Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
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:

Maynard H. Campbell, Chair




May 2019

Emmanuel United Methodist Church


Worship Service 10:30 am

Sunday School 9:30 am









Dear EUMC Family:


          Thanks to each of you for your many thoughts, prayers, cards and well-wishes for our daughter Anna during her extended hospital stay.  Anna was discharged on April 23 after surgery on April 10, followed by a second surgery on April 18 to resolve some complications she was having. She is now doing much better and so thankful to be home!

          I want to express my deepest appreciation for all those that stepped up to fill in during my absence on Easter Sunday, especially Rev. Marc Brown who preached for both our Sunrise Service and 10: 30 worship, and to Bessie Kirkwood, Teresa Belcher and Pearl and Charles Clark for their help. As always, we thank our Worship Team (Margaret Anne White, Chair), our Chancel Choir (with special thanks to Director Sue Lamm and Ella Sue Coffey), Elbert Maddox, and our Fellowship Team/Kitchen Crew (Juanita Ondrick, Augusta Peters, and Gail Hewes) for all that each of you did in the name Christ to enhance our Palm/Passion service, Easter Services and breakfast. Even though I missed being with you on Resurrection Day, I have never been more grateful for the faithfulness and dependability of our church family and all of your love and support for us during this difficult time. Over the last two weeks, the words of the Apostle Paul have come to mind again and again..."I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this...that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart...all of you share in God's grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1: 3-8). I am truly blessed to serve a congregation so full of willing and able servants of our Lord Jesus Christ.

With Gratitude, Pastor Nancy



    Committee Meetings for May


                               * Finance Team, Tuesday May 14 at 6:30 p.m.

                               * Council, Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.

                               * Trustees, Tuesday, May 28 at 6:00 p.m.



May 5 is Communion Sunday and our regular monthly communion offering for this month will go directly to support the continuing efforts to build a home for the Goff Family. The Goffs have enjoyed worshipping with us recently and it has been a blessing to get to know them better and share in this journey with them.






The Relay for Life team has chosen to do an on-site bake sale fundraiser during the Relay for Life on Saturday, May 4.  We need donations of cookies, brownies, cakes and pies.  Please let Sue or Janette know if you will be baking so we can arrange to pick it up.  Please sign up on the sheet in the hallway.  Many thanks!


The Woman’s Prayer & Bible Study Group usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month. We will be meeting on Tuesday, May 7 at 9:30 a.m.


The Wednesday Bible Study continues The Story, at 9:30 a.m. at What a Blessing Bakery in the Ambriar Shopping Center.  Please come join us!


The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets on the 2nd Monday, 2-4 p.m.  Our next date is May 13th.  Contact Coordinators Pearl Clark or Janie Stinnett if you have questions.





Gail Hewes will be teaching A Matter of Balance class two days a week beginning May 7.  This class is open to anyone interested in enhancing their ability to prevent falls.  The time will be 12:30–2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of May. Please contact Gail at gail.hewes1959@gmail.com, 434-946-5689 or contact the church office at 434-946-7764.  Deadline to sign up is Sunday, May 5.  The class is free and will be lots of fun.



Sunday, May 12 is Mother’s Day.  The Worship Team looks forward to honoring all women in worship.  Last year we had so much fun wearing hats that we would like to do it again.  Wear your prettiest or goofiest hat and let’s have fun again this year!


At 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, EUMC will host a benefit concert with acclaimed organist Carol Williams.  All donations go to the Amherst County Humane Society.


On the Sunday closest to Memorial Day, Sunday, May 26, we would like to honor the relatives of those in our church family that lost their lives in service to our country. Please write this information on your blue connection card in worship, or email or call Joanne in the church office (434-946-7624; office@emmanuelamherst.org) by Wednesday, May 22 with your name, the name of your loved one and the branch of the military in which they served so that they can be remembered during the service.


We appreciate all those that collected spare change in the Society of St. Andrew coin banks during Lent. You may return your banks to the church office (open Monday-Friday 9 to 1) through the offering plate, or place them on the altar before worship on Sunday. Thanks for your generosity to this important ministry. 


