November 7, 2018

Welcome to The Bridge News Section, a weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the United Methodist Church 
What is Your Agency Doing
on Your Behalf?
Part 2

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, "I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:31-40 (NIV)

People of faith care about alleviating suffering! United Methodists try very hard to use our worldwide influence to transform the world for Jesus Christ. We focus on the entire world because we take seriously the idea of John Wesley when he said, “the world is our parish.” In our global ministry, we send missionaries to almost every continent, we spread the gospel in every place we go, and we connect with the people on every continent we enter. As I mentioned in part one of this series, the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) recently met in San Antonio. I found the gathering to be more than a typical meeting. Our GBCS is diving into hands on ministry with conviction, determination, and love. We reach out to serve and demonstrate the love of Christ because we care deeply about human suffering. We are compassionate because Christ showed us the true meaning of selfless love and compassion. Our spiritual maturity enables us to see beyond the superficial, the surface, and beyond “the flesh.” Jesus says, “whatever you’ve done… or not done to these…,” leading us to do our best in loving, sharing, and caring.

Does it cause you sadness or pain to hear that we are now more than a decade into our children and schools being a shooting and death zone? Our UMC is responding!

Does it hurt your spirit to know that people are getting sick and some are dying from contaminated water (including many U.S. locations)? Our UMC is responding!

Have you been praying that we will be able to reduce or prevent the worldwide domestic violence that is destroying families? Your UMC is responding!

In these days of United Methodist conflict over human sexuality issues, your UM GBCS has total clarity about our priorities! It’s on your behalf that the GBCS is not losing focus on the least, the lost, and the lonely. Being in a meeting rarely inspires, but I was deeply touched and inspired in San Antonio when I saw and heard the many ways our UMC is standing for Christian transformation with people who are suffering all over the world. The inspiration also extended to a hope that you and your congregation are also holding as a priority Christ's call to transform the world as applied in your community. Yes, the UMC continues to wrestle with differing perspectives on human sexuality, but much more importantly, we have an ongoing mandate to make disciples and transform the world for Jesus Christ.  I'm determined to address the human sexuality issue and more determined to continue giving time, energy, and attention to the biblical mandate given by Jesus Christ. I hope you and your congregation will do the same.

In Christ,
Pastor Ted

P .S. For all who are interested in matters related to the 2019 called General Conference, I invite you to a presentation and discussion on Wednesday, January 16 th , at 6:30 pm at Warsaw UMC.  This gathering will end by 8 pm.

There’s still time to hold a similar gathering in the Fredericksburg region if the area clergy and lay leadership contact Lynn to coordinate a time, date, and location.
Thanks to everyone for a wonderful Charge Conference Season!
District Delegates Elected for Annual Conference 2019:

Thank you to everyone who turned in nomination forms for Annual Conference 2019. Here are the 23 District Delegates elected at the recent District Fall Celebrations. The list is in alphabetical order.
George Allen
Ellen Brown
Mary Beth Bryant
Danielle Cloud
Karen Elmore
Mary Ella Fuquay
Peggy Garland
Dottie Garrison
Susan Gayle
Barbara Hays
Jim Helm
Carolyn Nelson
John Nelson
Sue Oliveri
Ramona Ritter
Stephanie Serrett
Suzanne Shrader
Robert Stephens
Larry Tubbs
Patricia Vaughan
Mary Wildy
Kelsey Wilson
Kay Wright

The following were elected as alternates: shown in alphabetical order
Annette Ashton
Elizabeth DiDonato
Michelle Pinheiro
Christopher Sharon
Sue Sherman
Barbara Swingle

Four Affirmed as Nominees for General and Jurisdictional 2020 Conferences
Congratulations to the following who were affirmed as nominees from the Rappahannock River District:

George Allen (Rehboth Caroline UMC)
Shawn Kiger (Wright's Chapel UMC)
Judith Mooers (Fairfields UMC)
Trish Vaughan (Fredericksburg UMC)
S/PPR Training for 2019
Please mark your calendars:

