Midweek Update
August 2, 2023
Midweek Update

Pastor Alex shares a forgotten connection between Charlottesville First UMC and the Jefferson School, invites us to share in this Saturday's Standing Up to Hate conversation, and previews Bishop Sue's upcoming visit. Plus a VBS recap!

“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! 
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!
We’ve received a number of ’thank you’s recently. Here’s a sample:
—“Thank you so much for your kind and generous gift of $1,000 given toward our Sponsor a Teen Campaign. It will make a big difference in the lives of our YMCA, regardless of ability to pay…We appreciate your care and partnership!: —Nate Rockey, Piedmont Family YMCA

—“Thank you for your donation of $165 to buy the water shoes for the campers this summer. We appreciate your support in this way and with other cabin supplies.” —Lori Smith, Director, All God’s Children’s Camp
—“Thank you so much for your week of service with Appalachia Service Project in Cabell County, WV! This summer wouldn’t be possible without your hard work. We hope to see you back in Appalachia soon!” —ASP Cabell County Staff 2023
—Thank you for your generous donation of $250 on 7/18/2023 to support the Greater Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity Annual Giving Fund…What a gift to worship with your faith family recently! Thanks for your leadership, care & generosity.” —Kelly Eplee, Director of Donor Relations, Greater Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity
—“Your financial support [$1,200 for Lithuania in Mission Together] is enabling Global Ministries to fulfill the mission of the Church through evangelism and church growth. And through your financial support you are serving within a vital network of interactive relationships in more than 60 countries…Thank you for actively partnering with Global Ministries as we move forward in establishing over four hundred congregations and faith communities in nations around the world.” —Roland Fernandes, General Secretary of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church
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

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
Let’s Taco About God in Poetry will NOT be at Brazos Tacos this Thursday but at the home of Mackie Kudravetz. Email Pastor Alex at for directions and bring your own tacos. Brazos is just down the hill from Mackie’s house.
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

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.

If you can swim (doesn’t have to be Olympic style) and are between the ages of 6 and 109, then let’s meet at James River Runners on Sunday, Aug 20 at 12:30. The cost is $25 per person unless we get more than 25 going and then we get a reduced price. What a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon as a church family! So we can make this come together, we need to know if you are interested. Please RSVP to 
Children's and Youth Ministry, Lara Upton,
CYM Directorcontact info:

Tweens/Youth Service Opportunities:
Friday, August 11th. 10am- 12pmFood Pantry Set up @ New Beginnings Christian Communitysign-up link:

Monday, August 14th, 10am-1:30pm Prepare and Serve food for Bread and Blessings @ CFUMCsign-up link:

End of Summer Pool Parties:
Youth Pool Party Sunday, August 13th, 4pm-5:30Marilyn Basham's HouseRSVP by Friday, August 11th, Lara Upton, CYM Director

Tweens Pool PartySunday, August 27th, 2:30pm-4pmJim and Kathy Berlin's HouseRSVP by Friday, August 25th, Lara Upton, CYM Director
Email Lara for location addresses.

Wed, August 9th Church @ Chopt, 6pm-7:30pm at Barracks Road. Join us for some fellowship and dinner with your friends from church! 

Sunday, August 20th after church, let's go Tubing (ages 6 & up) together with our church friends!! Full or partial scholarships available in our children's and youth ministry. contact: Carolyn McGee for more info and to reserve your space!

Wed, Aug 23 God in All Things, (all ages, everyone welcome)6:00 Dinner, Fellowship Hall (Free meal provided)6:30-7:30 Gathering in Fellowship Hall (Music, Message, Creative Activity)

*Additional Notes:Youth Group will be our pool party this Sunday, Aug 13th from 4-5:30 at Marilyn's house on Sunday. Also Tubing after church will be in the place of Youth Group on Aug 20th instead of at the church from 4-5:30.

Aldersgate is hosting the Young Adult Group Jeopardy Event, rescheduled to Monday, August 14th @ 6:30pm at Aldersgate. (11th grade and up)For questions or info contact: Lara Upton,

Maria's last day for her summer Ministry Internship with us is this Sunday, August 13th. Thank you Maria for shining your light and sharing your ministry gifts with us! We wish you well as you head back to college this Fall and look forward to seeing you soon!(We will have cards in the gathering space this Sunday if anyone would like to write Maria a note to take back to school with her.)

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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