Early bird registration deadline nears for Men’s Annual Gathering, Golf Outing

2019 Annual Gathering program
(To have a printed copy mailed to you,
e-mail George Hohmann at:

The early bird registration deadline for the West Virginia United Methodist Men Annual Gathering and the Arnold Eddy Memorial Golf Outing is fast approaching.

Those who register for these events by Aug. 16 receive a discount.

The Annual Gathering will be Sept. 6-8 at Jackson’s Mill, Weston. The Golf Outing will be Sept. 6 at the Tygart Valley Golf Course, Grafton.

Rev. Dr. Barry Steiner Ball will be the Annual Gathering keynote speaker. His topic: “The Opioid Epidemic: How our Wesleyan heritage puts us right on target to respond.”

Musical entertainment at the Annual Gathering will be provided by Mercy’s Reign of Gallipolis, Ohio.

For more information about the Annual Gathering e-mail West Virginia United Methodist Men President George Hohmann at g.hohmann48@gmail.com or call him at 304 419-1916.

The golf outing is the major fund-raiser for Circuit Rider, a weekend of activities at Jackson’s Mill that draws hundreds of Scouts from West Virginia and surrounding states. This is the 31st year for Circuit Rider, which always takes place at the same time as the Men’s Annual Gathering.

To register for the golf outing or to sponsor a hole, e-mail Paul Hanko at hanko@comcast.net or call him at 304 826-0174.

Click on this link to download the two-page flyer for UMM Circuit Rider 31. The event will be Sept. 6-7-8, 2019, at Jackson’s Mill: 


Two Bible Basics RP3 Patches

to be offered at Circuit Rider 31

Sept. 6-8, 2019, at Jackson’s Mill

     What is Bible Basics RP3?
     “Bible Basics RP3” is a patch series from P.R.A.Y. It is designed to help families, Sunday school classes, and scouting groups get into the Bible. We firmly believe that time spent in the Bible can be precious time with God.  And, the United Methodist Church believes that scouting is a ministry!
     Registration for the class is required.  The first 25 registered attendees will receive a FREE patch upon completion of the required sessions.  If more than 25 scouts attend the sessions, additional patches will be presented at a later date.  To pre-register contact Bill Atwell, wcatwell@suddenlink.net.
     Registration at the time of check-in will be accepted but preregistration will guarantee a seat in the class and a patch.  Registration information is also available on the United Methodist Men webpage. 
     Note: The Tents and Shelters Patch is restricted to those who have earned the Good Book Patch.
     Here are pictures of the patches:



Flood buckets


          The West Virginia Conference United Methodist Men request that your men’s group, Scout troop or unit help the region to be prepared when there’s a natural disaster. You can do so by bringing completed “flood buckets” to the retreat and Circuit Rider. For a list of bucket “ingredients,” click on this link: Cleaning Kit Assembly Instructions May 22 2018 (3)



Keynote speaker’s recommended reading

       Rev. Mark Lubbock, who was the keynote speaker at the West Virginia United Methodist Men’s annual retreat Sept. 7-9, 2018, at Jackson’s Mill, was asked for a list of books he most recommends for men. His list:

Play The Man by Mark Batterson

No Man Left Behind by Pat Morley, David Delk and Brett Clemmer

Man in The Mirror by Patrick Morley

Man Up by Jody Burkeen

Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

Fathered by God by John Eldredge

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson

Kingdom Man by Tony Evans

Measure of a Young Man by Gene Getz and Kenton Getz

The Resolution for Men by Stephen Kendrick

     These books are available from Cokesbury, the retail division of The United Methodist Publishing House (online at www.cokesbury.com).