Midweek Update
October 25, 2023
Connectional Ministry Intern Madison McManners offers the invitation to Sunday's Trunk or Treat in the CFUMC parking lot beginning at 3:00 pm! The lot is reserved for those who are offering their trunks as stopping points. We can still use some more trunks, and you can contact Emily Bowden ( to sign up. To volunteer in other ways, contact Lara Upton (
Happening this Week
God in All Things 
Tonight, Wednesday, October 25th at 6:00 pm
Come out and try this interactive dinner and worship experience for all ages, happening tonight at 6:00 pm. After dinner, we'll be singing, talking about All Saints' Day, and becoming 5-minute experts. You'll all be ready to dress up as your favorite saint next week! 
We hope to see you there!
PACEM Winter Hosting
October 21st – November 11th

CFUMC will host up to 35 men overnight at the Hinton Avenue location for three weeks. During the PACEM Winter Hosting Program, churches and other community organizations host guests who need shelter during the cold weather months from late October through March.
Each organization provides shelter for at least 2 full weeks. While hosting, we will provide space for sleeping cots and serve an evening meal and a grab-n-go breakfast in the morning. Guests start arriving at 5:30 pm and depart by 7:00 am. Bathroom and shower facilities will be available to the guests. CFUMC was a founding member of PACEM in 2003 along with First Presbyterian Church and several other downtown faith communities. We have been an active participant every year since.
Please sign up to volunteer during our PACEM season.  We rely heavily on volunteers to make this ministry safe and run smoothly for everyone involved.
To learn more about PACEM visit:
If you have questions about CFUMC’s hosting at the Hinton Ave location this year, contact Jon Scheumann at 434-422-1749 or
Last Thursday Lunch
Thursday, October 26th at 11:30 am
This Thursday, any interested women can meet at The Dairy Market at 11:30 am for good food and fellowship! Bring a friend!

October “One Thing Ministry”

Saturday, October 28th - Saturday, November 11th


CFUMC will host PACEM October 21st through November 11th. We can support this ministry with “to-go” breakfast items such as:

          Juice boxes 

          Prepackaged muffins/Danishes

          Chewy granola or fruit bars 



          Mandarin oranges 

We will also be collecting underwear for men (boxer and boxer style briefs) and women (bikini and boyshorts) that The Haven will distribute. Medium – XXL are much needed!

Trunk or Treat
Sunday, October 29th, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Save the date and get your costumes ready! Join us for an afternoon of fun in the CFUMC parking lot!
Please reserve your parking spot if you’d like to decorate your trunk and pass out treats. 

Contact Emily Bowden to sign up:
Prayers for Israel and Palestine
Our prayers for the people of Israel and Gaza are continuing in the wake of the horrific attack last weekend. Pastor Alex's book,  A Space for Peace in the Holy Land: Understanding Modern Israel and Palestine, is available as an e-book from Amazon for $4.99:
It explores the background to the current conflict and profiles Israeli Jews and Palestinians who are working for peace.
Coming Soon
November "One Thing Ministry"
The November One Thing Ministry will benefit Cville Sock Love and the UVA Christmas Stocking Project. 
Let's fill up the sock bin with fun patterns for hospitalized children and basic warm socks for our under-resourced neighbors. Also, be on the lookout for puzzle books like Sudoku, crosswords, word searches, and more for the stockings we will fill!

Hiking Group

Thursday, November 2nd at 1:00 pm


Join us at our next hike on November 2nd at the Preddy Creek Trail Park! Everyone is welcome - all ages and abilities. Let us know if you can make it, and we are looking forward to seeing you on the trail!


Location: Preddy Creek Trail Park

3690 Burnley Station Road

Charlottesville, VA 22911


We will try to advertise details of length and difficulty when we schedule the hikes. If you have a time you'd like to plan a hike to lead, please let us know, and we will gladly communicate the info for you.


