Midweek Update
Sept. 27, 2023
Pastor Alex talks World Communion Sunday and introduces Larry Thompson, an upcoming guest this fall.
  TOMORROW - Last Thursday Lunch at The Dairy Market - 11:30am
 All women are invited to join in the fellowship!
Blessing of the Animals and Church Potluck Picnic
Oct. 8 at Penn Park
4:30pm - Blessing of the Animals. Bring your pet or a picture of your pet!
5-6:30pm - Potluck Picnic. Bring a yummy dish to share, barbecue will be provided!
 Advent Devotional Writing Workshop
Oct. 1 - 11:15am in the Fellowship Hall
Come learn how to write a simple devotional for the Advent Devotional Book
Bring a dish to share


October “One Thing Ministry”


CFUMC will host PACEM October 28-November 11. 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!

Advent Magnify Choir 
Weekly rehearsals begin Tuesday,
Oct. 17, 7pm-8pm
A great short term commitment for anyone who LOVES to sing!
No audition! 
Sunday, Oct 29th 3-5pm
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:

Who's ready to start hiking together again? 

To be contacted about upcoming hikes, email


Everyone is welcome! All ages and abilities.  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.


Hope to see you on the trail! Let's start planning and get steppin :)

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.

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
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. 
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
Youth Group Updates
Youth Night at Pen Park Pavilion 
Cookout, Campfire & Community
Sunday, Oct 8th 6-7:30 pm (following the church picnic!)
Join us for a night of music, food, activities and fun! Bring your friends! 
RSVP to Lara Upton, Children’s and Youth Ministry Director
Faith Seekers Class 
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

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 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
Women at the Well is studying The Grace of Les Miserables
Thursdays from 9:30am - 11:00am, 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 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.
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 -

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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