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New Builder's Club Call

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
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
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District News

A Message from Bishop Sharma D. Lewis

Dear Virginia Conference,

May the Lord be with you and keep you. It is a wonderful day to be a United Methodist. I know that Virginia United Methodists are longing for the return to in-person worship. One of our highest priorities must be loving our neighbors through ensuring the safety of those who attend our services. As we reported this week, a workgroup of church leaders, medical professionals, and legal professionals have been working hard to provide guidance to help us go back to in-person worship safely. On Friday morning, the Cabinet reviewed a draft of their work and we are preparing a list of frequently asked questions this weekend.

Friday afternoon, Governor Northam announced that he may loosen the restrictions related to in-person worship on May 15, 2020. Our timetable, as United Methodists, will be phased. I will allow Drive-In worship to begin on May 24, 2020 for all churches under strict guidelines that will be released by May 15, 2020. I will also authorize some test churches (we will call them “pioneer” churches) to open on May 24, 2020 with no more than 25 people in attendance under strict guidelines that will also be released by May 15, 2020. These pioneer churches will provide much needed data for the churches in our various districts on how to open safely.

Please continue to be in prayer for those who are affected by COVID-19 and those working hard to care for them. Pray as well for those who are extending themselves to serve at great risk and great cost. Whenever we return to worship, we will have stories to tell of God’s goodness and provision in this crisis.

Peace and Blessings,
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis

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COVID-19 Response: Conference Center to close-The Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen, VA, will be closed until further notice starting 12 noon on Friday, March 20, 2020, due to the current pandemic.



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