What's Happening Around Roseville First United Methodist Church

Our What's Happening page reflects the working of the Lord in our church community. This is what is happening in and around our church, how people are being touched and working for the glory of our God. Everyone is welcome to join in!

Learning Opportunities, Studies and Groups

Have you ever had a life interrupted?

Jonah "Have you ever had a life interrupted? Come and journey back to Old Testament times and the story of Jonah and the Whale. We all know the story, or do we?" 

Priscilla Shirer takes us through the 4 chapters of Jonah to tell us his tale and perhaps to enlighten us about ours. Please join us on Wednesday’s at 12:30 pm in the Meeting Room for this summer study.

God bless. Dee Parker.



The Holy Spirit has been working in our midst...inspiring people to form new groups not only for our church family but also for the community. Here are a few groups you may want to visit:


Our Support Group isn't just about grieving. It is about growing and showing support as a Church family. We share stories, insight, loving memories and even laughter as we sip tea and enjoy treats. Jesus wants us to live abundantly. Let's spring to life! Enter through the Nursery side door on Monday’s at 1:00 pm to Celebrate Life with us. Please follow your heart to us.

Host, Gail Provine!

United Methodist Men (UMM)

Business discussed: What to do with funds raised:

  • $500 to be kept in UMM fund
  • $500 to be put in VBS fund
  • Door (with window) to be purchased for game room
  • Picnic table and white asphalt paint for playground
  • Any left-over monies will go to shading for playground or to general fund for budget, pending further investigation

All items were voted on and passed unanimously.
Cliff Williams

United Methodist Women (UMW) News


We will meet Wednesday August 16th @ 1:00 in Backman Hall, after the Prayer Shawl meeting @ 11:00. Consider bringing a bag lunch for between meetings. After our business meeting we will enjoy refreshments and share, in fellowship, about some of our various vacation experiences. For example, Linda's trip to Ireland, Teresa's 3-4 month long road trip around the U.S.A, Kathleen's mission trip to Weed (a vacation?) and Barbara's cruises. Oh, blessed summertime!

I might add, now would be good time to mention our All Church Potluck Picnic to be held on Saturday September 23rd at Woodbridge Park in Roseville. Watch for further details to come. The UMM are co-sponsoring this event with us. There's sure to be wonderful food, games, music and fun for all ages. Invite your family, neighbors and friends!

We cordially invite all women of our church to join us on August 16th, at 1:00.

Shelly Newton


News from Around the Church . . . .

From the Lay Leader

At our 2016 Planning Session last November, we discussed and formulated a protocol to get information out to the congregation, as well as the public in a timely and organized fashion. We’ve been lacking the one vital component to achieve our plan, a Communications Coordinator who would, in essence, be the team leader.

A few months ago, a new person came forward to take on this essential position. With the utmost pleasure, we welcomed Lorri Brady to the Church Council at our June meeting. I asked Lorri to provide a short bio introducing herself for this month’s Chimes. Please enjoy reading about her journey finding a church she could call home!

Lorri Brady moved to California from the suburbs of Chicago, IL, back in 1993. This move was due to a job transfer with Hewlett Packard. She lived in both Auburn and Roseville for approximately twelve years. At that time, she attended the UMC of Auburn and the Bayside Church in Roseville.

In 2005, she moved with her husband, Terry, to Anacortes, WA, to take care of her aging parents. She attended the UMC of Anacortes. After losing both of her parents, Lorri and her husband decided that Anacortes, WA, was not their home, and headed back to Roseville, CA in 2013.

Lorri has one son, Michael, of Sacramento, and two step-daughters, Michelle, of Orlando, FL, and MaryBeth, of Chicago, IL. After bouncing around from several churches on her return to Roseville, she met Tom & Janice Gaitor, and the rest is history. The First United Methodist Church of Roseville is now her home, and she hopes to serve the church and congregation in whatever capacity is needed.

As Communications Coordinator, she already has a plan of action and is working at refining the protocol formulated at last year’s Planning Session. As a matter of fact, this month’s Chimes edition includes Lorri’s first article.

You will be able to spot Lorri around the church; she has a “light up the room” smile, and an energetic and wonderfully warm personality. We welcome her with open arms as another sister-in-Christ.

~Sandy Williams

From the Communications Coordinator


The Church Counsel is preparing for the Annual Planning Meeting which is scheduled for August 26th, 2017. At this meeting, actions items are chosen to determine how to best move forward on our Church’s Vision Team Goal which is: To build an environment that is welcoming to young families so that by 12/31/2017, the average attendance of children and youth (birth - 12 grade) is 30 or more.

