Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Tuesday, March 26, 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




March 2019

Emmanuel United Methodist Church


Worship Service 10:30 am

Sunday School 9:30 am



Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

for the Transformation of the World


Pastor’s Article


Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6

          Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin His earthly ministry.

          Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God during Lent, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.

          Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter" and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.

          As we prepare our hearts and lives for the celebration of Easter, our church family will have several special opportunities to grow in our relationship with Christ and observe a “holy Lent.” 


On Ash Wednesday, March 6, the first day of Lent, join us at Hardee’s from 7-10 a.m. for our annual Community Outreach Ash Wednesday observance which will include a time of prayer and the imposition of ashes done in small groups throughout the time period. We encourage you to come and invite someone new to join you. A traditional Ash Wednesday Service will take place in our Sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.


A special Lenten devotional study and prayer time will take place on the Wednesdays of Lent from 5:30-6:30 p.m. beginning March 13. We will use  The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, a Christian devotional classic that has inspired countless generations of disciples to deepen their relationship with God. Books are $4/each and would be beneficial to you whether or not you attend the weekly gatherings. Please contact Joanne in the church office by March 6 to order a book (946-7624; office@emmanuelamherst.org).




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Special devotional materials from the Society of St. Andrew will also be available during Lent. UMCOR Sunday will be observed on March 31 which gives us an opportunity to give of ourselves for others.


May we all seek to draw closer to God during this holy season by giving more attention to the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, giving to others, and service in Christ’s name.  Pastor Nancy



On March 2, 2019, the Amherst Women’s Club is sponsoring Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma, a walk being held indoors at Sweet Briar College, to help fight this often life-threatening inflammatory disease that impacts more than 300,000 people in the US, including our own Cat Brandell. There is currently no cure for the disease. If you would like to participate in this event, or donate to help the effort, please contact Margaret Ann White. Brochures are available at the church. To learn more about scleroderma visit www.scleroderma.org/ steppingoutvirginia.


UMCOR Sunday is March 31


            On UMCOR Sunday each year, United Methodist churches around the world participate in a special offering that directly affects the ability of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to respond immediately to disasters and other calamities. For more than 80 years, UMCOR has been rebuilding hope around the world. UMCOR does not receive apportionment funds from the denomination and relies on these special offerings to cover their administrative costs. This then allows 100% of all funds designated for specific disasters to go directly toward that need. When we participate in UMCOR Sunday, we help to equip the UMCOR staff to work globally to alleviate suffering and advance hope and healing. Through relationships with local organizations and trained community leaders, UMCOR is able to activate its network and provide emergency funds as soon as they know of an urgent need.

          When we work together with others, we can do more as ambassadors for Christ, rebuilding communities, welcoming the stranger, and ensuring access to clean water and food. Our March communion offering is designated to support the ministry of UMCOR. The “offering buckets” will remain in the Sanctuary through UMCOR Sunday on March 31 to receive your gifts.


The Tuesday Women’s Prayer and Bible Study Group will meet again on March 5 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mattie Ware Classroom. We welcome others to join us!


Follow-Up Planning and Visioning Gathering

Sunday, March 31 following the 5th Sunday Fellowship Meal


The Church Council has requested for all ministry team leaders and committee chairpersons to meet with their teams before March 31 and complete the discussion items and questions that were both mailed and emailed out to leaders in January. Please come prepared to share ideas from your meeting, and any calendar items your team has for the year. All committee members, volunteers and others in the church family are welcome to join in the discussion with us on March 31.


The EUMC Emmanuel Crusaders Relay for Life Team will sponsor another Baked Potato and Salad Bar after morning worship on Sunday, March 17. Please plan to stay and enjoy lunch and support the American Cancer Society. Suggested donation is $7/person.


2019 Offering Envelopes: New offering envelopes for 2019 have arrived and are available to pick up.  All remaining envelopes have been moved to the table in the Youth Room (room with couches across from the Mattie Ware Classroom).  Please contact Mike Stinnett with questions about offering envelopes.






                                                              Bishop’s Bible Challenge


March 1 Exodus 29-30; James 1

March 2 Exodus 31-33; James 2

March 3 Exodus 34-35; James 3

March 4 Exodus 36-38; James 4

March 5 Exodus 39-40; James 5

March 6 Job 1-2; 1 Corinthians 1

March 7 Job 3-4; 1 Corinthians 2

March 8 Job 5-7; 1 Corinthians 3

March 9 Job 8-10; 1 Corinthians 4

March 10 Job 11-13; 1 Corinthians 5

March 11 Job 14-16; 1 Corinthians 6

March 12 Job 17-19; 1 Corinthians 7:1-19

March 13 Job 20-21; 1 Corinthians 7:20-40

March 14 Job 22-24; 1 Corinthians 8

March 15 Job 25-27; 1 Corinthians 9

March 16 Job 28-29; 1 Corinthians 10:1-18

March 17 Job 30-31; 1 Corinthians 10:19-33

March 18 Job 32-33; 1 Corinthians 11:1-16

March 19 Job 34-35; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

March 20 Job 36-37; 1 Corinthians 12

March 21 Job 38-40; 1 Corinthians 13

March 22 Job 41-42; 1 Corinthians 14:1-20

March 23 Proverbs 1-2; 1 Corinthians 14:21-40

March 24 Proverbs 3-5; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28

March 25 Proverbs 6-7; 1 Corinthians 15:29-58

March 26 Proverbs 8-9; 1 Corinthians 16

March 27 Proverbs 10-12; Titus 1

March 28 Proverbs 13-15; Titus 2

March 29 Proverbs 16-18; Titus 3

March 30 Proverbs 19-21; Hebrews 1

March 31 Proverbs 22-24; Hebrews 2



                                             Committee Meetings for March


                                              *   Finance Team, Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m.

                                              *   Council, Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m.

                                              *   Trustees, Tuesday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m.



Lay Leadership for March



  Lay Reader:

Jack Brandell

 Ushers:  Billy & Judy McCartney


Altar Flowers


March 3

Communion/Worship Committee

March 10

Jill Clark

March 17

Patty Bumgarner

March 24

Bessie Kirkwood

March 31

Janie Hall








General Fund

All Other*





January 27


$  1,457.00

     $  1,545.00

February 3


               $  5,907.00

     $       25.00

February 10


               $  1,925.00

     $     100.00

February 17


               $  2,316.00

     $     215.00

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




March Birthdays


3/04     Beverly Brown

3/04     Jeanie Combs

3/05     Lyle Garrette

3/08     Cat Brandell   

3/09     Maynard Campbell

3/09     Avery Cox

3/10     Abigail Kilgore

3/17     Morgan Belcher Beck

3/21     Juanita Ondrick

3/24     Jill Clark

3/27     Carley Apperson

3/27     Mary Hunt

3/27     Billy McCartney

3/29     Nancy Pormann





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.