August 29, 2018
Welcome to The Bridge, a weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the United Methodist Church 
Ministry Partnership: Together in Disciple Making (part 5)

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor." Ecclesiastes 4:9

Growing and developing healthy disciples will be the best investment you can make to grow a healthy church. Let me repeat that: Growing and developing healthy disciples will be the best investment you can make to grow a healthy church. 
Intentional discipleship must be the priority of every leadership team. We must be relentlessly focused on making and growing disciples. Leaders should have a clear understanding of their role in helping people grow and progress spiritually in their church and community context. In this way, the role of leadership is transformed from a “”fix our church”” agenda to a build the kingdom agenda. Our focus moves from growing larger churches to growing a larger number of disciples.” 
Rev. Dr. Junius Dotson

When Bishop Joe Pennell served in the Virginia Conference, he was known for saying, “keep the main thing the main thing.”  I think the point that Bishop Pennell and Dr. Dotson make are exactly what we need to hear and strive for right now. We need to show communities and people in challenging situations that there is help, there is grace, and love. We need to introduce and lead desperate people into a meaningful relationship with the only one who can reach deep into sorrows and transform their hurt into hope. If we who are followers of Christ have experienced any joy, we must let the source of the joy be known. In our partnership with Discipleship Ministries, we’ll have help to make disciples.  All we have to do is accept the help. 

Let me now introduce you to Naomi Annandale, on staff at Discipleship Ministries.
Naomi Annandale is the Director of Research and Strategic Evaluation at Discipleship Ministries. She helps Discipleship Ministries live up to its mission of challenging and supporting local churches and annual conferences in their work of making disciples. She does this by assisting staff in defining meaningful outcomes and evaluating initiatives, and by doing research that supports local churches. She has a delightful husband named Edwin and two lovely children named Gabriel and Lily. They live in East Nashville with a dog, a cat, and 6 chickens.

 During our partnership you might have an opportunity to take advantage of the expertise Naomi has to offer throughout the RRD.

Naomi Annandale
Heartwood Summer Food Distribution Results Are In!
No. of families assisted:
·           Collectively, the three sites served  142 families  
No. of children assisted:
·           Collectively, the three sites served  326 children   
No. bags distributed:
·           Collectively, the three sites  distributed 6,423 bags  
2018 Fall Events will Combine District Conference & Charge Conferences with Praise & Celebration

District Celebrations are three regional events that will combine conducting district conference business, charge conference business, and a significantly greater amount of time to worship, praise, fellowship, and celebration of all God has done through our district from 2011 to 2018.

Each event will be coordinated by a Lead Lay and Clergy team. At each location we will experience a gathering featuring the most special worship and praise event possible. The event will be from 2:30pm - 4:30pm and will include light refreshments. The two business portions (district and charge conference) will occur early in the event followed by praise and celebration.

The dates and locations are:

October 21 st  – Fredericksburg/Stafford Region held at Ebenezer Stafford

October 28 th  – Southern Region held at Wright’s Chapel UMC

November 4 th  – Northern Neck Region held at Heathsville UMC

Each church will still prepare and bring copies of all the normal reports and have copies for their members; election of nominated Annual Conference delegates and General/Jurisdictional Conferences will still take place as well as other normal district and church business. The business sessions will be like the cluster charge conference we have previously conducted. 

Why do this?  Because the District Council wants to place an emphasis this fall on ministries, praise, fellowship, and how God has used our district over the last seven years. It’s a direct response to the feedback from the last seven years of hearing, “do less business and more worship!” 


