Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
We serve the Lord with love and praise.

Monthly Newsletter


Rev. Nancy Coleman Johnson




Joanne Johnson



Choir Director & Organist

Sue Lamm


Substitute Pianist & Organist

Ella Sue Coffey



401 North Main Street 

Post Office Box 451

Amherst VA 24521

Telephone (434) 946-7624





Administrative Council:

Bessie Kirkwood, Chair



Board of Trustees:

Karen L. Sacasky, Chair


Emmanuel United Methodist Church



Worship Service 10:30 a.m.

Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

                                     APRIL 2018


                                         Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

for the Transformation of the World


The Miracle of Easter, A Poem

by Andrew Daughters


When I was young, they told me that around this time of year,

Some rabbits lay bright-colored eggs, a strange myth we hold dear;

At other times they never even lay an egg that’s white,

So it must be a miracle that moves them overnight!

And, yet, it seems that miracles are special acts of God.

And using them on trivia like that seems rather odd.

For surely God has more important things to fill His days.

And making hares lay colored eggs is quite unlike His ways.


There is an Easter miracle that really takes your breath.

And unlike colored bunny eggs, it deals with life and death.

It has to do with Jesus, who is God’s eternal Son,

Who lived and taught and died upon a cross for everyone.


This Jesus then, from out the tomb, the third day rose again

To meet with all his followers who were very startled then.

So if you want a miracle that’s worth God’s time to give,

Be sure to tell your children. It could change the way they live.

A God who takes the very worst that human hate displays,

And turns it to a gift of love,

That God is worth our praise!

Join us as we celebrate the TRUE MIRACLE of Easter

Sunday, April 1

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

7:00 a.m. ~ Easter Sunrise Service, Amherst Cemetery

followed by our Annual Easter Breakfast, EUMC Social Hall

10:30  Resurrection Celebration/Morning Worship





On March 31 we received a check for $10,455.00 to add to our Building Fund bringing us up to $133,005.88.  So as of March 31 we only need $11,000+ and we have ourselves an elevator! 

OUR FINAL FUNDRAISER – WE PROMISE! (at least for THIS Fundraising Team)

          The EUMC family and other interested persons in our community are invited to participate in the “Buy a   Brick” Program. You may purchase a personalized, engraved brick in honor or in memory of loved ones and friends. The bricks will be placed in the existing walkways around our Memorial Rose Garden. You may choose to take your brick(s) home to place wherever you wish, or to give it as a gift to a special friend or loved one (felt protectors provided).

          The laser engraved bricks will be on 4” x 8” x 2-¼” brick paver stones and will cost $75 each with quantity discounts to apply. You will be able to order up to three lines of text with 20 characters per line (this includes all punctuation and spacing). If adding a design, you are allowed three lines with 15 characters per line (also including punctuation and spacing). A sample brick will be available in the Narthex for the month of April.

          All proceeds from the “Buy a Brick” Program are designated for our current Building Fund project to complete the handicap-accessible restrooms on both levels of our church, and an elevator. It is the mission of Emmanuel United Methodist Church “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” It is our desire that our facilities be open and welcoming to “all God’s children.” For over two years, our church has been working diligently to raise the funds needed to complete this project. These improvements will allow those in our church with mobility issues to fully access our programs, and will give our church a greater opportunity to host more community events that require handicapped accessibility.

          Our Building Committee is committed to raising the funds necessary for this project without securing a loan. Thanks to the generous, sacrificial giving of our church family, and the ongoing efforts of the Fundraising Team, we are very close to reaching our goal in the near future. We invite you to join with us in making this vision a reality, all for the glory of God.

          If you are interested in purchasing a brick, please use the order forms that are available in the church office and in the Narthex. Please place your order by JULY 1.  Help us get the word out to others you know who might be interested!  A sample brick will be available to view on the glass table in the front of the sanctuary.


2018 Offering Envelopes: Any remaining offering envelopes are available for pick up on the table in the Youth Room.


The Story Wednesday Bible Study Group will NOT meet on Wednesday, April 4.


