September 18, 2019
Welcome to the weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 
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Thank you to Powell Smith
The Rappahannock River District would like to thank Powell Smith for his service as the District Youth Coordinator. Powell is stepping down as he assumes his new role as Dad! Congrats and THANK YOU to Lauren and Powell!
Meet the New District Youth Coordinator
Hi! My name is TJ Oliver and I am youth leader from Shady Grove United Methodist in Spotsylvania VA. Having grown up in Shady Grove, I went to many district events as a youth. My personal favorite, the district youth retreat, was a fundamental part of my childhood where I learned about God and my personal relationship with God over the course of many years. In my adult years, I continue to have the same passion for the retreat hoping to pass on the joy, education, and love to all the youth of today so they may know God and love him. My other hobbies include outdoor destinations such as the beach and river, electronics and computers, and cars. I’m currently excited about the upcoming retreat theme which is “The Armor of God” based on Ephesians 6:10-17. I would like to invite all that are willing and able to join me on the youth council as we prepare to get all God’s children “Battle Ready”! Dates will be announced soon!

T.J. Oliver, District Youth Coordinator                      540.840.8750  
9101 Mystic Ln                                                      
Spotsylvania, VA 22551 
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).

Builder's Club Call Continues
The Rappahannock River District Builder’s Club Committee has approved our eighth Builder’s Club Call. We are pleased to announce that this call is for Hillcrest United Methodist Church .

The request is for remodeling of the existing facilities for more space and more accessibility. The work includes installing a handicap lift so the second floor of the church is accessible, enlarging the fellowship hall, relocating the Pastor’s office and administration office, and building a new space for the church choir. Please see the letter from Hillcrest UMC Pastor Justin Williams below for more details.

Financial Information:
              Estimated Cost of Project $ 275,000
              Funded by church $ 215,000
              Estimated debt upon completion $ 60,000

We are asking that you support this call. If you'd like to contribute to this effort, please make a check payable to “Rappahannock River District Builder’s Club” and mail to:

                             Rappahannock River District Builder’s Club
                                                           PO BOX 100
                                                           Ladysmith, VA 22501

Donations are tax deductible and must be received by September 30, 2019.

We currently have 147 members of the Rappahannock River Builder’s Club who have committed to support the Builder’s Club calls. When a church is expanding its facilities, it means something exciting is happening at the location. Help God’s kingdom grow by supporting the Rappahannock River Builder’s Club today.

Thank you for being a partner with Hillcrest UMC.

Working in His Kingdom,


David A. Kellison, President
Due to several requests, we have scheduled a 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. 
2020 UMVIM to Brazil
“Shade and Fresh Water” Project

2020 UMVIM to Brazil
“Shade and Fresh Water” Project
Includes: Construction and Children’s Ministries
June 26 – July 7, 2020

 Cost: $2700  (includes international and domestic airfares, local room & board, ground transportation, interpreters, sightseeing, project costs. This price requires a minimum of 10 participants).
This reflects a savings of $400 from the original announcement!
Payment Schedule:   $200 deposit   with application  (deadline 1-4-2020)
2 nd  Payment: $1300 by March 14, 2020
Final Payment: $1200 by May 2, 2020
Not included: costs of passports, child protection background checks if needed, immunizations (check with your family doctor/ CDC website), food while traveling, lunch and dinners during sightseeing, and souvenirs.
Continuing the work with this Initiatives of Hope Project, we will work with Teca and Gordon Greathouse—“Shade and Fresh Water” Directors for the Methodist Church of Brazil.
Gordon describes this project:  Let me say something about the  Roncador project . The Central Methodist church of  Teresina  has a congregation in a more rural type location just inside the state of  Maranhao . A number of years ago I took several teams to Teresina and we helped build the Central Methodist church which was a missionary church. That church took hold and has developed well even having members become pastors of other churches. A family had some rural property and they began a project with children a few years ago. The Teresina church got excited by this project and invested energy. The group grew and the church acquired land. The church is well established and has had a team from Athens Georgia go there twice to start the building. They now need some help in finishing. The congregation has a lively children's and teen group and shows good signs of becoming a vital church.”
Need: 10-12 Team members   willing to work on this project.

6 work days, joining with the locals in their priorities.
2 culture/enrichment days in Fortaleza, a coastal city and capital of Ceara including a colonial tour, folk dancing show, and famous beaches.
1 day of worship and fellowship with the local church. 
3 days travel.
FILL OUT AN APPLICATION and $200 deposit   by Jan. 4, 2020  
(request Application by sending e-mail to )
FILL OUT NEEDED FORMS:  Medical, insurance, background check, Safe Sanctuary Training on the UMVIM website ( ), VIM Covenant at 1 st  Team Meeting.
VALID PASSPORT : must be good until January 7, 2021 (at least 6 months on visa after the trip).
March 14, 2020 (Saturday): 10:00 am-12:00 pm
May 2, 2020 (Saturday): 10:00 am-12:00 pm
June 13, 2020 (Saturday): 10:00 am-12:00 pm; Commissioning Service


The Campus Christian Community
at the University of Mary Washington

Benefit Golf Tournament

Building Strong Leaders
for Tomorrow’s World
Fredericksburg Country Club
October 7, 2019
McKendree UMC


McKendree UMC at 4347 Manfield Road,
Manquin in King William County is seeking a pianist for 9:30 Sunday worship service. Paid position. Call 804 238 8595
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

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  for more information and a copy of the position description.
Bishop's Convocation on Prayer - WALK INS WELCOME
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Trinity UMC
903 Forest Ave., Richmond, VA 23229

Both laity and clergy are invited to attend (450 limit).
Registration Cost: ($10 – includes lunch)

For Details click here .
Convocation participants may attend two of these workshops.
Upcoming September Meetings

September 20-21, 2019 Lay Servant Training , Regester Chapel UMC
September 21, 2019 Bishop's Convocation on Prayer, Trinity Richmond UMC
September 28, 2019 UMW Annual Meeting , 10:00am, Trinity King George UMC

Saturday, September 21 st
 5 – 7 P.M.
Back by popular demand, Afton UMC announces PIZZA BUFFET NIGHT; Chef Mike DeGaetani will
be hand-tossing pizzas in the kitchen. Chef Lenny Gaskins and his crackerjack staff will be
helping with all the fixin’s and the serving! Afton invites all to come on out to celebrate Fall
with ALL YOU CAN EAT HAND TOSSED PIZZA. Delicious salads and tempting home-made
desserts will accompany the pizza.

To make things EVEN BETTER, Afton is excited to announce the addition of a brand-new PIZZA OVEN to the kitchen! This will help to keep up with the huge demand for the mouth-watering pizza pies. 

Your donations for the pizza buffet will help us pay for the new oven! Once we cover the cost of the oven, all additional donations will benefit the Afton United Methodist Women’s Missions!

So, mark your calendars for Saturday, September 21st, 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. and bring your appetites, along with all your friends to Afton UMC, located at 5130 Hacks Neck Road in Ophelia.

If you love NY style pizza, you will not be disappointed! Don’t miss this chance to support two very worthy causes and enjoy the fellowship of the good folks in our community. It will be our pleasure to serve you.

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Zion Homecoming Event
Join us on Sunday, September 22nd, for a Homecoming Event. Zion will hold a service at 11a.m. with special music and featuring the Reverend Barbara Jacobs as guest speaker. Following the event, you're invited to a luncheon provided by the best cooks in Spotsylvania County!

Please join us for a spirit filled celebration!

Text Karen at 540-538-8010 with any questions. 

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

District Secretary: Lynn Manley

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)