Pastor Brian’s Update 7/12/2018

Good afternoon Rome 1st UMC family,

I hope all is well with you.

I want to encourage you today. God loves you no matter your situation, no matter your status in life – or lack thereof, no matter where you find yourself. You are made in the image of God. God desires to be close to you and is always near. You are worthwhile. You are loved more deeply than you’ll ever know.

    I thank God for you. I pray that you will feel God’s love in some tangible way today and that you would draw nearer to God. Find some time to connect with God today. Spend a few moments in scripture. Carve out time to pray. Rest in God’s love. Even Jesus took some times to press pause to be with God in prayer.

    Here is what is going on this week and beyond:

  • The one and only Jeff Evans will preach this week as I, Sherri, and Elliott will be hanging out at Aldersgate for Family Life Weekend. I am thankful for Jeff’s willingness to fill in. I pray God speaks through him in a mighty way.

  • Our Pioneer Ham Dinner will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. July 31. Call the church office or sign up on the sheets outside the sanctuary to donate pies or volunteer to work in the dining room or kitchen.

  • 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.

  • Cultural Homestay International is looking for local families who would consider opening their homes up to a foreign exchange student. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, you can contact April Menard at (518) 253-5305 or for more information. I sat down with April earlier this week and she explained this great program to me. I have some information packets in my office if you’d be interested. April also may be at one of our Sunday services coming up.

  • Mental Health is a crisis in our communities and in our world today. Too many people go without the help they need for a variety of reasons. If you or someone you know suffers from mental illness and it becomes a crisis you can call the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team at (315) 732-6228 and someone local will assist in the getting the needed help. Mental health problems affect people of faith and I’d like to make sure we as a church are supporting people in getting the help they need. We had a representative from the team come in today with some information. I left some of it on the table near the offices.

  • 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!

  • 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.

Grace and peace,

-Pastor Brian