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A Monthly Newsletter Published by 
Rome First United Methodist Church

August Sermon Series
August 7 | What the World Needs...is Less Hate and More Love, Communion
Luke 6:27-31

August 14 | What the World Needs...is What the World Can't Understand
Ecclesiastes 8:17; Matthew 13:14-16

August 21 | Our Path Forward

August 28 | Linked In
4TH ANNUAL TOMATO SANDWICH SUPPER

to benefit Faith & Deeds Community Health (formerly The Free Clinic 
of Rome)
 
Friday, August 5 ~ 5-7pm ~ in the Wilder Christian Life Center
Meal: Tomato Sandwich - Chips - Desserts and Drink. 
Cost: $10 per person. $25 per family of 3 or more

Door Prizes, Silent Auction, Sponsorship Opportunities
Help us support Faith & Deeds Community Health, one of our partner ministries.  

You can pick up tickets at:  The Rome Visitors Center, Faith & Deeds Community Health & Rome First UMC Church Office.

Join us for a fun evening of fellowship, music and good eating for a great cause. 

ORPHEUS MEN'S ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Saturday, August 13, 2016
6:00pm 
Rome First Historic Sanctuary
 
The concert is free


UMW GENERAL DINNER MEETING

Thursday, August 18th ~ 6:00pm ~ Wilder Christian Life CenteDining Room
Cost: $10
Bring: Thank Banks
Mission Project:
Bring items for Christmas boxes

Details and suggested items for UMCOR Christmas Shoe Boxes for Honduras are provided on the UMW page of this newsletter or you may pick up a list in the Church Office.

Reservations for childcare and dinner to Church Office by noon, Monday, August 15.

All women are invited!

ONE BOARD MEETING

Tuesday, August 30th ~ 6pm ~ Room A203, Ed. Building

Everyone is invited to attend!

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VISION & MISSION
 
Pokémon GO, the new smartphone game from Nintendo and Niantic, has recently generated crazy headlines as it continues to add new members and make mind-boggling amounts of money with each passing day. The game uses your phone's GPS and camera to turn your world into a real-life scavenger hunt for the Pokémon millions grew up seeing only on their Gameboys. In the week since its release, it has already increased Nintendo's value by over $9 billion dollars-a more than twenty-five percent jump- and iPhone users alone spend roughly $1.6 million a day on in-app purchases. When one considers that the game has only been officially released in the US, Australia, and New Zealand, it is understandable why many forecast that those profits will only grow across the coming months. 

 
STATEMENTS OFFER INSIGHT AND GUIDANCE FOLLOWING WESTERN JURISDICTION ELECTION

As United Methodists consider the complex and unprecedented election of an openly gay bishop by the
Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, two statements offer insight and guidance. 

Before the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference convened on July 13, our SEJ College of Bishops issued a pastoral letter. Following Saturday evening's election in the Western Jurisdiction, Bishop Bruce Ough,  president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, issued a statement.  

The text of both statements is below:

A Pastoral Letter from the Southeastern Jurisdictional College of Bishops to the United Methodists in the Southeastern Jurisdiction


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

Mailing Changes at Rome First

Rome First no longer has a P.O. Box address. All correspondences with the church will need to be  addressed to Rome First UMC, 202 East Third Ave, Rome, GA 30161. If you need to drop a note or check by after office hours you can use the mail slot in the door at the breezeway to the preschool.

ONE COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE
 
Following the service, lunch will be served in the Wilder Center catered by Lou Cora's BBQ. Please make a reservation by emailing the Church Office (churchoffice@romefirst.org) or calling (706-291-8590) so we can estimate how many are eating. You can still eat without a reservation.

NEW BOOK STUDY

They are simple phrases. They sound Christian, like something you might find in the Bible. We've all heard these words. Maybe we've said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join Adam Hamilton in this short Bible study to search for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés with the wisdom found in Scripture.

