Volume 17 Issue 1 | January 2020
Mark Your Calendars!
This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!
Psalm 118:24


Restoration Church and Charlottesville District worship leaders are coordinating on the second annual “Hearts on Fire” Praise Music Festival and Revival! The event is expected to take place on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Greene County Farmer’s Market Stage and Pavilion. “Hearts on Fire” intends to glorify God through multi-church collaboration and fellowship in a collective praise and worship setting, We invite all churches to participate in this event, and please broadcast the event widely among neighboring churches and to any individual brothers and sisters in Christ! We look forward to you joining us!We are also looking for other praise bands and musicians that are interested in participating. If you or your praise band would like to participate in “Hearts on Fire”, please contact Josh Hight
or Aubrey Driggers
Email for Aubrey for more information. News and updates on the event will be released as it becomes available.

What: Hearts on Fire Music Festival and Revival
When: Saturday, 18 April 2020 (time TBD)
Where: Greene County Stage and Pavilion
Who: For all churches!
Why: To glorify God through music and revival in a collective praise and worship setting

Great News from Restoration Church
Report from Missions: Christmas Gifts and Grocery Gift Cards to Local Children in need (and their families)! 
Praise the Lord and the generous people of Restoration Church, all 25 children whose names were supplied to us from the Orange County Department of Social Services HAD gifts under their trees on Christmas morning!  Each of the 10 families received a $50 grocery store gift card as well. Hallelujah!
District Delegates Elected to
2020 Annual Conference
2020 Annual Conference Delegates
Pat Cutright     
Kathy Haugh
Mary Jeffries
Sue Lewis
Emma Megginson (Youth)
Anthony Moyers
Kimberly Moyers
Helen Nitzsche (Youth)
Ashley Oliver (Young Adult)
Frank Osburn
Susan Rigg
Hubert Shaffer
Linda Stead
Rebecca Wagner
Margaret Webster
Daniel Mohr- rep-Wesley Foundation
Meghan DeJarnette 
William Stead 
Steven P. Geiger
Patricia Hott
Karen McGowan
Sperryville UMC Packs Christmas Bags for Children in Rappahannock County
Members from Sperryville UMC packed 100 Christmas bags for boys and girls in Rappahannock County. These bags consisted of hygiene items, crayons, coloring books, books, toys, and handmade hats and gloves. Everyone on the charge was invited to come to the Rappahannock Food Pantry to help distribute the bags out to children in need in our community. A huge thank you to Ce Pike for organizing this wonderful mission event for us. 
From the HUB
It was an awesome month for the HUB. In December they had 26 people meet at Woodland UMC to assemble hygiene kits. (227 local kits and 33 UMCOR kits were completed.) Kits have been distributed over the past 2 days to Lousia, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Orange and Madison counties. The remaining kits will be distributed in Culpeper and other counties as needed in January. Thanks to everyone who donated supplies to this project, and thanks to everyone who helped assemble the kits. God has blessed the HUB so much, as he has us helping connect his resources with human need. Thanks Darryl
Aldersgate UMC in Charlottesville Celebrates Christmas
Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread Houses
at Madison UMC
Madison UMC went through over 9 gallons of hot chocolate and had about 100 folks stop by during the community Christmas parade. Looks like they had a lot of fun building gingerbread houses!
District Partners in Ministry and Mission
District Partners in Ministry and Mission served a meal in December at Stanardsville UMC for the Tuesday’s Table ministry. We prepared about 175 meals. 
Students have been on break for the holidays but will be returning very soon. We pray for a productive and peaceful semester ahead.


All God's Children Camp needs your help for 2020. We have 90 campers attending this summer and we need to pair them up with a mentor. Please consider volunteering a week of your summer and join us for a wonderful camp experience with children who need some extra love and encouragement. For more information about camp you can visit the website. You can also contact Lori Smith at 571-245-9591 or by email below. Come serve with us this summer and be the hands and feet of Jesus. Consider putting a group together from church and serve together! 

Rappahannock Charge Shares
41st Annual Living Nativity

On the chilly evening of December 7, 2019, members representing all three of our churches donned costumes to make the nativity scene. We had three wise men, Joseph, Mary, a shepherd, angels, and even a Jerusalem donkey. Thank you to Judi Burke for organizing this wonderful evangelistic event and thank you to all who participated. Many people slowed down on the highway as they passed by and various people drove up to witness this live scene of the nativity. We even had a real "baby" come and visit. Thanks again to everyone who took part of this great event and to Doug Bywaters and Richard Burke who helped with lighting and the Loughlin family who provided the donkey.
From The District Superintendent:

From Pastor Greg: A Call to Revival

I thank God for all of you who were at the District Conference and that were open to the power and presence of the Holy Spirit! I received testimony of at least one that was filled by the Holy Spirit on that day, and could not get up nor walk to the front of the church to receive prayer.  Others responded to the FIRE and expressed a desire to have that spirit in their lives and in their churches.  Remember, first, we are seeking the giver of the Holy Spirit.  The manifestations are secondary (laughing, crying, healing, filling, shaking, heat, etc.).  These things happened at Pentecost, with John Wesley, and continue to this day where there is faith and teaching.
The question is: Do you want more of God than you are getting? Is the power and presence of God so overwhelming in your life and the life of your church that it is evident to all, even non-believers? Do signs, wonders, and miracles accompany the sharing of the gospel as promised by Jesus? “…and [Paul] asked them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when a you believed?’ They answered, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’” ( Acts 19:2 ).  Do not feel sad or low because you have not experienced this. It happened in the early church too! Get hungry for it now!
Let’s get started. Read and pray over 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 individually and as a group, wherever you are. Read the book,  When God Stepped Down from Heaven  (Rev. Owen Murphy ).  If you and your church are ready for revival where you are, contact me or your District Superintendent, Danny Kesner for more information.
Pastor Greg Miller –  (make sure the subject includes the word  revival )

District Youth News
Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the Rise Against Hunger Packaging Event on December 29, 2019 such a success! We had at least 14 churches with 7 pastors participating and 97 people registered that day. We packaged over 11,000 meals in about an hour and a half. A huge thank you to Cunningham UMC for hosting the RAH event and Fifth Sunday Worship. We appreciate everyone who made donations to make this event possible. Youth and children at Mt. Olivet UMC led the charge by holding fundraisers and collecting over $150 in quarters. The church council matched them dollar for dollar so the total raised by Mt. Olivet was over $1400!! 
Happy New Year everyone!
Questions or to host an event
Contact Rebecca Wagner, DCYMCoordinator
 or call 434-823-4645
  Interested in Conference Events? Go to  VAUMC - Home Page - Virginia United Methodist Conference
New Proposal Going Before General Conference 
in May 2020
Part of the article from UMCNEWS:
"A diverse, 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders has offered a proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination. The separating group would get $25 million in United Methodist funds and would keep its local church properties.
Details are in a nine-page  “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation,”  released Jan. 3 along with an  FAQ  and press release.
The proposal — reached with the help of  famed mediator Kenneth Feinberg , who worked on the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund — requires approval by the  2020 General Conference . Drafting of legislation is still underway for the legislative assembly, which is the only body that speaks for the 13 million global denomination.
But given the broad, influential coalition involved — including bishops from around the global connection and advocacy group leaders often sharply at odds — the potential seems strong that the separation proposal can end or at least greatly reduce the denomination’s decades-long struggle over how accepting to be of homosexuality."
For more details on the specifics on this plan go to 

For a full list of proposals going to General Conference 2020 go