A service celebrating the Appointment of a new United Methodist, Winchester District Superintendent was held Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM on July 11, 2010 at the Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in downtown Berryville, VA.
As of July 1, 2010, Larry R. Thompson Jr. is the new United Methodist Winchester District Superintendent. Former District Superintendent David T. Forrest will now serve as pastor of St. Thomas United Methodist Church in Manassas, VA (Alexandria District).
Attending the Celebration for Reverend Larry Thompson, and his wife Vicki, were members of the Duncan Memorial UMC and as well as pastors and members of the Winchester District, which represents 99 churches in the counties of, Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Shenandoah, Warren, and Winchester City.
Rev. Thompson was presented with symbolic gifts reflecting his new office including a Bible, Bread and Cup, hymnal and Book of Worship, towel and basin, a special handmade stool presented by Vivienne Jackson of First UMC, Winchester, a Book of Discipline, a globe, and a candle.
Katherine Witt, youth representative presented the new superintendent with a golf club “as reminder to keep the Sabbath holy and how to be relaxed as well as how to be renewed as you serve others.”
Rev. Thompson also presented a sermon at the occasion based on Matthew 25:14-29 entitled “Out on a Limb”. Thompson reminded the faithful that nothing is accomplished by playing it safe and that growth comes by moving out of our comfort zone, going “Out on a Limb”.
The Duncan Memorial UMC Chancel Choir present two outstanding performances; First singing “ I’m Gonna Sing When The Spirit Says Sing” followed by “We’ve Got the Spirit”. The communion service was enhanced by the contributions of Cantor, John Hudson.
The afternoon concluded with a bountiful reception put on by Duncan’s United Methodist Women with lovely finger sandwiches, endless desserts and a refreshing punch.
According to the, Advocate, the United Methodist newsletter (http://www.vaumc.org/) ReverendThompson has formerly served as pastor at Asbury UMC in the Harrisonburg District, and has also served churches in Woodbridge, Front Royal, Powhatan, Salem, Covington, Staunton and Wirtz (Danville District). He also served as president of the Virginia Council of Churches from 2001-2002.
Thompson is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite Seminary.