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Estimate of Giving Cards will be issued at each service on November 12. If you feel you may not attend a service on that day, cards and self- addressed envelopes will be in the narthex on November 5. Cards may then be mailed to the church.

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Adam Copeland has recently edited a book entitled, “Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship.” In this book, he has brought together writings from various scholars and theologians on the topic of Stewardship. These authors help us to expand our understand- ing of what Stewardship really means and broaden that definition beyond the usual interpretation of time, talents, and treasures.


MaryAnn McKibben Dana, who is a writer, pastor, and speaker living in Northern Virginia, shares the following thoughts in her chapter on “Stewardship of Time.”


Many a church leader has argued that our checkbooks are actually theological documents. What we give our money to communicates some- thing about who we are and what we believe. Do we give generously from our financial resources? But our time can be as much of a treasure as our finances. Maybe we should talk about our calendars as theological documents as well.


1. What do we give our time to? Do we intentionally make time for spiritual practices, or do we simply hope they will happen? Are we set- ting aside time for exercise, time with family and friends, and time to rest? Even the way we frame the activity makes a difference. Do we un- derstand Sunday school and church as time with God – an investment in our discipleship – or just another activity among many?


2. Are we minding our margins? Do we pack our calendars full, or do we provide adequate space in our schedule for the holy interruptions that inevitably occur? Are we overscheduling our children, cramming their lives full of enrichment, or are we allowing them to engage in un- structured play? Time for boredom and daydreaming are keys to a child’s development; they don’t get the chance to develop these skills when we over-program their time.


3. Are we attentive to the seasons? The liturgical year is a priceless resource to a culture addicted to excitement and novelty. In a world dominated by 24/7 media and the scandal du jour, we dare to preach the importance of quiet waiting and patient expectation, of letting a moment ripen. As the society around us binges on Christmas, we sing Mary’s defiant song of liberation for the poor. When the news dishes out one distressing story after another, we proclaim Christ’s resurrection, not just on a single day but for the long vibrant season of Eastertide. MaryAnn concludes the chapter with some questions for reflection that are worth considering.


  • Examine your personal calendar as if it were a theological document. Where do you spend most of your time? What do you prioritize? Does your calendar align with your faith convictions and values?


  • Examine your congregation’s calendar as a theological document. What shows up on the church calendar? What does this suggest about your priorities and commitments? Who is involved and invited? How might you consider what’s taking place beyond the church walls?


  • What are your experiences, if any with Sabbath? How might your life shift to embrace stewardship of time more fully?


  • Consider implementing or experimenting with the following practices that help cultivate deep presence and stillness: meditation, yoga, technology-free areas or times, lectio divina, contemplative music, labyrinth walking, or spending time in nature.


Deborah Rexrode Associate for Stewardship

*Excerpts taken from “Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship” edited by Adam J. Copeland.

Reflections From the Pastor PDF Print E-mail
  One of the joys of life, and especially working in the church, is to bear witness to the work of the Holy Spirit taking one person’s idea, and watching it grow and prosper into something wonderful and amazing. I have had the opportunity to not only watch but to participate in such a working of the Spirit.

Three years ago, I had a conversation with Fr. Miles Smith of Grace Episcopal Church. He brought up the idea of having a thanksgiving worship service that involved the churches from the community. We both agreed that it not only needed to be done, but that we would stick our toes in the water and see what would happen. We sent out let- ters to all the churches in the area, and we got a response from one —Pastor Julie, from First Church of the Nazarene.

The first service was held in 2015 at Grace Episcopal. Leadership for the event came from our three churches plus Zion Hill Baptist Church and Union Grove Baptist Church. There were over 100 in attendance, and it was a phenomenal service of music and prayer. Pastor Julie, Fr. Miles, and I were all overwhelmed with the turnout.

The next year, when planning began, our three churches, plus Zion Hill and Un- ion Grove put together the 2016 service at the First Church of the Nazarene. The response was even larger than before, and more churches became involved.

It has been a joy to watch this event blossom and grow. What began as a con- versation has turned into an annually-anticipated event which crosses denomination, tra- dition, social and racial boundaries. Churches participating this year are First Church of the Nazarene, Grace Episcopal Church, St. John Baptist Church, South Plains Presbyterian Church, Union Grove Baptist Church, Union Run Baptist Church, and Zion Hill Baptist Church. Differing worship styles and customs will again be brought together into a power- ful expression of the Spirit.

