May Missions Spotlight

Bishop's Appeal:  Wesley Woods Pastoral Care

Wesley Woods Pastoral Care is an elder care ministry bringing elderly residents into community and relationship through offerings of grief counseling, worship, Bible study and prayer groups.  Wesley Woods recruits volunteers to increase caring support for residents.  Through its connectivity with local churches, mission and outreach opportunities for direct involvement with Wesley Woods residents are grown.  
This month's communion offering goes to benefit the work and ministry of Wesley Woods Pastoral Care.

Mission Opportunities

Sunday, May 5th, Lunch with Good Neighbors, immediately after church!  11:30pm-2:30pm.  Join us for lunch in the Rome First UMC parking lot and stay for an open house at Good Neighbors Ministry.  All proceeds benefit the work and ministry of Good Neighbor Ministry.

Tuesday, May 7th, Meals & More.  Meet us in the Wilder Center Dining Room at 3:30pm to help prepare and pack meals for our neighbors in need.  No need to sign-up, just come on down.  Finished by 5pm.

Wednesday, May 15th, Informational Meeting about our Mission Trip to Call Community.  6pm in the Wilder Dining Room.  Come for pizza and information about our July Call Community Trip.  Learn more about what CC is and how you can be a part of it.  All ages, 10 and up, are eligible and wanted!

Upcoming Mission Trips

Cass Community, Detroit, MI, July 14th-19th, 2019
Two vital aspects of mission are emergency relief assistance and long term recovery partnership.  In the immediate aftermath of disaster - however it may occur in a neighborhood, a city, or at the family level, emergency relief is the most fundamental need.  There is no recovery without it.  After the immediate crisis has passed, long term recovery-being fully restored back into community as a contributing member is a work of partnership, creativity and support.  Rome First UMC has the opportunity to help in the work of both aspects of mission.

Cass Community in Detroit, MI began as a ministry of Cass Community UMC.  Today Cass Community Social Services works across the city in areas of concentrated poverty providing programs for senior citizens, homeless children, disabled, unemployed and homeless individuals.  The creative programs of Cass Community, under direction of Rev. Faith Fowler, are a unique model of restoration and transformation.  Check out their website, casscommunity.org, to learn more.  Faith Fowler's book is also available in the Wilder Center lobby.

Cass Community needs the work of 5,000 volunteers a year to make their mission go.  Volunteers ages 10 and up, of every skill set level, or none at all, are welcome.  This summer, July 14th-18th, Rome First UMC will send a team to help, and also learn from, Cass Community.  If you're interested or would like more information, please let us know.  Call the Church Office of contact cathy@romefirst.org.

Puerto Rico, June 18th-25th, 2020
In 2017, Category 5 Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico.  As of now, there are still 50,000 homes in need of repair.  Working with the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, UMCOR has sent over 100 teams with over 1,000 members to help with rebuilding.  UMCOR's  new goal is to repair 36 homes per month.  Given that the Methodist Church of PR has made available three retreat camps to encourage teams to come lend a hand.  Nest summer, June 18th-25th, 2020, a team from Rome First UMC will answer the call.  Ages 18 and up, all skill levels of none at all, are welcome and needed.  If you're interested, please let us know.  Information packets available in the office.

There is no recovery without rebuilding first.  The formerly homeless of Cass Community are now building and delivering solar panels to the people of Puerto Rico.  Rome First UMC has the opportunity to be a small part of good work alongside great people.