Volume 17 Issue 3| March 2020
A Prayer for Lent
Lord, who for us prayed forty famished days...
Who for us sought respectability's scorn...
Who for us chose unchoosable ones...
Who for us reigned from an old rugged cross...
Have mercy on our appetite for power
Have mercy on our swiftness to judge
Have mercy on closed hearts, minds, and doors.
Have mercy on your faithless Church, O Lord.
Reproach us for our lovelessness
and reclaim us for your Lordship.
In Jesus' precious, holy, and unifying name we pray. Amen.

Rev. Robert Lewis
Pastor, Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church

Byrd Chapel UMC Shares The Love
With First Responders
Byrd Chapel UMC decided to show some early Valentine's love on the weekend of February 8 and 9. They held a community blood drive on Saturday, collecting 23 units. A local Boy Scout helped with the blood drive in order to receive a merit badge. During the blood drive, Kents Store Fire Chief Andrew Pullen led a CPR class with 8 participants becoming certified. On Sunday, they celebrated First Responders Sunday at the 11:00 Worship Service. The children of Byrd Chapel made care bags and they were handed out to each First Responder in our church and community. 
Rappahannock Charge UMC Collects Over 300 Pairs of Shoes for Mission Central Shoe Drive
For four weeks the Rappahannock Charge UMC collected shoes for Mission Central. On Monday, February 24, all the shoes were collected together, ending up with seven contractor bags full of shoes! Through your donation of shoes families in third world countries will be able to make a living. Thanks to the Mission Central Hub at Culpeper UMC for being our donation site!
The HUB has decided that it will no longer accept printers, which have very little recycle value, or any heavy computer equipment. There are only 3 pieces of computer equipment that they are able to accept in the future: laptops, desktop computers, and monitors.
Packing Event for HUB a Big Success!
God blesses us so many times each day. February 17, 2020 was no exception. God blessed the HUB with 40 people who converged on CUMC arriving from many different locations in the District; even a lady from Bedford helped. The goal was to pack hygiene kits and cleaning buckets. Pack is what they did - 112 cleaning buckets in 20 minutes and 221 hygiene kits in about 45 minutes. We were completely finished by 10:00 am. Just think about the people who will receive a hygiene kit or a cleaning bucket and how you will make their day just a little brighter.
From the United Methodist Women

Our annual Lenten Breakfast and Worship will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Mt. Vernon UMC, 76 Garth Rd., Stanardsville, VA 22973. The Mt. Vernon UMW is most graciously providing breakfast, and a program entitled “The End” will be presented by Rev. Debbie Powell. Worship will be led by Rev. Sam Plymale. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m., and breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. RSVPs are requested by March 2, 2020, to maryejeffries@gmail.com , 434-227-0457 to assist Mt. Vernon in preparing for us. Please plan to attend!
Save the date!

The District UMW is also planning a fellowship and networking event for Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. If your church might be interested in providing meeting space for this event, please contact me.
Sandra Thornton, District UMW President
(757) 442-0847

Many, many thanks to all who have cooked and served dinner to students at the Wesley Foundation at UVA during the fall semester and to all who have taken spring-semester dates! Because of your commitment to the students, we have only two dates remaining to be covered for this academic year: April 7 and May 5. If your group is available to serve dinner to appreciative students, please contact Sandra Thornton by email at sgb.thornton0612@gmail.com or by phone at 757-442-0847 (cell).

In March the Wesley Foundation will again present its annual McDonald Lecture as part of the Festival of the Book. Our event this year will feature local resident and author David Zahl, who serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church. David will speak on his book Seculosity on Thursday, March 19, 2020, noon – 1:30 p.m. at the Harrison Institute on UVA Central Grounds. Curiosity peaked? Please look for additional details about this event on the Wesley Foundation website and Facebook page and on the Festival of the Book webpage VaBook.org/Schedule; we will also provide more information through various communication outlets across the District and the Virginia Conference.

Thank you for your gifts, prayers, presence, and service to the students at Wesley! Please visit the Wesley Foundation website for more information about this United Methodist ministry and for directions and information on parking.
From The District Superintendent:

From the District Youth

 Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars and save the dates!!
March 29, 2020   Easter Walk at Aldersgate UMC--Details coming soon.
May 31, 2020   Fifth Sunday Praise and Worship--Host church needed.
August 28-30, 2020   District Youth Retreat at Westview
May the upcoming Lenten Season
 be a time of self-reflection and renewal for each of you.
As we pray for the United Methodist Church and the delegates to General Conference, let us all remember that God is love.