March Missions Spotlight

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) 

Founded in the 1940s, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the humanitarian relief and development arm of the United Methodist Church.  UMCOR strengthens and transforms people and communities by working globally to alleviate human suffering and advance hope and healing.  The work of UMCOR is categorized in three major areas:  humanitarian relief/disaster response, sustainable development, and global health. April's communion offering goes to support the lifesaving ministry and mission of UMCOR.

Murphy Harpst Children’s Center

Murphy-Harpst is an emotional, spiritual and physical safe haven for severely abused children and teenagers. It's mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where kids can heal and move toward a goal of re-engaging with society and leading productive lives. To be a part of a Murphy-Harpst volunteer team, please contact Pamela Kramer, Director of Community Engagement, pkramer@murphyharpst.org

Mission Opportunities: 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.