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Volume 120 | Issue 5 | October/ November 2019 -Click a tab below!

The Carillon


View the PDF Online HERE!

Let's Celebrate!

Jennifer Martin

Do you ever catch yourself humming a familiar tune? I do. Lately, it has been “Happy Birthday” as the working group has been hard at work this year planning events to celebrate Rockville United Methodist Church’s 175th anniversary. 

Our celebrations kicked off with our participation in Peerless Rockville’s historic churches tour on September 28th. If you weren’t able to participate in the tour, take a few minutes to explore the church history display Don Christopher has set up in Wesley Hall. It’s quite impressive.

We will continue to celebrate our anniversary in October. On the 20th, I hope you will be able to join us at Asbury Methodist Village for a banquet featuring barbecue, music, and guest speakers. Purchase tickets for $25 each by October 7th. For more information call the church office at 301.762.2288. Heritage Sunday on October 27th will feature historic figures, special music, and a look at the church past and present. We will have one service, at 10:30, on this special day.

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you….

Pastor's Page

Pastor's Page

Who Are We?

Dear Friends,

As the church faces an uncertain future, Baltimore Washington Conference churches are called to explore the heart of their faith with this 18-week resource on who we are as a people of God, as United Methodists, and as the people of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. 

It is the hope of our Bishop and conference leadership that this will help us prepare for whatever changes are coming by refining our understanding of who we are.  We all need to know our core values as individuals and as a congregation.  

On the next page is an outline and suggested start dates for each session. Current groups may choose to use these materials and new groups and times will be offered. As soon as I know more details, I will get them out to you. More information and opportunities to participate will be forthcoming.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pastor Martha

Who Are We?

An Introspective Analysis of Head and Heart

Part 1: Who Are We as a People of God?
Suggested start date: Week of Oct. 13
Session 1: Exploring the Nature of God
Session 2: Learning Lessons from the Garden
Session 3: Remembering
Session 4: Embracing the Many Names of God
Session 5: Visioning and Prophesying
Session 6: Liberating


Part 2: Who Are We as United Methodists?
Suggested start date: Week of Jan. 5, 2020
Session 1: Our Theology of Grace
Session 2: Our Foundations (Connectional, Covenantal, Conciliar) 
Session 3: Our Way of Understanding Scripture (Wesleyan Quadrilateral)
Session 4: Our Wesleyan Discipleship and The Means of Grace
Session 5: Our Founder: John Wesley the Resister
Session 6: Our Unfinished Business, What Really Happened in 1968?

Part 3: Who Are We as People of the Baltimore-Washington Conference?
Suggested start date: Week of Feb. 23, 2020
Session 1: Hope Born Out of History: The Cradle of Methodism
Session 2: Hope Born Out of History: Law and Grace 
Session 3: Hope Born Out of History: Our Struggles
Session 4: Hope Born Out of History: Telling the Whole Truth
Session 5: Hope Born Out of History: Our Missional Impact
Session 6: Hope for Our Next Steps

Member News!

Second Saturday RUMC Family Dinners

View photos here

Sunday School!

View more photos from Sunday School here


Submit stories and photos to

Deadline to submit for December/January issue 

is November 11, 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 Wagners

Julia & Kevin (with Zack and Maddie)



Kevin grew up in Evansville, Indiana.  After graduating from Indiana University, he moved to Washington, DC to work in law enforcement.  Julia grew up in Montgomery County, MD.  She became a member of RUMC when her mother, Lynn Nulton served as a minister. In 2010, Julia was the maid of honor for her best friends wedding and Kevin was attending the same wedding as a guest of the groom.  While they celebrated, mutual friends introduced them to one another. They hit it off immediately and eventually started dating.  Now, Julia is a Registered Nurse on a Surgical Oncology unit at the National Institutes of Health. She recently finished working on her Wound, Ostomy and Continence certification. Kevin works for the Department of Defense.    



Kevin and Julia have two black labs, Zack and Maddie.  They were rescued from Lab Rescue LRCP, a local organization that the couple loves to support.  Zack is 13 years old and very much a Mama’s boy.  His interests include long walks, counter surfing and trying to break into the trashcan when no one is watching. Maddie is 5 and very much a Daddy’s girl. She loves chasing her ball, jumping in circles, which are lovingly called tilt-a-whirls and sprawling out, upside down in the grass. Both LOVE people, especially if they offer ear rubs or treats.    


The couple purchased their first home in Rockville 3 years ago.  They love Rockville because they are close to all the things they love! They can enjoy restaurants, bowling, shopping and movies at Pike and Rose... or walk their dogs in Rock Creek Park. They enjoy spending time with nearby family and having easy access to all that the Washington, DC area has to offer. They especially enjoy supporting local businesses and trying new restaurants.


Julia and Kevin love to cook together. One of their favorite things to do is bake a big piece of salmon with dijon mustard and lemon pepper. Then create a side dish with vegetables from their garden.  They also love to throw a steak on the grill when they host friends. Dinnertime is their favorite time because they can chat about their days while working together in the kitchen.


