175th Anniversary Celebration
Testimony of Sudila De Silva
My wife Keshika and I worship at this church regularly with our two children Kimaya and Kiyan. As we celebrate its 175th anniversary I as a member of this congregation wanted to share my thoughts as to why our family call Rockville UMC our church home and our hopes for the future of this church.
Keshika and I grew up in Sri Lanka and worshiped at the same Methodist Church, a church that was started in 1841, where our parents, grandparents and great grandparents worshiped. Being involved in the church was an important part of our lives from an early age. We were baptized and we got married in the same church. We saw our grandparents, and our parents serving in the church, in the Sunday school and various ministries and we were encouraged to do the same. When we moved to the DC area, we wanted a church that we could be a part of and raise our children, much like the church we grew up in.
So as anyone would do these days to find something, we sought Google’s help to find the nearest Methodist Church which lead us to Rockville United Methodist Church in 2012. Google may have brought us here, but there are many more reasons why we chose RUMC as our church and why we continue to worship here.
We still recall the first day that we stepped into this church and the warm welcome that we received from the members of this great faith community. There were many folks who took the time to introduce themselves and showed us ways we could be part of the various ministries of this church. The warm welcome we received from this community reaffirmed that we had chosen not just a Methodist church in Rockville but a church that embraces you as a family and cares for its members. As we listened to the many stories that were shared at the anniversary banquet, we were amazed but not surprised at the commitment of members of this congregation, both past and present to the growth of this church despite many challenges along the way. So, it is because of each and every one of you that we continue to worship in this church.
Rockville UMC has been a blessing to our children’s lives as well. They continue to build their faith as they attend Sunday school and participate in the Sunday worship. As a couple with young children our list of priorities and needs seem endless and time is always in short supply. So, on Sunday mornings or when there are church events that compete with numerous other commitments, we continue to remind ourselves of the faithful Rockville United Methodist Community that worshiped here and kept the Church open that made it possible for us to be a part of this faith community. This is why, we have committed ourselves to be a part of the church so that our children have the same opportunity to experience the wonders of being a part of a community that had such a vibrant history and is a towering witness in Rockville.
So it is my hope and prayer that just as the faithful members of the past contributed to the growth of RUMC, that we as the present day congregation will commit to keeping RUMC standing strong as pillar of faith for our children and future generations so that they too may experience the many blessings of God through this Church.
BE SURE TO SAY CONGRATULATE THE WINKS ON BECOMING NEW MEMBERS OF RUMC!
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!
Bill & Connie
HOW DID YOU MEET?
We met online on “Ok Cupid” in 2013. We then saw each other for the first time downtown Annapolis by the docks. Love at first sight. We are married now almost 5 years. Connie is a pediatric RN for Children’s National Hospital in DC. Bill is a software manager in Rockville.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY
Connie has 30 year old twin boys who are 6’4 and 5’8, Josh and Brad. They are very different in size and personality but both are lawyers. No grandchildren as of yet...Bill has Elizabeth, who is 22 years old. Elizabeth just graduated from UMD as a mechanical engineer. She works for a major tool company. All children are off our payrolls! We don’t have any pets due to work and travel. Connie threatens to get a dog every week ...
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT ROCKVILLE?
We just moved to Rockville this summer from Annapolis. We love our now shorter commutes and all the fun things to do here. Our apartment is small and super easy to care for. Bill says he will not miss raking leaves and mowing the lawn. Unfortunately ,we are paying for a storage unit since downsizing is not so easy.
HOW DO YOU HOPE TO SERVE THE CHURCH?
We are open to help the church where there is need. Connie especially likes to work with kids.
SHARE A CHRISTMAS MEMORY!
Bills favorite Christmas memory is at age 8. Santa brought a basketball. His dad then told him there is a new basketball hoop outside. His dad had to shovel the driveway and then they played! Connie’s favorite memories were when her twins left Santa and the reindeer , cookies, milk and carrots. The next morning ,they came bolting downstairs to see what Santa had left.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TRADITION TO SHARE TOGETHER
Bill and Connie give each other a trip for Christmas. This year, it’s Cancun!
ANYTHING FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIES?
Connie loves Charlie Brown’s Christmas. Bill likes Christmas Vacation and It’s a Wonderful Life.
ANYTHING FUN YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE CHURCH?
We are excited to join RUMC. We love hearing Paster Martha at the 8:30 service. The people we have met are very warm and loving. Bill’s hobby is football, football and more football!