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 RVUMC has served dinner free to anyone who wants to come. Though we have in the past taken summers "off", in 2023 we had our July and August SSSs--at Marbletown Park, picnic-style! September 10th was back at the church on Schoonmaker Lane, still at 2:00.  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, was ham  at 1:30

    For Mother's Day, May 14, we were at 2 pm.

    "Anchor foods" were pasta dishes; dessert included our renowned cookies.

    June 11 was also at 2:00. 

    July 9's  cookout/picnic at Town of Marbletown Park on Tongore Road turned into a "cook-in" back at church due to impressive rain.  

    August 9 at 2 pm was at the park, this time with cool summer foods (we skipped the grill this month!) The weather THIS time was grand.

  • 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 did not have a pre-Easter sale in 2023; we directed our energies to the cantata the day before Easter, and baked 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 was "Come, Touch the Robe" on Saturday April 8, the day before Easter.


    Due to the rainy weather forecast on June 16 and 17, our 2023 Show was postponed to Saturday, September 2. 

    9 to 3! It was terrific--so good we're considering having it that weekend in the future on purpose! DJ Brian, free for spectators, food available, all rides welcome, silent auction...and a beautiful day.

       Call Tom Fiore, (845) 687-9061 if you have questions for future shows!

    Our Car Shows have attracted participants from as far away as Saratoga and cars from as long ago as 1920s and as new as an all-electric 2023. While the pandemic put a freeze on it in '20 & '21, we were delighted to have great shows on June 18, 2022, as well as September '23.

  • 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 to make 2023's May 6th a delightful event for all. Even though it's a "Rain OR Shine" event, it's a lot nicer when the day is Shine-y. The weather was perfect this year.

  • 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."