Religion News: October 2019

Crozet Market Manager Al Minutolo presents check to Connie Herring for Crozet UMC’s Grace Grocery.

Crozet Market Vendors support UMC Food Mission

It was a partnership that began more than 20 years ago. The Crozet Farmers Market set up its vendors in the parking lot of the Crozet United Methodist Church, and the vendors returned the favor with a contribution to the church’s food mission. 

This year, the vendors were able to donate $1,000 to UMC’s Grace Grocery. Al Minutolo, the market’s manager, said that in the two decades of the market’s existence, the amount donated to the church has grown from $300 to $1,000. Grace Grocery’s manager Connie Herring acknowledged the long-term partnership, and thanked the market vendors for supporting the church’s efforts to serve the community.

New Pastor for Crozet Catholic Mission

Monsignor Timothy Keeney has assumed his duties at Charlottesville’s Church of the Incarnation, and will be the lead pastor of Crozet’s Catholic Mission.

Monsignor Timothy E. Keeney is the new pastor at Charlottesville’s Church of the Incarnation and the lead pastor for the Crozet Catholic Mission. Photo: Theresa Curry.

Before his ordination in 1996, Keeney practiced law in Norfolk, and since then has served at several churches in Virginia. Since coming to the area in mid-July, he’s been getting to know Crozet, has ventured into several different rural neighborhoods to anoint the sick, and has visited local landmarks: “I’ve eaten at Crozet Pizza,” he said. His ministry has included “litnics,” informal gatherings of 20 or so people who share mass and a meal. “This gives me a chance to hear their concerns and find out how they want the Crozet mission to take shape.” He said he’s impressed by his small congregation here, especially their wish to be thoughtful as they go forward.

Msgr. Keeney has office hours in Crozet every Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Blue Goose Building, and says mass on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. at the Crozet Baptist Church. Sunday Mass is at 10 a.m. at the Field School.

Full House at Crozet Baptist

There’s never a dull moment these days at Crozet Baptist Church. In addition to the many regular church activities for children, youth and adults, the church building on St. George Avenue is in continuous use: by Holy Cross Anglican Church, which holds Sunday evening service there; by the Crozet Catholic Mission, which offers a Wednesday evening Mass; and by the Crozet Orchestra and the Crozet Community Chorus, which use the fellowship hall for both practices and performances. There’s also the Little Explorers Pre-School, and the MOPs and MOMsnext meetings, which, combined, serve mothers of children from birth until young adulthood and meet twice monthly.

Julia Franz is the new Crozet Baptist communications director. Photo: Theresa Curry.

The church has hired a communications director, Julia Franz. An additional part-time administrator will also join the staff shortly, said Associate Pastor Tracy Pugh.  Pugh said the church is heading into the busy season for their traditional “Angel Tree” and “Share the Blessing” holiday programs, and have added a Fall Festival, scheduled for October 27, with apple butter, Brunswick stew, and “trunk or treat” for the little ones. Pugh said the whole Crozet community is invited to attend the festival, held from 4 to 6 p.m.  

Faith in Film

The First Baptist Church of Waynesboro is one of the sponsors of the “Faith in Film” series at the Wayne Theatre. The films explore religious questions as a resource for Christian growth, and are followed by informal question-and-answer sessions. October’s film is “Coco,” the Pixar animated film with great visual appeal and a thoughtful look at questions of culture, family, life, and death. The film will be shown Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. As with all of the “Faith in Film” productions, admission is “pay what you will.” 

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet regularly at Crozet Baptist.


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