Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Tuesday, June 19, 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.

                                     JUNE 2018

                    Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World


An Update from our United Methodist Council of Bishops

Periodically, we have been sharing updates with the congregation regarding the progress of the Commission on a Way Forward that was formed by the Bishops as a result of a request from the 2016 General Conference when the church reached an impass regarding statements in our current Book of Discipline that deal with same-sex marriage and the ordination of “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals.” The Commission has completed its work and recently sent a final report to the Council of Bishops for their review. The following news release summarizes the Council of Bishops’ recommendation.

As the time draws closer for the special called General Conference in February 2019, I urge all of us to “pray without ceasing” for God’s will to be done within the United Methodist Church. We will continue to keep you informed of news regarding these issues, and for opportunities for us to gather together to pray. You may also visit www.vaumc.org or www.umc.org for more information. On those websites, you can subscribe to receive updates from the Virginia Conference and the General UMC via email.         Grace and Peace, Pastor Nancy


For immediate release May 4, 2018

United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward

CHICAGO – United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward. At the conclusion of the discernment process, the Council of Bishops strongly approved the following motion and rationale: Having received and considered the extensive work of the Commission on a Way Forward, the Council of Bishops will submit a report to the Special Session of the General Conference in 2019 that includes:

*All three plans (The Traditionalist Plan, The One Church Plan and the Connectional Conference Plan) for a way forward considered by the Commission and the Council.

*The Council’s recommendation of the One Church Plan.

*An historical narrative of the Council’s discernment process regarding all three plans.

Rationale: In order to invite the church to go deeper into the journey the Council and Commission has been on, the Council will make all the information considered by the Commission and the Council of Bishops available to the delegates of the General Conference and acknowledges there is support for each of the three plans within the Council. The values of our global church are reflected in all three plans.


The majority of the Council recommends the One Church Plan as the best way forward for The United Methodist Church. Guided by the mission, vision and scope document, the bishops agreed to recommend the One Church Plan. This plan provides conferences, churches, and pastors the flexibility to uniquely reach their missional context while retaining the connectional nature of The United Methodist Church. The One Church Plan allows for contextualization of language about human sexuality in support of the mission; and allows for central conferences, especially those in Africa, to retain their disciplinary authority to adapt the Book of Discipline and continue to include traditional language and values while fulfilling the vision of a global and multicultural church. This plan also encourages a generous unity by giving United Methodists the ability to address different missional contexts in ways that reflect their theological convictions. The One Church Plan removes the restrictive language of the Book of Discipline and adds assurances to pastors and Conferences who due to their theological convictions cannot perform same-sex weddings or ordain self-avowed practicing homosexuals.

The Council’s discernment process was guided by the over-arching desire to strategically help the General Conference do its work and to honor the General Conference’s request for the Council to help the church find a way forward. “With convicted humility, bishops want to be pastors and shepherds of the whole church in order to maximize the presence of a United Methodist witness in as many places in the world as possible and with as much contextual differentiation as possible,” said newly installed Council of Bishops President Ken Carter. The bishops expressed deep appreciation for the diligent work that the 32-member Commission on a Way Forward Commission did in formulating the three plans; the Traditionalist Plan, the One Church Plan and the Connectional Conference Plan. While the bishops recommended the One Church Plan they affirmed that the Connectional Conference Plan and the Traditionalist Plan held values that are important to the life and work of the church and will be included in the final report to the Special Session of General Conference that the bishops have called for Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Bishop Carter, who served as a one of the moderators of the Commission, said the bishops are adopting a spirit of collaboration with the Commission, and an attitude of respect for the delegations who will take up this work on behalf of the whole church. “The Council’s prayerful deliberation reflected the diversity of the global denomination on the matter of homosexuality and many other matters. The Council affirms the strength of this diversity and our commitment to maintain the unity of the church,” Bishop Carter said.

            Full details of the plans and accompanying legislative proposals will be released as soon as final editing of the entire report is completed and translated into the official languages of the General Conference. It is estimated this will be no later than July 8.



WE DID IT EMMANUEL! We needed $144,000 to add an elevator and renovate bathrooms and in a little over 2 years we accomplished that goal. Your Fundraising Team worked many hours planning, preparing and participating in many events outside of church raising money for the Building Fund and we are exhausted. Please make a special effort to thank these dedicated members: Carol Andercyk, Jill Clark, Gail Hewes, Bessie Kirkwood, Margaret Ann White and Pastor Nancy. Cat Brandell, Fundraising Chair


Help us celebrate the completion of the Building Project.  There will be a dedication ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, June 24 followed by a fellowship meal. Our guest preacher will be Rev. Scott Davis, Lynchburg District Superintendent.

We're Almost There!

Although we opened the bathrooms for use on Pentecost Sunday, there were still items such as the elevator, additional painting, window coverings, cleaning, etc. to be completed.  We expect our project to be completed by June 1.  We know everyone will be happy to have full use of our church building again.  We thank you for handling all the inconveniences with grace.

