September 3, 2020
Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
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 September 22, 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.)

ALL Church Annual Conference Members (clergy and lay) and District Appointed and Elected Delegates must register for Annual Conference 2020
All Annual Conference clergy and lay members (church and district) need to register from September 2- September 9, to participate fully in the virtual September 19 session.The conference office appreciates the annual conference body meeting this deadline to streamline getting log-in and credentialing information for all official Virginia Annual Conference members from the Annual Conference IT service management vendor, Option Technology. On September 2, all Annual Conference clergy and lay members will receive an email prompting them to register for the conference. In the email will be a link where members will enter their names and record their attendance for the September 19 virtual Annual Conference session.

Active clergy are required to register with their email addresses. Lay members need to register with the email address they have on file with the conference office. This is a firm deadline and all members must register within this timeframe or risk not being able to fully participate in the virtual Annual Conference session.
How to Prepare for Annual Conference 2020
There are a number of ways that members can prepare for the Annual Conference session on September 19.

1. Annual Conference Orientation: This prerecorded video will be released to the district offices for district training events and be available for conference-wide use at on Friday, September 4. This video will have: a greeting from Bishop Lewis; instructions on how members and visitors to the session can access the event; an explanation of member participation and voting; an overview of the agenda; and reports from Pensions and the Council on Finance and Administration (CFA).

2. Live Annual Conference 2020 Q&A: Still have questions or concerns following the September 4 orientation? Join the Rev. Dr. Ted Smith, conference director of Connectional Ministries, and Bryan Compton, conference IT manager, to answer any questions on Tuesday, September 8 from 7-8 p.m. Questions may be submitted beforehand to Access the event at John Fuller, VUMPI executive director, and David Dommisse, conference treasurer, will also take part to answer any questions from their respective reports.

3. Practice Annual Conference sessions: Bryan Compton, conference IT manager, will hold two practice sessions for Annual Conference on Monday, September 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, September 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Members are highly encouraged to take part in one or both of these sessions.

Links to the practice sessions will be released to members’ emails either the day before or the day of the practice sessions by Option Technology, the Annual Conference IT service management vendor. Please log on early to join in. If you have technical issues during the practice sessions, please email to get assistance so you are ready and able to participate during the September 19 session.

On the conference website, view a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to learn more about our Annual Conference 2020 session.

For more information on the Annual Conference Offering, Kits for Conference, Appointments, and the Ordination Service, CLICK HERE.

Book of Reports now available; check conference website for future AC 2020 updates
The 2020 Book of Reports is now available for online viewing. Printed copies are currently in the mail to clergy and lay members.
 I still can't believe people's survival instincts told them to grab toilet paper.

If I had only known in March it would be my last time in a restaurant, I would have ordered dessert.

The dumbest thing I ever purchased was a 2020 planner.

When does Season Two of 2020 Start? I do Not like Season One.

I never thought the comment "I wouldn't touch him with a 6 foot pole" would become a national policy, but here we are....

Sounds like thunder but with the way 2020 is going, it could be Godzilla.
Charge Conferences Start Soon!
Our District Charge Conferences will be starting next week! 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.

Updates and New Prayer Requests
Here's the latest on baby Jacob McGuckin:

Jacob toughed his way through another week of Chemo. It was hard on him and he now has mucositus mouth sores that are bleeding and causing him a lot of pain. He got a blood transfusion last night and he is getting platelets today. We will be able to take him home later today after he gets platelets. He has to come back on Friday to start the next week of this round of treatment. We are looking forward to taking him home for a few days!! Time at home flies by and it’s so hard bringing him back! Please continue to keep him in your prayers and thoughts! He needs the sores to get better so he can eat and keep his strength through all of this!! Thank you all for your love and support!!

Update on Alaina Manley:
Alaina's surgery has been scheduled for September 23. We'll know after the tests come back whether radiation will be enough or if chemo is necessary. The bone scans and other tests have all come back clear so it hasn't come from elsewhere in her body! Thank you for your continued prayers!
Also, a quick update on Mom. She is deteriorating physically and is very confused mentally but we are keeping her comfortable as much as possible. The hospice nurses are such a blessing. Thank you for your prayers for a peaceful passing.

Prayer Request for Pastor Tae Won Kang:
Please be in prayer for Pastor Tae Won Kang as he struggles with gastrointestinal bleeding. He is doing better and hopefully will be home soon.
District Conference
District Conference will be Saturday, November 14. Time and Location and/or Zoom Details will be announced soon.
September is Suicide Prevention
Awareness Month.
Sadly, there have been news reports of way too many people who have taken their lives by suicide during the recent months. They fall into every age and demographic category. These public stories do not include the family members and friends that are and have been a part of our lives. This is particularly important to those of us who are in ministry with senior adults. Do you know that according to 2017 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people 85 years and older are the second most likely group to die from suicide? Men who are 65 and older face the highest risk of suicide. One of the most prevalent reasons we hear is loneliness and isolation. Add to that mental health concerns related to COVID-19 and the grief and mourning we are all facing. Now is the time to commit to doing something to make a difference. 
Participating in an upcoming learning event for faith communities presented by Pathways to Promise can be one simple step. Pathways to Promise will be offering an Engage, Learn, & Network Forum next Thursday, September 10th, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM EST. The forum will focus on how faith communities can have conversations about suicide prevention, attempts and recovery that are helpful and not harmful. You can join the conversation by webinar or by phone.
If you are unable to access the PDF flyer below, you can directly access the registration page at:
To learn more about Pathways to Promise, visit their website at:
Can you help one of our District Churches ?
Call ends September 15
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 15th.

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
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)