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….
Who Are We?
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.
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
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!
Julia & Kevin (with Zack and Maddie)
HOW DID YOU MEET?
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.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT ROCKVILLE?
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.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEAL TO SHARE TOGETHER?
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.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE WAYS TO CELEBRATE FALL?
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.
HOW DO SERVE THE CHURCH/COMMUNITY?
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.
ANYTHING FUN YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE CHURCH?
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.