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

Local Ministries of Emmanuel UMC

Hot Dog Day

     Free hot dogs on the fifth Saturday of months with five Saturdays  on Main Street across from Hill Hardware

Food Pantry

    Several Amherst churches combine efforts in this ministry.

    Holiday food boxes are distributed to members of the community for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Amherst Cares  Also see the report for 2015-2016 below.

The purpose of Amherst Cares is to provide supplemental weekend, holiday, and summer food to Amherst County Public School students who have been identified by school personnel as "food insecure." Amherst Cares is a collaborative effort of church, school, community, and individuals. It began in September, 2010 with one school, Amherst Middle School, and one church, Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Amherst Cares has grown and now serves two middle schools, five elementary schools, and Amherst County High School. With the assistance of approximately 100 community volunteers, we serve approximately 300 students each week.

  Among the churches and church sponsored organizations who have joined Emmanuel in this mission are St. Mark’s Episcopal, Northminster Presbyterian, St. Francis of Assisi, Ascension Episcopal, Monroe United Methodist, Bethany United Methodist, Amherst Presbyterian, Amherst Baptist, Believers Fellowship Class of Randolph Memorial Baptist, Sarah Preston Wailes Circle of Amherst Presbyterian, Mt. Olive Baptist, The Episcopal Thrift Shop, St Mark’s Bible Study Class, St Peters Baptist, Central Baptist, Randolph Memorial Baptist, St. Paul’s Episcopal Mission (Monacan Tribe), Mt Pleasant United Methodist,  Amelon United Methodist and Elon Presbyterian.  The Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Presbytery of the Peaks also continue to support this mission. 

Among the civic organizations that support us are Amherst Rotary Club, Amherst Jr. Women’s Club, Amherst County Lion’s Club, Temperance Ruritan Club, Amherst County Retired Teachers, and Eastern Star.

Amherst County Public Schools have held fund raisers and food drives to show their support of Amherst Cares.  At the beginning of the school year, over 4,100 food items were donated by our educators for our students.  Also, many individual educators continue to financially support this program. 

  Meals on Wheels  The Meals on Wheels (MOW) team prepares meals for 16 MOW clients and some homebound members of our church.  In the first five months of this ministry they have prepared 60 MOW meals and 24 meals for church members.  The first Monday of every month finds volunteers in Emmanuel's kitchen preparing the meals and enjoying fellowship with other team members. A note from our church is enclosed with each meal providing encouragement to each recipient.  Our volunteers deliver the meals to our homebound church members while other volunteers from the community take meals to MOW clients.



Prayer Shawl Group

Bingo at Fairmont nursing home.

Singing at nursing homes

Cleaning eyeglasses at Fairmont.

Preparing and serving free dinner for the community in cooperation with Ascension Episcopal Church three times a year.

Amherst Cares Report for 2015-2016

            For the 2015-2016 school year Amherst Cares has distributed 12,696 bags of food to identified food insecure students.  The purpose of Amherst Cares is to feed hungry students. Every day our teachers are seeing students who are hungry.  We are concerned about what happens to these food insecure students when they are not in school.  There are children who go home from school on Friday and have little to eat until Monday. 

            Over the last three school years, 2013-2016 Amherst Cares has provided 37,964 bags of food for the neediest students in Amherst County.  Emmanuel United Methodist Church has been the driving force behind this program. Using the Bible Study series Does Your Church Have a Prayer, by Marc Brown, Kathy Merry, and John Briggs,  the “giant” of childhood hunger was identified. Also, the concept of “Beyond and Within,” where the desire to “replace self confirming internal concerns with a ministry looking beyond their own needs and making an outward connection with the community,”  has been embraced.

            Emmanuel provides the following for the program:  1) financial support through members’ specified donations, 2) a place to house food to be distributed to the students 3) persons to purchase, collect, count, pack, and deliver the food.  Emmanuel has been able to look beyond its walls and embraced this local mission program for under-resourced needy students.   

            This ministry has grown from one school to eight Amherst County Public Schools.  Included are students from Amherst County High School, Amherst Middle School, Monelison Middle School, Amherst Elementary School, Central Elementary School, Elon Elementary School, Madison Heights Elementary School, and Temperance Elementary School. Our numbers have significantly increased each school year.  We began with 68 students.  The average number of students for the 2015-2016 school year was 360.

Emmanuel United Methodist Church, through the Amherst Cares Program, has become a community leader by unifying multidemonational, ethnically diverse churches, community leaders, individuals, local civic groups, and local businesses with one purpose, to fight childhood hunger among our own students.  By using Matthew 5:16 “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven,”  as an example, the ministry of this church is meeting the needs of  people in their deepest concerns of life.  As a result of this food ministry, people in Amherst are making a connection with the message of God’s love and caring in ways that are relevant to the present challenges of life.

In leading by example, we hope to show others that Emmanuel continues to be a caring, compassionate congregation led by the power of the Spirit and open to partnerships to continue spreading the love of Christ in our community.  When children ask where the food comes from that they take home each week, school personnel simply say “from people who care.”  We feel that we are making a difference in the lives of our children, not only through physical nourishment, but also, leading by example of caring for your fellow man by sharing the love of God through an outward focus.

Our aim is to feed so that our students may succeed.  

Thank you for your continued, generous support of Amherst Cares.  Beth Gamble