February 28, 2019

Welcome to The Bridge, a weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the United Methodist Church 
A letter from Bishop Sharma D. Lewis following General Conference 2019
Regional Post General Conference Update

Please feel free attend any of the following meetings for an update on the results of the General Conference:

Thursday, February 28 Tabernacle UMC, Fredericksburg 7:00pm

Saturday, March 2 Trinity Catlett UMC 10:00am

Saturday, March 2 Warsaw UMC 4:00pm
Bishop Lewis will hold an address titled “ State of the Church: Where do we go from here?” on Monday, March 4, following the Special Session of General Conference. The event will be livestreamed at  www.livestream.com/vaumc/stateofthechurch  from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. featuring an address by Bishop Lewis as well as time for questions and answers.

The event footage will be archived at the same link for later viewing.

Open Table Model
Most of our work as pastors and laity in our communities is transactional- paying for or providing food, shelter, clothing, utilities assistance.  Transactional ministry doesn’t change the situation much. Transformational ministry brings us into direct relationship with people and leads to friendship, healing, purpose and changed lives. 
What is Open Table? It’s a model for creating “community and transformation through relationships with individuals and families who are homeless or experiencing poverty, including young adults, veterans, probation/re-entry, survivors of human trafficking, refugees and others.” Open Table, a licensed model based on research and 15 year experience provides training, on-going education and resources to non-profits, faith-based groups as well as others who want to make a sustainable difference in people’s lives. 
How does it work? A person of family is identified and assessed for readiness to enter into this relationship with a Table of volunteers. 6-8 volunteers work with an individual and 10-12 volunteers work with a family. The volunteers act as encouragers, life specialists, and advocates for the individual of family. The Table of volunteers, individual or family develops goals and accountability that become the overall plan of transformation.
Want more information? Go to www.theopentable.org.
Interested in forming a Table? Email: gayleporias@vaumc.org
A Farewell, Welcome & Installation Celebration

Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 3:00pm at Wright's Chapel

Save the Date!

Save the Dates:

May 3 & 4, 2019  Lay Servant Training, (will include  Intentional Discipleship  Training). You do not have to be on the Lay Servant track to attend the training. Warsaw UMC

September 20 & 21, 2019 Lay Servant Training (will include  Ministry of the Laity  Training) You do not have to be on the Lay Servant track to attend the training. Location TBS. 

November 16, 2019   District Conference & Training.  Training will include  Best Practices - Romans 12 , and  Children Ministries . Wright's Chapel UMC

March 14, 2020   Church Leaders  Training . Tappahannock Memorial UMC

April 25, 2020  Intergenerational & Family Ministries, Best Practices - Roman 12.  Remington UMC
What :     Peace United Methodist Church Potato Drop (sponsored by Society of St Andrew)


  •  Funds to pay for transportation costs - ~$6,000
  •  Workers to bag potatoes on March 23rd
  •  Workers to distribute sacks of potatoes to food pantries/food banks
  •  Prayers to pray for the success of this community service project

Info:         Drinks and light lunch provided for workers

Please Notify us if you or your organization can support this community service project.

       Peace UMC Office
       Email:     UnitedMethodistMen@passthepeacechurch.org
       Phone:   (540) 786-8585
       Bob Harbick - Cell  703-727-1457

Grants Available

The Rappahannock River District Board of Missions is an incorporated elected body of laity and clergy providing leadership and support for a variety of mission opportunities. Our focus areas include The Heartwood Center, Crossroads Mission Center, El Salvador UMC along with Volunteers in Missions, the Builder's Club, support of new faith communities and expansions of existing faith communities are our main ministry areas. We also maintain grant money to support local church mission outreach events.  

Youth Embracing Service (YES!)
The Heartwood Center Youth Embracing Service

The Youth Embracing Service Club will be meeting on Saturday, March 23 at 8:15 am at the Heartwood site.  We will be traveling to Peace UMC in Fredericksburg for a potato drop . A truckload of potatoes will be dropped in the parking lot and we along with other volunteers will be bagging potatoes for food banks from 9am-12 noon. Lunch and snacks will be provided. If you and your youth would like to go, please give me an estimate of number of attendees. This will replace the March 16th event.

 All youth need to complete a registration. Go to:  www.theheartwoodcenter.org/registration-info/. Adult volunteers are welcome.
Need more information? Email  youthcamp@theheartwoodcenter.org  or call 540.788.9838.  
Rev. Gayle Porias
Pastor Mount Horeb UMC
The Heartwood Center Director 
Rappahannock River District
Youth Retreat Registration
Now Hiring......
McKendree United Methodist Church at 4347 Manfield Road, in King William County is searching for a pianist to provide music at its weekly 9:30 am Sunday worship service. This is a paid position, salary negotiable. McKendree is located about 20 minutes east of Mechanicsville. Contact Pastor Betty Jo Sims at 804-839-2769 if interested.
Wright's Chapel UMC , Ruther Glen, is looking for a part-time Music Director. Key duties include leading two Sunday morning traditional services and one contemporary service. To recruit, develop and engage members and musicians to be involved in the worship experience. Piano (Keyboard) and Singing skills are required. For details, visit the Virginia Conference website at www.vaumc.org/jobs
Upcoming Meetings

Feb. 28 Update on General Conference, Tabernacle, 7:00pm
March 2 Updates on General Conference: Trinity Catlett UMC at 10:00am and Warsaw UMC at 4:00pm
March 4 Bishop Lewis Address 10:00am - 11:30am
March 14 Location & Building, Wright's Chapel, 7:00pm
March 14 Heartwood Board, New Hope, 7:00pm
March 13 - 18 Lynn out of office - (PAUMCS Conference)
March 20 FULL Clergy Meeting, Wright's Chapel UMC
April 1 Connectional Ministries, Wright's Chapel UMC


District Superintendent: Rev. Dr. Theodore Smith
DS Email:   rappahannockriverds@vaumc.org Cell: 540.419.5131

2019 District Co-Lay Lay Leader:

2019 District Co-Lay Leader:

District Lay Servant Ministry Director  Dottie Garrison dottiegarrison@yahoo.com
Heartwood Director: Rev. Gayle Porias gayleporias@vaumc.org
Crossroads Minister: Rev. Mark Roscoe markroscoe@vaumc.org

District Secretary: Lynn Manley rappahannockriverdistrict@vaumc.org
Cell: 804.304.8566

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)