First Presbyterian Church of Rome
March 2020
Missions Emphasis Thank You!

The Missions Ministry Team would like to
 express THANKS to all who served during Missions Week.
They have accepted 64 Faith Promise cards pledged for a total of $46,005.00.If you would still like to pledge, place your card in the offering or bring it by the church office.  

Women's Workday - Saturday,
April 4th 
9 am - 12 noon

Join us for a morning of hands-on service to help with Spring Cleaning at the Ruth and Naomi Shelter. Look for more details to come.

Our Pips lunch Thursday March 26 will feature three historic women of Rome. We'll have three WWII heroes who served our nation as Rosie the Riveters.
This may be the last time these three heroes share their story. Our lunch will be catered by Provinos and we'll have apple pie for dessert. Please remember to sign up with the church office and join us for great food, fun and fellowship.

Pips is planning a trip to the Cyclorama at the Atlanta History Center Tuesday April 7. We'll leave the church at 8:15 in the church bus. On our way home we'll stop at the OK Corral for lunch. Please don't wait to sign up with the church office. We have a few tickets left. The trip costs $15 which covers the cost of your ticket. Bring money for lunch.

Your Faith Promise in Action
Support of Julian Reese with the Veritas Conference at the University of Tennessee as they focus on - Christianity and Anti-Semitism: UT Academics and Campus Pastors Wrestle with the Church's Ancient Sin

Annual Karemy Jacobs Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4 at 11:30 am at Taylor's Farm/OTR (495 Minshew Road - directions will be at the church Welcome Center). All ages are welcome to enjoy a hot fog lunch, crafts, and egg hunt. Hope to see you there for a fun and special day as we prepare our hearts for Holy Week!

CAMP 456 will be May 29 - 31 This adventure camp is designed for elementary students (all rising 4th,5th,6th graders) to get together and explore and experience the adventure of having a relationship with Christ. There will be games, events, small groups, and worship customized just for them. The cost for this trip is $120. This includes lodging, food, and activities. Registration will begin soon!

Vacation Bible School 
June 29 - July 2
Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Rocky Railway! On this faith-filled adventure, kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life's ups and downs. Look for more details to come.
Thank you note from Mrs. Andrea
Dear church family, there is no way I can express my gratitude and love to you in a paragraph. Your prayers, text messages, meals and cards packed with love helped me to get through. I am transitioning myself back into my office and want to thank my Council, our church Pastors, Elders, Ministry Groups, and FPC staff for making it possible for me to recover at home.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, be encouraged today! For we all will or have traveled pass the "darkest valley of pain, stress, sickness, depression, confusion, loss", but because of Jesus we don't stay there!  FPC has precious jewels "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ", Galatians 6:2 and I am humbled to be part of this Body of Christ.  
I am catching up with my emails, text messages and phone calls, but I want you to know that I see you and I love you; thank you for being there for me. Can't wait to see you around and give you a hug!
I want to leave you with the words of the psalmist that I repeated over and over while I was on medical leave "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.   He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name's sake. Even though I walk-through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,  for you are with me; your rod and your staff,  they comfort me."
Psalm 23:1-4.
Much love,
Andrea Sartorato (AKA Mrs. Andrea!)
Upcoming Wednesday Night Studies 

Steep Yourself in the Word of God  - 
Ladies, great news!  If you missed the Joy study offered in the fall, we'll be offering it again beginning March 18th. Wednesday nights for six weeks at 6:15 PM in CLC #203.
Come for bible study and a chance to connect with other women at FPC as we explore JOY in all things.

Teachers will be Katey Temple, Joan Brock, Jennifer Scott and Virginia Saunders. Hope to see you there on the 18th!

One of the most important God-given opportunities we have as parents is to teach our kids God's design for sex. It's also one of the more challenging subjects for parents to talk about with courage and confidence. To provide you with encouragement in this area, we are offering an equipping seminar called "Talking with Your Kids About Sex." This will be a one-time seminar offered at FPC on the evening of Wednesday, March 18, from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. No matter the age of your children, all parents are invited to attend! It's never too early or too late to engage our kids. The seminar is a Family Equipping Ministry Team event led by Rev. Schwartz. Along with the seminar, a four-book series called "God's Design for Sex" will be available at a significantly discounted price! This highly recommended resource will be a helpful guide to you as parents in facilitating those all-important conversations. Hope to see you there!
Missions Spotlight: Community Church Ministries
For many years, First Presbyterian Church has supported the ministry of George Nix and Community Church Ministry. George seeks to build long-term relationships through regular community events, in order to minister to the needs of the unreached and those at risk. Weekly dinners, Back to School, Fall Fun, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas parties, and Easter egg hunts provide consistent platforms for sharing the Gospel of Christ.  These events are family friendly and are a great way to involve your family in serving.

Natalie & Frank Stegall with their sons Frank (6) and Oliver (3) shared, "We have enjoyed that it's a good way to just love on those in our community and find ways to share the good news about Jesus by serving a warm meal or offering a listening ear. The Easter egg hunts are really fun for a family service opportunity. We're able to provide a fun afternoon of Easter egg hunting, while also sharing the good news about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, so that we may have life!"

Nine Easter egg hunts are scheduled for this year. They need volunteers! Tasks may include: hiding Easter eggs, handing out candy, working the hotdog line, and loving on the kids and their families.
Call and let George know you will be there! 706-767-1376. The schedule is:
  • Thursday, April 2 @ 6:30:  Darlington MHP.
  • Saturday April 4 @ 12: Ashland Park Apartments
    @ 2 Main High Apartments
    @ 4 Graham Homes
  • Monday, April 6 @ 6:30: Callier Forest Apartments
  • Thursday, April 9 @ 6:30: Dutch Gardens MHP
  • Saturday April 11 @ 12: Willingham Village
    @ 2: Pine Village MHP
    @ 4: Deerfield Community
Women's Service Opportunity
Naomi House to provide meals for its residents on the third Thursday of every month for 2020! Will you consider  joining us? The Ruth and Naomi House is a women's and children's shelter on North Broad in Rome that opened its
doors just last year. So, grab a couple friends and sign up for a night to serve those in our community. Thank you!  Sign up through the Take Them a Meal link:
last name: Naomi House
password: ruth2020