About David Joy

Dave Joy is a long time member of Rockville United Methodist Church,having attended as a child and through most of his adult life. He has been involved in many capacities at RUMC including Treasurer, Finance, SPRC, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Group Leader,Choir Member, Worship Chair, and most recently chair of Missions. His wife Bridget is also very active in the church. Dave has two children, Kady, who attends Fordham University and Daniel, who attends Ellington High School.

Harvest Supper / Leap of Faith Concert

Harvest Supper/Leap of Faith Concert

A real turkey dinner, served buffet style, followed by a concert with guest conductor Jereme Martineau.

Harvest Supper/Leap of Faith Concert

Rockville United Methodist Church, 142 Grove Street, Rockville

Harvest Supper/Leap of Faith Concert

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dinner Service: 5:00-6:30 pm

Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings

Tickets: Adults-$13.00, Children 12 & under -$6.00

Walk-ins welcome.

A concert will follow at 7:00 featuring bell and vocal choirs performing traditional, spiritual and contemporary Christian music. Jereme Martineau, director of choral studies at South Windsor High School will be the guest conductor.

Half of the proceeds from the Free Will Offering will benefit KidSafe Vernon.

Cornerstone Foundation Soupfest 2014

Each year the Cornerstone Foundation provides 6000 beds of shelter, serves over 40,000 meals, gives away 35,000 items from its Clothing Bank, and provides a safe and secure haven for youths to gather for social, educational and recreational activities.  As a local organization, the Cornerstone Foundation depends on the generosity of its neighbors to keep these very beneficial programs going.

One way that you can support Cornerstone is participating in its annual Soupfest.  The 2014 Soupfest will be held on November 6, 2014 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at St. Bernard’s Church in Rockville with all proceeds benefiting The Cornerstone Foundation.

Music will be performed by Ellington music phenom Rob Thomas from “Off the Clock”.

Featured Restaurants include R House, The Hidden Still, and The Country Butcher.

Admission is Free!

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $20 by contacting David Joy at [email protected]  Raffle prizes include $500, $400, $300, and $200 Visa Gift Cards.

The Cornerstone Foundation provides support in the form of a Soup Kitchen, Shelter and Clothing Bank.  For more information please check out their website.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Did you know that:

While the church does not currently have an active Prayer Shawl ministry, we have many shawls available to be distributed.  If you know of anyone that could benefit from a shawl (including yourself!), we will pray on your concerns and bless the shawl.  Please contact the office for more information.  Should supplies run low, we would not be surprised to see this ministry return.

Lenten Mission Program – New Covenant UMC Ghana Mission

ghana_flagOn Sunday night, 03/16/2014, as part of our continuing Lenten Mission Program, The Reverend Gary Richards educated those in attendance of their church’s involvement in creating a school in Ntonso, Ghana.  In the early 1990’s, with many Ghanians in their congregation, the church raised $500 to purchase windows for the Methodist Church in Ntonso.  However, by the time the money was received, the windows had been purchased and the decision was made to use the money to start a new nursery school – the New Covenant United Methodist Church Prepatory School.  Since this initial donation, the church continues to support the school and the church providing both financial and spiritual support.  Here are some interesting facts learned during the discussion:

  • The New Covenant UMC is dedicated to their missions outside their church walls
  • There are 180 students that attend the school
  • Malaria continues to be a problem in Ghana, due to the lack of a strong public health system in the country
  • In addition to providing education, the children are fed two meals a day
  • Parents pay a nominal amount to cover the cost of the food and teacher’s salaries
  • All classes are taught in English
  • Gary Richards was in the Peace Corps earlier in his career
  • Most children can get an education in Ghana up to grade 6.  After that, it becomes very expensive.
  • Many families in the area are employed in farming and arts and fabric. 
  • Communication in the area (phone and internet) are widely available, though many cannot afford them
  • The group is actively planning their scheduled mission trip in the summer of 2014.

For more information on New Covenant UMC’s Ghana program, including ways you can support this fantastic mission program,  please check out their website selecting the following link:  Ghana Mission


Pretzel Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 9:00 am

Pretzel Sunday is March 2nd! 

The children of Sunday School will be making pretzels for Pretzel Sunday on March 2nd for your yummy consumption following the service. We need donations of pretzel dough! Please use the recipe below, and bring your dough to church by 9:00 am the 2nd, along with a cookie sheet to borrow. We appreciate your help!

