First Presbyterian Church of Rome
March 2019
PIPS LUNCH
MARCH 28

Our program will be Donna Chadwick speaking about the Haven Health Clinic. Our lunch will be catered by Provino's. Please contact the church office to make a reservation. Join us around 11:30 AM in our Fellowship Hall for great food, fun, and fellowship!

Lenten Bible Study

Begins on Wednesday,
March 6th
12 PM - 1 PM
Hardy Classroom #1


Anita Smith will lead a "40-Day Journey" through  Lent, enriched by the words of the beloved  spiritual guide, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Our time  together in the Hardy Classroom for the next  five consecutive Wednesdays will last 45-60  minutes, so feel free to bring a lunch.
Books 
($10) for the study can be purchased at our first session. Questions? Email anitasmith716@comcast.net.

FPC Missions Emphasis
Thank You!
The Missions Ministry Team would like to express   THANKS  to all who served during Missions Week.

They have accepted  55 Faith Promise cards pledged for a total of  $40,345.00. If you would still like to pledge, place your card in the offering or bring it by the church office.  

Hosted by
Restoration Rome
Pre-Register online at
http://bit.ly/ggirome2019
(seats are limited)
Sign in begins at 9am
Conference 10 AM - 4 PM

Camp 456 - 
May 24-26
I NSIDE & OUT
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. 

Save the Date
VBS 2019
June 24-28


Father & Son Dinner 
Dads, we are excited to invite you to a  Father & Son Dinner event on
Thursday, March 21, from
5:30 - 7:30 pm in King Hall
 
"Turning the hearts of the father to their children." (Luke 1:17)


Our special speaker is Kent Evans, founder Manhood Journey, a ministry whose sole purpose is to help fathers build the next generation of godly men. Kent will passionately encourage us through God's word to strengthen our bonds as fathers and sons and to be more intentional in leading our sons in their spiritual development. Please bring other fathers and sons you know to join us that evening. This event is sponsored by Family Equipping Ministry and co-sponsored by the Men's Ministry. Please contact Pastor Jonathan (jonathans@fpcrome.org) or Dave Abernathy ( dave@abernathyhome.com) with any questions.
Short Term Missions Opportunity for ALL AGES 
Family Retreat with Joni and Friends!!

When?  June 30 to July 5 
Where? Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, Alabama
What? Family Retreats offer a haven for special needs families. At Retreat, families are cared for, encouraged, and rejuvenated in a Christ centered, fully accessible camp environment.
Who? ALL AGES ARE WELCOME!
Short Term Missionaries (STMs) volunteer to serve families affected by disability with Christ-like encouragement and friendship. This is a unique service opportunity that will stretch both your hands and heart. As an STM, you'll receive on-site training - no prior experience required!
Interested? Have Questions? Contact Morgan Walker, morganwalker0526@gmail.com 
Missions Spotlight:  FPC Joint Community Service Project
 in Kijabe, Kenya
When you hear the words "chicken coop," what image comes to your mind? Probably not stone walls, doors, and the capacity to hold 500 hens!
Shanna Mast shares with us how her Sunday school class and the Vance Luke family impacted a community:  "Nate leads a young adult Sunday school at our church in Nairobi. Many of them are volunteers with the youth ministry or alumni.  We invited  them to join us in a service project.
Mr. Vance Luke and his family visit Kenya each year and serve alongside a local pastor in helping rehabilitate and support AIC Kijabe Primary School. His family has helped the school significantly and now it is thriving! The day's task involved helping build a chicken coop. This would allow the school to regularly make a profit by selling eggs, and would thus finance some of the school's needs throughout the year. We were happy to jump in with Mr. Luke and his family, and the local community. We spent a few hours digging, putting up chicken wire, and cementing the floors and walls. We even shared a typical Kenyan lunch of chapatti, rice and sakuma wiki! It was really neat experience and we are so thankful for the special connection to this community. We hope our students can  continue to build relationships and serve throughout the year. What a small world we live in - that we would have a mini FPC reunion in Kijabe, Kenya. Yet, we serve a BIG God!" Kay Mason, Vance's daughter added, "It was a great day when they came down - one of my favorites!  It was such a group effort.  All kinds of people were there helping - both our groups and Kenyans.  I was not too excited about the goat roast, but it was prepared partially for them and to celebrate the near completion of the chicken coop."    

New Wednesday Night Adult Offerings
March 20 - April 24
*No Wednesday Night Family Gathering April 17 
due to Holy Week*

Women's Bible Study: Our Magnificent and Majestic God: Themes in Exodus" - Exodus is a massive book of the Bible...forty chapters...recounting a monumental event in salvation history! So how can we hope to study it in only five weeks? We will begin with the summary text of Exodus 6:6-8. Here we find four great theological truths that some scholars say richly embody "the most basic themes of the Bible" (Stuart). In this passage, God describes what He will do for His people and how He will relate to them. So we will survey the book of Exodus by looking at the themes of salvation, knowledge of God, covenant relationship, and land. (CLC # 203; led by Phyllis Pemerton)


Confronting our Respectable Sins based on the book, "Respectable Sins" by Jerry Bridges - Have you ever found yourself so caught up and concerned with the rampant sinfulness of our culture that you forget about the subtle sins in your own heart? The Christian journey is a life of godliness, but too often we overlook or minimize sins that are corrosive or destructive to ourselves and those around us. These sins are overshadowed by the more flashy, headline-grabbing sins of our culture. In this 5-week study, through instruction and interactive discussion, we will take aim at the sins many Christians consciously or unconsciously consider "acceptable" behavior, seeking to address them through the hope and profound mercy of the gospel.
(Fellowship Hall; led by Tony Pemerton & Kenneth Studdard)


Grandparents are a family blessing... it's in the Book  - 
There's a reason it's called GRANDparenting! Come and be equipped to understand Biblical Grandparenting in the World today and then to apply the Word in the spiritual lives of your family. Great-Grandparents welcomed too!
(CLC #204; led by John Graham)