Pastor Brian’s Weekly Update

Hey Rome 1st UMC Family,

 

I hope all is well with you. Here is what is going on this week:

  • You may have noticed new security cameras near some of the entrances at church. Some of the Trustees came in and had a work day last month and installed these cameras, among a variety of other tasks. I am thankful for their hard work. These cameras were installed as a security measure in response to the break-in we had in October. These cameras have great picture quality and are motion and sound activated. The camera feed can also be accessed through the Internet. Among his other duties during Sunday worship, Tom Weiss is watching the doors on the computer as a safety precaution.

  • Children’s Sunday School will reopen Sunday! We will hold Sunday School during the 10:45 a.m. service. Children will begin worship with us and leave for classes after the children’s moment. The older children will begin a new series based on Matt Rawle’s “What Makes A Hero?: The Death-Defying Ministry of Jesus.”

  • Also, we are still looking for a new Christian Education Director. Click here to see our Facebook page (1st UMC Rome NY) for job description for more information. Interested candidates can contact Pastor Brian Lothridge at (315) 336-1740. Please provide previous experience, references, and a cover letter.

  • Summer camp programs have been announced! We don’t have physical books yet, but you can check out the 200 programs at Upper New York’s five sites when you click here.

  • The United Methodist Church continues its ongoing conversation regarding our denominations future. The Council of Bishops recently met to discuss some proposals that the Commission on a Way Forward has come up with. There are currently two proposals for a possible future. Each focus on unity and mission while giving space for contextualization regarding human sexuality. The Council of Bishops hopes to settle on one proposal to send to a special session of General Conference, which will meet in Feb. 2019. That proposal will be known in July.  Click here to read the latest article. Be sure to click on the links within the article to get more details on the process. You can always ask me if you have any questions.

  • All of this is being surrounded in prayer. Each conference around the global denomination is being asked to spend a week in prayer for the Commission on A Way Forward. Our week starts Sunday. We will spend some time in prayer during worship this Sunday and I will send out some reminders to pray throughout the week. I encourage you to engage in this. It is quite possible that the outcome of the 2019 General Conference will have some profound impacts on our denomination and our church.

 

From the Mohawk District Office:

  • The 9th Session of The Upper New York Annual Conference takes place May 30 to June 2 at Onondaga Community College, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. The district is seeking qualified church members to apply to become voting equalization members. The purpose of equalization members is to balance the number of votes between clergy and non-clergy so they each have the same number of votes. The length of service is the entirety of the Annual Conference session as well as in any advanced meetings or reading preparation. Those selected would be representing the Mohawk District, not your local church. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 12.