Pastor Jonathan is a young and energetic pastor coming to us from Bridgewater UMC where he served as their Associate Pastor of Congregational Care and Youth Ministries where he organized Youth Group Events, taught Confirmation Class, and visited the local nursing homes. In 2021, he was ordained an elder in The United Methodist Church. He served as the youth minister at Bridgewater United Methodist Church. Prior to that, his first appointment was as a Pastor at Christ and Fields United Methodist Churches in Shenandoah, Virginia where he served from 2017-2020. Under his Pastoral leadership, Fields Church was successful in effecting handicap accessibility to meet the needs of their congregation and the community.
Pastor Jonathan’s ministry has been shaped by Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 22:37-39: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Common English Bible). Jesus’ words continue to shape Pastor Jonathan’s ministry by guiding him to listen with compassion, share with others in joys and in heartaches, give freely of himself and his gifts, and love all those he meets.
Pastor Jonathan grew up in Luray, Virginia where his parents and extended family continue to live. He attended Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and went on to Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Following seminary, Pastor Jonathan served as a hospital chaplain at Lynchburg General Hospital. As he enjoys spending time outdoors, Pastor Jonathan served five summers at Camp Overlook in his early twenties as a counselor and he continues to minister to children and youth at Camp as a volunteer chaplain in the summers.
Dear Rectortown UMC Family, This #GivingTuesday, we're excited to share a special opportunity to enhance our worship services and continue spreading love and joy within our community.
Our Vision:In these unprecedented times, technology has become an essential tool for us to connect, share, and worship together. To ensure seamless and uplifting worship experiences, we are reaching out to our incredible community for support.
The Need: Our current laptop, which serves as the heart of our virtual worship setup, is showing signs of aging. To continue delivering the spiritual guidance and fellowship that have become more crucial than ever, we're seeking your help to acquire a new, state-of-the-art laptop.
Your Impact:Your generous contribution will directly contribute to the purchase of a reliable and efficient laptop, allowing us to maintain the high quality of our virtual worship services. Your support ensures that Rectortown UMC remains a beacon of hope and positivity for all.
How to Give: Visit our online giving page or at https://rectortownumc.breezechms.com/give/online to make a donation. Every dollar brings us one step closer to our goal and helps us continue our mission of spreading love, faith, and compassion.
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Thank you for being the heartbeat of Rectortown UMC. Your generosity fuels our mission and strengthens the bonds that unite us.
Blessings and gratitude,
🍁🦃 Thanksgiving Office Closure 🦃🍁As we gather with gratitude to celebrate Thanksgiving, we want to inform you of our office closure to allow our team members to cherish this special time with family and friends. The administrative offices will be closed 11.22 to 11.24. Pastor Jonathan will be unavailable from 11.20 to 11.24. Have a marvelous holiday!
Tuesdays at Noon via YouTube Video Presentations
Join Pastor Jonathan Lamb's Bible Study of Gospel of Luke through a series of YouTube presentations. A new chapter teaching will be shared every Tuesday at noon. You can view each week or when you have time.
Click the link below to access Pastor Jonathan's YouTube page for this exciting new series!
Join us in the rich tradition of Methodist Christianity as we gather for our noon-time prayer. At this sacred hour, we come together to offer our hearts and voices in worship, seeking God's presence and guidance in the midst of our daily lives. So, set aside a few moments of your busy day to join us in fellowship and devotion. Let us connect with God and one another as we bow our heads and open our hearts in noon-time prayer.
Thursdays 12pm at Middleburg United Methodist Church.
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As you are all aware, our church began the process of disaffiliation back at the beginning of 2023 with an initial vote by the admin council to explore our options. Time progressed and we followed through the steps set forth by the Virginia United Methodist Church to work towards a final vote on disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church under paragraph 2553. These steps included our joint prayerful discernment time, open meetings and discussions, a straw poll and a great amount of paperwork and other legal work behind the scenes. Throughout this time, the Trustees and the Chair, Carl, have worked tirelessly crossing the 'i's and dotting the 't's to ensure that our Church had the appropriate framework in place to prepare for the final congregational vote. Please take time to thank them, and Pam, for the all the hard work and time spent preparing documents and working through legal agreements.
On July 24th we held a special Called Church Conference which was set and managed by our District Superintendent, Victor Gomez and assisted by Reverend Chad Hrbek. The purpose of the Called Conference was to have a final vote of professing members on the issue of disaffiliation from the UMC. Only professing members who are currently on the roles were eligible to vote. The issue required a 2/3 majority in order to 'pass'. The DS provided an open and transparent conference and discussed each step of the vote to ensure everyone understood and was prepared to vote. We had eighteen (18) total members in attendance and the passage required a 'YES' vote by 12 of those members in order to pass. Once the votes were counted, it ended in a 9-9 tie; 9 voted YES and 9 voted NO. Because 2/3 majority was needed, the vote did not pass.
As such, Rectortown United Methodist Church will remain as Rectortown United Methodist Church and continue as we always have as a United Methodist Church. At this time, nothing will change for us or Middleburg or Jonathan.
This has been a time of great discernment, of great prayer and of great emotional upheaval for us all. Some will be happy with the results, some will be unhappy with the results, some will return to their Church now, knowing it will remain as it has always been, and some may leave deciding that some of the decisions of the United Methodist Church are decisions with which they cannot abide. No matter what it is always of the utmost importance to remember that we are a family and we support and love each other. We are all children of God and are called to do His work. And we can all agree that no matter whether the result of this vote was Rectortown United Methodist Church or Rectortown Church, we all share a love for this Church, this community and, most importantly of all, with each other. It may take time for you to heal from this process and this vote but the Church will stand as the open, loving symbol it has always been with pews full of open, loving arms for all. The Administrative Council thanks each of you for your patience, prayers and love we as we have worked our way through this process. Now it is time to renew our call and our action and live our mission within this community and this world as God's children.
–Kristen Hylton, SPPRC Chair
BeADisciple.com hosts online courses which have been approved by the General Board of Discipleship as advanced courses in Lay Servant Ministries. BeADisciple.com is one of several programs of the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College, a United Methodist institution in Winfield, Kansas. Several of the courses also offer 1 CEU for clergy and other staff. You can find upcoming LSM courses on the www.beadisciple.com website as well as studies through The Upper Room, courses from the YouthWorker Movement, and Safe Sanctuaries training.
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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