True or false:
1. Everything happens for a reason.
2. God helps those who help themselves.
3. God won't give you more than you can handle.
4. God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
5. Love the sinner, hate the sin.

All true? Not so fast. We've heard these phrases all of our lives, but
in Adam Hamilton's new book, Half Truths, you'll learn that although
they capture some element of truth, when compared to the wisdom
found in Scripture, they're really just popular sayings.

The schedule for the "Half Truths" book study is listed below. There
are two identical class offerings; an evening class, facilitated by
Evan McElreath, and a daytime class facilitated by LaDonna Sawyer.

EVENING STUDY
Tuesdays from 6:00PM until 7:30PM in the Parlor (the Nomads classroom).
Facilitated by: Evan McElreath Director of Youth and Mission.
Class dates: 8/30, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4

DAY STUDY
Thursdays from 9:30AM until 11:00AM in the Dining Room. 
Facilitated by: LaDonna Sawyer Director of Hospitality and Connection.
Class dates: 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6

Sign up through the church office by calling 706.291.8590, emailing churchoffice@romefirst.org, or register online at www.romefirst.org/study-groups

CONFERENCE MISSION MONTH

Join us as the Body of Christ at First Methodist in celebrating three ministries we share with all the other United Methodist churches in North Georgia. We will be taking a special offering to support the Housingand Homeless Council, Aldersgate Homes, and Wesley Woods. Housing and Homeless Council grants funds to churches and non-profits that provide shelters, soup kitchens, transitional housing, clothing closets, and other services to very poor and homeless persons. Aldersgate Homes serves persons with developmental disabilities and encourages and equips individuals to live as independently as their capabilities allow as well as participating in community life. Wesley Woods' mission is to help people age with grace and ministers to older adults by providing affordable residential and healthcare services.

You may designate your gift to Rome First as "Mission Month." Unless you specify a specific agency, your gift will be split evenly among all three agencies.

SAVE THE DATE

Rome First UMC is hosting a Poverty Simulation on Wednesday September 14th from 5:30PM until 8:00PM.

During the course of this 2.5 hour Poverty Simulation, you will:

Educate yourself about poverty in our area
Simulate one (1) month of living in poverty
Dialogue about your experience with others
Begin to Dismantle barriers that perpetuate poverty
Collaborate with community members

The main purpose of this event is to help participants learn about the realities of living in poverty and to
develop more effective ways of working with those who are impoverished. 

Please sign up by contacting the church office at 706-291-8590, or online at

NEW FACES AROUND ROME FIRST

The Staff Parish Team of One Board is pleased to announce the following staff changes/additions to the Rome First Staff.

If you haven't already met LaDonna Sawyer she came on board as Director of Hospitality and Connections on July 1.  We welcome La Donna and her husband Ken to Rome!

On August 1, Ronny Goodwin will begin his new responsibilities as Building Superintendent and Church
Sextant.  Ronny comes to Rome from Alabama with great experience in construction, construction
management and building maintenance experience.  You will see him around during the week working on the regular building maintenance issued and on Sunday to open and close the building and make sure the
facilities are welcoming and hospitable!

The Rome First School is pleased to announce that Ms. Jenny Holdbrooks and Ms. Debbie Hart have agreed to serve as Director and Assistant Director for Rome First School for the 2016-2017 School Year.  Jenny will remain in the Kinder Kids Classroom as the Lead Teacher. Debbie will leave  her classroom and assume the primary administrative functions and responsibilities of the shared role.  The addition of Barbara Mull as a 5 hour per week Financial Assistant will make the operation of the office and administration a much "lighter task" for Jenny and Debbie.  Looking forward to great school year at the RFS.

We are still looking for a part-time Director of Children's Ministry to "fill out" the staff for Rome First.  The
job description is posted on the church website and on the North Georgia Conference web site.  If you or
someone you know is interested, please contact Dr. Brown for additional information about the exciting
opportunity to shape the lives of children and serve as a great resource for families with children in our community!

