Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
We serve the Lord with love and praise.

A message from our Pastor


Tornado Recovery Continues in Amherst County

The disaster recovery efforts in Amherst County are continuing following the devastating storms that ravaged the Elon area in late April. Our congregation responded by connecting with the Jeanette Leonard family who lost their rental home and whose family members sustained significant injuries. During the months of May and June, we collected a total of $1300 to assist this family with their needs. It was a blessing to connect with Jeanette and to establish a relationship with her. She was most grateful and appreciative of our gift. Many in our church also responded to the call for supplies collected through the Chamber of Commerce.

The County has established the Amherst Disaster Response Group (ADRG) to help coordinate continuing relief efforts and assess the current needs of the residents that were impacted by this disaster. I was able to attend the recent informational session sponsored by the ADRG to see how our church family might be able to participate.

Currently, the ADRG is recruiting volunteers to serve as “case managers” to help assess the needs of the residents. The goal is to complete paperwork on each family affected so that state funding can be adequately and fairly distributed to them. Anyone in the community can volunteer to assist with this effort. An informational training session will be provided on Friday, September 7 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room at the Amherst County Administration Building located at 153 Washington Avenue in Amherst. This session will guide anyone interested on how to correctly and effectively serve as a volunteer case manager for our tornado victims.

Additionally, the ADRG will sponsor a Distribution Day for tornado victims on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Elon Presbyterian Church, 2290 Cedar Gate Road in Elon. Any community volunteers are invited to come out and help distribute the remaining supplies that were collected after the storm. No training is required to help on Distribution Day.

If you are interested in attending either of these events and would like to carpool with others, please contact the EUMC office (434-946-7624; office@emmanuelamherst.org). These community efforts give us the opportunity as disciples of Jesus Christ to put our faith into action by joining our hearts and hands with other as we reach out to those who still need our help in recovering from their devastating losses. 


Grace and Peace,

Pastor Nancy

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

Philippians 2:4