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

Week of February 10, 2019

Dear Cunningham Family:

Yesterday, a group from our church traveled to Winchester to celebrate the life of Jane Onimus and to offer our support to our friend David. The experience helped me to remember one of the important missions of the church: to gather together in love and compassion, to support each other in both joy and in sorrow, and then go out as we all work together for the Kingdom of God.

That is an important mission for our Gathering Place. I hope you will join us for this important time of gathering together. We come to worship, to celebrate, to dedicate, and we leave to serve. We gather and then we are sent. Thanks be to God!

Grace and peace,
Pastor Tom



February 10, 2019

Sunday, February 10:
        9:30 am         Worship Service & Children’s Sunday School
       11:00 am          Luncheon and Dedication of The Gathering Place
        5:00 pm         Hand Chimes
        6:00 pm         Youth Group
Monday, February 11:
        6:15 pm         Fellowship Supper
        7:00 pm         Bible Study
Tuesday, February 12:
      10:00 am          UMW Workday
Wednesday, February 13
        7:00 pm         Choir Practice
Friday, February 15
        11:00 am         Moving On
       11:15 am          Delivering Meals to Ronald McDonald House
Saturday, February 16
        6:00 pm         Chip Richter Concert


Other Announcements

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

Parents’ Night Out: Parents’ Night Out will be offered on Saturday February 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.

Gathering Place Dedication: Following Holy Communion, 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 provided by Tavern on the Green, and brownies and cookies provided by the people of Cunningham. Please come and gather with us.

Chip Richter Family Concert: Our first community event in the Gathering Place 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.

Ronald McDonald House: CUMC provides meals for families of children receiving medical treatment away from home. We meet here in the Church parking lot on Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 11:15 am. Questions? Contact Nancy Sindy at 434-589-4014. Thank you!

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!

Moving On: 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.

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.
 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, 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 Bible Study is back in gear 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 or 571-213-4286). Please join us!

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 February 3, 2018:


Amount Committed


34 Pledges



Other Contributions







 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:


Old T.





Isa 57:14-21

93, 96

Heb 12:1-6

John 7:37-46


Isa 58:1-12


Gal 6:11-18

Mark 9:30-41


Isa 59:1-15a


2 Tim 1:1-14

Mark 9:42-50


Isa 59:15b-21


2 Tim 1:15-2:13

Mark 10:1-16


Isa 60:1-17

146, 147

2 Tim 2:14-26

Mark 10:17-31


Isa 61:1-9


2 Tim 3:1-17

Mark 10:32-45


Isa 61:10-62:5

87, 90

2 Tim 4:1-8

Mark 10:46-52

Save the Date:
February 16           Family Concert with Chip Richter in our
Gathering Place”
March 2                Sock Hop – 7 to 9 pm
March 6                Ash Wednesday