On January 22 following worship there will be an opportunity to hear about plans for a Memorial for Enslaved Laborers that will be created at UVA.  A representative of the design team will be with us to give some background, talk about current plans, and solicit our ideas and responses. Please join us in the sanctuary.

Donations for those at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women

Once again, Sojourners and friends of the congregation came through with “flying colors” and 211 kits were delivered to Fluvanna from the church. Because of the abundance this year, the Chaplain will have hygiene supplies to distribute throughout the year to those women who do not have the funds to purchase what they need. With monetary contributions, as well as stamps collected, we were able to send over $200 worth of stamps along with the six large boxes of cards and stationery supplies.

January worship theme — Honoring Our Gifts

Just as the magi brought gifts to the baby Jesus, we are encouraged to consider what gifts we can bring to God, to the world and to the community of faith at Sojourners.

Rich Knox will return to the church to deliver the sermon on Epiphany Sunday, January 8 and Amanda Beresford will help us celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 22. Then on January 29, Hodari Hamilton, pastor of First Baptist Church, West Main St., will be with us for worship.

December Worship Theme ~ “Immanuel — God With Us”

As the days shorten, and grow darker, we dwell in the hope that Jesus will come again, and that light will return to our lives. The worship team has crafted numerous opportunities for you and your family to slow down and to experience a meaningful Advent and Christmas. We hope you will join us.

We begin the first Sunday of Advent, November 27, with Rich Knox as our guest preacher.

Featured Artist ~ Sara Gondwe

The artist of the months of November and December is Sara Gondwedancing-zebra-trees. Previously she was a reading specialist working with children elementary through high school  and in her retirement is volunteering with immigrants at Literacy Volunteers in Charlottesville.  Having lived in Malawi and Senegal, her art is very much influenced by the bright colors and landscape of these two African countries.  Gondwe uses a unique technique and a genre new to the art world.  Using a cheese grater she shaves bits of crayons onto a 2′ x 3′ canvas.  Using an iron as her paint brush, the iron melts, shapes and designs a whimsical work of art.  Adding fabric paint adds a 3-D effect and culminates in a work of imaginative and colorful art.  Outlining ofteart-11-16-take-1n appears in her art resembling stained glass.  Don’t be surprised if you see a patch of nail polish! In the artist’s own words, “Art for me is a process of experimentation, discovery, design and color.  My goal is to create art that is inspiring and a delight to the eye of the viewers.  I often do not know what I will paint when I start but just let the process guide me.” The artist will be at the exhibit before and after the service on Sunday, December 4.


We are gearing upadvent-fair for this opportunity after worship December 4 for artisan/crafters in our Sojourners family to show and sell their work. It lasts about an hour and has proven to be a good annual fundraiser for OJOLA (our sister community in Kenya) and an opportunity to showcase the work of our Innisfree crafters (pottery, weaving and woodwork) and individuals. Please put it on your calendars to do a little holiday shopping. We encourage folks to bring finger foods to share to keep everyone’s energy up!


Our intended work party for Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity October 8 was rained out – but we’ve been able to schedule a new one on November 19 (Sat.)!  This is open to all adults – not just those who signed up before – so please come and join us – many hands make light work!  Come help address the needs of affordable housing right here in our community!


During this month of Thanksgiving, it seems logical that we focus our worship on being grateful to God for our many blessings.  On November 13, in addition to a sermon by our own Barbara Brecht, we will hear a report from Maggie about her mission trip this past summer. On the third Sunday, Karen Mann will lead an intergenerational service. The final Sunday of November is the first Sunday of Advent and we will begin the season of preparation for Christ’s coming again. Rich Knox will be our guest preacher November 27.