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September 17, 2017 Bulletin

09.15.17 | Bulletins | by FPC Staff

September 17, 2017 Bulletin

    Service For the Lord’s Day


    First Presbyterian Church

     Starkville, Mississippi


    September 17, 2017


    Prelude                      Invention in C Minor                                Joel                                Jennifer Blackbourn, organ

    Welcome and FPC Ministry Updates                            Martin Lifer  

    Introit (11:00 – Chancel Choir

    *Call to Worship 1 Timothy 1:15-17

    Pastor: “Here is a trustworthy statement, deserving [our] full acceptance:”

          ALL: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners!”

          Pastor Lifer: "Among whom, I am the worst. But for that very reason, I was shown mercy, so that – in me, the worst of sinners – Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience, as an example to those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.And now to [Him:]”

          ALL: “To the King eternal – immortal, invisible, the only God – be honor and glory forever and ever, Amen!”

    *Prayers of Praise

    *Hymn  210             Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise     ST. DENIO

    Prayers of Confession, Petition, and Intercession

    The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

    Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.    Amen.

    Good news of God’s Grace in Jesus Christ

    *Hymn 579 - The Gloria Patri

    Anthem (11:00 – Chancel Choir)

    Good News for Young Children                 Ashleigh Murdock (11:00)

    *Affirmation of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed

    (Unison) I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen.

    * Hymn 592 - The Doxology

    *Call for God’s Tithe and Further Offerings

    Prayer of Dedication            


    Offertory                   I Need Thee Every Hour           arr.  McDonald

    Jennifer Blackbourn, piano



    Sermon Series: God Works through All Things 

    Scripture                                                      Romans 8:18 & 8:28;

    Genesis 50:15-20


    Sermon      The Road to Heaven Is Paved with Bad Intentions

    Martin Lifer


    Invitation to Faith and to Spiritual Growth in Christ


    Prayer of Thanksgiving and Petition


    *Hymn 339                 Be Thou My Vision                               SLANE




    Choral Response

    Postlude         Stand up, Stand Up for Jesus         arr. Swann Scarlatti

    Jennifer Blackbourn, organ


    *The congregation is invited to stand.

    Deacon of the Month: Wesley Ferguson

    Today’s Head Usher: Bill Crumpton (8:30) John Rush (11:00)

    Today’s Greeters: Janet Bardwell (8:30) Jack Cook (11:00)

    The Sanctuary Flowers are given today by Janet Jackson to the Glory of God, and in loving memory of Clyde H. Jackson.

    Visiting with Us Today?

    We warmly welcome you to our worship of God and to our other ministries, and we hope that you can be with us again on coming Sundays.

    If you would like to learn more about growing in your faith through participation in our church family, or if you have other prayer requests – then please speak to Pastor Martin Lifer following today’s service (outside the front entrance to our Sanctuary), … or contact Pastor Lifer this week at the church office or via email ( ).


    UPDATE on SPECIAL MISSION GIVING Opportunities through FPC:

    (A) In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma:

     (1) Support the EPC Hurricane-Relief Mission Fund of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) - for Direct Aid to congregations and church members who have suffered damage from Irma and need our help. Please indicate on the Memo line of a check to FPC – or otherwise clearly indicate in connection with other means of giving to FPC “EPC Hurricane Irma Relief.”

     (2) Support Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse mission organization, helping many in greatest need with emergency supplies together with the Good News of Jesus Christ, while also providing chaplaincy and pastoral ministry in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma  – working not only in Florida but also in the Caribbean.

    In addition to your regular tithe or offering, write a check to FPC with the following on the Memo line: “Samaritan’s Purse – Irma Relief” – or otherwise clearly indicate that in connection with other means of giving to FPC.    If you would like to give to help both EPC and Samaritan's Purse equally, you may simply make one special gift under the designation "Mission Relief - Irma," and our finance office will send half of what you have given to each mission organization.

    Ongoing Mission Response for Mission Work in Texas following Harvey: You certainly may also still continue to give through FPC toward the EPC and/or Samaritan’s Purse relief efforts in Texas – in the aftermath of the unprecedented hurricane and flood devastation and damage to much of the coastal areas of East Texas, as well as to Houston, from Hurricane Harvey. Simply indicate on the Memo line of you check to FPC “EPC – Hurricane Harvey Relief” or “Samaritan’s Purse - Hurricane Harvey Relief.  


    Join Us THIS Wednesday for:

    - Friends & Family Wednesday Dinners – resuming this Wednesday, September 20.

