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September 1, 2019 Bulletin

08.30.19 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

September 1, 2019 Bulletin

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Visiting with Us?

We warmly welcome you to our worship of God this Lord’s Day.  Please complete a FIRSTConnect Card and place it in the Offering … or in a FIRSTConnect Box in the entranceways.

If you would like to learn more about growing in faith in Jesus Christ, about church membership and/or about ways you can learn and serve at FPC – then please speak to Pastor Lifer or Assistant Pastor Nasytis following the service today, or call Pastor Lifer this week at the church office. You may also send a message to him via email ( ).


Join us for the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality course

Wednesday Nights this Fall, Joe Nasvytis will be teaching Peter Scazzero’s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality course. Learn how to slow down your life to develop your own personal relationship with Jesus because you can’t be spiritually mature if you are not emotionally healthy.  Please see the bulletin insert for more details and to register for the class.



Members, Visitors, and Guests, YOU’RE INVITED: THIS Wednesday Night, beginning at 5:45 p.m., to Our Kickoff Celebration for Fall Wednesday Night Friends & Family Ministries, with a COOKOUT DINNER & Fellowship  

Join us this Wednesday night in the Fellowship Hall for a cookout, music & fellowship. Eat! Fellowship! Meet the teachers! Kids - Throw water balloons on the front yard Hill! FPC Men’s Cooking Team members are cooking hot dogs, and the Wednesday Fellowship Team is also providing sides and desserts.

Please RSVP using the form on the bulletin insert or call Peggy Branch by Tuesday at 3:00 pm.


Week of September 1, 2019

SUNDAY:              8:30 a.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 (120 Jackson St.)

TUESDAY:             7:00 a.m.     Men’s Prayer Breakfast (Parlor)         

WEDNESDAY:        5:45 p.m.    Cookout Dinner (Fellowship Hall) and Kickoff Fellowship for Fall Season Friends & Family Ministries

THURSDAY:      1:00 p.m.     Women’s Bible Study (Fellowship Hall)

SATURDAY:       6:00 p.m.     Narcotics Anonymous (120 Jackson St.)


Prayer List

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

Charles and Roxene Atkinson

Randell Foxworth

Marjorie Malone

Billy and Brenda Harrington

Paula Elliott

Scott Guest and Thomas Guest (son & grandson of Charlie & Rubye Guest)

Joe and Carol Mobley

Sean and Morgan Clark Schnurr & Family

Bruce Leopold; Danielle Gregory (friend of Bruce Leopold)

Sylvia Love

Ross Collins

Janet, Gary, and Jay Bardwell

Richard Barge (friend of Jack Forbus)

Aspen Reynolds (Anita Reynolds granddaughter)

Teresa Miller (Amy Harrison’s mom)

Emily Chancellor (Natalie Morgan’s Niece)  

Carl Ivey, Sr. (Dukedom, Kentucky); Michael Belcher (Friend of the Iveys)

Bob and Dot Forbus, and Raleigh Wood (brother, sister-in-law, and friend of Jack Forbus)

Gerlene Lifer

Leslie Drane, Frances Ellis (Ellen Mauldin’s brother and sister)

Bobby Fleming (brother of Gloria Cade), and Hazel Davis (Wallace Cade’s aunt)

Diane Daniels, her sister, Delores Irvin, Sarah Helen McCloskey and Craig D. Campbell  (family friends of Bob & Diane Daniels)

John Gassaway and Michael Tubb (Anna Ray Gassaway’s brother-in-law and nephew)

David Henderson, Cheryl Kay Linder (Beth Ann Dunlap’s stepbrother & sister)

Frances Knoll Waltman and Cissy Knoll Thomas (Libby Gill’s sister and mother)


Additional Prayer List for Health Care / Assisted Living

Bessie Montgomery – Montgomery Gardens

Cattie Taylor – Beehive, Starkville

Jane Lusk – The Claiborne

Jetta Kuykendall – The Grove, Columbia

Frances Oakley – Sunnybrook Estates, Madison

Marie Tramel – Plain View, Richland

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

Mary Jo Wallace – The Blake at Flowood

Carolyn Wofford—Heritage At Irene Wood, Memphis, Tennessee


Thank you from the Massingill family

Dear Church Family, Thank you so much for the Bible for Sadie Grace.  We look forward to reading it to her for years to come.  We are grateful to be able to raise our daughters in a church that care so deeply about Shepherding the hearts of children.  Thanks again for helping us celebrate Sadie Grace’s arrival.

