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UMW Meeting: On September 18, will host a speaker, Rachel Kozella, Program Director of Elk Hill Spring Garden Programs. This is a local charity that we support, and we look forward to an informative program. All women of Cunningham are invited to attend. Please join us at 9:30 for a brief business meeting, then the speaker, followed by refreshments.

Sunday School: Do you feel called to spend some time with the youth of our church? We need a Sunday school teacher for the elementary class and the middle school class on the 4th Sunday of every month. If you are interested or know someone who may be, please speak to Marilyn Payne or Sherry Esch.

After the Boxes Are Unpacked: Moving into a new area can be difficult and unsettling. “After the Boxes Are Unpacked” provides women with the help and encouragement they need to make a smoother transition into their new surroundings and feel “at home” more quickly. Do you know someone new in town? Please invite her to join us. We meet on Fridays at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Room. Contact Carol Frost (phone: 571-213-4286; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for more information.

Homecoming Is Coming! God is doing something new in Cunningham! At this year’s Homecoming Festival on September 30, we will celebrate ways that God is using the heritage of our past to build new areas of ministry in Fluvanna. Special music will feature vocalist Laura Eways, Dan Sebring, Wally White, and our Cunningham Choir. We will have some special projects for the kids, and we will pack our “Time Capsule” to be opened for Homecoming in the year 2043. Watch for additional details during the next weeks, but please save the date now!

Looking Ahead: Christmas Pageant! What? It’s only September, but it will be December before you know it. It’s time to start planning now! In order for the pageant to be complete, we need to your child to participate.  If your child is 6th grade or younger and interested in being apart of this year’s Christmas pageant please come to a brief organizational meeting this morning after church in the nursery room. If you are not able to be at church but your child is interested in participating please email Heidi Hull at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by September 19th.  Thank you!

Partners in Ministry Update: as of September 9, 2018:

Source

Amount Committed

Contributions

34 Pledges

$465,070.00

$441,236.17

Other Contributions

$120,992.47

$120,992.47

Total

$586,062.47

$562,228.64

 

Adult Bible Studies: Did you ever wish you knew more about the Bible but you had trouble taking the time to really dig in? Did you ever wish you could find a small group of people who were searching—just like you? We currently have an Adult Sunday School Class that meets on Sundays at 11:00 am and a Bible Study Group that meets on Monday evenings for supper at 6:15 followed by a time of study and sharing at 7:00.  Our Monday night group is studying Paul’s letter to the Romans. If you can join us, please let Carol Frost know (phone: 571-213-4286; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Contemplative Thursday: There are many different ways to pray: praise, request, listen or simply spend time with God. That is the goal of contemplative prayer—spending time with God. We invite you to come with us on Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 pm in listening, praying and reflecting in obedience to the invitation to “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

Moving Forward: After the Worship Service on Sunday, September 23, Mike Wilkerson and Tom Frost will offer a presentation in which they recap the highlights of last summer’s Annual Conference and outline the proposals that will be presented to the special General Conference that will be held in February 2019. This presentation outlines what will be an important topic of conversation to all who claim the name United Methodist. Please join us!

Hand Chime Choir: will have rehearsals on Sundays at 5 pm. No experience required! If you would like to join us, contact Carol Frost: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 434-589-8423.

Spending Time with the Bible: Center yourself for a moment, asking God to speak to you through the scriptures. Then read slowly. To give you a roadmap, we offer reading suggestions based upon the Daily Office contained in the Book of Common Prayer. You can also find these readings online at www.BibleGateway.com/reading-plans/bcp-daily-office/today. Don’t rush—it is more important that you take time to hear the voice of God than it is to finish all of the readings on any particular day.  As you read, take note of words or phrases that draw your attention, and meditate on the meaning that those words or phrases hold for you. Here are the readings for this week:

Day

Old T.

Psalm

Epistle

Gospel

Sun

Job 38:1, 18-41

24, 29

Rev 18:1-8

Matt 5:21-26

Mon

Job 40:1-24

56, 57

Acts 15:36-16:5

John 11:55-12:8

Tues

Job 40:1; 41:1-11

61, 62

Acts 16:6-15

John 12:9-19

Wed

Job 42:1-17

72

Acts 16:16-24

John 12:20-26

Th

Job 28:1-28

71

Acts 16:25-40

John 12:27-36a

Fri

Esther 1:1-4, 10-19

69:1-23, 31-38

Acts 17:1-15

John 12:36b-43

Sat

Esther 2:5-8, 15-23

75, 76

Acts 17:16-34

John 12:44-50