Midweek Update
April 19, 2023

this week's Preacher!

Karla. M. Kincannon is a retired United Methodist Minister, artist, writer and spiritual director. She earned a BA in art from Virginia Wesleyan College, and an M.Div. and D.Min. from Garrett- Evangelical Theological Seminary where she served on the faculty. Karla specializes in helping others reclaim their creativity as a tool on the spiritual journey. The author of  Creativity and Divine Surprise: Finding the Place of Your Resurrection, Karla has also written numerous articles about the spiritual journey.


This month's Last Thursday Lunch will take place at the Dairy Market on April 27 at 11:30am. NEW MEMBER CLASS
Interested in finding out more about Charlottesville First? A new member class continues today, following the morning service at 11:30 AM. Meet some of our staff and leaders while learning about our vision, structure, beliefs, and United Methodist background. We’ll have an option to go out for lunch together each week. Email if you would like to attend or for more information.
You are invited to a breakfast to benefit Good News Jail & Prison Ministry on Saturday, May 6 at 9am, at Portico Church. Speakers include Chaplain Joseph Varaksa and Chaplain Richard Van Arsdale. Please make sure to register online.

Are you interested in serving communion? Contact Evelyn Kessler at

or 434-971-7329

Would you be interested in helping with communion preparation?

Help is needed to prepare communion on the first Sunday of every month and special holidays. This would involve working with another experienced team member to set-up and then clean up after communion. The set - up process is currently done on Sunday morning before the service and would take about 30 – 45 minutes. Clean-up after the service takes about 20 minutes. Each team member does this once every three to four months depending on how many people are on the team. Questions and info? Contact Evelyn Kessler at or 434-971-7329.

we welcome CHooSE
 the Christian a cappella group at the University of Virginia. serving the Lord through the stewardship of our musical gifts."GOD IN ALL THINGS"
gathering has moved to the 4th Wednesday of each month.
Please join us THIS Wednesday, April 26th for dinner and a fun evening of music and fellowship for all ages. Dinner at 6:00, gathering from 6:30-7:30 at Charlottesville First UMC in the fellowship hall. Hope to see you there! Contact: for additional information or to volunteer to help with these gatherings! 

Thank you! We have raised $3,442

was established in memory of Patrick Wayne Tassell and is awarded to high school seniors who are members of Charlottesville First UMC and have demonstrated leadership and achievements in Scouting or Camp Fire. Scholarship awards, of $1,000-$2,000 are paid directly to the institution that the awardee will be attending in the coming academic year. For more information Hu Shaffer, Charlottesville First UMC Scouting Coordinator. The Application form is available by contacting the church office. Applications must be returned by June 1, 2023, to be considered.


The Thursday morning (9:30am) Women’s Bible Study that meets in room 308 has begun a new study called: Called, Hearing and Responding to God’s Voice. All are welcome.

ONE THING MINISTRY for April is Diapers
The one thing ministry for April will benefit little bottoms! Loaves and Fishes and Bread and Blessings are always in need of diapers, from infant to toddler size. Thank you in advance for your generous donations, they can be left in the tubs at both entrances to the church.  
Plant Sale Updates
It is time to start your seeds for the Plant Sale on April 29th!  We know you can't plant outdoors yet, but for those of you who like to get a head start on their garden by planting seeds, now is the time.  Please let us know what you might be able to donate by using this form.  (The form also has spots for setting up, pricing, and cleaning up.)  Contact Cindy Poots Remington with questions. 

