a congregational vote of affirmation to name James (Jim) Long as an Elder Emeritus.
FPC Women’s Ministry – Janice Kinard, Moderator
Mission for October: Operation Christmas Child
Circles, Meeting Places, and Leaders
Circles meet 2nd week of each month (7:00 pm Circle meets 3rd Monday)
From Pastor Martin and the Church Staff to our Women’s Circles – Thank you so much for your kind encouragements and the delicious goodies for Staff Appreciation this month. We enjoyed everything!!
FPC and FPCCC Ministry Team
Rev. Dr. Martin Lifer, Pastor
Rita Usher, Pastoral Secretary
Ben Jackson, Assistant Minister for FPC’s CCO University Ministry
Dr. Craig Aarhus, Music Director
Ashleigh Murdock, Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Jennifer Blackbourn, Organist
Kathy McGill, Children’s Choir Director
Kirk Kinard, Youth Ministry
Ellen Mauldin, Church Librarian
Amanda Corley, Child Care Director
NO Friends & Family meal this Wednesday. Friends & Family Fellowship resumes next Wednesday, November 7.
CHURCH DIRECTORIES ARE HERE - for everyone who had pictures made for the directory. Please see Peggy Branch during the Fellowship to get your copy.
Samaritan’s Purse OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD boxes are available in the Fellowship Hall, and instructional pamphlets are available, as well. Blessing of the Boxes will be Sunday, November 18!