Midweek Update
August 2, 2023
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Virginia Conference Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson will be joining us as preacher for Sunday, August 13. Please plan on being here to meet and greet Bishop Sue!
Our Living World: Energy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — God provided energy for life on our planet through sun, wind and water. Human-generated energy from fossil fuels and the patterns of human activity that depend on those fuels now imperil all life. United Methodists are committed to developing energy sources and ways of life that sustain life for all in our living world. In a six-part series, Ask The UMC explores how United Methodists seek to sustain and renew links to our living world.
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“Moving Beyond August 12 . . . TOGETHER”

Saturday, August 12, 2:00 pm 
Carver Rec. Center, 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville

What’s our August 12 story? How do we look back at the events of that date in 2017 and how can the people and resources of Charlottesville’s faith communities contribute to the next chapter in racial justice work?

The Charlottesville Clergy Collective invites you to explore these questions at a forum and discussion, Saturday, August 12 at 2 PM at the Carver Recreation Center. Using the resources of a new book written by members of the Collective, Standing Up to Hate: The Charlottesville Clergy Collective and the Lessons from August 12, 2017, CCC members will share reflections on the book’s theme and facilitate discussion. 
You can purchase the paperback at $20 per copy, and the Kindle version at $10 per copy

In order to facilitate our planning, PLEASE RSVP for this free to the public event by August 3! 


“People And Congregations Engaged in Ministry.”

CFUMC will be hosting PACEM this coming season from March 2nd – March 15th  2024.

Please stay tuned for more information
and volunteer sign ups.

'See you at church!'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The end of summer brings new opportunities to grow in faith and reignite a passion for serving others. “See you at church,” a free, downloadable video produced by United Methodist Communications, encourages people to invite others to join on the life-changing journey of discipleship and ministry.
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SUMMER BREAK IS ALMOST OVER! Don’t forget about Pack to School. We will again provide backpacks filled with supplies to benefit local schools. Below are the items needed. Collection boxes will be set up throughout the church during and after VBS.  
Not ready to think about school supplies?  No problem - you can also show support with a monetary donation (please write “Pack to School” in the memo line if writing a check.) Questions or if you would like to help with deliveries? Email Anika Winterhoff or Carolyn McGee

  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils 
  • Wipes
  • Sanitizers 
  • Backpacks 
  • Ziploc bags (any brand, sandwich, quart or gallon size) 
  • Tissues/ Hand sanitizer/Disinfectant wipes 
  • Glue sticks 
  • Pencils/ Erasers 
  • Crayons/ Washable markers/ Dry erase markers 
  • Composition books 
  • Scissors  
  • Folders 
  • Pencil cases 
  • Notebook paper 
  • Highlighters 
The Quiet Center- Sundays at 11:15 in the Chapel
The Quiet Center is an after-church gathering of, and for, anyone who wants to know more about grief’s journey. The sessions are “stand alone,” to join anytime and as often as you wish, to explore the many faces of grief and to share with each other our time, our experiences, our presence and our prayers. If you have any questions, contact Rev. John at 703-887-7305 or at
The preschool wishes to thank all of you who were so generous in your donations both monetary and material! This will help our new school year get off to a great start!

NOW ENROLLING! 2's, 3's, Pre-K and KINDERGARTEN! Call 434-296-6682
or

For almost 40 years, the First United Methodist Preschool (FUMP) has offered full and partial tuition scholarships to families in need.

Our church family has been the primary supporter of these scholarships through individual and Sunday school class donations as well as fundraising. 

Charlottesville can be an expensive place to live for young families and we are seeing an uptick in scholarship requests. Here is how you can help FUMP provide high quality preschool for children in our community: 

*Sponsor a full or partial tuition scholarship for the year either through an individual or group donation:

$250/month will pay for a 2 year old. 

$350/month will pay for a 3 year old.

$410/month will pay for a 4 year old.

$460/month will pay for a kindergartener.

*Make a general donation to the FUMP Scholarship Fund (no donation is too small!)

*Donate to the One Thing Ministry for the month of July which provides supplies for the preschool.

*Pray for our wonderful preschoolers and FUMP staff.

Have questions about First United Methodist Preschool? Visit our website.


Have questions about scholarships? Reach out to Paige Lindblom or Marilyn Comfort.

Learning & Fellowship

Tubing on The James!


Let’s go on an adventure! It’s summertime! Vacation, sun, surf, hiking, and…..TUBING!  Here are the particulars, let us know if you and your family or friends would be interested.

Ever wondered how Pastor Alex comes up with the poems that make their way into weekly worship? Wonder if there might be say about the work of contemporary poets like Kimberley Johnson, Franz Wright, Christian Wiman, and Mary Karr?

Pastor Alex invites you out to a short-term group experience, safe enough to bring along your curious friends and your doubts about poetry. No experience necessary, just a willingness to explore around a table. Finding God in Poetry is this year’s Taco Thursday theme at Brazos in Ix Park (953 Second St SE, Charlottesville). Thursdays at 6:30 PM for 3 weeks beginning July 27. For more info email
On August 6th (Our All Age Worship Day) our church will gather
in the Fellowship Hall for a congregational potluck
right after our 10am worship service.
Fried chicken, vegan pasta salad, and gluten free meatloaf will be provided.  You are invited to bring a side, a salad or a dessert if possible. ALL ages are welcome! 
Our New Youth Group
Join us on Sunday nights for Youth Group here at the church upstairs in the youth room from 4-5:30 pm. Bring your friends for fun, games, and a time to learn and talk more about God’s presence in our lives. Contact: Lara Upton,
Prayer Time
Tuesdays at 12:30pm on Zoom
All are welcome to join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 882 7977 8844
Passcode: 968327
Choir Rehearsal
Tuesdays 6-7pm
Enjoying the food and fellowship at Portico Cafe’ after worship?  Then please consider making a contribution!  Baked goods, cheese & crackers, mini sandwiches, fruit, snacks, are all welcome.  A sign up sheet is available by the coffee area.  Portico Cafe’ success depends on the generosity of church members to help or contribute food. Email Lisa Hanrahan if you forget to sign up.
Giving Back
  Enjoying the food and fellowship at Portico Cafe’ after worship?  Then please consider making a contribution!  Baked goods, cheese & crackers, mini sandwiches, fruit, snacks, are all welcome.  A sign up sheet is available by the coffee area.  Portico Cafe’ success depends on the generosity of church members to help or contribute food. Email Lisa Hanrahan if you forget to sign up.

Clothes Closet

DONATIONS to Hinton Ave UMC clothes closet:
Hours of operation:  Tuesdays from 10am-1pm    We are looking for children to adult sizes, spring/summer clothing.  Please make sure the clothing is gently used, clean, stain-free, and in good repair. Also accept some household items (e.g., sheets, towels, small appliances, dishes, pans). Email for info.

Are you interested in
serving communion? Email Evelyn Kessler 
or call

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? Email Evelyn Kessler or call

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.

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 CFUMC
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