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


Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam Bethlehem or bedlam . . . Which will you choose this year? The truth is, we don’t have to choose, because Christmas always happens right in the midst of our chaos. God breaks into our noisy disorder and is made known in Jesus Christ. Christmas and confusion—weren’t they intimately related at the first Christmas when Jesus was born? Sometimes we forget that. That’s what this study is about—how Christ breaks into our chaos and confusion and brings Christmas—how Bethlehem always happens in the midst of bedlam. Each session includes questions for reflection and discussion, a brief prayer, a focus for the week, and six daily Bible readings for personal devotional time during the week. This is our Advent Study. It will be offered Mondays starting 11-27-17 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room and repeated on Wednesdays starting 11-29-17 at 11 a.m. in the Meeting Room. The books are in and available for pickup.  Please contact the church office to sign up for either of these two classes and get your book.  Read the first chapter for the 11/27 or 11/29 class.





Second Saturday Lay Servant Ministries Classes offered at Roseville First UMC

Roseville First UMC will host Second Saturday Lay Servant Ministries classes every second Saturday of the month beginning in November 2017. The schedule and curriculum is designed so as to complete the requirements for Certified Lay Speaker by August 2018.

Laity from any district may attend these classes. Your specific Lay Servant Ministries Director will be notified of course completion. Class begins at 8 a.m. and will end no later than 6 p.m. Students are responsible for obtaining and reading the text, completing the exercises, and bringing any written work required. Please see the Second Saturday Training Schedule for specific courses, dates, and required textbooks, located on the bulletin board outside the church office.

Advanced registration is required. Please register on the Conference website at www.cnumc.org/registrations. Cost of the course is $20 and will include snacks and beverages. Lunch is at student’s expense. Payment should be made at time of registration.

The class for November 11th is the Basic Lay Servant Class.
The class for December 9th is Lay Servant Ministries Spiritual Gifts
The class for January 13th is Deeper into the Bible taught by Rev. Rod Brayfindley

For questions or additional information please see Pastor Steve. 


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)


We’ve purchased and received a new set of candle lighters and a stand; they are now in the sanctuary, and have already been put to use.

We’re continuing our Adam Hamilton’s book study, “Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White”.

Our next project, which we hope to start in the near future, is the exit door next to the choir in the sanctuary. Looking forward to more projects.

Cliff Williams

United Methodist Women (UMW) News


We will not have a General Meeting this month. Our Advent Dinner and Program may have passed by the time of your reading this article. We thank all who attended and hope everyone enjoyed the event as much as we enjoyed presenting it! Special thanks also to Nancy Bray for her adaptation and reading of the Christmas Story "No Room at The Holiday Inn" and the Williams Family for their participation. As well, to Don Harris for his wonderful and traditional reading of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas".

We are pleased to state our officers for next year; President Linda Kennedy, Vice President Anne Gregory, Secretary Barbara Schwartz, Treasurer Nancy Bray and Nomination Chair Yvette Sipes. Supporting Coordinators are; for Spiritual Growth Susan Reining, for Education Shelly Newton, for Reading Program Dee Huston, for Communications Sandy Williams and for Social Action Kathleen Mirtoni.

A Merry Christmas and A Blessed New Year to All,
Shelly Newton


News from Around the Church . . . .

Christmas Day Meal

It's October. Time to start thinking about Christmas!!! Oh sure, we have to get through Halloween and Thanksgiving, but let's face it, Christmas takes some real planning. There are Advent activities, decorating, family gatherings, shopping, menus and travel arrangements to be considered. So much to do, so little time…………
This year, Christmas Day is a Monday. Around here, Monday is Helping Hands Feeding Program Day. We are beginning to make plans for serving a Christmas Day meal. I have already created a Donations List and a Volunteer Opportunities Sign- up Sheet. The Donations List is included here and copies will be available. Most of the items are dry goods that can be brought to the church anytime between now and the week before Christmas. The Volunteer List will be posted in Backman Hall and on-line soon.
You may recall that we did not serve a Christmas meal last year. It didn't happen because I was unwilling to take on the leadership role of such an event. This year, however, I am "getting out of the boat" as Simon Peter did and I am praying that unlike the other disciples who stayed in the boat, you will all join me in some way. Providing a meal on Christmas Day to the hungry and less fortunate among us, affords each of us the opportunity to step outside of our comfort zone. As you begin making plans for celebrating the birth of Jesus, please add "Church Christmas Day Meal" to your To-Do List. And thank you for all the ways you already serve Him.

