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October 7, 2018 Bulletin

10.05.18 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

October 7, 2018 Bulletin

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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 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.)



October 9 – Rebecca Banzhaf          October 11 – Ross Collins


Prayer List

Ross Collins

Paula Elliott

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

Marjorie Malone

Dan Ryder (Jason Ryder’s father)

David Skinner, Kyle Skinner’s father

Shirley Randle

Jay, Gary and Janet Bardwell

Thomas Guest (grandson of Charlie & Rubye Guest)

Carol & Joe Mobley

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)

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


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 October 21, 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


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