Hello Charlottesville UMC District Churches – At your Charge Conferences this year, you heard about the 2020  Charlottesville UMC District virtual food drive, “Foodies for Christ”.  Our District Superintendent, Danny Kesner has asked every church in the District to participate in this exciting event.  We are partnering with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank to help feed needy families in our areas this year.  The Food Bank uses a wide variety of sources for food, including numerous food suppliers, farmers, etc.  They are able to do so much more with their purchasing power than any of us individually could do.  They order pallets and truck loads of food at one time, from sources all over the eastern seaboard.  For every $1 provided directly to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. They will provide 4 meals; $5 provides 20 meals.  Donating through the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank greatly increases our giving power and impact on the hunger in our communities.

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has developed an easy way for us to donate, either as a church from individual donations targeted to “Foodies for Christ” in your offerings, and your financial team then donates a single check to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank; or you as individuals can go to the website directly and securely donate online.  The website is live now and will be accepting our donations through the first week in December.  Here is the link to the donation page:  Just click on the link and you will be taken directly to the “Foodies for Christ” fall food drive page where you will be able to help those in need this holiday season.  Let’s all get behind this wonderful cause and help others.

God Bless each of you.

Danny Kesner, District Superintendent;

John Glass, Dian McNaught, Bill and Linda Stead – Charlottesville UMC District Associate Lay Leaders


Rachel’s Haven ( Formally Charlottesville District Apartment Project. The Charlottesville District United Methodist Churches are  raising $400,000 to build or renovate a housing apartment complex. Join the Charlottesville District Mission Team  as we  move forward with providing housing for men and women with developmental disabilities. Want to get involved? Call the Charlottesville United Methodist District Office at (434) 977-4254! Make a donation!!!


Bishop Lewis -Reading the Bible in a Year

Wesley Foundation UVA

wesley-vision-imageHigher Education and Campus Ministry Highlights: Rev. Deborah Lewis has brought forth incredible leadership and vision to the Campus Ministry setting of UVA where she resides as the Director. Reverend Lewis began to vision where she wanted the ministry at UVA to be five to ten years from now. It is in this time of prayer and waiting on God that has led her to move towards a Capital Campaign where she and her board have raised over $600,000 to transform the space into a more modern, energy efficient, and welcoming space for the students of the Wesley Foundation of the UVA. Many of us will be seeing more news of this soon in various mailings and announcements. Also, Bishop Cho will be joining them on Saturday, April 11, 2015, for their 50-year celebration and the end of their Capital Campaign. (Their public announcement goes out next week but check out their amazing video now.

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Emanuel Youth Mission

Emanuel Youth MissionEmanuel Youth Mission began in July, 2005 when John Clarkson traveled to rural El Salvador with Marvin Benavides. John saw poverty like none he had ever seen before, with absolutely no resources to change that perpetual cycle. People lived in make shift one room homes with dirt floors, no electricity, no furniture, outdoor kitchens, very little food, perhaps an outhouse or some families used holes for bathrooms, living, working and farming like they had for centuries with no hope of anything different for their children. They could not afford to send their children to school. That November, John and Jonna Clarkson were moved by the Holy Spirit during outdoor Sunday school when those children kneeled in the dirt and prayed to Jesus, their Savior, El Salvador! Their faces lit up with the pure love and joy of knowing Jesus! How long would it be before that JOY turned into discouragement when they learned their lives held no future? The Clarksons were moved to connect the need in El Salvador with resources in Virginia. Marvin wanted to make a difference for his people. The vision for Emanuel Youth Mission began.
Emanuel Youth Mission Winter 2014 newsletter
Emanuel Youth Mission Fall 2014 Newsletter

Westview on the James

Westview Times