First Presbyterian Church of Rome
MAY 2019
May 23

Our PIPS Thursday Lunch will be on May 23. Join us for a short road trip to the Rocky Mountain Recreation Area in Floyd County for a cook out and game day. Our meal will be grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and all the fixins. After the meal, we'll play some fun games or you can enjoy the beauty of nature. We'll have a bus leaving the church at 10:00 am but if you can drive, please meet us there between 11:00-11:30 am. Please call the church office to make your reservations and let us know if you will be riding the bus.

SAT. MAY 11; 8 AM - 12 PM
Come support MOPS of Rome as the members will host a trunk sale in the First Presbyterian parking lot. Kids clothes, toys, home goods, and pottery are among the many items that will be available. Please contact Vickie Goodrich at 770-546-0717 for any questions.

Seminar Sunday, May 12th during the Sunday School hour in King Hall.

Life is Wild...God is Good!
VBS 2019
JUNE 24-28 
Registration is open!
You may register online at or pick up a registration packet from the VBS tables.  
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 Study
"Listening to and Learning from the Prayers of Jesus"

" Jesus' ministry on earth as a human was marked by a devotion to prayer. Through his prayer life, we see what it means to truly depend upon God." As we read and ponder the prayers of Christ as recorded in the New Testament; we can learn to "imitate his example as we commune with our heavenly Father as adopted sons and daughters in Christ."
(The Prayers of Jesus, Mark Jones)

Join us for five weeks this summer as we meditate on and learn from the prayers of Christ. We will meet on Wednesday mornings,
10 am til 12 n on the following dates:
July 10th, July 17th, July 24th
July 31st, August 7th
If you are interested in attending, please register through our website or by contacting
Phyllis Pemerton  (706-767-8347) .
We would love to have you join us!  Our topic of study for the fall will be announced in the next couple of weeks, so be sure to watch the Ministry Opportunities page in your bulletin for the specifics.

Camp 456 - 
May 24-26
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. 


null 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 on Mother's Day, May 12; fill it with loose change, bills, or checks and return it to the church by Father's Day, June 16. If you have any questions, contact the church office.  
On Sunday, May 5 we celebrated and recognized our graduating seniors. We pray for each of them as they continue on life's journey. They are :
Tommy Atha
Rose Hill
Tabitha Breeden
Kathryne Ledbetter
Elizabeth Burns
Grace Lester
Chloe Curlee
Spruell Stevens
Park Fincher
Mackey Williams
Mary-Anna Formby
In Memory of:
Abbie Shetter
Kristina Groux
Congratulations Communicants
We celebrated this year's Communicants Class Sunday, April 28th. Students gave their testimony to faith and shared what they have learned in the class as they were interviewed by the Session. The Children's Ministry wants to once again, thank Mr. Greg and Mrs. Bobbie Garrett and Mr. Mike Garrett for their amazing job teaching the Communicants Class of 2019. They are a huge blessing to the 6th graders and to our church! 
Sara Grace Abernathy
Nella Monson
Katherine Atha
John David Naddy
Emily Cooper
Madelyn Oates
Mia Curlee
Alli Robinson
Charlotte Dillmon
Christanna Schwartz
Lillian Earnest
Wesley Van Leuven
Aidan Fuller
Allie Young
Caroline Jordan
Combined Adult Summer Sunday School 

This summer we will explore the parables, the stories that Jesus told. Jesus was a master story teller and his stories have captured the imagination of hearers since he first told them almost two thousand years ago. We will explore the parables found in Luke's Gospel which contains some of Jesus' most memorable stories.  
This series will give clarity to the Gospel as Jesus explained it in his parables.
June 2:     T he Parable of the Two Debtors (Luke 7:36-50)
                   Led by John Pittman
June 9:    The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
   Led by King Askew
June 16:  The Parable of the Friend at Midnight (Luke 11:5-13)
                   Led by Matt Claytor            
June 23:  The Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21)
                   Led by Tommy Atha
June 30:  The Parable of the Great Banquet (Luke 14:15-24)
                   Led by Rusty Chadwick     
July 7:     The Parable of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin (Luke 15:1-10)
                   Led by Jonathan Whitley
July 14:  The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
                   Led by Rev. Schwartz
July 21:  The Parable of the Unjust Steward (Luke 16:1-13)      
                   Led by Rev. Chadwick
July 28:  The Parable of the Obedient Servant (Luke 17:7-10)
                   Led by Dathan Sorrow                       
Aug 4:    The Parable of the Judge and the Widow (Luke 18:1-8)
                   Led by Dave Abernathy     
Aug 11:  The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke18:9-14)
                    Led by Hollis Reese
Missions Spotlight:  Kent Howard, FCA

At the end of April, FPC's Men's Council hosted a Steak Dinner featuring Guest Speaker:  Kent Howard.  Kent Howard is a FPC supported missionary serving our local community.   Kent, a Rome native, graduated from Rome High School and then attended Shorter University on a basketball scholarship, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He spent two years in sales/finance and thirteen years as a Business Education Teacher and Athletic Coach in three public high schools. While in education, he earned both his Master of Science and Education Specialist degrees. 
He joined Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as Director, in March of 2015.  FCA is touching millions of heart at a time. Since 1954, FCA has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful platform of sport to reach every coach and every athlete with the transforming power of Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities around the globe by engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to unite, inspire and change the world through the gospel ( ). 
Rome's FCA is 100% locally funded.  To God be the glory for all He has done in 2018-2019:  20 campuses served, 88 volunteers, 112 decisions for Christ, 120 trained student-leaders
196 students and 30 coaches to camp, 1200 attended Fields of Faith, and 3000 students heard the gospel at school. 
For more information about this mission,  please visit or Kent Howard at