August 21, 2019
Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
It's that time of year!
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Heartwood Summer Wrap Up
This summer The Heartwood Center provided meals to an average of 400 children at our 4 distribution sites in Fauquier, Stafford, Spotsylvania and Caroline Counties. Much appreciation and gratitude to the churches that packed food bags and hosted sites (Bowling Green and Eastland); to the volunteers who prepared the distribution site and greeted and assisted the children and volunteers. What a joy to serve the Lord with you! This summer we held a week of youth mission camp with Brian Smith of New Hope as the director. What a great week it was!

  The Heartwood Center Board is looking for new members as we grow and plan more ways of being in mission together in our communities.  If you are interested in serving on the Board please contact Chris Watson, president, Matt McBride, vice president, Gayle Porias, secretary or send an email to .

Rev. Gayle Porias
Pastor Mount Horeb UMC
The Heartwood Center Director 
Rappahannock River District
We will elect both delegate and alternate lay members-at-large to the 2020 Annual Conference (June 18 – 20, 2020 in Roanoke) at the Rappahannock River District Conference on Saturday, November 16, 2019.  Pastors and laity are urged to submit names for nomination to the District Office no later than November 4, 2019 . If you are nominating someone else, please be sure to obtain your nominee’s permission prior to filing out this form. Then complete the form by clicking the button indicated.

Please note that to be elected as a Delegate-at-Large, a person must have been a member of the United Methodist Church for the 2 years preceding their election and shall have been an active participant in the United Methodist Church for at least 4 years preceding their election. This requirement may be waived for nominees under 30 years of age (contact the DS for approval).
Builder's Club Call Continues
The Rappahannock River District Builder’s Club Committee has approved our eighth Builder’s Club Call. We are pleased to announce that this call is for Hillcrest United Methodist Church .

The request is for remodeling of the existing facilities for more space and more accessibility. The work includes installing a handicap lift so the second floor of the church is accessible, enlarging the fellowship hall, relocating the Pastor’s office and administration office, and building a new space for the church choir. Please see the letter from Hillcrest UMC Pastor Justin Williams below for more details.

Financial Information:
              Estimated Cost of Project $ 275,000
              Funded by church $ 215,000
              Estimated debt upon completion $ 60,000

We are asking that you support this call. If you'd like to contribute to this effort, please make a check payable to “Rappahannock River District Builder’s Club” and mail to:

                             Rappahannock River District Builder’s Club
                                                           PO BOX 100
                                                           Ladysmith, VA 22501

Donations are tax deductible and must be received by September 30, 2019.

We currently have 147 members of the Rappahannock River Builder’s Club who have committed to support the Builder’s Club calls. When a church is expanding its facilities, it means something exciting is happening at the location. Help God’s kingdom grow by supporting the Rappahannock River Builder’s Club today.

Thank you for being a partner with Hillcrest UMC.

Working in His Kingdom,


David A. Kellison, President
Friday & Saturday, September 20 - 21, 2019
Regester Chapel UMC
85 Bells Hill Road, Stafford

Lay Servant Training can help  anyone  who is interested in learning more in their pursuit of being a better leader and servant for Christ’s church. These classes can be used as tools in discerning God’s call for your personal walk and ministry. 

For those on the Lay Servant Track, Recertification is required every three years for both Certified Lay Servants and Certified Lay Speakers. 

Classes Offered this fall include:

Basic Course
Advanced Course -  Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition
Advanced Course -  Would Jesus Join a Small Group in Your Church?

Classes are held Friday night from 6:30pm - 10:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am - 4:30pm.  I f you are a Lay Servant, you must attend the entire course in order to receive credit for certification or recertification.

Registration Deadline September 6

The Campus Christian Community
at the University of Mary Washington

Benefit Golf Tournament

Building Strong Leaders
for Tomorrow’s World
Fredericksburg Country Club
October 7, 2019
McKendree UMC


McKendree UMC at 4347 Manfield Road,
Manquin in King William County is seeking a pianist for 9:30 Sunday worship service. Paid position. Call 804 238 8595
Emmanuel UMC


Emmanuel UMC is 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 804-462-7376 (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

Regester Chapel UMC

Regester Chapel UMC is seeking applications for a Music Accompanist . The Music Accompanist shall be qualified to play both the organ and piano for worship. The Music Accompanist shall be skilled in music, including performance and interpretation. This shall include a good knowledge of the function of music in the church service and ability to demonstrate its suitable interpretation. The Music Accompanist should be willing to keep abreast of modern trends in church music and participate in workshops and training events. Contact Barry Dillon at (540) 850-5865 or Ethan Murphy at  for more information and a copy of the position description.
Bishop's Convocation on Prayer
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Trinity UMC
903 Forest Ave., Richmond, VA 23229

Both laity and clergy are invited to attend (450 limit).
Registration Cost: ($10 – includes lunch)

For Details and to Register, click here.
Convocation participants may attend two of these workshops. Please indicate workshop preferences with registration. 
Deadline to register is September 13
Upcoming August & September Meetings

August 23 - Lay Servant Committee, 12:00pm, Andrew Chapel UMC Westmoreland
August 27 - Connectional Ministries, 7:00pm,Wright's Chapel UMC
August 29 - District Stewards, 7:00pm, Wright's Chapel
September 5, 2019 District Nominations - 7:00pm , Wright's Chapel UMC
September 10, 2019 Ordained Ministry - 9:00am, District Office
September 12, 2019 Church Location & Building - 7:00pm, Wright's Chapel UMC
September 20-21, 2019 Lay Servant Training , Regester Chapel UMC
September 21, 2019 Bishop's Convocation on Prayer, Trinity Richmond UMC
September 28, 2019 UMW Annual Meeting , 10:00am, Trinity King George UMC
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Zion Homecoming Event
Join us on Sunday, September 22nd, for a Homecoming Event. Zion will hold a service at 11a.m. with special music and featuring the Reverend Barbara Jacobs as guest speaker. Following the event, you're invited to a luncheon provided by the best cooks in Spotsylvania County!

Please join us for a spirit filled celebration!

Text Karen at 540-538-8010 with any questions. 

District Superintendent: Rev. Charles Bates, Ph.D.

2019 District Co-Lay Lay Leader:

2019 District Co-Lay Leader:

Lay Servant Director: Rev. Kevin Elmore
Heartwood Director: Rev. Gayle Porias
Crossroads Minister: Rev. Mark Roscoe

District Secretary: Lynn Manley

Mailing Address: PO BOX 100, Ladysmith, VA 22501 Phone   804.448.8326     FAX        804.448.8328 
Office Location: Inside Wright’s Chapel UMC at 8063 Ladysmith Road, Ruther Glen, VA (do not use for mail)