Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
We serve the Lord with love and praise.

A message from our Pastor

 

“To God be the Glory, Great Things He Has Done!”

            On Sunday, June 24, during morning worship, our congregation had the blessing of celebrating the completion of our building project. We consecrated to God our handicap-accessible restrooms on both levels of the building and the newly installed elevator.

              For almost three years, our church family has worked diligently to raise the necessary funds ($144,400) to complete this project in order to make our church more accessible and welcoming to everyone. Through the generosity of our congregation in regular faithful giving, specially designated memorial gifts, and enthusiastic fundraising efforts, we surpassed our goal and, by God’s grace, were able to fund this project without incurring any debt.

          It was an honor to welcome Rev. Scott Davis, Lynchburg District Superintendent, as our guest preacher for the service. Scott also officiated during the consecration ceremony.

          During the service, special gratitude was extended to those families that designated our church as a recipient of their loved one’s memorial gifts over the last several years. We are grateful to the families of the following: Rachel Babcock, Marie Clayton (Karen Sacasky’s mother), Jonathan Coleman (Pastor Nancy’s brother), Martha Coleman (Pastor Nancy’s mother), Zada Crews, Richard Cromer (Julia Warner’s relative), Marilyn Crump, Robbie Edgemon, Audrey Harrell (Carol Andercyk’s sister), Joseph Kilgore, Zoe Lamm (Kevin and April’s newborn daughter; Sue and Phil’s granddaughter), Al Markert, Arlene Mays, Jeannie Morris, William Morris, Bobby Mottley, Mary Francis Olinger, Mildred Sale (Elbert Maddox’s sister), Phyllis Shrader, Betty Swisher, Christopher Talley (Julia Warner’s relative), Julia Warner, Myrtle Wolhfert, Josephine Young.Through our Christmas and Easter donations during the Building Campaign, so many in our congregation honored and remembered your friends and loved ones with special gifts to the Building Fund. We are appreciative of each and every gift and acknowledged those through special inserts in the worship bulletin during those seasons.

            The adoption of this renovation project was a huge undertaking for our congregation. There were times when the goal seemed a distant dream that we might not be able to accomplish. But thanks be to God that we love and serve a God who is able to do “exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).

             It was a privilege to have the opportunity to publicly thank those who led us in this effort. Our Board of Trustees, who served as the Building Committee for this project, are to be commended for all of their careful guidance, advanced planning and support. A very special thanks is extended to Karen Sacasky, Chairperson for the Board of Trustees, for her faithful and patient leadership, and to Tom Hall for sharing his expertise so generously in coordinating all of the countless details involved in accomplishing this work. In addition to Karen and Tom, the Board of Trustees membership includes: Bob Andercyk, Charles Clark, Maynard Campbell, Ella Sue Coffey, Beth Gamble, Bill McCartney, James Peters, and Nancy Johnson.

              Our Fundraising Team has been an endless source of enthusiasm and creativity, providing numerous ways for us to contribute to the Building Fund through church figurine and traffic circle ornament sales (some are still available by the way!), yard sales, soup, stew and bake sales, and the “Buy-a-Brick” program. We appreciate all of their efforts and the joyful spirit in which they served. Members of the Fundraising Team include: Cat Brandell, Chair; Carol Andercyk, Jill Clark, Gail Hewes, Paul Kilgore, Bessie Kirkwood, and Nancy Johnson.

             We would be remiss not to include our Finance Team in expressing our appreciation. Chairperson Mike Stinnett kept an accurate record of our funds for us and was so helpful in keeping us up-to-date on our fundraising totals. We especially thank our tellers whose work each week was sometimes complicated, but who always made every effort to deposit each and every penny in the correct fund! In addition to Mike, the members of the Finance Team include: Kevin Belcher, Pam Brockman, Charles Clark, Jill Clark, Mike Gamble, Bessie Kirkwood, Sue Lamm, Elbert Maddox, David Mears, Mike Mozingo, Gail Payne (auditor), Karen Sacasky (or BOT representative), and Nancy Johnson; our faithful tellers are: Sandra Maddox, Cindy Sale, Cat Brandell, and Judy McCartney with Dot Hance and Joe King serving as substitutes.

            There are still a few finishing touches to be completed on this project, including new carpet that will be installed in the upstairs hallway, additional signs and some touch-up painting. All of this will be accomplished without exceeding our approved budget. If any funds remain in the Building Fund after all invoices have been paid, the congregation will have opportunity to propose to the Church Council a designation for those funds.

            Above all else, we give God the glory for placing this vision within the hearts and minds of our church family, and that by God’s grace, He has enabled us to accomplish far more than we imagined. I hope the fulfillment of this dream is a reminder to all of us “that nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37).

 

With Thanksgiving and Gratitude, 

Pastor Nancy