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October 28, 2018 Bulletin

10.26.18 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

October 28, 2018 Bulletin

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

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 Membersto 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.



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.)




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.


Prayer List

Joe Mobley

Nelson Jones

Allison Jackson

Robert McDavid

Ross Collins

Paula Elliott

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)

Gerlene Lifer

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

Marjorie Malone

Michael Tubb – Anna Ray Gassaway’s nephew

Dan Ryder (Jason Ryder’s father)

David Skinner (Kyle Skinner’s father)

Hawkins Murdock

Billy and Brenda Harrington

Jane Zitta

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


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 / 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


Jay Cook

John Rush


Peggy Branch

Vivian Cade

Joel Downey

Jason Ryder


Tabor Mullen

Kristen Skinner

Johnny Fair

Jeremy Murdock

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!