Midweek Update
June 14, 2023
Midweek Update
Pastor Alex talks with Jessica Maslaney and Bonita Patton about the YMCA Summer Teen Program which is being supported by Charlottesville First outreach.

Alex & Suzanne on their way to Roanoke for Annual Conference


The 241st session of the Virginia Annual Conference to be held in Roanoke, VA, June 15-17, will be focused on the theme, United As One in Mission. The theme is based on Acts 1:8b, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” NIV

Information, as it is released concerning the June session, will be available here.

Current and former Conference lay leaders share letter on UMC

Current Conference Lay Leader Martha Stokes and former lay leaders Warren Harper and Shirley Cauffman shared a joint letter before the start of Annual Conference 2023 about The United Methodist Church.
They said in part, "As your current and former Conference Lay Leaders, we are committed to the future of The United Methodist Church. Our connection - our relationships with one another around the globe based upon our love of Jesus - is important in each of our lives. We did not come to this United Methodist connection by the same paths. In that regard, we’re not any different from our local congregations. We’re a mix of a lifelong Virginia United Methodist baptized and confirmed in a small church of the Mountain View District, a cradle Methodist from a large church in New Jersey, and a child of a Tennessee Southern Baptist upbringing. Despite all that we’ve seen and experienced, we are United Methodist and will #BeUMC." Read the full letter...
Maria Chavalan Sut stands in front of the three-bedroom home she rents with her four children in Charlottesville, Va. Chavalan Sut, who fled her native Guatemala in 2015, spent three years in sanctuary at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church before receiving a Stay of Removal in 2021.
is an invitation to learn about the devastation single-use plastic, especially, is causing and what you can do to bring about change. Take the challenge. Tell your friends. Make a difference. 
Watch this space for tips for July 2023!!
The Quiet Center, Sundays at 11:15 am in the Chapel.
Grief is a journey through the loss of anything or anyone that is loved.  It is a journey that calls for companions for sharing and for remembering and for mourning. If you want to explore grief, whether or not you are on that journey, join us in  The Quiet Center, 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
Our ONE THING MINISTRY for the month of June
will benefit our Vacation Bible School!
Look for a bulletin board in the Welcome Center just off of the parking lot that will have stars that will tell you what is needed and the date it is needed. Take as many stars as you desire (there are many needs!) Thanks in advance! Questions about VBS or donated item?
Learning & Fellowship
Let’s gather for CHURCH@CHOPT for dinner tonight at 6pm!  
No program… agenda…..just dinner! Chopt is at Barracks Road Shopping Center on Emmet Street. See you there!

Young Adults Putt Putt Night! 

Come join us for putt putt on June 20th at the Putt Putt Fun Center! We will be meeting in the parking lot at 7:30pm! Each player's game will be paid for by the church and we would love to see you there!!
Rising 11th-College students. Bring your friends! Address: 1515 Putt Putt Place



The unique singing experience known as Hymns & Pints returns to Random Row at 608 Preston Ave., Thursday, June 22 at 7 PM. Wesley Memorial and Charlottesville First are co-sponsoring this time of fellowship, singing, and a little bit of trivia. 

Have you grappled with the questions, “Are there evidence-based solutions to homelessness? What are we doing locally to end homelessness, and what challenges do we face in implementing these efforts?”


If so, we welcome you to join us on Wednesday, June 21 from 7:00-8:30pm to learn more about Housing First & Homelessness in Charlottesville with the following folks:

  • Anna Mendez, Executive Director of The Haven,

  • Misty Graves, Director of Charlottesville’s Department of Human Services,

  • Anthony Haro, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Area Coalition for the Homeless (BRACH), and

  • Heather Kellams, Women’s Case Manager at People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry (PACEM)

Presenters will share what we know about homelessness locally and expand on Housing First: what it is, the successes we've seen, and the challenges we face implementing the approach in our community.

RSVP today!

Doors open at 7:00pm.

Presentation begins at 7:15pm with a Q&A to follow.

Questions? Respond to this email or reach out to Ocean@thehaven.orgRSVP using this link.

Church Softball League
The Charlottesville Church Softball League is back in full swing this spring with no covid restrictions.
Season runs thru July. Games are played on Friday evenings at Darden Towe Park. The slow pitch league is open to men and women 14 years old or older. Anyone interested in playing on the FUMC team can contact Bill Owens for more information.


Picnic in the Park


Inviting those of all ages to join us on Sunday evening, June 25, from 4:00-5:30 pm at Pen Park.  (Rain location: TBA)


Adults, children, and youth will meet in the upper parking lot grassy area next to the playground for games and fellowship. 


Picnic Options: Pack your own dinner or email to let us know how many slices of pizza you want. Please bring your own drinks, a blanket or chair. 


Looking forward to seeing you all on these evenings together. Invite your friends and be on the lookout to make some new ones! 


Mark your Calendar:  Future dates are June 25, July 30, and August 20th.
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.  
June 18...ASP Send-off during the service, 10-11
June 25-July 1...ASP Service Project              NO YOUTH GROUP ON JUNE 25TH


Applications for Convergence 2023 are open!  Randolph-Macon College's summer Youth Theology Institute on Faith and Science will be held July 18-23 this year.  The event is open to students who are finishing their 9th, 10th, or 11th grade year in the next few months.  Please register by May 12 to ensure a space.  Late registrations may be accepted but cannot be guaranteed.  


The '23 Convergence theme is Food, Faith and Farming. We have a lot of exciting activities and experiences planned including:

  • Field trips to Sophia Farm, Fitrah Farm, Shalom Farm and Babylon MicroFarm
  • A special project with the Ashland Farmer’s market
  • The Theology of Soul Food, a speech and cooking demonstration with author, James Beard award winner, and certified barbeque judge Adrian Miller
  • Workshops on campus
  • Planning and helping to lead worship at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church on the R-MC campus.


Cost to attend is $350.  Financial Assistance is available if needed.  All Convergence campers receive a $1,000 scholarship if they attend R-MC for college.HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Take a look at this opportunity through RMC's Summer Youth Theological Institute. Spots are still open...see Dave for more details!

Monday, June 19th "Tweens Serve" our Bread & Blessings Friends at Cville First UMC. We will meet in the kitchen 10am-1:30pm let us know if you plan to come help for some of these hours or all of these hours, we are creating a schedule.

A Great Time at the Tween Pool Party @ Marilyn Basham's House
Thank you Marilyn!
  VBS Logo  
for children & volunteers
Vacation Bible School at Charlottesville First UMC
Monday-Friday, July 31st-August 4th, 9:00am- 12:00pm
Register today to save your spot.  Please feel free to invite your friends! 
Ages 3 yrs old-Rising 6th graders Limited Spaces Available. 😊 Hope to see you there!
Are you available to help out this summer with Vacation Bible School?  We need you!! We are looking for volunteers as we get ready for VBS.
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
Next God in All Things: June 28

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

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
Prayer Time
Tuesdays at 12:30pm on Zoom
All are welcome to join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 882 7977 8844
Passcode: 968327
Giving Back
Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
 Next volunteer date: July 14th
If you feel called to help build Habitat for Humanity homes, and have a great experience, please 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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