Christmas Day Meal Donation Request List


15-18 lb. turkey          


gallons of milk

70 lbs

russet potatoes


whipped cream canisters (16 oz)


cans of yams


gallons of apple cider


boxes of stuffing


boxes of chicken stock (32 oz)

55 lbs.

fresh green beans

10 lbs 

unsalted butter


nine-inch pies

 5 lbs

brown sugar


cans of turkey gravy (14 oz)

 4 qts

half and half (milk)


cans of cranberry sauce (14 oz)

 6 lbs



dozen dinner rolls


bunches of celery

All Glory to God.
Kathleen Mirtoni 

Joy, Comfort and Service

"Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brother and sisters of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40

"Truly, I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me." Matthew 25:45

We enter into Advent, anticipating the birth of the Christ child. The Christmas Season such a festive time of year. We don our holiday apparel; "ugly" sweaters and earrings that light up. We string lights around our windows and around our front yards. We decorate our evergreens with heirloom ornaments and angel toppers. Wreaths and candy canes abound. Holiday cards are displayed on our mantels where Christmas stockings are hung in anticipation of Santa’s visit. The scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and pine waft through the air. Christmas carols stream from our "devices". We gather to celebrate with friends and family, exchanging gifts and our favorite holiday cookie recipes. Yes, our world is aglow with joy and good cheer. And sometimes we can get so absorbed in the hustle and bustle of Christmas that we lose sight of its purpose. I have gotten pretty good at avoiding the hubbub by doing two things. First, I shop on-line!! No traffic, no lines and often free shipping. Second, and most importantly, I remember that the birth of Jesus brought Hope to a dark and and dreary world 2000-plus years ago and celebrating His birth has renewed that hope each year ever since. Truly, Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

And yet, for many of us, the Christmas Season, with all its wonder, is the most difficult time of the year. This wondrous joy only magnifies the silence left by the absence our dearly departed. The empty space at the table, the gift not given, the tradition unkept, deepen our sense of loss, our yearning for just one more moment with the one we loved. No matter if it is the first Christmas or the tenth without our loved one, our sorrow is real. We are hard pressed not to have our spirits dampened. Even while remembering the Christ Child, our human grief can haunt us.

Here at FUMC Roseville, for those of us who find Christmas difficult, we can find solace at the Blue Christmas service on Thursday, December 21 in the sanctuary. Pastor Steve presents a comforting, gentle service where we can come together to acknowledge our grief and regain our hope. The past few years, Blue Christmas has been an uplifting experience for me, one that has truly helped me embrace the holiday in a way I otherwise could not. If you find the holiday difficult, I urge you to attend our Blue Christmas service and allow others who know how you feel, and God's grace, to embrace you.

Another way to get in the holiday spirit is to do something for someone else. And I have just the thing for you to do!! Participate at our Christmas Day meal. We will start cooking at 6:30 in the morning, serve the meal from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and then clean-up. I expect we can be all done by 2:00 pm. Please sign up for an hour or two or all day if you have the time. Serving the less fortunate on Christ's birthday is a labor of love that will lift your spirits and bring you peace. I find it to be so much fun that it makes my toes wiggle!!

For those of you who will be out of town or for some other reason can't make it on Christmas Day, you can participate by roasting and carving a turkey for us. Below is a list of dates and times that you can pick up a turkey and a roasting pan in Backman Hall. Cook and carve it at home and return the turkey to the church on Sunday, the 24th, or on Christmas Day by 10:00 am. For a quick, easy way to roast a turkey, try spatchcocking. Look for instructions on-line at spatchcocking.com.

Friday, 12/15: 11:00 am - noon
Saturday 12/16: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Sunday 12/17: 11:30 - noon
Monday 12/18: 9:30 - 10:30 am

For those of you who can't give of your time or service, see the Donations List that was included in the church bulletin and is posted on the board across from the office and on the Mission Team board in Backman Hall. I am trying to keep the list on the bulletin board updated but you can always ask me what is still needed. You can bring those donations on Sundays or anytime the office is open.

See me or call me to sign up for Christmas Day or to roast a turkey. 916-782-2450.

Peace on Earth,
Kathleen Mirtoni


On Sunday, Dec. 10th, after worship, the 3 C's will have their last Bake/Craft sale of the year. They will have some nice items for gift giving along with all the delicious baked goods donated by our church members. We are certainly thankful to all our bakers.

We are inviting the public to join us so tell your friends. As always, from the money received, we will choose which organizations would benefit the most. These decisions will be made by the end of the year.
We welcome your suggestions, so let 3 C's members know.

