Midweek Update
July 19, 2023
Midweek Update
Pastor Alex is on vacation this week. We look forward to the Rev. Harry Kennon preaching this Sunday!
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!

Habitat Support Team Update


Please take a few minutes to witness the impact you make with your generosity.  Thanks to drone footage captured by our partners at Faulconer Construction, you can now click here to view that Southwood Park, Village One is almost complete. Habitat homes are blended among those of our partners Southern Home Development and Atlantic Builders. This summer, more than 30 Habitat families are completing their sweat equity hours and moving out of trailers and into the new homes of Village One.

 Also, we are pleased to share a news piece by CBS celebrating the progress in affordable housing made in collaboration with other local housing nonprofits.


This rendering highlights in blue which of the units are Habitat homes.  

Church Council – July 24th – 7:00pm Via Zoom – Contact Church office for link.
Minutes from previous Council meetings are available on our website.
"Standing Up to Hate" is a newly published book offering the firsthand accounts of 21 members of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective who grappled with the white supremacist attacks on August 11 and 12, 2017. The book provides insight into the thoughts, preparations and actions taken by people of faith in Charlottesville during the "summer of hate." Some hard-earned lessons about white supremacist violence, organizing to face it, and dealing with the aftermath can be found within the essays, reflections, and sermons offered in this compilation. 
Beloved Community Cville Director Elizabeth Shillue and Assistant Director Michael Cheuk have each contributed to the compilation, edited by Michael Cheuk. We describe what happened as we remember it and how August 11 & 12 changed us and our communities forever.

You can purchase the paperback at $20 per copy, and the Kindle version at $10 per copy

“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. 

In order to facilitate our planning, PLEASE RSVP for this free to the public event by August 3! 
Heat, drought, and lightning are the “perfect storm” to ignite wildfires, which scorch the ground and pollute the air for hundreds of miles. Additionally, the loss of the trees negatively impacts God’s systems that capture carbon for the health of the earth. Support organizations that replant trees after wildfires.   
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.

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.

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

Our ONE THING MINISTRY for the month of July will be gifting supplies to FUMP (First United Methodist Preschool)
Our sweet preschool will begin the 2023-24 school year soon and we want to give them a strong start with fresh supplies! Here is a list! Thanks in advance for your continued generosity!

Elmer’s glue bottles and glue sticks
Tempera Paint Sticks
DO A DOT Markers
Mr. Sketch Smelly Markers
Smocks for kids for Art
Moon Sand
Plastic Pretend Food
10 Reams White Cardstock Paper
10 Reams Cardstock Paper (any color)
10 Reams White Copy Paper
10 Reams Copy Paper (any color)
Dry Erase Markers
Sticker Books
Crayola Markers (Large)
Wooden Pretend Food
Large paper cutter
Rich Art Glitter Paint (Washable)
Water Beads
Paper Towels
Coffee Filters (for projects)
Colored Rice
Dry Oatmeal
Different type of dry beans
Split Peas
Different Shapes of Pasta
Green Sand
The Quiet Center will not meet this week.
Meetings will resume next Sunday 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
Learning & Fellowship
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
Fellowship Time:

Join us this Sunday, July 23rd 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.
On July 30th we will meet at Pen Park for Picnic in the Park instead of the church. Contact: Lara Upton,
The young adults will be meeting at Charlottesville First UMC on Monday, July 24th at 6:30pm. Dinner will be potluck style, so please bring a dish if you are attending. After dinner, they will be playing Jackbox Games, which are multiple group games that are played using a phone or tablet. We hope to see you there!
God in All Things Next Wednesday, July 26
Please join us for our next “God in All Things” Wednesday, July 26th at 6:00pm at the church. A free dinner is provided at 6:00pm and then we will gather for music and fellowship after we finish eating from 6:30pm-7:30pm.   "God in All Things" is a multigenerational time together where we can reflect on God's presence through music, prayer, and a short activity to go along with the message. Everyone is welcome! Please feel free to invite your friends. If you have questions, contact Lara Upton.
  VBS Logo  
Monday-Friday, July 31st-August 4th, 9:00am- 12:00pm
For additional questions or information contact 
Help Decorate and Set Up for VBS
Volunteers welcome to assist Lara and Maria make SPACE in our space!
Friday, July 28th & Saturday, July 29th from 2:30-4:30 pm
Women at the Well will meet on July 27 at 9:30am to continue with our UVA Stocking Gnome creations and to catch up!
On that same day Last Thursday Lunch (for women of all ages!) will meet at The Dairy Market at 11:30am!
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
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, 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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