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

Two new adult learning opportunities are coming to First Church:


Being A Christian in the Wesleyan Tradition explores our everyday understanding of what it means to be an "involved" member of a church. Gooch's four categories help readers to think differently about the way they participate in church. Unlike many books on church membership, Gooch does not spend a lot of time on bylaws or matters of organization; rather, he speaks to the heart of our participation: how we belong, what we believe, how we live, and the possibilities for our growth in faith. Gooch stresses that ChristiansFindingBethlehem belong to a community of faith. He shows how Christians live their faith in private and public acts of devotion and ministry. This will be the adult Sunday School class, beginning on 10-1-17, at 9 a.m., in the Meeting Room.

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. 

Please contact the church office to sign up for either of these two classes.



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.

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)


Goals achieved:
Window in Game Room
Asphalt painted in playground
Picnic table assembled
Playground has some shade

In partnership with Gail Provine, we will be sponsoring a Ping Pong Tournament after church on October 1, 2017. Watch for flyers.

Thanks to all who helped us accomplish our recent goals; more goals are in the discussion stage.

Cliff Williams

United Methodist Women (UMW) News


We meet this month on Wednesday, October 18th at 1:00 in Backman Hall for our annual World Thank Offering Program led by Linda Kennedy. This is a time when we celebrate God's blessings in our own lives and the lives of those around us, by giving a special offering to the many facilities, projects, and programs the National UMW supports around the world. As always, we welcome visitors and newcomers to our meetings and to our special events!

Last month our Prayer Shawl Ministry ladies made about 125 Prayer Squares, decorated with tiny crosses and a laminated prayer card, to present to attendees at our Annual District Conference. This month we look forward to the CA-NV Conference meeting being held at Loomis FUMC on Saturday, October 21st from 8:45 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

The keynote speaker at Loomis Church will be our own Linda Kennedy who will also conduct a workshop on Story Telling, one of four being offered. For those who do not know, Linda has been sharing this gift for 27 years in a variety of venues and is currently telling stories to at-risk children at a youth center and is in training to present stories to homeless women in a community outreach program. Events like these and the fellowship of working together on projects and various events, gives special meaning to The United Methodist Women.

Shelly Newton


News from Around the Church . . . .

From the Lay Leader

Dread vs. Faith
Cast you burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you, he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
~Psalm 55:22

Did you know dread and fear are related? Many times in my life, I’ve had to do something I didn’t particularly want to do, or go somewhere I knew would be challenging to get to, and felt an awful dread. Because of how I approached these situations, I didn’t think I could enjoy them and thought I would be miserable. I was allowing dread to steal the peace and joy in my life, and was drained of my energy and strength I needed to move forward through my day. I’ve come to realize my faith will energize me when I feel a sense of dread coming upon me.

Negativity plays a part in the dread scene, as well. It also drains our energy, makes us tired, stressed and fearful, whereas, being positive, speaking positive and thinking positive thoughts energize us. As we grow in our faith, we can decide to handle every facet of our lives, regardless of what it is, with a thankful attitude. Our attitude, health and life as a whole will improve.

Regardless of how much we fear or dread a situation, God provides for our needs each day. He doesn’t give us tomorrow’s insight or mercy today. As long as we keep trying to solve tomorrow’s supposed issues today, we’ll continue feeling drained, stressed and tired, because we’re using the energy God has allotted for today. One of the ultimate ways we can show God our love by is living our lives one day at a time. By not letting tomorrow’s anxieties and uneasiness interfere with today, we’ll feel secure in our faith that God is consistently guiding and supporting us. FAITH ENERGIZES!

Blessings to All!
Sandy Williams

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



Greetings and Blessings to Everyone!
If you look around you, one of the greatest treasures we all have is friendship. Members of 3C’s have discovered exactly that through the love of Christ. We truly love each other and are so happy to do the work for others.
Thanks to everyone who supported us for our September 10 bake sale which we made over $230. Please share with us any ideas or projects you might have that we could do to serve our church and community. Our next scheduled bake sale is December 10 where we will feature Christmas items. If able to help we will be most grateful. Our funds not only help our church but community and missions. We want to invite you to Diamond K Estates on Washington Blvd. for the craft fair that 3C’s will be participating in on October 28th from 9am to 3pm. Flyers will be available.
Recently the group decided to donate some new children's underwear and socks to Woodbridge Elementary School as there was a reported need. We also donated funds and products for the hygiene kits. We helped Kelly Pudinski and others assemble kits for UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief). The truck will be coming in October to pick them up on their way to deliver them where needed.
Please come by the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10am for meetings. If you have questions or information to share see: Anne Gregory, Donna Hall, Nancy Bray, Hazel Nofz, Dee Huston, Shelly Newton, Debbie Thompson, Barbara Hulse, Barbara Sandstrom, Sherel Harris or Susan Reining.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
Susan Reining/Barbara Hulse

Time for Prayer & Devotion


Feeling unloved can be very devastating to us. Everyone in our lives can make us feel that way at one time or another. Spouse, children, parents, friends, co-workers, church family, and people we meet on the streets just to name a few. Most times these people don’t even what they have done and some don’t care. Yet we continue to put our hearts in their hands.
Proverbs 19:22 “What a man desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.”
We are all searching for this unfailing love, but we are searching in the wrong place. No human can give us that. They are not perfect, just like we are not perfect. We cannot be that unfailing love for someone else either no matter how hard we try. The only one that can give us this unfailing love is God. Once we have that love then we can love and be loved by other people.
The example in the book was imagine walking around all day with a cup and asking everyone you meet to fill your cup just a little. How full do you think it will be by the end of the day?
Lord, according to Your Word, what a person desires or craves deeply is unfailing love. Proverbs 19:22 Every other use of the words unfailing love in Scripture is attributed to You alone. You are the only one capable of perpetually unfailing love. Help me to understand that my deep cravings for someone to love me with that kind of love were meant to be satisfied in You alone. Thank you, Lord. Amen.

Donna Dammann
Prayer Coordinator



 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


Your Priscilla Circle group is hosting a fabulous event in November and we need help.  Our event, Souper Sales Extravaganza, is a group of our favorite direct sales companies all in one place for your shopping convenience.  You’ll be able to purchase or order the items you want. We are in partnership with our Single Moms Strong group and are donating part of our profits to help this worthy organization.  We will be serving lunch with several of your favorite soups available for purchase.  There will also be a bake sale.  So, you see there will be a lot going on! We need help serving soup, greeting our guests, the fabulous raffle, the bake sale, and assisting the vendors.  We are also on the lookout for donations for the raffle.  Our raffle theme is Winter Holidays.  We are accepting new or vintage items you would like to donate. You can contact Diane McGuire in person after church, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call/text 916-837-7302. Thank you for your help.

Diane McGuire

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!