Recovery Rehab Worship Series

“Don’t even pretend this is some club of saints. This is a rehab clinic for sinners. The more we can be honest with ourselves about that, the more healthy the church will be.”  Pastor Brian’s sermon us up at

Pastor Brian’s Weekly Update

Hey Rome 1st UMC Family,   I hope all is well with you. Here is what is going on this week: You may have noticed new security cameras near some of the entrances at church. Some of the Trustees came in and had a work day last month and installed these cameras, among a variety … [Read more…]

Help Wanted: Christian Education Director

We are looking for a part-time Christian Education Director. The job description is below: First United Methodist Church of Rome, NY  “Love God, Grow Together, Serve the World” CHILDREN’S CHRISTIAN EDUCATION DIRECTOR JOB DESCRIPTION Updated February 2018 Accountability: The Director shall be under the supervision of the pastor in consultation with the Christian Education Team … [Read more…]


What has leadership got to do with church?  We go to church on Sunday, listen to a sermon, go home, come back next week and do it all over again.  Well look around and you’ll see leaders in every aspect of our church life.  We have the minister, office staff, education director, music directors, committee … [Read more…]

Lay Leaders Line Feb 2018

I chose the title of the column for a couple of reasons. First I love to go fishing, and as everyone knows fishermen have the best lines going. And I plan to keep thetradition going. Secondly and the more important reason is that Jesus asked some fishermen to follow him and become “fishers of men”. … [Read more…]

The Three Little Birds . . .

There once was a man named George Thomas, a pastor in a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit. Several eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began to speak. “I was walking … [Read more…]

The Sacrifice

There was once a bridge which spanned a large river. During most of the day the bridge sat with its length running up and down the river paralleled with the banks, allowing ships to pass through freely on both sides of the bridge. But certain times each day, a train would come along and the … [Read more…]

The Reason For The Season!

This morning I heard a story on the radio of a woman who was out Christmas shopping with her two children; after many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable, and after hours of hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, she finally … [Read more…]

The Legend of The Five Kernels

  It was very cold for the Pilgrims that first winter. Food was in short supply. Some days, they had only five kernels of corn. When spring came, the Pilgrims planted the remaining corn. The sun and rain helped the seeds to grow and much food was harvested in the fall. Every Thanksgiving thereafter, the … [Read more…]

The Garden

  I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses…. FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING, PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS: 1. Peas of mind 2. Peas of heart 3. Peas of soul PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH: 1. Squash gossip 2. Squash indifference 3. Squash grumbling 4. Squash … [Read more…]