First Presbyterian Church of Rome
June 2018



Baby Bottle Boomerang
There is still time to participate!!

This is an easy opportunity to be a part of helping mothers choose life and is a great ministry for the entire family. Simply take an empty baby bottle from the information table fill it with loose change, bills, or checks and return it to the church by Father's Day, June 17. If you have any questions, contact the church office.    


JOIN US FOR SHIPWRECKED!
RESCUED BY JESUS!
VBS 2018             JUNE 25-29
Registration is open!
Register online at www.fpcrome.org under the Children's Events page or pick up a registration packet from the information racks.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with VBS, sign up at one of the VBS tables or contact Mrs. Joan Brock at  706-346-4253 or Mrs. Natalie Babington 706-266-7740.

Summer Bethel Study

Perhaps you haven't been able to take the Bethel Discipleship Class...perhaps you just want to see what the class is like...perhaps you want to continue studying God's Word in a small group setting during the summer. 
If this is the case, then the Summer Bethel Study is for you!  We will have a four-week Bible study this summer on a specific book of the New Testament. 
 
We will meet on Wednesday mornings, from 10 am till 12N Wednesdays:
July 11th, July 18th, July 25th
and August 1st.
 
If you are interested in attending, please register through our website or by contacting Phyllis Pemerton
(706-767-8347) ppemerton@bellsouth.net .
 
We would love to have you join us!  Our topic of study will be announced in the next couple of weeks, so be sure to watch the Ministry Opportunities page in your bulletin for the specifics.
The Vocabulary of the Gospel
Adult Summer Sunday School

This summer we will explore the great truths that are essential to the Christian life. Each lesson will answer three questions: First, what do we believe? A particular truth or concept will be defined. Second, why do we believe this? The scriptural basis will be examined with each lesson grounded in a particular passage or passages of Scripture. Third, how does this apply to my relationship with God and with others?   This series will give light and clarity to what we 
believe and show the impact of that belief on our daily life.

June 3: Theology: An Introduction -Greg  Garrett
June 10: Revelation - Andy Garner
June 17: Sin - Matt Claytor
June 24: Grace - Tommy Atha
July 1: Repentance - Rev. Bill Pardue  
July 8: Righteousness - Dathan Sorrow
July 15: Holiness - Rusty Chadwick
July 22: Discipleship - Rev. Jeff Chadwick
July 29: Faith - John Pittman
August 5: Hope - Rev. Jonathan Schwartz
August 12: Love - Brant Evans
Camp 456 Report
from the desk of Mrs. Andrea
This past Memorial Day weekend we took 36 rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders and 29 leaders to Ocoee, TN for our annual Camp 456! We had a blast worshiping, growing our faith in Christ, playing games, going down a huge super-fast water slide and more! Thank you to our speaker Rev. Bill Pardue for helping our campers to understand what it means to have an "Identity in Christ".
Thank you to our Student Ministry staff and to all College Small Group Leaders, you guys rock! I could spend a MONTH away with you all. Thanks to Carson Garrett for taking pictures and making an inspiring video. Thanks to Cooper Evans and his excellent Worship Team. Thank you to all 9 parent chaperones for being there for our campers. Thanks Mrs. Maggie Cooper for being a kind and valuable "nurse" for the weekend. Thanks to our snack captain, you keep us happy! Thank you to our five drivers that drove us safe. Thank you thank you to ALL prayer warriors that prayed us there and back.
You all made another glorious Camp 456 in the books! I love each and every one of you and I am most grateful for you!
Mission Spotlight: 
Rob & Sandy Shaffer

Rob and Sandy Shaffer, who serve with Entrust/BEE and Slavic Gospel Association in Vienna, Austria will be joining us on Sunday, June 17th! Please take the opportunity to welcome them and to learn more about their ministry. They recently celebrated 35 years on the mission field. The following is excerpted from a letter chronicling this time.
In February 25, 1983, 35 years ago, we boarded a plane in the Tri-Cities airport in Tennessee with our 5-month-old daughter, Kristen, and started a journey that took us to Europe to serve as missionaries. We were sent out with the Slavic Gospel Association to become part of a team of people based in Vienna and working into the Communist countries of Eastern Europe.
The vision of BEE, Biblical Education by Extension, was to train leaders and build up the churches in these countries so that national leaders would be equipped to evangelize and disciple others in their own context. In the early days, Rob traveled to Hungary, Romania, and Czechoslovakia, and was gone up to 3 weeks at a time. Much of what we did was covert. He arranged to meet pastors and other church leaders in public parks, identifying his contacts by a postcard in their pocket. At times he was followed, and sometimes meetings had to be canceled. Believers were the target of spying and informants were common in the churches.
Vienna was a hub for missionaries working into Eastern Europe, and every fifth person in Vienna was thought to be a spy. Missionaries didn't talk about what they did in Eastern Europe, for fear of endangering their contacts in those countries.
Those days are gone, but the lack of training remains a continuing problem in much of Eastern Europe. Seminaries are small and some are liberal, and the education offered for pastors and church leaders is not always practical or even pastoral in its focus. Churches now have more freedom, but they often struggle to know how to engage their own culture. Growing materialism has captured the hearts of many in the East, as in the West, so the hunger for spiritual things is not as pronounced as it was twenty years ago. Spiritually speaking, Europe is a dark continent, but there are also many good outreaches taking place where the Light of Life is being proclaimed. Today we both continue to serve God and to be committed to the vision of Entrust-a vision that focuses on multiplying leaders and giving them tools and training so that they are equipped to do the work of God in their church and in their culture, as Paul taught in Ephesians 4:11-12. We write with deep gratitude for these 35 years, and for those of you, our friends, who have allowed us to stay here to serve, through your gifts and your prayers and your unfailing support. Our families in the U.S. also let us go, and saw us only infrequently. Now that we have a grandson, we can understand more of what that meant for Rob's parents and Sandy's family. Yet there is nothing any of us give up for the sake of Christ that will not be repaid to us many times over (Matthew 19:29). It has been a rich privilege to serve Him and to serve alongside the very fine staff of Entrust/BEE and Slavic Gospel Association.
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 CLOTHING ITEMS. Please put items like t-shirts, shorts, socks, flip-flops, etc. in the OCC collection box in the atrium of the Christian Life Center.