    This Wednesday’s Dinner Includes: Pulled Pork, baked beans, potato salad, rolls, and banana pudding.

    If you have not already been able to do so, please complete your reservation card and place it in the Offering today, … or call or send an email to the Church Office this week. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Peggy Branch via the Church Office.

    • Children’s, SOS & Youth Ministries (5:50-7 p.m.),

    Adult Bible Study (6-7 p.m.), led by Pastor Lifer

    God Has a Word

    On How You Can Minister to Your Family!


    AND Chancel Choir Practice (Wednesday, 6-7 p.m.).

    Did you know that Steve Harvey, Tyler Perry, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, and Andy Griffith all sang in church choir?  Add your name to this list by joining us on Wednesday nights at 6:00 for choir rehearsal, and you’ll probably be famous one day too!


    Women of All Ages, Members & Guests – You are Invited:


    The Fall Women’s Retreat hosted by the FPC Women’s Ministry will be this Friday night and Saturday morning (September 22-23). We will begin Friday at 6:30 P.M. and meet back at the FPC Fellowship Hall Saturday at 8:30 until noon. Our theme focuses on wellness of your mind, body and spirit. The retreat is $10 and includes the presenters, meals and fellowship. Register by dropping a check in the offering plate and putting in the memo section “Women’s Retreat.”

    Our New Sunday Morning Women’s Fellowship & Bible Study


    Nancy Lifer leads this new opportunity for women of all ages who are looking for a Sunday School Class that offers Bible Study and fellowship with other women. WOMEN IN THE WORD will meet each Sunday (beginning this Sunday), 9:45-10:30 a.m., in Sanctuary Building Room 8 (on the main floor of the Sanctuary Bldg., just around the from the Chapel & Chancel entrance to the Sanctuary).  The opening Bible Study Series for WOMEN IN THE WORD is Keri Folmar’s JOY! A Bible Study on Philippians for Women.

    The Thursday Women's Bible Study will hold its fall introductory session next Thursday, September 28, at 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our study this year is Steadfast Love by Lauren Chandler - an in-depth look at Psalm 107. We will meet each Thursday, from 1:00-2:30 p.m., through November 9. To sign up, contact Peggy Johnson at   or at 323-8765.



    TEJERAS MEAL SPONSORS (Mission meal for children in Tejeras, Honduras)

    September 20 & 22: Open dates; we need sponsors!  

    If you would like to sponsor a Tejeras Meal in 2017, there are some additional dates available. Please send a check for $80 made out to Honduras Agape Foundation to Michele Rackley, PO Box 826, Starkville, MS 39760, … or in the church office, or you may place your check in the Offering.


    September 19 – Paula Ivey        September 21 – Bob Boyd

    Week of September 17, 2017

    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

                                    5:00 p.m.               Covered Dish Fellowship Supper

    MONDAY:           7:00 p.m.               Boy Scouts (Boy Scouts Building)

                                    8:00 p.m.               Narcotics Anonymous, also on T, W,Th & F (Ed. Bldg)                                                                     

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

    6:00 p.m.               Casserole Kitchen (Fellowship Hall)

    WEDNESDAY:   5:50 p.m                                Children’s Choir, SOS, Youth Discipleship

    6:00 p.m.               Adult Choir Practice           

    THURSDAY:       6:00 p.m.               Casserole Kitchen (Fellowship Hall)

    SATURDAY:     6:00 p.m.             Narcotics Anonymous (Christian Education Bldg.)

    Prayer List

    Boswell Kennard

    Thelma Gentry

    Cynthia Ware

    Eleisha G. Reynolds (Anita Reynolds’ daughter-in-law – married to Anita & Sam’s son, Hill Reynolds) Montrose, CO

    Marie Tubb (Anna Ray Gasaway’s sister in law) Amory, MS

    Ryan Carrithers (son of a friend of Dolph Bryan’s) – Columbus, MS

    Dawn Allen (Nell Hartness’ granddaughter) - Starkville

    Liz Hood Blinn (daughter of Bill & Billie Lane Hood and friends of Paula Ivey)

    Donna and Herman Ware (Cynthia Ware’s parents)

    Melanie Love

    Billy and Brenda Harrington

    Patti Drane – (Ellen Mauldin’s sister in law) - Atlanta

    Cattie Taylor

    Carol Clark (Albert Clark’s sister)

    Brenda Pratt (Beth Ann Dunlap’s stepmother)

