Words From Our Pastor

Christmas Day Meal at Roseville First UMC

On Christmas morning while many were waking up to festively wrapped gifts, or the smells of breakfast and coffee, a number of people gathered at First United Methodist Church in Roseville. There was a meal to prepare. Christmas Dinner was being served at 11 a.m. to those who were hungry.

Volunteers, including our own Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, along with members of Roseville First, the Rock of Roseville, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, the Anglican Church of Roseville, Temple Or Rishon of Citrus Heights, and Single Mom Strong, all came to prepare a full turkey dinner for the less fortunate. Not only was a hearty meal served, but small gifts were also given to the guests.

166 individuals were fed that day, served by 63 volunteers who believed Christmas was more than giving a few wrapped gifts, it was smiles, great food, and the love of Christ. 

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The Christmas Day Meal was fun, but there is more going on than just this event. December was filled with a Blue Christmas and two services on Christmas Eve, our regular 10:15 a.m. and our evening Candlelight Service.

You may have noticed in the church bulletin the last few weeks of December a heading that said Coundown to Zero and our income and expenses year to date were shown. Although the finances of our church have always been available to our church body, after our meeting with our District Superintendent, the Church Council decided to make the information more readily available. We are trying to let the congregation know what is needed financially so we can reach a zero-balanced budget by the end of the year.

As of this writing, not all the Christmas Offering has been counted from the Christmas Eve Candlelight service. Additionally, we have one more Sunday, 12/31 to add to the income bracket. You will be able to see how we ended 2017 in the bulletins in January.  

Also, beginning in January 2018, those interested will be able to find the minutes from our Church Council meetings and the monthly financial reports posted on the bulletin boards outside the church office. If you have any questions, please see any member of your church leadership team or the pastor.

Finally, I would like to remind everyone about the video training we will be having on Saturday, January 6, 2018, from 9 a.m. until noon in the Sanctuary. Concerns about recent gun violence in churches has prompted us to reach out to our insurance carrier, Church Mutual, and the Roseville Police Department, to seek awareness training for all interested church members and those who use our facilities.

We will be showing three videos, running approximately 40-45 minutes each, followed by a discussion period that talk about safety of our churches. I encourage each of you to take a few moments out of your Saturday to sit through these informative videos and voice your thoughts and concerns. We will be preparing an action plan for our church on how we can prepare and respond in the event of an incident at First UMC.

Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be available. We hope to see you on January 6th.

 

So, until next month, Shalom.

Pastor Steve