November 26, 2019
Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
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District Delegates elected for 2020 Annual Conference (shown in alphabetical order):

Jack Almy
Matthew Blackley
Julie Boucher
Mary Beth Bryant
Kayana Cloud
Danielle Cloud
Karen Elmore
Patty Erickson
Matthew Ewoldt
Jim Helm
Judith Mooers
John Nelson
Carolyn Nelson
Stephanie Serrett
Suzanne Shrader
Pam Smith
Barbara Swingle
Larry Tubbs
Patricia Vaughan
Catherine White
Kelsey Wilson
Kay Wright

Alternates (Shown here in Alaphabetical Order. If needed, they will be called in order of ballot results)

Annette Ashton
Susan Driggers
Sequoyah Fortune
Mary Ella Fuquay
Mary McIntosh
Judah Perez
Jenn Robinson O'Brien
A Word from our District Scouting Director, Rev. Thomas Swingle

Scouting for Food

           During November, Scouts in Virginia collected food from their neighbors and donated their collections to local food banks. In Stafford County Scouts collected and donated over 17,000 pounds of food. Troop 516, from Andrew Chapel in Stafford collected and donated over 200 pounds of food to our food pantry. This nationwide service project, called Scouting for Food, began near Saint Louis in 1985 and continues to provide food to those in need. Scouting for Food also teaches Scouts of all ages the importance of service and the joy in serving others. 
           The colder weather and the coming holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas remind us of our blessings and open our hearts to be more considerate and compassionate to others. This is a great thing since the need is greater in the colder, darker months. But the need doesn’t end with the coming of spring. Neither does the need for us to serve others. One of the keys to Scouts’ rank advancement is regular participation in service projects.
           So what can we do to help our communities and our Scouts? First, let’s celebrate the outstanding job our Scouts and our neighbors have done during Scouting for Food. Then, we can work with our Scout units to set up a regular schedule of service projects; maybe a clothing drive, or a spring food collection, or maybe another way to bless our community. Scouting for food is a great start to our Scouts’ lifetime of serving others. 
All God's Children Camp
This year All God's Children Camp will be participating in #givingtuesday again. Our goal is to get all 90 kids sponsored for 2020 camp. This camp is for children with an incarcerated parent. Here they will learn self esteem building and conflict resolution as well as enjoy and experience camp life! Each child cost $425. This covers a full week overnight camp where they will be involved in the activities camp has to offer (stand up paddle board, boating, fishing, swimming, tubing, canoeing, archery, ropes coarse, rock walls, zip lines and much more). Please consider helping us out this year during #givingtuesday either through Facebook, our website below, or mailing it in to The Virginia United Methodist Conference Center at P.O. Box 5606 Glen Allen VA, 23058, attn: Becky Tate. You don't have to wait for #givingtuesday (November 26). You can donate through mail or our website at anytime. However, Facebook donations will not be available until November 26. Thanks to all of you in advance for supporting this wonderful United Methodist Ministry put on by our conference! The website is . Please contact Lori Smith at 571-245-9591 or with any questions.
New Lay Servant Training Offered
To become a Lay Servant or to complete continuing education requirement:

10 hour training will be held over 3- 3.5 hour sessions.
January 4 th , 18 th and February 1 st . 8:30am-noon. at Mount Horeb UMC 10867 Elk Run Road, Catlett.

To register contact Rev. Gayle Porias at or 540.788.9838

To become a Lay Servant you must take the Basic course. The following book is required for participants and may be purchased
from the or Amazon:
Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson
Participant’s Book DR626 • 9780881776263 • $11.00
(also available in Kindle and ePub formats)

Two advanced courses will be offered for continuing education of Lay
Preaching: The following book is required for participants:   From
Pew to Pulpit. Clifton F. Guthries.  9780687066605 or Amazon

God’s Mission, Our Journey: The following book is required for
participants: A Mission Journey- A Handbook for Volunteers.   9780835817868
Available at or Amazon. Also available in Kindle and ePub formats.
UMFS December offering support
United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) is the Virginia Conference designated offering for December. UMFS deeply appreciates the support of local churches in this ministry, helping high-risk children create a brighter future. In the next few days, each church in the district should receive a packet to support you with the offering, including 25 bulletin inserts and 25 offering envelopes. If you contacted us earlier for a different amount, you will receive a custom order with the amount you requested. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like additional materials. This year we also have an electronic printer-friendly version of the bulletin insert, a short UMFS video, and other worship resources available on our website at . Please contact Jill Gaynor (  or 804-254-9463) with any questions, or to place an order for additional materials. Thank you for your support!

