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

Week of March 10, 2019

Dear Cunningham Family:

Our Lenten Journey has begun, and with it, our preparation for the celebration of Resurrection at Eastertide.

If this was the beginning of the Advent Season, we might be asking "what do you want for Christmas this year," and we would use the weeks before Christmas to get ready.

What if we were to ask the same question of Easter: what do you really want for Easter this year? How will your answer to that question affect the way you spend the weeks leading up to Easter? How will you prepare?

Jesus shows us an unusual way to answer these questions. He begins in the wilderness–a place separate and apart from the rest of the world. A place where he can cut through the noise of life and ask what is really important. A place he can focus on questions of purpose and mission. That seems like a pretty good place for us to begin our journey, as well.

I hope you will join us as we take this journey. It just might change your life!

Grace and peace,
Pastor Tom

As a reminder, please change your clocks on Saturday night. In the spring, we "spring forward" one hour! See you in church!



March 10, 2019

Sunday, March 10:
         9:10 am         Prayer Team (Gathering Place)
        9:30 am         Worship Service & Children’s Sunday School
       11:00 am         Adult Sunday School
        4:00 pm         Hand Chimes
        5:00 pm         “Love to Stay” Marriage Study
        6:00 pm         Youth Group
Monday, March 11:
        6:15 pm         Fellowship Supper
        7:00 pm         Lenten Bible Study
Tuesday, March 12:
      10:00 am          UMW Workday
Wednesday, March 13:
        6:00 pm         Soup & Service at Palmyra UMC. Pastor Tom
will present thoughts on why we do mission work.
        7:30 pm         Choir Practice
Friday, March 15:
        11:15 am         Ronald McDonald Home Delivery


Other Announcements

Kitchen Update: The Hospitality Group is working on organizing the new kitchen. If you see something that is needed or if something is needed for the old kitchen please communicate to Jennifer Wilkerson or to Chandra (CJ) at the office and we will help to make sure you have what
is needed.

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. We are meeting on Sunday afternoons at 5:00 pm in the Gathering Place. Please indicate on your Connection Card if you would like to participate. Books are available in the old fellowship hall.

Decor Donations: The Décor Committee reports that several items still are needed for the Gathering Place. Copies of the Committee’s brochure are available in the Narthex.

CUMC Lenten Study: During the Season of Lent, our Monday Night Bible Study will be taking an Inward Pilgrimage. We often think of a pilgrimage as a trip to a special place, often far away. Our pilgrimage will be internal, as we seek to discover the way to the eternal. Pastor Tom will help us on this journey drawing from historic spiritual disciplines, adapted for use in our time. Our pilgrimage begins on March 11.

Looking towards Lent: We will join with other Christians in our community as we begin our journey to the cross during the season of Lent.

Offerings During Our Lenten Gatherings: Our offerings during our joint services and Wednesday night suppers will be donated to the fund, started by a number of Fluvanna County High School students, to assist Bill and Jane Ford, whose home and personal belongings were recently destroyed in a fire.

Looking for Help: We still are trying to fill several positions including: Assistant Treasurer, Mission/Outreach Chair, and Newsletter Editor. These positions (among others) are described in the February 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.

Summer Camp at Westview on the James: Each year the Cunningham United Methodist Men, with support from the UMW and our Congregation, offer scholarships of up to $350 for each CUMC child who will be attending a Summer Camp at Westview. You can register your child for Camp at http://www.westviewonthejames.org/ (deadline is May 1 but register early to get your choice) and provide Walter Hussey a copy of your confirmation email so he can arrange for you to get a check for you to send to Westview. For questions, please email or call Walter at whthinker@yahoo.com or 703-967-1798.

Our Building Project Is In Transition: The Gathering Place is almost done.  The remaining items include paving the driveway from the parking lot to the cemetery (weather dependent) and some minor work in the kitchen and a bathroom.  We have received the Certificate of Occupancy from the county, so the Gathering Place is ready for full operation. We are now waiting for the final bills from AN Construction and others associated with constructing the building.  We anticipate the final costs being within the agreed construction budget.

Once these bills are paid, we will be ready to convert from a construction loan to a mortgage. We expect this conversion to take place in late March or April. At that time we will apply the remaining money in the Partners in Ministry building fund to minimize the amount borrowed. As we get closer to closing on the mortgage, we will notify you of the transition date and the financial specifics. Thank you for your faithfulness in bringing the Gathering Place to Cunningham!

Partners in Ministry Update: as of February 24, 2019:


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.





Deut 8:1-10

63:1-8, 98

1 Cor 1:17-31

Mark 2:18-22


Deut 8:11-20

41, 52

Heb 2:11-18

John 2:1-12


Deut 9 :4-12


Heb 3:1-11

John 2:13-22


Deut 9:13-21


Heb 3:12-19

John 2:23-3:15


Deut 9:23-10:5


Heb 4:1-10

John 3:16-21


Deut 10:12-22

95, 40, 54

Heb 4:11-16

John 3:22-36


Deut 11:18-28


Heb 5:1-10

John 4:1-26

Food for Thought

“Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house
to the land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1b (NRSV)