As events unfolded this year, I became concerned about the future of this pro- gram. When it came time to begin planning I prayed that the Spirit would enable us to overcome these events and to stand together in gratitude and thanksgiving before our creator again this year. I was overjoyed when a group representing many congregations put together this year’s event. I am excited to share with you our plans.

As before, we will hold our Community Thanksgiving Service on the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving (November 21), at 7:00 pm. This year’s venue is the Union Run Bap- tist Church located on Keswick Road. Pastor Bud Reedy of the First Church of the Nazarene will be bringing the message. The focus this year is on “children.” We will again have a combined choir from all the congregations. A youth choir will also participate. This year’s mission will be the Charlottesville Ronald McDonald House. Items needed are: sandwich size Ziploc bags, Windex, toilet paper, gift cards (Wegmans, Wal-Mart, Target, Lowes, etc.). I look forward with great anticipation to this year’s service. In a climate of hate and bigotry, the Christian community of Keswick shines as a beacon of hope and peace.

What began as an idea of one has become a glorious opportunity. How often do we stifle the ideas of one, because we have never done it before, or that is not how we do things? Sometimes the Spirit plants a seed and waits to see if it will germinate in our hearts and minds. God is doing a new thing that will tickle our ears. Just like our Commu- nity Thanksgiving Service, what other seeds are waiting to spring into life?

Happy Thanksgiving to all,

Pastor Kevin
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We are excited to announce that Otto Pebworth will begin as our Interim Director of Music at the Wednesday, September 27 choir rehearsal. He will be playing the organ and directing the choir for the 11am worship service, allowing Margaret to retire from the responsibilities of anthem selection and choir rehearsal and direction. Margaret has offered to continue to play the organ for the 8:30am worship service so that music can still be a part of the worship experience; and we are pleased to accept her offer. The choir will not be singing at the 8:30am service during this interim period, but we expect there will be occasional special music offerings provided.


Our Music Director Search Committee will continue the process of working toward finding a permanent Director of Music. Please keep this committee in your prayers during the search process, as we are one of many churches looking for an organist.


The Worship and Music Ministry at Heritage Inn Assisting Living at Pantops meets Fridays from 10-11:30am We welcome members and friends of South Plains to join us, any Friday morning you are available, for worship and lots of hymn singing. For more information, please contact Joanne Addotta at (434)589-4941. Come make a joyful noise to the Lord with the residents at Heritage Inn!

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Presbyterian Women News


Joanne Addotta will be leading us in Lesson Two of the new 2017-18 Horizon’s Bible Study – “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews” by Melissa Bane Sevier.

Presbyterian Women News – November 2017

Joanne Addotta will be leading us in Lesson Three of the new 2017-18 Horizon’s Bible Study – “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews” by Melissa Bane Sevier. In nine lessons, Ms. Sevier invites us to explore major themes found in Hebrews, relate these themes to other parts of our faith tradition, and then tie them together with the overarching motif of community. Join hun- dreds of thousands of thoughtful Christians who will be sharing this study together in the coming months.

In November, we will be meeting on:

Monday, November 13 at 9:30 a.m. in Kirk Hall

Tuesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at Lynn Anderson’s home

272 Spring Meadow Lane, Keswick 434-202-2737

Each lesson can stand on its own. So if you have missed any lessons, you will still enjoy joining the Bible study at any point during the program year. We welcome new members to join us for Bible study, mission work, sharing each others’ joys and sorrows, and growing together in faith as Christian women.

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  • Fluvanna Meals on Wheels Emergency Relief Winter Food Bags. When inclement weather hits, and the schools (and subsequently FMOW) close, clients do not receive their daily lunchtime meal. For many of FMOW clients, that means no warm meals or community contact. To alleviate the hardship to clients, FMOW asks the community to fill and donate Emergency Food Bags that will be delivered before the winter storms hit. These “E-Bags” contain 5 full meals. If you are interested, please contact Barbara Shaffer or the FMOW office (589-1685), Cindy Wilson (989-8593), and you will be provided with bags and additional information.


  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. Thanks to our involvement, 21 Habi- tat families have moved into stable, affordable homes, 75 Southwood residents came together to begin planning their new community, and 120 local families will receive housing vouchers, the re- sult of collaboration with partners to create a City rental assistance program.



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