Elizabeth River District Men's Ministry
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Ministering To Men Along The Elizabeth River
  Welcome to the website of the Elizabeth River District Men's Ministry
The adopted theme of the Elizabeth River District Men's Ministry is: "Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only" (James 1:22 - KJV).
The function of the Elizabeth River District Men's Ministry is:
  • to develop programs which meet the needs and interests of men and the responsibilities of discipleship
  • to assist in personal witness and evangelism
  • to enable outreach in individual and group mission and ministry
  • to encourage and support spiritual growth and faith development




Elizabeth River District Men’s Ministry Winter Banquet




Community United Methodist Church


Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6:00 PM


1072 Old Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464




Please join us for a delicious marinated chicken dinner, Bluegrass salad, rice pilaf, vegetable medley, rolls, and chef’s choice of dessert.




$20 per person








Our guest speaker will be Bishop Sharma D. Lewis, resident Bishop of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Bishop Lewis was born and raised in Statesboro, Ga. in a loving Methodist family where individuals have answered God’s call to serve the church and to minister to God’s people. A graduate of Mercer University (B.S., Biology, 1985), the University of West Georgia (M.S., Biology, 1988) and Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center (M.Div., 1999), Bishop Lewis worked as a research biologist and chemist prior to surrendering to God’s call upon her life. She has led mission experiences to Jamaica, Kenya and the Philippines.






(1) Through PayPal




(2) By mailing a check payable to ERD UMM to David Collins, 400 S Military Hwy, Apt 1105, Virginia Beach, VA 23464




The Men’s Ministry team would like to encourage each local fellowship to sponsor their pastor(s) and spouses for this event. We look forward to seeing you there! 





Dear CDRC and Relief Supplies Network Warehouses,


I wanted to take a minute to reach out to all of you and say thank you for the wonderful job that you all have done in rallying our churches and communities to produce the thousands of  cleaning buckets that we have received.  The response has been overwhelming.  Because of your hard work and the generosity of the many member of the United Methodist Church, we have been able to assist those affected in Texas by Hurricane Harvey and those in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma.  If or when the opportunity to assist those affected by Maria presents itself, we are certainly prepared to do so.  We are currently watching our latest adversary, Hurricane Nathan.  Should there be a need due to this storm, you all have helped us to be as prepared as possible.  At this point in time, I am asking that you share with your contacts that we are nearing capacity with our cleaning buckets.  Please let those who are currently working on this project to go ahead and complete their work.  For those who have already made the cleaning buckets, they may deliver them to one of the affiliate warehouses in our Relief Network or directly to Sager Brown.  But I am asking those who have not yet started new projects, to cease making new buckets until we are able to distribute some of those we have already received.   Once we have reduced our inventory, we will need more to restock.  Again, thank you for all of your hard work.  It is much appreciated.  Blessing to you all.


Amy Fuselier

 Director of UMCOR Relief Supplies

 General Board of Global Ministries | The United Methodist Church | Sager Brown and Depot West

101 Sager Brown Road, Baldwin, LA  70514

(T): 337-923-6238 x 216 | http://www.umcmission.org



Help Needed

We are trying to connect with the local churches in the district who would volunteer for a day with Hurricane Matthew Long Term Recovery.  We have had a few church's that continuously help but September thru November is slow.  If your church would like to get into the mix, please contact Michele Michaelian or Chuck Rowley to signup to volunteer for a day.  (Contact info below)


We would like to connect with the outreach ministries within the churches to get you signed up for just a day. If you have one, please forward this to your outreach ministries coordinator or team. This will give you a feel for what we are doing and when you see how much you love it, you can sign up to volunteer for more than a day. The work needed is Drywall, Flooring, Painting and Cabinet Installation

Michele Michaelian
VAUMC Hurricane Matthew Long Term Recovery Coordinator
Contact Information:
Saint Lukes UMC
3396 Stoneshore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA
Michele Michaelian
Chuck Rowley



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Grandparents are Uniting in Prayer on Grandparents Day


Are you a praying grandparent who believes in the power of prayer on behalf of your grandchildren? Join us in making September 10th (National Grandparents Day) a Grandparents' Day of Prayer.








Are You Equipping Your Children? 4 Questions to Ponder

Originally Posted by Mike Young October 2006


When men think this way, they assume all the bases are covered and they sit back and relax; satisfied that their family has been provided for. Let me just say this... Wrong. Men, you personally need to give your kids much more than stuff. Here are some questions to ponder.






