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Volume 121 | Issue 6 | December 2019/ January 2020 -

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The Carillon


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Cover Story

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.

Member News

175th Anniversary Banquet & Sunday Celebration

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Second Saturday Dinner

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is January 14, 2019

Member Spotlight



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! 

The Winks

Bill & Connie



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.  



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 ...


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.


We are open to help the church where there is need. Connie especially likes to work with kids. 


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.



Bill and Connie give each other a trip for Christmas. This year, it’s Cancun! 



Connie loves Charlie Brown’s Christmas. Bill likes Christmas Vacation and It’s a Wonderful Life. 


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! 

View December/January

 Birthdays & Anniversaries here

Upcoming Worship

December-February Worship


Advent Series: Are We There Yet?

December 1

Peace: Are We There Yet?

Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-66

December 8

Hope: Are We There Yet?

Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12

December 15

Joy: Are We There Yet?

Isaiah 35:1-10, Matthew 11:2-11

December 22

Trust: Are We There Yet?

Isaiah 7:10-16, Matthew 1:18-25

December 24

Christmas Eve

Family Worship: 5:00 PM

Twas the Evening of Christmas

  Luke 2:1-10, Matthew 2:1-12

Christmas Eve 

Evening Worship: 8:00 PM


Isaiah 9:2-7,Luke 2:1-20

December 29

So Now What?

Isaiah 63:7-9, Matthew 2:13-23

January 5


Beginning of the Good News

Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12

Season after Epiphany Sermon Series: New Year, Same Promises

January 12

First Sunday after Epiphany

God's Promise of New Life

Psalm 29, Matthew 3:13-17

January 19

God's Promise of Faithfulness

Psalm 40, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

January 26

God's Promise of Ministry

Psalm 27:1:4-9, Matthew 4:12-23

February 2

God's Promise of Blessing

Psalm 15, Matthew 5:1-12

February 16

God's Promise of Freedom

Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 119:1-8

Upcoming Group Meetings

December-January Group Meetings &

Bible Studies

New Day Circle

Thursday, December 5 at Lorraine Sparrow's home & January 2 at 9:30 am

For more info

Contact Judy Nierman


Flowers in Praise

Decorating: Friday, December 6 from 8 am-5 pm & Monday, January 6 from 8 am- 5 pm

For more info

Contact Vancelle Jones


Finance Committee

Monday, December 9 & January 13 at 7:00 pm

For more info

Contact the Church Office


Mary Martha Circle

Wednesday, December 11 at Lorraine Sparrows Home & January 8 at 11:45 am

For more info

Contact Suzanne Everly


Church Council

Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm

For more info

Contact the Church Office


Trustees Meeting

Monday, December 16 & January 20

at 7:00 pm

For more info

Contact the Church Office


Evening Women's Group

Wednesday, January 22

at 7:00 pm at Panera in Town Center

For more info

Contact Ann Potteiger

Second Saturday

RUMC Dinner

Saturday, January 11 from 5:00-7:00 pm

Join us for Christmas Cookies & Crafts December 7th!

For more info

Contact Keshika Dias

Adult Fellowship

Sunday School

Every Sunday at 9:15 am

Room 104

For more info

Contact Julian Sparrow


Upcoming December Events

Holy Land Travels

December 1 | 11:45 am

Christmas Cookies & Crafts

December 7 | 10 am -12 noon | Wesley Hall 
Get into the spirit of Christmas with your family; enjoy cookie decorating, make gingerbread houses, Christmas crafts, pictures with Santa and more! You can also shop for your favorite children’s books just in time for Christmas at the New Day Preschool Book Fair.  Free admission with a donation of canned goods in support of Rockville HELP

Book Reading & Signing by

Sy Garte Ph.D

December 14 | 7-9 pm | Wesley Hall |


Preorder the book here:
Sy Garte is lay leader of Rockville United Methodist Church. 

Angel Tree Thanks

The Angel Tree project is a success. 30 children will have a wonderful Christmas because of our generous church members and friends. Everyone had fun shopping and the act of giving to others. Cub Scout Pack 928 joined the project adopting  6 angels, The gifts will be delivered to The Salvation Army to make ready for the Christmas Holiday.

Christmas Eve Services

December 24 | Family service at 5:00 pm & Candlelight service as 8:00 pm

Upcoming January Events

Second Saturday RUMC Dinner

January 11 | 5-7 pm | Wesley Hall

Connections Lunch

January 26 | 11:45 am | Wesley Hall

Mark Your Calendars!

Pancake Breakfast

February! Date and Time TBD

For more information on any of the above events, please reference the Online PDF link/download below

View the PDF Online HERE!

Lord Jesus, we realize that life not only has its ups, but also its downs.  We know that you are walking with us through the good times, as well as the bad.     

                                                                                                   In Jesus’ name,                                                         Amen.

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