Reverend Jim BundyDear Friends,
 
Thanks to everyone who came to the retreat last Friday evening and Saturday.  I know there were some people who had intended to come and found at the last minute that they were unable to come, and that other plans and scheduling conflicts prevented the attendance of many others.  I’m grateful that enough people were able to come for the conversation to be useful. 
 
It was, of course, just the first step.  There are other conversations still to come, some of them concerning matters that are more directly connected to finances.  (See the article on this elsewhere in this newsletter.)  There is also much to be done in the way of follow-up to last weekend.  There will be a report of what happened and eventually some proposals about how we should move ahead with our social justice commitments.  While those commitments remain central to who we are as a congregation, I think there is also a widespread feeling that trying to do too much is not wise either.  It can dilute our efforts.  It can also end up producing more guilt and stress than is good for our spiritual, emotional, and physical health.  These were points that were made on more than one occasion as we talked.
 
One way to deal with that apparent conflict between our social justice impulses and the need to avoid being overextended is to try to make sure that we place our outreach and social justice emphases firmly in the context of our common spiritual life.  I know for me a spiritual life which does not have at its center a quest for a more just and loving world would not be spiritual at all.  I also know that when a commitment to social justice becomes just one activity, need, or concern piled on top of another, that does not help us move toward wholeness.  I pray that we continue to try to build up a spirit-filled community at Sojourners, where our reaching out toward a more human and humane world goes hand in hand with our reaching out to be at one with God. 
 
Peace,   Jim
 
 

Spiritual Retreat

Interested Sojourners are invited to join a small group of us for a spiritual retreat November 9-10, from 4 pm on Friday to 4 pm on Saturday, at Richmond Hill, an interdenominational facility and former convent in Richmond.  Our time together will consist of some lectio divina readings (a shared meditation on a verse or passage that calls us into relation with God), some personal quiet time, and optional worship services, in addition to whatever other activity we might propose in the meantime.  The cost is $50 per person, which covers the overnight stay (linens are provided), Friday supper, and Saturday breakfast and lunch.  Car pool arrangements will be made as needed, depending on who can leave when and whether you are willing to drive or need a ride.  We are limited to a maximum of 15 people, so if you are interested, please let one of us know or sign up on the sheet at church.  (Cathie Brettschneider, John Corlett, Judy Freeman, Martha Haertig, Julie Hughens, David Marshall, Dawg Strong)

 
 

Thinking and Planning Ahead

Under the direction of the Church Council, the Thinking-Planning group has been at work since early spring developing a process designed to enable the congregation to thoughtfully address the financial implications of two major issues facing Sojourners in the next 18 to 24 months: (1) the purchase of additional property adjacent to our current property and (2) continued support for professional leadership of our Christian Education program.

The property issues arise because the congregation agreed to buy two additional lots from our Nazarene friends (with a delayed settlement date) as part of the original purchase of our building, and the Nazarenes have indicated that they probably will want to settle on the additional property toward the end of 2009. The Christian Education leadership issue arises because, while we have enjoyed the services of a professional CE director (Peg Witmer) for the past 18 months, her generosity has afforded us the luxury of not paying her. With Peg’s status in the job past June 2008 in some doubt, we are faced with deciding if we still want/need/can afford professional leadership and how we will pay for it. Both of these issues raise a number of vital questions about the life of our congregation….our values, our dreams, our priorities. And taken together they pose a significant challenge to our financial resources, already stretched thin by a Capital Campaign, now in its third year, and the ever-growing demands on our operating budget.

During the four Sundays stretching from mid-September to mid-October, the Thinking-Planning group will be unveiling four slices of information, about: the CE leadership issue, the property purchase, the status of the Capital Campaign, and status of our operating budget--past, present, and future. This information will be available as bulletin inserts, on posters in the church foyer, and on the Sojourners web-site.

