Midweek Update
May 10, 2023
Midweek Update
Children's Ministry Coordinator Lara Upton introduces
Ministry Intern Maria Plantz as they share the plans
for Vacation Bible School July 31-Aug 4.
Please join us in welcoming Maria Plantz to our team!  Maria's first day will be this Sunday, May 7th as she steps into the role of Ministry Intern with a focus in Children's Ministry.  She will be with us for the next 15 weeks working an average of 10-15 hrs that will flex up and down based on the programming for this spring/summer.  Welcome aboard Maria! Looking forward to working with you 😁
Please come down to the preschool wing and enjoy our Art Show! 
Troop 37 Scout Jacob Lightbourne blesses neighborhood with Art Boxes at Hinton Avenue UMC and IX Art Park.

Jacob worked with pastors Robert Lewis and Alex Joyner and Hinton Avenue UMC's Trustees to install a Neighborhood Art Box outside the church. " For my Eagle project I am making Little Art Libraries, which are similar to the little libraries around town, but instead of the transfer of books, I supply small canvases and other materials for the creation of miniature art, photography and sculptures, as well as some of my own art to start it and get a basic understanding for the community," Jacob said in his proposal. The Libraries have begun to pop up around the country and are gaining some traction, and even being featured in the Smithsonian Magazine.  



Put Everything into God's Hands
Members of the Hinton Avenue UMC Choir joined former Minister of Music Elizabeth Scribner at Cedarfield Senior Living in Richmond on Sunday, May 6 to share Bob Braden's original song "Put Everything Into God's Hands" during worship there.  Bob wrote the song during the pandemic, reflecting on moments in his life when it became clear that he was no longer in control - but God was.  Bob shared these stories during the sermon before the choir, composed of Hinton Avenue folk and Cedarfield residents, shared the song as a musical offering. After the service, choir members reunited with Elizabeth to sing congregational favorites Total Praise and Amazing Love.
Cedarfield is one of four Pinnacle Living communities in the Commonweath: one in Roanoke, one in Williamsburg, and two in Richmond.  Originally known as Virginia United Methodist Homes, Inc., Pinnacle Living retains close ties to the United Methodist Church and remains proud of its heritage while continuing to operate as a mission-driven organization that welcomes people of all faiths. 

From all of us at Espinoza Cuisine, we want to extend our gratitude to Pastor Alex, and Charlottesville First United Methodist Church, more specifically Joey Clark, Carolyn McGee, Cindy Remington, and Patty Taylor for going above and beyond to organize and advertise this event. We are delighted to receive continued support and rave reviews from the Charlottesville Community. We are delighted to create dishes that ignite love, laughter, and fellowship. We are so thankful to Charlottesville FUMC for hosting us and we truly look forward to the next event! 


- With love from the team 
at Espinoza Cuisine. 

Want to try something new? 


Join us for some fellowship out in our community on the second Wednesday of each month for Church @ Chopt'd


When:  This Wednesday, May 10th 6:00-7:30

Where:  Chopt Barracks Road


If you have any questions reach out to
Meghan Eddy, Carolyn McGee, or Lara Upton.

Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you there! 

Charlottesville First
United Methodist Church


What’s next for Charlottesville First? 


On Saturday, May 20, the Church Council will welcome the Rev. Ben Rigsby, a ministry coach and church planter in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, to lead a church-wide planning and vision retreat to be held at Ivy Creek United Methodist Church, 674 Woodlands Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901  9:00-4:00.


If you are curious, excited about, invested in, or confident in the future of our congregation and where God might lead us in the next 3, 5, and 10 years, you are welcome! Invite others you think may be interested. Light breakfast fare and lunch provided.


Please RSVP to Alex, Lisa, or Joey if you’d like to attend.

About the Artist - Cheryl Fee


Cheryl focuses fulltime on her passion for art. Inspired by nature, she is a color enthusiast, drawing on a bright palette. Cheryl works with water colors, acrylic mixed media, and oils. Her works include landscapes, florals, still life, animals and architecture. 


Cheryl is a member of the Beverley Street School of Art, and numerous online painting groups. Her work can be found locally at a number of venues and via\gratitudeartstudio


Cheryl was born in San Francisco and grew up in Idaho. She was encouraged to draw and paint at an early age by her mother who was a talented landscape artist, and has maintained her love of art throughout her life. After attending the University of Northern Colorado, Cheryl lived in Colorado for a number of years. Traveling extensively, she currently resides in Augusta County, VA. Her paintings are displayed in private residences and businesses throughout Virginia and the U.S. 

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

was established in memory of Patrick Wayne Tassell and is awarded to high school seniors who are members of Charlottesville First UMC and have demonstrated leadership and achievements in Scouting or Camp Fire. Scholarship awards of $1,000-$2,000 are paid directly to the institution that the awardee will be attending in the coming academic year. For more information contact Hu Shaffer, Charlottesville First UMC Scouting Coordinator. The Application form is available by contacting the church office. Applications must be returned by June 1, 2023, to be considered.

Village School

Summer Camp for Girls!

Storyland Adventures
for rising 1st-3rd grade


Unleash your imagination this summer in an arts and theatrical camp inspired by favorite animated movie themes. Weekly camps are from 9am-1pm and are packed with acting, improv, singing, dancing, costume, and set design, ending with a creative showcase every Friday for family and friends.


