Flame Café is a fellowship opportunity that is offered every Sunday after the first two worship services in the Fellowship Hall. There is free food and coffee for everyone, and we hope that people will come down before or after the service they attend and be in fellowship with one another. We ask that you make a donation when possible since donations keep this ministry going.
Volunteering for Flame Café is easy -- all you need to do is make coffee, set out the food that is provided, and clean up afterward. To volunteer, please sign up on the Flame Café Signup Sheet, or contact Denise Pass for more details.
The Flame Café procedures manual can be viewed here.
Wednesday Night Fellowship Dinners
Join us every Wednesday night (August - May) for a great time of food and fellowship.
The meal is served at 5:30, and the cost is $6.00 per person or $22 per family of 4 or more.
Each Wednesday, we invite the whole church and those in the community to come out and enjoy a fantastic dinner. The purpose of this time is to draw closer to God and one another as we enjoy conversation and delicious food. During the school year, we also offer various Wednesday night classes and small groups that begin at 6:30 p.m. Come out to dinner and then attend a class or small group and get connected!
For more information, contact Marion Dodson.
The Manna Ministry provides lunch for the needy every fourth Friday at the Culpeper Presbyterian Church on Main Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, contact:
Jesus said: “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, and you did for me.” Matthew 25:40
St. Stephen's Food Closet
The Food Closet is hosted by the St. Stephen’s Church for the Community of Culpeper. Vouchers can be picked up at the Department of Social Services to receive food. Donations can be made in the Donation Center in the CUMC Fellowship Hall.
For more information, contact Jodie Nichols.
USDA Food Distribution
The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) is an organization that makes surplus food available to the needy. CUMC has been a food distribution center for Culpeper, Virginia since 2009.
Volunteers are needed to unload the truck when the food is delivered on the Friday before the third Saturday and on Saturday morning to assist clients with filling out paperwork and receiving their boxes of food according to the number of people living in their households. At that time, they can also pick out extra items made available each month, which varies from fresh vegetables, to frozen meats or cheeses. Volunteers are needed to oversee clients' eligibility and record statistics and other information. We are feeding close to 700 people each month.
For more information, contact Marian Dykes
Power Pack Program
Started in the fall of 2012 by Jennifer Hulse, the local Power Pack Program provides weekend meals to Culpeper school children who would normally go without. Initially providing 12 students from Emerald Hill Elementary School with two breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and beverages each weekend.
Through the last 5 years the Power Pack program has grown exponentially, it now serves 5 of the 6 local elementary schools to include Emerald Hill, Farmington,Pearl Sample, Sycamore Park, and A.G. Richardson, providing meals to over 300 students. Students receiving these packs are on the school system’s reduced meal plan, and their families have reached out for extra assistance.
There are quarterly packing parties through out the school year. These packs begin with a set-up session the night before from 5:30PM to 7:00PM. The next Packing Event begins on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 8:00AM. Each packing is here at Culpeper UMC in the Fellowship Hall.
If you are interested in becoming involved with this great mission opportunity please contact Jen Hulse (see below). Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks through out the year which include but are not limited to; thank-you cards, donation letters, communication between schools and organizations, counting of food items, pick-up of donations and/or store purchases, and of course we need your help with the set-up of the packing events and for the packing events!
Below you will find a picture of what a Power Pack includes and a recent Power Packing Event (right).
For more information, contact
The CUMC Health Ministry Team supports good health and living by sponsoring a number of events, including American Red Cross blood drives, blood pressure checks and a health fair.
For more information, Contact:
Kim & George Hood
Culpeper Heating Shelter
Occurs each year in the winter month starting at the end of November
5PM - 7PM each day
Location: St. Luke's Lutheran Church
1200 Old Rixeyville Rd
Heating Shelter Coordinator: Dawn Nieman
For many years the Culpeper Winter Heat Shelter has provided a warm place to sleep and meals for those who are homeless in the Culpeper community during the winter months. Permanently located at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, the shelter is operated by volunteers from various churches and community organizations.
There are many ways you can help:
Do intake. Each night as the guests arrive they are checked into the shelter. If needed a drug/alcohol test is given. Plan to be at the shelter from about 5:15-6.
Prepare a meal. Your family or small group can sign up to bring a meal or cook one up in St. Luke’s kitchen.
Serve a meal. A great opportunity to spend a few minutes not only serving the food that has been prepared to one of the guests, but to talk with them.
Just hang out! Provide some much needed conversation. Play a game. Do a Bible study. It’s all about relationship!
Serve as an overnight chaperone. This is by far the greatest need. Chaperones need to be 21 or older and willing to arrive at the shelter no later than 7pm and stay through breakfast, locking up and departing the shelter no earlier than 7:30am.
For more information, you can visit the Culpeper Winter Heat Shelter Facebook page.
To sign up to help go to: www.carecalendar.org Login ID: 200420 Security code: 5365 If there is a church name at the top of the day you would like to volunteer, click on the church name to view the church coordinators name and phone number. Please coordinate with that person before entering your volunteer info into the calendar.
Culpeper United Methodist Church participates as Church leads at the Shelter twice a year. During the Christmas week and in the first part of the new year. For 2019 our church week will be February 17th-23rd.