First Presbyterian Church of Rome
October 2017

How Can You Get Involved?
There are two significant ways you can actively participate in this evangelistic project.
First and foremost:
PACK YOUR OWN BOX! Although FPC will not offer a packing store this year, packing a box is quite simple. For more information or gift suggestions, you'll easily find a link on FPC's homepage: www.fpcrome.org. Please make sure to include your $9 shipping fee. If you need assistance, please contact the church office at 706-291-6033.

Second:
VOLUNTEER at FPC during COLLECTION WEEK November 13-20! Our church is serving as a Floyd County drop off location. We need help welcoming, logging church information and box amounts and packing shoe boxes into larger shipping boxes. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions please contact Dave Abernathy at dave@abernathyhome.com .


Ladies, on November 6, we are encouraging women of all ages and talent levels to come together, to paint, laugh and fellowship at Studio Siri (1205 Dean Avenue.) Local artist Siri Selle will guide us into painting a beautiful angel. Angel paintings will be on display at the Women's Blessed Celebration if you choose, or you may take it home after your session. There will be two painting sessions offered, 10:30 am or 6:00 pm Monday, November 6.
The cost per person is $25 (to be pre-paid directly to Studio Siri.) If you are interested in attending the fun event please contact Studio Siri directly at  706-409-3022. Deadline to register is Wednesday, November 1. If you have any questions please contact Holly Shadday
or Angie Stegall (apstegall@comcast.net). 

This is a great opportunity for men to serve God together on a mission trip that will change your life forever. Men from our church will be traveling to Texas to join forces with other men from across the nation to serve others in several towns along the border. 
Registration starts soon - Start Praying about this opportunity now!   Trip dates are January 11-17, January 17-23, OR January 23-29. Most men from our area will be going one of the first two weeks.  Contact Tim Morgan at 770-548-4909 for more information.  


Our October PIPs lunch will feature our new pastor Jonathan Schwartz as our speaker. We will have our usual delicious lunch catered by Duffy's. Please contact the church office to make a reservation. We hope to see y'all October 26 for great food, fun and fellowship.

Also...PIPs are planning a Fall Foliage Trip, Tuesday, October 17 to Little River Canyon in Alabama. We will leave the church  in the bus at 9:30 am to tour the  beautiful national park. The plan is  to stop somewhere in the park to eat  a boxed lunch prepared by Duffy's  Deli. We should be back at the  Church by 5 pm. We need at least 10   People to sign up by Monday October  16th or the trip will be canceled. 
You will need to pay $10 to cover the cost of lunch and gas.

AND... Lastly...
On Wednesday, November 29 we are taking a trip to the Historic Tate House for a Bistro Lunch and Tour. The Bistro Lunch Tour offers delectable lunch options with a dessert buffet and bar. Along with the history of the beautifully preserved pink marble mansion, the tour allows friends and family to stroll through the house's most extravagant and upscale rooms and to stop and take pictures with the many glamorous Christmas trees and holiday decor located around the venue. The cost of the trip is $35. There are no refunds. Reservations and payment must be into the church office by November 2. Please contact the church office for questions, or to make your reservation.




It is that time of year again...
Operation Christmas Child

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first gift they have ever received. In order to remind us of the impact that the shoe box gifts have, here is a story from a former child recipient in Romania:
I grew up during the communist regime in Romania. People focused all their energy on their jobs and sometimes overlooked their children. Sometimes my dad worked two jobs. He worked hard, and our basic needs were met, but we didn't have anything extra. My sister and I didn't usually receive gifts, even at birthdays or Christmas.
Even though it was forbidden to talk about God, I grew up in a family that loved Jesus and went to church. But I was looked down upon for my faith. At school I was often ridiculed and bullied-it wasn't easy for me.
We were told that the shoeboxes were packed by other Christians. I learned that there are people who love Jesus Christ enough to give special gifts to children they haven't even met. I felt valued and loved, and this helped me to have a deeper walk with the Lord.
I moved to the United States in 2003, every year I pack shoeboxes with my husband and children. Packing shoeboxes has become a treasured family tradition.  I want my children to understand that many children around the world do not have as much as they do. I want to teach my children to be cheerful givers. We must give abundantly in order to bless others in the way
 we have been blessed.


Missions Spotlight:   Andrew Brunson  



October 7 marks one year that EPC Pastor Andrew Brunson has been incarcerated in Turkey. Andrew and his wife, Norine, have faithfully served the Lord as church planters to the Turkish people for 23 years. Yet now Andrew is being charged with terrorism and espionage. 
To mark the date, the denomination is issuing a Call to Prayer and Fasting for the weekend of October 7-8.

PRAY FOR ANDREW'S AWARENESS OF GOD'S LOVE AND PRESENCE: Hebrews 13:5-6 & Psalm 3
PRAY FOR WISDOM AND POWER TO ANSWER HIS ACCUSERS: Ephesians 6:10-20 & Matthew 10:16
PRAY FOR ANDREW'S RELEASE:
Revelation 3:7 & Psalm 146
PRAY FOR THE ADVANCE OF THE GOSPEL:
Isaiah 60:2-3

A PRAYER FOR ANDREW
Gracious Father, Lord of the nations,
You are the only wise and good sovereign of our times.
We praise you for Your greatness and mercy.
While we have not yet seen the answer to our prayers
for Andrew's release, we trust You still, that You are at work in ways beyond what we can see or understand.
You have invited us to come boldly into Your presence,
and so we come before Your throne of grace
asking that out of Your glorious riches
You would strengthen Andrew with power through Your Spirit, so Christ may dwell in his heart by faith.
Root and establish him in love that he may grasp
how wide and long and high and deep the love of
Christ is for him. Let Your Word be a spring of living hope,
the presence of Jesus an oasis of joy,
and the power of the Holy Spirit
Andrew's constant source of wisdom and comfort.
Strengthen Andrew in body and mind.
Expose and confuse all the lies that stand against him.
Break the power of evil and cause truth to prevail.
Let accusers become advocates.
Set our brother free.
Cause your gospel to spread widely.
Grant endurance and comfort to his family.
Glorify the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, by whom we pray.
Amen.
Community Project: Good Neighbor Ministries
Good Neighbor Ministries is a community outreach staffed by volunteers and financially supported by numerous local churches, including First Presbyterian. It helps Rome residents in need by assisting with utility bill payments, rent, prescriptions, clothing for work, and personal items. It also refers people to the local food pantry and the furniture Re-store. Right now they are asking for donations of Toilet Tissue and Diapers (of any size).
One of the most frequently requested personal item is toilet tissue. Diapers are bundled into smaller amounts and given to parents of small children whenever needed. 

Donations may be dropped off by the Good Neighbor display in the Christian Life Center on Wednesday Evenings or Sunday Mornings. As always, volunteers are greatly needed to be receptionists or interviewers with training provided. Volunteers are asked to work only 1 day a month from 9am until 12. For more information, please contact Jill Fisher at 706-409-3932 or email romanfishers@yahoo.com.

begins  Wednesday, October 18 Led by Rev. Mitch Jolly
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen. Biblical faith happens when the  transformational message of the gospel saves a person and that faith works itself out into tangible actions that are consistent with the gospel message that brought faith to life. In our six-week study, we'll work through the gospel of the kingdom and how that powerful message works itself out in making disciples, who then engage their God-given domain of society locally and globally and from there see Jesus build his church among all nations. We'll then complete our study by looking at how the Trinitarian God informs the fellowship of his church.