3389 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra VA 22963 CunninghamUMCPastor@gmail.com 434-591-1363

Week of February 3, 2019

Dear Cunningham Family:

Maybe some of you remember an old commercial in which a young voice sings, “I am stuck on Band-Aids, and a Band-Aid’s stuck on me.” That’s another way of being connected.

We have been talking a lot lately about “connecting” and staying connected. We speak of staying connected with God spiritually, and staying connected with each other as a community of faith.

Jesus talked about how important it is to stay connected. In fact, he told us that our relationship is sort of like the relationship between a vine and its branches. He invited us to “stay connected,” to abide in him and let him abide in us. This Sunday, we will talk some more about what it means to stay connected to the vine. I hope we will see you!

Grace and peace,
Pastor Tom


February 3, 2019

Sunday, February 3:
9:30 am         Worship Service & Children’s Sunday School
11:00 am         Adult Sunday School
5:00 pm         Hand Chimes
Monday, February 4:
4:00 pm         Mission Outreach Committee Meeting
4:00 pm         Benefit Dinner for the Ford Family
6:15 pm         Fellowship Supper
7:00 pm         Bible Study
7:00 pm         Staff-Parish Relations Committee
Tuesday, February 5:
10:00 am          UMW Workday
Wednesday, February 6
7:00 pm         Choir Practice
Thursday, February 7
7:00 pm         Congregational Care Team Meeting

Other Announcements

Gathering Place Dedication Sunday: Please make plans now to attend our worship service on February 10. We will begin our worship in the Sanctuary, but we will proceed to our new Gathering Place to conclude our worship and to share in our first church meal—a light luncheon with soup, ham biscuits, wraps. The congregation is invited to bring brownies or cookies for dessert. This would be a great day to invite family and friends as we dedicate our new Gathering Place.

Chip Richter Family Concert: Our first community event will be held on Saturday, February 16 at 6:00 pm. We will feature Chip Richter in a Concert for Kids & Families. Invite your neighbors and bring them to the Gathering Place. Promotional flyers are in the Narthex.

Mission Outreach Food Collection: The Mission Outreach Committee will be collecting nonperishable food items this week to complete Emergency Food Bags that Meals on Wheels provide to their clients when meals cannot be delivered because of inclement weather. Please bring items to church on Sunday February 3. We will take care of getting the items to MOW. Remember food should be purchased in single serving containers if available, with expiration dates of July 2019 or later. We were told the Dollar store has small jars of peanut butter and single fruit cups can be found at Costco in 20 package bundles.

Parents’ Night Out: Parents’ Night Out will be offered on Saturday Feb 2, from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Bring your children to church for dinner and fellowship while you enjoy a night out! Make your reservation to Marie Hussey at 703-786-8671 or email at kmf122@gmail.com.

Reaching Out to Help the Ford Family: The Fluvanna County High School Student Government Association is raising funds to help long time teacher, Mrs. Jane Ford and her husband, Bill, who lost their home and belongings in a fire last week. On Monday, February 4th from 4:30 pm to 7 pm, we will be holding a benefit dinner in the Fluvanna County High School Cafeteria. The cost of the dinner is $5 per person. If you are unable to attend the dinner, but would still like to make donations, there are monetary donation drop off locations throughout the county. Donation sites will be available January 28th – February 8th. Checks may be made out to FCHS. Maggie Wentz, one of our youth, is a Student Government Representative.

Prayer Team: What is a Prayer Team? Although we all are invited to “pray without ceasing,” the Do you feel called to participate in a more organized prayer ministry at Cunningham? Please consider joining our “prayer team” of people who commit to lift up in prayer the prayer requests that we receive on our Connection Cards and in our worship, to pray for the pastor and all who serve at Cunningham, to pray for our community. Please indicate your interest on your Connection Card!

After the Boxes are Unpacked: This class provides women with help and encouragement for a smoother transition into their new surroundings and to feel “at home” quicker. Our new class begins February 15, 2019 on Fridays; 11:00 am – 12:15 pm. We discuss the book, “After the Boxes Are Unpacked” with other women who are new to the community. Please invite your neighbors to join us!

Marriage Study: We plan to offer a time of small group sharing using Adam Hamilton’s book entitled Love to Stay: This book by Adam Hamilton offers realistic, down to earth guidance for couples of all ages wishing to enhance their marriages. This class will continue for six weeks. The day and time will be determined based on preferences of those who wish to participate. Several couples have already expressed interest. You can let us know of your interest by leaving a note on your Connection Card.

Food Pantry Donations: Food will be picked up by Craig Conboy on the second week of every month and delivered to the Food Pantry. You can help by collecting cans, jars, cereal, peanut butter, vegetables and other basic healthy items to bring next week. Please give generously to help the hungry of Fluvanna County.

