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Bishop Lewis formed a work team in May 2020, after being asked by the conference Council on Finance and Administration (CFA) to evaluate the Virginia Conference’s district structure, to consider this important question: “How can districts most effectively order themselves for the adaptive challenges of the 21st century?”
The District Alignment Team (DAT) has been diligently deliberating the question posed by Bishop Lewis over the last 12 months. The teams are now inviting all clergy and laity in the Virginia Conference to two opportunities to learn more about district alignment and take part in this ongoing conversation.
Interested clergy and lay members can find out more about this realignment via two virtual listening sessions:
Session One: Monday, May 3rd from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Session Two: Monday, May 17th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Please click on the session link to register for each session.
Each listening session will begin with a short update on the efforts thus far, a few discussion questions, and a period of Q&A. Recordings of both sessions will be shared following the May 17th listening session.
Prior to joining these sessions, you are encouraged to review the most recent district alignment videos and resources from February 8 and April 5 at www.vaumc.org/DAresources.
The Healthy Church Team (HCT) presented a recommendation to the Administrative Council at the October 1, 2020. After reviewing the actions required by the Virginia UMC Technical Assistance Manual (TAM) the HCT recommended to (1) begin planning for In-Person worship on 6 December 2020, that (2) the In-Person Worship Plan should be finalized and that (3) Committees responsible for volunteers to staff the required positions needed to implement TAM guidelines, be approved. The Council agreed that this must be a "total church" commitment, as although most of the required positions have been in place for years, there will specific training required to ensure all understand the new roles to be performed. The HCT plans to have the plan ready to be sent to the District Superintendent by 25 October 2020. The District Superintendent requires 10 days to review and approve the plan.
After months of joint live streaming Sunday morning worship services, both Rectortown and Middleburg have plans to transition to In-Person Sunday morning services. Middleburg has had their plan approved by the District Superintendent, and are working to be ready for a 1 November 2020 start date. Rectortown will submit its plan by 25 October 2020, with it's first In-Person worship service, scheduled for 1 December 2020. Live streaming will continue at RUMC, as there are still many folks that are not ready to attend In-Person yet. To make this happen, starting 1 November, the Live Streaming from RUMC will begin at 9:50 AM, and Middleburg will start their In-Person at 11:30 AM. Then, on 6 December 2020, Rectortown will add In-Person, at 10:00 AM, to the Live Streaming (RUMC will continue live streaming indefinitely to serve those that prefer not to partake in In-Person services). Much planning and action still needs to happen, and it will take our entire church family to complete the plan.
The Healthy Church Team (HCT) is a new team that has been implemented across the Virginia UMC Conference to track, plan and recommend implementation guidance published in the Technical Assistance Manual (TAM) for all churches. After months of meeting every other week, preparing and presenting recommendations to the Admin Council, the HCT deemed it time to recommend finalizing the plan and set a date for In-Person worship. Although plans are normally presented in writing to the District Superintendent, the RUMC plan will be a video, demonstrating the correct/incorrect ways things will be done, from parking to greeting to seating. The video plan will also be used by the Nominations and Leadership Development team to complete train for all those that volunteer and responsible Committees. The HCT will also assist with the training. Please watch for more information on In-Person Worship.
The In-Person Worship services will be held at 10:00 AM, beginning at 6 December 2020. Many of you have served as Greeter, Usher, Reader and other roles to support the worship service. All of those positions will be need as we move forward, with several new positions added. The important part of this action is that as we start in-Person worship, we will need to change what some of the positions will do. And, we will be doing live streaming at the same time. So, training is being prepared for all volunteers and below you will find the In-Person Worship Service Servant List. You will see some names already listed, as an example, and you will see that specific Committee Chair's are responsible to arrange for volunteers to fill the positions. The difference in In-Person Worship starting 6 December is that we need alternates for each position, to ensure that all COVID - 19 guidelines are met, for inside/outside, before/during /after the service. The Nominations and Leadership Development Committee is planning training on the new requirements, please watch for the dates/times. Committee Chairs will be contacting you for your support. Please prayerfully consider your ability, willingness and availability to sign up.
Grace and peace to you in the name of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ! Welcome to Rectortown United Methodist Church! I hope you enjoy your worship experience with us! I am Pastor Steve Weedling, and I want you to know that I am here to serve you.
My call in ministry is to be open, inviting, and inclusive to all who seek a relationship with God and with others, remembering always that relationships do not grow in isolation, but in community. I believe that for relationships to truly flourish there must be trust; and that trust doesn’t just happen, but grows from both the knowledge and the experience of the ‘other’ – whether that ‘other’ is person, or God. I am committed to providing a safe environment for all people, as together we engage in meaningful worship, prayer, the study of scripture, and mission. In all of these ways our faith grows, and we - and the world around us - are transformed.
I am grateful to God for this opportunity to share our faith journeys with one another! And, I am excited by the possibilities and the wonders that will be revealed as God calls us and leads us into tomorrow!
Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts, questions, or prayer requests you may have; or, just to talk story with one another!
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All, This is an historic moment for RUMC, as this is the first email sent thru the newly installed 10 Gigabit router and fiber cable installed by Claude Schoch, High Mountain Farm Broadband. I am operating on RUMC 1 WIFI from the Social Hall. The Community of Rectortown and surrounding area, has successfully been connected via fiber optic cable, under a project that was started just months ago. Although there is much still to do, I wanted to mark this momment in time, as RUMC is depending on this service to help us continue to grow our congregation, means of providing high speed services and create a diverse set of capabilities at quality, speed and quantity not previously experienced. We must now continue to expand our programs and applications as we learn how to maximize this service. Praise the Lord, Larry
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