July 24, 2019

Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
A Word from our DS....
Intimacy, Retreat, & Solitude (IRS)

No! This title does not address the Internal Revenue Services (IRS); it addresses how each of us can be intimate with God, find a quiet space for a retreat, and experience a time of solitude with God.

This week the Cabinet is at Roslyn on a retreat. A retreat is a time to connect with God, self, and others. It is a time to recharge our spiritual souls and return, ready to continue the journey. It is a time to free oneself from all the everyday distractions and interruptions of life and fully concentrate and connect with God. It is a time to engage in spiritual activities and “Be” intimate with God. It is a time of solitude.

Jesus embodied the example of IRS for each of us. We read throughout scriptures and learn how Jesus withdrew from the disciples and people in general. He withdrew from His daily activities, and the daily demands of His ministry to be alone with God.

At one time, Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee (Mark 1:1). Another time Jesus went to a mountainside to pray (Luke 12-13). Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake (Matthew 13). One day Jesus was praying, and when He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, teach us to pray (Luke 11). Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone (Mark 9).

As one can see, the IRS was a way of life for Jesus. As pastors and caregivers, we should establish good IRS patterns that our congregants can follow. Moreover, the question is in what ways could one embody what it means to take time off for some IRS with God?  

If Jesus took some time off to be with God, then each person, laity or clergy, should be encouraged to do likewise. Each time Jesus took time off to be with God, He returned renewed and refreshed; He healed and performed miracles each time He returned from His IRS with God.

The invitation is extended to each person to consider having his or her IRS with God. We need all of us to make the journey. However, each pastor and lay person needs to be renewed and refreshed; otherwise, we will burn out. Our churches were established in this district a long time before each of us came to them; they will be there even when we are gone. Will we be committed to employing these ideas?

Blessings to you!

Blessings to you!


Rev. Charles F. Bates, Ph.D.
District Superintendent
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/
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.
Fredericksburg UMC

The Facilities Manager shall be responsible for managing the cleaning, maintenance, repair and renovation of approximately 50,000 +/- square foot of facility which includes multiple additions being built at various times, the earliest dating back to the 1870s. The Facilities Manager shall develop and oversee a budget that deals specifically with the maintenance of the facility, the IT Systems and shall attend church meetings as designated. The Facilities Manager shall supervise the work of the employees, contractors and church property volunteers. 

Full-Time; Salary range $40,000s.

Resume inquiries only to:   pastor@fumcva.org
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
Contact:  TedSmith@vaumc.org
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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            
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Upcoming July Meetings

July 25 District Finance, 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)