Looking Ahead


Vacation Bible School is scheduled for June 24-28 (M-F) from 6:00-8:30 p.m. and it is just around the corner! This year’s theme is ROAR!:  Life is Wild ~ God is Good!  takes us on an African safari adventure. We need volunteers in every area as kids rotate to the following stations: Sing & Play Roar, Wild Bible Adventures, Imagination Station, Stampede Sports, Hungry Herd Café, KidVid Cinema an Safari Celebration. Please see Jeanie Combs to volunteer and watch the bulletin announcements for volunteer meeting dates.

Kits for Conference:  The Virginia Annual Conference will take place on June 20-22 in Roanoke. Individuals, groups and teams within the congregation are encouraged to create Health Kits for Annual Conference to be donated to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and delivered to Roanoke during Conference. Health kits provide basic necessities for people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster. The kits are also used as learning tools in personal hygiene, literacy, nutrition, and cooking classes. You may bring your kit and place it on the communion rail on Sunday, June 16 when we will dedicate our kits in worship. Kit instructions are available in the box located beside the large bulletin board in the hallway outside the sanctuary, or in the church office. Please follow the instructions completely in creating your kit. Thanks for participating in this ministry.


Habitat for Humanity of Amherst County and the Amherst Disaster Recovery Group welcome any volunteers that want to participate in their current building projects in Amherst County, including a tornado rebuild in Elon for the James family, and the anticipated start of a home on Pendleton Drive for the Goff family who lost their rental residence in the tornado last April. An easy way to be updated about workdays is to contact Debbie Habel at 665-4171 or at amherstcountyhabitat@gmail.com. You can request to be put on a list to receive emails about where and when work is happening and what jobs will be done on certain days. You can then reply to help as your schedule permits. Sunday,




Amherst Cares meets regularly on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.  Director:  Beth Gamble                            


                                                                             Amherst Cares News


          On Friday, April 12, National Honor Society Students from Amherst County High School packed 1,530 bags of food to be distributed to Amherst Cares participants. These bags will be packed in the individual school bins and transported to the various schools on April 25, May 2, and May 9.  We will have our normal packing on May 15-16, May 22-23, and May 29-30.  The last packing for the school year will be May 29-30.

          My sincere thanks to those who have supported this program for the neediest students in Amherst County Public Schools.

          We will begin Amherst Cares again in August, 2019 when school starts.

Again, we appreciate your support. Beth Gamble, President, Amherst Cares


Words of Thanks:


Dear Members of EUMC,

          We wish to thank you for your sponsorship of our Scleroderma Walk.  We were able to raise over $10,500 to go towards research and treatments.

          In addition to your sponsorship, we appreciate the many donations and support from your members.  We thank you for everything. 

Margaret Ann White


Thanks to everyone for the kind wishes and lovely birthday cards! I am truly blessed to serve such a warm and caring church family.  Many blessings, Pastor Nancy 


We appreciate all those that collected spare change in the Society of St. Andrew coin banks during Lent. You may return your banks to the church office (open Monday-Friday 9 to 1) through the offering plate, or place them on the altar before worship on Sunday. Thanks for your generosity to this important ministry.


REMINDER:  The Bishop’s Bible Challenge will no longer be in the church newsletter due to space constraints.  Please pick up a copy on the table at the front of the church.


Lay Leadership for May



  Lay Reader:

Marsha Campbell

 Ushers:  Maynard Campbell & Mike Mozingo


Altar Flowers


May 5

Communion/Worship Committee

May 12

Jill Clark

May 19

Carol & Bob Andercyk

May 26

Janette Mears








General Fund

All Other*

March 24



     $  90.00

March 31




April 7




April 14




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







                May Birthdays



5/3       Karen Sacasky

5/4       Janie Stinnett

5/5       Jack Brandell

5/5       JJ Lamm

5/6       Helen Taylor

5/8       Matthew Payne

5/10     Virginia Brown

5/10     John Hall

5/13     Kevin Belcher

5/14     Billy Iseman

5/15     Andy Mays

5/15     Cookie Ogden

5/18     Barbara Caldwell

5/22     Joe King

5/22     Megan Maddox Saunders

5/23     Polly Ogden

5.30     Addison Lamm















Newsletter Editor:  Cat Brandell, Phone: 946-9102, Email: catbrandell@gmail.com. Deadline to submit newsletter articles:  20th of the month.  If you can send your information by email, it would be appreciated.  If you do not have email, your article may be left at the church office in the newsletter basket.