July 31, 2019

Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
A Word from our DS....
Taking One for The Team

There was a famous football (soccer) player who played on the high school, college, club, and national levels. He had good speed, and he could outrun any defender. Whenever his team was behind and found it difficult to penetrate a defense, his coach would call upon him and say: “You have to take one for the team.” At times he had to take more than one for the team. 

In the world of sports, the phrase “taking one for the team” is usually referenced when playing a team sport. The idea is that an individual member of the team sacrifices his or her body so that the team can succeed. The sacrifices may require the player to take some illegal hits or be the target of unsportsmanlike conduct. In other cases, like this famous football (soccer) player, his speed triggered the defenders to tackle him from behind, which led to a direct free kick or a penalty. In other instances, what might seem to be a goal ended up not being a goal - because a defender “took one for the team,” - he or she was struck in the face with the ball that prevented the goal.

What is the application? On the Rappahannock River District, we are a team. We are a team of the clergy and a team of the laity. However, we are one great team. There comes a time in the life of the church when a player (church/pastor/laity) must “take one for the team.” Taking one for the team can sometimes be enduring the unpleasantness of glamour on behalf of other members of the team.

To each of our churches on the district, we need one another more than anyone thinks or can imagine. Perhaps our presence at a meeting of clergy or laity could be the catalyst for inspiring others to aspire to a more significant ministry opportunity and possibility. Perhaps our presence could lead to conversations that could assist others in learning how we were able to mitigate specific issues that confronted us. So, since each clergy and laity is a member of our team, who is going to take one for the team? Remember that famous football (soccer) player mentioned earlier, he is currently serving as DS on the RRD. He needs each person, both clergy and laity. There is an invitation to “take one for our team.”

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/
Computers available
Northumberland High School participates in a program named VA STAR in which notebook computers are refurbished by an IT classes and given away to those in need.

If you know of someone or a group or church who could use these computers or who would benefit from this program, please contact Jay Lightfoot,  jlightfoot@nucps.net (Jay is a member at Bethany UMC).

They also sell a small number of refurbished computers for a very low price each year (to anyone) as a fundraiser. If you're interested, please contact Jay to get on his waiting list.
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
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
District Conference & Training
November 16, 2019
Wright's Chapel UMC

More Details Soon!


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)