Pastor Brian’s Update 7/7/2018

Good day, Rome 1st UMC Family!


I want to give a big thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make our annual community picnic a success. There were so many people who put in time, effort, money, and skill to make this happen. We had plenty of good food. We had some games and activities for the children. We had great music. There were leaders and workers doing all kinds of things. We had dozens of people from the community come hang out with us on a very hot day! I was happy to be able to meet some of our neighbors, to get to know them, and to encourage them.

The picnic was a reminder for me of who we are called to be for the world: the body of Christ redeemed by his blood. We will talk about this more during our Communion liturgy this Sunday. This whole church thing isn’t just for our benefit. This whole church thing is us joining God’s work in the world. We lose sight of this, sometimes thinking church is only about us being fed when it is really about the world being fed. There are so many hungry people in our backyards (physically and spiritually). We aren’t called to just be fed, or even to simply feed the hungry. We are called to be like Jesus and commune with them!

Church, the picnic was a job well done. Let’s continue to seek God’s call for the next experience where we can break bread with our neighbors.  

  • Speaking of sharing with our neighbors, Vacation Bible School is coming up! Invite any kids you know! We have teamed up with First Presbyterian Church again this year. The Presbyterians, 108 W. Court St., will host the event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 22-26. The theme is Water All Around the World. It will feature stories, games, crafts, songs, music, and more. Don’t worry about dinner those nights. A free meal will be served from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

  • We will end our Love! Grow! Serve! sermon series this week with a sermon on Serve the World. Think about ways in which you serve the world or would like to serve the world. Let’s share this Sunday about what God is up to and what God is encouraging us to do.

  • You may have notice a slight change in our bulletin. We added the scripture basket testimony back in, but we have renamed it to A Time of Testimony. I encourage you to continue to use the scripture basket as a way to focus on how God is moving in your life. However, this time can also be used for any kind of testimony you have. If God is moving in your life, we’d like to hear about it. Your testimony of God’s movement in your life reminds all of us just how good God is and how God is still moving among us today. Don’t be shy!

  • The annual United Methodist Night at the Ballpark will be held July 17 at NBT Stadium in Syracuse. The Syracuse Chiefs will play the Durham Bulls. A Upper New York Conference-wide tailgate party will precede the event. Bring a dish to pass, your own drinks, and table service. Hot dogs will be provided by United Methodist Men. Contact Rich Hartz for details and ticket information.

  • Our Mohawk District Leadership Team is looking to compile a resource list for people and churches who would like to use their gifts and skills to bless those in our communities around the district. They are looking for a variety of skills, including but not limited to:    
    – Audio and Visual Technology
    – Financial experience and those who might assist with annual audits
    – Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry & Safe Sanctuaries
    – Staffing and Employment related experience
    – Urban or Rural Ministry
    – Community Outreach

Let me know if you’d like to be added to such a list.

  • The Honor America Days parade and lawn sale will be held July 28. We need donations for the hot dog stand, bake sale, and tag sale.


Grace and peace,

-Pastor Brian