Jill Gaynor  Annual Giving Officer UMFS Unwavering champions
for children and families. Tel:  804.254.9463 x Fax:  804.353.7683 3900 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230

Part time salaried position: Director of Music, responsible for overall leadership of the music program at Dahlgren United Methodist Church, to include traditional, contemporary, and children’s music. Candidate should be a Christian with a strong commitment to Jesus Christ, have a demonstrated capability or experience in directing a music program, be able to maintain a positive, professional atmosphere in all aspects of the music program, be able to work well with others, exhibit good communication skills, and have an ability to read music, as well as an understanding of the function of music within the overall worship program and life of the congregation.
Please mail resumes to Dahlgren United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1797, Dahlgren VA 22448 or emailed to by 15 November 2019.

Emmanuel UMC

Emmanuel UMC is searching for a pianist for their 9:30 am service. The pianist would play hymns and lead the choir anthem. 

There is no choir practice during the week. 
All those who are interested in may contact us via and 804-462-7376 (Geri Vick, Worship committee chair) 
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
Youth Council Meetings
The Youth meetings occur on the second Sunday of every month. We usually meet at Hillcrest UMC starting at 2 pm unless otherwise indicated below. We have Melrose as a satellite site. If someone is seeking to join Melrose site, please contact me.

Next Meeting:
 Jan. 12th at Hillcrest at 2pm

Follow us on Facebook for up to the minute news and announcements: Rappahannock River District Youth

T.J. Oliver, District Youth Coordinator    
Afton UMC would like to extend an invitation to our community. All are invited to join us on Tuesday, November 26 th   between the hours of 5:30 and 7:30 PM for an open family communion service. You are welcome to come any time during the two hours. Please come as you are during these hours for a time of meditation, prayer, and communion. 
Your presence will be a blessing to us and we pray this time will be a blessing to you as well. Afton church is located at 5130 Hacks Neck Road in Ophelia. For more information, call 804-453-3770.
DECEMBER 6 th   5-7 PM

Back by popular demand, Afton United Methodist Church has planned a wonderful community dinner, featuring Afton’s Homemade Subs. Chefs Lenny and Mike D. will be in the kitchen, along with a wonderful support staff ready to serve you – eat in or take out!  The menu includes:  Steak and Cheese- steak and cheese, smothered in green peppers and onions, The Italian –     Genoa salami, capicola, prosciutto, ham, and provolone cheese, Mama’s Meatball – freshly made meatballs, covered with our own homemade marinara sauce, and Turkey – freshly roasted turkey with cheese .  Abundant toppings will be offered to “make it your own”. We invite all to treat yourself and your family with Subs and fellowship .  Follow it up with our delicious home-made desserts. Let Afton do all the cooking and all the clean-up!
So, mark your calendars for Friday, December 6th, 5:00 – 7:00 PM and bring your appetites and all your friends to Afton UMC, located at 5130 Hacks Neck Road in Ophelia.  If you love Mike D’s Subs, come out and support our parking lot re-paving project ; you will not be disappointed! It will be our pleasure to serve you; in return, we ask for your donations.  SEE Y’ALL THERE!!

Upcoming Meetings this month

November 26 12:30 Clergy Officers Meeting, Timbers

November 27-28 District Office Closed


District Superintendent: Rev. Charles Bates, Ph.D.

2019 District Co-Lay Lay Leader:

2019 District Co-Lay Leader:

Lay Servant Director: Rev. Kevin Elmore
Heartwood Director: Rev. Gayle Porias
Crossroads Minister: Rev. Mark Roscoe
Youth Coordinator: TJ Oliver,
Office Manager: Lynn Manley
Administrative Assistant Connie Devenport

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)