Rockville United Methodist Church's 175 Anniversary
How Many Candles Fit on a Cake?
Happy Birthday Rockville United Methodist Church! If you haven’t heard, this year is our 175th anniversary. What an amazing milestone for which to thank God and to celebrate.
I doubt I could bake a cake large enough for 175 candles, nor would I ask someone to blow them out, but we will find plenty of ways to celebrate RUMC’s birthday. A committee has been at work since the beginning of the year to plan and coordinate remembrances.
So far, our plans include:
• A spring carnival being organized by Keshika Dias;
• A “living history” re-enactment of a 19th century circuit-riding service;
• Participating in an historic church tour sponsored by Peerless Rockville; and a banquet.
Throughout the year, we also plan to highlight historic hymns, share tidbits from RUMC’s history, sponsor displays, and perhaps have some mementos available for purchase. The committee has also reached out to Jerusalem-Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church to coordinate anniversary remembrances given our shared history.
Did we miss something? If you have an idea about how we can celebrate RUMC’s birthday, please share it with a member of the committee:
• Jennifer Martin;
• Dianne O’Donovan;
• Maizie Rocke;
• Patrick Woodward; and
• Cindy Wright.
Let’s have a great year as we celebrate RUMC’s history and service to the community, thank God for His continuing grace, and look to the future.
Unbinding Your Heart Series is Coming!
As you read this we are still in the season of Lent in which we journey with Jesus toward the cross. It is a time of prayer, reflection and preparation. When we arrive together at the empty tomb on Easter morning there is much rejoicing. We wear our fanciest clothes, deck the church in glorious flowers and fill the sanctuary with the proclamation: “Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!”
Did you know that Easter is more than one Sunday? Easter Day is the first of Great Fifty Days of Easter that lasts until Pentecost Sunday. This year you are invited to go on an Easter journey called Unbinding Your Heart: Forty Days of Prayer and Faith Sharing. This is an evangelism series which is so appropriate to the time in the Christian year when we think about the growth of the early Christian church.
This is a journey I hope we can take together! Unbinding Your Heart small groups will read and discuss the book, share about weekly prayer experiences, and pray together. You may choose to be a part of one of the Sunday small groups. There is also a group that meets on Thursday afternoons. Small groups of any kind are a wonderful way to get to know your brothers and sisters in Christ. Don’t miss this opportunity to develop Christian friendships! Books will be distributed on April 14.
A prayer journal included in the book will invite you into some new and some very ancient ways of praying. It really is one of my favorite parts of Unbinding Your Heart!
There are many ways to be a part of this church wide experience. If you cannot meet in a group, you may choose to read and pray through the book alone. Weekly worship including sermons, show and tell, visuals and music will support our learning. We have a wonderful family booklet to guide parents as they pray and share with their children. I’m looking forward to taking this journey with you!
Peace & Love in Christ,
How well do you know your fellow congregants? Do you feel like RUMC is your family? Sometimes we can get so caught up in our own lives, that we miss an opportunity to be a part of a community. For the next year or so we will be introducing you to each other through Member Spotlight! And we want to hear from you! Who do you want to learn more about! Send us your nominations and we’ll have you all knowing everyone in RUMC by next year!
Jean & Jan Provost
HOW DID YOU MEET?
We met at the Mayflower Hotel in May of 1969, got engaged in June and married in August of the same year, and are coming up on our 50th Anniversary. We’re retired and enjoy our 6 grandchildren, gardening, and music.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY
Our daughter Karen lives in Colorado with 5 kids (3 in college); our son Michael lives in Rockville and has a four year old daughter.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT ROCKVILLE?
We love the diversity and all the various opportunities available. You can find anything you need in Rockville.
WHAT'S YOUR IDEA OF A RELAXING DAY?
We enjoy jigsaw and crossword puzzles and watching MASH and other re-runs with our feet up and good music in the background.
HOW DO YOU SERVE THE CHURCH?
Michael is definitely the most creative, always making up new games to play and stories to tell his sisters at bedtime.
IS THE FAMILY (OR YOU TWO) DOING ANYTHING FUN THIS YEAR?
We will be going to Tulsa for our grandson’s college graduation from Oral Roberts University.