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First Christian Church Makes Major Gift

The remaining members of First Christian Church are small in number, but large in hearts. They sold their building months ago and in the last few weeks worshipped together for the last time. But their ministry will go on in new ways.

In November the remaining members voted to give away the proceeds from the sale of their building to local groups that reflect their Christian values. “We have closed our doors, but other organizations will flourish from our gifts” said Jane Slickman, a long term member. “It’s a reflection of the resurrection,” she added. “Our ministry will go on in a new way.”

Consequently, on Monday, three members of the church presented the Community Foundation with a check for $80,000. The money will create an endowed fund at the Foundation. “We will manage the fund in a way that it distributes money every year to local a local nonprofit that expresses the unique commitments of the church,” said Joel Snider, the foundation’s executive director. “The grant will bear the name of First Christian Church,” he added. “They caught vision of the Foundation’s ability to help donors make a lasting impact in Rome and Floyd County.”
Church Makes other Gifts

Church members have been driving around town, distributing gifts to other non-profits, as well. “It’s like playing Santa Claus, ” said one member. “We’ve already seen the good that comes from the end of our life as a congregation.”

Also benefiting from these gifts are: the William Davies Homeless Shelter, the Community Kitchen, Star House, Open Door Home, Habitat for Humanity, and The Mission is Possible Foundation.

“Nor have we forgotten our heritage,” added Jane Slickman, who spoke for the members of the church “We’ve provided for Disciples of Christ ministries, including a fund that starts new churches.”

Slickman also said they made a contribution to Iglesias Pentecostal Church, the congregation that purchased their building on Second Avenue. “We want to see them thrive in this location.”

Other organizations receiving contributions include DIGS of Rome for a women’s home, Rome High School’s Drama Department, and the AIDS Resource Council.

“The church may no longer meet,” said Snider. “But their mission lives on.”

From: https://cffgr.org/2018/12/first-christian-church-makes-major-gift/




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Rome, GA 30161-3147
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Rev. Craig McDonald joined the First Christian family in June of 2013. Prior to moving to Rome, Craig served as a Young Adult Pastor at Arch Street UMC in Philadelphia, PA, as Associate Pastor at Mercy Community Church in Atlanta, and as a Youth Pastor at Sandy Springs Christian Church. He earned his MDiv from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Columbus State University.

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1896: First Christian is founded by a group of about 20 people. For the next several years, the church will meet in the homes of members, nearby schools, the Rome courthouse, and the Strand Theater.

1901: A small wooden building is constructed to house the young church, located on East Third Street. 40 people attended the first service in the new building.

1911-1912: The current lot on the corner of East Second Avenue and East Third Street is purchased, and construction begins on a new building. Tate Marble Company donates all of the stone (leftover scrap marble) for its construction. A gifted stone mason named Bill Gunn carefully puzzle-pieces the marble together.

1922: First woman is elected to the church Board of Directors.

1947: A War Bond is used to purchase an organ for the church, and a set of chimes are given by members. (Both are still used today.)

1950’s: First Christian begins broadcasting Sunday morning services on WLAQ.

1960’s: Amidst the school integration crisis, the Governor attempts to close the public schools rather than integrate. First Christian Church opposes the shutdown under the Leadership of Rev. Dell Von Almen.

1961: Nine women are elected as Deacons, the first time women served in this role at First Christian.

1978: First two women are installed as Elders of the church.

1990: Two major floods strike Rome, and the Church building is flooded on both occasions.

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