Sojourners Collections

The church has gathered food donations for years which are regularly delivered to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. In October we’ve added a new regular recipient and starting in November it’ll be on a set schedule . We’re referring to it as “SARA Second Sundays.” That’s when the Sexual Assault Resource Agency will be the beneficiary.

Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women Christmas Program

We have participated in this collection for many years with other local churches, faith communities and organizations and increased the number of gifts bags collected yearly. This is an in-gathering of hygiene items, cards and stationery for the 1300 women there. The bags can be filled for $5 (a specific item list is available from the church. If you’re interested in contributing, give us a call.)  We will maintain a collection basket in the entryway until mid-November.

Two Upcoming Community Events — September 16

Sojourners is co-sponsoring an interactive workshop, “Responding to Hatred Without Hating: Dialogue Skills for Difficult Times” 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at Unity of Charlottesville (2825 Hydraulic Rd.). Details about the event and registration:

Once again Sojourners is excited to be tabling at the Cville Pride Festival  11:00 am – 7:00 pm. This “free, family-friendly event offers people throughout Central VA and beyond the chance to celebrate and experience the diversity and vibrancy of the local LGBTQ community.” This year the venue has been shifted to a larger space, the Sprint Pavilion, downtown. Stop by the table for your very own rainbow tattoo! More information here:

The Alyssa House

The Alyssa House will be “Going Gold” in September in honor of Childhood Cancer awareness month. Check out the website,, or visit the Facebook page for updates throughout the month on ways you can get involved. We welcome your support!

The Alyssa House strives to continue meeting the needs of the families and children that stay with us as generously as possible. In true Alyssa fashion, nothing is more important than family.

Gathering the Waters

This annual service will be held September 24. You’re invited to bring a water sample from home, favorite swimming spot, or summer travels to be pooled as we individually offer blessings for our church family and community. Later, the water is boiled and saved for baptisms.

Habitat Work Day — October 7

Mark your calendars now!  Our next Habitat Work Day is coming up  Saturday, October 7.  As a Sojourners volunteer, you will be guided by professional Habitat staff, and likely work alongside a future Habitat homeowner!  We need lots of volunteers to step forward, to help make the dream of home ownership possible for a Charlottesville family.  Please contact the church office to learn how to participate as part of the team.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

The photos depict just one month’s worth of the congregation’s donations! Each Sunday our kids go through the sanctuary collecting items from Sojourners during a special time in the service. Using the BRAFB list of suggested items, we target a different food from week-to-week.

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