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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 reporter and producer from United Methodist News Service and United Methodist Communications interviewed Rev. Steve Little (pastor of Trinity (Catlett) United Methodist Church in Cattlet, Virginia and Wesleyan United Methodist Church in Calverton, Virginia on our District) late last year about his photo-a-day project and turning that and other creative tasks into a spiritual discipline that one can engage daily for the entire year

 Lay Servant Training Offered

We will hold a Lay Servant Training Course over the course of 3 Saturday mornings from 8:30m - noon. The classes will be held January 4th, 18th and February 1st.   at Mount Horeb UMC 10867 Elk Run Road, Catlett.

To register contact Rev. Gayle Porias at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 540.788.9838

The following courses will be offered:

BASIC: To become a Lay Servant you must take the Basic course. The following book is required for participants and may be purchased from or Amazon:

 Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson

ISBN 9780881776263 (Also available in Kindle and ePub formats).

ADVANCED: Two advanced courses will be offered for continuing education of Lay Servants:

Preaching:  The following book is required for participants: 

From Pew to Pulpit by Clifton F. Guthries.                            ISBN 9780687066605 Available at or Amazon

God’s Mission, Our Journey:  The following book is required for participants: A Mission Journey- A Handbook for Volunteers by General Board of Global Ministries.

ISBN 9780835817868 Available at or Amazon.   Also available in Kindle and ePub formats.

To register or if you have any questions, please contact Rev. Gayle Porias at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 540.788.9838.

Upcoming Events & Other News


District Delegates elected for 2020 Annual Conference (shown here in alphabetical order):
Jack Almy
Matthew Blackley
Julie Boucher
Mary Beth Bryant
Kayana Cloud
Danielle Cloud
Karen Elmore
Patty Erickson
Matthew Ewoldt
Jim Helm
Judith Mooers
John Nelson
Carolyn Nelson
Stephanie Serrett
Suzanne Shrader
Pam Smith
Barbara Swingle
Larry Tubbs
Patricia Vaughan
Catherine White
Kelsey Wilson
Kay Wright
Alternates (Shown here in Alphabetical Order. If needed, they will be called in order of ballot results)
Annette Ashton
Susan Driggers
Sequoyah Fortune
Mary Ella Fuquay
Mary McIntosh
Judah Perez
Jenn Robinson O'Brien

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