The Tuesday Women’s Prayer and Bible Study Group will have their April meeting on Tuesday, April 10 at 10:30 a.m. instead of our usual “first Tuesday” meeting. All interested women in the church and community are invited to participate, so come and bring a friend.


Vacation Bible School, June 4-8, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Get ready to join in the fun and learning of this year’s VBS! We need lots of help in order to provide this program and reach out to our community, so mark your calendars and volunteer now! A signup sheet is posted on the big bulletin board. Please see Jeanie Combs for details.


Wednesday, April 25 is Administrative Professional’s Day, so please remember the faithful work and ministry of EUMC’s Administrative Assistant, Joanne Johnson!


The Worship Committee has designated Sunday, May 13 as HAT DAY for the women of Emmanuel.  Women are encouraged to wear your prettiest, fanciest hat that Sunday.


Announcements, Newsletter and Church Calendar

If you have announcements for the weekly Sunday Paper that is included in our worship bulletin, please email them to Joanne in the church office (office@emmanuelamherst.org) by noon on Wednesday. You may also call the church office with your announcement (946-7624) or leave your printed announcement in the marked folder in the box outside the church office door. Please do not leave announcements on Joanne’s desk unless she is there to receive them. The office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Events should be scheduled and reserved in advance through the church office

·         Forms are available in the office, or in the box outside the office door. PLEASE check the church calendar before you set up for your special event or program. Setting up the day before may not be possible if other events are on the calendar. We all need to do our best make sure we communicate our schedules so we can work together to coordinate use of our building, especially the Fellowship Hall.

·         We ask that all leaders, committee chairs and others wishing to communicate events and news to be responsible for contacting Cat and Joanne directly with your information for the bulletin or church newsletter.


Church Kitchen: We are blessed to have a church kitchen that is available for us and for scheduled community events. We appreciate June Kilgore and Juanita Ondrick that serve in leadership with our family meals and events that involve the use of the kitchen. They have done an excellent job with cleaning and organizing the kitchen, and the church appreciates their dedication to this ministry.

·         If you use the church kitchen please observe the signs posted regarding clean up. Try your best to leave the kitchen in better condition than you found it, and put all items away, including drying and putting away dishes. Please do not leave dirty dishes in the sink. Groups are responsible for wiping down countertops, tables and chairs in the Fellowship Hall, and washing and returning used dish towels and rags to their proper place in the kitchen.

·         PLEASE make note of any supplies that you use that are running low, and write down those items on the clipboard located on the kitchen counter near the door. This helps volunteers who buy supplies to keep the kitchen well-stocked for events.  Thanks for your help!


Message from the Board of Trustees: Our water usage has been unusually high for this time of year, so please help us when using any of the restrooms or sinks located in the church building. Please make sure that the toilets do not continue to run after flushing, and that the faucets are completely turned off and not running after use. Thank you for your care and cooperation.


Construction Updates: Thanks so much for your continued support of our Building Project Fund. The work continues on our handicap-accessible restrooms and it is exciting to watch the progress!  We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience during this phase since the only usable restrooms we have at the present time are located upstairs as follows: Beside the Pastor’s office; between the choir room and youth room; between the children’s church room and nursery. Please do not enter the construction area and follow all posted signs during the construction.


Amherst Cares

          Spring Break will be April 2-6 so there will be no packing.  Normal schedule will resume on Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12.

          The final cereal packing for Amherst Cares will be April 10 at 9:00 a.m.  We will pack enough for the rest of the school year at this time.  Thank you for all the help you have given for this school year.

Sincerely, Beth Gamble


Upcoming Opportunities in the Virginia Conference:


Bishop’s Convocation on Race and Reconciliation, Saturday, April 14, 2018, Annandale UMC, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. Join Bishop Lewis and the Virginia Conference on our journey of being lifelong, learning disciples who will be able to conduct the difficult conversations we all need to have related to issues of racial division, justice, and God’s call to ministries of reconciliation and peace. The keynote speaker is Romal Tune, whose ministry has impacted the lives of thousands through examining their own lives and stories in transparent and honest ways: in short, to “help hurting people find healing.” An informational sheet is available on the table in front of the Sanctuary and you may register at the Conference website, http://www.vaumc.org. Cost is $10 and includes lunch. Please see Pastor Nancy if you are interested in attending.


