On Sunday, June 11 at 4:00 pm come and experience A Little Summer Music, a concert of Westminster members and friends. We will hear singing, piano, autoharp, tuba and more this year. The concert will take place in the sanctuary and conclude with a time of fellowship and ice cream in the courtyard. An offering to benefit PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry) will be collected. For more information, please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts.
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This Sunday at 10:00 am we will celebrate Pentecost-the birthday of the church, during our annual worship service in the courtyard. As a sign of the Holy Spirit moving among us, you are encouraged to wear flame colors-red, orange and yellow. Please feel free to dress casually, as this is an informal service and picnic.
Following worship, please plan to stay for food and fellowship. The Fellowship Division will provide the main course of barbecue and vegetarian burgers, as well as cold drinks and cake. Congregation members are asked to pitch in potluck-style with side dishes, salads, bread, cheese, and fruit or dessert. Games, activities, and a bounce house for young and old will be on hand to add to the festivities as we celebrate Pentecost Sunday!
After three years of pursuing coursework at Cornell, I have finished the residency requirements for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA). I still have a dissertation to write, so I am far from finished with the degree itself, but the dissertation I can write from here in Charlottesville. This marks the end, therefore, of the constant rotation of organists on and off the bench for the past three years, and I thank the congregation for their support and patience throughout my studies. I am sure I am as glad as anyone for things to return to normal, and I hope to be able to report a successful completion of the degree relatively soon.
There are many ways to support our undocumented brothers and sisters and work for justice here in Charlottesville!
Join a “Circles of Protection” Team being formed by the Charlottesville-Albemarle Immigrant Resource and Advocacy Network and the Central Virginia Sanctuary Network:
- Rapid Response Hotline/Sin Barreras contact line -response to Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in real time; communicate accurate information, provide assistance to the family and make referrals as appropriate, record/video so that the event is documented
- Hospitality -provide food and other items to families that have lost their breadwinner
- Transportation -getting and/or accompanying people to work, medical services, school, ICE hearings, to their consulate, to visit family held at the Farmville Detention Center, and to safe places
- Financial support -for food, rent, and contributions toward bonds and legal fees for families torn apart by detention and deportation of the family breadwinner
- Legal assistance and advocacy:
- Sin Barreras and Legal Aid and Justice Center Know Your Rights and Power of Attorney workshops; accompany persons to ICE check-ins and court hearings
- Volunteer with the Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, supporting legal teams that provide assessment and legal services to new detainees at Farmville Detention Center
- Support the Legal Aid and Justice Center Immigrant Advocacy Program and Refugee Kids in Court program
Visit people in detention at Farmville Detention Center, in concert with other congregations and Detention Watch
Respond to threatened deportations of specific persons by making phone calls, writing letters, and/or joining public witness on their behalf.
For further information, contact Gene Locke at
On Wednesday, May 10 members of many faith communities gathered together around the theme of hospitality; hospitality to the stranger, refugee, homeless, and other. The event was sponsored by Westminster, Saint Paul’s Ivy Episcopal Church, and Trinity Presbyterian Church, and included leaders from New Beginnings Christian Community, Beth Israel Synagogue, and the International Rescue Committee. A combined choir sang Bach Cantata No. 6, Bleib bei uns (Stay with us) in German with orchestra and soloists. There were other musical offerings as well as prayers and meditations offered by various leaders. The event raised $1700.00 to benefit the Haven and the International Rescue Committee. Thank you to those who sang, and played and attended this event.