Here is the list of items the Vision Team came up with to focus on in 2017/2018 before the Vision Team disbanded in 2016:

  • Alpha*
  • ESL Classes (English as Second Language)
  • Laubach Program (literacy in the English language)
  • Providing transportation for those who don’t drive
  • Onsite craft/yard sale to include food booths and a bounce house
  • Open door ministry
  • Radio advertising (on Christian radio stations)
  • Lift*
  • Social Grouping of congregation

*already in the planning stages

It is very important that everyone as a member of this Church has the opportunity to have their ideas and suggestions heard, and possibly added to the list for consideration during this year’s Annual Planning Meeting.

We are asking for YOUR ideas and suggestions on what you would like to see the Church work on during the coming year to reach our Vision Team’s goal. Where would you like to see the Church directing it’s time and resources in the coming year? Do you have a passion for a program you would like the Church to consider?

All ideas and comments are welcomed!

Please contact any of the Church’s Team Leaders to express your ideas/suggestions and possibly have them added to the list for 2018.

Thank you in advance for your participation in the Annual Planning Meeting!

~Lorrie Brady

Trustees News

Cliff Williams has painted the white area of the playground and will soon be setting out the picnic table provided by UMM (United Methodist Men). The upstairs game room now has a window in the hall door and the room is now ready for action!

ALL-CHURCH PING PONG TOURNAMENT is scheduled for October 1st! Put this date on your calendar. Games will begin immediately after Sunday service in the game room.
This idea was born of Gail Provine's brag about her ping pong skills "She floats like a butterfly but stings like a bee!" Maybe it's time to shut her up? Please sign up (beginning soon!) All ages welcome. "Ringer" friends are welcome. Walk-ins welcome. We'll have a Doubles Tourney if we get teams. Come and play!

Leo Wierbick


The 3 C’s hope everyone is enjoying the summer and keeping cool and healthy. Sunday 7-23-17 we gave out 9 pillows to the Gathering Inn guests. We had some new people and several of the children received one. It is so rewarding to be able to make them feel loved. Anyone is welcome to come and see firsthand the gratitude these guests have. The meal is prepared by different churches. We do the pillows on the 4th Sunday each month. This mission is loved by all (headed by Hazel “our pillow maker”). She continues to keep busy by finding beautiful fabric for the cases. She makes them with love. We all do help with stuffing them as needed. We continue to take donations of material and other items. To put our nice material to good use too Hazel has made 2 baby quilts.
Kathleen Mirtoni thanks us for our donation to the mission trip to Weed. We are pleased that we could help. Thanks also to our generous congregation when we have fundraisers and our bake sales.
Bake Sale and Crafts coming in September!
We have purchased an automatic BP monitor which is in the office near the AED and first aid kit. Just to let you know if needed.
We wish Anna Kirby the best and will sure miss her. She is going to Ukiah with family.

We meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month at 10 am in Backman Hall. All welcome to come by and see us. Contact Shelly, Anne, Hazel, Donna, Debbie, Nancy, Dee, Barbara Hulse or Susan for more info.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

Susan Reining

Time for Prayer & Devotion


Why do we worship idols when we have a jealous God? You say you don’t. Here are a few idols (strongholds) I have come up with; money, shopping, relationships, the Church, the Church building, food, gambling, smoking, alcohol, drugs, animals, self, reading, traveling, gaming, etc. I know there are more; use your imagination. Do any apply to you? I know a few apply to me. Most of these aren’t bad things but if we don’t do them in moderation then they get in the way of our time with God. When that happens they become a stronghold that controls our life. “As long as our minds rehearse the strength of our stronghold more than the strength of our God, we will be impotent.”
“My Father, You are the Lord my God. I desire to love You, listen to Your voice, and hold fast to You, for You Lord are my life. (Deut. 30:20) You have promised that Your plans for Your people are the plans to prosper and not to harm. Plans to give us hope and a future. (Jer. 29:11)” Please Lord show me the idols that I worship that I am not aware of. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.(Ps. 139:23-24) Oh, Father how I thank you that my help comes from You, the Maker of Heaven and earth.(Ps. 121:2) Help me continue to realize that. “O, Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done marvelous things, things planned long ago. (Isa.25:1) Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen (1 Tim.1-17)
Pray this prayer with me and join us August 2 in Heritage Chapel and every other Wednesday at 7pm.