Next Generation Summit, Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Next Gen is an opportunity to learn more about how our church can reach the next generation for Christ by connecting with other churches and leaders, connecting with resources, and connecting with God who has called us in the first place. The theme of the summit is Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church. Churches everywhere are losing both members and vitality as increasing numbers of young people disengage from the church. It’s obvious that most churches have been steadily "growing old." While the Gospel of Jesus Christ remains as relevant as ever, we have struggled to capture the hearts of young people in our communities. But what if there are ways we could help our churches grow young once again? And what if the answer has nothing to do with church size, money, or being "cool?" Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain children, teenagers and young adults. Growing Young author Jake Mulder is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Fuller Youth Institute and is passionate about helping individuals and organizations achieve their full potential in Christ.

The EUMC Vitality Team encourages all interested church leaders and volunteers to attend. This is a live-stream event with the closest location to us being Calvary UMC in Stuarts Draft. The church will provide scholarships to reimburse the registration cost of any who wish to attend. You may register on the conference website through the events calendar at www.vaumc.org. Registration deadline is April 15. A carpool will be available to travel together, so let Pastor Nancy know if you are registering to attend.


Bishop’s Bible Challenge Readings for April:


April 1

Judges 6-7

April 2

Judges 8-9

April 3

Judges 10-12

April 4

Judges 13-15

April 5

Judges 16-18

April 6

Judges 19-21

April 7

Ruth 1-4

April 8

1 Samuel 1-3

April 9

1 Samuel 4-8

April 10

1 Samuel 9-12

April 11

1 Samuel 13-14

April 12

1 Samuel 15-17

April 13

1 Samuel 18-20, Psalm 11, Psalm 59

April 14

1 Samuel 21-24

April 15

Psalm 7, Psalm 27, Psalm 31, Psalm 34, Psalm 52

April 16

Psalm 56, Psalm 120, Psalm 140-142

April 17

1 Samuel 25-27

April 18

Psalm 17, Psalm 35, Psalm 54, Psalm 63

April 19

1 Samuel 28-31, Psalm 18

April 20

Psalm 121, Psalm 123-125, Psalm 128-130

April 21

2 Samuel 1-4

April 22

Psalm 6, Psalm 8-10, Psalm 14, Psalm 16, Psalm 19, Psalm 21

April 23

1 Chronicles 1-2

April 24

Psalm 43-45, Psalm 49, Psalm 84-85, Psalm 87

April 25

1 Chronicles 3-5

April 26

Psalm 73, Psalm 77-78

April 27

1 Chronicles 6

April 28

Psalm 81, Psalm 88, Psalm 92-93

April 29

1 Chronicles 7-10

April 30

Psalm 102-104

Lay Leadership for April 

Lay Reader

Mike Mozingo

   Ushers:  Bob Andercyk/Bob Smith


Altar Flowers 

April 1

Worship Committee

April 8

Jill & Don Clark

April 15

Cat & Jack Brandell

April 22

Janette & Dave Mears

April 29

Patty Bumgarner







General Fund

     Building Fund

All Other*




       $ 118,602.88


February 25


 $   3,457.00

       $    1,003..00    

$     -0-

March 4


 $   1,420.00 

       $        475.00

    $     -0-

March 11


 $   6,291.00 

       $     1,895.00        

$    75.00

March 18


 $      770.00

       $        575.00 

$    -.0-

 Matching Gift



       $    10,455.00





       $  133,005.88 YTD


All Other Excludes Amherst Cares, Society of St. Andrew, Relay for Life

April Birthdays

04/01   Bob Andercyk

04/01   William Carter

04/01   Tracy Eagle

04/01   Doug Thomas

04/02   Mary Coffey

04/02   Matthew Riley Cox

04/02   Andrew Hazlett

04/04   Emma Spielman

04/05   Adam Brown

04/05   James Kilgore

04/05   Katie Meeks

04/06   Nash Hunter

04/07   W. L. Nash, Jr.

