MISSION & OUTREACH

We invite you to join us for any of our mission work--and to bring us new ways we can help others outside our congregation. We are blessed to be a healthy, growing church and many of

us joined RUC to give back.   One of the best ways to get to know us--and for us is to get to know you--is to participate in the life of the church in addition to Sunday worship.  We invite you to join any of our Ministries  as well as participate in our Mission & Outreach. 

 

You will be welcomed!  

Mission is an important part of Rockville United Church. We were founded in 1967 when two churches merged in order to advocate for those in need in Rockville and Montgomery County.  From that beginning RUC created and led Community Ministries of Rockville--and has created or participated in many outreach mission projects since.

Service Saturdays

Meets monthly at RUC to prepare meals for Rockland and Jefferson House.  A time of fellowship and cooking!  The group also assembles hygiene kits for homeless men and women.

 

 

LGBTQ

The group meets bi-monthly the first Sunday of the month after worship in the Conference Room.  We share lunch, reflect, pray, discuss, and plan activities.  We welcome all to our events and activities!

 

 

 

Winter Homeless Project

Each fall RUC holds a coat drive to provide coats, hats, scarves and gloves for homeless people in Gaithersburg.

 

 

Christmas Giving

Each year we select an international church or organization that needs help and ask for special donations.  In 2016 we will be supporting Universal Hope Initiative.

 

 

Rainbow Place Shelter

Our middle and high school youth gather monthly September - May to shop, cook and serve a hot meal to the homeless women who sleep at Rainbow House.

 

 

Lord's Table Lunches

Volunteers prepare and serve one lunch a month, September-May to all who gather at a local Gaithersburg church.

 
Children and Youth Mission

Mission is an important part of life at RUC and we work to involve our children and youth in all mission.  In addition, they have many mission projects of their own, including:

 

  • Food drives

  • Assembling hygient kits for the homeless, care packages for troups and disaster kits

  • World Vision's 30-Hour Famine

  • Heifer Project

  • Cooking and serving monthly shelter meals

  • Walkahons  

 

No-Hate Intiative

The No-Hate Initiative is a grass-roots group exploring ways that our Rockville United Church congregation can make a positive difference in stopping hate in our community. We expect to learn and act to prevent violence, racism, Islamophobia, bullying, LGBTQ discrimination, etc.  We have just launched the initiative and welcome all to be involved in changing the world in which we live. 

 

Habitat Work Camp

Each summer volunteers from three UCC churches gather in Garrett County to build Habitat Homes.  All are welcome and no particular skills are required.

 

 

Habitat Yard Sale

This is RUC's biggest fundraiser each year.  We gather treasures from three different UCC churches, turn our church into one big bazar of treasures from tools and books to clothes, housewares and toys and hold a one day sale.  Lots of volunteers are needed throughout the week--no special skills required.  And of course donations and shopping are mandatory!

 
Community Ministries of Rockville (CMR)

RUC founded this nonprofit agency in 1967 and is still a major contributor of time and treasure. 

 

Giving Tree

Each Christmas we ask residents of Jefferson and Rockland Houses to give us their wish lists.  Their wishes are placed on our Giving Trees and the congregation purchases and wraps presents for them.

   

24-Hour Fast

Our youth frequently participate in the World Vision's 30 Hour Famine to raise money to fight hunger and poverty in 100 countries.

   

Syrian Refugee Project

With a Canadian Church we seek to sponsor two families to immigrate to Hamilton, Canada.