Board of Trustees



The brick is located on the glass top table in the front of the church. The bricks will be placed in the existing walkways around our Memorial Rose Garden. Brochures and order forms are located next to the brick in the front of the church, in the Narthex and in the church office. The last day to order bricks is July 1. This is an excellent way to honor or memorialize someone you love and at the same time support your church’s fundraising efforts. 


Summer Worship: As temperatures heat up during the summer, we encourage the congregation to dress “cool and casual” for worship from Memorial Day thru Labor Day (June, July and August). We also look forward to “singing our favorites” throughout the summer and invite everyone to request your favorite hymns by calling/emailing the church office (946-7624, office@emmanuelamherst.org) or indicating them on your blue connection card in worship. We will also accept requests “on the spot” in worship as time permits.  It is also important to give our dedicated Chancel Choir members some time off in the summer, so if you can help provide special music for worship (solos, duets, ensembles, vocal and/or instrumental music), please contact Sue Lamm.


Summer Prayer Groups Forming: The Church Council invites the congregation to consider coming together for summer prayer gatherings and would appreciate having your feedback about the best time to offer these opportunities. Please use your blue connection card in worship or call/email the church office with your preferences. Options being considered are Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. (twice a month); Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m., or Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. Thanks for sharing your input.


New Neighbor Welcome Bags: Our Vitality Team has created gift bags for the congregation to use in welcoming new neighbors that move in near you and inviting them to church! The bags include the Amherst Guidebook and map, as well as information about our church. You can add your own goodies and a personal note from you if you wish. The bags are located on the table in the youth room upstairs (room with couches). Please use these bags as a means of helping you and our church connect with our new neighbors.


Vacation Bible School is scheduled for June 4-8 (M-F) from 6:00-8:30 p.m. and it is just around the corner! This year’s theme is Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus where kids learn through Bible Stories and hands-on interactive fun! Participants will enjoy Castaway Sing and Play, Bible Discovery, Ship “Rec” Games, Tropical Treats, KidVid Cinema and more! Children ages 3 (turning 4 by Sept. 1) through rising 6th Graders (just completed 5th grade) are encouraged to attend. Registration forms will be available soon, so please share them with children and families in your neighborhood, your grandchildren and any other interested young friends. Our volunteer staff is coming together, but we still need 2 group leaders and 2 helpers. Please see Jeanie Combs to volunteer.


Can you help us by sharing decorations for Bible School?This year’s VBS theme is “Shipwrecked” and we are collecting items to help us decorate our learning areas around the church. We need the following items: electric fireplace logs (the small, plug in type), raffia grass skirts (that can be cut apart) or raffia table skirts; straw mats; large, colorful beach towels; artificial trees; life vests/life preservers; large and medium-sized sea shells; a canoe; a plain wooden pallet; oars; bamboo poles; artificial greenery, especially vines; old-looking sea chest or trunk; anything tropical, nautical or beach-related items that could be used for decorating. If you wish to donate items and do not want them back, please let us know ahead of time and do not label them. If you are loaning items and want them returned to you, please use a piece of tape and a permanent marker to label your items with your name. PLEASE do not loan us valuable, breakable treasures or family heirlooms. Please leave your items in the youth room (room upstairs with the couches) no later than Sunday, June 3 (earlier is preferable). You may pick up your items after Bible School is over on Sunday, June 10. Thanks for your help.


Honoring our Graduates: Our worship team looks forward to honoring our graduates on Sunday, June 10. If you have a graduate in your family, or know of one in our church family, please share the following information with the church office no later than noon on Monday, June 4: Graduate’s name; Name of School; Degree/certificate/diploma being received; parent/grandparent in our church family; future plans if known. You may include your information on the blue connection card in worship, or call/email the office (946-7624; office@emmanuelamherst.org). Thank you for your help.


Annual Church BBQ, Saturday, June 30, 5-7 p.m.  Get your aprons ready for this annual church FUNdraiser and community event! Tickets are on sale now, $10/Adult;   $5/children under 12. We need your help selling tickets to friends and neighbors, so see Cat Brandell to sell or purchase tickets. Tickets may also be purchased through the church office. The dinner includes Pork BBQ w/roll, slaw, baked beans, apples, beverages and choice of homemade dessert. The congregation is encouraged to donate cakes, pies and homemade desserts (no “store bought” items please!) for the BBQ. Please contact Mamie Bateman (946-5670) to volunteer to bring a dessert. Volunteers will also be recruited to help our “Grill Master”, Mike Gamble, with set-up, cooking, serving, and clean-up. New this year: Family games on the Lawn during the meal! Is there a friend, family member or someone in your neighborhood to whom you are reaching out? If so, why not purchase a ticket for them and bring them with you as your guest? This event is a great way to introduce new people to our church family.   


Wonderful Wednesdays and Youth Puppet Ministrywill break for the summer and resume September.

Please save your box tops for education and place in the jar in the Narthex marked Wonderful Wednesdays.

HELP! Children’s Church Needs You!

