October 1 ,2020
Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
Humility & Selflessness

Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort in love, any sharing in the Spirit, any sympathy, complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other. Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. Instead of each person watching out for their good, watch out for what is better for others. Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus: (Philippians 2:1-5, CEB).

The above scripture was a part of our devotion this morning. In the text, Paul encourages the Philippians community to overcome any lack of unity. He points out that humility and selflessness are helpful tools. After challenging the community to imitate Christ (2:5), Paul presents a beautiful hymn that traces the work of Christ from His preexistence to His resurrection and exaltation. We have read and explored this scripture before now. However, something nudged us to read it several times this morning. We now know why – it is a message of encouragement and to inform his community of how he was doing in prison.
At a time when the nation is stressed, needless to say, our churches, we write to encourage and inform our district about how we are doing. The two are closely related. We think it is important that we encourage you and keep you informed about our wellbeing because that is our accountability to you as your District Superintendent (DS). And so, we want to report that we are doing well under the circumstances. But let us turn our attention to the text for a moment.

In this text, Paul encourages his community to be obedient and lift up each other. Obedience and support are essential hallmarks of the Rappahannock River District, and anything less is unacceptable. We have lived up to the above expectations, and not only are we proud of each other, but we also commend each other for our continued support of unity and strength. However, the enemy is creeping in to disrupt our unity (John 10:10, CEB).  

In recent weeks, we have noticed the enemy gradually creeping into our district to disrupt the peace and unity we have enjoyed. These are the works and forces of cosmic darkness, and the spiritual powers of evil (Ephesians 6:12, CEB). We must, therefore, be vigilant, specifically, as we reopen our churches for in-person worship.

We have received calls and emails from across the conference, directing our attention to habits that are contrary to the TAM (Technical Assistance Manual). Some of our churches had in-person worship when churches were closed. Others are meeting without approved plans. Worship team members are recording music without observing the TAM. Just recently, five positive COVID-19 cases were reported at one of our United Methodist Churches, including members of the worship team and the pastor. This happened during the worship team's recording.  

Since the pandemic began, small groups of 10 or fewer people have been gathering to record or Livestream worship for their congregations. While the cabinet never offered specific guidance for these settings, the general principles for mitigating virus transmission must be observed. The virus does not distinguish between recording settings and other forms of in-person worship. Our decision may be unpopular, but we hope that you will see the wisdom in that we are trying to save lives, rather than experience a temporary gratification. So, until the cabinet comes up with more details, we are encouraging our churches to please comply with the TAM.

Let us dare to be different by supporting the work of the Bishop and the Cabinet and not do what others are doing.

Blessings to you!

Charles
Call for Nominations for 2021 Annual Conference
It's time for nominations for 2021 District Lay Members to Annual Conference. Please click below for the nomination form in Word or a PDF. We will elect 22 District Lay Members and 9 Reserve Lay Members to attend the June 2021 Annual Conference. The deadline for nominations to be returned is November 7.  
Mail completed form to PO BOX 100, Ladysmith, VA 22501 or email to rappahannockriverdistrict@vaumc.org
Making Disciples Virtually

Bethel-Emmanuel is upholding the missional objective of the church, to make disciples of Jesus Christ. We are so delighted to know that a small charge like Bethel-Emmanuel is touching lives as far away as Georgetown, Texas. This is Betty P., a non-resident attending a Virtual Worship Service. She loves Bethel and Pastor TaeWon and Pastor MiRhang. She has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to worship with the Bethel Congregation.

How is your church serving others during Covid? Send us your pictures and stories!
It is time to stop the violence of domestic abuse!
 
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 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

NEW DATE!
The training will consist of eight Zoom Meetings beginning OCTOBER 13, 2020 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Zoom meeting info will published before each meeting.

You will need a Participant Workbook that can be sent to you by contacting Bob Pickett at Email: bob.pickett1@verizon.net or Phone: 540-834-3068. There is a voluntary $10 fee for the book, you will be accommodated if you can’t.

For further information contact Bob Pickett
Phone: 540-834-3068 (You may have to leave a message, but I will get back to you as soon as possible.)
Our District Charge Conferences are going on right now!
If you are having a Zoom conference, your church will have the meeting ID and Password for you. Passwords are required to join the meeting. You can join by phone or by Zoom.


Deadlines:
Zoom Conferences - Voting Summary Sheet and Nominations list are due in the district office 3 days before your charge conference. All other signed documents are due in the office within 7 days after your conference. Please review the checklist at the end of the EVC instructions sent to each pastor to see what has to be printed and mailed in.
In Person Conferences - Voting Summay Sheet, Nominations list, Clergy Compensation Documents and other forms due at the start of your conference. Please review the checklist at the end of the EVC instructions sent to each pastor to see what has to be printed.
Virtual District Conference
District Conference will be Saturday, November 14. Zoom Details will be announced soon.
Emmanuel UMC

Pianist:
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 804-514-1830 (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

  CONTACT INFORMATION

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 conniedevenport@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)