October 9, 2019
Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
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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
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).
Y o Tom Swingle,
District Scouting Director
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Do You P.R.A.Y.?
              Prayer is as important to our spiritual lives as breathing is to our physical lives, so I pray that you pray regularly, but do you P.R.A.Y.? 

              The Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y. ) program is a series of age appropriate classes to help our children and youth grow in their understanding of God and their relationship with Jesus. There are five programs; Jesus and Me (K-1), God and Me (1-3), God and Family (4-6), God and Church (6-8), and God and Life (9-12). P.R.A.Y. is associated with several youth programs, including Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts USA, and American Heritage Girls. Children and youth in these programs can earn awards within their respective programs that can be worn on their uniforms. But P.R.A.Y. is a Christian Education curriculum, it is available to all youth, not only those in the programs described above. You can use P.R.A.Y. as a Christian education program whether you host one of the other youth programs or not. At Andrew Chapel (Stafford) we are using the God and Family program as our first to third grade Sunday School curriculum. We use the God and Church curriculum as part of our confirmation class. These classes are open to all students in the church and in our Scouting Program. Those in Scouting or the other supported programs earn their respective awards and the others receive church recognition for completing the program.
              So while I continue to encourage your church to pray, I also encourage you to P.R.A.Y. as a way to help your children and youth grow in Christ. For more information visit https://www.praypub.org/
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.
Save the date - PPR Training
PPR Training coming in January for any members of PPR committees who would like a refresher course. Training will be offered on two regions of the district on January 11 at Hillcrest UMC in Fredericksburg and January 18 at Tappahannock Memorial in Tappahannock. The training will be from 10:00am - 12:00pm. We will ask for RSVP's at a later date so we can contact you in case of inclement weather.
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:
October 13th
November 10th
December 8th

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T.J. Oliver, District Youth Coordinator    
October 12 th    5-7 PM

We have all seen the devastation caused by recent hurricanes.  For most of us, it is now a distant memory.  However, for those on the ground, it was life-threatening and life-changing.  Please join us to help provide some relief for those who are still struggling and suffering.  All proceeds will benefit The United Methodist Relief Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
Good News!!  Chef Lennie now has Mike D’s Sub recipes .  The menu includes:   Steak and Cheese-  steak and cheese, smothered in green peppers and onions,  The Italian –  genoa salami, capicola, prosciutto, and provolone cheese,  Mama’s Meatball –  freshly made meatballs covered with our own special sauce, and  Turkey –  freshly roasted turkey with cheese .   Abundant toppings will be offered to “make it your own”.  We invite all to come on out to celebrate Fall with Subs and fellowship .   Follow it up with our delicious home-made desserts.
So, mark your calendars for  Saturday, October 12th, 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 share your love with your neighbors in need;  you will not be disappointed! It will be our pleasure to serve you; in return, we ask for your donations.  



Saturday, October 19, 8 am – 2 pm

  Annual Fall craft sale of holiday and home  décor items and crafts; wonderful baked goods; silent auction; lunch for purchase.
    BIG yard sale!


St. Matthias UMC
426 Deacon Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
(540) 373-8759

Upcoming Meetings

October 16, 2019 Ordained Ministry, District Office

October 21, 2019 District Finance Committee, 7:00pm, Fredericksburg 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)