During the fours weeks running from mid-October to mid-November, members and friends will be invited to meet in small groups for conversation about all these issues. Sign-up sheets for these sessions are posted in the church foyer. The schedule of the meetings is as follows:

Monday (10/15) 7 PM (south) – at the home of Pam and Jim Gibson
Tuesday (10/16) 7 PM (far east) – at the home of Sharon Petro
Thursday (10/18) 7 PM (north) – at the home of Andy and Debbie Lockman
Sunday (10/21) 11 AM at Church
Monday (10/22) (central) – at the home of Virginia Hill
Thursday (10/25) 7 PM (far west) – at the home of Krissy Lasagna
Sunday (10/28) 11 AM at Church
Tuesday (10/30) 7 PM (north) – at the home of Faye and Al Arnold
Sunday (11/4) 11 AM at Church
Monday (11/5) 7 PM (west) – at the home of Cathie Brettschneider
Tuesday (11/6) 7 PM (east) – at the home of Timmie Jones
Thursday (11/8) 7 PM (north) – at the home of John and Gloria Mitchell

On November 18, there will be a congregational gathering after worship to reflect together on the concerns, questions, ideas, and dreams raised in the small group process. No decisions will be made at that time, but an attempt will made to capture the broad sense of the congregation on these issues as we move toward possible decision-making at the January 2008 congregational meeting.

 
 

Church Office News

The addendum to the most recent edition of our Church Directory is now available. In it you will find corrections and additions that hopefully bring the directory up-to-date. When you're trying to contact someone in the church, please refer to the addendum first to ensure that you're using the most current information. If you would like a copy, please contact the church office and I'll email one to you or stop by and pick up a paper version available at the Greeter's station. If you notice errors or omissions, please don't hesitate to let me know so that I can make the necessary corrections. 

Please note that in addition to our new website address (www.sojourners-ucc.org), we have a new email address for the church, churchoffice@sojourners-ucc.org. Our old Earthlink address will be non-functional shortly, so please update your address books now to reflect this change. If you would like to contact either Jim Bundy or myself on church business, churchoffice@sojourners-ucc.org is the address to use. Keep in mind that anything sent to this address comes to both of us. So, if you would like to correspond privately with Jim or me, please use our home email addresses.
 
With fall upon us we have more people from within and without the Sojourners community using our building and grounds so please be sure to contact the church office before scheduling meetings here to ensure that the space you want is available. 

The Community Homeschool Enrichment Center has begun its fall session with classes held on Tuesdays and Fridays. The courses, offered to a range of ages, include: Beginning Guitar, Improvisatorial Theatre, Introduction to Archeology, Games and Strategy, Hip Hop Dance and Conditioning, Herbcraft, Making Music, Astronomy, and Watercolor. As the teachers and students fluctuate from session to session, this provides us with the opportunity to introduce Sojourners to an ever wider segment of the community. Many classes are open to adults as well as children and youth, so please consider whether or not this sort of continuing educational experience might appeal to you or your family in the future. It's exciting to witness the high level of energy the students, teachers and organizers bring to this enterprise.  
 
I will be on vacation October 7-13.

–Millie Fife, Administrative Assistant

 
 

Sojourners Spotlight Shines On
Crystal Lyon

Crystal Lyon has been very busy at Sojourners. She has been very dedicated in teaching and educating us at Sojourners on saving lives through donating blood. She has arranged the blood mobile to be a Sojourners numerous times. Thank You Crystal for your dedication to this much needed awareness, and Thank You to all who have given blood. You may never know who you have helped by giving blood, but God knows.

We will be having our next blood drive on October 14. If we would like to donate, you may sign up on the sheet posted on the Service board. (You can also contact Crystal directly, if you’d like to learn more about giving at mamalyon@hotmail.com or 591-0542).

 
 

Church Groups and Committees

  • Bible study meets Tuesdays 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, please call Dell Erwin (245-5891) or Joan Richardson (985-1113).

  • “Invoking the Spirit through Poetry” will meet every first Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. unless there is a problem.  They welcome new members at any time.  Please come and share with them.  Experience not necessary!  Just come and enjoy!   For details, please contact Hilda E. Ward at hercreations2002@yahoo.com.

  • “Invoking the Spirit: Knitting into the Mystery,” a prayer shawl ministry, will resume meeting Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. at Marion Meyer’s home starting October 2. Knitting lessons are provided. Please contact Marion for details and directions (marionpm@aol.com or 293-1273).

  • Sojourners choir rehearses after the service until 12:45 p.m.  To learn more about joining them, please contact Bev Seng (jow6f@earthlink.net or 971-4968).

  • The Welcome Table Supper Club has started back up again. Next Supper Club is Oct. 10 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. downstairs at Sojourners. Bring a dish to pass and lots of hugs to go around.

Contact Paula Fallon for more information. Cell: 434-996-6898

 
 

Church School Celebration

We all had a wonderful time celebrating our Church School on Sept. 9. We had a special blessing followed by a Ice Cream Party in the park...what could be a better way to ring in the new Church School year.



