September 24 ,2020
Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
Information has been sent out this week on Laity Net and Clergy Net regarding a Town Hall Meeting for tonight. As noted on those email platforms yesterday, registration for the Town Hall sponsored by the Bishop’s Work Group on Return to In-Person Worship has now reached capacity. However, a live stream link has been established for persons to join at the following link:

The Town Hall is scheduled for Thursday, September 24 (today) from 6:30-8 pm. The session will be recorded and can be viewed on demand at the above link shortly following the close of the event.

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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. 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: 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.
Betty Smith Gaskins Scholarship Awarded To Ms Grabosky

Afton United Methodist Church in Ophelia is delighted to announce that Koolapramote “Koi” Grabosky has been awarded the Betty Smith Gaskins Scholarship for 2020-2021. Since the scholarship was established in 2012, Afton has awarded ten $2,000 scholarships in Betty’s memory to deserving students from Northumberland County attending Rappahannock Community College.

Koi, a native of Thailand, has lived in the United States for seven years and is a U.S. citizen. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok. Since coming to the US, Koi graduated from the Practical Nursing Program at Rappahannock Community College, where she is taking prerequisites for the ADN (registered nursing) program. She is planning to take the NCLEX exam this month. 

Afton UMC extends our congratulations to Koi and wishes her continued success as she pursues her educational goals.
Updates on Prayer Requests

Here's the latest on baby Jacob McGuckin (grandson of Pat McGuckin, District Treasurer):

Look who found his smile after 2 weeks of misery. What a relief it is to finally see this precious face!! God is so good!! Jacob’s facial palsy seems to have just vanished as well! This cycle was tough on Jacob and us as well. It’s been hard watching Jacob be brought down so low and seeing him so weak. It’s also been a true wonder seeing him bounce back so vigorously as well! We thank God for all of his wonders, for never leaving our side and for getting our sweet baby through all of this! He has 5 more chemo cycles and then a maintenance period after all of that. Please continue to keep our little super hero in you thoughts, hearts and prayers! God is so good!!

Update on Alaina Manley (daughter of Lynn Manley, District Secretary):

My daughter Alaina's breast cancer surgery went well yesterday. Thank you for all your prayers. We'll know after the tests come back whether radiation will be enough or if chemo is necessary. Thank you for your continued prayers!

Please send any prayer requests to
District Conference
District Conference will be Saturday, November 14. Time and Location and/or 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 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
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)