Events at RVUMC

Here are some of the things beyond worship that we do at RVUMC. Some are fund-raisers; all are FUN and open to all in the community. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from doing all of them in 2020; we resumed some, with COVID constraints, in 2021. Stay tuned as we adjust to changing conditions as we do even more in 2023!


    On the second Sunday of each month (except for June, July and August) RVUMC has served dinner free to anyone who wants to come. Members of the church offer a potluck meal. Dining is family-style. Somehow, it all works out.

    In January 2023 we moved to an earlier time, at least for the winter

    February 12 was chili.

    March 12 was corned beef.

    April 9, Easter, will be ham and ??? at 1:30

  • Souper bowl chili sale

    On "Super Bowl" Sunday RVUMC has sold "to go" chili donated by our own cooks and local restaurants. There's  something for everyone--mild, medium, hot; meatless, vegan.

    All proceeds go to youth missions, locally, regionally, and internationally. For 2023 this was on Sunday Feb. 12 (AFTER the 2 pm supper!)

  • cookie sales

    Several times a year, our gifted bakers express their creativity by bringing their favorite treats to RVUMC for our internationally beloved cookies-by-the-pound sales. 

    For Christmas 2022, we returned to our "you point, we pack" selections by-the-pound. Sale was planned for ONE DAY ONLY: Friday Dec. 16  3-7...though we also opened Saturday from 9-11, as Friday's weather was repulsive.

    We will not be having a pre-Easter sale in 2023; we will direct our energies to the cantata the day before Easter, and bake for the Garden Tea & Plant Sale in early May.

    We still have some District cookbooks, and a selection of fair trade items from Equal Exchange (teas, coffees, chocolate, spices, and olive oil).

  • cantatas

    At Easter and Christmas, the choir and community members have shared great joy in presenting a cantata. Since indoor choirs are known to create "super-spreader" conditions for the pandemic COVID-19 virus, we pressed the metaphorical Pause button in '20 & '21; rehearsals for Christmas 2022 for vaccinated parts singers began Saturday Oct. 29th. The public presentation of "Lead Me Back to Bethlehem", including instrumentalists, was Saturday December 17th at 2 pm. It was FREE. We hope you were there!  Easter 2023's will be Saturday April 8, the day before Easter. Rehearsals for "Come, Touch the Robe" are 10 am Saturdays.

  • car show

    Our 2019 Car Show attracted participants from as far away as Saratoga and cars from as long ago as 1930s.  While the pandemic put a freeze on it in '20 & '21, we were delighted to have another great show on June 18, 2022. We even pushed the timeline back as far as 1929!

    SAVE Saturday JUNE 17 in 2023!

  • garden tea & plant sale

    Rain or shine, on a Saturday in early May, this event has featured hot tea, freshly baked scones, a variety of tea cookies and sandwiches, houseplants, annuals and perennials for sale and a children's craft table. Thank you to everyone who helped, contributed, and came out on a moist and chilly day last year on Saturday, May 7, 2022. We hope for a warmer and drier day this year (2023) on Saturday May 6th.

  • sauerbraten dinner

    This is some serious cooking. Do not try this at home! RVUMC has gotten "rave reviews" whenever we've had this dinner, in October or early November...when there's not a pandemic. In 2021, we eased back into this event with a limited number of TAKE OUT ONLY PRE-RESERVED dinners. We were SOLD OUT.

    2022 we did the same, on Saturday Nov. 5. Full details HERE. 

  • vacation bible school (vbs)

    RVUMC joins with several other local congregations most summers for a week of intense immersion in Biblical stories and characters. Music, food, games, and crafts of all sorts make for a week children find "awesome" and adults find "exhilirausting."