Welcome to our website, which should tell you that we are the people of the United Methodist Church with "open hearts, open minds, and open doors," and that we are striving to be a loving, caring, celebrating, learning, serving, and growing family of disciples of Jesus Christ.
We are here in Rutherford for about 136 years. In fact, we were formed as a church community before this town was founded officially. Over more than a century and three decade long ministry and mission we have not lost our corporate identity as a Christian Community, who is centered on the Word of God and "under the same management over 2000 years."
Visit with us, and you may find us a microcosmic global church where each and every one in presence represents differences in many and various ways and yet united in the Spirit of God for the mission of transforming the world.
Pastor BJ Kim, D-Min.
Join us Sunday March 26 for a special 10:00 am service featuring preaching by the dynamic Gabriel Salameh. This final Sunday of March marks the end of RUMC's 137th birthday month. We'll pay tribute to our history with congregational singing of Face to Face (With Christ My Savior) a hymn composed over a century ago in the RUMC parsonage by visiting miniter Grant Tullar. In addition, Spirit Dance will present an interpretive dance to an instrumental rendition of the hymn played by pianist Kiew Kim. A joyous fellowship follows. Join us and be uplited.
AiR: A Concert Series for the Community opened last with with a soaring program of classical, jazz, and original works by pianist Kiew Kim, a music minister at RUMC, pianist Hyungin Choi, violist Mitsuru Kubo, and soprano MiYong Park. The full house enjoyed Mozart Brahms, Beethoven and contemporary works, as well as commentary by the performers. A joyful buffet reception followed. Many thanks to everyone who turned out to support AiR and to the generous performers who donated their time to this concert, helping RUMC to raise just over $600 which will be applied to the Better Roof Fund and to supporting future arts programs. The next concert in the AiR series will be on June 10. Watch for details. See Photos.
This month RUMC marks 137 years of loving and serving God in Rutherford. The forerunner of the current congregation was formed on March 3, 1880. The current Pastor, Rev. Dr. Bo-Joong (BJ) Kim, has served RUMC since 2000. A highlight of RUMC’s history is the hymn Face to Face (With Christ my Savior) composed in the church parsonage in 1898 by Grant C. Tullar, a visiting minister, with lyrics by Carrie Breck, a poet of the time. Read more about RUMC in this article by church historian and lifelong member, Bill Grindler. Listen to the hymn Face to Face. In celebration of our birthday, we will learn and sing this hymn at services this month.
The Lenten season is a time of repentance, sacrifice, and fasting to draw closer to God. During Lent especially, please remember those who hunger because they do not have enough food. Kindly bring at least one food item each Sunday for donation. If you can make the extra sacrifice, a donation of two or more items each week would be much appreciated. RUMC sends food donations to both the Rutherford Food Pantry or to CUMAC, a UMC outreach in Paterson. God bless you.
Mark your calendar for SpringFest, an RUMC day of fun and fundraising on Saturday, April 29 from 10 am - 11 am. SpringFest will feature a wide array of vendors as well as a huge RUMC "garage sale" of clothing, jewelry, giftware, housewares, Mother's Day items, and more.
Watch here for more information.