March Monthly Herald #3
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Rome First UMC
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March 1 - March 31, 2017

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We are a downtown church located in Rome, Georiga. 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 offer two Sunday morning worship services.

Some families like to sit around the tables in the worship space so their children can enjoy their snacks and color during the sermon which makes our "Worship on the Wilder Side" contemporary service a family friendly option. It is at 9am in the Garnett M. Wilder Center. 

The 11am Traditional service is a bit more formal, though you’ll find people wearing everything from their “Sunday best” to something more like business casual. Hymns, creeds and a formal choir is what you will find during this service along with a sermon and a Children's Moment.

Worship on the Wilder Side // 9:00 am Garnett M. Wilder Center
Traditional Worship // 11:00 am Historic Sanctuary
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Sunday School and Small groups for children, youth and adults are a part of our Sunday morning schedule. For information about what we offer, click here.
Pastors Blog.
Marching Forward - ALL IN to go ALL OUT!
Read Rev. Dr. Robert Brown's monthly article.
Next Sermon Series

"I'm Giving Up" 

March 5th: "I'm Giving Up...Judging"  -  Matthew 7:1-5 (NLT)
March 12th: "I'm Giving Up...Holding back" -  2 Samuel 6:16 (NLT)
March 19th: "I'm Giving Up...Being less than what I was created to be" - 2 Corinthians 12:20 (NLT)
March 26th: "I'm Giving Up...Doubting" - Matthew 21:21 (NLT)
April 2nd: "I'm Giving Up...Giving Up!" -  Galatians 6:9 (CEB)

Technology for the Golden-Ager
  Each month we will bring you a technology tip for you to use! 
Connecting Seniors and Smartphones

Instructions to 💨 download Rome First mobile app
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February Volunteer Spotlight

Each month we will spotlight a Rome First volunteer. We are excited to bring this new feature to the newsletter. We are all called on to be the church and Rome First couldn't make it without its volunteers! 

Tracey Koehler
Tracey has been a member of Rome First UMC since 1998. She and her husband Clayton have been attending regularly since 2002 when they got married. She has been the Lay leader for Rome First, on the nominating committee, helped with youth and children's ministry, kept the nursery on Sunday mornings and a member of United Methodist Women. Tracey and Clayton have one child, Clay who is a part of the youth group at Rome First. 

Tracy leads the ministry TGIF, a group that started in conjunction with Celebrate Recovery when the church hosted it. It was for those with different needs such as social skills, life skills, and just needing a place to belong. "When Celebrate Recovery stopped, Rome First adopted our group for Wednesday nights. We have been meeting for approximately 8 years. We have dinner, fellowship, and a lesson. We have read books by Max Lucado, Beth Moore, and many others. We read together as a group or watch a movie and discuss. We focus on the fact that we need to be a community for each other and support one another. Sometimes you make your family instead of being given one", Tracey says. The group also works on giving back. They helped with the making of Prayer Beads for the 2016 General Conference. Each meeting, the group collects money to donate to such organizations as Stop Hunger Now and Foster Care Support. This past year, they were able to donate $200 at Christmas. 

Tracey is an Educational Specialist in Leadership and has a Clinical Certificate of Competence and is a Speech-Language Pathologist and works with the Floyd County School System. She leads the Floyd Autism Skills for Life - a group for Adults with Autism - to work on social skills and building relationships. She also is the co-chair for the Angel Tree Project at Model High School for students in need.

TGIF meets weekly with Tracey Koehler and other volunteers on Wednesday evenings at Rome First UMC. To help out as a volunteer or provide a meal, contact Tracey Koehler.
Conversations from Conference:
A Highlight of Methodist History
The Tindley Temple

Methodist preacher Charles Albert Tindley is credited with writing lyrics in 1901 that are now part of one of the most famous songs in
American history.

Praying Our Way Forward - Join the Prayer Community for the United Methodist Church. In prayer, we can be one in Christ. The North Georiga Annual Conference will join together in prayer the week of March 19-25.

This prayer movement is a response to the Council of Bishops initiative. We are called to a posture of prayer, praying for God’s leadership to guide us effectively in fulfilling the mission of the church. We invite you – clergy and laity, conferences and congregations – across the denomination to pray for God’s guidance.

