Midweek Update
Sept. 13, 2023
Sticker stories - Love the Whole City, Love the City Whole, Starting Right Here
Church @ Chopt returns tonight, September 13 at 6pm
All are welcome to come eat and fellowship at Chopt in Barracks Road shopping center!
Curious about membership at Charlottesville First UMC? Pastor Alex is offering a 3-week new members class. Catch the second class this Sunday, Sept. 17 at 11:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall.
For more information or to sign up, email
THANK YOU, to those who donated to the Pack to School Supply Drive! With your generosity, we helped over 40 students at Burnley Moran, Jackson Via, and Johnson Elementary schools get the supplies they need to be successful. The schools really appreciate our continued support!
Connectional Ministry Intern position
We are looking to hire an intern to assist the Children’s and Youth Director. This is a paid hourly position. You can find more information here: Connectional Ministry Intern 
October 28 – November 11

CFUMC will host up to 35 men overnight in the Fellowship Hall. 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 2 full weeks. While hosting we will provide space for sleeping cots, serve an evening meal and a grab-n-go breakfast in the morning. Guests start arriving at 5.30p and depart by 7.00a. 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 this year, contact Jon Scheumann at 434-422-1749 or
Have you been wanting to clean out that kitchen cabinet??? Now is your time to do so. To help with the push to go as “green” as we can here at CFUMC, Bread & Blessing will no longer hand out bottles of water. They have been providing coolers of lemonade, ice tea and water and it has been a huge hit with our friends. We have started to encourage guests to bring their own tumbler, and several have begun to do so, but we’d love to have some extra tumblers on hand. Of course, we always provide cups for them.
Our ONE THING Ministry designation for September is Snacks and Art Supplies for The Ivy Creek School. 
The Ivy Creek School is a day school providing special education and related services for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities in grades K – 12 from Albemarle, Charlottesville, and other surrounding counties. Items can be left in the red bins in the Welcome Center off of the parking lot.

Needed Art Supplies:
acrylic paints
watercolor sets
colored pencils
construction paper
sketch paper

Needed Snacks:
big bags or individual bags of chips/pretzels/popcorn, etc
fruit snacks
juice boxes
IMPACT House Meetings    
IMPACT is an interfaith social justice initiative currently focused on addressing needs around affordable housing and public transportation within our local community. Our congregation is holding small House Meetings where we will have a chance to share personal stories about both the importance of social justice ministry, as well as about some of the social injustices we have witnessed or are aware of with regard to affordable housing and public transportation. House Meetings are a great way to learn more about IMPACT and to offer insight on how you or others you know are experiencing issues related to these two topics.
If interested, please join us at one of our upcoming House Meetings:
Thursday, Sept. 14 - 6:30pm CFUMC, Room 308, RSVP to Pastor Alex Joyner
Wednesday, Sept. 20 - 6:00pm CFUMC, Room 308, RSVP to George Batten
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
Learning & Fellowship
Faith Seekers Class 
Come join this adult class in room 208 at 8:45 on Sunday mornings. This Sunday, Sept. 17 we are beginning a study called "Jesus Revealed." Dive deeper into Jesus' character through the "I am" statements in the book of John.
For more details contact Kathy Berlin

Faith Explorers

Starting the first Sunday in October, the Faith Explorers class (Rm 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 Richard Lectures at UVA
9/19 "The Problem of Miracle"
        6pm at Nau Hall 101
9/20 "Does God Really Kill?"
        5pm at The Harrison Small Library
9/21 "The Bible and Education"
        5pm at The Rotunda Dome Room

The Adult Fellowship Group invites you to join us Sundays at 11:15 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

Tuesdays at 8:00am -- Men’s Bible Study! Meeting at Wegmans at Fifth Street Station, we are continuing with fellowship and a concentrated study. All men of every age are invited. Questions or more info…contact Jim Berlin
We will begin a new study on Thursday, September 21 from 9:30am - 11:00am in room 308. We will be studying THE GRACE OF LES MISERABLES.
 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 and if so, you know the power of this story. If you are not familiar with the story.....sit 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.
Have you wondered what all the construction on Ridge Street Extended is all about? Have you heard about Habitat for Humanity but weren’t quite sure what they did?
How about take a tour (less than an hour) that will start at the Habitat construction project in Southwood, at 387 Hickory Street, across from the Boys and Girls Club on September 14th? There will be two tours that day. One at 10am and one at 2pm.  
After we all arrive at the Habitat Office, we will get a general orientation and then ride together in the Habitat van through the Park and end up at the new Southwood Model Home in Village One.  We walk around together in the neighborhood, chat in the Model Home, then return in the van to the office.
Remember….two tours are available…..September 14 at 10am or 2pm. 


