July 9, 2020
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Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
From the Bishop: manual, health form updates for Stage 2

Greetings in the name of Christ, Virginia United Methodists!
In the midst of a prayer for deliverance from enemies, the psalmist says, “I will sing a new song to you, O God.” [Psalm 144:9, NRSV] Indeed, we are learning to sing a new song as we offer our own prayers for deliverance from the current pandemic. Even our singing is changing as we adapt and combat the virus that has come among us.­­
The work group that I assigned to plan for our return to in-person worship and gatherings has been learning a lot as it has received feedback from churches and as it continues to study the best resources from medical and church professionals and businesses. I want to share with you some updates based on the collection of this data.
Last week, I announced that the Virginia Annual Conference would remain in Stage 2 of our plan, even though the Commonwealth of Virginia has moved to its own Phase 3. I did this because there are many things to consider for in-person gatherings in enclosed spaces for significant lengths of time and the precautions we have introduced are still appropriate. We should expect that four basic areas, which are key to any regimen that allows people to gather, will continue for some time:
1.         hygiene (washing hands, not touching surfaces, not touching your face)
2.         social distancing (6 feet or more away from others/no touching)
3.         face coverings (cloth face coverings that cover the nose and mouth); and
4.         limited health screening for COVID-19 only (protects everyone).
Our Technical Assistance Manual (TAM) for local churches gives specifics for each of these, and while the procedures may seem cumbersome, they have allowed many churches to move with confidence into healthy and safe in-person gatherings.
Today, I am also announcing a choice in how we gather COVID-19 health information for those that attend an in-person worship service (not a drive-in service) or an in-person gathering.  The first choice is to use the   online health form on the EVC page  prior to attending any in-person gathering. This health form has now been simplified to allow everyone to review four (4) statements and affirm their health with a single button. The form is then sent to their local church clergy person.
The second choice is that churches may now choose to download a poster of this new health form at  www.vaumc.org/return . [It is also attached to this letter.] Churches may then reproduce and post this form at church entrances for gatherings, as many businesses are doing. As people arrive, each person reads the poster and acknowledges their health to a greeter who will record their name and contact information. All persons, including visitors, will be welcome to attend using this simplified system if they can respond positively to the statements on this poster and if they are willing to socially distance and wear face coverings. The Technical Assistance Manual has been updated to reflect this new procedure.
We all long for the day when something like normal will return, but this day of the ‘new song’ has gifts of its own. We are learning to trust God more, to respond to the movement of the Spirit, and to remember the commission that Christ has given us. In the meantime, we are saving lives by preventing outbreaks that threaten our members and our communities.
Thank you for your patience, your creativity, and your prayers. Know that I am praying for you and for this great Conference. We are getting through this together. Thank you all for working together to promote a healthy worship experience.
In Christ,
Sharma D. Lewis

School Lunch Program
Micah is organized volunteers for a School Lunch Program food distribution in Fredericksburg City..
Volunteers duties include:
1. going to disclosed location,
2. receiving food that will be delivered by another driver
3. handing out food to kids in the neighborhood(s) for about 45 min to an hour.
4. Bringing any remaining food back to James Monroe High School.

Here is the link for volunteers to sign up:  https://tinyurl.com/KidsSummerLunch
For more information contact:
Rev. Chelsea A. Morse
Community Engagement Navigator
Micah Ecumenical Ministries
540-693-0055 (cell) |  Chelsea@dolovewalk.net
Social Justice
 Book Club
You are invited to join the New Hope UMC Social Justice Book Club on Monday July 13 th at 5:30 pm as we
discuss the book, “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo. To participate, purchase the book
(we have found Kindle to work best), and read at least the Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2. We ask all
participants to bring an open heart and mind as all are encouraged to listen and learn from one another
as we work through our own thoughts and struggles when it comes to race.

Join us July 13, 2020 at 5:30pm. For Zoom meeting details, please contact RobinBeMiller@vaumc.org
Westview on the James Fundraiser
We just launched our 2020 COVID-19 relief fundraiser on Facebook. Please consider sharing this post as well as giving if you are able. Here is the link:

You can also find the post on the Westview on the James Facebook page. Thank you all for your love and support!
Fake Emails
Many of our church members are receiving fake emails asking for gift cards, money, etc. The emails look like they're from the church pastor or staff - even have a vaumc in the email address but they are not the correct email address.

Don't be fooled. Your pastor will NEVER contact you via email or text to ask for donations.

Experts say that the crooks are counting on the fact the most churches aren't meeting in person and that people won't check with the pastor. They are targeting all districts.

Be vigilant!

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)