March 7, 2019

Welcome to The Bridge, a weekly update of the Rappahannock River District of the United Methodist Church 
Prayer Request
Please keep Bishop Sharma D. Lewis in your prayers . Her next surgery is scheduled for 8:30 am Thursday in Richmond. Pray also for her family and for her team of doctors.
Bishop Lewis will be a on a six-month medical leave. For more information visit  https://www.vaumc.org/pages/news/2019vanews/2019vanews_bishopmedicalleave 

 Cards and well wishes may be sent to:
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis
c/o Terri Biggins
PO Box 5606
Glen Allen, VA 23058-5606
Interim Bishop Announced
The Rev. Tom Berlin, co-chair of the Committee on Episcopacy, shared today that Bishop Peter (Pete) D. Weaver will begin his duties as interim bishop of the Virginia Conference effective tomorrow, Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019.
 
Peter D. Weaver was born into a parsonage family in Greenville, Pa. Following education at W. Va. Wesleyan (BA), Drew University (MDiv) and Boston University (ThD) he served United Methodist churches in Pittsburgh, Pa. for 25 years focusing on making disciples through ministries with youth, young adults, older adults, the homeless, industrial workers and executives and with weekly radio broadcasts. He was a founder of “Bethlehem Haven” for homeless women and “One Voice Against Racism.”
 
In 1996, he was elected a bishop and served the Philadelphia Area (1996-2004) and Boston Area (2004-2012). From 2012-16 Bishop Weaver served in Washington, DC as Executive Secretary of the United Methodist Council of Bishops and now serves as Bishop-in-Residence at Drew University Theological School.
 
Pete (as he prefers to be called) and his spouse Linda now live in Williamsburg, Va. and have eight grown daughters and twelve grandchildren. Along with enjoying family, Pete plays the trombone, does woodworking, water sports, and helping with ministry with persons who are homeless.
 
His “life verse” is: “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation!” (II Cor. 5:17)
 
You can view his full biography below or at  https://vaumc.org/pages/news/va-news/vanews_bishopweaverbio   
 
Bishop Weaver will be sharing his warm welcome to the Virginia Conference by the end of this week.
 

 
Bio: Bishop Peter David Weaver
 
Peter D. Weaver was born into a parsonage family in Greenville, Pa. Following education at W. Va. Wesleyan (BA), Drew University (MDiv) and Boston University (ThD) he served United Methodist churches in Pittsburgh, Pa. for twenty-five years focusing on “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ” through ministries with youth, young adults, older adults, the homeless, industrial workers and executives and with weekly radio broadcasts. He was a founder of “Bethlehem Haven” for homeless women and “One Voice Against Racism.”
 
In 1996 he was elected a Bishop and served the Philadelphia Area (1996-2004) and Boston Area (2004-2012). During this time he served a term as President of the global Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church and served on many community, church and ecumenical boards. He has been engaged in mission and preaching on five continents and taught in four Seminaries. From 2012-16 Bishop Weaver served in Washington, DC as Executive Secretary of the UM Council of Bishops and now serves as Bishop-in-Residence at Drew University Theological School.
 
Pete (as he prefers to be called) and his spouse Linda now live in Williamsburg, VA and have eight grown daughters and twelve grandchildren. Along with enjoying family, Pete plays the trombone, does woodworking, water sports, and helping with ministry with persons who are homeless.
 
His “life verse” is: “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation!” (II Cor. 5:17)
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
What :     Peace United Methodist Church Potato Drop (sponsored by Society of St Andrew)


NEEDS:

  •  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.
Blessings,
Gayle.

 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

March 12 Ordained Ministry, Wright's Chapel
March 14 Church 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


  CONTACT INFORMATION

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)