 
 

Church Directory Update

Lorie Cannon
Jillian
996-6087 (cell)
951-0878 (work)
P.O. Box 7054
Charlottesville, VA 22906
lcannon@TGBlaw.com
 
Marty Fox
806-1985 (cell)
973-4035 (work)
mrtyfox@yahoo.com
 
Jane & Rick Kulow
Spencer, Emma & Douglas
3310 Rosewood Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22903
293-9940 (home)
jbkulow@gmail.com (J)
rckulow@gmail.com (R)
 
Mo & L.W. Nichols
Aurora, Cassidy
2315 A Crestmont Ave.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
977-7189 (home)
970-5914 (L.W.-pager)
monich58@earthlink.net (M)
elwang2468@earthlink.net (L.W.)
 
Debby & Peter Norton
Will & Paul
979-7679 (home)
113 Blueberry Road
Charlottesville, VA 22911
ecp61@juno.com

 
 
CHURCH CALENDAR
 
October (all events at church unless otherwise noted)
2   11:00 a.m. Bible Study meets

6:00 p.m. Poetry writing group meets

7:00 p.m. "Knitting into the Mystery" group meets at Marion's home
3   5:30 p.m. Open A.A. meeting

6:30 p.m. Thinking and Planning Ahead group meets
7  

9:30 a.m. Worship service

9  

11:00 a.m. Bible Study meets

12:45 p.m. J.U.L.I.E.T. meet for lunch, Omni restaurant

5:00 p.m. Worship committee meets

6:30 p.m. Stewardship & Finance committee meets

7:00 p.m. "Knitting into the Mystery" group meets at Marion Meyer's home

10   5:30 p.m. Welcome Table Supper Club meets

5:30 p.m. Open A.A. meeting
14   9:30 a.m. Worship service

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Virginia Blood Services community blood drive
15   7:00 p.m. Small group conversation, Pam & Jim Gibson's home
16  

11:00 a.m. Bible Study meets

7:00 p.m. Church council meets

7:00 p.m. "Knitting into the Mystery" group meets at Marion Meyer's home

7:00 p.m. Small group conversation, Sharon Petro's home

17   5:30 p.m. Open A.A. meeting
18  

12:30 p.m. R.O.M.E.O. meet for lunch, Golden Corral Restaurant

6:15 p.m. Service & Missions committee meets

7:00 p.m. Small group conversation, Debbie & Andy Lockman's home

21  

9:30 a.m. Worship Service, Guest Preacher, Chuck Wildman

11:00 a.m. Small group conversation, church

22  

7:00 p.m. Small group conversation, Virginia Hill's home

23   11:00 a.m. Bible Study meets

7:00 p.m. "Knitting into the Mystery" group meets at Marion Meyer's home
24   5:30 p.m. Open A.A. meeting
25   7:00 p.m. Small group conversation, Krissy Lasagna's home
28   9:30 a.m. Worship service

11:00 a.m. Small group conversation, church
29  

9:00 p.m. Newsletter deadline

30  

11:00 a.m. Bible Study meets

7:00 p.m. "Knitting into the Mystery" group meets at Marion's home

7:00 Small group conversation, Faye & Al Arnold's home

31   5:30 p.m. Open A.A. meeting
 
 
 
VOLUNTEERS
Thank you to the following who have agreed to serve in October:
 
Riverdale Drivers
7   Cliff Kavanaugh
14   Jackie Snyder
21   Alice Justice
28   Mo Nichols
 
 
Birthdays
(Please contact the church office with your special dates)
2  

Ursula Harmon

4   Emma Hendrix
6   Mark Kitchens

Muriel Wiggins
15   Toby Barnes
22   Deborah Winslow
23   Helen Lasagna
 
 
NOTES: Sermons Available Online
Rev. Jim’s sermons are posted on our website. Also, an electronic Weekly Update goes out via e-mail; if you communicate electronically and would like to receive it, please contact the church office at churchoffice@sojourners-ucc.org or 977-1481.

Church Directory
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Minutes of Church Meetings

For copies of minutes of Church Council and Congregational meetings, please contact the church office.

Lost and Found
Please check the shelf near the Monticello Ave. entrance for items found that you may have lost.

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The Newsletter Crew

Writers: Jim Bundy, Millie Fife and Sojourners
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