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Join us March 6, 4:30-6:00 join us as we complete a service project, fellowship and have dinner together. Open to all children age kindergarten - fifth grade. Please bring $2 for pizza, drinks are provided. This month we will meet at the church at 4:30 and travel to Armuchee to the Brighter Day office to pack backpack buddies.
Backpack buddies are bags of food sent home with children in Floyd County schools who may not have enough to eat over the weekend. We will eat pizza at the Brighter Day office and be back at the church at 6:00. If you are willing to drive, please let Dawn know.

Reminder - Stop Hunger Now
Sunday, February 28
2-7pm
Berry College, Krannert Ballroom
2 shifts: 2:00pm - 4:30pm, 4:45 - 7:00pm 


A Bead and a Prayer Mini Retreat
Saturday, March 12
9am-12noon
Wilder Dining Room

 
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NEW MEMBERS
new members welcome
GOD'S UNCHANGING WORD IN AN EVER CHANGING WORLD
 
My how fast things change - changing times and an unchanging message!

My thumbs are clumsy at typing on my phone's tiny keyboard, and the phone constantly substitutes the wrong word for what I mean. I quickly realized that if I wanted to "stay in touch" with our daughters, I would have to adapt my primary form of communication from face to face and in person conversations and even phone calls to texts, tweets and Facebook posts. I am a reluctant "texter". But, I'm clearly in the minority: A recent survey indicates that eighty percent of Americans prefer texting to voice calls.

In a study conducted by psychologists from Binghamton University, participants were found to be significantly more likely to view period-punctuated texts less genuine than unpunctuated texts. So apparently, when texting, the more you punctuate, the less real you are?

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
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WELCOME TO AUSTIN MCELREATH

Our newest staff member here at Rome First.
Austin will be working with Jennifer Talley, as her assistant, with the Praise & Worship Team as well as Hospitality. If his name sounds familiar, it's because he is the older brother of Evan McElreath, Director of Youth & Missions. Austin has moved here from Hartfield, Virginia where he was the Admin. Assistant to the Director of Guest Services at Bridgepoint Church. When you see Austin around, please welcome him!

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.

COME RING WITH US - INTRO TO HANDBELLS

Rome First music ministry is offering a 6 week beginning handbell course for interested adults during March and April on Wednesday evenings from 5:00-5:30 P.M. All you will need to be a part of this group is a basic knowledge of music and a willing attitude. You will delight in "making music" and building camaraderie with a small group and enjoy a more full worship experience. Classes will continue in the fall. Text or email Joe
Salter @ jsalter@romefirst.org or 706-728-1540. Our first class will be March 2 in the choir room.

WESLEYAN ROOTS FOR TODAY'S FAITH

From their childhood and early ministry days in Epworth, to their ministry in Bristol where they built the first Methodist building, to the vast ministry at the Foundry and City Road Chapel in London, John and Charles Wesley focused on serving Jesus Christ above all else. They sought to live a tangible reality of God's love and grace in every day of their lives and with every encounter with other people. They also sought to help other people find that same kind of intentional, lived devotion to Christ in service to others. That's how Methodism was born.

Because of the kindness and generosity of Rome First and Trinity UMCs, Andy and I had the amazing
opportunity to travel to England and see the sites related to the entire life and ministry of John and Charles Wesley. We got to see where they grew up, the rooms they lived in, the churches they built, the pulpits where they preached, and the place where John Wesley died. We got to see places where Francis Asbury grew up and departed for ministry in America where he transformed the new nation through Methodism. It was a
powerful and humbling experience to stand in the pulpits where John Wesley preached, knowing that we have been called to proclaim the Gospel as boldly as he did. It was a holy moment to stand in the room where he departed this life with the words "The best of all is God is with us." We are renewed and excited about ministry after this trip and we are grateful to our congregations for the opportunity!

We would love to share with you some of what we learned and invite you to know more about the interesting story of the people called Methodists. We brought back pictures, stories, and even the short video shown in the Methodist Museum in London. We'd love to share them with you. We'll host two gatherings, one at Rome First and one at Trinity. You are welcome to attend either!

Thursday, March 10, noon-1p at Trinity UMC in Mobley Hall (the fellowship hall in the main building)
Bring your lunch with you if you'd like.

Sunday, April 10, 3-4p at Rome First in the Dining Room

After this trip, I am more certain than ever about the strength of the Methodist tradition of lived out faith and the desperate need for our witness and presence in the world today. Thank you so much for this opportunity! We can't wait to share more with you!

Peace to you,
Anjie

HOLY CONFERENCING - FROM WESLEY TO 2016

Candler's 2016 Mallard Lay Theology Institute will focus on the origins, history, and current issues facing the upcoming General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The all day session will be held on Saturday, April 9 at Northside Church, and will feature four of Candler's Methodist Studies faculty (The Rev.Dr. Kevin Watson, Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies, Dr. Rex Matthews, Professor in the Practice of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies, The Rev. Dr. Tom Elliot, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology, Dr. Anne Burkholder, Associate Dean of Methodist Studies). Lunch is included in the registration cost of $35 ($25 for students). Northside Church is located at 2799 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

For more information and to register visit: http://tinyurl.com/mallard2016

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

 
 
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.

NEW SUNDAY MORNING GROUP

JUMP FIRST
Administration Building, Room B-302

This is a new group for people that are going through transitions in their lives and consider themselves a young adult or a young adult at heart. Whether you are in the beginning of your first career, first serious relationship, first child, or first big move, we would love to have you! The group has a casual, fun gathering during the week to build new relationships with each other. If you are interested stop by Sunday or join the Facebook group at j.mp/jumpfirst

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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!!
 
FAIR TRADE 

Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, Snacks, Olive Oil
Order Deadline:  April 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 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