Thanks to Hannah Garrity for our beautiful Easter banners pictured here.
“For our embodied theme this Lenten season, Lauren Wright Pittman designed our Coloring Calendar layout. I wanted to tie the banner in with her original layout. Moving clockwise from the upper left, the images represent mind, body, heart, and soul. Creating a mid-tone in the mind quadrant, a gear pattern fills the space. It represents the continual processing of our thoughts. A pattern of various breads completes the body quadrant. The bread motif speaks to our Communion ritual wherein the body of Christ is illustrated by bread. This season we aim to use our bodies as part of our contemplative study. Our continual reflective journey is represented by diverse animal tracks inside the heart in the lower right. I imagined the footsteps of us all reflecting over a horizontal midline in the heart. Lastly, the soul permeates all other quadrants by appearing in the corners, just as God’s light within us glows in all aspects of our lives.” – Hannah Garrity
You can learn more about her work and these banners in particular at A Sanctified Art website: http://sanctifiedart.org/.
Sojourners joins with other churches for Holy Week…
March 29 | 6 pm | First United Methodist Church
Passover Meal & Potluck | Living Last Supper Drama
Our evening will begin with a Passover Meal & Potluck Dinner. We will then move from the fellowship hall up to the sanctuary to view a dramatic interpretation of the Last Supper. Our evening will conclude with Holy Communion. If you wish to participate in the Passover Meal & Potluck Dinner, please pick up a ticket at church on Sunday, March 25. If you are not able to be in church to get a ticket, but would like to attend, please email the church office by March 26.
March 30 | 7 pm | Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church
Tenebrae Service & Prayer Vigil
A special service of hymns & readings that recalls Christ’s Passion and ends in darkness.
Holy Saturday Prayer Vigil
March 31 | 6-7 pm | Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church
On Holy Saturday we have been invited to join the people of Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church to participate in their prayer vigil that begins at the end of the Good Friday service until Easter Morning.
Susan has signed up for the 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM prayer slot. She would love to have you join her for that hour of prayer. You would just be sitting with her in the silence of that moment.
We would meet at the Hinton Avenue parking lot.
April 1 | 6:30 am | Carter Mountain Orchard
Sunrise Communion Service
Wake up early and join us on top of Carter Mountain to celebrate the risen Christ!
Join us locally as we support the March for Our Lives movement to end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools. Rally to be held at the Sprint Pavilion.
This year Lent began on Valentine’s Day/February 14 and Easter is on April Fools’ Day/ April 1. Our theme reflects the irony of these two days bookending the holy season of Lent and Easter. Such is the humor of God.
In the past Sojourners have gathered on Wednesday evenings for special programs during Lent. While this did not happen last year, we are inviting you into a journey of spiritual practice this year. Instead of Wednesday evening…you are encouraged to come and experience Thursday evening Vespers/Evening Prayer that is hosted every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. During Lent you will hear a reflection from someone in our community during the service. Each week someone will bring a symbol that represents God’s love as they understand that and then share one foolish thing they would be willing to do for God.
Lent is a time for adding on a spiritual practice. Some people designate a day of fasting during their week. Some people eliminate a certain food from their diet. Some are intentional about a volunteer opportunity or they explore a variety of methods of prayer. While individual practice is very good for our own faith formation…gathering for a communal experience is also enriching for the journey.
“Five years in the making and the winner of more than 25 awards, Brother Outsider illuminates the public and private lives of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and strategist who has been called ‘the invisible man’ of the civil rights movement. A tireless crusader for justice, a disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the architect of the legendary 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Brother Outsider reveals the price that Rustin paid for this honesty, chronicling both the setbacks and triumphs of his remarkable 60 year career.”
The screening of this documentary is being sponsored by the Education Committee of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective Pilgrimage to Jamestown Event. Free and open to the public on Sunday, January 28, at 3:00 pm at Sojourners.
Are you concerned about gun violence? Attend the screening of this documentary at Sojourners, December 1 at 7:00 pm. Katie Couric is the narrator and executive producer. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the issue. Constructive follow-up resources and activities will be provided. FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Sunday, December 3 First Sunday of Advent Worship and Communion 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 6 Welcome Table Holiday Potluck 6:00-7:00 pm Sing-along 7:00-8:00 pm
Sunday, December 10 Second Sunday of Advent Worship and new member joining 10:00 a.m. 9th Annual Advent Fair after service
Thursday, December 14 Soup Supper and ornament making (child-friendly) 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer Service 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 17 Third Sunday of Advent Children’s Christmas pageant service 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, December 21 Soup Supper and ornament making (child-friendly) 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer Service 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 24 Fourth Sunday of Advent Morning worship 10:00 a.m. Christmas Eve service 5:00 p.m.
This Thursday we will not be gathering for Evening Vespers. We look forward to seeing you November 29 at 7:00 pm.
With a water theme in mind, two church members, J. Brian McCrory and Ben King, dreamed up and created this amazing “waterfall” you see here. It’s a beautiful addition to our worship space. Julie Hughens, another Sojourner, designed the lovely mobile shown in the second photograph. It hangs in the center of our sanctuary.