Our hope is that one day we will have children in our church once again. However, this will not happen if we don’t have volunteers teaching stories from the bible whenever a child is in attendance. Carol needs volunteers to sign up for a Sunday on the sheet in the hallway. There may not be any children on your particular Sunday but we need to be prepared. Thank you for prayerfully considering volunteering for this ministry.

 “Pennies for Our Playground”

The Youth Group would like the congregation to collect pennies. Envelopes are available in the Narthex. Collect your pennies throughout the summer and return to church on September 9, 2018. Pennies will be used to buy birdfeeders and seed. Thank you so much.


The Prayer Shawl Ministry ladies will not meet during the Summer and will resume again in September.


Summer Bible Study Schedule Changes

·         The Tuesday Women’s Prayer and Bible Study Group will meet on Tuesday, June 5 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mattie Ware Classroom. This will be our last meeting before breaking for the summer months of July and August. We will resume our regular meetings in September and will begin in the fall with the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark. All interested women in the church and community are invited to participate, so come and bring a friend.

·         The Story Bible Study Groups that meet on Wednesday and Sunday mornings will break for the summer and resume meeting in September.

Amherst Cares

The last packing for Amherst Cares will be Wed., May 23 at 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, May 24 at 9:00 a.m. Summer distribution will be on July 11 5-7 p.m. The distribution sites will be Amherst Middle School and Monelison Middle School (using the AEC lot). We will meet at the Church at 4:30 on those days to count and pack bags for distribution.

Bishop’s Bible Challenge Readings for June:

June 1

Psalm 119:89-176

June 2

Song of Solomon 1-8

June 3

Proverbs 1-3

June 4

Proverbs 4-6

June 5

Proverbs 7-9

June 6

Proverbs 10-12

June 7

Proverbs 13-15

June 8

Proverbs 16-18

June 9

Proverbs 19-21

June 10

Proverbs 22-24

June 11

1 Kings 5-6, 2 Chronicles 2-3

June 12

1 Kings 7, 2 Chronicles 4

June 13

1 Kings 8, 2 Chronicles 5

June 14

2 Chronicles 6-7, Psalm 136

June 15

Psalm 134, Psalm 146-150

June 16

1 Kings 9, 2 Chronicles 8

June 17

Proverbs 25-26

June 18

Proverbs 27-29

June 19

Ecclesiastes 1-6

June 20

Ecclesiastes 7-12

June 21

1 Kings 10-11, 2 Chronicles 9

June 22

Proverbs 30-31

June 23

1 Kings 12-14

June 24

2 Chronicles 10-12

June 25

1 Kings 15:1-24, 2 Chronicles 13-16

June 26

1 Kings 15:25-16:34, 2 Chronicles 17

June 27

1 Kings 17-19

June 28

1 Kings 20-21

June 29

1 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 18

June 30

2 Chronicles 19-23

News from the Virginia Annual Conference

You can participate in the mission outreach of annual conference by creating a Health/Hygiene Kit. We are hoping to collect at least 25 kits from our congregation to take to Annual Conference this year!! ‚ÄčKit assembly instructions are located in the box in the hallway outside the Sanctuary beside the "big bulletin board."

Words of Thanks

Dear Church Family: Heartfelt thanks to so many of you that sent condolences and words of sympathy to me and my family after the death of our dear aunt, Jeanette C. Jones, at the end of April. Your thoughts and prayers were most appreciated.   Many blessings, Pastor Nancy


Thanks to everyone that participated in our special mission offering for a specific family that was severely impacted by the April tornado in Elon. Through your generosity, we collected just over $1,000 throughout the month of May for this worthy cause. Thanks for being used of God to enable us to each out in love to this family at this critical time.


Lay Leadership for June

Lay Reader:
Volunteer Needed

   Ushers:  Volunteer Needed


Altar Flowers

June 3
Worship Committee++
June 10
Bessie Kirkwood
June 17
Janie and Tom Hall
June 24
Janie and Tom Hall





General Fund

 Building Fund

All Other*

   $ 142,279.88
April 22
 $  2,458.00
   $        380.00
$        -0-
    April 29
 $   2,392.00
   $        570.00
    $      45.00
May 6
 $   7,082.54
   $        120.00

    $      50.00

May 13
 $  3,314.00
   $        115.00
$    295.00
May 20
 $   3,430.00
   $        600.00
$        -0-

   $ 144,064.88 YTD


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


June Birthdays


6/1       Debbie Apperson
6/2       Kristin Cox
6/7       Jessica Mears
6/8       Mike Mozingo
6/8       Ashley Ogden
6/8       Landon Upchurch
6/13     Jeannene Tylee
6/13     Mitch White
6/14     John Apperson
6/14     Dave Mears
6/14     Pat Wydner
6/15     Linda Cash
6/13     Elizabeth Kirkwood
6/17     Jesse Nelson Granger
6/20     Judy Bondurant
6/22     Bessie Kirkwood
6/22     Joshua Lamm
6/23     Faye Mays
6/24     Robert Habel
6/27     Carleigh Combs
6/28     Janette Mears
6/30     Judy Stockmo


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.