Williamsburg Nov. 17-19

Norfolk Feb. 9-11


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We have an URGENT need at the Macleigh-Holland House in Virginia Beach.  The rear deck is coming apart and poses a  danger to the residents.
The estimate for repairs is $1,500.  We also need to replace the rear storm door, stain/paint the deck and be prepared for any “underneath” support replacement.  In short, we need to raise about $2,000 rather quickly.  If you, and/or members of your fellowship would like to help please send checks to:
ERDMMT Treasurer, 2008 Wier Cir., Virginia Beach, VA 234640-8218.  Indicate “Heart Havens – deck repairs” on the memo line.  If you have any questions please contact ERDMM Team Leader, Johnnie Draughon at 757-641-0444 (C).  We are hoping to complete these repairs as early as possible this fall.



Thank you  for your generous response to the request for funding to replace the deck at the MacLeigh-Holland Heart Haven’s home in Virginia Beach.  Our goal was $2,000.  Your generosity has provided us with just over $2,500 which means we will also be able to take care of some additional minor repairs around the house. 




We will be replacing the deck on October 27-28.  For more information please feel free to contact me.



In Christ’s service,
Johnnie Draughon
ERDMM Team Leader










Grilling For God


Heart Havens Advocate
We need a man to coordinate the maintenance and repair activities at both the McLeigh-Holland and Taylor homes in the Elizabeth River District. Ideally we’d like to have a rep for each home. Several Elizabeth River District churches regularly do repairs, maintenance and yard work at the homes, including Christ, Courthouse Community, Community, Oak Grove, Thalia and Great Bridge (just to name a few).  Although a rep from one of these churches would be a good fit, any Church from the District can provide a servant leader to fill this position.  Duties would be to coordinate the efforts of all District churches to ensure cooperation and teamwork and to serve as a liaison between UMM, Heart Havens, and the home’s staff.  These efforts would entail no more than 1-2 hours a week. Home repair experience is not necessary, just a willingness to serve and learn. 
As you may already know, most of the funds to keep up the homes comes from the fellowships.  The District and Conference have no fundraisers or a  budget to support them, nor any of the other ministries we support.  That’s why the labor and materials for minor repairs comes from the fellowships.  For larger expenditures the Heart Havens organization either reimburses the fellowships for materials or contracts for the services.  That’s why our support is so critical.  We save thousands of dollars each year in labor by doing work ourselves to take care of our Heart Havens Homes.  And our residents deserve to live in a comfortable, functional house that they can call home.
Please ask one of your men personally to consider serving in this capacity.  Heart Havens is one of our main missions and certainly our number one service commitment as Methodist men.   Personal contact is critical since we have already canvassed the District by e-mails and notices.  Presidents, if you know a man who is looking for spiritual growth, who wants to make a difference, wants to participate in worthwhile service or is ready to answer God’s call, I ask that you approach that man, and tell him you think he would be well suited for this job. Then, ask him to prayerfully consider it, and contact me or our Team Leader, Albert Weal, to step out in faith.  Albert, Jeff Hall (our Conference president), or I will then be more than happy to show our new advocate the ropes at each of the homes and introduce him to the key members of the Heart Havens Team.  I trust that if we ask, we shall receive! From Matthew 25:40,  “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Andrew Kissell

          WHY DO WE CHARTER?
UMM along with the UMC is a connectional organization that depends on relationships to grow and prosper spiritually.  The UMM receive no other centralized funds.  So except for those fellowships that charter, donate directly or individuals who participate as Every Man Shares (EMS) members, there is no means of support.   This is more a matter of Discipleship than funding.  Although stewardship is integral to growing as a disciple, our purpose is not raising money, but raising spiritual sons and daughters, brothers and sisters.  UMM is dedicated to helping us grow spiritually and to help other men do the same through a growing relationship with God through Christ.  We do that through our own relationships with each other.  If you currently meet as a men’s fellowship and are not chartered please prayerfully consider doing so.  If you are not meeting and would like help in forming or reforming a men’s fellowship, contact your Sub-district Coordinator or myself so we can discuss options and enlist local or National expert resources as appropriate.   And, by the way, those expert resources have been developed through our connections with the UMM Body as a whole.
In His Service,
Andrew Kissell
Elizabeth River District UMM Team Leader