June 13, 2019

Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
“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
DS Farewell, Welcome, and Installation Service
On Sunday, June 30, 2019,  the Rappahannock River District will be celebrating the transition of our District Superintendents. We invite you and your church to join us in this  Farewell, Welcome, and Installation Service  at Wright's Chapel UMC in Ladysmith at 3:00 pm. 

Many of you have asked about a departing gift for Ted.  We are asking churches and members who would like to recognize and honor Ted's leadership for the past eight years to make a donation to our El Salvador partnership. This mission is close to Ted's heart and will be a great send off. Checks may be mailed to the district office at PO BOX 100, Ladysmith, VA 22501 (made out to the district) with "In honor of Ted Smith" written in the memo line.


Terry & Dave

Lay Leaders
Rappahannock River District
The 2019 session of the Virginia Annual Conference will be held June 20-22 at the Berglund Center, 710 Williamson Rd NE, Roanoke, VA 24016.

For all information concerning Annual Conference, please click this link:

Looking for a few good men....
The Rappahannock River District United Methodist Men’s cabinet will meet on June 17, 2019 at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church in Room 207 at 7 P.M.
All UMM Church men’s group leaders are invited to attend this meeting. Your churches men’s group leader doesn’t have to be a chartered UMM organization.  
The purpose of the meeting is to Share our Conference and District UMM goals as well as discuss men’s issues that need to be addressed at our Annual Conference in Roanoke. Will also ask for your folks to discuss what men’s missions that their churches are supporting.
We have lost contact with many of your men’s groups and would appreciate you passing this missive to them so contact can be restored.
RRD UMM Contact POC: Bob Pickett,  bob.pickett7@gmail.com , 540-834-3068.

All are invited to Afton UMC on Friday, June 21 st to feast on Baked Potatoes with Fixin’s Galore - too many to list. Delicious salad and tempting homemade desserts will accompany the potato bar. This will be all you can eat for all you care to give. All proceeds will support the Afton UMW local missions. The dinner will be served from 5:00 to 7:00 PM; the church is located at 5130 Hacks Neck Road, Ophelia, VA.
Our United Methodist Women’s missions include The Haven Domestic Violence Shelter, Healthy Harvest Food Bank, Northern Neck Free Health Clinic, Heart Havens, All God’s Children Scholarship, Camp Rainbow Scholarship, and Kits for Conference. These are all worthwhile causes and close to our hearts.
Please come out to enjoy wonderful food and fellowship; all while supporting this worthwhile cause. Your support and all donations will be greatly appreciated!
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

Music Accompanist  - 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 June Meetings

June 17 District UMM Meeting, Fredericksburg UMC, 7:00pm

June 20 - 22: Annual Conference, Roanoke

June 30 DS Farewell/DS Welcome & Installation Event, Wright's Chapel, 3:00pm


District Superintendent: Rev. Dr. Theodore Smith
DS Email:   rappahannockriverds@vaumc.org Cell: 540.419.5131

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
Cell: 804.304.8566

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)