In-person worship every Sunday with Rev. Laura Stratton, Pastor
9am at Mt. Zion UMC & 11am at Scottsville UMC
Due to the substantial spread of Covid in our area, we encourage everyone, even vaccinated individuals, to wear masks in worship.
If you have any prayer requests or announcements you would like to share through the mid-week newsletter, please have them submitted to the church office by Wednesday mornings at 9am.
Not to worry, any late submissions will be included the following week.
Many thanks, Staci
Daylight saving time ends Sunday, November 7th

Set clocks back one hour.
We want everyone to show up at church at the correct time.

Upcoming Calendar Items:

Wednesday, Oct 20th – Nov 3rd from 10-11:30 in the fellowship hall - Bible study on the Apostles
Sunday, October 31st: Trick-or-Treat on the lawn of SUMC - gathering begins at 4:30pm Bob & Martha bring their fire pit and make it fun for all the volunteers. You may even get a special treat too!
Saturday, November 2nd from 9 to 2: Church Workday - Plans to be announced
Sunday, November 7th following worship: SUMC Administrative Council will have a planning meeting to make plans based on the Listening and Learning report responses. Please read the report and bring your calendars for scheduling. (link to report below)
Every Thursday from 10-2: Skippers Senior Club meets in the SUMC fellowship hall.
All seniors are welcome!
Wednesdays beginning December 1-22nd from 10-11:30 in the fellowship hall -Advent Bible Study titled The Light of the World. Contact Staci in the office to register. Books are $9.49 each.
Additional Outreach Opportunities Below:
Join us Saturday, October 30, in Southern Albemarle for our final "Love Albemarle" community clean-up!
We'll meet at Yancey Community Center and then depart in teams to various locations around Esmont, Keene, Scottsville, and North Garden. This clean-up will focus on small roadside litter. Gloves, safety vests, and pickers will be provided. We also suggest bringing drinking water and wearing close-toed shoes and/or long pants for clean-up day. Let's Love Albemarle and keep our community litter-free!
Southern Albemarle Community Center
·    When: Saturday, October 30, 8:30 am - 11:30 am

After the Clean-up, Join Us For Lunch and Build-A-Fall Basket
Directly following the clean-up event, we will celebrate with a FREE Community Gathering Lunch in the Yancey Community Garden from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm.
We encourage you to come to the Community Gathering Lunch even if you are not able to attend the trash clean-up. There will be opportunities to Build-A-Fall-Basket sponsored by James Monroe Highland, along with other arts and crafts activities to enjoy, with materials provided.
Shopping lists created to assist Afghan allies, honor veterans, Nov. 11-14

November is right around the corner, and for most of us, that means Thanksgiving and a time to express gratitude for blessings. November also brings Veteran’s Day. Over the last 20 years, taking opportunities to thank veterans for their service has become commonplace.
This year, the Virginia United Methodist Refugee Response Team (RRT) would like to invite you to join them in thanking another group for their service to our country. Afghans stood alongside U.S. soldiers as translators, worked on U.S. bases in the country, or served at the U.S. embassy alongside diplomats. In the words of Bishop Sharma Lewis, “Many of them have sacrificed and risked more than most of us will ever be asked to do.”
With the fall of Kabul, many of these Afghan Allies, in great danger due to their service to the United States, made their way out. While some are still at U.S. bases overseas being processed for eventual travel to the United States, many have already arrived, including in Virginia, with little more than the clothes on their back. Veterans were the first to step up to advocate for getting as many of these Afghans safely out and, once here, to ensure their basic needs were met. Other organizations have been contracted by the U.S. government to help in their resettlement and have made public wish lists of urgent needs on Amazon and Target.
The hope of the RRT is that you will join in a Veteran’s Day weekend of shopping for these Afghan Allies and their families. The RRT has tried to make this as simple as possible. For example, by shopping via these pre-populated and continuously updated lists, your gift will be sent directly to the requesting organization and there is no need to worry if it is a needed item or if the clothing is culturally appropriate. Items on the list range from $6 to several hundred dollars which the team hopes will make participation feasible for anyone who wants to contribute. The goal is to create a huge dent in these lists. With the change in temperatures winter clothing is a priority need, but if for any reason purchasing those is not possible, please know that all items are necessary to help our new neighbors adjust to their new home.
Thank you for showing Christ’s love to those who, like he was, are refugees in a new land.
Click on the link below to find more information about 'Grateful for the Serving: Giving Thanks Shopping Event.'
Trick-or-Treat at SUMC
join us
Sunday, October 31st at 4:30
on the front lawn of SUMC
to hand out candy to the children of our community.
Bob & Martha will bring their fire pit and maybe a treat for the big kids too!
Our 2022 Calendar Fundraiser is now underway
Please make a $24 donation for each calendar ordered.
Proceeds will allow each artist to receive $1.50 and provide a bi-weekly devotion for 10 inmates.
Fe2022 Pledge Cards
for SUMC may be mailed in, put in the donation box in the Narthex or the offering plate.
Please return by Sunday, November 28th
Mt. Zion

