First Presbyterian Church of Rome
November 2018


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 10-16, January 17-23, OR we will offer a spring trip this year March 28- April 3. Most men from our area will be going one of the weeks in January but we'll have men on all trips. Contact Tim Morgan at 770-548-4909 for more information.

 
  The Blessed Celebration
W ednesday, December 5th at 6pm

Please join us as we begin this Christmas season by pausing to celebrate the Pure & Simple Hope we have through Jesus. Our night will include dinner, dessert, and special guest speaker Kay Wyma.

Kay is a blogger, author, vodcaster, & mother of 5. Her books include: "I'm Happy for You (Sort of...not really)", "Cleaning House", and her latest "Not the Boss of Us: Putting Overwhelmed in its Place in a Do-All, Be-All World."

Dinner & Nursery requests are due by November 30. Cost of the event is $10. Reservations can be made online or contact the church office. 

Nursery available by request only
8 weeks -5 years




Time to clean out those 
Winter Coats!!!

Temperatures are beginning to cool down and with that comes digging in the closet for last years winter coat. If you find it is too small or a little worn, we have the place to bring it. The month of October and November we will collect gently used coats for Salvation Army.   Drop boxes will be in the CLC building. We will collect these coats on November 14th for Salvation Army to hand out.


This year Advent will begin Sunday, December 2.
 
WHY ? It is the time to prepare for the coming of Jesus.

WHERE ? It starts in your heart, and then the love and joy of preparing for Jesus Christ will reach homes, Churches and the whole town!
Look for the Children's Ministry Advent table on the 2nd floor of the Education Building! We will have one of the following available per family.
  • Advent A to Z - Spend time each day of December praying through the alphabetical Advent poems contained in this thoughtful booklet that helps children connect the sights and sounds of the season to the coming of the Christ Child in a fun and familiar way. From Angels and Eggnog to Stars and Wreaths, these prayers by Arden Mead provide a daily guide for children of all ages as they prepare to celebrate Jesus' birthday
  • It All Points To Heaven- This colorful, tree-shaped magnet is a great hand out for each child in church. The magnet easily separates into 6 magnets: an Angel, a Donkey, 2 Sheep, the Star and Baby Jesus. Children can play with the magnet manger scene and arrange it any way they wish on their refrigerator at home.
Lessons and Carols
Please join the Chanel Choir for our service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday December 2nd during the 10:30 a.m. worship hour. This year we will celebrate the coming of Christ through the traditional readings and prayers as well as choral music of the season. A high point in the celebration will be the world premiere of Gloria, a new work commissioned by the Chancel Choir.
The composer, Michael John Trotta, is one of the most "exciting and prominent new composers of choral music." His award-winning commissions are frequently performed at Carnegie Hall, at national conventions (ACDA, NAfME, AGO, TMEA), and his recordings are broadcast worldwide. His work has been described in the Choral Journal as "fascinating and infectious." This is the same composer who set the Seven Last Words of Christ that the Chancel Choir presented on Maundy Thursday this year. This 15-minute setting is broken up into three movements and features the cinematic sounds that we loved from the Seven Last Words. He has set this work for soprano solo, choir, organ, and brass. In addition to this new work, the choir will present new and old settings of perennial favorites including O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, Sussex Carol, and O Holy Night.
Our Lessons and Carols service will feature the Chancel Choir accompanied by a festival brass quintet and organist Justin Maxey. A Georgia native, Maxey is one of the leading young organists in the state. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance at Shorter College and the Master of Music degree at the Eastman School in Rochester, New York. He recently completed the artist diploma at Mercer University. Maxey has won numerous awards and has concertized in many of the historic cathedrals abroad.
We are excited about this upcoming worship opportunity in the life of our church. Please be sure to mark your calendar so that you are able to attend. You will not want to miss this special time that we celebrate the birth of the Christ child.  

Mission Spotlight: The Hills, Blue Sky Kenya
WHERE WE'VE BEEN
For the last nine years we've been  residing, working, raising children,  and living life here in the U.S.  After returning from Asia in 2009, we  settled into life here in the United  States. As time went on, we began  to think that our life on the mission  field had come to an end, and that  our new mission was to be here in  the U.S. The fire that we had held so  strongly felt as if it was slowly losing  brightness as the routine of life  played out day-to-day.
WHERE WE ARE
We have been fortunate to be able  to join in on multiple trips overseas  to participate in caring for workers  ministering in foreign countries.  We have seen in our travels that  deep in our hearts, the passion and  desire to be intimately involved with  God's work and plans overseas  never really died down. These trips  continued to fuel the fire in our  hearts to be a part of God's plan in  reaching the lost among all peoples  in all places.
WHERE WE'RE GOING
On a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, we were blessed to be exposed to BlueSky Global Ministries, a ministry that seeks to reach the international community in Nairobi.  Nairobi has estimated 4 million  people, and contains significant  communities of diplomats, aid  workers, and Kenyan nationals,  which include various populations of Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and  atheists. We were captivated by  BlueSky's vision and mission to reach these communities by engaging them with the gospel through adventure programs.
OUR VISION
Our dreams and hope to see God's  kingdom established on Earth was  awakened again as we saw the  amazing opportunity in Nairobi.  Our vision is to see an awakening in the global communities of Nairobi, Kenya, to the gospel of Jesus Christ, so that ultimately those communities can awaken their own people in their  own countries to the Good News.

It takes an army of people to send us and sustain us in Kenya! We are praying for 90 committed monthly financial supporters! 10 at $200/month, 30 at $100/month, and 50 at $50/month.
 
Would you PRAY about being one of those supporters?
 
Please know that if you pray about it, no matter what you decide: to be a supporter at any level or not at all...it's not just fine, it's perfect! We value your relationship and trust God above all else, so we would love to invite you to be ministry partners with us.
 
How to give:
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By mail:
Bluesky Global Ministries
101 World Drive, Suite 350
Peachtree City, GA 30269
(Send with Donor Processing Form)
 
Contact info:
Travis and Stephanie Hill
2039 Little Texas Valley Road NW
Rome, Georgia 30165
Phone: 706-728-8757