First Presbyterian Church of Rome
February 2019
The Men's Council is hosting a Date Night Tuesday,February 26th at 6 pm in King Hall

The evening will include dinner, catered by Pirkle's and the music of Gail Burnett & Chuck McDowell of the duo ESOEBO (Eclectic Selections Of Everything But Opera). Nursery will be available upon request only. Please make your dinner and Nursery reservations by February 22nd. Reservations can be made online or by contacting the church office. 

Missions Spotlight:
The Mac Kenzie Family
Please join us in welcoming the Mac Kenzie family (Guille, Debbie, Camila (12), Catalina (10) & Benjamin (7) - our missionaries from Argentina! They will be speaking to us during Mission Sunday, February 10th. Many of you will remember the FPC 2008 Student Ministries Mission Trip to Argentina to serve alongside Guille. Rev. Bill Pardue, Rev. Jeff Chadwick, Harris York, Sonny and Morgan Walker, were among those who participated.
Guille serves with Presbyterian Mission International. The following is excerpted from their website (

 Guille and Debbie Mac Kenzie were born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Buenos Aires is a globalized city of around 4 million inhabitants, reaching 13 million including the Great Buenos Aires suburban area. It is a very multicultural city that includes people from all continents. It is mostly Roman Catholic, although skepticism and indifference to faith and church are significantly increasing, especially in the context of the city. It also has one of the largest concentrations of Jewish and Muslim communities in South American countries.
Guille received his first theological degree in Buenos Aires, was ordained at the age of 24, and served for six years. In December 2008, they moved to St. Louis, MO, to complete a Master of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry at Covenant Theological Seminary. After returning from the States, the Mac Kenzie family returned to Argentina and started a new church plant in Buenos Aires. The church plant grew and later became the Spanish speaking congregation of a multicultural church called "Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevo Avivamiento." "Nuevo Avivamiento" (New Revival) enjoys great diversity. Many nations are represented by people coming from: Taiwan, mainland China, Colombia, Ecuador, the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, the United States of America, Paraguay, Peru, and from Argentina, of course! Key values of this church are spiritual vitality, strong discipleship program and community transformation.
Besides pastoring, Guille, and other pastors in Argentina, launched a Church Planting Movement called Misión BETA. The purpose of Misión BETA is to glorify God and promote the expansion of his kingdom through the multiplication of Christian churches and the transformation of cities.

Please consider subscribing to the Mac Kenzie's newsletter at


Dinner and Concert- Thursday February 21 Pips are meeting at Provinos at 5:30 for dinner and then proceed to the City Auditorium for a free concert. NW GA Winds is performing 'A Wing and a Prayer.' Please contact the church office if you plan on dinner at Provinos. If you need transportation contact Martin Foster.

Pips Lunch February 28 - Our program will feature a local attorney discussing the importance of an updated will. Our lunch will be soup and sandwich catered by Duffy's. Please contact the church office to make a reservation.

FPC Missions Emphasis 2019
South for the Winter
Special "South American" dinner hosted & catered by Fred and Mary Taylor. Followed by Missions Program for Students and Adults in King Hall featuring Greg & Amanda Davidson (Hands of Love) and Travis & Stephanie Hill (BlueSky).  *Summit, Communicants, & Nursey at regular locations.

Amazing South American Cuisine : Argentinian Beef Empanadas with Chimichurri; Grilled Chicken Breast with Bolivian sauce; Columbian Green Beans; Paraguayan Corn Bread & assorted South American Desserts.
Children: Homemade Chicken Nuggets; Macaroni and Cheese; Corn Bread;
 Vegetable Sticks with Ranch Dressing, and Grapes.
Please make your reservations by noon Monday, February 4th. Reservations can be made online or by contacting the church office. (This week we will take a break from 'To-Go' boxes.)

GUEST MISSIONARY, DR. GUILLERMO MAC KENZIE, ARGENTINA (please look for their bio in the Missions Spotlight)

FREE Breakfast at 9AM in King Hall,
9:15 AM - Combined Adult SMC/Student SS (King Hall)
10:30 AM - Combined Worship (Sanctuary).

*Nursery, Children's SS, and Children's Worship will operate as usual.
New Wednesday Night Adult Offerings
February 13 - March 13

Women's Bible Study: "Even Better Than Eden" -
I believe that when we first understand God's story, it will change everything about our story. Together, we will trace 4 themes that run from Genesis to Revelation in the Bible. Each theme reveals how God's plan for the new creation will be far more glorious than the original Eden. It is my hope that this new creation glory will not just be embraced as our future joy...but that it will transform everything about our lives today as we trace God's intended plan, the devastating effects of sin, and the crowning work of Jesus in whom we find a better identity, spouse, saviors, and sanctuary! Our main resource will be "Even Better Than Eden" by Nancy Guthrie (led by Morgan Walker, CLC #203)
* Please note - a more expansive study is also offered on Wednesday mornings beginning February 13 at 9:15-10:30 am. The morning study is spread over a 10-week period and will cover 9 themes. Nursery is available for the morning class.
Please contact Morgan Walker at  or call the church office if nursery is needed.

"Presby-What? "- 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? If you answered 'yes' to any of the questions, then this class may be for you. This class is open to anyone who wants to know more about the ministry and beliefs of our church and denomination. (led by Kenneth Studdard & Rev. Bill Pardue, CLC #201)

"Visionary Parenting" - This class is an opportunity to continue the discussion on parenting as recently presented to us by Rob Rienow at our Faith and Family Conference.  As we study and discuss key Scriptures together and develop a biblical vision for parenting in the home, we will seek to become more intentional in our parenting and better equipped with practical resources to help us succeed in this high calling. Among the things we will discuss are family faith talks, milestones in your child's spiritual journey, discipline that disciples, and the power of blessing your children. Please contact Pastor Jonathan if you are interested or would like more information. Hope to see you there! (led by Dr. Jonathan Schwartz, CLC # 205)

"Futile Endeavor or Fertile Investment: Why Share the Good News If God Has Already Chosen?"   - No one has more reason to devote their lives to sharing the Good News than those who believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is sovereign over all things, including, or perhaps especially, over who will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
No one has more reason to share the Good News boldly and with absolute confidence than those who believe most assuredly that God has his people scattered down the street and across the face of the earth, and that by his preparation of hearts and minds will draw them to himself through the love and obedience of faithful women and men, boys and girls who care enough to tell them about Jesus.
Yet, those of us who find the Reformed faith to be the most faithful reflection of what God has revealed in his Word are often mistakenly assumed to have no reason to invest our lives in evangelism, since we believe in God's sovereign choice in salvation. "If God has predestined", we are asked, "what difference can our evangelistic efforts make?"
Come join us as we discover together how nothing could be farther from the truth. Rather than leading us to complacency, our Reformed beliefs propel us into the world with the assurance that proclaiming Jesus is a fertile investment of our hearts, minds, time, prayers, energy and resources. 
(led by Rev. Jeff Chadwick, Fellowship Hall)

Community Ministries: Good Neighbors
Good Neighbor Ministries is a community outreach staffed by volunteers and financially supported by numerous local churches, including First Presbyterian.  Good Neighbor Ministries 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 Diapers (size 3 or larger).   Diapers are bundled into smaller amounts and given to parents of small children whenever needed.  You may drop them off at the church 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
March 1 - 3
Last Chance to Register!
$90 Feb. 1-17; $115 Feb. 18-24