March 20, 2019

Welcome to The Bridge, a weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the UMC 

El Salvador
UMVIM District Mission Trip
August 3-10, 2019

We are excited to reconnect with our International Methodist Mission Partner—The Evangelical Methodist Church in El Salvador. In 2019, we’ll send a District team to continue our relationship-building, food distribution and VBS.

Applications are available by clicking the buttons below or contacting the District Office.

Trip Cost:  Expected to be in the $750-$850 range, including airfare. $300 scholarships will be available to persons under 30 years of age.

Application and Deposit Deadline:  April 30 th , 2019 - $250 deposit is due with your application. Make checks payable to “Rappahannock River District UMC”, memo: El Salvador Trip and mail to:
Rappahannock River District Office
PO Box 100
Ladysmith, VA 22501

Final payment will be due at the second team meeting – June 8. No refunds after the airline tickets are purchased.

Team Meetings are mandatory (or must be made up) – May 11 th , June 8 th , July 13 th (all second Saturdays) at a location to be determined, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

If you have any questions, please contact Co-Team Leaders Rev. Carol Seeley ( ) or Rev. Robin BeMiller (

Lay Servant Training Offered
Lay Servant Training can help anyone who is interested in learning more in their pursuit of being a better leader and servant for Christ’s church. These classes can be used as tools in discerning God’s call for your personal walk and ministry. 
We are pleased to announce that Lay Servant Training will be offered on May 3 & 4 at Warsaw UMC.

Classes Offered include:

The Basic Course
Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts
Policy in the UM Church
Leading Worship
Intentional Discipleship Making

If you have any questions, please contact Lay Servant Ministries Director Dottie Garrison at 703.403.8953 or
We hope you can join us!

The Committee for the Rappahannock River District Builder’s Club has approved our seventh call. This call is for Zion United Methodist Church which is located in Spotsylvania county and serves the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania areas. The request is for construction involving new footings, foundation, wrap around deck, a/c unit, electrical and installation of a trailer (24’ x 36‘) for use in a food pantry ministry. 

I have met with Pastor Barry Blakley and Finance Committee Representative Walter Rawls and reviewed the project and construction. Construction has already been completed. 
Financial information
Estimated original cost of Project $    35,000
Cost paid on construction $    20,000
Debt Remaining upon completion     $      6,300
Please see the letter from Pastor Barry Blakley for additional information about this need.

Our Rappahannock River District Builder’s Club currently has 139 members from all over the district who have committed to support fellow churches. You too can help God’s Kingdom grow by joining the Rappahannock River Builder’s Club. It’s easy to join - become a member today by making a donation to this call for Zion UMC’s food ministry. Donations typically range from $10 to $100. But, whatever amount you are able to send would be welcome. The club has no more than 3 calls a year. All donations are tax deductible.
Your support will help Zion UMC to reach more people within the communities served by the food pantry ministry. We are asking that you support this mission by sending a check payable to: “Rappahannock River District" and mailing to Builder's Club, Rappahannock River District, PO BOX 100 Ladysmith, VA 22501 before April 30, 2019



David A. Kellison, President
Matsiko World Orphan Choir 
The Matsiko World Orphan Choir will return to perform at Regester Chapel the evening of Saturday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. Come join us for an uplifting and inspiration array of songs and dances native to 23 children cultures.  The mission of the Matsiko Choir is to make known the plight of the many orphaned children in the world today, who come from places as diverse as Liberia, Africa, Peru, Nepal and India. This is a great night for the entire family. You will have an opportunity to visit with the children and to share in light refreshments. 
Regester Chapel UMC
85 Bells Hill Road
Stafford, VA 22554
(540) 659-2642
PPR Alert

The Annual Clergy Evaluations were sent out this week. If you didn't receive the email, please check your spam folders. Your pastor also received a copy.
Upcoming PPR Deadlines:

Parsonage Reviews due May 1.

Clergy Evaluations due June 1.
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
       Phone:   (540) 786-8585
       Bob Harbick - Cell  703-727-1457



Irvington United Methodist Church
( Proceeds are for installing a handicap pad at the handicap entrance to the church)

Friday, April 12, 2019
4:30 P.M. TO 7:30 P.M.

  Educational Building 
26 King Carter Drive
Irvington, Va.

(Price includes Baked Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread, Beverage, and Dessert)


For tickets, call Church Office (804)438-6800; Bonnie Pettey (804)438-5101;
Audrey Lowery at (804) 438-438-6122 or Pastor Jesse Blythe at 804-580-9723

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: 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
Emmanuel UMC at Morattico is seeking a pianist/choir director. For more information, please contact
Upcoming Meetings

April 1 Connectional Ministries, Wright's Chapel UMC
April 5 - 7 District Youth Retreat
April 8 Board of Missions, Tab UMC
April 9 Ordained Ministry, District Office
April 11 Church Location & Building, Wright's Chapel UMC


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

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
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)