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)


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 will not have a General Meeting this month, although we are busy planning the Advent Dinner and Program to be held on Saturday, December 2nd at 5:30 in Backman Hall.

You will note in an article elsewhere in the Chimes, that we are selling tickets this year. This is for two reasons; one being that we will then have a more accurate count since we have the Dinner catered, and secondly that by asking for a free will offering as we have done in the past, the offering has not covered the cost of catering.

We feel blessed that Redmond's Catering serves us a delicious high quality meal for the cost and we appreciate as well the attention to details they provide. Please join us as we welcome in the true spirt of Christmas with music, word and song.

A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving 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 

A Note from Mission/Outreach

As the holiday season quickly approaches I have some suggestions for serving and end-of -year charitable donations:

  • Cook a turkey for our Christmas Day Meal.
  • Sign up to help cook/serve/clean-up on Christmas Day.
  • Donate children's sock and underwear to Woodbridge Elementary School.
  • Donate socks to UMW's "sock it to 'em" ministry for the homeless.
  • Donate Tarps and Twine for Mission Team's Winter Shelter ministry.
  • Volunteer at Monday's Feeding Ministry.
  • Give an extra gift towards our Church budget.
  • Sign up for Coffee Hour.
  • Take the on-line Safe Sanctuaries training so you can volunteer at Vacation Bible School or provide childcare when we need it.
  • Sign up with Lorri Brady to provide emergency transportation to worship service.

Woodbridge Elementary is in need of 400 sets of earbuds for the state testing in April. All testing is done on commuters now. I'm wondering if anyone has a connection with an electronics company. Maybe we can get these gadgets donated or for a discounted price. I know they can be purchased at dollar stores, but those don't really hold up well.

Wishing you All a Happy and Grateful Thanksgiving.

Kathleen Mirtoni




The Annual Planning Meeting was held on August 26th with a follow up meeting on September 26th, 2017. The focus of FUMC in 2018 will be:

2017 Accomplishments (All to be continued in 2018!)

  1. Vacation Bible School
  2. Feeding Program with Roseville Point Partnership
  3. Easter Week
  4. UMVIM Mission Trip to Weed (First All Roseville Mission)
  5. Congregational Care and Time for Prayer Group
  6. Capital Improvements: Playground, fence, parking lot, lighting, etc.
  7. Monday Support Group (Grief)
  8. Single Moms Strong Partnership
  9. Priscilla Circle Tea

New Ideas for 2018 (These were the agreed priorities)

  1. ALPHA – a 10 week program of evangelism that includes an upscale dinner (no prayers),
    a video, and a discussion. The goal is to talk with the unchurched. The plan is to train Discussion Facilitators and (silent) Observers. The course will be offered to the congregation first, who will then recruit from their own communities for future courses. UMW has committed to provide the meals. Further information on this program is at alphausa.org
    Kathleen, Sandy and Chris have been to the training and will lead this effort.
  2. ESL (English Second Language) Classes – These classes would bring in people from our local community and neighborhood. This is in the early planning stages.
    Pam, Paul W. and Kathleen, all have experience with Spanish Speaking Students.
  3. TRANSPORTATION – This information is managed by Lisa in the office. We are trying to compile a list of volunteers who would be willing on a limited basis to give rides to Church and Church Activities for people who need emergency rides. We are currently looking for volunteers!
  4. FUNDRAISERS – Single Moms Strong would like to partner with FUMC for a craft/yard sale in 2018. Pastor Steve is contacting Pastor Ginger in Auburn for suggestions regarding Christian performers to use our venue for their performances. These concerts could prove profitable.
  5. SECOND SERVICE – This has been under discussion by the Worship team. This would be a casual contemporary service, and a lot of details are still being considered. This service would not necessarily be on Sunday and would include music, videos, and would be potentially led by someone other than the Pastor.
  6. INTERFAITH – After our successful outreach to the Muslim mosque last year, we have wanted to reach out to the other denominations to continue this fellowship. Kathleen recommended asking for their assistance for the Christmas Day Meal. Also UMW would like to do a tea or something on that line with the women.
    Lorri will work with Kathleen and Shelly to arrange for some outreach activities.

Time for Prayer & Devotion

Did you realize that our Church was on Fox 40 news? Did any of you see it?
I woke up October 2 to a message on my phone about a horrible shooting in Las Vegas. I sent a text to Diane McGuire and Kristi Kinzel to see if they could pull together a Peace Vigil for the shooting that night, as I was out of town. Diane called Pastor Steve and got it set up. I then wrote a prayer and sent it to Diane.

Lord, we come before you tonight confused, hurting, scared, and very sad. It is a hard thing to understand why someone would do such a thing. We pray for the families and friends of all those who lost loved ones. We pray for healing for all the shooting victims and all those who were injured in other ways. We pray for all those who weren't injured and were there. They have to be wondering why not them. We also pray for the shooters family that is also wondering why. Help us trust in You at all times; help us to pour out our hearts to you, God for you are our refuge. Psalm 62:8 Amen

Diane texted me a little after 7 and said no one came. Kathleen Mirtoni and Fox 40 News showed up right after that. Fox News saw it on Facebook. Thank you to Diane and Kathleen for representing our Church. They did a great job. Fox News also did a great job of not showing there were only two people.
I am sorry I missed the experience and I am sadden that more of you did not come to pray for all those people that were affected by yet another tragedy in our country. We have had a few of these peace vigils now, the shooting in Florida, the bombing in Manchester and now the Las Vegas shooting. We should have had one for the fires In Northern California. I was still out of town. I hope you will consider coming to Time For Prayer and Devotion and any peace vigils we have. It is an experience where we can talk about these things and find healing.

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




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 . . . . 

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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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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!