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 did some, with COVID constraints, in 2021. Stay tuned as we adjust to changing conditions as we do even more in 2022!


    On the second Sunday of each month (except for June, July and August) RVUMC served dinner free to anyone who wants to come, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Members of the church offer a potluck meal. Dining is family-style. Somehow, it all works out. Eager to resume but cautious about indoor dining, in '21 we nevertheless had outdoor cookout on July 11th and August 8th. September 12 and October 10 were also outdoors. We did NOT have  suppers in November to January, but offered pints of Chili to go on "Souper Bowl" Sunday in February, and of turkey and sausage jambalaya on Sunday, March 13th.

    PALM SUNDAY--we were "in person" for the first time in two years! Our last one was Sunday, August 14th, also outdoors, and we'll hope for good weather for September 11th.

  • Souper bowl chili sale

    On "Super Bowl" Sunday RVUMC has sold "to go" quarts of 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.

  • cookie sales

    Several times a year, usually shortly before Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, our gifted bakers express their creativity by bringing their favorite treats to RVUMC for our internationally beloved cookies-by-the-pound sales.  Pre-packed assortments of Easter cookies were on Saturday, April 9th, from 10 to 2.  

    We also have some District cookbooks, and a good selection of fair trade items from Equal Exchange (teas, coffees, chocolate 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 have pressed the metaphorical Pause button.

  • 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!

  • 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 this year on Saturday, May 7, 2022. 

  • 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 on Saturday November 6th from  with a limited number of TAKE OUT ONLY PRE-RESERVED dinners. We were SOLD OUT as of Oct. 29th.  Thank you to all who helped and everyone who supported this!

  • 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."