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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

The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has asked all United Methodists to join people of faith in a day of prayer tomorrow, March 25, asking God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic. The COB also announced that the May meeting of the Council will be a virtual meeting April 29-May 1, 2020.

Bishop Lewis has issues an updated letter regarding April's Services and Church Daycare/Pre-School. Please visit to read this latest letter. 

Amid the current health and safety recommendations regarding COVID-19, the Rappahannock River Youth Retreat scheduled for April 24th-26th has been indefinitely postponed. Due to the complexity and constant evolution of the situation I am unable to provide any details on a possible reschedule at this time.

 Visit the District Youth Page for more information 


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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.



Hello all,

During this time, the youth council and I, in particular, have been paying close attention to the health concerns surrounding us today. I urge us all in this time of uncertainty to continue to pray and trust in our Lord "who will never leave you or forsake you." (Duet. 31:6) Our call as God's Soldiers is to wear our Armor proudly so that we might take a stand against the Devil and his schemes (Ephesians 6:11). I ask that we continue to lift our voices and praise to heaven trusting and placing our faith in our Lord and Savior.
Continuous monitoring of the situation has been and will continue as a top priority as we seek to provide the safest and best experiences for our youth and for those around us. I am also keeping a close eye on the retreat and all implications that may affect the event. As it stands today, March 16, there have been no alterations made to the retreat schedule. Please keep in mind the fluidity of the situation and details may change as more information is received. And as aforementioned, continue in your prayers that we might discern the will of God.
The Youth council meeting scheduled for April the 19th is still meeting. Please bear in mind that as with the retreat, this information is subject to change as the situation continues to evolve. 
If you wish to be updated on this information as it comes available, I encourage you to watch the district website, follow our facebook page at (Rappahannock River District Youth) or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I will be continuously updating all of these sources as decisions have been made. 
Once again I pray for all of your safety, health, and joy. I have faith in God that he will lead us in the way that leads to righteousness. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact me at any time.

"Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!"

Psalms 66:20
-TJ Oliver 

Hello all,

Due to the recent health concerns revolving are COVID-19, all church services in the Virgina Conference have been canceled for Sunday March 15th and March 22nd. As such, we find it prudent to take similar precautions for our upcoming youth events. As such the following changes have been made:

The 30 hour Famine hosted by Shady Grove, originally scheduled for March 20-21 has been postponed to a further date. This date will be determined in the future as we continue to watch the situation at hand.

The Youth Council meeting originally scheduled for March 22 has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. As of now our meeting on April 19th stands as scheduled.

I will continue to keep you updated as I have more information. Thank you all for your support. Please keep healthy and be sure to wash your hands!

We Need Your Help!
Please come to Wright's Chapel UMC on Tuesday,  June 9th, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm for a Mock Annual Conference to help prepare for the real thing and prepare our Conference Parliamentarians.
Your presence will be a great help. 
As thanks for your participation each Church represented will receive a free recording of our "Programs to Disciple Making" Webinar on flash drive. 
Mark your calendars now to attend!
Wright's Chapel is located at 8063 Ladysmith Rd, Ruther Glen, VA 22546.

No registration is necessary,  but an email to
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Ted Smith

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