May 16, 2019

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

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.
 And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:9 (NIV)
Listening is much more than a matter of hearing sound. Listening well is tough work. To listen really well is a matter of hearing the sound first then embracing the heart of the message conveyed.
Listening to one another, especially in difficult conversations is most effective when we hear the words and feel with empathy the meaning behind the words. I'm appreciative of the listening technique I was taught in which the listener waits for her/his turn to respond and says to the speaker, "I hear you saying… and I want to repeat it in my own words."
12  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Jeremiah 29:12 (NIV)

 The most challenging conversation a congregation can enter into with the unchurched is a conversation in which church people say, "I hear and feel your voice. I see you and want us to be one in Christ. In Christ we can overcome difference." Friends, let's go deeper in this thought. Can you envision a conversation with the immigrants in your community to hear their struggles? Can you envision a conversation with political opponents to decrease the current political divide? Can you envision a conversation that helps your congregation become more racially diverse?
14  This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14 (NIV)

Friends, in Christ's name, we've got to do more listening to one another! We've got to heal our UMC. We've got to heal our communities and our nation! God expects it of us and has given us the spiritual tools to do it. And it all begins with heartfelt and spiritual listening.
Psalm 116
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
     he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
     I will call on him as long as I live.
Psalm 116:1-2 (NIV)

Pastor Ted

The Rappahannock River District (RRD) Scholarship Program
FIRM DEADLINE MAY 23 at 4:00pm
in District Office

Higher Education has always been a hallmark of the United Methodist Church. The value of resources for continued learning and higher education is fundamental to United Methodism. In keeping with our tradition of supporting higher learning, the Rappahannock River District (RRD) of the United Methodist Church has created a Student Scholarship Program.  The program is maintained and administered by the RRD and is not connected with any other United Methodist board, agency, or entity.

Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who meet the program criteria as funding allows. Persons eligible to apply are those who are attending or who plan to attend a college, seminary or trade school and are members of a United Methodist Church on the Rappahannock River District. Please see attached guidelines for more details.

Please click below to download an application. If you prefer one in Word, just email  and let us know.
Fish Fry!!
Annual Memorial Day Weekend Fish Fry at Heathsville UMC
Date: Saturday May 25, 2019
Time: 11:00AM-4:00PM--Eat-in or Take-out.
Cost: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 10 and under.
Fried Whiting Fish
Homemade Hush Puppies, Potato Salad and Cole Slaw
Baked Beans
Sliced tomatoes
Pound Cake
Tea or Water

Heathsville United Methodist Church is on the corner of Rt. 360 and Courthouse Road in Heathsville, Va. 22473
All are welcome to come and enjoy great food and fellowship with others in the community.

Youth Embracing Service will be meeting at Mount Horeb UMC 10867 Elk Run Road, Catlett on Saturday May 18th at 9am. We will be packing food bags for the Heartwood Center summer food distribution. All youth and adult leaders are invited to help out.

Want more information?


Rev. Gayle Porias
Pastor Mount Horeb UMC
The Heartwood Center Director 
Rappahannock River District
Tabernacle is seeking a part-time Director of Youth Ministry. Resumes will be accepted through May 20th. Resumes should be emailed to or mailed to Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 7310A Old Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407. For a complete job description, please visit our website at
Seeking a Pianist/keyboardist (Organ too if possible) to play at Sunday morning church service. Part time position for small vibrant church. Opportunity for growth in the position.
To find out more details, please call 540-439-0267 or message us through our facebook page: Liberty UMC-Bealeton
Holy Thunder!
Christian Music Festival
Join us for the Holy Thunder! Christian Music
Festival, Saturday May 18, 2019 from 1 - 5 p.m.
at Regester Chapel United Methodist Church
Youth Center located at 85 Bells Hill Road,
Stafford, VA 22554. Bring a friend and lift your
voices in worship with performances from local
area praise bands.

FREE Admission, FREE Food
and face painting for the kids! Indoor/Outdoor
event, Rain or Shine! All are Welcome!


“Now’s the time to sing His Praise!””
Annual Conference Orientation
Sunday, May 19, at 3:00pm at Wright's Chapel UMC located at   8063 Ladysmith Road, Ruther Glen .  

Please visit the conference website Annual Conference page at  for
 Annual Conference information. 
Upcoming Meetings

May 19 Annual Conference Orientation, Wright's Chapel 3:00pm
May 28 District Superintendency, TMUMC, 7:00pm
May 29 Clergy Farewell Luncheon (for clergy and families)
May 30 Connectional Ministries, Wright's Chapel

Save the Date: Sunday, June 30 DS Farewell/DS Welcome, Wright's Chapel, 3 pm Everyone is invited!


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

2019 District Co-Lay Lay Leader:

2019 District Co-Lay Leader:

Lay Servant Director: Rev. Kevin Elmore
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)