Sincerely, Allen and Alex Massingill



+Making a Gift for Scholarship Assistance

If you would like to make an extra offering today to help with Scholarship Support for participants in this year’s Fall Break University Ministry Educational Equipping – the CCEF Biblical Counseling Conference in Birmingham (Oct. 11-13) – please make your gift to FPC Starkville (via check or cash today, or other means with the office) with the Memo note: University Ministry Scholarship Support. You may certainly make a gift of any amount; a “full” scholarship amount is $275.


University/CCO Meals – Help Needed!!

Part of the regular rhythm of CCO/FPC is Monday Night Hospitality. It was the most well attended regular event we did last year and many students look forward to each Monday as a time to get off campus and fellowship with each other. If you would like to help this school year, please let Allison Jackson know. Allison sends out a SignUp Genius for each week via email and would love to add you to the list.


Current FPC Officers

Dr. Martin Lifer, Moderator / Will Martin, Clerk of Session

Elders Emeriti: James (Jim) Long and Dero Ramsey

Elders Serving on Our Session

Class of 2019 

Class of 2020 

Class of 2021 

Dolph Bryan 

Carl Ivey 

Wallace Cade 

Harold Clark 

Jim Beaty 

Jack Forbus 

Cecelia Cook 

Peggy Johnson 

Will Martin 

Bob Daniels 

Jeff Foster 

Cal Rackley 

Orly Hardin 



Edward Kemp 



Deacons Serving on Our Diaconate

Class of 2019 

Class of 2020 

Class of 2021 

Peggy Branch 

Johnny Fair 

Glenda Clark 

Vivian Cade 

Tabor Mullen 

Jack Cook 

Joel Downey 

Jeremy Murdock 

Peyton Fandel 

Jason Ryder  

Kristen Skinner

Robby Holditch  


FPC Starkville (EPC) Men’s Ministry

Will Rackley, President, Charlie Weatherly, Treasurer


FPC Starkville (EPC) Women’s Ministry

Janice Kinard, Moderator

Fall Thursday Afternoon Women's Bible Study -

One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land by Priscilla Shirer

Priscilla's words summarize the focus of the study : "... Promised land living does not mean a life with no problems. It means experiencing God's power and presence in spite of difficulty."

This seven-session study continues for Session Two this Thursday, September 5, and will meet each of the next six Thursdays 1:00-2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

To register and order a workbook ($15), please contact Peggy Johnson.


To register and order a workbook ($15), please contact Peggy Johnson.




Adult Bible Study & Friendship-Building Fellowship Groups during our Sunday School Time (9:45-10:30 a.m.)

Take the Next Step for Growing in God’s Word & Family. Guests and members – If you are not in a Sunday Group, join us for one of the following (9:45-10:30 a.m.):

Crusaders’ Class (Fellowship Hall) - Crusaders’ Class meets in The Fellowship Hall. The leadership team includes Jack Forbus (Lead Teacher), Ernie George, Allen Johnson, and Charlie Guest. Jack Forbus is leading a study of the Acts this fall.

Faith for Life Bible Study & Fellowship (with Dr. Lifer in the Chapel) - The Faith for Life Group meets in the Chapel - behind the Sanctuary Chancel-Front  - and is led by Pastor Lifer and other teachers such as Dr. Garth Gilmour (pictured above left), Rev. Nasvytis, Rev. Latimer, and Bob Daniels. The group this fall will continue to learn & to apply God’s Message from Genesis about his call & grace for Jacob (Israel) and his twelve sons, including Joseph.

The Joy Class (Parlor) - The Joy Class meets in The Parlor – South End of Fellowship Hall Floor  - and is led by Phil Gruchy. The class is continuing this semester with Les Feldick’s video series, Through the Bible.

New Covenant Class (Classroom behind the Sanctuary Balcony) - Jim Beaty is Lead Teacher of New Covenant Class. The class is continuing this fall a study of 1Timothy.

Women in the Word – Bible Study & Fellowship (Sanctuary Bld’g Main Floor Room 6) led by Nancy Lifer Our Sunday Morning Women’s Bible Study meets in Room S-6 on the Sanctuary Bldg. Floor Main Floor, around the corner from the Chapel and Chancel-Front of the Sanctuary. Nancy is currently leading the group through a study of the Letter of James.

College Group Sunday Bible Study (Johnson Room, Office Bld’g) - Ben & Allison Jackson lead the class in the Johnson Room (inside the Church Office Building – behind the main building). This class is continuing the study of the good news in the book of Luke.