     The Lord’s Table?

           The Lord’s Supper?

                 The Eucharist?

Which Is It?  What is it?

For Methodists, sharing in the bread and the cup brings us into the presence of God and is vital for our Christian life and ministry.  Join us in person or by Zoom as we explore why this is true.  Along the way we will look at questions like:

What makes our Methodist communion “Methodist”?

Why do Methodists use juice instead of wine?

Is this really the body and blood of Christ?

Can just anyone receive the bread and the cup?

Can just anyone distribute communion?

How often can we receive?

What should it be called?

Who should come: Communion servers, anyone interested in becoming a communion server, and anyone interested in learning more about our Methodist celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

When: Thursday, September 14, 2023, from 7pm-8:30pm.
WhereRoom 308 in-person at the Church and virtually on Zoom
For more information and the Zoom login contact the Church Office at or Rev. John at
Hymns & Pints returns Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7 PM at Random Row on Preston Ave. Sponsored jointly with Wesley Memorial UMC.

A Taste of Wesley 100 Year Celebration


One hundred years ago, the Methodist Student Group on Grounds, which would become Wesley at the University of Virginia, was formed. Over the past century, the Wesley Foundation at UVA has become a space where students live into loving our neighbors through justice, inclusion, and grace.
We are celebrating all Wesley has been and what it is becoming during the Taste of Wesley Dinner on Sat. Sept. 23, 5:30-8:00pm at Charlottesville First UMC. Apart from being a wonderful evening, this is our major fundraiser for the year.
If you are an alum or affiliated with a graduating class at UVA, there will be time to connect with others who were at UVA with you. Past Campus Ministers will return to share and reflect on Wesley's legacy. Current students will share about what is happening at Wesley now. You will have the chance to give towards making a difference in students' lives through a silent auction and sponsorship opportunities for upcoming programs at Wesley at UVA.
Enjoy a catered dinner, speakers, and time with others in the Wesley community! The cost is $25 per person, which includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and dessert. If you would like to bring a group to the dinner and reserve a table for 6, you are welcome to do this for $150. Register for either option at

We have a virtual option if you can't attend the event in person. Registration is $10, and on Friday, September 29th, you will receive a recording of the evening's program. For those who can't attend and would like to support the exciting future at Wesley, please consider giving at

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 6-7:30 pm
Giving Back
Fund Raising Yard Sale to Benefit Children in Haiti

The Albemarle Friends of the Robert Ford Foundation will have a yard sale on Oct 6&7 at Mt. Olivet UMC in North Garden. 2500 Old Lynchburg Rd. All proceeds benefit the Ford School and Orphanage in Haiti.

We are accepting donations every Thursday morning from 9 - noon in the space above Dr. Ho’s at the Crossroads. Bring us your clean and gently used donations and we’ll turn them into bright futures for kids!
Donations will be accepted until Sept 28th. Set your GPS for Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie - 4916 Plank Rd, North Garden, VA 22959. The donation site is on the second floor in the back of the building. Modest sized furniture accepted.  For more information on the organization, go to
  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.

 Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place Oct 21st at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. See for event details and join church member, Mark Chapman and his team, or build your own team to participate. This terrible disease that impacts and/or claims the lives of so many people is not going away unless we can find a cure.

Questions? Need more info? 

Contact Mark Chapman- 434-227-6702 -

Anyone willing to lend an extra hand to help in our sweet Preschool (FUMP) this school year?
The staff is looking for assistance in our Kindergarten room specifically on Mondays from 9-12:30. We want to ensure we are following our Safe Sanctuary commitment and that means we will require two adults in each classroom. Look at this as a great opportunity to work with some amazing teachers and of course some sweet children!
You do not need to make a long term commitment, as we are willing to put a wonderful team together to cover the need. For questions, more information, or to express your interest, please contact Kristen at

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.
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

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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