July 3, 2019

Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
Reverend Bates is a native of Liberia; he is the 15 th of 16 children. He is happily married to his lovely wife of 28 years, Mrs. Weade V. Bates (Vickie). They are blessed with three wonderful children: Valerie (Angel), Ulysses (Doc), and Shelby (Candice). Two grandchildren: Paris and Zayn.
Reverend Bates has served as a pastor in the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for 18 years. He first served the Lemont Charge  on the Eastern Shore District. Later he served Galilee UMC on the former Rappahannock and Fredericksburg District respectively. Most recently, he served the Fishersville UMC on the Staunton District.
Reverend Bates is a family man who loves to preach and teach. He has traveled and preached throughout the United States.
His educational accomplishments include an undergraduate degree in accounting, a Bachelor’s of Arts in Religious Studies/Judaic Studies (BA), a Master’s of Divinity in Theology and Congregational Pastoral Care (M. Div), a Master’s of Science in Clinical Professional/Pastoral Counseling (MS), and a Ph.D. in Psychology.
Scripturally, Reverend Bates is motivated by Jeremiah and Paul’s letter to the Philippians.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV)   

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Share Your Voice – Participate in the Conference Communications Survey

The mission of the Conference Communications Office is to provide you with the Virginia Conference information you need, including conference news and events, updates from the Bishop, information on training opportunities, and local ministry stories. Our goal is to provide you with the information you want to see through the communications channels that are most useful to you. We have created a short communications survey to get your feedback so we can learn how to serve you better. Please visit  www.VAUMC.org/survey  to take the survey, and please share this link with others in your congregation. The survey will remain open until July 31, 2019.

Thank you for your help!
Jill Gaynor
President, Board of Communications
“What does the Lord require from you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8

The District Mission Team to El Salvador is diligently preparing for our upcoming mission trip. We are preparing to lead VBS for approximately 50 children to include skits with puppets, games, crafts, and music. Duolingo is our friend as we practice learning Bible verses and popular children’s songs in Spanish. 

You might be asking, “How can we support this mission? ” First, we ask you to pray for us as we prepare for this mission. Pray for our time of preparation as well as the people we will be in ministry with in El Salvador. Second, we are thankful for the financial support of our District Churches through the Mission Committee and Connectional Ministries as they have generously provided financial support for this trip. Thirdly, if you would like to provide financial support for supplies such as craft items for this trip, we encourage you to send a financial donation to the district office. Just make a check payable to the Rappahannock River District and mark "El Salvador Mission Trip" in the memo line. Mail to PO BOX 100, Ladysmith, VA 22501.

Pastor Carol & Pastor Robin
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.
Upcoming July Meetings

July 3 - 4: District Office closed
July 8: Board of Missions, Tabernacle, 7:00pm
July 9: Luncheon Meeting for Clergy New to District, Timbers, 11:30am
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)