Church Family News


November 3

As we prepare for the festival of All Saints, we think of those who have gone before us.

Please send the names of those friends and family who died during last year so we can remember their names in prayer.

For those loved ones who died before we will have candles that you will be invited to lit in memory of them during the service.

You are welcome to bring photographs of friends and family and we will set up a table at the sanctuary entrance.

Our faith has been planted and nurtured by people who have journeyed before us, some known dearly and others we have never met.  When we remember saints who have gone before, may we also lift up our heads to notice the living saints, the children of God, who worship with us each and every week.

To Our office manager Ariana who got engaged this past week! We are so happy for her and her fiancee.

SMLP is pleased to welcome 10 volunteers from UVA’s Madison House! They’re a wonderful addition to our program!

In recent times more and more people have to work on Sunday. Some feel guilt over the fact that they have to work because of their schedule and other demands. However Sunday is not an exception from work but a call to take time to worship God.

In our culture, the tendency for Christians is to equate Sunday with Sabbath. It is important to note that when the first Christians gathered on this day, it was a day of work. Historically, Sunday is not simply a Christian version of the Jewish Sabbath. It is likely that Jewish Christians in the early centuries observed both the Sabbath (Saturday) with the Hebrews and the first day of the week–-the Lord's Day–-with Christians because each day had its own religious significance.

The Sabbath finds its origin in the Ten Commandments: “Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.” The Sabbath recalls creation: "... on the seventh day God rested." Sunday points to the resurrection of Jesus.

The Apology of the Augsburg Confession clearly argues that the Christian celebration of Sunday is not a continuation of the Sabbath observance (Augsburg Confession Article 28). Luther also taught that the appropriate behavior for Christians is to focus on the preaching, hearing and learning of God’s Word, not on rest from work. (Small Catechism: Third Commandment).

As they are preparing to meet the primary candidate for their pastoral call. They will meet their primary candidate on Sunday, November 17 and have a congregational meeting on November 24 to vote on the call. How exiting is to see a new minister arrive to a new church family. May God blessing would be on their ministry and church.

To come together to learn and grow in prayer, individually and collectively. We will meet from 1PM to 2:30PM each Monday. Come Join us.

We are reading: Henry Nouwen: The Only Necessary Thing.
We will begin with a short prayer and a sharing of highs and lows. Then we will spend about an hour in a discussion of the readings. Please read the designated chapters prior to the meeting. As you read we suggest you look for/ note your thoughts about the readings.

During the last 15 minutes we will close in shared prayer.
11/4  Chapters 13 and 14     Eucharist;  Death and Eternal Life
11/11  Summary
For more information contact:
Laurel McClurken
Linda Roberts
Synod and ELCA News
"Know Your Neighbor" data guide

The  “Know Your Neighborhood” guide  from ELCA World Hunger is now available. This guide provides a fillable worksheet and gives instructions for finding data related to hunger, poverty, housing, food access, and employment for communities in the U.S.

There is also a set of maps of synods that show median household income by zip code and the locations of ELCA congregations.

The maps are linked in the pdf, but they are  also available here.
Young Adults in Global Mission Applications Open on November 1

Applications for the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission open early this year on Nov. 1, 2019! Young adults ages 21 to 29 are invited to apply for a yearlong journey in international service and faith formation. The application window will close Feb. 15, 2020, with priority given to those who apply by January 15. Spread the word!  Learn more about YAGM program.
  Annual State ECUMENICAL LARCUM Conference  
LARCUM (Lutheran/Anglican/Roman Catholic/United Methodist) Conference being held in Virginia Beach, Virginia at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on  Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, 2019 . Fr. James Loughran, SA, Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute will present the historical development of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the challenges to the modern day movement and practical ways in which local ecumenical communities can celebrate this year’s theme  “They Showed Unusual Kindness” .Please visit  to learn more. Registration fee is $35 and includes a box lunch - registration closes November 8, 2019.
...“as we gather annually throughout the world to pray for the unity of Christians we are reminded of the importance of need for “unusual kindness” in the dialogue that leads to growth in unity. We do this in a world where separation and division hinder the quest for Christian Unity. “... Fr. James Loughran, SA. Click below for the program. PROGRAM OF THE ECUMENICAL CONFERENCE

