December 17, 2020
Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
Sympathy to Bishop Lewis in the loss of her mother
Bishop Lewis' mother, Mrs. Alethia Lewis, passed on to glory this morning. No arrangements have been made at this time. Please keep Bishop Lewis and her family in your prayers. 
If you would like to send a card, you can send it to the address below or to the Conference Center address (P.O. Box 5606 Glen Allen, VA 23058).
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis
Mrs. Alethia Lewis
P.O. Box 271
Statesboro, GA 30458
A Very Special Delivery!
Sophia from Wright's Chapel UMC and her aide drop off Sunday School and Worship Packets on the doorsteps of about 25 children from the church and community. Sophia loves to include a couple of her special home-baked cookies. The packets include worship activity sheets designed to go along with Wright's Chapel's video service on Sunday and the Zoom Sunday School Class for children after worship. The kids love it!

Thank you Sophia!
McKendree Celebrates Christmas

The recent family group Drive-Through Christmas Pageant was a huge success at McKendree UMC. They had 25 cars come through and participate.
Help Needed
A small group of District clergy and laity have been meeting with members of the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, seeking ways to work together for the good of the community.  One of the fruits of these meetings came from the identification of needs the deputies encounter during emergency calls on the Route 17 corridor in Southern Stafford and along Route 610 in North/Central Stafford. Availability of items needed on an emergent basis for children they encounter would help fill in the gap.

The Sheriff’s Office divides the County into four quadrants and future plans are to identify and resource a place in each quadrant with these items. To start, two sites will be ready December 17th at New Hope in the Southern tier and Regester Chapel in the North/Central tier. The deputies will be able to place a call 24/7 to either site and arrange to pick up the needed items. The churches will keep the stock supplied and be available to take the calls.

The following items are needed for children:
Diapers of various size
Formula of various types: powder in cans have a longer shelf life
Bottled water
Cold Weather Clothing (sweats, coats)
Single serving non-perishable food items/juice boxes
Hygiene items: (tooth brush, toothpaste)
$10 gifts cards

The group is also in the process of creating a database of resources available at faith communities throughout the county for the Sheriff’s Department. If your church has a food pantry, clothes closet, offers mentoring/financial counseling or has benevolent funds available.

If you would like to donate items listed above or include your churches programs/resources to the database, please email Rev. Robin BeMiller at
It is time to stop the violence of domestic abuse!

The General Commission of United Methodist Men and the YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee developed the AMEND Together Program to address this issue. Men come meet and participate in a training event sponsored by the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church and Rappahannock River District UMM that will present the AMEND Together training.

Objectives of this training include:

·      Raise awareness about the prevalence of violence against women
·      Uncover subtle ways our society reinforces sexism and objectification
·      Connect the dots between harmful jokes and violent acts
·      Unpack the difference between healthy and unhealthy masculinity
·      Empower attendees with situational examples and strategies to step up and speak out against negative cultural norms
·      Challenge attendees to help create a community that respects and values women and girls

For more info see:

The training will consist of eight Zoom Meetings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm beginning January 5, 2021.

To register for this important initiative contact Bob Pickett at Email: or Phone: 540-834-3068. He will provide info for obtaining the participants book and Zoom participation information.
A Matching Grant Opportunity for Pinnacle Living’s Samaritan Program

Since the doors of the Virginia Methodist Home for the Aged first opened in 1948, benevolent care has been an integral part of the mission of Pinnacle Living. In our five communities – Hermitage Richmond, Hermitage Northern Virginia, Hermitage Roanoke, Cedarfield, and WindsorMeade, there are residents who have been blessed with longevity but have outlived their financial resources. From now until Dec. 31, 2020, the Jessie Ball DuPont Foundation will match online donations to the Samaritan Program. Gifts can be designated for where the need is greatest or for a specific community. To make a gift, visit   For any church or individual who would like to know more, please contact Charles Wickham, Director of Donor Development, by email at or by phone at 804-474-8724.
All God's Children Camp Christmas Fundraiser
All God's Children Camp is hosting a fundraiser on their Facebook page. We have a goal of $5,000, which would send 12 kids to camp. Please help us meet our goal by donating any amount you can! Camp was canceled in 2020 and we are looking forward to being back with our special young friends in 2021! If you would like to donate on Facebook, go to the link below. If you do not have a Facebook account and would like to donate, you can send a check to All God's Children Camp, P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23060, Attn: Becky Tate. If you have any questions please email Lori Smith at
Facebook link to donate:
Lori Smith
Director, All God's Children Camp
The Virginia Conference of 
The United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058
(571) 245-9591
Micah 6:8
UMFS December Offering

Your gift to the United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) December offering supports high-risk children and families across Virginia. Your donation will support children like Jadie. After years of seeking support to help manage her anger, Jadie and her mother finally got the help they needed at UMFS. "Jadie learned to solve problems, and she learned to control her anger," her mother shared. "I've come a very long way," Jadie added. Now Jadie is making new friends and enjoying her school internship. 
Visit to learn more. If your church would like to participate in the December UMFS offering, visit for more information and resources. Please contact Jill Gaynor ( or 804-254-9463) with any questions. Thank you for your support!
Mary Washington Campus Christian Community Fundraiser Announced

Our students are very thankful for the opportunity to learn more about faith, and find the CCC a welcoming place that they can come and be in community with one another. I hear consistently how much the CCC means to the students who come here!

We are asking for donations to the CCC so that we can continue ministering to the students of the University of Mary Washington. Every little bit helps, and makes a difference in our ministry to college students.

There are three tiers of sponsorship for individuals, they are: Bronze: $50, Silver: $100, and Gold: $200

Please send all checks to the CCC (1213 Dandridge Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401, and if you need more information please contact us at the CCC and we would love to help you.You can visit our website at to learn more about our ministry. Once again, we are so thankful for you and the way you have financially supported the CCC in the past.

Elizabeth Snader 
Campus Minister 
Campus Christian Community”

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)