First Presbyterian Church of Rome
February 2018

Upcoming PIPS Events
All adults are welcome to join us on Friday, February 16 at 6:00 PM for a Valentines Dinner catered by Pirkle's. Cost is $10 per person. Please contact the church office to attend. 


Our Thursday lunch will be held Thursday, February 22. Our guest speaker will be Mrs. Nelly Luthi sharing her expertise on Hydrangeas. Please join us for great food, fun and fellowship at 11:30 PM in our Fellowship Hall. Remember to sign up with the church office. Everyone is invited and please bring a friend. The cost of the lunch is only $5.00.

Begins February 14 at 6:15 PM 
Room 201 CLC Building

Are you curious about what Presbyterians believe? Were you raised in another denomination but would like to know more about ours? Are you considering joining this church (or have recently joined) but have questions about it? If you answered 'yes' to any of the questions above, then the "Presby-What?" class is for you! This class is for all visitors and new members who want to know more about the ministry and beliefs of our church and denomination. It will be a five-week class beginning February 14, in room 201 in the Christian Life Center. The class will be led by Rev. Bill Pardue and Mr. Kenneth Studdard. To sign up  please contact Sarah Pope in the church office.

New Women's Bible Study

In this 6 week study, The Comeback, author Louie Giglio draws on examples of men and women in Scripture to show how God gives fresh starts to people who need a comeback. It will offer encouragement and perspective for those feeling frustrated or confused, are enduring hardship or pain, have made mistakes or are grieving, or are defeated and feel without purpose. Led by Joni Pittman on Wednesdays at 6:15 PM and Thursdays at 1PM in the Hardy Classroom, beginning the week of February 14 and 15.

New Wednesday Night Study
Fellowship Hall
led by Rev. Schwartz

Do you ever stop to imagine what heaven is going to be like? If you are like me, you probably do not think about heaven as much as you should. But in this upcoming Wednesday night series, we will take some time to exercise our biblical imaginations on heaven-and ultimately the new heaven and the new earth-and consider not only how amazing it will be and all the things we will do there, but also how our hope for the future will significantly impact our perspective, our attitudes, and our actions in this life today. Join Rev. Schwartz, your humble and excited tour guide, on this journey beginning Wednesday, February 14
2018 Missions Emphasis
Wednesday Feb. 7 - Sunday Feb. 11

This year we will investigate together what happens
when unbelief is broken.

Main events for the week are as follows:

Family Gathering in King Hall featuring local ministries Haven Health Clinic and FCA.
5:15-6:15 PM - Family Style Supper. Please be sure to make reservations.
6:15-7:15 PM - Missions Program in King Hall (Adults + Youth).
6:15-7:15 PM - Summit, Communicants, & Nursery

9:00 AM - free breakfast + coffee in King Hall for ALL.
9:15 AM - Combined Adult/Student Sunday School in King Hall. Our guest will offer insight as a former unbeliever from a region hostile to the Gospel. Children's Sunday School & Nursery will continue as normal.
10:30 AM - Combined worship in the Sanctuary. There will be a special time during the service to present your Faith Promise for Missions cards. Nursery and Children's Worship will be available.
Begins Wednesday February 14 at 6:15 PM 
in the Prayer Chapel
Starting Wednesday, February 14, a new Bible Study will be offered for ladies who have been touched by miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. The group will use the following curriculum: Anchored: A Bible Study for Miscarriage, Stillbirth, & Infant Loss by Erin Cushman. The 9 lessons encourage the participants to marinate on the Word of God and reflect upon God's character...anchoring the reader in the firm foundation of the love and care of our Sovereign God. Phyllis Pemerton, of the Adult Discipleship Ministry Team, provided the following review of this study, "I am impressed with this content as a Christian woman and as a nurse who has had experience with grieving moms. I believe the Lord will use this in a very powerful way." To register for this Bible Study, please contact Iwona Brownrigg at or 678-901-7256. If you would be willing to pray specifically for the ladies going through this study, please contact Paula Newman at
A Graphic Image To Reflect Our Identity
First Presbyterian Church has a foundational legacy of being a Christ-centered church focusing on knowing Jesus Christ and making him known. The Cross is the graphic reminder that we preach Jesus Christ and him crucified.
This graphic touch point reinforces our mission as a church. The Cross is bold and central in the image, just as its message must be bold and central to all that we are and do.
The Cross is formed by four arrows pointing to its center, depicting the core value of Christ-centered, life-transforming worship and teaching at FPC Rome, and the source of our unity as a community of faith, supported by the four key emphases of our Mission Statement:
  • To live together in authentic and loving fellowship
  • To make and mobilize disciples
  • To share the Gospel in word and action locally and around the world
  • To serve sacrificially the community in which God has placed us
The arrows are open on all sides forming paths to the Cross that we hope our key emphases will build, and they are of different colors representing the diverse journeys our people walk to converge as one in the shadow of the Cross.
The Cross is surrounded by an outline of an arched, stained glass window. This is a distinctive architectural feature of both our historic Sanctuary, as well as being intentionally carried over into our Christian Life Center, unifying the older and newer portions of our buildings. The arched window profile is an acknowledgment of our rich history and iconic building design, as well as a reminder of our strong historical connection to the community of Rome.
February 23 - 25 
Cost $90 
until February 10
($120 Feb. 11 - 18)