Pretzel Dough Recipe

1 pkg. dry yeast
1. cups warm water
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
4 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in sugar and salt. Add 2 cups flour, and work in re-mainder. Knead until smooth. Let rise for at least one hour.


Ash Wednesday Service, March 5th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

ashwednesdayAsh Wednesday Service 

Lent begins each year with an observance of reconciliation and prayer. Our Ash Wednesday service will be on March 5th at 7:00 p.m. Ashes will be available for those who would like them. The service is intended to be contemplative and serve as a preparation for the 40 days of reflection leading to the glorious day of Easter and Christ’s resurrection. You are invited to join us for this very special service.

Corned Beef Supper, March 15th 2014

Corned Beef Scbsupper

Saturday, March 15tth

Continuous serving from 5-6:30pm. Come and enjoy a corned beef and cabbage dinner. Menu includes: potatoes, vegetables, homemade Irish soda bread, beverages and Grasshopper pie. Adults: $12, Children 6-12: $5, children under 6 are free.

Help is needed in the kitchen and dining room and food donations would be wel-come as well. Please see the sign up sheets on the bulletin board. Please call the church office for reservations

2014 Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive


Rockville United Methodist Church held their annual Red Cross Blood Drive on February 19, 2014.  We successfully collected 46 pints of blood, include several “Double Red” collections.  While the weather initially was cooperative, the rain and cold temperatures came in during the early evening, turning the parking lot into a skating rink.  However, even with the bad weather, we were still able to collect the same amount of blood as we did last year.

As always, this event requires a significant amount of participation by many members of the church.  I would like to thank all of those who provided food, worked the canteen, assisted with check-in, recruited volunteers and donors and prepared the church for the event.  In particular, I’d like to thank the GOMers for putting up signs, Sylvia for her continued guidance and planning, and Bridget for picking up the slack whenever necessary.  I’d also like to thank all of those who braved the elements to donate.  Whether you were successful in giving or not, you truly do make a difference.  If you were unable to attend, but would like to find out more, please go to the Red Cross website to find an event in your area.


– Dave

Valentine’s Day Outreach


Shine and Rise!

Our outing on Friday’s Valentine Day was postponed due to bad weather and a tractor-trailer rollover on route 31.

Instead, we went out on Presidents’ Day to the Park and Ride lot off route 31 to pass out free coffee. Starting at 6:30 AM, we met five (5) commuter buses and handed out hot coffee to many passengers as they boarded the CT Express bus.

Along with the coffee was a packet with sugar, creamers, Valentine candy and a Showing God’s Love calling card with our church information.  It was a good outing, but cold at 11 degrees.

We plan to try a different outreach in April.

Candy Sunderland

Steve Yoder

Pete Schilling

Sunday Evening Lenten Mission Programs

Lenten Studies

Lenten Study

For the 5 weeks of Lent, speakers will be joining us at Rockville United Methodist Church to give a presentation on their missions. These presentations will be 20-25 minutes long followed by a question and answer period. Light Refreshments will be served. Please join us for what will be informative and inspirational evenings.

Sunday, March 9….7:00 pm

For our first week Lenten mission program (see below) , we were fortunate to have Helen Syriac and Brian Flint provide information on the mission of the Cornerstone Foundation in Rockville.   Helen is the founder and executive director of  and Bryan is the director of Cornerstone Shelter. Please see the link for more information:  How to give.

Sunday , March 16…. 7:00 pm 

Over 30 people were in attendance for The Reverend Gary Richards (New Covenant UMC in East Hartford) discussion on their mission program with Dunwell Methodist Church in Ntonso, Ghana, where they have actively raised funds for a pre-school.  Click the link for more information, and for information on how you can help:  Ghana Mission.

Sunday, March 23…. 7:00 pm

Reverend John Mueller, at Trinity UMC in Springfield, MA, speaking about the Justice For Our Neighbors program (JFON) which offers high quality legal immigration services.

Monday, March 31… 7:00 pm

Dr. Saud Anwar, a pulmonologist from Vernon, will speak on missions projects to Haiti. Dr. Anwar takes medical groups to Haiti to support South Windsor Haiti Preschool.

Sunday, April 6… 7:00 pm

Peter Kenny, a Methodist at Wesley Memorial UMC in East Windsor, is a retired “head hunter” who has started a support group that provides job search support for unemployed workers at the church.