Founders’ Day

Founders’ Day

2017 ♦ Listen as Dr. Bob O’Keef and the Deacons lead us in remembering those members who joined the church triumphant this year: James Bickal, Janet Caswell, Nancy Carson, Kim Cross, Doris Hudson, Frank Hutchison, Frank Hutchison, Jim Kissick, Nancy Kuhlmann, Beverly Miles, Dorothy Morasco, Sue Moury, Jimmy Nichols, Mary Ragan, JoAnne Hughes, Bob Raisch, Elaine Vandeman

Each year, we recognize a few people who have given of their time and talents to keep the dreams of our early Founders going… and growing year after year, decade after decade. Watch the video to find out who named the Exceptional Volunteers of 2017!

The Beautification Project was started in December of 2016 when the Trustees voted to come up with a plan for the courtyard between the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. Join us following the 10:00 AM service to see the transformation, read about the process and join in the dedication ceremony.

Roser Community Church offers two Sunday Worship Services. The early Worship Service begins at 8:30 AM and is held in the beautiful Roser Memorial Chapel and the 10:00 AM Worship Service is held in the Sanctuary.

Creating the Seabirds Mosaic

December 2016
The Beautification Project was started when the Trustees voted to come up with a plan for the courtyard between the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.
The plan included:
-Remove the dividing wall on the sidewalk between the Roser Memorial Garden and Colman Building,
-The Roser Memorial Garden exterior wall stuccoed, and the ground shell removed.
-The courtyard to be cemented with two drains installed.
-The sprinkler system to be buried and shelter covering it removed.
-Landscaping completed in all areas where plantings are appropriate.
-The cement courtyard areas finished in a sculpted textured coating.
-Benches and other decorative items to be added as the project developed.
January 2017
The Church Council approved $15,000 to be spent out of the Roser Memorial Garden Special Fund.
During the month of February the Trustees secured bids from contractors to do the work.  In February LePensee Plumbing did the plumbing work.  V.A. Masonry, Inc.  completed the cement work. Manasota Plasters, Inc. completed the stucco work.  Stewart Landscaping completed the sprinkler work and Miller Electric completed the electrical work.
In March a group of women came to the Trustees to discuss a way they might help us to honor our dear church member Elaine Vandeman who passed away on March 1, 2017.  They represented a group of women, not all Roser Church members, who had shared coffee and conversations with Elaine for a number of years. They were excited about our beautification project and wanted to help us, and, honor Elaine.
They shared this challenge with a member of the group, Annabel Snyder, an artist who creates glass mosaics. She presented a plan for a glass mosaic that would complement our beautification plan, had symbolic images and incorporated some of Elaine’s interests.  Annabel also volunteered to donate this gift with only a charge for materials.  The Church Council approved her design in June with appreciation for her donation.
In April Mike’s Deck Service finished the cement work with a Spray-Crete stone pattern acrylic finish.
The Altar Committee became involved with the purchasing of benches and planters from Treasure Cove in Sarasota. Stewart Land-scaping completed their work at no cost to the church.
On October 24th Annabel came to hang the mural she designed for the courtyard.
The project will be ongoing and a tribute to all who are interred in the Roser Memorial Garden.

The following people were involved with the project:

Peggy Anthony, Doug Delong, Dick Gilmore, Major Leckie, Rick Maddox, Mike Meehan, Mike Oney, Mike Pescitelli, Dale Powers and Alan Ward.

Altar Committee:
Heather Blane, Betty Gilmore, Jill Morris, Claire Quillin

Friends of Elaine Vandeman Planning Committee:
Joan Voyles, Mary Zion, Linda Scott

Elaine’s Coffee Group Contributors:
Karen Beach, Mary Clark, Diane Clausen, Nancy Colcord, Carol Conte, Karen Ellsworth, Barb Gabbert, Lauri Harris, Connie Kihm, Bridget Mischler, Carol Mizrahi, Betsy Nichols, Sandy Rich, Linda Scott, Annabel Snyder, Lizzie Vann, Joan Voyles, Debbie Webster, Nancy Yetter, Mary Zion

La Pensee Plumbing
Manasota Plasters, Inc.
Mike’s Deck Service
Annabel Snyder Artist (AL’s Studio)
Miller Electric
Stewart’s Landscape Management, Inc.
Treasure Cove
V.A. Masonry, Inc.

Roser Community Church is located at 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, near the City Pier. For more information go to, call 941-778-0414, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook/roserchurch.