MISSION & OUTREACH
Church In Society
We invite you to join our Church in Society Committee (CIS) 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 with our Church in Society Committee.
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 (now Community Reach of Montgomery County). We have created or participated in many outreach mission projects since.
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.
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!
Each year we select an international church or organization that needs help and ask for special donations. Some of the projects we have supported are Caran Girls School Mozambique; Phillipine Relief after Typhoon Haiyan; Universal Hope Initiative, Liberia; House of Hope, Haiti, Frontera de Cristo, US-Mexican Border.
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:
First Sunday Service Projects
Back to School Backpacks
Cooking and serving monthly shelter meals
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.
RUC founded this nonprofit agency in 1967 (formerly called Community Ministries of Montgomery County) and is still a major contributor of time and treasure.
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.
Syrian Refugee Project
With a Canadian Church we seek to sponsor two families to immigrate to Hamilton, Canada.