February 6, 2019

Welcome to The Bridge, a weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the United Methodist Church 

What's So Important About See All the People?

Have you asked yourself or others why we on the Rappahannock River District have partnered with Discipleship Ministries? Do you wonder what's so important about the See All the People message?

Our district is going beyond Bishop Lewis’ request to create a step by step disciple making processes. We are engaging a fundamental biblical call to reach God's people through the salvation, love, and grace of Jesus Christ.

The critical goal of See All the People is to reach people in and beyond our church walls; it's an urgent call to expand the church into the community and bear fruit as Christ commanded.  

Boyd Bailey is a Christian writer who recently reflected on the thought of seeing people behind the superficial and surface. He says, “When I rush through life I tend to see sin in others, not my Savior Jesus. If I first look for someone’s imperfections, I jettison the joy of immediately loving them like they were the Lord...I find myself from time to time thinking poorly about another, and frankly at times I get downright angry at someone’s insensitivity toward me or someone I care about. Only when I pray for them am I prepared to love them like the Lord loves them .”

If we have a deep longing to reach people for Christ, there's one powerful spiritual talent we need to further develop. If the upcoming UM General Conference is going to find healing in our division, there's one spiritual gift we need to embrace. If the USA truly cares about healing our deep (& growing) divisions, there's only one true spiritual tool that will work. We must see and connect with one another at deeper levels. We must confess that we are all sinners called to redemption.

We must See the People and see Jesus Christ in them and in ourselves !


Pastor Ted
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Westview on the James Announces New Camp Director: Bobby Boyd

Bobby Boyd will begin as Westview on the James Camp Director
on Feb. 4.

Goochland, VA. (February 1, 2019) – The Westview Board of Stewards has selected Bobby Boyd as the new camp director for Westview on the James, located in Goochland, Virginia. 

Bobby earned a B.S. in Business Management from Asbury College and a M.A. in Christian Formation in Ministry from Wheaton College. His experience includes having served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church, as the Program Director at Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp, and most recently as the Director of Waukaway Springs Christian Retreat Center. Bobby is married and he and his wife, Jenny, have two beautiful daughters. The family will reside at Westview.

The Rev. MJ Kim (of Kim Cabin) described Bobby as “impeccable” and said that Bobby is devoted to camp ministry and focused “not just on having a good time at camp, but on the spiritual things going on at camp.” Rev. Jessie Colwell, the Pastor of Rappahannock Charge UMC, who worked with Bobby when he was a youth pastor, wrote that Bobby “combined his love of the outdoors with his passion for Jesus Christ. He loved to teach the youth about God’s love for them.“ Rev. Colwell is very familiar with Westview having participated in Adventure Camp, served as summer staff, and then, as a pastor, she brought youth to confirmation camp at Westview. She said that Bobby “would be a wonderful addition to the Westview family.”

Bobby will join Westview on February 4, 2019. He is excited to work with the staff to promote Westview’s mission of “Creating a place apart to grow with God in every season.” The Westview Board believes that in hiring Bobby, it has found an experienced Camp Director, with a passion for outdoor ministry, to provide leadership and direction for the camp and assure that Westview achieves its Vision of “Playing outdoors. Building community. Transforming lives.” Bobby is looking forward to Westview’s exciting 2019 retreat and summer camp season.

Bobby follows Pete Albert, who stepped down in November 2018 due to health reasons. The Board of Stewards is incredibly grateful to Pete for the leadership that he provided to the camp.   
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 Retreat Registration
Spaghetti Dinner Benefit - Afton UMC February 9 th

Betty Smith Gaskins Scholarship Fund
A ll are invited to Afton UMC on Saturday, February 9 th for an Early Valentine’s Day Spaghetti Dinner from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The church is located at 5130 Hacks Neck Road, Ophelia, VA.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with delicious homemade spaghetti and meatballs, served up with fresh salad, Italian garlic bread, and beverages. Top off your meal with Afton’s tempting homemade desserts. Bring the whole family and your sweetheart. 

The fundraiser will support the Betty Smith Gaskins Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Fund awards a scholarship a nnually to a deserving second-year student, attending Rappahannock Community College. 

Please come out to enjoy wonderful food and fellowship; all while supporting this worthwhile cause. Eat all you care to eat and give all you care to give. Your support and all donations will be greatly appreciated.  
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. 10 District Youth Council (See above)
Feb. 16 Youth Embracing Service
Feb. 21 Heartwood Board, New Hope
Feb. 23 - 26 Called General Conference

Youth Embracing Service (YES!)
Youth Embracing Service (YES!)
The Heartwood Center is organizing and sponsoring a monthly day of service and team building during the school year for Middle School and High School students. 
Every third Saturday of the month a service project, team building activities, recreation, Bible study and lunch will be scheduled. The events will be on Saturdays 10am-3pm at 64 Hartwood Church Road, Fredericksburg 22471 ( behind the Hartwood Fire Station ).
Future dates: February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18.
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

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)