One Day Mission Trip on Feb. 18th: The Mission Outreach Team will be sponsoring a one day mission trip to Culpepper on President’s Day, Feb. 18th, to sort and pack flood buckets at the Central Virginia Mission Hub. We will leave from Cunningham around 9am and return by 5 pm. This activity is open to all members over 10 years of age and families are encouraged to participate. Please contact Mary Kalchbrenner for more information.

Cunningham UMW: invites the ladies and friends of Cunningham to join us on Tuesday, February 19 at 9:45 AM to hear Linda Edwards, speaking on “Living a Spirit-Filled Life”. Linda is a member St. Marks UMC, Midlothian, where she served as a Lay Leader for several years.  Prior to this, she was a member of Bethany Christian Church during which she was on staff for 7 years, as Minister of Membership and Visitation. Hear Linda share her ‘love of the Lord’ and have an opportunity for Q&A, fellowship and refreshments.  RSVP to Charleene Frazier: 434-589-8432 or crfscirn@embarqmail.com” style=”color:#007C89;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:underline;”>crfscirn@embarqmail.com.

Youth: We are SO excited to have 11 youth and 2 chaperones registered for District Retreat on February 22-24!!!! That’s exciting stuff. It’s not too late to join us. Cost is $100 per person with a $40 nonrefundable deposit to be paid with each registration up to February 6. Please be sure to list each participant’s name, gender and grade level as well as any food or other allergies. PLEASE take note of things we are collecting for our Missions projects!!

  • We will be collecting toiletries for Teens Opposing Poverty. They need soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, wash cloths, shaving cream, razors, deodorant and white socks. Travel size items work the best.
  • We are partnering with The HUB to collect old computer equipment such as monitors, keyboards, laptops, printers, and CPU’s. NO TV’s, PLEASE!! In addition, Saturday afternoon we will be putting hygiene kits together.

Contact Pat Carney if you have any questions or concerns. Pat can be reached by email at r3suns@gmail.com” style=”color:#007C89;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:underline;”>r3suns@gmail.com, or 478-955-0543.

The Decor Committee: Thanks to additional donations, we were able to buy 5 round tables and 16 chairs last week. That is a great start on the tables/chairs that will be needed to accommodate large dinners and auditorium style seating for larger events. There are also other items in the Decor Pamphlet that members of the Decor Committee will be glad to discuss with you and help you purchase. Please feel free to talk with Dana Hawks, Bridget LaRochelle, Mike Luniewski, Linda Mehar, Betty Meyer, Nancy Sindy, Bill White or Richard Payne. February 10th is coming soon.

Monday Night Bible Study: Our Monday Night Bible Study is back in gear on Mondays, to study the second half of the book of Romans. This group is open to everyone—we meet on Monday evenings in Fellowship Hall. Supper is served at 6:15, and Bible Study begins at 7:00 pm. Please send an RSVP to Carol Frost (cifrost@aol.com” style=”color:#007C89;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:underline;”>cifrost@aol.com or 571-213-4286). Please join us!

Congregational Care: You can help us remain connected in Christ’s love by joining the Cunningham Care Team. Whether your spiritual gift is praying, writing notes, making telephone calls, visiting the sick or homebound, or some other gift of compassion, we have a place for you on the team. If you feel God’s call to connect in this way, please let us know on your Connection Card or speak to Kim Conboy or Pastor Tom.

Looking for Help: We still are trying to fill several positions including: Assistant Treasurer and Mission/Outreach Chair. These positions (among others) are described in the January edition of The Messenger (copies are available in the narthex). Is God calling you to serve your church in this role? Please speak with Pastor Tom or leave a note on your Connection Card.

Partners in Ministry Update: as of January 27, 2018:

Source Amount Committed Contributions
34 Pledges $469,180.00  $448,730.57
Other Contributions  $149,302.16  $149,302.16
Total  $618,482.16  $598,032.73

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 Isa 51:9-16 24, 29 Heb 11:8-16 John 7:14-31
Mon Isa 51:17-23 56, 57 Gal 4:1-11 Mark 7:24-37
Tues Isa 52:1-12 61, 62 Gal 4:12-20 Mark 8:1-10
Wed Isa 54:1-10 72 Gal 4:21-31 Mark 8:11-26
Th Isa 55:1-13 71 Gal 5:1-15 Mark 8:27-9:1
Fri Isa 56:1-8 69:1-23, 31-38 Gal 5:16-24 Mark 9:2-13
Sat Isa 57:3-13 75, 76 Gal 5:25-6:10 Mark 9:14-29

Save the Date:
February 10           Dedication of our new “Gathering Place”
February 16           Family Concert with Chip Richter in our “Gathering                                              Place”
March 2                Sock Hop
March 6                Ash Wednesday

Food for Thought
… and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13