Sunday, October 21: Ebenezer Stafford:
 (161 Embrey Mill Road, Stafford)

Grace (Hartwood)
Mt Horeb
Trinity (Catlett)

Andrew Chapel (Brooke)
Ebenezer (Stafford)
New Hope
Regester Chapel
St Matthias


Shady Grove

Sunday, October 28: Wright’s Chapel
(8063 Ladysmith Road, Ruther Glen)

Bethel (Hanover)
Bowling Green
Hopewell (Caroline)
Mt Vernon
Rehoboth (Caroline)
St Paul's
Wright's Chapel

King George
Fletchers Chapel
Trinity (KG)

Upper Westmoreland
Colonial Beach
Grace (Oak Grove)

 King William
Essex & King and Queen
Trinity (Essex K&Q)
Lebanon (Essex K&Q)
Providence (Essex K&Q)

Sunday November 4: Heathsville  
(39 Courthouse Road, Heathsville)

Hopewell (Richmond)

Lower Westmoreland
Andrew Chapel (Mont)
Coles Point
Ebenezer (Oldhams)
Lebanon (Montross)
Providence (Montross)

Bethel (Lively)
White Stone

Bluff Point
At our upcoming Fall Celebrations on October 21, October 28, and November 4, the District will elect At-Large Delegates for next year's Annual Conference in Roanoke (June 20-22, 2019). We need to elect 23 At-Large Delegates and 8 reserve delegates.  

The same ballot will be presented at each Fall Celebration. In order to be on the ballot, you need to complete a nomination form by clicking the link below and  returning it to the   District Office by October 10, 2018.   Because of scheduling issues, this is a FIRM deadline. 

You can nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission).

If you have any questions, please let us know. 

Rappahannock River District Office: 
Mail: PO BOX 100, Ladysmith, VA 22501 
FAX  804.448.8328  (call to confirm receipt)
Phone : 804.448.8326 Office or 804.304.8566 Cell

District Celebrations:

Sunday, October 21, 2018: Ebenezer Stafford
Sunday, October 28, 2018: Wright's Chapel
Sunday, November 4, 2018: Heathsville
In addition to electing At-Large Delegates to the Virginia 2019 Annual Conference at our upcoming Fall Celebrations, we will also be nominating up to 9 people to attend the 2020 General Conference and 2020 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.

General Conference is May 5 - 15, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN.

District lay nominations for the  2020 General Conference and 2020 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference  will be voted upon at each district conference. Laity who wish to be nominees as delegates for these conferences shall complete the lay nomination form at Click on the "District Lay GC Nomination" button .

 Upon completion, the form automatically will be submitted to the district office in which the lay nominee’s church is located.  Electronic submission is preferred but if a nominee is unable to complete an electronic nomination, he/she may contact the district office. 
Conference Standing Rule III.D.3 contains information about the church membership requirement for nominees.
III.D.3. Church Membership. All nominees shall have been professing members of The United Methodist Church for at least two years preceding their nomination and must be members of churches in the Virginia Annual Conference and shall have been active participants in The United Methodist Church for at least four years preceding their election. They also must be active members within The United Methodist Church at the time of holding General Conference and jurisdictional conference. The four-year participation and two-year membership requirements may be waived for young persons under twenty-five years of age. Such persons must be members of The United Methodist Church and active participants at the time of election.
A link to this form is also available on the Virginia Conference website at

The deadline for these forms to be submitted to the District Office is October 10, 2018.
Lay Servant Training Offered
The Rappahannock River District is pleased to announce our Lay Servant Ministry Training for October. Join us October 5 - 6, 2018 at Regester Chapel UMC in Stafford, VA. 

  Classes include:
Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts
Intentional Discipleship Making
Leading Worship

Please click button to register. Classes are Friday evening from 6:30pm - 10:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am - 4:30pm. 

Please contact Lay Servant Ministries, Director Dottie Garrison at 703-403-8953 or  or the Rappahannock River District Office at 804.448.8326 or .
Attention Rappahannock River District Clergy and Churches:
Everyone is Invited to join us!
Wilderness Community Church
(540 ) 972-8808
Bible Study Each Night
Pastor Denise Walton
Sunday Night Preacher, October 14,
Rev. Brad Phillips
Monday Night Preacher, October 15,
Rev. Larry Davies
Tuesday Night Preacher, October 16,
Rev. Ted Smith 

The Power and Presence of Prayer
In Your Life

October 14,15,16
6pm - 8pm
Bishop’s Convocation on Prayer
The September 15 Bishop’s Convocation on Prayer will focus on how to prayerfully respond to current concerns of The United Methodist Church. Dr. Terry Tekyl, well known lecturer and author of fifteen books on prayer will be the plenary speaker. Classes on prayer and spiritual disciplines will be offered as part of the convocation. A brochure about the convocation and information about registration is at   Half a CEU is offered for convocation participants.