    Cheryl Kay Linder (Beth Ann Dunlap’s sister)

    Mason Saxon, 4-year-old son of Donald and Catherine Saxon of Starkville

    (friends of Nancy Lifer)

    Brett Horton (Ellen Mauldin’s Brother Leslie’s grandson) – Marietta, GA

    Bessie Montgomery

    Mae Glass (Vivien Miller’s mother)

    Carl Ivey, Sr. – Dukedom, Kentucky

    Sue Salley (Dolph Bryan family friend) – Eupora

    Anderson Ivey (Carl and Paula Ivey’s grandson) – Birmingham, Alabama

    Billy Ray Ball (Dolph Bryan’s Uncle) – Tuscaloosa

    Tonia McLendon (friend of Greta Bryan)

    Madeline Bell (Greta Bryan’s great niece) – Vienna, Virginia

    John Gassaway (Anna Ray Gassaway’s brother-in-law)

    Marshall McReynolds (Sherylan Webb’s nephew) – Tupelo

    Delores Irvin (Diane Daniels’ sister) – Pennsylvania

    Sarah Helen McCloskey (Daniels’ family friend) – Pennsylvania

    Frances Ellis (Ellen Mauldin’s sister) – Mayhew

    Craig Wolf (Paula Elliott’s son-in-law) – Huntsville, Alabama


    Health Care / Assisted Living Prayer List

    Jane Lusk – The Claiborne

    Jetta Kuykendall – The Grove, Columbia

    Kathleen Smithson Lawson – Vicker’s Personal Care Home

    Lu Graham (Jane Zitta’s sister) – The Hermitage, Richmond, Virginia

    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



    Larry Anthony

    Jim Beaty

    Charlie Guest

    Loren Zimmerman


    Myles Carpenter

    Jack Forbus

    Randell Foxworth

    Allen Johnson

    Janice Kinard

    Perry Rackley


    Dolph Bryan

    Harold Clark

    Cecelia Cook

    Bob Daniels

    Orly Hardin

    Edward Kemp

    Elder Emeritus – Dero Ramsey

    The Session’s next Stated Meeting is today (Sept. 17) 12:30 p.m. / Dr. Martin Lifer, Moderator / Randell Foxworth, Clerk



    Wesley Ferguson

    Brien Henry



    Ellen Boles

    Jay Cook

    Michelle Jones

    John Rush


    Peggy Branch

    Vivian Cade

    Joel Downey

    Jimbo Hearnsberger

    Jason Ryder

    The Diaconate meets 1st Sunday, 12:15 p.m. / Wesley Ferguson, Chair / Joel Downey, Secretary

    Session and Diaconate Ministry Committees

    (*Current Elder, **Current Deacon)

    Worship & Music

    *Larry Anthony, Chair


    Fellowship & Hospitality

    **Jay Cook, **Joel Downey, 

    **Jason Ryder, Co-Chairs


    Adult Discipleship Education

    *Allen Johnson, Chair




    Faith & Denominational Task Force

    *Charlie Guest, Chair


             *Dolph Bryan, *Loren    

             Zimmerman, Co-Chairs


    *Janice Kinard

    Communications & Outreach

    *Orly Hardin, Nancy Lifer,


    Childcare Board of Directors

    Zack Harrington (Chairman)

    Cecelia Cook

    Amanda Henry

    Will Rackley

    Sarah Ryder

    Children’s &

    Youth Ministry

    *Janice Kinard,

    *Orly Hardin, Co-Chairs


    Budget & Finance

    *Bob Daniels, Chair

    *Jim Beaty, Treasurer



    *Perry Rackley, Chair



    *Myles Carpenter,

    *Edward Kemp Co-Chairs


    FPC Women’s Ministry – Michele Rackley, Moderator

    Circles meet 2nd week of each month (7:00 pm Circle meets 3rd Monday)

    Circles, Meeting Places, and Leaders

    Sunday 8:00 am, Parlor –

                     Lynda Forbus    


    Tuesday 6:00 pm –

    Orly Hardin – TBA

    Monday 1:30 pm, Parlor–

                     Kay McReynolds


    Monday 7:00 pm –

    Caitlin Rackley - TBA    

    Men of the Church (MOC) Officers Andrew Fountain, President,

    Will Rackley, Vice President, Charlie Weatherly, Treasurer

    The Ministry of Music

    On Wednesdays - Chancel Choir, 6:00 p.m/. Children’s Choirs at 5:50 p.m.