Our Missions

Thank you to all who donated to the Rome Area Thanks-giving Baskets. 110 non-perishable food items went to the Rome Rescue Mission for distribution
in the baskets.


Angel tree - Decorated with tags for Rome children who will be helped through Rome Rescue Mission, Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army.  The tags indicate the age and desired gifts for each recipient. The gifts must be returned and placed under the tree with tags attached to the purchased gifts (not wrapped) no later than December 14.

Mitten and Undies Tree - Place mittens, gloves, scarves,
hats and socks, as well as underwear for boys or girls sizes 4-14 on this tree.
They will be for children and adults in the Rome area.

CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS: You have two options for your special Christmas offering.  Give to one or give to both, give as God directs you.

Regular Christmas Offering will be used for local church expenses.

  Christmas is Not Your Birthday Offering.  This offering will be split between Nexus Seminary, Uganda, and Blessings in a Backpack.  The principle behind it is to not spend as much on ourselves, but to match what we give to family and friends with an equal dollar amount for Mission.  We have seen great things because of this extra mile giving.  

    Nexus Seminary has graduated 350 leaders since 2006.  The fruits of Nexus Seminary have been wells, elementary schools, clinics and general community support in Uganda.  God uses trained leaders to impact their village in the name of Jesus Christ.  

    Blessings in a Backpack is a special effort to send food home for children on the weekend.  Food items are packed into a backpack so that each child has guarantee of something to eat over the weekend. The need is great.  We are hoping to fund at least 25-30 backpacks for 2015.  Most recent cost estimate is about $80 per child for the food for the school year.  Blessings in a Backpack is a national program (blessinginabackpack.org) being administered at a Rome elementary school by the Presbyterian Church.

   Envelopes for Christmas Is Not Your Birthday will be placed in the church bulletins on December 7 and again on December 21.  You may also pick one up anytime at the church.

We support a number of different missions both locally, nationally and around the world.  They are listed here in that order.  If you would like to contribute to the work or support of these missions please contact the church office at the phone number at the bottom of the page.

Our Local Missions

Saturdays bounty is a program that is held once a month September through June in our church fellowship hall where a meal is provided for those that attend.  Contact:  Gwyn Caldwell 336-4381



Located on E. Dominick St. Rome, NY, The Rescue Mission continues to serve those in need of food and shelter.  Their programs continue to grow as they expand into a bigger facility seeking to serve those in our community with the love of Christ.   Members of our congregation donate non perishable items on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Contact: Martha Simonin


An outreach program of the CNY Food Bank for anyone who wants to stretch their food dollars. Once monthly a unit of food is offered to the community for $15.50.  This includes 12 food items - meat items (4-5), staple items (4-5) and fresh fruits or vegetables (2).  There are 5-6 monthly specials at varying prices.  See the calendar for sign-up and pick up dates.  Contact : Martha Simonin, administered jointly with the 1st Baptist Church

A service project to help needy families in our community who have been referred to us by local social service agencies. Our volunteers pick up surplus baked goods from a local supermarket and deliver them to church, where they are packaged and distributed to approximately 50 families per week.
Contact Person: Barb Smith



A group dedicated to fabric and fiber service projects and Christian fellowship.  Meets Monday's at 6:30 PM in the loft sewing room!


Other local missions supported by our congregation: 


Neighborhood Center of Utica/Rome Site
Lucy’s House (Rome Safe House from domestic violence)
Folts Home Chaplaincy Program



Red Bird Mission, Beverly, Kentucky, began the work of ministering to people of the Appalachian area in 1921. They provide spiritual, educational, health and community outreach ministries.


Cookson  Hills Center United Methodist Mission, Cookson, Oklahoma ministering to the Native American people in rural Oklahoma since 1948 providing spiritual, social, educational and adult education services.




NEXUS SEMINARY, Uganda.   A pastor’s training program founded in 2006 by Pastor Alan Howe and his student and friend Rev. Davis Matovu.  This Seminary has trained over 120 rural Ugandan pastors in 4 years and has from 50 – 100 pastors in process of training during any one year.  It is provided free to the students, available to men and women, filled with practical and theological training.  The classes are brought to the areas where a group of pastors will commit to the 20 courses and to helping others in their area.  Check out   www.Nexus-Seminary.com


 Blessed Junior School Kirimandagi, Uganda

A village school started by Nexus Seminary graduate, Akoth Grace Owor (pastor), and her church in the Kirimandagi area.  This school is the only one in the area and is educating around 250 students.  Some families can help by paying fees, others cannot.  A substantial portion of the children are orphans. This school has no government or outside support.  It is a formerly war – torn area.  The initial support we provided in early 2010 is being used to provide better classroom facilities for these precious children. 

The children welcome the team from First UMC of Rome NY 

Busalumba,Uganda, Primary School and Church

This school and associated church, were started by Pastor Paul Muanguzi, a Nexus Seminary graduate, and his wife Teddy. The school has an enrollment of 100+students. The initial support in 2012 was used toward the school building. In 2014, a team of 8 church members partnered with local health care provider, Moses Ibanda, and assisted in a 2 day medical clinic for the students, staff and other members of the village.



Also supported by the congregation:

UMCOR- United Methodist Committee on Relief-

                ongoing support for Haiti
Church World Service

Imagine No Malaria,  ImagineNoMalaria.com