April Monthly Herald #4
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Rome First UMC

a monthly newsletter
April 1 - April 30, 2019


Our mission at Rome First is Love God, Love People and Serve the World and our vision statement shows how we do this... "serving Rome by loving and welcoming all as partners in transformation". 

What to Expect

 We are a community of faith that with open hearts and open doors. We encourage you to give us feedback anytime. We can all reach out to someone we know that needs a place of grace to come to. Who will you invite?

Contemporary Worship // 9:00 am Wilder Center // with a full band
Traditional Worship // 11:00 am Historic Sanctuary // with a Chancel Choir
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Tenebrae Service
Thursday, April 18
Historic Sanctuary

Rome First presents: 
Tenebrae:  A Service of Darkness by Hal H. Hopson 
Featuring the Rome First Chancel Choir and soloists  
Accompanied by Julie Bearden Carver, organ & Jeannie Bastos, oboe


Easter Sunday Services
Sunrise Service at 6:45am on the Rooftop Garden
Contemporary Service at 9am in the Wilder Center
Traditional Service at 11am in the Historic Sanctuary

Easter Lilies
If you would like to place an Easter lily in the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday,
in honor or in memory of someone, call the Church Office, 706-291-8590
or click below for a order form. 
Easter Lily Order Form
Pastors Blog.
Making Room For ALL...
Read Rev. Dr. Robert Brown's monthly article
Next Sermon Series

Headed To...
4/7 "Gethsemane" Rev. Dr. Robert Brown
Matthew 26:30-45 (NRSV)
4/14 "Jerusalem and the Cross" Rev. Dr. Robert Brown
Matthew 26:55-68 (NRSV)
4/21 "VICTORY" Rev. Dr. Robert Brown
Matthew 27:1-10  (NRSV)

A New...
4/28 "Beginning" Rev. Dr. Robert Brown
Isaiah 43:19  (NRSV)
Ramblin’ With Robert

Destinations Include: 
Chattanooga Arts District - April 16
$50 per person,- Deadline to register is April 8 at noon.
Depart April 16 at 8:30am.  Lunch on your own.  Return at 5pm
Atlanta Botanical Gardens - May 28
$70 per person  - Deadline to register is May 20 at noon.
Depart May 28 at 8:30am.  Late lunch at Mary Mac’s
(on your own).  Return 5pm
Only 14 spots available each trip
(must have a minimum of 10 people)
Sign up in the Church Office

706-291-8590 or

Last Supper at the Biblical History Center – April 6th

The Cornerstone Class invites Rome First members to join them on a trip to the Biblical History Center in LaGrange on Saturday, April 6th. We will be there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and have a guided Passover meal at 11:30 a.m. We have reservations for 25. Cost is $40 per person plus tax. This includes seeing artifacts from the Israeli Museum (some dating to the time of Abraham), the Passover meal, and time in their Biblical Garden (full of reproductions giving a sense of Biblical life.)  A guide will lead each activity. Note - we'll be going a week before Holy Week and this trip is a wonderful way to prepare for Easter.  We will leave from the church at 8:30 a.m. and expect to be back by 4:30 p.m.  Transportation plans are being finalized but you should be able to ride with the class if you would like.  Email by March 30th to reserve your spot.

Make sure to check out all that is
going on for kids at Rome First! 
April 7th is Sunday Funday!
Ages preK-3rd grade, meet in the Wilder Center Dining Room,
3pm-4:30pm.  We'll play a something, make a something, eat a something.  (Each something will be different!)     
Parents and siblings welcome.

Contact with questions or whatnot.
Students in 6th through 12th grade 

All Youth Activities

Parker Clavijo, Director of Youth 
UMW Newsletter   UMW 2019 Calendar  
UMW Website information
If you're an early riser, join the Men's Prayer Breakfast 
on Tuesday mornings at 7:30. 
April 2019 Volunteer schedule
Download your copy today!

Each month we will spotlight a
Rome First Mission.

April's Communion offering benefits 
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)

Founded in the 1940s, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the humanitarian relief and development arm of the United Methodist Church.  UMCOR strengthens and transforms people and communities by working globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.  The work of UMCOR is categorized in three major areas:  humanitarian relief/disaster response, sustainable development, and global health. 
April's communion offering goes to support the lifesaving ministry and mission of UMCOR.


Mission Opportunities

Rome First UMC Mission Trips:  Save the dates!

Cass Community, Detroit, MI, July 14th-19th, 2019
Puerto Rico, June 18th-25th, 2020

Two vital aspects of mission are emergency relief assistance and long term recovery partnership.  In the immediate aftermath of disaster - however it may occur in a neighborhood, a city, or at the family level, emergency relief is the most fundamental need.  There is no recovery without it.  After the immediate crisis has passed, long term recovery-being fully restored back into community as a contributing member is a work of partnership, creativity and support.  Rome First UMC has the opportunity to help in the work of both aspects of mission.

Cass Community in Detroit, MI began as a ministry of Cass Community UMC.  Today Cass Community Social Services works across the city in areas of concentrated poverty providing programs for senior citizens, homeless children, disabled, unemployed and homeless individuals.  The creative programs of Cass Community, under direction of Rev. Faith Fowler, are a unique model of restoration and transformation.  Check out their website,, to learn more.  Faith Fowler's book is also available in the Wilder Center lobby.

Cass Community needs the work of 5,000 volunteers a year to make their mission go.  Volunteers ages 10 and up, of every skill set level, or none at all, are welcome.  This summer, July 14th-18th, Rome First UMC will send a team to help, and also learn from, Cass Community.  If you're interested or would like more information, please let us know.  Call the Church Office of contact

In 2017, Category 5 Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico.  As of now, there are still 50,000 homes in need of repair.  Workintg with the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, UMCOR has sent over 100 teams with over 1,000 members to help with rebuilding.  UMCOR's  new goal is to repair 36 homes per month.  Given that the Methodist Church of PR has made available three retreat camps to encourage teams to come lend a hand.  Nest summer, June 18th-25th, 2020, a team from Rome First UMC will answer the call.  Ages 18 and up, all skill levels of none at all, are welcome and needed.  If you're interested, please let us know.  Information packets available in the office.

There is no recovery without rebuilding first.  The formerly homeless of Cass Community are now building and delivering solar panels to the people of Puerto Rico.  Rome First UMC has the opportunity to be a small part of good work alongside great people.  

Other Mission News

Sunday, May 5th, 11:30am-2:30pm, is Good Neighbors Food Truck Rally right in our own parking lot.  Stay after church and enjoy Lunch with Your Neighbors.  There will be an open house, a chance to learn what God Neighbors Ministry is all about, and good food with good company.  100% of proceeds fund the work of Good Neighbors Ministry. 

 Rome First UMC will join with Community Church Ministry (and other churches) to help facilitate an Easter Egg Hunt and meal for local families in government housing and local mobile home communities.  The events are on various Saturday (morning/afternoon) and Thursday (evening) and last only 2 hours.  We are seeking VOLUNTEERS of any age to help with this ministry opportunity.   We need 6-10 volunteers for a total of 4 events (serve at one or more).  This is a great opportunity for  ALL to get outside of the walls of our church building and serve ALL in our local community.  Please contact Vincent Moreno for more info or to sign up to participate.  (706)331-6634 or


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Spotlight on Giving: April

April Communion Offering 
During Communion this month,
please consider making a special offering to
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) 

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