Ash Wednesday, March 1st, Rome First will offer the traditional
imposition of ashes.

7a - 8a // Garnett M. Wilder Center
12p - 1p // Historic Sanctuary
5p - 5:45p // Historic Sanctuary

Rome First UMC will offer opportunities for prayer, reflection, and meditation coinciding with the imposition of ashes. 

What is Ash Wednesday and Lent?
Read articles to educate and inspire you this season 

Sunday Funday

Sunday, March 5th 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Kids Kindergarten through 5th grade 
Parents and siblings are welcome

Find out more information about our children's ministry today!
Cathy Aiken-Freeman, Director of Children's Ministry

Dynamic doodles from the kids during worship
See all the great things that happened at our very first *STEAM Camp hosted at Rome First UMC on Feb. 20th, President's Day. (*Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Math)

We are so grateful to the whole Kinney family and the Darlington Darbots for making our first STEAM camp experience such a success. On February 20th, 15 kids participated in a day of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics in the Wilder Center. Robotics, 3-D animation and a drone demo were just some of the things we explored. This was a test-run for future STEAM camps. We're very excited about all the possibilities to involve our kids and kids in our community further. 

Our next STEAM camp experience is March 24th, a teacher's workday for City and County schools. To help working parents, drop-off begins at 8:30, The first session starts at 9:30. We'll finish at 3pm, with a later pick-up option for parents who would normally use after-school care. Sign your child up here

If you'd like to volunteer, please let us know! No experience necessary! If your child is interested, ages K-6th welcome, the cost is $10. 

Students in 6th through12th grade 

A new and exciting Youth Ministry format has just been rolled out! Make sure you are a part of it. Learn all about the new Affinity Groups being offered and a new Sunday Morning schedule. 


Spiritual Life Retreat (SLR)
March 17th - 19th
Camp Glisson

$75 if you register and pay before 12pm this coming Sunday, January 15 

$100 if you register and pay before February 1 

$125 Register and pay before February 15 

The last day to register is February 15. 

The last day to pay is February 28 at $145. 

We need at least 8 for the trip to make. 

Pay online for retreat and use option "other". Put SLR RETREAT in the "memo" section

Adults: you need to fill out this medical form for the camp, this permission form for the retreat, and our authorization and medical form found below. 

All Youth Activities
Evan McElreath, Director of Youth and Mission
March 2017 Volunteer schedule
Download you copy today!
Volunteer Opportunities
SUNDAYS: Can you be a volunteer here at Rome First? You may be the person we are looking for! Ushers, greeters, Crossroads Cafe, Guest Connections Table, Please contact us if you can help serve.

SOUNDBOARD: We are in need of Sound Board Techs. Both worship spaces are looking for volunteers. Training will be provided.

PRAISE BAND: Do you play an instrument or sing? Why not be a part of the Rome First Praise Band. Contact Jason Dunn to learn more about the Contemporary service and the Praise band.
UMW Newsletter         UMW 2017 Calendar  
UMW Website information
Whether you're an early riser or have limited time, UM Men are active at Rome First. The Men's Bible Study meet on Monday's at lunch and the Men's Prayer Breakfast meet on Tuesday mornings. 
Check out the opportunities. 
Lenten Bible Study: 
"You Might Be A Methodist ... If"

Led by Rev. Robert Brown
Beginning Wednesday, March 1st 
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

This is a free, seven-week study on Wednesday evenings with a local food truck on property for you to purchase dinner. 

For details about this study and to sign up today!
Just a friendly reminder that Daylight Savings Time starts on
Sunday, March 12th 
Spotlight on Giving: March 

 March communion offering 2/5/17 
Boys & Girls Club of North West Georgia

Want to use the on-line giving option? Click the button below to make your donation click "Missions/Local" and note B&G Club in the memo. 
PushPay: Give on-line
Coming in April!
Rome First is setting up a new online membership access that will allow you to see your giving history and pledge information. Also, you will have access to an online membership directory. Look for details and dates for Sunday opportunities to get set up and
learn about Breeze! 
Click the images below to see who is celebrating this month!!
Memorials to Rome First
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