For more details, contact:

All Saints' Day Celebration
November 5th
On All Saints' Day, we will remember those who have gone before us. All interested in memorializing a loved one can purchase a daffodil bulb for $10 to be planted in the flowerbed at the corner of our church lot. We will be able to see their beauty in the spring!
All are welcome to plant your purchased bulb, or there will be folks available to assist you. 
Contact to purchase a bulb and name your loved one. 
Kids and Youth Potluck
Sunday, November 5th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join us on Sunday after church in the CFUMC Fellowship Hall for a lunchtime potluck! All ages of kids and youth from birth through 12th grade are welcome, and welcome to participate in our activity: making your own slime!
Contact Lara Upton at to RSVP.
Youth Help with PACEM Meal
Sunday, November 5th
3:00 - 5:00 pm: Youth ages 6th grade through 12th grade can help prepare a meal for PACEM participants at CFUMC
5:30 - 8:00 pm: Youth ages 12 and up can help to serve the evening meal at Hinton Ave United Methodist Church.
This is a wonderful opportunity for CFUMC Youth to help serve our Charlottesville community by providing a welcoming shelter and warm meal. RSVP to help at
Church at Chopt
Wednesday, November 8th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Church at Chopt meets at the Chopt restaurant in Barracks Road from 6:30-7:00 pm.
Great food and great fellowship for all ages! 
For more information, contact
Methodist Habitat Build Day
Friday, November 10th, 8:45 am - 3:30 pm
Join us at the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville for a build day! This will be a wonderful opportunity to strengthen our community by building housing that is safe and affordable
If you would like to join us, please go to to register. 
Consecration Sunday is Coming
Sunday, November 12th
Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical concept that giving is a spiritual expression of our Christian discipleship.
As part of our worship on Consecration Sunday, we will be inviting attendees and members to express their financial commitments to our church by submitting an Estimate of Giving Card. This represents our support of our churchs missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and elsewhere.
Those who complete an Estimate of Giving Card do so voluntarily. Even if you prefer not to complete a card, we still hope you will attend and participate in our Consecration Sunday worship and the Celebration Luncheon afterwards! 
Advent Devotional Time!
Now through Friday, November 17th
The objects in the mirror are closer than they appear... like the date for getting your Advent Devotional turned in! 
The theme for this Advent Season is "Stranger at the Door". Think about a time you were blessed by meeting a stranger, or perhaps if you perceive someone who is not like you to be a stranger. The Baby Jesus came to us in a way we never expected... He was a stranger! 
Devotionals are due by November 15th. Jot down a short story, remembrance, or perhaps a poem! You can add a scripture or prayer if you choose.
Annual Arts Fair
Saturday, November 18th, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Annual Arts Fair is coming up soon! On November 18th from 9:00-2:00, CFUMC will offer a Fellowship Hall full of wonderful artists. It will take lots of helping hands to make this a memorable and profitable event to benefit Bread and Blessings!
Along with the Arts Sale will be a Bake Sale and a Rummage Sale. This can't happen without donations of yummy, creative treats and gently used household goods. Lunch will be available for purchase. Please consider how you can help make this event a success!
Need more information? Contact Contact Karen Young at for the Bake Sale and Lisa Hanrahan at for the Rummage Sale. 
Habitat for Humanity Rake-a-Thon 
Saturday, November 18th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
All ages are welcome to participate in the Rake-a-Thon to raise money for Habitat for Humanity!
Adults are welcome to join the Charlottesville First UMC team, and children may sign up with their guardians to be grouped together. Youth ages 6th through 12th grade will be grouped together in the Youth Group Service Project team, with leaders Lara Upton, Dave Wheatley, and Madison McManners. 
Habitat for Humanity Youth Build Day
Saturday, November 18th, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Let's join Aldersgate UMC in this partnership of building together for Habitat! Meet new people, learn new skills, and create lasting, positive change in our community!
Youth must be at least 16 years old to sign up to participate, and blocks must last for a minimum of 4 hours.
Visit to sign up. Please register by Friday, October 27th so that we can plan ahead. Thank you!
Learning & Fellowship
Faith Seekers Class 
Sundays at 8:45 am
Come join this adult class in room 208 at 8:45 on Sunday mornings. They recently began a study called "Jesus Revealed." Dive deeper into Jesus' character through the "I am" statements in the book of John. All are welcome!
For more details contact Kathy Berlin

Faith Explorers

Sundays at 11:15 am

Starting the first Sunday in October, the Faith Explorers class (Room 308 at 11:15) begins reading Diana Butler Bass’s book, Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. The book is about introducing people to shifting religious demographics and to propose how communities of faith might rethink some basic issues about their identity, practices, and theology.  The thesis is that certain forms of “religion” always end, often challenged by emerging cultural forms of spiritual experience and engagement, and that such endings are usually the beginning of some new and unexpected awakening.