We are also accepting donations of gently used tools and garden art, and powered lawn and garden equipment such as mowers (riding and push), tillers, trimmers, weedwackers, chainsaw, etc. All non-working gasoline powered items will be repaired by a volunteer mechanic prior to the sale. Donations may be dropped off by the parking lot door on Sunday mornings or by contacting Caleb Barker at (434)962-3299. Unsure if your item can be fixed?  Please contact Caleb before dropping off the small engine donations. 
Learning & Fellowship
We need you!! Are you available to help out this summer with Vacation Bible School?  We are looking for volunteers as we get ready for VBS the week of July 31- Aug 4th from 9am-12pm. The number of kids we can host here, at Charlottesville First UMC, is all dependent on how many volunteers we have! Please let us know your availability:
The Faith Seekers Class (Room 208 on Sundays at 8:45am) is studying “End Times : Practical Heavenly Mindedness.” As described in the introduction, scriptures from the Old and New Testament help us to “view time as a gift and not as a resource to be managed." All are welcome to join.
Handbell Rehearsal - Sundays 6-7:30pm
Choir Rehearsal - Tuesdays 6-7pm
Congregational Prayer Time
Tuesdays at 12:30pm on Zoom
All are welcome to join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 882 7977 8844
Passcode: 968327
Youth ages 6th-12 grades and their parents may contact Dave Breslin,Youth Ministry Coordinator, to be added to the youth email list.
Volunteers needed! We are seeking several caring adults who would like to help out with our growing teen community. Please contact Dave for more information.  

Artist Bio: Maren Tyedmers Hange


Originally from Germany, Maren Hange has lived in Charlottesville for almost 24 years. In the fall of 2016, she took a watercolor class at McGuffey Art Center and never looked back. Since then, she has kept learning and exploring with books, videosfriends and another class at the McGuffey Art Center. 


In addition, Maren received a 2019 Pastoral Study Grant from the Louisville Institute With the Eyes of the Heart:  Creative approaches to racism and the church through watercolor and nonviolent communication” which enabled her to take a Plein Air class at the Grünewald Guild, a place where “art + faith + community” intersect near Leavenworth, WA.  


Exploring the question, “How can the arts help us create spaces of engagement?” Maren has worked with Visio Divina, incorporating art into children and youth ministry, leading art experiences for retreats and creating an art room for a recent pastor’s conference at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary.
Gentle Yoga
Wednesdays at 2:30 in the Gathering Space.
Reservations are required to attend these classes - $10 per class
Please reach out to Lara Upton to reserve your space. We hope you can join us! Yoga will  not meet today, April 12. See you next week!
Giving Back

Clothes Closet

DONATIONS to Hinton Ave UMC clothes closet:
Hours of operation:  Tuesdays from 10am-1pm    We are looking for children to adult sizes, fall/winter clothing.  Please make sure the clothing is gently used, clean, stain-free, and in good repair. 

Email for info.

Assistance for Ukraine
UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery, Advance #982450, is collecting funds for humanitarian assistance.
You can donate directly online or designate "Ukraine relief" on your checks made out to FUMC

Contact Teri Guertler

if you need a prayer quilt for someone going through a difficult time, or if you would like to help in the creation of the prayer quilts. No experience necessary.

UMC News
growing plants

Bishop shares letter
for 2023 Earth Day

Bishop Sue shared a letter for Earth Day 2023. She said in part, "How often do you talk about creation care in your spheres of influence? How often do you analyze your own impact on the Earth and its resources? How often do you consider the health of the planet that is being handed down to your children, grandchildren, and its future inhabitants? If we are honest with ourselves, we are neither thinking nor talking enough about creation care." Read full letter for ideas for individuals and churches to take part in Earth Day 2023 (April 22).


Heart Havens expands with new Richmond home

Heart Havens has expanded in the Richmond area by opening a new home for adults with a developmental disability in Glen Allen. This new home will   support four people with a developmental disability, providing 24 hour care and support to be as independent as possible and connecting them to the local community. It is projected to open with the first clients moving in to the home in mid-April 2023.  
The organization is currently raising funds to cover capital costs associated with renovations. They have a goal of $200,000.
Heart Havens opened their very first home 25 years ago in Virginia Beach which continues to be in operation today. With the addition of the Glen Allen location, Heart Havens has a total of eight homes in Virginia to serve individuals in need of comprehensive residential services. Four of the eight Heart Havens homes are in the Richmond metro area. Heart Havens is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides residential support to adults with a developmental disability using a person-centered process to ensure that residents are living their best life, being a part of the community in the ways they truly want and making decisions for themselves every day. Learn more...
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