Have you ever thought about joining the choir, but worried about making the commitment? Summer pick-up choir is just the thing for you! On the second Sunday of each summer month the pick-up choir meets in the choir room at 9:00 am and learns an easy anthem to offer at the 10:00 worship. This choir is open to older children, youth and adults. The dates for pick-up choir this summer are June 10, July 8 and August 12. Please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts if you have questions.
Please check these new additions to our library.
- The Broken Cord, by Michael Dorris: When Dorris and his wife, the novelist Louise Erdrich, adopted their 3 year old son, they realized he had developmental problems, but did not grasp how serious the diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome would be. This book describes their lives with Adam as he grew up and as they coped with his disabilities and their own reactions. This book won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1989.
- How Lovely the Ruins: Inspirational Poems and Words for Difficult Times, edited by Annie Chagnot and Emi Ikkanda. “During this past politically divisive and culturally tumultuous year, these editors compiled this heartening collection of both contemporary and classic verses and quotations intended to provide hope, solace, and inspiration during times of personal turmoil and/or collective anxiety.”
- Gundamentalism and Where it is Taking America, by The Reverend James E. Atwood. “Jim Atwood started out writing books to encourage preaching with humor. He ended up as the primary voice of the Christian church in sounding the alarm about the gun violence epidemic that killed 36,000 Americans in 2016. His recognition, as the recipient of the 2018 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award by the Presbyterian Writers Guild, not only honors the urgent work of Jim Atwood, but speaks well of the whole Presbyterian Church for its focus on gun violence prevention.”
- The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas: This 2017 book, on the National Book Award Longlist , is required reading for all upcoming 9th graders in the Charlottesville Public Schools this summer. In it, a young African-American teenager is present when her friend is killed by a policeman. From there, the story follows her struggle to make sense of her environment and her own life, as she encounters the viral racism and hate, as well as the genuine acceptance and warmth of those around her. A strong book, “which everybody in America should read.”
Calling performers of all ages! On Thursday, June 14 at 7:30 pm you are invited to be part of a special concert at Westminster. We need performers of all ages and abilities to create this unique evening of music for our community. Following the performance there will be ice cream served in the courtyard. This is a fun way to celebrate the beginning of summer and support our talented members. Please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts if you have questions and to get your name on the program.
Congratulations! Let your light shine!
From high school: Leah Patek (CHS) to William and Mary; Jack Timmins (CHS), hired by Charlottesville City Schools to work in the Sigma Engineering Lab at CHS and will also continue his job writing code for an app used by a local hydroponics company; Thomas Schlipper (Murray), to PVCC, Chris Goode (Tandem) an internship at the ASC/Blackfriars first then to VCU; A.J. Given, to UVA, Grayson Heflin (AHS) to JMU; Cassidy Wells (MHS) to NC State along with Taryn Cowles (AHS) also going to NC State; Nick Bird (WAHS) to Hunter College in NYC, and Ty Huneycutt (WAHS) to CNU.
From college: Hope Atkins from UVA with a double major in English and Psychology, entering in a Master in Social Work program at Smith College and Wade Goodrich, grandson of Barbara and Bascom Deaver, son of Diane Goodrich, from VA Tech, entering UVA as grad student in Architectural History.
From graduate school: Ryan Lake from Johns Hopkins with a Masters Degree in Applied Math and Statistics. Ryan will be getting married in August!
Our high school graduates and all others were recognized on Sunday, May 13 at the 11:00 AM worship service.
Exploring the theme of “Through a Glass, Darkly”, 21 women spent a weekend of wonder, laughter and sharing exploring I Corinthians 8-13 at Graves Mountain Lodge in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They worshiped, shared stories, broke bread, and served each other communion.