The Adult Fellowship Group invites you to join us

Sundays at 11:15 am in Room 208 


This class recently began a new study entitled: “Questions God Asks” from the Life Guide Series (Larsen and Larsen, authors). 


The book is available through Amazon, or you can contact Carolyn McGee to obtain one.  


So… grab your coffee and goodies from the Portico Café and come on in! 


All are welcome! Questions? Contact Pat Graham at

Men’s Bible Study!
Tuesdays at 8:00 am
Meeting at Wegmans at Fifth Street Station, we are continuing with fellowship and a concentrated study. All men of every age are invited.
For questions or more information… contact Jim Berlin
Women at the Well is studying The Grace of Les Miserables
Thursdays from 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Room 308
 In this six-week Bible study, UMC Pastor Matt Rawle dives into six ideals found in the story — grace, justice, poverty, revolution, love, and hope — each represented by a character in Hugo’s story. As these imperfect and relatable characters interact, we can see how these ideals work together (perhaps even in spite of each other) out in the world. We will spend the first two Thursday actually watching the movie (with popcorn!) Many of you have probably read the novel, seen the Broadway musical, listened to the soundtrack, or maybe have seen one of the screen adaptations. If so, you know the power of this story. If you are not familiar with the story... sit down... you are in for a treat. This study will help us all to understand our faith and encourage us to live it out in the world today.
Continuing Opportunities
CFUMC is Looking for a New Church Administrator!
CFUMC has two open positions to fill: A church office assistant, responsible for working with the CFUMC team to assure successful operation of the church's administrative life, and a facilities manager, responsible for assuring the successful operation of the church's building and grounds. The facility manager will serve under the direction of the trustees. 
Both positions are part-time and the hours are flexible. 
For more information, visit the online job postings on Indeed or talk with Pastor Alex.
The Handbell Ensemble
Monday evenings
Will resume rehearsals on Monday evenings beginning on November 13th, with rehearsals also on 11/27, 12/4, and 12/11 from 6:00-7:00 pm in the Handbell Room on the third floor. 
The Advent musical offering date will be Sunday, December 17th.
Christmas Magnify Choir 
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm
Rehearsals have begun and will continue on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm. This is a great short-term commitment for anyone who loves to sing!
Enjoying the food and fellowship at Portico Café after worship?
Then please consider making a contribution! Baked goods, cheese and crackers, mini sandwiches, fruit, and snacks are all welcome.
A sign up sheet is available by the coffee area. The success of Portico Café depends on the generosity of church members to help or contribute food.
Email Lisa Hanrahan if you forget to sign up.
Rainy Day Blues? 
“Love the City” umbrellas will be left at the Front and Welcome Center entrances for all to borrow and then return on rainy days!
If you would like to purchase an umbrella to support our Nurture Ministries and our CFUMC Vision of  “Love the City," they are $20. Put “umbrella” in the memo line of your check.
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
Congregational Prayer Time
Tuesdays at 12:30 pm on Zoom
All are welcome to join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 882 7977 8844
Passcode: 968327
Choir Rehearsal
Tuesdays from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Charlottesville was recently named one of "The 15 Happiest Places to Live in the U.S." by Outside. Visit the article here and scroll down to the 5th photo to see a beautiful view of the downtown area, including the First UMC steeple, representing the whole city. 

Clothes Closet

DONATIONS to Hinton Ave UMC clothes closet: 
Hours of operation: Tuesdays from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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.
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.

Prayer Quilt Ministry


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.
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