Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
We serve the Lord with love and praise.

A message from our Pastor

 
                                  

The 235th Session of the Virginia Annual Conference was held on June 16-18 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA with the theme A New Thing, based on Isaiah 43:19: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”          

Annual Conference is always both inspirational and challenging. This year’s gathering was especially so as Bishop Sharma D. Lewis shared her God-given vision for the Virginia Conference. For the last year, our Bishop has traveled extensively throughout the Conference, holding “Chat and Chew” sessions on each district with both clergy and laity to help her better understand the blessings and challenges that are before us. During the Sunday morning worship service on the final day of Conference, Bishop Lewis articulated her vision and how the Holy Spirit is guiding her to lead us into the future. As an extension of the Mission Statement of the United Methodist Church, “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” Bishop Lewis further extended that mission for our Conference with this vision: “to be lifelong learners to influence others to serve. 

At the heart of this vision is a call to discipleship and a challenge for us to enhance the discipleship ministries in our local churches. At Emmanuel, we have already been in conversation and planning through our “How to Reach New People” coaching process and have created a church Vitality Team to help us move forward in making and equipping new disciples.

 It is important for all of us to be engaged in this process through prayer, discernment, and action.

 
The Vitality Team is developing a discipleship plan that embraces both our United Methodist mission statement and our Bishop’s vision for the Virginia Conference as we seek to share the Good News of Christ with those around us. We welcome the ideas and input of everyone in this process as we move forward. Bishop Lewis said that it is time for us “to stop playing church and start being the church” and called all of us to see and embrace the new thing that God wants to do in our own lives, in our churches and in our communities through our witness.

Grace and Peace,

 Pastor Nancy