July 30, 2020
Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
District Stewards Zoom Meeting - Monday, August 3
The District Stewards Meeting will be a ZOOM Meeting.  

District Stewards are lay persons who are entrusted, along with the District Superintendent, with leadership responsibilities for the local churches within the district.  It is the task District Stewards and District Clergy every year to approve the district budget and district apportionments at this meeting.     If you are a District Steward and haven't received the meeting information, please contact your pastor. 2021 Apportionments will be sent out as soon as they are available from the Conference Office.
Helping 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 15 th .

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

UMC Podcasting
Podcasts are a wonderful way to think about and grow in your faith while driving the car, getting some cardio on the treadmill, walking the dog, or folding laundry.

Find your favorite podcast and subscribe. Or explore individual episodes for topics that interest you.
Either way, you are sure to find interesting conversations that may offer some new ideas to consider or a new practice to try out. 

Get Your Spirit in Shape
Conversations with authors, pastors, missionaries, bishops and more. Find spiritual nutrition and exercises to help you grow as a disciples of Jesus.

Compass Podcast
How do you nurture your soul? The Compass Podcast seeks to answer this question by sharing insights on finding the presence of the Divine in day-to-day life.

T here are many others -

Vintage Methodist Recipes: 1898 Potato Puffs

Generations of United Methodist families have shared their recipes in church cookbooks, often sold as church fundraisers. We asked our friends at the General Commission on Archives and History to name the oldest church cookbook in their collection. Archivists shared a worn copy of the Ware Cookbook, published in 1898 by the Ladies of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Ware, Massachusetts. In cookbooks of this vintage, the recipes tend to be simple, with few ingredients and cooked over the flames of a kitchen fire. Lilla Marigza, Multimedia Producer with United Methodist Communications has been trying out some church cookbook recipes. In this video, Lilla whips up a batch of Potato Puffs from the 1898 Ware Cookbook

Potato Puffs
2 cupfuls mashed potatoes, put into a sauce pan. Add to this the yolks of two eggs, 3 tablespoonfuls cream, 1 of butter, salt and pepper to taste. Stir constantly until the potatoes are hot and light. Remove from fire, stir in carefully the well beaten whites of the eggs and bake in gem pans or in one dish, in a quick oven until brown. -(Mrs. Geo. S. Marsh)
For more recipes and stories about food and fellowship visit  UMC.org/OurUMTable .
Due to the Covid-19 virus; the Distinctive Bazaar held at Irvington United Methodist during the months of October, November, and December has been cancelled for 2020. The risks are too high to hold the event this year. We do plan to hold the bazaar in 2021 but it will be scaled back to only the month of December. 
There may be a take out soup fundraiser this year during the month of November and/or December.  
Are you interested in the story of your church?
If so, a new course from the General Commission on Archives and History may be right for you.
The online course, offered for free and set to begin September 14, 2020, will cover a wide range of skills needed to become a church historian. 
Those participating will benefit from a new consciousness of their heritage and legacy and be motivated to study their unique stories and proclaim it to those around them. 
The Local Church Historian School is a 12-week long course that allows participants to move at their own pace through a series of exercises. Each week, participants will receive reading material and an assignment(s) via email. They can then move at their own pace to get through the readings and complete the assignment--even if it takes them longer than 12 weeks. During the course, they will have access to an assigned moderator for any questions that might arise as well as access to a closed Facebook group with other course participants. Once completed, the participant will receive a certificate from GCAH.
The Book of Discipline says the GCAH is “to encourage and assist the local churches in preserving their records, compiling their histories and celebrating their heritage….” This school provides United Methodists the opportunity to do just that.
More information and the registration form can be found  here . The only prerequisite for the Local Church Historian School is access to dependable email service. (Minimal computer skills are required.)
The General Commission on Archives and History may be contacted by  email  or by calling 973-408-3189.
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  beumcva@gmail.com  and 804-462-7376 (Geri Vick, Worship committee chair) 
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, visit the Virginia Conference website at  www.vaumc.org/jobs

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:  davidkirven@fumcva.org. Resume and video recording required.
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church

Director of Music Ministry
Regester Chapel UMC is seeking applications for its Director of Music Ministry. The purpose of the Director of Music Ministry is to help musicians and our congregation grow as disciples of Jesus Christ through our worship and music. A Bachelor’s Degree in Music is preferred with previous experience and leadership in Music performance and direction. The candidate must have knowledge of and experience with traditional music and possess the leadership qualities to inspire and lead a Chancel Choir, musicians and the congregation. This is a part-time position. To apply, send a letter of interest and a copy of your current resume to Office@RegesterChapel.org. For more information, contact Barry Dillon, SPRC, Regester Chapel UMC, 85 Bells Hill Rd., Stafford, Virginia, 22554.

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 kevinelmore@vaumc.org
Heartwood Director: Rev. Gayle Porias gayleporias@vaumc.org
Crossroads Minister: Rev. Mark Roscoe markroscoe@vaumc.org
Youth Coordinator: TJ Oliver, rrdyouth@vaumc.org
Office Manager: Lynn Manley rappahannockriverdistrict@vaumc.org
Cell 804.304.8566
Administrative Assistant Connie Devenport rappahannockriverdistrict@vaumc.org

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)