First Presbyterian Church of Rome
July 2018

Dear Church Family,

Thank you for your thoughtful expressions of faith, kindness, and sympathy in the passing of our youngest son Eric. This has been a difficult time in our lives but your prayers and God's Word have provided much comfort. You have touched our hearts and w e will be forever grateful to you. Thanks again for being a church family that cares. May God Bless.

Bill and Jan Irmscher

Desserts Needed

We are in need of baked goods for the dessert table at the church picnic. If you would like to bring a dessert, please contact Sarah Pope in the church office or Natalie Pettegrew at


The Congregational Life Ministry team invites you to join them in the Fellowship Hall July 15th, 22nd, and 29th following worship for a time of conversation and sweet treats. Please enjoy your choice of one FRIOS gourmet popsicle or ice cream.


Andrew Brunson Update:
On July 7, Norine Brunson posted an update on Andrew via their Facebook page:

" Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for persevering in prayer with us. I pass on your comments to Andrew from time to time. YOU, the body of Christ, are truly amazing! Where else do people love and pray for others they've never met? What a testimony YOU have been. 
The summer heat means Andrew can't sleep well as he is constantly drenched in sweat. He makes a point of offering that up as a sacrifice. He is not wanting to exaggerate the discomfort of heat - he knows that many have been in much worse conditions. 
He has been calmer recently as is trying to see things through the lenses of demonstrating the value, the worth of Jesus - that those whom He loves and who love Him are willing to suffer for him. He often prays "Father, cause to burst into flame in me the love you have for Jesus, that I may be a fervent, ardent lover of Him, willing to undergo whatever is asked."

Please continue to keep Andrew Brunson in your prayers as he anticipates his next trial on July 18th.For stay up to date with information please visit www.epcconnection.org , or Andrew & Norine Brunson Facebook page.


Christmas is only a few months away so it is not too early to be thinking about Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Starting in June, and throughout the summer and fall, we will be collecting various items each month with plans for a packing party to be held in November. THIS MONTH we will collect  SCHOOL SUPPLIES . Please put your items in the OCC collection box in the atrium of the Christian Life Center.
Special Thanks!! VBS Report

Our Children's Ministry Director, Mrs. Andrea and our VBS Directors, mom and daughter Mrs. Joan and Mrs. Natalie are most grateful for what God did in the lives of close to 250 children and 160 volunteers and Nursery workers at Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus VBS. We are grateful for our church family coming together and showing Jesus to His children. We want to extend a special THANK YOU to our amazing directors for a fabulous job!
We were able to raise close to$1974 to help our local mission, Brighter Birthdays and $1,102.76 to our international mission, Centro Shalom in Tijuana. In addition, our 4th,5th,6th graders, led by Amy Fulton, made crafts to send overseas for some of our international missions.
Our leader books, CDs and King Hall decorations were donated to Radio Springs Baptist Church, a small local congregation! Praise Jesus for a glorious week!

FPC's Annual Church Picnic will be held Sunday, August 19 outside the church right after our combined 10:30 am worship service. We will have a block party style picnic. There will be games and water activities for kids, along with food and fun for everybody. Make sure to bring your swimsuit and towel, or change of clothes for all the water activities.
Though reservations are not required, they will be helpful in planning. You may RSVP on the church website or contact the church office. There is no charge for the meal, though donations will be accepted to help cover costs which are estimated to be approximately $8 per person.
Mission Spotlight: 
The Walkers

David and Debbie Walker have been cross-cultural workers with World Outreach EPC since 1985. David and Debbie served in Tokyo, Japan for fifteen years. In 2005 they moved to Singapore and became involved in an Asia area-wide ministry. Both David and Debbie are trained professional life coaches and use this to help others maximize potential and facilitate sustained personal and ministry growth.  They are the parents of two adult children and have two grandsons. 
 
One branch of their ministry is Julia's HOPE in association with Flourish©. Through the Flourish© curriculum, Julia's Hope envisions women and girls encouraged to thrive and flourish.  FLOURISH© is a key life skills training program that has been specifically developed for female participants of all ages. It has been designed to encourage participants to consider a number of topics that affect the way they look at themselves, the world around them and their place in that world, and to develop healthy personal boundaries, as well as grow in their understanding of human relationships.  They have been encouraged by the impact of Julia's Hope on many women. 
They recently launched a pilot program to care for about 1000 pastoral couples in the remote areas of northern Vietnam. In this pilot, they began by gathering 30 couples from the Hmong people and introduced Pastoring of Pastors (POP) to them. Please take a moment now and pray for these shepherds and the hundreds more they represent in northern Vietnam. In another wonderful answer to your prayers: the Singapore Government issued them three-year multiple country entry passes.

As we approach the beginning of our new year for FPC's Women in Ministry, we look forward to a fun and informational kick-off event.  On Sunday, August 26, during the Sunday School hour, the ladies of FPC will gather together.  There will be time for fellowship and an opportunity to meet our Women's Council, learn how you can be more involved and know more about our upcoming Women's Bible studies.
Ladies...Mark your calendar for August 26, 2017 at 9:15 am. The members of the WIM Council look forward to serving you! .