October 23, 2019
Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
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Check Presented to Hillcrest
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the recent Builder's Club Call for Hillcrest UMC. We are pleased to announce that a check in the amount of  $3,820.00  was presented to Greg Clayton, Project Manager and Trustee and Justin Williams, Pastor on behalf of all 135 members of the Rappahannock River District Builder’s club on Sunday October 20 th , 2019.

If you missed the chance to donate and would like to still contribute to this call make your check out to Hillcrest UMC and mail to  2208 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg VA 22401. Mark for Builder’s call # 8.  Please mail your check directly to Hillcrest (not the district office).

Thank you for being a partner with Hillcrest UMC and helping to serve God's people by helping his people.

Working in His Kingdom,


David A. Kellison, President
Join us for an exciting District Training Event (following District Conference on November 16)
David C. Teel  is Director of Laity and Spiritual Leadership and a writer, editor, and Christian educator in Nashville, Tennessee. A graduate Trevecca Nazarene University and Vanderbilt Divinity School, he served United Methodist Churches for 15 years before joining Abingdon Press as the Covenant Bible Study project manager and senior academic book editor. David also serves on the board of the Vanderbilt Wesley Foundation. Through research and consultation, David creates, manages, and plans resource development for ongoing lay leadership training opportunities in conferences, districts, and congregations. Enthusiastic about creatively equipping lay leaders for engaged ministry within and beyond the local church, David is driven by a passion for intentional and relational discipleship. A fan of the Tennessee Titans, eclectic Spotify playlists, and indie filmmaking, David is married to Alecia Krisle Teel and has two daughters, Anastasia and Eliana (and a yellow Labrador Retriever named Digby). 
Free downloadable PDFs of the two books and the Study Guide for  Discipleship Begins With Relationship :
See All the People:  Engaging Discipleship with a Plan to See
David C. Teel, Director of Laity and Spiritual Leadership at Discipleship Ministries, will share key ideas in Rev. Junius Dotson’s work on creating intentional discipleship systems and engaging the community by building authentic, organic, and consistent relationships with people near/beyond your church campus.

Specifically, our time together will focus on Remembering and Rediscovering Discipleship – themes extended and expressed in the online teaching and discussion series,  Discipleship Begins with Relationship ( https://discipleship-ministries.teachable.com ):

  1. Follow to Lead: Lead others by first following Jesus,
  2. Stop fixing your church and start planning growth opportunities, and
  3. Engage/partner with your community beyond the walls of the church.
Saturday November 16 Schedule

9:00-9:30 Gather
9:30-10:30 Business
15 min break
10:45-11:30 Training Class
15 min break
11:45-12:30 Training Class

Continue discussion at local restaurants
We will elect both delegate and alternate lay members-at-large to the 2020 Annual Conference (June 18 – 20, 2020 in Roanoke) at the Rappahannock River District Conference on Saturday, November 16, 2019.  Pastors and laity are urged to submit names for nomination to the District Office no later than November 4, 2019 . If you are nominating someone else, please be sure to obtain your nominee’s permission prior to filing out this form. Then complete the form by clicking the button indicated.

Please note that to be elected as a Delegate-at-Large, a person must have been a member of the United Methodist Church for the 2 years preceding their election and shall have been an active participant in the United Methodist Church for at least 4 years preceding their election. This requirement may be waived for nominees under 30 years of age (contact the DS for approval).
Volunteers Needed Once a Month for Food Pantry
Looking For Volunteers For Wicomico Church Food Pantry in Northumberland County on the third Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We serve about 75 families with over 215 people most months. We are hoping to find a couple of folks who are willing to serve in this vital community ministry. Please contact Pastor Donna Blythe for more information.

Fall “Wills” Seminar sponsored by Virgina United Methodist Foundation
One will be offered on our district!

October 26, 2019 – Ivey Memorial UMC – 10:00 A.M. Address – 17120 Jefferson Davis Highway, South Chesterfield, VA.

November 23, 2019 – Eastland UMC – 10:00 A.M.
Address – 10718 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407

If you’re interested, here’s what you need to do :
1.       Call The Law Office of Douglas Crockett – 804-328-6500
2.       Request a Wills Questionnaire. They will email, fax or mail one to you.
3.       Fill out the Questionnaire and a return to Law office – email, scan or mail
4.       They will give you a time to show up for your time with one of the lawyers.
5.       Address all questions to either Doug Crockett or Brianna Penfold

Wills are done on an individual basis – not as a couple .

Individual Will - $200 
A spouse or family member is only $100 each. So couples can get two wills for $300.
Medical Directives – Advanced Medical Directive and Power of Attorney documents are an additional $25 per person
Disclaimer: The information and services provided in these Seminars are offered by Rev. Doug Crockett and Brianna Penfold, licensed attorneys in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This service is not offered on behalf of the Foundation nor is it a solicitation of business by the Foundation. Your attendance at the seminar does not obligate you to obtain a will or any other documentation. The choice of an attorney to represent you in any matter is your choice.

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 office@dahlgrenumc.org 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  beumcva@gmail.com 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
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.
Statistics are Coming!
Statistics are Coming!

Don't miss the Statistics Training  for Thursday, November 7 at Saint Matthias in Fredericksburg at 7:00pm. Saint Matthias is located at 426 Deacon Road. This will be taught by Carol Draper from the Conference Treasurer's Office and will cover stats tables line by line. This would be beneficial to anyone who enters Statistics in January. Please let Lynn know if you're coming so we have enough hand-outs.

Youth Council Meetings
The Youth meetings occur on the second Sunday of every month. We meet at Hillcrest UMC starting at 2 pm. We have Melrose as a satellite site. If someone is seeking to join Melrose site, please contact me.

Through December the dates are:
November 10th
December 8th

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

T.J. Oliver, District Youth Coordinator    
Upcoming Meetings
October 28 - November 1: Lynn Manley on vacation
November 2 UMW Harvest Breakfast, 9:00am, Afton UMC
November 6 Clergy Officers Meeting, 12:00pm, Timbers Restaurant
November 7 Statistics Training, 7:00pm, St. Matthias UMC, 426 Deacon Road, Fredericksburg
November 10 District Youth Council, Hillcrest UMC
November 14 Church Location & Building, 7:00pm, Wright's Chapel UMC
November 16 District Conference & Training, 9:00am, Wright's Chapel UMC
November 19 Ordained Ministry, 9:00am, District Office
November 19 Board of Missions, 7:00pm, Tabernacle UMC


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
Youth Coordinator: TJ Oliver, rrdyouth@vaumc.org
Office Manager: Lynn Manley rappahannockriverdistrict@vaumc.org
Administrative Assistant Connie Devenport 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)