Welcome to The Bridge, a weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the United Methodist Church! 
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The Virginia Conference is responding to Hurricane Harvey. Please click button above to see how you can help with our efforts:

Pastor Penny Rasnake will be coordinating drop off points for our Rappahannock River District Collection of Flood Buckets. She will need churches to serve as collection points as well as drivers with trucks to help get the buckets to the conference office. Our deadline for getting them to the conference center is 4:00pm on Wednesday, September 20.
Lay Servant Training Offered
T here are several training opportunities for Lay Servants available.

 The District will offer training at Regester Chapel UMC in Stafford on September 15 & 16. There are also On Demand opportunities and an Online Learning Ministry. See links below for more information.  
Please Contact Greg Sokolowski at   121falcon@msn.com or Debbie Dietrich at debbiedietrich6@gmail.com
You are invited to join us for...
RSVP to  zionumc @historiczionumc.org  ; or  540-582-6532  by September 11, 2017
Book of Esther Bible Study
Led by Rev. Kimberly Barker-Brugman
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Zion UMC Fellowship Hall
8700 Courthouse Rd., 
Spotsylvania, VA 22553

·  Read the Book of Esther(any translation),
·  Bring a Bible, journal and pen or pencil ...
·  Salad with various toppings will be provided... tea and lemonade will be served.

Registration is now open for the  Live Your Faith Bold and Brave  Women's Conference to be held on our district at Ebenezer UMC in Stafford on Saturday, September 30, 2017 featuring Nicole Unice, Author of  Brave Enough  and Ministry Director at Hope Church.

Sessions include:
  • Created With a Purpose
  • Navigating Life’s Up’s & Down’s
  • Scheduling Time for God
  • Be Bold & Brave with Healthy Habits
Registration: $20.00 includes breakfast and lunch
Onsite child care available, $5.00 per child and includes lunch (max $20 per family)

Please click below for links to information on the event:

Live Your Faith Bold and Brave Women's Conference links:
 You are invited to attend the Matsiko World Orphan Choir  performance in the Regester Chapel sanctuary, located at 85 Bells Hill Road, Stafford, VA on Tuesday, September 12, at 7:00 p.m. 

The kids’ ages range from 7-14 years. The choir children come from Liberia, East Africa, Peru, Nepal, and India. The choir’s mission is to make known the plight of the many orphaned children of the world. The children are all orphans or labeled at risk because some of their parents have given up on them. Others have been rescued from human trafficking. The choir’s performance features an uplifting and inspirational array of songs and dances native to their respective cultures. At the performances, the kids experience the love, support and encouragement of those in attendance.

 There is no charge for this event, though a love offering is welcome. 
Contemporary Worship Leader Needed
Fredericksburg UMC is searching for a Contemporary Worship Leader to oversee the ministry of Fredericksburg UMC as it relates to leading and organizing the music for contemporary worship.
Part time, 20 Hours/week
Click below for more information.

Carol Draper from the Conference Treasurer’s Office will be with us to discuss the annual statistical data required by the General Church. This includes how you record membership, ethnic diversity, small group participation, community outreach, as well as church assets and liabilities, income and expenses. She will provide line by line detail for you to take back to your church. Since apportionments are based on the data entered in these statistical tables, it is important that we categorize expenses, members, etc. correctly. This will be useful information for anyone who enters your statistics - whether it’s your pastor, treasurer, membership secretary or anyone else. 
Statistics Training
Two Statistics Training Classes will be offered on our District this fall:

Thursday, October 12 at 7:00pm at St. Matthias UMC, Fredericksburg
(426 Deacon Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22405)
Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00pm at Warsaw UMC, Warsaw
(287 Main Street, Warsaw, VA 22572)

Please register by contacting the District Office at rappahannockriverdistrict@vaumc.org or
calling 804.448.8326 so we have plenty of handouts.
Save the Dates: 

Sept. 15—16 LAY SERVANT TRAINING      Regester Chapel
Oct. 12      STATISTICS TRAINING                St. Matthias
Oct. 24      STATISTICS TRAINING                Warsaw
Nov. 18     DISTRICT CONFERENCE  & TRAINING     Wright’s Chapel UMC
District Superintendent: Rev. Dr. Theodore Smith
District Lay Leader:
Ms. Debbie Dietrich      debbiedietrich6@gmail.com
District Associate Lay Leaders:
District Lay Servant Ministry Director Greg Sokolowski  Gregory.sokolowski@navy.mil
Heartwood Director: Rev. Gayle Porias gayleporias@vaumc.org
District Secretary: Ms. Lynn Manley rappahannockriverdistrict@vaumc.org
Administrative Assistant: Ms. Pam Blalock pamblalock@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)
District Calendar
Sept. 4 Labor Day (Office Closed)
Sept. 14 Church Location & Building
Sept. 15 - 16 Lay Servant Training
Sept. 19 Ordained Ministry
Sept. 23 District UMW Annual Mtg.
Sept. 26 -27 District Clergy Retreat
Sept. 27 Clergy Officers Meeting