Pastor Brian’s Update 8/30/2018

    I am excited about what has been brewing here at church. We are working on planning for our upcoming Wednesday night experience, which is called Food For the Journey. We will begin this ministry Sept. 19 and hold it every Wednesday. It will begin at 5:45 p.m. with a community meal, with a time of praise and prayer around 6:15 and ending with a Bible study for all ages at 6:30 p.m. I have attached a flyer with this email. Please share this with everyone and consider attending yourself. I hope to see this extend throughout the community, that we can share the love of God with as many people as possible. We will hold a preview of Food For the Journey during our rally day service on Sept. 16! We will talk about the classes we plan to host and an overview for the night.

    Speaking of Rally Day:

  • Rally Day Bible Challenge: Are any of our children looking to earn a little cash? They can win a quarter for every book of the Bible they can name in 66 seconds on Sept. 16. There will be one Grand Champion named. Children should be encouraged to start cramming now!

  • Intergenerational Choir: Also on Rally Day, the intergenerational choir will sing a song during service. This is for ALL AGES, and you don’t have to have a child or a parent to be part of this! Rehearsals for this will be held Sept. 2 and 9 after church; Sept. 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and at 10:15 a.m. Sept. 16.


In other news:

  • Visitors this Sunday: Please welcome back our friends from the First Baptist Church this Sunday. They will be joining us for our biannual coming together for worship. Make a new friend and say hello to old friends!

  • Reclaiming Jesus: I preached a few weeks back using a statement several faith leaders put together called Reclaiming Jesus. You can read the statement at There is a Bible study that goes along with this that I am partnering with some other churches to do this fall. It will be held Sunday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. in our lounge. The point of the study is to get us to refocus our lives on Jesus and to try to cut through some of the ways in which culture and politics have co-opted our faith.

  • Worship Without Walls: Worship Without Walls is doing well. We are still handing out free lunch and prayer to the folks who pass by our cart at the Neighborhood Center each Tuesday. I am thankful for the folks who have rallied around this ministry and have made it work each week! We can always use help with what we give out. If you’d like to donate some goods, here is a list of what we need: Bread (best donated on Mondays), peanut butter, jelly, water, sandwich bags, lunch bags, Bibles, hygiene kits. This isn’t a complete list, but these may be the most pressing needs.  


From the Upper New York Annual Conference,


Recent flooding in Seneca County and throughout Pennsylvania has caused a shortage of UMCOR flood buckets within the Upper New York Conference.
    UNY Mission Central HUB is in great need of UMCOR cleaning kit supplies and help assembling and verifying buckets. While some of these buckets are used to help our own area, they’re also used around the world. According to Mike Block, Director of Missional Engagement, and Joe Auslander, UNY Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, warehouse contents are limited, and help is critical at this time.
    Click here for a list of UMCOR certified supplies used in cleaning kits. These kits can be dropped off at Rome 1st UMC! If you or a few friends can help assemble kits in the very near future at the UNY Mission Central HUB, please contact Mike Block at (315) 898-2066 or


Grace and peace,