With so many changes to our daily routines and schedules it can overwhelming trying to keep track of what has been canceled, postponed, rescheduled, or moved to an online meeting. It is our hope that we will keep this space regularly updated with important church announcements and information about meetings, rehearsals, or other ministry events that are taking place at First UMC over the next few weeks.
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As a result of the wide-spread pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, and in compliance with an executive order by the Governor of Virginia that all public gatherings of more than 10 people are banned for a period of time, all of our public worship services have moved online. Everyone is invited to join us for worship on Sunday mornings by visiting our Facebook Page or our Youtube Channel

Church Scheduling:

Rev. Heaton & Rev. Woodson are inviting the congregation of First U.M.C. to join them for a nightly bible study during Holy Week. The bible study will meet at 9pm every night on Zoom and will be able to host about 100 people! Click this link to Join the Zoom Bible Study at 9pm every night: https://zoom.us/j/468012936 If you have any issues with using Zoom or connecting to this meeting, please email Rev. Woodson at philwoodson@cvillefirstumc.org

All Music Rehearsals
have paused for the time being.

Youth Caravans - Do you have a college student who is home, can drive, and desperately needs something to do? We're collecting names and contact information of college students that would like to deliver groceries and medical supplies to our vulnerable church family. Contact Alex Erwine for more details.

Confirmation Classes for Sunday will be through ZOOM. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alex Erwine.

Our Palm Sunday Service will be broadcast online at 7pm on April 5.

The Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 5th at McGuffey Park has been canceled.

Rise Against Hunger that was scheduled for April 11 has been postponed until June 20.

Supporting our Community:

If you are looking for ways to provide support, or if you need support in the greater Charlottesville area, please spend some time at https://www.supportcville.com/ - This website is the most up-to-date resource (both in and for our community) and there are currently local needs for medical/cleaning supplies for local healthcare workers. Make sure you scroll all the way down each page and you'll see ways that you can donate funds, time, and supplies, or receive those items as well. There is also a lot of information related to health resources and who to contact locally if you have any questions.

UVA Medical Center Needs Blood Donations - Virginia hospitals are experiencing a severe blood shortage across the state. UVA Health encourages members of the community who are healthy & eligible to contact the American Red Cross <https://www.redcross.org/> to make an appointment to donate at one of their fixed locations.  

Medical Supplies Needed - Our medical community is in dire need of supplies like face masks, gloves, household cleaners, etc. Please visit https://www.supportcville.com/equipcville to see what other supplies are needed and to donate!

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank - Needs healthy volunteers to work at the food bank. See their statement on COVID-19 and their Volunteer page. To find volunteer opportunities, click on this link.

Grocery Delivery Drivers Needed - Charlottesville Community Cares is receiving about 45 new requests for grocery deliveries every day and they NEED HELP! If you feel comfortable and safe going into grocery stores and shopping on behalf of community members who cannot do so for themselves, please reach out to cvillecares.grocery@gmail.com. Grocery shoppers must be asymptomatic and in households where everyone is healthy. You can either donate the cost of the groceries or be reimbursed by PayPal or check within 24 hours of your delivery. You can set your availability, but grocery trips tend to happen once in the morning and once in the late afternoon/evening. Once you get in touch with the Cville Cares Grocery Team, they can get you started. 

Cville Community Cares COVID-19 Resources - Cville Community Cares just published a resource guide with information on how to receive financial assistance, request for grocery/prescription delivery, COVID-19 hotline, emergency shelter, and Region Ten Emergency Services Hotline. Join Cville Community Cares network: bit.ly/cvillecare2020. Donate: congregatecville.com. Email: cvillecares@gmail.com.

Support Maria Chavalan Sut's GoFundMe - Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church has been providing sanctuary for Maria, an undocumented Guatamalan refugee, since 2018. Please continue to support Maria by contributing to her GoFundMe Fundraiser. Wesley Memorial is trying to raise $10,000 to support Maria's family as conditions worsen in Guatemala.