Events & News

Youth Group

Sundays, 6:30-8:00pm

Join us for fun, fellowship, and growth. Bring your friends! We also have some special events planned too.

  • November 19th - Youth Group
  • December 3rd - Youth Group
  • December 10th - Youth Group
  • December 17th - Youth Group Christmas Party
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Encountering the Other: A Symposium of Law & Love, Tenets of Our Respective Faiths

Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00pm at B’nai Israel Congregation
October 24 to December 5, 2017

The cliché is that “Judaism focuses on law, while Christianity focuses on love.” And like most clichés, this one is inaccurate. Similarly, most of the media’s portrayal of sharia presents only a partial picture of the richness of Muslim religious law, and an unfair picture at that. So what is the significance of law in the different Abrahamic traditions? Who makes the law? How does law change? What does sin mean? These are just some of the questions to be addressed in our sessions of faith and dialogue…

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Angel Tree Project

November 19 - December 10, 2017

The youth will be leading us in sponsoring eight Rockville families (38 individuals) to ensure that each has gifts under the tree this Christmas. Each individual will be represented by an ornament on the “Angel Tree” in the Fellowship Hall. Stop by the tree after worship and choose your individual to support. Unwrapped gifts are due back no later than Sunday, December 10.

Donations of wrapping paper, gift bags, large gift boxes, tape, and tissue are also appreciated. If you cannot shop but would like to make a financial donation, please make checks out to Faith UMC and note “Angel Tree” in the memo line. If you have any questions, contact JD Garris ( )

Helpful tips:

  • Spend around $50 for this person. For purposes of equity, please do not overspend.
  • All items must be new.
  • Do not feel you need to purchase every item on the wish list; they are merely suggestions to choose from.
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#Giving Tuesday

November 28, 2017

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On November 28th, you are invited to come together with thousands of United Methodists to support the work of Advance missionaries and projects on UMC #GivingTuesday. Connect your passion with God’s mission as you give to a world in need through your prayers, presence, gifts, and service. Learn more and search for your project to support

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Advent Study, “Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph”

Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 & 14

From his beginnings as a humble carpenter to his all-important role as the earthly father of Jesus Christ, Joseph’s place in the Nativity Story is sometimes overlooked. But Joseph’s life contains valuable lessons for all of us. His courageous actions were crucial to the birth of Christ and God’s salvation plan for humanity.

While Pastor Kathryn is leading us through a sermon series on Adam Hamilton’s book, we will also be offering an opportunity for you to discuss with others. Sign up online or on the board in the fellowship hall. Books ($10) are available - either pick one up on Sundays or contact Gina Dawson ( ).

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First Friday Film Night:
“The Visitor”

December 1, 2017, 6:30-9:00pm, Room 205/206

We’ll watch one of the “best-reviewed” films of 2007. The Visitor (rated PG-13), starring Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins.

The plot: Walter is a disaffected college professor who has been drifting aimlessly through life. When, in a chance encounter on a trip to NYC, Walter discovers a refugee couple has taken up residence in his apartment in the city, he develops an unexpected and profound connection to them that will change his life…

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A Celebration of the Advent & Christmas Season for All Ages

December 8, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm

Celebrate the season with Christmas carols, fellowship, a Chili Cook-Off, cookie decorating, communal gingerbread house decorating, and more! Bring your friends and family!

Sign up online to be a Chili Cook-Off contender, bring chili fixins or sides, or lead a fun or service activity or sign up on the board in the fellowship hall.

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Christmas Cookie Swap

December 10, 2017, 12:00-2:00pm

Share cookies, recipes, stories, fellowship and laughter. Bring 6 dozen cookies to swap (one, homemade). Everyone will go home with an assortment of cookies and a recipe book! Please RSVP to Amy Swanson by December 3rd (301-520-8133 ). Space is limited to 20 adults. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

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“Sacred Rhythms” Study

Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm, January 18 to March 15, 2018

Your desire for more of God than you have right now, your longing for love, your need for deeper levels of spiritual transformation than you have experienced so far is the truest thing about you. You might think that your woundedness or your sinfulness is the truest thing about you or that your giftedness or your personality type or your job title or your identity as husband or wife, mother or father, somehow defines you. But in reality…

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