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A Monthly Newsletter Published by 
Rome First United Methodist Church

April Sermon Series 






Sunday, April 3
4:30-6:00pm
Wilder Christian Life Center

SPEED FRIENDING

Wednesday, April 13 & 20, 5:30-7pm, Wilder Christian Life Center 
Come and enjoy a casual evening of "Speed Friending...getting to  know your neighbor". Based on ourupcoming sermon series, "A  Table For Two or More", we will gather together around a banquet  table at 5:30 for food and then move to lighthearted conversations of  two to get to know one another more at 6pm. A local food truck will be  available for your dinner option. You can register to join us on our  website, www.romefirst.org or just show up! Cost: only the meal you purchase.  Childcare is provided.

 
ONE BOARD MEETING

Thursday, April 14
6:00pm
Room A203, Education Building

Everyone is invited to attend
 
SURF SHACK PLANNING EXTRAVAGANZA

Sunday, April 17
10-11pm
Wilder Christian Life Center Dining Room 
 
IN THIS ISSUE
QUICK LINKS

» SERMONS AND MEDIA

» NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE

» A CALENDAR OF EVENTS

» MANAGE YOUR GIVING

» PRAYER CONCERNS

» BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERS.

» MEMORIALS 

» READ THE BIBLE IN A

   YEAR

MINISTRY QUICK LINKS

» PRAYER MINISTRY 

» VOLUNTEER MINISTRY

» WOMEN'S MINISTRY 

» CHILDREN'S MINISTRY  

» YOUTH MINISTRY

NEW MEMBERS
new members welcome
WE ARE KNOWN BY OUR LOVE
 
The world has lost interest in many interesting things...

According to a recent Pew Foundation survey, people today have lost interest in Religion, but claim Spirituality is the most important aspect of their life! What can this mean? Have people lost interest in Jesus or in the "shenanigans" of Christianity, which often bears no resemblance to Christ's example?

Jesus did not come to cajole or manipulate people. He did not come to debate or lead by forceful personality. He never tried to gather a crowd (although crowds gathered whenever Jesus taught, healed or spoke). And Jesus never tried to build an organization. He never marketed himself or developed his "brand". Instead, he exemplified this quality that we all need - Gentleness.

WESLEYAN ROOTS FOR TODAY'S FAITH

Sunday, April 10, 3-4pm, Wilder Christian Life Center Dining Room
Anjie & Andy Woodworth will share with you some of what they learned on their trip to England and invite you to know more about the interesting story of the people called Methodists. They brought back pictures, stories, and even the short video shown in the Methodist Museum in London. Join them on Sunday, April 10 and hear all about their trip!

NEW SUNDAY MORNING GROUP



GRADUATE RECOGNITION

Sunday, May 8th
If you have a graduate you would like to have recognized, please contact Evan McElreath before April 17th at evan@romefirst.org or by calling the church office. Please be sure to include the graduate's name, the school they are graduating from, their degree (if applicable), and their plans after graduation.

SAVE THE DATE FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

June 13-17, 2016  - Look for more information on how to spend the week with us as we catch the wave of God's amazing love!!
 
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 fall, please
contact Renee Webb at reneewebb3@comcast.net.

FAIR TRADE 

Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, Snacks, Olive Oil
Order Deadline:  April 1  Fair Trade Form
Next Order Deadline:  June 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.

MURPHY-HARPST AUXILIARY

If you are interested in being a part of the Murphy-Harpst Auxiliary pick up a brochure. These can be found in the Church Office lobby or in the Wilder Center lobby.

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 use your PayPal personal account.
□ 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