May Missions Spotlight
TGIF (Thank God I Am Forgiven)
TGIF (Thank God I am Forgiven) is a Bible study group that works on supporting one another, having a lesson, eating a meal, and growing in our walk with God. TGIF started as a group in Celebrate Recovery when the church hosted it. It was for those with different needs than some in the recovery groups. Some needed social skills, some life skills, and some just needed a place to belong. We met Friday nights during Celebrate Recovery and would have a lesson, eat, and inadvertently work on needed skills. When Celebrate Recovery stopped, Rome First adopted my group for Wednesday nights.
We have been meeting for approximately 10 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. The group also works on giving back. We collect money every meeting as a donation for the meal to donate to a charity of the group's choosing. This past year, we chose 2 children from the Foster Care Christmas list and went shopping for them. The guys decided how much to spend on each child, made a list, and then shopped for the items. We have also donated money for Stop Hunger Now and worked at Restoration Rome in the clothes closet. They love giving back and having the opportunity to do it.
Meals and More
Meals and More moves in. For 15 years Meals and More has offered food and community to people in need. Meals and More is a collaboration of 13 congregations, and has operated from First Christian Church next door. Now that First Christian has sold, Rome First UMC will be host. On May 1st come join with members of 2nd Ave UMC as we prepare meals and offer hospitality to our neighbors. Meet in the Wilder Center and take a shift any time between 3-5:30pm.
Dear Church Family, a heartfelt thank you for all the help with our first inclusive prom for kids with special needs. From donations to baked goods to fruit trays to greeters and decorators, everyone was richly blessed by your love and support. Be on the look out for Prom pictures soon to come!