July 17, 2019

Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
A Word from our DS....
Thinking of the word “perspective,” three things come to mind. The first thing that comes to mind is the depth of understanding the importance of having faith in God. My faith in God is experiential, meaning, there have been encounters with God, and the experiences have caused me to believe that God is trustworthy.

The second thing that comes to mind is the depth of Charles’ self-identity. Who is this individual in relationship with God? Understanding oneself is essential because if one did not, how could he or she expect to be understood or to understand others. Giving people the right impression of who he or she is can be the driving force behind the way others perceive them.

The third thing that comes to mind is the depth of understanding others. An authentic relationship requires some degree of understanding each other; it requires being vulnerable at times. Our attitudes toward each other are often driven by the relationship we have with each other.

So, let us put this discussion in the context of the Rappahannock River District by raising two rhetorical questions here (feel free to provide answers later). First, with regards to our shared ministry and as active participants, how willing is each person to give voice to his or her perspectives? Secondly, as we begin carving out ministry opportunities, what strategy is each person employing to keep their ministry context in perspective?

Now, consider Jesus’ model of keeping things in perspective. First, Jesus saw life from an eternal perspective (John 12:25). Secondly, Jesus modeled the way of servant leadership (John 13:3-14). Thirdly, throughout the gospel, Jesus did something about them the things that broke his heart (Matthew 25:40-45).

As we move forward in ministry, let us prayerfully keep before us the three constructs discussed:
Understand that God is trustworthy.
Get to know who you are.
Be in authentic relationship with each other.

The bottom line is, be in relationship with God, self, and others.

Blessings to you!


Rev. Charles F. Bates, Ph.D.
District Superintendent
l Total Total Amount Donated
for El Salvador Ministry
in honor of Ted Smith:
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Thank you from former DS Ted Smith
My Rappahannock River friends,

In hearing of your extravagant generosity to our El Salvador ministry in my honor, words can hardly express my appreciation!  

Throughout our years in ministry together, you consistently proved that mission ministry isn't just a priority but is a passion.

Thank you for our outstanding years of service together and Thank You for the care of our El Salvador ministry partnership. 
I know you and Dr. Bates will continue to do great things for Christ. 


Pastor Ted 
Morrisville UMC is hosting an "End of Summer" benefit event to support the meal programs for elementary students that we have in southern Fauquier County.

It will take place on August 4 from 11:00-1:30 pm-- after worship for most of us! The Moo Thru mobile van will be on site selling ice cream, and they will donate 20% of of the proceeds to support the feeding program. (We will provide vouchers for children under 12 to receive a free small cone.)

We will also have a dunk tank, raising money for the meal program-- $5 per successful dunk, up to $500.

We will provide hot dogs and drinks. Guests are welcome to bring a dish to share, if they wish. There will also be a cotton candy machine, and popcorn machine, plus games and activities.

We are located at 4432 Morrisville Road, Bealeton. The link to our event on Facebook is:  https://www.facebook.com/events/856796831330700/



              ST. MATTHIAS UMC!
          426 Deacon Road, Fredericksburg 22405
                       (540) 373 – 8759

                 July 22 – 26
           5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

     A light supper meal will be followed by the usual VBS fun: 
           crafts, music, Bible stories, science and
                       outdoor activities.

  Ages: Preschool (age 4 by 9.30.2019) – Rising 5 th graders

     Register at:  cokesburyvbs.com/stmatthias or at the church on the first evening of VBS.

     “Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by His power at work within us.”  Ephesians 3:20                  
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
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  emurphy@regesterchapel.org  for more information and a copy of the position description.

Save the Date!

Training for Year End Statistics
November 7, 2019
St. Matthias UMC, Fredericksburg

(Click anywhere on the flyer above to be taken to the travel agency site)
Tangier Island UMVIM 2019
September 30th – October 5th, 2019
 Fee: $300.00

Boat transportation to and from the island:
 Date/Time: September 30th, 10:00 a.m.
Back to Reedville by 10:30 on the 5th.
Place: Fair Port Marina 
252 Polly Cove Road
Reedville, VA 22539
Charter Boat: The "Sharon Kaye III" with Capt. Mark Haynie  
 Our work project is now being extended to help others on the island, therefore bring your tool box to include electrical, plumbing, and roofing repairs work. We will do as much as our talents will permit. Bring whatever you will need for such an endeavor. If you are not able to do any work, you can serve as a goodwill ambassador. Something for all.
  Registration deadline:
 September 20
 Sam NeSmith, Team Leader
Cell 804- 337-8114            
(Click anywhere on the flyer above to be taken to the site)
Upcoming July Meetings

July 20: Clergy Family Welcome Picnic, Wright's Chapel UMC, 11:00am
July 20: Clergy Association Officers Meeting, Wright's Chapel UMC, 1:00pm
July 25: District Finance Committee, Fredericksburg UMC, 7:00pm


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

2019 District Co-Lay Lay Leader:

2019 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

District Secretary: Lynn Manley rappahannockriverdistrict@vaumc.org

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)