Pastor Brian’s Update 10/25/2018

Hey Rome 1st UMC Family,


I hope your week is treating you well. Sunday is almost upon us and I’d like your help with worship. We have gotten to the part of the Lord’s Prayer that says, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” There is a lot to unpack here, more than one sermon will do. You can help us unpack this by sharing a story you may have of God’s forgiveness, of your forgiveness for others, or of others forgiving you. I’d love to have you share what is on your heart when it comes to forgiveness. Let me know if you’d like to share.


In other news:

  • Thank you to all the walkers (more than 40 I believe) who represented Rome 1st UMC in the Rome Area Hunger Walk on Sunday. It was a great event with a new route that had us passing by some of the agencies that receive the money raised for the walk. Thank you, also, to those who contributed in any way to the event!

  • I want to hand out candy outside of church on Halloween. I think this could be a good way to be visible to the community and to hand out event flyers for Food for the Journey and Sunday worship to kids going by. I would love it if some folks would join me in this! Also, if you’re out and about in the next few days and want to pick up some candy to donate to the cause, I would be very grateful!

  • Ad Council will meet for a few minutes right after worship ends this Sunday. We will figure out whether or not to work with the Upper New York Annual Conference Vital Congregations team and approve my salary so it can properly come before charge conference.

  • Speaking of charge conference: our is Nov. 4 (Sunday) at 4:15 p.m. at Vienna UMC. A worship service will be held at 3:15 p.m. with some of our sister churches. All are welcome. Only members get a vote.


I want to thank you all for your dedication to Rome 1st UMC as we strive to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Please continue to join me in prayer that we a church that loves God, grows together, and serves the world.


Grace and peace,