June 19, 2019

Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
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.

Livestreaming will be available.

For all information concerning Annual Conference, please click links below or go to www.vaumc.org and click on 2019 Annual Conference:

Note: If there is a problem with the link this weekend, please go to the conference webpage and enter from there: www.vaumc.org . Choose 2019 Annual Conference and you'll see a link to livestreaming.

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

Share Your Voice
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
Builder's Club President David Kellison presents check to Zion Pastor Barry Blakley
Builder's Club Presents Check to Zion UMC

Thank you so much to the members of the Rappahannock River District Builder's Club for their contributions to the recent call. This call was for Zion UMC's Food Pantry Mission Facility involving new footings, foundation, wrap around deck, a/c unit, electrical and installation of a trailer.
57 Members from around the district contributed a total of $3,710 for the ministry.

If you'd like to join this group and support other worthwhile projects around the district, simply send an email to the district office by clicking the button below . You can contribute whatever amount you like and can stop at any time. We have no more than 3 calls a year.

“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
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 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)