August 6, 2020
Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
Tropical Storm Isaias passed through Virginia on Monday night and Tuesday (Aug. 3-4) and brought with it rain and tornados.
There has been confirmed an ESF2 Tornado that did significant damage to the James River District area of Carrolton and Suffolk. Emergency Management is still in control of the areas and doing damage assessments. This will take several days.
Another hard hit area is in the White Stone area on the Rappahannock River District. This area, too, is under damage assessment.
The conference Disaster Response Coordinator, the Rev. Bob Pihlcrantz (, is working and coordinating with Emergency Management officials as well as the District Disaster Coordinators in the affected areas. A coordinated response and recovery effort with other Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) member agencies will begin as soon as it is safe to do so and assessment information is received from the Emergency Management agencies.
At this time, the best response Virginia United Methodists can provide is to “be the church." Reach out to your neighbors and help provide meals, shelter, water, etc. 
Attached to this email is a “Just In Time” UMCOR training titled Connecting Neighbors that each church can use to see how best to help their local church communities. The attached PowerPoint and other Virginia Conference Disaster Response information can be found on the conference website at  
Please also remember that any response, relief, and recovery effort costs money. Please consider a donation to the VAUMC Advance Special #5037 Disaster Response to assist in these efforts. Remittances for the Treasurer’s Office should be mailed to P.O. Box 5605, Glen Allen, VA 23058.

Note: Our District Emergency Response Team led by Doug Boggs is in contact with the Conference Disaster Coordinator, the District Superintendent and local church pastors in the areas affected by the storm. Church Disaster Response Coordinators have been contacted as well regarding potential resources. We will release more news regarding our district response as it becomes available.
Conversations regarding COVID 19
Released Aug. 5--Bishop Sharma D. Lewis talked with Dr. George Moxley, VCU Health, about the continuing work Virginia United Methodists must do, such as wearing face masks, as the nation and world continue to manage the effects of COVID-19. Dr. Moxley is one of the medical professionals on the In-person Workgroup which was formed by Bishop Lewis to oversee how churches in the Virginia Conference could safely return to worship.
This video has English, Spanish, and Korean subtitles at Part 2 of this conversation will be shared next week.
Stay updated on how the Virginia Conference churches are going back to worship by visiting:

White Stone UMC is having an ONLINE auction to fund building maintenance, youth camp and computer purchases. The auction will be August 17 - August 23.

To “join” the auction, go to: .
The auctioneer will probably have several online auctions going on at the same time. Folks looking for our auction will need to look for “white-stone-united-methodist-church-benefit-auction—3”.

Note that pictures won't be up until August 17. They aren't accepting any additional donations for this auction.

Please join in for a great time!

Cans for Conference
A note from Herb Brynildsen

Friends, Collecting Cans for Conference can't be done virtually and feed people. So if you aren't already collecting cans for your local food bank or pantry do so as your Conference collection (four cans or bags or boxes or car loads -- remember pop tops, fruit, soup, veggies and any nonperishable boxes). Take a picture of your food collection and post it on the VA Conference Facebook page and then take it to your local food pantry or bank.

 Thank you for your faithfulness to this project. We will do it again next year in Hampton.
Ebenezer's Prayer Shawl Ministry highlighted in the Advocate
When Stafford Hospital Chaplain Beth Riddick saw that her supply of prayer shawls had dwindled during the COVID-19 pandemic, she reached out to the community for help. The Phoebe Circle at Ebenezer UMC in Stafford stepped up to the challenge and started knitting and crocheting prayer shawls, pouring themselves into each one, praying for the recipient with every stitch. View video.
Can you help one of our District Churches ?
The Committee for the Rappahannock River District Builder’s Club is pleased to announce our 9th call. This is for Galilee United Methodist Church located in Edwardsville, Virginia. The links below include a Pastor's Letter of Description, Finance Information Sheet, and pictures of work recently completed. The request is for funds to help with completion of renovations to the septic and sewer system for the existing facilities. The work included removal of trees, sidewalks, old septic and sewer and the installation of new septic, leach field, and sidewalks. 

This Call is issued to anyone who would like to make a donation. The Call will close on September 15. 

Galilee is one of our smallest churches to request assistance.  We are asking that you support this Call by sending a check payable to: “Rappahannock River District Builder’s Club” to the district office at PO BOX 100, Ladysmith, VA 22501 before September 15th.

We currently have 138 members in our Builder’s Club. We would love to have additional members who help God’s Kingdom grow by supporting district churches. Become a member today by sending $ 10.00 or greater to the above address and tell a friend about the Builder’s Club. All donations are tax deductible.

Thank you for being a partner with Galilee U.M.C.

For more information on the Builder's Club and how we can help your church, please contact me.

Working in His Kingdom


David A. Kellison, President
Rappahannock River District Builder's Club
Emmanuel UMC

Searching for a pianist for their 9:30 am service. The pianist would play hymns and lead the choir anthem. 

There is no choir practice during the week. 
All those who are interested in may contact us via and 804-514-1830 (David Henley) 
Liberty UMC

Seeking a Pianist/keyboardist (Organ too if possible) to play at Sunday morning church service. Part time position for small vibrant church. Opportunity for growth in the position.
To find out more details, please call 540-439-0267 or message us through our facebook page: Liberty UMC-Bealeton
Ebenezer UMC, Stafford, VA, is seeking a part-time Assistant Property Manager to assist the Property Manager in maintaining the church building and grounds to provide a clean, safe, and welcoming environment that supports Ebenezer’s strategic vision. The selected individual will complete routine tasks on Sunday morning prior to worship, such as Café set up and breakdown, sidewalks and parking lot clear of debris, vacuuming, windows, trash removal, bathrooms, etc. as needed; ensure facilities are in good working order for worship services; perform basic repairs and maintenance to the various areas of the church building to include, but not limited to, plumbing, carpentry, painting, and lighting. For details, please visit the conference website jobs listing here

Fredericksburg UMC Worship Leader
Fredericksburg UMC seeks a part-time, skilled worship leader for contemporary worship ministry. Quality vocal skills required, as well as knowledge of contemporary worship arts and streaming ministry. 

Join a dynamic team to carry the message of Christ forward!

For a job description, contact our Music Director, David Kirven at: Resume and video recording required.
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church

District Superintendent: Rev. Charles F. Ledlum-Bates, Ph.D.
DS Cell: 804.724.0202

2020 District Co-Lay Lay Leader:

2020 District Co-Lay Leader:

Lay Servant Director: Rev. Kevin Elmore
Heartwood Director: Rev. Gayle Porias
Crossroads Minister: Rev. Mark Roscoe
Youth Coordinator: TJ Oliver,
Office Manager: Lynn Manley
Cell 804.304.8566
Administrative Assistant Connie Devenport

Mailing Address: PO BOX 100, Ladysmith, VA 22501 Phone   804.448.8326
Office Location: Inside Wright’s Chapel UMC at 8063 Ladysmith Road, Ruther Glen, VA (do not use for mail)