Adopting 3 families for the holidays.
The last Sunday to donate food for Thanksgiving is
November 14th

Collecting yellow cake mix and chocolate icing to distribute to the clients of the Bread of Life.
The last Sunday to donate is
November 28th.
Prayers & Praise of the People
The Week of October 24th
  • Praise for the church workday at Scottsville UMC!
  • Connie K.'s friend, Doug, who is still fighting a Covid infection and may be on a ventilator
  • Praise for Don and Madelyn Critzer's 39th wedding anniversary!
  • Praise that Mike's sister and husband are fully recovered from Covid!
  • Praise that John Page and Bruce Jackson were back in worship and continued prayers for their recovery!
  •   Chesley L.'s grandmother, Joyce, who is recovering from a fall and a stroke and who will not be able to return to her home
  • Connie K.'s friend, Doug, who is still fighting a Covid infection and may be on a ventilator
  •   Connie K.'s friend, Susie, who is mourning the death of her husband, Bruce
  • The woman who was shot last week in Scottsville
The Week of October 17th
  • Family and friends of Rev. Buster Payne, a pastor on Charlottesville District, who died from Covid
  • Margaret Hughes, who fell and is in the hospital
  • Martha's niece, nephew, and great-nephew who have Covid and especially the niece, who also has shingles
  • Martha's other nephew, who has a punctured lung from a car accident
  • Ann's friend, Bessie Breeden, who is undergoing testing
  • Roger Breeden and Justin who are mourning the death of a beloved pet
The Week of October 10th
  • Praise for Chelsey's friend, Kimberly, whose brain scan revealed that she is cancer free!
  • Prayers for Ellen Pitts, who will have 7-8 weeks of radiation beginning in mid-November.
  • John Schlichting and his family, as they mourn the death of his grandmother
  • Nancy Schlichting, as she mourns the death of her friend Patty
The Week of October 3rd
  •  Praise that Ginny's sister, Connie, has turned the corner in her recovery from Covid
  •  Amanda Armstrong as she mourns the death of her dog
Long Term Requests
  • John Smith & his mother Katie
  • Bev Butler, Ellen Pitts' brother
  • Joyce Jarratt
  • Tillie Adcock's Family
Our Shut-Ins
  • Margaret Hughes
  • Mary O'Connell
  • Ruby Willis
  • Agnes Johnson
Additional Requests
  • The healing of our nation, physically, socially & spiritually.
  • All afflicted by COVID-19
  • Hope Beyond the Bars prison ministry - volunteer & participant list below
As We Near Advent
Enhance your Advent studies with a devotional written by Matthew Harper, a Hope Beyond the Bars participant studying to become a pastor.

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Blessings, Staci
SUMC Monthly Administrative Council Meeting minutes will now be made available through our weekly newsletter. Click the link at the bottom to read or print a PDF copy
of the most recent minutes available.