A CHURCH FAMILY NOTE

Dear Church Family,

Please know how muck I appreciate the thoughts and prayers of each one of you in the loss of my brother six months ago.

I am thankful for a loving church family that shares their love and  compassion and prays for me and with me during time of loss.

God bless each of you,
Sue Hopper

LIFE:  THE FINAL CHAPTER EVENT

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 ~ 1-5pm ~ Ford Dining Hall, Berry College
Registration $20, Students $10 
To register, email baker8483@comcast.net, call 706-506-2000 or go to www.infoforwomen.org

Write your own ending, an informational program focusing on the last chapter of life: "a time to resolve issues, say important things, finish unfinished business and share important moments." 

DO YOU LOVE HAVING YOUTH AT ROME FIRST?

Can you help support our youth ministry for just one evening?

Provide a meal: If you are able to provide a meal for Breakaway one Sunday evening this Summer, please
contact Renee Webb at reneewebb3@comcast.net.

FAIR TRADE 

Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, Snacks, Olive Oil
Order Deadline:  August 1 Fair Trade Form
Next Order Deadline:  October 1 Fair Trade Form 

Any questions?  Call Sondra Wilkins at 706-291-1945.  
Sondra is at the church on Thursday from 10-2 if you want to stop by then.

ONLINE GIVING - NOW AVAILABLE AT ROME FIRST

Electronic giving offers convenience for you, and you never have to worry about forgetting your checkbook again. Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions from your checking or savings account. We also can take credit card payments and payments via PayPal. Simply follow these easy steps:

□ Visit the website at www.romefirst.org.
□ Click on the "Take Action" button.
□ Choose giving using the Rome First Access or PushPay.
□ If you choose the Rome First Access, you will see a list of contribution funds, but first click on the "Create
    Your Own Profile" to the far right.
□ Follow the instructions to create your online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions.
□ If you use your PayPal account, choose the amount you want to give, then log in to your own PayPal
    account.
□ Be sure to note in the comments section how you want your contribution designation - e.g. Capital Fund,
   General Tithe, or the specific ministry of your choice.
□ Also be sure to save your contact information so Finance knows you contributed!

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara in the Church Office.

KIDNEY DONOR NEEDED

A member of our community is looking for a kidney donor with Type A or Type O blood.  Rome First has been asked to help communicate this need.  If you might be interested, please call Barbara O'Neal at Piedmont Hospital to have a confidential conversation about what is involved with being a donor.  Her number is 404-605-4128.  If you talk with Mrs. O'Neal and decide you want to move forward, please let one of our pastors know and we will connect you with the person in need.

SUPPORT ROME FIRST BY SHOPPING!

Did you know there are three ways you can support Rome First UMC by shopping?  First, if you have a Kroger Plus card, you can link this to the Kroger community rewards program.  A portion of what you spend at Kroger will be donated back to the church to support our ministries. Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com and either sign in or create an account.  Once you've done this, select
Community right-arrow-icon4.gif Community Rewards at the top of the page.  On the next screen, you will enter our non-profit number: 37489.  We are listed as First United Methodist Church (if more than one are listed, be sure you pick the one with the Rome address!).  That's it.  Every time you use your Kroger Plus card, you'll automatically be supporting Rome First.  Be sure to share this with your church friends who shop at Kroger.

Rome First is also a part of Amazon.com's "Smile" program.  If you shop at Amazon regularly, please be sure go to www.smile.amazon.com and select Rome First as your charity of choice.  A portion of your purchase will be donated back to Rome First.  Again, we are listed as First United Methodist Church 
(Rome GA).

A third way to shop and support Rome First is through UMC Market.  Hundreds of online stores participate in this program and donate a portion of your purchase back to Rome First.  Simply create an account at www.umcmarket.org, select Rome First UMC as your charity, and then go to this site first whenever you are shopping online.


NEED TO CONTACT US?
Rome First United Methodist Church
202 East 3rd Ave, Rome, Georgia 30161  |   churchoffice@romefirst.org  |   (706) 291-8590