Pastor Brian’s Update 9/22/2018

Dear Rome 1st UMC family,

I hope your week is going well. I want to tell you two stories of great teamwork!

  • First, Food For the Journey went very well this week. We had about 30 people come and eat, worship, and learn Wednesday night. Deb and Tom Weiss came early to set up. Deb brought our side dish and was assisted by Beth Bushaw. We decorated tables together. Coffee was made and water poured. Tom set up the technology! Other food was brought in to share. Joe Cantarano helped me play some worship songs. Leslie Lewthwaite taught the young kids class with the help of some other adults. Jeff Evans led the adults in FaithLink. I taught the older kids. We cleaned up and went home. I know I am missing some helpers in the haze of the evening (please know I am grateful). I was so pleased to see everyone come together and make the night great. It is a reminder to me that we need one another and the gifts we bring as together we can do things we cannot do alone. Thank you all. I cannot wait to see how God uses Food for the Journey!

    • Side note: We start eating at 5:45 p.m. Don’t rush to get there or feel like you have to eat before you come. Bring food with you! Even if it’s after 6:30 p.m. when we begin class, bring your food and take your time!

  • Second, Worship Without Walls went well this week without me. I absentmindedly scheduled a meeting during WWW time. I’d like to thank Fred Yerman, Bill and Penny Gray, Tim Anderson, Martha and Howard Simonin and anyone else who made it all work this week! I am so pleased with the team work associated with this ministry. They’ll do it again next Tuesday as I’ll be out of town. WWW sites in Utica, Rome, and a new one in Whitesboro are all borne out of teamwork. We are seeking ways to strengthen our partnerships across these sites. Again, we are stronger together than we are on our own. I am excited to see how God will use this ministry!

    • Side note: We could use donations of bread. We have been purchasing some in advance and freezing it until we need it. Also, consider praying for Sue, Grace, and Blue, who our WWW team talked with this week.

  • Heeds: Missionaries David and Michelle Heed gave a great presentation about their work in Tanzania a couple of weeks ago. (If you missed it, you can see it online at 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.  

  • 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 continues Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the  lounge. You can get more information at

  • 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,