District Newsletter

July 20, 2022

Email Address Update In District Office:

DS Charles Ledlum-Bates:  MRDS@vaumc.org

Lynn Manley:  LynnManley@vaumc.org

All others remain the same

Tappahannock Fire......A message from Rev. Becca Minor, Tappahannock Memorial UMC:

Tappahannock was devastated on Friday, July 15th in the downtown historic area. Almost an entire block was completely burned to the ground. 5 businesses and 4 apartments were lost. A relief fund has been established to help house these four families, to provide food and needed personal items. Housing is being sought, and the funds will help with furnishings, etc. The relief fund is also helping the employees who are no longer receiving income from work, as the community works alongside these individuals to either temporarily relocate their businesses or find other employment. 

Tappahannock Memorial United Methodist Church is hosting a benefit concert, and receiving a love offering to support these efforts. You are invited to attend this benefit concert on Sunday, July 31st at 4 pm (please see the flyer below). You can also support our efforts, by mailing a financial donation to the church at PO BOX 326 Tappahannock VA 22560. In the memo please write Fire Relief. Thank you for your support during this difficult time for our community.

Grief Support Group

A new Grief Support group has started on our district. This group is open to anyone who has lost a loved one and would like some help and encouragement after the loss of spouse, child or other family member.

We meet on Wednesdays from 10:00am - 12:00noon at 

Carmel United Methodist Church

5729 Sandy Point Road,

Kinsale, VA 22488

Co-Led by Rev. Mark Lawrence and Rev. Rebecca Rumburg.  If you would prefer an evening group, contact Rev. Lawrence at marklawrence@vaumc.org.  For more info, call 804.472.4542 or 540-903-3568

Ebenezer Stafford Hosts Global Leadership Summit

The 2022 Global Leadership Summit brings world-class leadership training to Ebenezer Church in Stafford Thursday-Friday, August 4-5. Whether at home, at work, or in the community, your leadership

matters, and right now it’s more important than ever to discover new hope and energy to rejuvenate those around us.

This year’s GLS focus is Voice Your Vision, and the faculty includes:

Life.Church Founder Craig Groeschel

North Point Ministries Founder Andy Stanley

Former Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger

In-N-Out Burger Owner Lynsi Snyder

We invite you to take this opportunity to absorb a wealth of leadership insight and discover how to voice your vision for a better future.

Register by June 15 for just $179 or through August 5 for $229. There is also a special rate of $99 for active-duty military, teachers, first responders (Code: SMT22FIRSTRSPNDR), and students. Teachers

receive 1.80 Continuing Education Units; HR professionals receive 11.25 Personal Development Credits.

For tickets and more information, visit globalleadership.org/summit

How to help Buchanan County following devastating flooding

The Rev. Bob Pihlcrantz, VAUMC Disaster Response coordinator, shared an update following the recent devastating flooding in Buchanan County, Va. The county is located in the Holston Conference and the Virginia Conference received an invitation to assist the flood relief efforts in any way that members of the conference can help. Pihlcrantz is coordinating these efforts with the local District Disaster Response Coordinators and information will be shared as soon as it it available.

At this time, please refrain from sending any physical donations to the county as their donation site is currently overwhelmed. The best way to help is through monetary donations which can be donated at the Holston Conference website.

Tabernacle UMC, Fredericksburg, VA, has additional openings on a Mission Team traveling to Mexico February 9 - 18, 2023. Tabernacle has sent several mission teams to GYTTE (Give Ye Them To Eat) in recent years. GYTTE (pronounced ‘Jitty’) is a social outreach program of the Methodist Church of Mexico, founded in 1977, to combat hunger and poverty in the rural sector of Mexico. GYTTE is an Advance Special ministry of the United Methodist Church that focuses on the needs of villagers and farming families and the Church’s response to the needs.  

The purpose of the trip is to learn how GYTTE works with the rural poor in Mexico to combat hunger and poverty, and how GYTTE promotes integrated and sustainable development. The team will also participate in construction projects at the Tree of Life Training Center and Demonstration Farm near Tlancualpican Mexico and in nearby communities. GYTTE’s headquarters is located in Puebla, Mexico, about 70 miles east of Mexico City. The Tree of Life Training Center and Demonstration Farm is located about 70 miles southwest of Puebla.

The cost of the trip is approximately $2,500.00 per person. For more information, please contact Gary Gross, Team Leader, at garlind68@gmail.com. GYTTE’s web site can be found at www.gytte.org.

Lay Servant Academy Summer Training Event Coming Soon! Save the dates for our summer training event to be held on August 5 & 6 at the Virginia Conference Center in Glen Allen, VA. This will be a hybrid event, both in-person and online training to meet your needs. Registration will open at the end of June. Laity and Clergy are both encouraged to attend! Contact Tianna Durbin at tiannad@arcolachurch.org with any questions.

REGESTER CHAPEL UMC is hiring a Part-Time Children’s Ministry Leader

Position Overview: One of the goals of Regester Chapel United Methodist Church is to develop and grow ministry programs that strategically partner with parents in order to raise-up children that know Jesus as both their Savior and friend. The Regester Chapel

Children’s Ministry Leader is responsible for the organization, development, and execution of childhood education programs at Regester Chapel.  Click here for a detailed job description.

For more information, email: MDHeindrichs@gmail.com Attn: Chair, Staff Parish Relations Committee


Fredericksburg UMC is recruiting for the following positions:


Organist/Accompanist for our traditional services

Finance Administrator


Both positions are part-time. 


For job descriptions or position information, please contact the lead pastor, Rev. Gina Anderson-Cloud at pastorgina@fumcva.org.


Dahlgren UMC (DUMC) has an immediate need for a Nursery Attendant meeting or able to meet VA State and Church Child Protection Policy requirements for paid child care staff. 

 This is a permanent, part-time, hourly-wage position to care for young children, ages infant-to-Pre-K, placed in the nursery during church services and special events.

Details of the requirements of the position are posted on the Church Web Site. 

Questions or expressions of interest can also be directed to the Church Office by phone: 540-663-2230 or email to office@dahlgrenumc.org




District Superintendent: Rev. Charles F. Ledlum-Bates, Ph.D.

DS Email:  MRDS@vaumc.org

District Director of Connectional Ministry: Rev. James G. O’Quinn, DMin  

DCM Email: jimoquinn@vaumc.org


2022 District Co-Lay Leaders:

David Berry david.w.berry1@gmail.com

Judy Craun judykcva@gmail.com

Lay Servant Director: Ms. Jennifer Robinson O'Brien 


Youth Coordinator: TJ Oliver, rrdyouth@vaumc.org

Office Manager: Lynn Manley


Administrative Assistant Connie Devenport 


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