Pastor Brian’s Update 9/13/2018

Dear Rome 1st UMC family,

I hope your week is going well. We have a lot going on at Rome 1st so I’ll get right to it:

  • Ed Corr: It is with sadness that I report that long-time member Ed Corr died Thursday morning. He suffered a stroke Sunday evening from which he didn’t recover. There will be no calling hours. A funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Rome 1st UMC. The details are being planned with Strong Burns and Sprock Funeral Home.

  • Heeds: Missionaries David and Michelle Heed gave a great presentation about their work in Tanzania. (If you missed it, you can see it online at We got to meet their adopted daughter Olivia, hear about the education and leadership programs they run, the feeding programs that serve so many people, and the health care work they do that saves many lives. They are doing great work and I’d love for us to give some support. If you haven’t already reached out to them in support and would like to do so, you can designate money for the Heeds and put it in the offering plate or send it to the church by Sept. 30. We will send whatever money we collect for their efforts. If you’d like to donate directly to them, go to, or send to Elim Fellowship, 1703 Dalton Road, Lima, NY 14485.  

  • A Time of Testimony: To coincide with our theme of healing, I ask you to consider sharing a story of how God used the church to bring about healing in your life, or a story about how you have been involved in healing. They don’t have to be big events or long stories. It would be wonderful to hear a variety of stories about how we have received or given God’s healing love.

  • Flood buckets needed: UNY Mission Central HUB is in great need of UMCOR cleaning kit supplies and help with assembling and verifying the buckets. Click here to get a list of supplies. It costs about $75 to put a bucket together.

  • Reclaiming Jesus: The Reclaiming Jesus bible study begins Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the  lounge. You can get more information at

  • Rally Day: We will do a preview of Sunday School this week. And, youth can participate in the Bible Book challenge. They will get a quarter for every book of the Bible they can name in 66 seconds.

  • 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.

  • Hunger Walk: The Hunger Walk will be held Oct. 21. We have been challenged to raise $3,500 and have 35 walkers this year. Let’s go beyond! Money raised goes back into the community to support local hunger relief organizations. We will collect loose change starting this week through Oct. 14. Jars will be in the front and back of the sanctuary.


I am praying for you all.

Grace and peace,