District Youth Council Meetings
We are getting together at Hillcrest UMC ( 2208 LaFayette Blvd, Fredericksburg) at 2:00pm on the following dates:

September 30
October 28

We will be studying the Leadership Qualities of Nehemiah and everyone is invited! Come Join Us!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 8 at 10:00. The District Superintendent Ted Smith will be serving as the Grand Marshal for the Edwardsville Day Parade. Join us at Galilee UMC located at 747 Hull Neck Road in Edwardsville for a wonderful day!
23rd Annual Fairfields Fall Festival

Saturday, September 29, 2018
9:00am - 3:00pm
14741 Northumberland Highway (Route 360)
Burgess, Virginia

North Carolina Style BBQ
Baked Goods
Childrens ID by Local Officers
Local Vendors
Homemade Soups
White Elephant Sale
Silent Auction
Kids Activities

Proceeds to to C.H.E.F. (Covington Hurst Education Fund) and other local charities.
Camper Open Golf Tournament

Westview on the James invites you to be a part of our Camper Open Golf Tournament! The tournament will take place October 29, 2018 at Stonehenge Country Club in Midlothian, Virginia. By participating in this event you will be helping to send underprivileged kids to camp who otherwise would not be able to attend. We have several options for those who would like to participate, whether it be attending the tournament and playing on a team or whether you would like to become a sponsor to help us reach our goals.

If you would like to register and become a part of a team for $100 or create a team for $400 please  click here ! We know not everyone can be available to participate on a team but if you would still like to  become a sponsor  we would love to have your participation.  

Thank you for all your participation and we look forward to seeing you on the green!

The Westview Staff

Upcoming Events & Meetings:

August 26 District Youth Council, Hillcrest UMC, 2208 LaFayette Blvd, Fredericksburg
September 11 Ordained Ministry, District Office
September 12 Full Clergy Association Meeting, Wright's Chapel
September 13 Location & Building, District Office, 7:00pm
September 13 Heartwood Board, St. Matthias, 7:00pm
September 29 Discipleship Making Event, Trinity KG, 10:00am
October 2 District Board of Missions, Tabernacle, 7:00pm
October 5 - 6 Lay Servant Training, Regester Chapel
October 9 Ordained Ministry, District Office
October 10 Connectional Ministries, Wright's Chapel, 7:00pm
October 11 Location & Building, District Office, 7:00pm
October 18 District Finance Committee, Fredericksburg UMC, 7:00pm
October 21 Fall Celebration for Fredericksburg/Stafford Region, Ebenezer Stafford, 2:30pm
October 28 Fall Celebration for Southern Region, Wright's Chapel, 2:30pm
November 4 Fall Celebration for Northern Neck Region, Heathsville, 2:30pm

Voices of Youth 2019
How Sweet the Sound
Connecting the World through Christ, a youth mission of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, is gearing up for the 2019 "How Sweet the Sount" mission to Poland. For more information, email
District Superintendent: Rev. Dr. Theodore Smith
DS Email: Cell: 540.419.5131

2018 District Co-Lay Leader:
Debbie Dietrich

2018 District Co-Lay Lay Leader:

2018 District Associate Lay Leader: Jim Helm
2018 District Lay Servant Ministry Director  Dottie Garrison
Heartwood Director: Rev. Gayle Porias
District Secretary: Lynn Manley
Mailing Address: PO BOX 100, Ladysmith, VA 22501 Phone   804.448.8326     FAX        804.448.8328 Cell: 804.304.8566
Office Location: Inside Wright’s Chapel UMC at 8063 Ladysmith Road, Ruther Glen, VA (do not use for mail)