June 19 – 23: Hug Time and Wild Hair June 26 – 30: Island Adventure
July 10 – 14: Casa Mágica

July 17 – 21: Ice Palace & Penguins


Visit for more information or email

The Quiet Center

 An after-church gathering of, and for, those walking with grief who wish to share with each other their time and their presence and their prayers.  Come any Sunday at 11:15 am in the Chapel or contact Rev. John at 703-887-7305 or by email at

Church Softball League
The Charlottesville Church Softball League is back in full swing this spring with no covid restrictions.
Season starts May 6 and 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.

For our ONE THING MINISTRY for the month of May we will be supporting a ministry of the Virginia Annual Conference called 
All God’s Children Camp. 


This is a weeklong overnight camp for children ages 7 to 12, with an incarcerated parent.  Campers have an opportunity to participate in all the physical activities the camp has to offer such as boating, swimming, hiking, archery, music, crafts, and Bible study, along with a conflict resolution/self-esteem-building class.  All God’s Children Camp provides a week of sanctuary for children who face so many challenges in their lives such as economic poverty, temporary living conditions, loneliness, low self-esteem, violence and drugs while working to break the cycle of incarceration.  All God’s Children Camp is a place where children learn they are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God and they are truly ‘somebody’!  This is a wonderful way to honor the children whose mothers are incarcerated and to give the incarcerated mothers the gift of knowing their children are loved. 


All God's Children Camp Logo



Watch the video to witness how Christ makes a difference in children's lives through All God's Children Camp


Below are the items needed for one camper. Let’s see how many campers we can support!


1 fleece/micro-fiber blankets,
1 pillow,
1 twin sheet set,
2  towels,
1 beach towel, 
1 poncho,
1 mesh laundry bags,
1 toothbrush,
1 washcloth / puff,
1 comb, 
1 deodorant 
$5 to help cover water/pool shoes

Thanks in advance

for your bold generosity!  

Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
Our regularly scheduled 2nd Fridays:
  • May 12th
  • June 9th
  • July 14th
  • and Saturday May 27th.
If you feel called to help build Habitat for Humanity homes, and have a great experience, please sign up.
Also, during the month of May is Faith Build.  This is an opportunity for Faith organizations in the greater Charlottesville area to volunteer Wednesday – Saturday each week in May.  If you are interested in helping during Faith Build reach out to Natalie Burgwin (434-233-4646)
Learning & Fellowship


The Thursday morning (9:30am) Women’s Bible Study that meets in
room 308 has begun a new study called:
Called, Hearing and Responding  to God’s Voice. All are welcome.



Inviting all adults and all children (ages birth through rising 6th graders) to join us on the following Sunday evenings from 5-6:30 pm at Pen Park:

May 28, June 25, July 30, and August 20th.

Rain location: Charlottesville First UMC, Fellowship Hall


Adults and children will meet in the upper parking lot grassy area next to the playground for games and fellowship.  Youth will also be meeting separately in the lower parking lot on these evenings next to the pavilions and having their own scheduled activities with our Youth Ministries Coordinator, Dave Breslin.


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!
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.  

 ASP UPDATE: Training will take place at 12:30 on Sunday, July 4th at Aldersgate. A SPOT HAS OPENED UP FOR ANOTHER YOUTH TO JOIN US!
If interested, please see Dave as soon as possible. 

May Youth Group Schedule:  
     May 14...Youth Group, 10-11
     May 21...Graduation Celebration during the service               
          End of the Year Pool Party and Parent Gathering, 1:00-3:00
     May 28...Youth Group, 10-11               
          Pen Park Fellowship Night, 5:00-6:15
Graduates throwing caps in the air
FAMILIES OF GRADUATING STUDENTS (high school, college, graduate school), our annual graduation celebration will take place on May 21st during the service. We would love to celebrate your graduate!
By MAY 14th, Please send Dave Breslin:
  • Graduate's name, school level, and school where he/she is graduating from
  • A recent picture to be shared during the service


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.

We need you!! Are you available to help out this summer with Vacation Bible School?  We are looking for volunteers as we get ready for VBS the week of July 31- Aug 4th from 9am-12pm. 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:
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
Gentle Yoga
Wednesdays at 2:30 in the Gathering Space.
Reservations are required to attend these classes - $10 per class. Please reach out to Lara Upton to reserve your space. We hope you can join us! See you there!
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
UMC News

2023 Annual Conference Offering #NurturingTogether

Annual Conference Logo
The goal of the offering for 2023 is $150,000. This year, you are invited to the initiative to #nurture leadership worldwide! The Virginia Conference will support Refugee Resettlement, Food Insecurity in the Commonwealth, and Partnerships of Hope’s leadership programs in Brazil, Mozambique, Cambodia, Native Americans, Haiti, and Vietnam through this offering. The offering will be collected on June 15, 2023, during the Opening Worship at 10 a.m. Thank you for being part of the effort to #nurturingtogether! Learn more...

64 churches ratified for disaffiliation at May 6 Annual Conference 

On Saturday, May 6, 2023, a Special Annual Conference via Zoom Webinar was held to consider the ratification of 64 local churches seeking to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church over matters of human sexuality using Paragraph 2553 of the Book of Discipline. By a vote of 90% to 10% the 64 churches were ratified. Find wrap-up article and livestream recording at the conference website:
Bishop addresses crash into migrants
SAN ANTONIO — Bishop Robert Schnase, who leads the Rio Texas and New Mexico conferences, joins with those in mourning after an individual crashed his sport utility vehicle into 18 migrants waiting at a bus stop in Brownsville, Texas. The crash took the lives of eight people. “We will continue to work towards justice and offer dignity in the best traditions of The United Methodist Church,” Schnase wrote.
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