On Nov. 9, 2019 , the world will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. As we look back to remember this important moment in human history, we are reminded that there is much work to be done to tear down the walls that divide us today. … My friends, I encourage you, your congregations and your communities to join together in proclaiming this truth — that we are one human family.”
— The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director for Global Mission
Join us for a FREE, 2-day course featuring Victor Vieth called “When Faith Hurts".
This course deals with the intersection of child abuse and faith communities. Held on November 12-13, 2019 from 8:30 Am to 5:00 PM at Lexington Presbyterian Church. Topics include:
  • When Faith Hurts
  • When Child Abuse Hits Home: Corporal Punishment, the Law and the Faith Community
  • Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Children
  • Recognizing and Responding to Sexual Offenses Committed by Children, addressing emotional and spiritual injuries, care in action: a collaboration between faith and child protective communities, responding to allegations of child abuse within a congregation

To register for this event,  click here . For an informational flyer  click here . For more information about the speaker,   click here .
Community News

In Syria, civilians are caught in the middle   Before this month’s offensive, civilians in the northeast of the country had already survived ISIS brutality and years of war.

Even though troops are leaving and the US presence is reduced, there are people who are there to help with aid and serve God's children suffering and fleeing violence.

Please click on the link to read about what is happening and the IRC's work.

We invite you and your family to our  Community Thanksgiving Dinner  to gather together with people of different backgrounds to celebrate community, promote awareness and understanding, and share fellowship. The program will be held on  Saturday, November 16th at 5 pm  at the  Event Hall  located at 1024 Carrington Place. 

Dinner will include a variety of appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts. Registration is free and required. Any donations will benefit  PACEM , a grassroots organization that coordinates space and volunteers to provide shelter for individuals in our community who are homeless.
Join us for this annual community holiday dinner. Please feel free to share this invitation with your friends. 
Please  RSVP  at  Eventbrite   or by emailing to .
We look forward to seeing you there.
Best regards, Rumi Forum Charlottesville
The P ower of Difference Brown Bag Series
All sessions from 12 to 1:00 pm, at The Sum Study Center, 914 E Jefferson, Suite G4
Monday Series: Cultivating the power of difference within ourselves and our organizations
Nov 18, Nov 25, Dec 2
Wednesday Series: Facilitating diverse groups
Nov 20, Nov 27, Dec 4
Friday Series: Exploring my whiteness
Nov 15, Nov 22, Dec 6
3 sessions per series. $10 suggested donation per session--come to any or all! 
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Thursday, December 5, 8:00 am to 5 pm, leave from Mt. Zion First African Baptist, 105 Lankford Ave.
What: Field trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Where: Washington, D.C.
When: Thursday, DECEMBER 5, 2019
  • Leave Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church at 8:00 am
  • Arrive for our 11:00 am timed entrance pass
  • Leave museum around 2:30 pm
  • Return around 5 pm at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church
How: Travel by Mt. Zion’s coach bus (40 seats)
Cost: $20 per person to cover the cost of gas, the driver, and parking. Bring $20 cash or check to Alvin Thursday morning. 

YOU MUST   REGISTER HERE   to secure your spot on the bus! 
We’ve reserved 40 tickets...first come, first served.  
Sunday November 3
Welcome: Linda Roberts               
Greeter:  Charlotte Owen
Ushers:  Lewis & Crosby Horton
Crucifer/Acolyte/Chalice: Crosby Horton
Assisting Minister:  Constance Johnson
Children Moment:  Tom Hecmanczuk
Lector:  Suzanne Hess
Cantor:  Kevin Konart
Altar Guild: Linda Imhoff
Nursery: Sylvie Bon-Harper
Snack:  Yvonne Osheim & Kathryn Stephenson
Coffee/Clean up:  Lisa Veale, Bill & Linda Roberts
Counters:  Pat Dwiggins & Greg Wichelns
Sunday November 10
Welcome: David Zentmyer              
Greeter:  Duane Osheim
Ushers:  Ali Griffith & Lewis Horton
Crucifer/Acolyte/Chalice: Zoe Martin/ Heidi Jones
Assisting Minister:  Yvonne Osheim
Children Moment:  Christa Escobar
Lector:  Helen Ida Moyer
Cantor:  Duane Osheim
Altar Guild: Patty Marbury
Nursery: Mia Martin
Snack:  Kathryn Stephenson & Marcy Wisbauer
Coffee/Clean up:   Karen Love & Susan Horton
Counters:  Elaine Oakey & Lynne Stephenson
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