04/08   Kim Restivo

04/08   Marsha Campbell

04/09   Alexander Law

04/12   Michael Hall

04/12   David Kurz

04/12   Ashley Elizabeth Pandolf

04/12   Jennifer Lindsey Pandolf

04/13   Michelle Tweedy

04/14   John Howell

04/14   Robin Layne

04/15   Thomas Humphries

04/16   Billy Hildebrandt

04/16   Turner Neblett

04/16   Warren Thomas Wheaton

04/17   Thomas Humphries

04/17   Blane Johnson

04/18   Nancy Johnson

04/18   Andrew McNeil

04/18   David Phillips

04/18   Walter Turner III

04/19   Joyce Martin

04/21   Gail Hewes

04/21   Kirk Neal

04/22   Evan Michael Filepas

04/23   Josh Makarski

04/25   Corinne Foss

04/26   Stephanie Nicole Cash

04/26   Judy McCartney

04/27   Marc Brown

04/27   Jonathan Craig Hobbs

04/27   Reggie Wilkerson

04/28   Hailey Elizabeth Belcher

04/28   Angela White


Updates from our United Methodist Council of Bishops and The Commission on a Way Forward: What is the Christ’s way forward for doing mission and ministry in the worldwide United Methodist Church? That is the question bishops pondered during their February meeting in Dallas as they received an updated report from the Commission on a Way Forward. As you will recall, the 32-member Commission on a Way Forward was appointed by the Council of Bishops to assist the bishops in their charge from the 2016 General Conference to lead the church forward amid the present impasse related to LGBTQ inclusion and resulting questions about the unity of the church.


In the report given to the Council at their February meeting, the Commission shared with the bishops two sketches that carry forward many of the values and principles of the three sketches* that were presented to the bishops at their meeting in November (*summarized in our EUMC January Newsletter). “The sketches of these two models represent the values, concerns and feedback we have received since we reported to the Council in November. The two sketches provide avenues for unity, contextualization and mission,” said Bishop Ken Carter, one of the moderators of the Commission. The bishops offered feedback but did not vote on the two revised sketches, instead asking the Commission to continue working to prepare a final report to be presented to the bishops at their April/May meeting.


Summary of the sketches of the models

Here is a summary of the two sketches in process. Details may change based on the work of the Commission at its next meeting.



The One Church Model gives churches the room they need to maximize the presence of United Methodist witness in as many places in the world as possible. The One Church Model provides a generous unity that gives conferences, churches, and pastors the flexibility to uniquely reach their missional context in relation to human sexuality without changing the connectional nature of The United Methodist Church.



This model is grounded in a unified core that includes shared doctrine and services and one Council of Bishops, while also creating different branches that have clearly defined values such as accountability, contextualization and justice. The five U.S. jurisdictions would be replaced by three connectional conferences, each covering the whole country, based on theology and perspective on LGBTQ ministry (i.e. progressive, contextual, traditional branches). Annual conferences would decide which connectional conference to affiliate with; only local churches who choose a branch other than the one chosen by their annual conference would vote. During the February meeting, the bishops also heard reports on the impact of both models on pension benefits, the connection, central conferences and fiscal responsibilities. Council President Bishop Bruce Ough noted that the process of seeking a way forward was grounded in three major values:


1.      A renewed attention to our public mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, especially with those who are not yet a part of our churches.

2.      A focus on contextuality in a global church, and our continuing call to learn from each other, listen to each other.

3.      Continuing to work with traditional, contextual and progressive values that are present in two models, one that is more aligned with a contextual church with the removed language about human sexuality, a second which differentiates between these values as different branches of one church.


The Council of Bishops began their meeting with worship and the presidential address/sermon, and their time together with a Love Feast. The Commission on a Way Forward will give its final report to Council of Bishops at the April/May meeting in Chicago. All United Methodists around the world are encouraged to lift in prayer our Council of Bishops and the Commission on a Way Forward during these critical days leading toward the special called General Conference scheduled for February 2019. For more information about the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, visit umc.org/wayforward. A link is also available under the resources tab on the Virginia Conference website at www.vaumc.org.