Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
We serve the Lord with love and praise.

A message from our Pastor

  Bishop’s Bible Challenge for 2018

             With the start of each new year comes renewed hopes, renewed priorities and renewed commitments. The turning of the year gives all of us the opportunity to take stock of our lives in many ways, including spiritually.

Throughout 2017, our Virginia Conference Bishop, Sharma D. Lewis, challenged the entire conference to join with her in reading through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  Several in our congregation accepted the challenge and kept up with the daily readings issued monthly. This year, Bishop Lewis is asking us to accept a new challenge and once again to embrace a serious reading of Scripture as we all live into her vision for the Virginia Conference of being “disciples of Jesus Christ, who are lifelong learners who influence others to serve.”

The chronological format of the Bishop’s new challenge is similar to The Story, a Bible Study that we started at Emmanuel in September. The study will resume in January and we invite others to join us. Groups are meeting on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. and on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Mattie Ware Classroom. Other groups can be formed as need and interest demands. If you are interested in joining The Story study, please call the church office for more information.

Please read the letter below from our bishop with information about the new Bible Reading Challenge for 2018. The readings will be printed monthly in our newsletter and are also available on the conference website vaumc.org.

May the grace and peace of our Lord surround us all as we begin a new year. Blessings, Pastor Nancy


From Bishop Lewis:

Dear Virginia Annual Conference,

Last year I kicked off the Bible Challenge to participate in daily readings from Genesis to Revelation. I want to express my appreciation those of you who stuck to the daily readings. Several of you in the conference shared your testimonies from this experience:

• “I’ve been in the church for 30 years and have never read the Bible cover to cover.”
• “My husband and I are diligently reading together every morning.”

•  “I’m glad you’ve challenged us to read this year.”
•  “What are we going to do next year?”


As we come to the end of our 2017 Bible Challenge, I pray you have found this journey through the Bible uplifting and enriching. Bible study is very essential to building our faith. Through God’s Word, we gain an understanding that God is the one who gives the gift of knowledge for us to live productive lives as believers. I would like to invite you again this year to read the Bible chronologically (in the order of events). The readings will be posted on the conference website and in the monthly Advocate. If you were not successful in completing the challenge let me encourage you to try again this year. 

Tips on reading the Bible daily:

1.  Start reading the Bible today. 
2.  Set aside a specific time and place each day. Set your schedule and then stick to it. Mornings are great; but
 feel free to use any time that works consistently with your schedule.  

3.  Get a good study Bible to help to illuminate the meaning of the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek text.
4.  Choose a translation to use during your reading.
5.  Say a short prayer to God before you begin, asking the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and understanding.
6. Dive in and enjoy the richness of God’s Word!
7. Apply God’s Word to your life.

Bible study should be practical and applicable. I assure you that these seven steps will help you begin a journey in becoming a “life-long learner” of God’s Word.


Peace and Blessings,

Bishop Lewis  




January 1

Genesis 1-3

January 2

Genesis 4-7

January 3

Genesis 8-11

January 4

Job 1-5

January 5

Job 6-9

January 6

Job 10-13

January 7

Job 14-16

January 8

Job 17-20

January 9

Job 21-23

January 10

Job 24-28

January 11

Job 29-31

January 12

Job 32-34

January 13

Job 35-37

January 14

Job 38-39

January 15

Job 40-42

January 16

Genesis 12-15

January 18

Genesis 19-21

January 19

Genesis 22-24

January 20

Genesis 25-26

January 21

Genesis 27-29

January 22

Genesis 30-31



January 23

Genesis 32-34

January 24

Genesis 35-37

January 25

Genesis 38-40

January 26

Genesis 41-42

January 27

Genesis 43-45

January 28

Genesis 46-47

January 29

Genesis 48-50

January 30

Exodus 1-3

January 31

Exodus 4-6