Connections, our adult religious education, is offered from 9:45-10:45 on Sundays during the academic year.  Child care is provided in the Community Room.

Scheduled Programs
Nov. 26  Thanksgiving Social: Coffee, Tea, Snacks and a chance to express our gratitudes

Dec. 3     VONNIE CALLAND and ALICE ANDERSON    Bible Study: Part 2 of “Floods, Fires and Pharaohs: Encouragement for Facing Hard Times.”

Dec. 10    ALICE ANDERSON    Spiritual Journey

Dec. 17    RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COMMITTEE    “Christmas Pageant.”

Dec. 24    A Christmas Eve Conversation: What does Christmas mean to us this year? What have we learned from 2017? How will that inform how we walk forward?


Upcoming Opportunities


STRIDE of Charlottesville will be holding a fundraiser December 8th from 6-8:30 pm at the meeting house! There will be a home cooked Chili dinner (vegan & gluten free options will be available) and musical entertainment in the form of an open mic night! Please sign up by emailing Chelsea at if you would be willing to preform something (a song or two or three, or a poem, or a story, or whatever you like!). There will also be instruments available for open play after our scheduled talents! Chili & cornbread will be hot and ready to eat at 6pm & music will start at 6:30. There will also be a few items local artisan products on Silent Auction including paintings by Steve Keach and handmade wreaths by Shiloh’s own Chelsea B! There will be a suggested donation of $5-$20 and cards available to “Give the gift of Quaker camp” in someone’s name just in time for the holidays! In case you aren’t familiar with the organization, STRIDE (Strengthening Transformative Relationships in Diverse Environments) is an organization affiliated with the Baltimore Yearly Meeting seeking to increase inclusion and diversity in the camping program. Your participation in our fundraiser would be very meaningful to our organization, and 100% of donations will go to tuition for underrepresented Charlottesville youth to attend Shiloh Quaker Camp!


Our annual housing of homeless women under the auspices of PACEM will be ‪January 6-20. If you can help by coordinating our cooks or cleaning (essentially encouraging people to volunteer and answering questions) please let me or Shelley Marshall ( know.  The PACEM sign up site is now live!

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

We will also have the ever popular clipboard sign up sheets beginning this Sunday


November 24 – 26 – Young Friends ConferenceBaltimore Monthly Meeting, Stony Run (Baltimore, MD)

Young Friends should plan to begin arriving at 7:00 pm on Friday. For information, check the Young Friends website ( or contact Jocelyn Dowling. (301-774-7663) Please remember that the deadline to register and be guaranteed a slot is two weeks before the conference (November 10). Any one registering after that date will be placed on a waiting list and may not be able to attend.


I was greatly moved by the movie Serenade for Haiti, which I saw in the film festival this past weekend.  It is about a music school in Haiti which has been going since the 1950’s.  It has maintained its presence through both civil unrest and the earthquake, providing stability for students and their families. There are children of all ages in the school, and some of them are very fine musicians.  During questions and answers with the producer of the film, I asked if the school needed instruments and music.  There was a resounding yes.

It turns out that the film’s producer is the cousin of my vet’s wife.  My vet was excited about my question, and we talked about the possibility of doing a large collection here in Charlottesville.  He will contact his cousin to see if he can facilitate getting them to Haiti, and we will reconnect after Thanksgiving.  I said I’d get a sense of interest amongst my friends. If anyone has instruments that they’d be willing to donate, please email me with details, including the instrument size. Also, if you have gently used classical music parts or scores, please include that information as well.  I will let you know how and if we might collect everything, after I know if it is feasible.

Linda Goldstein


From our Clerk, November 22, 2017


This Sunday at connections we will have a social hour with coffee and light refreshments.  I will be there for anyone who has questions about our PACEM hosting. To sign up to help go to this link, or sign up on the clipboard on the table in the meetinghouse foyer.
Civil Rights leader and theologian Ruby Sales will be in Charlottesville on Nov 29 at the African American Heritage Center at the Jefferson School. For more information, see the link below.

Please remember our Festive Potluck celebration on December 16 at 6pm at the meetinghouse. The children’s program will be Sunday, December 17 during our connections time.
We have received the following invitation from Maury River Friends:
Maury River Friends would like to invite Charlottesville Friends to join us at Maury River FM outside Lexington for (worship and) a special 2nd Hour on Dec 17th.  We worship from 10-11 am and will begin 2nd Hour promptly at 11:30, since we are extending our 2nd Hour time for an extra half-hour, to end at 1:00pm.
Susan Russell Walters (Homewood FM) is coming to lead an introduction to Rex Ambler’s “Experiment with Light” – a worship experience modeled after descriptions from early Friends.  During the second half of our time together, we will be led through an experience of this practice.
Susan has led an Experiment with Light worship-sharing group at BYM annual session the past two years, and several Maury River Friends (including myself) thoroughly enjoyed that experience and wanted to share it with as many other Friends as possible.  There is a longstanding Light Group that meets at Homewood Meeting in Baltimore.
 We have also extended this invitation to Valley Friends and to Roanoke Friends.  We hope some Friends from all three Meetings will find this opportunity intriguing enough to surround the travel and missing their own Meeting activities.  We would also enjoy making Susan’s trip to the Valley even more Friendly! Friends are quite welcome to show up on Dec 17th unannounced AND it would be helpful if Susan knows how many copies of her handouts to bring – if possible, Friends can email me that they plan to come, or call me at 540-464-3511 if they don’t use email.
Peggy Dyson-Cobb
For MRFM Ministry & Counsel Committee
I am copying Judith Wiegand on this email – she is also on M&C and organizes our 2nd Hours.
From I-81, take I-64 West to exit #50 (Kerrs Creek). At the top of the exit ramp, turn left, crossing over I-64. At the next intersection, turn right onto State Route 850 (W. Midland Trail). Travel west four miles through farmland to State Route 629 (Waterloo Drive). Turn left. The Meeting House is on the right just across the bridge.
From the Clergy Collective we have received the following message:
The Charlottesville Listening Project is an online “pen pal” effort to bring Lutheran listeners together with Charlottesville residents in one-to-one pairings.  Through the efforts of a regional Bishop and Vice President, Mark Holmerud and Elaine Whitney, we are offering dialogue and support to the Charlottesville community.  Each Lutheran listener will be matched with a Charlottesville resident by Elaine Whitney.  The listeners are leaders in Lutheran Church (Bishops, Vice Presidents, Seminary Presidents, Pastors).  The Charlottesville Listening Project is open to people of any faith or non-faith tradition.  Through this project, we hope to promote greater communication and perspectives on diversity, inclusion, and the extinguishing of racism in our nation.
For Lutheran listeners, this project is an expression of our being Church for the sake of the world.  When natural disasters occur, we do not hesitate to act; when social disasters occur, we must not fail to act.  Lutheran listeners from throughout the United States have volunteered to support the residents of Charlottesville.  We hope that Charlottesville residents will share their insights and hopes for the future.
For more information, please contact:
Elaine Whitney
Sierra Pacific Synod ELCA
and this–

Rev. Dr. Susan Minasian, Pastor of Sojourners United Church of Christ, Charlottesville, has invited us to a free screening of “Under the Gun,” a 2016 documentary produced and narrated by Katie Couric that examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow, even as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase. 

The screening will take place Friday, December 1, 7:00 p.m. at
Sojourners United Church of Christ
For more information about the film, visit
I hope to see you soon, and wish you a happy thanksgiving.




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