Midweek Update
June 21, 2023
Midweek Update

Pastor Alex goes out for mini-golf with Ministry Intern Maria Plantz and Rachel Barker and the new young adults group and they paused to do the Midweek Video.


Congratulations Pastor Alex!


The VAUMC Being Together 5K, held during Annual Conference in Roanoke last week, raised over $10,000 for our Annual Conference Offering, supporting missions across the globe and right here in Virginia. Alex finished in 30:16.85, placing 24th, (and edging out his fellow former DS, Rev. Pete Moon)!

Annual Conference 2023 Report
The theme for the 2023 Virginia Annual Conference, held June 15-17, 2023 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Va., was “United as One in Mission” with Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson as the officiating bishop. The conference theme was based on Acts 1:8b. The Laity Session took place over Zoom on Sunday, June 11 and was recorded for later viewing.

There was a great amount of fellowship and joy surrounding the session as each day concluded by 5 p.m. to allow for clergy and lay members to spend time together. Due to the change in schedule from years past, members took part in an Advocacy event, Mission Social, Youth and Campus Ministries Tailgate, and a Game Night during their free time. Read the full report.

A Just Resolution was reached in the complaint pending against Rev. Andrew Stanton Ensz and an agreement was signed by all parties on June 5, 2023. The complaint against Rev. Ensz was made after he performed a same-gender wedding on September 21, 2019, a ministerial act prohibited by Book of Discipline Paragraph 341.6. 


Parties to this process were the Rev. Clark Cundiff, Church Counsel, representative of The Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church; Complainant Rev. Amanda Miller Garber; Respondent Rev. Ensz; and Counsel for the Respondent Rev. Lauren Lobenhofer. 


All parties are grateful to have reached a resolution, especially as Rev. Ensz remained under complaint for more than 1,300 days. Together as a conference, they hope there can be a refocus on the Church’s public witness to those seeking God’s grace and love and on serving others. 


The Clergy Session of the 2023 Virginia Annual Conference will receive a report about the process pursued in this complaint and its cost to the Annual Conference.


This statement is offered jointly from the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church under the episcopal leadership of Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the Rev. Drew Ensz and other represented parties of the Just Resolution agreement. 

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

Women at the Well will meet Thursday, 6/29 in room 308 from 9:30 -11am to craft yarn gnomes (eazy-peazy) for the UVA Christmas stockings. This is a great chance to chat and catch up during our summer break!


Last Thursday Lunch will meet at the Dairy Market at 11:30am on Thursday (6/29) All women are welcome!



Due to weather.  Watch this space for rescheduling information.

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 date: July 30. (August 20 will now feature a Tubing trip).
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.  
Starting on July 2nd, Youth Group will be meeting in the afternoon from 4:00-5:30. Locations and activities will vary    
June and July Schedule:  
June 25...Pen Park Fellowship Night, 4-5:30 (NOTE: No Youth Group during the service)
June 25-July 1...ASP Service Project  
July 2...Youth Group, 4:00-5:30 (note new time!)
July 9...Youth Group, 4:00-5:30 July 12...Putt Putt Golf Outing, 5:00-6:00 July 16...Youth Group, 4:00-5:30 J
uly 23...Possible combined YG with area UMC youth groups, 4:00-5:30
July 30...Pen Park Fellowship Night, 4:00-5:30 
 Please join the church community in praying for those departing on the ASP Service Project this Sunday to Huntington, West Virginia. This joint youth and adult group from CFUMC and Aldersgate UMC will be helping local residents live in "warmer, safer, dryer" housing.  The crew going from First Church this year will be:   Alex Joyner, Charles Kidd, Erin Paoletti, Keaton Paoletti, Charlie Dubendorfer, Carrie Oertel, Dave Wheatley, Shayna Wheatley, Caleb Barker, Wayne Remington, William Coggeshall, Joe Brown. 

There are two opportunities to send off our ASP Team:
Friday night (June 23) come by the Firepit at Aldersgate UMC (1500 Rio Rd. E, Charlottesville) at 845pm - 1000pm to send off the ASP mission team with blessings and prayer. We’ll have marshmallows and drinks.
Sunday morning (June 25) the team will be leaving from the Aldersgate parking lot at about 8:15 am.

Keep the team in prayer. We’ll have a report during the July 2 worship service.

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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
"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. Dinner is provided at 6:00 and we will gather for music and fellowship after we finish eating from 6:30-7:30.Hope to see you there! 

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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