On October 28th at Diamond K Estates, the 3 C's made over $140 at their craft fair. Also, on November 4th, the 3 C's helped the Priscilla Circle with their Soup r' Sales event and we thank all those who donated baked goods.

Our meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. For more info see Anne Gregory, Donna Hall, Nancy Bray, Hazel Nofz, Dee Huston, Shelly Newton, Debbie Thompson, Barbara Hulse,
Sherel Harris or Susan Reining.

The 3 C's wish you all a Merry Christmas.
May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts and thank the Lord for all His many blessings.

Susan Reining/Barbara Hulse

Time for Prayer & Devotion

Since our November Chimes we have had the need for many Prayer Vigils. The latest one in Egypt (at the time of this writing) the explosion and shooting at a Mosque killing over 300 people. That happened the Friday after Thanksgiving. I did not hear about it until Sunday at Church. I am at a loss of what to do anymore. Should we have a Prayer Vigil the same day or wait a couple of days? We have done it both ways with not much support.
On November 5, I already had my plans made for the day when yet another tragedy showed up as an alert on my phone, this one at a Church in Texas. This community definitely had their plans changed for the day so I could change mine. We were at the Church by 7pm praying for this tragedy. Thank you to those that changed their plans also to come. Before we got started a young man came in with his 3 year old daughter in a stroller. He asked for prayers for his family. I admit we were a little nervous at first considering the reason that brought us there. We were sent there that night to pray for Texas and that young man.
This Prayer Vigil brought to mind two things. First is the safety of the people that meet at our Church in the evening. I have met with Leo Wierbick and John Handley and a solution is in progress. Second this Prayer Vigil was on a Sunday with no one in the office. None of us had a way to communicate with the whole Church. That has now been corrected also.
Please give me some feedback about our Prayer Vigils and also please let me know of things we need to pray for. I might not know like the situation in Egypt.

Donna Dammann
Prayer Coordinator


The Souper Sales Extravaganza on November 4 was a success. Thank you to everyone who helped by working, baking, shopping and eating. We have sent a donation to help support the Single Mom Strong group. 💰💰 Plans are under way for this event to return next year.

Priscilla Circle will celebrate the holiday season by going out to lunch on December 17 after church. You can contact me for more information at 916.837.7302 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Merry Christmas!



 Please be mindful of the security of our church. If you are the last person leaving the property, please ensure that all doors are locked and secure, as well as all gates, interior and exterior.

Also, please make sure that the A/C is in the off position upon leaving.
This reminder applies to everyone including our outside groups that use the church.
Your thoughtfulness and due diligence will ensure and maintain a secure environment for all and keep the electric bill at a reasonable amount.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.



We all know that we can call the church office Monday through Friday before 12:30 PM and reach Lisa if we need a ride to church on the coming Sunday or a particular church activity.

However, we would like to put a list together to publish in The Chimes of people who would be willing to be Emergency Ride Providers for someone who finds they do not have a ride on Saturday or Sunday prior to church. We would like to list these volunteers by Region or Neighborhood so folks can find a ride from someone closest to them.

Anyone who is interested in providing this service to our fellow church attendees, please send the following information to Lisa in the Church Office, using the Subject: Volunteer - Rides to Church to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1. Your Name
2. Your Address
3. Your Contact Information - Home Phone, cell phone, email address

Thanks everyone for your help! Lorri Brady

Worship Team

Ready to join the Worship Team? Sign up to help prepare the Sanctuary, be a Liturgist, serve Communion, or join the Choir! Give your name to Lisa in the office. 

Gathering Inn Opportunity

Fall is scheduling time!
If you would like to be trained to be a receptionist at the Gathering Inn’s free health clinic (working every 6th Saturday, or so), please see Cathie Wierbick. 




If you enjoy socializing, want to meet others and help out with Sunday morning Fellowship Time, this could be the PERFECT JOB for YOU:

  • Prepare and Serve coffee and snacks 3 to 5 times per year
  • Flexible Schedule (If something comes up, you can trade with others on the list)
  • Social and Fun
  • Time Commitment is small—set up before church, attend the service, clean up after
  • E-Z Training Included
  • Sign Up with your spouse or friend (It’s easier with two, but can be handled by one person)
  • Reasonable costs are reimbursable. See Chris Handley for reimbursement forms

Contact Janice Gaitor, 645-1196 or Sandy Williams, 709-7695 if you would like to join the team.

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 . . . . 

TGI 25

 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


TGI byGender 25

TGI Vet 25TGI Donations 25

 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!