Julia and Kevin love spending time in their backyard, especially in the cool, fall weather.  They enjoy building a fire in the fire pit and kickin back on the patio, or walking their dogs down to Rock Creek Park. Julia loves putting mums and pumpkins out on their front porch. This year, they hope to dress their black labs up in hilarious black spider costumes.



This summer, Kevin served as the activities leader for Vacation Bible School. Last year, the couple enjoyed participating with the Angel tree at Christmas time and hope to do the same this year. They love to support their community through the jobs that they do each day, which include health, research and public safety. They also enjoy contributing to Lab Rescue, LRCP.  Lastly, they hope to contribute kindness within the community.
Their favorite things about the church are singing all the hymns and listening to Pastor Martha’s inspiring sermons, as she is such a good speaker.  



Kevin and Julia got married at Rockville United Methodist Church in June of last year.  Their reception was at Pinstripes in Pike and Rose (Yes! There was bowling!).  They enjoy attempting to grow vegetables in their backyard, especially hot peppers (even if they are often too hot to eat).   Kevin likes to play the guitar in his spare time and Julia enjoys doing crafts.  They recently enjoyed traveling to Spain and St. Lucia and hope to travel more in the future.  They look forward to getting to know more members of the church community.


View October/November

 Birthdays & Anniversaries here

Upcoming Worship

October-November Worship

October/November Series: Grace Abounding | Based on 1st & 2nd Timothy

October 6

World Communion Sunday

It's Personal

1 Timothy 1:12-17,  Luke 15:1-10

October 13

An Attitude of Gratitude

1 Timothy 2:1-7, Psalm 4

October 20

Looking for Love in the Wrong Places

1 Timothy 6:6-19, Luke 16:19-31, Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

October 27

175th Anniversary Celebration-

Heritage Sunday

Give Thanks for the Gift

2 Timothy 1:1-14, Psalm 146, Matthew 5:13-14

November 3

All Saints Sunday

Communion Sunday

In the Company of Saints

Ephesians 1:11-23, Luke 6:20-31, Psalm 149

November 10

Pledge Commitment Sunday

Remember Jesus Christ

2 Timothy 2:8-15, Psalm 66:1-12

November 17

Preach the Word

2 Timothy 3:14-4:5, Psalm 19

November 24

Christ the King Sunday

Finish the Race

2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Colossians 1:11-20

Upcoming Group Meetings

October-November Group Meetings &

Bible Studies

New Day Circle

Thursday, October 3 & November 7 

at 9:00 am

For more info

Contact Judy Nierman


Mary Martha Circle

Wednesday, October 9 & November 13

at 11:45 am

For more info

Contact Suzanne Everly


Evening Women's Group

October 23 & November 20 

at 7:00 pm | Panera in

Rockville Town Center

For more info

Contact Ann Potteiger

Trustees Meeeting

Monday, October 21 & November 18

at 7:00 pm | Conf Room

For more info

Contact the church office:


Finance Committee

Monday, October 14 & November 11

at 7:00 pm | Conf Room

For more info

Contact the church office:



October 3 & November 7

at 7:00 pm | Conf Room

For more info

Contact the church office:


Church Council

October 2

at 7:30 pm | Conf Room

For more info

Contact the church office:


Flowers in Praise

October 28

at 10:00 am | Conf Room

For more info

Contact Vancelle Jones


Adult Fellowship

Sunday School

Every Sunday at 9:15 am

Room 104

For more info

Contact Julian Sparrow


Upcoming October Events

Connections Lunch

October 6 | 11:45 am

Are you new to RUMC? Join us for a light lunch with the pastor and other congregants. Come and get to know RUMC!

RSVP with the church office: 301-762-2288

Second Saturday RUMC Family Dinner

October 12 | 5-7 pm

175th Anniversary Banquet

October 20 | 5-7:30 pm | Asbury United Methodist Village (Rosborough Room) | Tickets: $25

You are cordially invited to attend the banquet celebrating Rockville United Methodist Church’s 175th anniversary! The banquet will include music and guest speakers. The barbecue buffet will feature old-fashioned barbecue chicken and beef brisket.Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased by October 7th. Tickets will be available for purchase after the 8:30 service and before and after the 10:30 service on October 6th. If you can’t purchase tickets in person, call the church during office hours (9:00 – 3:00 Monday through Friday) at 301.762.2288

Heritage Sunday

October 28 | 10:30 am

Upcoming November Events

All Saints Sunday

November 3

Second Saturday RUMC Family Dinner

November 9 | 5-7 pm

Pledge Sunday

November 10

Deadline to donate a Thanksgiving Basket!

November 17

Mark Your Calendars!

The Works of His Hands: A Scientist's Journey from Atheism to Faith

December 14 | Reading and book signing by Author Sy Garte, Ph.D

Christmas Party


Christmas Eve Services

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

***more Christmas festivities will be announced in the later December January Carillon! 

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

View the PDF Online HERE!

Your grace is amazing, dear God. Thank you for meeting our needs through the tender care and concern of the people around us.                                                                             In Jesus’ name,                                                         Amen.

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