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 ( ).
Visitors, … including MSU and other university students … and FPC Members – if you need to update your information or let us know of Prayer Requests or Ministry Questions: Please complete a FIRSTConnect Card and place it in the Offering … or in a FIRSTConnect Box in the entranceways.
The Sanctuary Flowers are given to the Glory of God by Wanda Anthony in honor of her husband, Larry, on his birthday.
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: 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; Wanda Anthony
Make Your Reservations for Friends & Family Fellowship Dinner
Wednesday, 5:15-5:45 p.m. This Wednesday’s Dinner: Spaghetti, Green Beans, Corn Nuggets, Rolls, Chocolate Cake. Adults may also choose a Chef Salad, … or as always, children may have pizza – just let us know. Please complete your reservation card and place it in the Offering today, or call or send an email to the Church Office.
University/CCO Meals – Help Needed!!
Ben and Allison Jackson are hosting university students at their home on Monday nights. They are asking for some help with the meals. Please let Allison know if you are able to help with a meal – 440-328-5691,
Here are the details for the dinners for the two final Mondays later this month for which we need help:
- Monday, Oct. 22 – Casseroles – Sign up to bring salad, dessert, drinks.
- Oct .29 – Halloween theme– Sign up to bring Halloween-themed sides, salad, dessert.
Key Sermon Scriptures & Notes
WHAT should we DO?
Per Rev. 19:5, and 19:10, our top priority practicing for Heaven is to:
Hallelujah (from the Hebrew) means:
Hallelujah appears in the OT Psalms many times (24), but God’s Word reserves the Hallelujah in the NT until the four times it appears in the NT: Rev. 19:1, 3, 4 and 6.
Rev. 19:1-2 “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God – for his judgments are true and just.
For He has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”
Rev. 19:3 “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.”
Praise, Worship, Glorify & Trust God for:
(1) his Judgment of the Wicked; and (2) his Salvation of his Redeemed:
God’s Grace is Inseparable from God’s Justice.
Rev. 19:4 twenty-four elders & the four living creatures --“Amen. Hallelujah!”
Rev. 19:6 “Hallelujah! –For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns….
…Rev. 19:7-8 Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory –
for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;
… it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure – for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.”
Rev. 19:9a “‘Blessed are those who are invited to the Lamb’s marriage supper.’”
WHAT should we WEAR?
WHO will be there?
Matt. 22:1-14 Wedding Feast; Judgment on the Unresponsive & The Fraudulent; Grace for the Unexpected & Unworthy Invitees.
“But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business,… ‘Those I invited were not worthy.’”
“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment…. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Will You be with Him in Heaven for the hallelujah Supper?
Clothe yourselves in humility and righteous faith & deeds from Christ.
“Jesus is better than all of them.”
“You are worthy of my all!”
Week of October 7, 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: 5:15 p.m. Dinner and visiting in the Fellowship Hall
5:50 p.m. Nursery, Children and Youth programs begin
6:00 p.m. Men’s and Women’s Bible studies
6:00 p.m. HeBrews in Fellowship Hall-coffee, dessert, visiting
7:00 p.m. Chancel Choir Practice
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 9 – Rebecca Banzhaf October 11 – Ross Collins
Cynthia Ware, together with her parents, Donna and Herman Ware
Dan Ryder (Jason Ryder’s father)
David Skinner, Kyle Skinner’s father
Jay, Gary and Janet Bardwell
Thomas Guest (grandson of Charlie & Rubye Guest)
Carol & Joe Mobley
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)
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
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)
Craig Wolf (Paula Elliott’s son-in-law) – Huntsville, Alabama
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 October 21, 12:30 p.m.
Deacons Serving on Our Diaconate
NOTICE of MEETING OF THE CORPORATION:
All active members of FPC are also voting members of First Presbyterian Church of Starkville, Mississippi, Inc. – a Mississippi Not-for-Profit Corporation – and all members are called to attend the following:
Special Called Meeting of the Corporation on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at the conclusion of the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary, for the purpose of voting to confirm that the elders of the congregation’s Session concurrently serve as the members of, and constitute, the Board of Directors of the Corporation.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING NOTICE: We will hold a Congregational Meeting and Election on Sunday, October 28 – 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.
FPC Women’s Ministry – Janice Kinard, Moderator
Coordinating Team: Tuesday, October 2, at noon , Church Office, Major Johnson Room
Mission for October : Operation Christmas Child
Circles, Meeting Places, and Leaders
10/7/2018, Sunday morning @ 8 am, Leader: Lynda Forbus, place: FPC Parlor
10/8/2018, Monday afternoon @ 1:30 pm, Leader: Sara Wilson, place: FPC Parlor
10/09/2018, Tuesday evening @ 6 pm, Leader: Vivian Cade,
Location: Michelle Rackley’s home, 101 Mariposa Drive
10/15/2018, Monday evening @ 7 pm, Leader: Amy Weiskopf,
Location: Kristen Skinners’ home @ 1003 Yorkshire Road.
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