December Monthly Herald #12
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Rome First UMC

a monthly newsletter
December 1 - December 31, 2018


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 // Casual flair with a full band
Traditional Worship // 11:00 am Historic Sanctuary // Business Casual with a Chancel Choir
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A Time Of Waiting
Read Rev. Dr. Robert Brown's monthly article.
Next Sermon Series

12/2 "And Watching " Rev. Dr. Robert Brown
Luke 1:68-79  (NRSV)
12/9 "And Listening" Rev. Dr. Robert Brown
Zephaniah 3:14-20 (NRSV)
12/16 "And Ready" Rev. Dr. Robert Brown
Micah 5:2-5 (NRSV)
12/23 "And Weary" Rev. Dr. Robert Brown
Isaiah 9:2-7  (NRSV)
12/24 "No More!" Rev. Dr. Robert Brown, 5pm & 11pm
Isaiah 9:2-7 & Luke 2:1-7 (NRSV)
12/30 "Dreams Can..." Rev. Dr. Robert Brown
Genesis 37:19-20 (NRSV)
UMW Christmas Banquet
Thursday, December 6
in the Wilder Dining Room
Cost:  $15 
“Teach Them the Meaning of Christmas” by Daryl Jean Gould 
Bring Amazon, Wal-Mart or Vanilla Visa gift cards
for the Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center 
Reservation deadline is noon, Monday, December 3 for dinner/childcare 
Women of all ages are invited!
Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along
Sunday, December 9
in the Rome First Historic Sanctuary  
Bring your own score or borrow one of ours! 
Or just come and listen!  
This event is free and open to all!

Rome First Christmas Services

Candlelight & Communion Service
December 24 - Christmas Eve
5pm & 11pm
in the Rome First Historic Sanctuary

Join us for worship as we celebrate the gift of the Christ child!

Sunday After Christmas
December 30 - One Service
in the Wilder Center
No Sunday School
Join us after worship for a church-wide New Year's Celebration!
Make sure to check out all that is
going on for kids at Rome First! 
Each week this month during the children's moments there will be a Progressive Christmas Pageant.  No lines to remember, no pressure to perform. Just costumes, the Christmas story and the lighting of the Advent Wreath.  All kids, all ages, siblings, parents, grandparents, friends, all are welcome to participate.  We'd love to have you.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 1 - 8:30-1:30am
in the Wilder Center
Hosted by Rome First School.  Admission is free.  Donations to Murphy-Harpst Children's Center are appreciated.

Jolly Sunday Funday
December 2 - 3pm
in the Wilder Center
Pre-K-5th grade are invited
Come for an hour of messy crafts, gooey snacks,
then off to Children's Choir practice.  $2 per child.
Parents & siblings are always welcome and wanted! 

Kid's Pre-Christmas Eve Gathering
December 24 - 4pm
All kids will meet in the Wilder center
for a Super Secret Project.  And cookies.  
Parents & siblings are always welcome and wanted!
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. 
December 2018 Volunteer schedule
Download your copy today!

Each month we will spotlight a Rome First Mission.

December's Communion offering benefits the
AIDS Resource Council of Rome.

ARC began in 1994 with a small group of citizens concerned about the issues and needs facing those living with HIV/AIDS.  ARC is a community-based education and service organization helping those who are infected, as well as those affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Northwest Georgia.  Georgia currently ranks first in new cases of HIV infection.  ARC offers free testing on a walk in basis, counseling and support for persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families, and help navigation the emotional and financial challenges of a positive diagnosis.  Your contribution to this month's offering will assist ARC in their mission to love and support members of our community living with HIV/AIDS.

Mission Opportunities:
On December 15th everyone is invited to a brunch with our friends of AIDS Resource Council in the Wilder Center dining room at noon.  Bring your friendly, welcoming self and a dish to share for a meal with families in our community involved with ARC.  Come and help pack Christmas care baskets for those too ill to attend.  Contact to let us know you're coming or with any questions.  The more the merrier.
This year we will pack 40 Christmas Care baskets for families affected by HIV/AIDS.  We'll be collecting homemade cookies, warm socks, and any self-care items that make people feel better.  Bring your items to the Church Office.  Thank you!

Our Share the Light Tree is in the Wilder Center Lobby.  Come have a look.  See how we can spread love and light in our community this Christmas season.

Click here for December calendar
Spotlight on Giving: December

December Communion Offering 
During communion this month,
please consider making a special offering to
Aids Resource Council of Rome

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Celebrations This Month
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