Pastor Brian’s Update 9/8/2018

Hey Rome 1st UMC Family,

I hope you are well. Just in case you forgot, WE WILL WORSHIP AT 10:45 a.m. STARTING THIS SUNDAY! You got that, right? Haha. Good. Although, if you show up at 10 a.m., you can get started on some prayer. Or join the choir. Wherever the Spirit leads. 😆

Also this Sunday, Please welcome back missionaries David and Michelle Heed. They will update us on their work in Tanzania as they work with children, plant churches, and make disciples!

This Sunday also marks the beginning of a five-week series called Healing Hands, where we will focus on Jesus’ healing work in Scripture and in our lives, and the call to join Jesus in this work. I will offer prayer and anointing for healing this Sunday. I’d love to pray for you or for those on your heart.

In other news:

  • Ad Council Meeting: 7 p.m., Sept. 11.

  • Food For the Journey: It’s almost time for our new Wednesday night ministry, Food For the Journey, to begin. As a reminder, this begins Sept. 19 at 5:45 p.m. with a bring-your-own meal. Our Bible studies will be for all ages and will replace what we typically have done on Sunday mornings. I just got the curriculum for the older students’ class and I am excited about what they will be doing this year! Also, is anyone interested in canvassing the neighborhood around the church with flyers sometime next week?

  • Hunger Walk (from Barb Hoehn): I am challenging our church members, my own family team and me personally to raise $3,500 and to have 35 walkers in this year’s walk on Oct. 21. I was able to raise $400 through a tea party in March, which I am happy to apply to the $3,500 total. I am always brainstorming other ways to raise funds and am open to other suggestions. One thing that I am suggesting is to ask the Rome First family to collect their loose change and bring it to church starting on Sept. 16 and ending on Oct. 14. Look for designated collection jars starting on Sept. 16.

  • Saturday’s Bounty: This ministry will now be under the direction of Shirley Caldwell and John King and will begin Sept. 29 with a menu of grilled cheese, applesauce, and homemade chicken soup. Let Shirley know if you are interested in helping out or come join the meal and get to know our neighbors!

  • 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: Thanks to everyone who donated to Worship Without Walls this week! We can always use more 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. Also, could you pray for Amanda, Starlet, Doug, Brad and Hope, Melissa and Vicky, and Sue. These are folks we prayed with this week!

  • “Exercise Your Right – VOTE” Community Unity Day: Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m. to noon, 1st Presbyterian Church, 108 W. Court St., vegetarian potluck will follow (Reduce your carbon footprint). Please bring a dish to share if you are able! Guest speakers include Rome Common Council members Cam Tien and Rob Tracy; Andrea Radesi Election Inspector “An Insider’s Look at Voting”; Liz Clough MVCC History Teacher “History of Voting & Voter’s Rights”. Come to support this effort to bring our community together and celebrate our right to VOTE! Visit our Facebook page for complete details!

Grace and peace,