Donna Dammann
Prayer Coordinator

Priscilla Circle - BBQ PICNIC

The ladies of the church are invited to join Priscilla Circle on Monday August 21 2017, at 6:00 p.m. for their annual summer BBQ.  This event will be hosted at Diane McGuire's home at 6823 Outlook Drive in Citrus Heights.  We ask you bring a dish to share and your own meat to BBQ.  Please let Diane know you'll be attending by calling/texting 916.837.7302 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The grill will be smokin' -- we hope to see you for a fun evening.


Three Church members needed to help perform a financial audit of the church books. A total of 30 hours has been allocated for this job (10 hours for each volunteer). A stipend of $15 an hour will be available. Experience in accounting or bookkeeping would be helpful but not required. Position:

1. Review accounting for receipts and income
2. Accounting for disbursements and bank reconciliation process
3. Personnel and payroll
4. Property (Church rental, Inventory of personal and real properties)
5. Financial reporting
6. Tithing and year-end tables
7. Other items

Please contact Pastor Steve at (916) 783-3464 and or Connie Witherow at (916) 410-2253 if interested.

Feeling Hungry?

Papa John’s Pizza is offering Daily Church Specials!
If you are meeting at the church with one of our church groups, you can take advantage of this great offer!
See Lisa in the church office to get more details.


Opportunities Abound . . . . 

Is there a subject area in the life of the church that is passionate to you? Do you want to share that passion with others? Do you want to help educate our congregation? We call that teaching. Pastor Steve has a passion for teaching but there are just so many days in a week; so many hours in a day. The vision of our church is to "follow Jesus in changing lives, transforming communities, renewing the Church." Our mission is to "make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." Part of our vision and our mission is to be a teaching church, to help our congregation to learn. We are looking for people who would like to lead a class for others. We will provide the instructor texts, student texts, and materials for the class. If you are interested, please let the church office know. 


News from Others Associated with the Church . . . . 

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 Program Outcomes Summary 2016

The Gathering Inn began 13 years ago when a group of Placer County ministers met in January 2004 to discuss opening their doors during the coldest months of the year to help meet the needs of the homeless in Placer County. This initial collaboration of 13 congregations provided food, shelter, hospitality, and a sense of dignity to the homeless. After 3 short years, The Gathering Inn evolved into a year-round program serving the homeless of Placer County with comprehensive on-site services. Each year, our organization strives to augment and improve the services we provide to our homeless guests so they can end their homeless situation.

Comprehensive Services We Offer:

  • Case Management
  • LifeSkills Classes
  • Sobriety Programs
  • Housing Assistance
  • Employment Assistance
  • Interim Care Program for homeless patients released from local hospitals
  • On-site medical clinic
  • On-site dental clinic
  • Clothing Closet
  • Laundry & Shower Services 

2016 By The Numbers

445 Total guests served
25,594 Bed nights provided to our guests
70 Average number of guests served each night
171 Number of guests who utilized emergency shelter services only with stays of 10 days or less
274 Number of guests who remained in our program & engaged in case management


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 A Guest Success Story

A veteran and his adult daughter came to The Gathering Inn because the house they had been living in for many years was being sold. The vet has been working at his current job for more than 25 years, yet does not earn enough to support himself and his daughter. While engaged in our program, Case Management was able to assist this guest in obtaining a Veterans Housing Voucher, save enough money for a rental deposit, and begin receiving CalFresh benefits to supplement their food expenses. His daughter enrolled at Sierra College. They are currently living in a 2 bedroom furnished apartment.

Look for more information about The Gathering Inn to come next month!


Other News . . . .

A Friendly Reminder About Underage Parties

Police Department from City of Roseville, California
End of school, start of summer, graduations--so many great reasons to celebrate! But let's work together to keep booze, weed and other drugs out of underage gatherings. Underage drinking parties have led to serious problems in our area, including destructive party crashers, trips to the emergency room for alcohol poisoning, trashed houses, thefts and worse. Parties advertised on social media can quickly get out of hand and become dangerous.

Under Roseville's Social Host Accountability Ordinance, parents and other hosts can be held responsible for teens drinking or using drugs on their watch, even if they didn't furnish the alcohol or other drugs. Please visit our website for more information about the ordinance, and tips for parents to prevent problems. http://www.roseville.ca.us/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=4860&TargetID=11...