October 8 ,2020
Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
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
2020 Local Church Historians’ School
Margaret Mock would like to contact anyone who is registered for the “2020 Local Church Historians’ School” currently being offered by the General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH). Two members of Fredericksburg UMC are participating and we think group discussions might be useful. Contact Margaret at mimisenior@cox.net.
The Camper Open
Monday, October 26, 2020
Stonehenge Country Club

Dear Friends,

At Westview, we are creating a place apart to grow with God in every season. Playing outdoors. Building community. Transforming lives. Westview is building lifelong connections across Virginia. To help make this experience available to all children, Westview is hosting our annual Camper Open golf tournament. We believe that all children should be able to experience the life-changing joy of camp, regardless of financial ability.

This year we’re holding a golf tournament on Monday, October 26 at Stonehenge Country Club in Midlothian, VA. The cost is $400 per team or $100 if you sign up as an individual and we will place you on a team. The day will be full of exciting events including longest drive and closest to the pin, as well as a raffle and many great prizes. You can register for the event here: https://www.westviewonthejames.org/camperopen
Due to COVID, there will be a few changes to this year’s tournament:
  1. Buy all of your mulligans and score buster packages online when you register for the event.
  2. We will not be having a formal dinner and prize presentation instead we will have a catered grab and go lunch during the course of play.
  3. After you finish your round look for your door prize at the gift table.
  4. We will announce the winners via email and send their prizes to them.

Of course, all great tournaments have sponsors. We hope that your business or family is willing to support Westview on the James with a prize donation or sponsorship. Your contribution is tax-deductible, and we will publish your name as a sponsor in the tournament program along with other significant benefits for being a sponsor.

The sponsorship opportunities are as follows:
Title Sponsor - $5000
Dinner Sponsor - $2000
Beverage Cart Sponsor - $1000
Hole Sponsor - $500
Challenge Sponsor - $250
You’ll find more details about the Camper Open Sponsorship opportunities here: http://www.westviewonthejames.org/camperopen

Lastly, your support of our tournament will help us to send kids to camp who otherwise would not have the opportunity. These kids come from under-resourced neighborhoods from all over Richmond, and your donation will help them to discover the beauty of God’s creation in the great outdoors. One week of camp can change a child’s life forever.
We appreciate your consideration. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me. I hope to see you on the golf course.

All the best,
The Rev. Joseph Torrence

Westview on the James if a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law. The IRS requires us to state that you received no goods or services in exchange for this gift. Please retain this written acknowledgment as a receipt for your tax records. FIN: 54-0505969
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

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.

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

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


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)