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Trinity UMC
9425 King’s Highway,
King George
All committee members are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to District Office before January 1, 2019.
Hope Warming Center
The Hope Warming Center in southern Fauquier County will be opening November 1st. This hypothermia center provides a warm place, hot meal and fellowship for people in need of a place to stay during the cold nights of late fall, winter and early spring. If you would like to help with a hot meal, evening check-in and fellowship or stay overnight as a chaperone. Please go to  To sign in: Calendar ID 266498. Password: 8512.
Questions? Call Mary Dearden at 540-270-1278 or email Rev. Gayle Porias at
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 first event will be Saturday, October 20 th  10am-3pm at 64 Hartwood Church Road, Fredericksburg 22471 ( behind the Hartwood Fire Station ).
Future dates: November 17, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18.
All youth need to complete a registration. Go to: Adult volunteers are welcome.
Need more information? Email  or call 540.788.9838.  
Rev. Gayle Porias
Pastor Mount Horeb UMC
The Heartwood Center Director 
Rappahannock River District

Builder's Club Call #6
Ends Soon!

The Rappahannock River District Builder’s Club Committee has approved our sixth Builder’s Club Call. We are pleased to announce that this call is for Eastland United Methodist Church. The request is for construction of a 2,872 square foot detached addition. This project includes a fellowship hall, handicapped ramp, kitchen and bathroom. Project plans and a letter from Eastland UMC Pastor Craig Muffley are linked below for your review.
Financial Information:
              Estimated Cost of Project        $ 680,000
              Cost paid on construction        $   86,000
              Debt upon completion              $ 551,000
(Church Mortgage, Members’ Pledges)

Your support will help Eastland UMC to reach more people within the surrounding communities. We are asking that you support this call by mailing a check payable to “Rappahannock River District Builder’s Club” to:

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

Donations are tax deductible and must be received by November 15, 2018.

 Help God’s kingdom grow by supporting the Rappahannock River Builder’s Club today.

Working in His Kingdom,


David A. Kellison, President

District Youth Retreat 2019
Schulmerich Handbells for SALE

The Andrew Chapel UMC has two Octaves – 25 hand-bells with cases that were purchased on 9/16/85. They will need to be refurbished. Schulmerich will do a complete refurbishing of the bells at $2,800, plus shipping the bells to them at $180 round trip.
Since we do not have an active club who would be interested in playing the bells, we are willing to sell them for $900 (we paid $2,272 in 1985). The cost of 2 octaves today with cases would be $6,300.
Contact Sue Oliveri at
Thank you. Sue Oliveri, Worship Committee at Andrew Chapel, UMC in Montross, VA.
Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator
Rehoboth United Methodist Church – Beaverdam, VA
At Rehoboth we are investing in our children and youth. We are looking for someone who is interested in teaching children and youth about the love of God.
This is a great part time-flexible schedule role for a faithful disciple to have an impact on children and their families. Our goal is to work with someone who can improve and build upon our existing children’s and youth ministries.
Schedule:  Part time, flexible hours. Sundays required. Participation in the full life of the church.
  • At home flexible preparation and planning time for events and curriculum preparation
  • Flexible schedule for stay at home parents, teachers or other professionals who have experience working with Children.
For more information
Upcoming Events & Meetings:
November 12 Office closed for Veteran's Day
November 13 Ordained Ministry
November 21 -23 Office closed for Thanksgiving

District Superintendent: Rev. Dr. Theodore Smith
DS Email: Cell: 540.419.5131

2018 District Co-Lay Leader:
Debbie Dietrich

2019 District Co-Lay Lay Leader:

2019 District Co-Lay Leader:

District Lay Servant Ministry Director  Dottie Garrison
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 Cell: 804.304.8566
Office Location: Inside Wright’s Chapel UMC at 8063 Ladysmith Road, Ruther Glen, VA (do not use for mail)