Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Saturday, August 18, 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.

                                     AUGUST 2018







Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

for the Transformation of the World








August is “Amherst Cares Month!”


          August means “back-to-school” and the ministry of Amherst Cares will soon be in full swing once again for another academic year. It is a privilege and an opportunity for Emmanuel to partner with this important program that serves the needs of many families in our community.

          Amherst Cares Director, Beth Gamble, shares the following report from last school year:


          For the 2017-2018 School Year Amherst Cares was able to provide 15,618 food bags to identified “food insecure” Amherst County Public School students.  These students were identified by School Personnel and were known only by Amherst Cares Coordinators in each School.

          In June we were able to provide more substantial food to 40 families of Amherst Cares students. In July we provided food to 35 families. We averaged serving 433 students a week during the school year.

         We appreciate your continued support in leading by example 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.  Thank you.  Beth Gamble


During the month of August, we will highlight Amherst Cares in the following ways:


     *Our August and September first Sunday Communion Offerings are designated for Amherst Cares. For $20.00 per month or $200/year you can provide weekend food assistance to a child throughout the school year and several times during the summer months.  Meals are nutritious, kid-friendly, shelf-stable, and ready-to-eat. Monetary gifts may be made out to Amherst Cares and mailed to Amherst Cares, P.O. Box 451, Amherst, VA 24521, or collected through the Sunday offering, clearly marked for Amherst Cares.




*We will collect food items needed by Amherst Cares throughout the month of August. Please see the list below.

*On Sunday, August 12, we will highlight Amherst Cares in morning worship with a special Ministry Moment and a recognition of Amherst Cares volunteers.


Please donate the following child friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed foods. You may leave your items in the tub located in the Narthex, or on the table in the Amherst Cares room.

·         Pop top cans of Chef Boyardee like products

o   Spaghetti

o   Ravioli

o   Lasagna

o   Spaghetti with meatballs

o   Beef and macaroni

·         Individual packs of chicken or beef Ramen-type noodles

·         Boxes of individual packs of peanut butter or cheese crackers

·         Boxes of individual packs of instant oatmeal

·         Boxes of pop tarts

·         Boxes of individual Nutrigrain, cereal, or granola bars

·         Boxes of small individual bags of pretzels

·         Small cans of beans and franks

·         Small jars of creamy peanut butter

·         Cans of chicken noodle or tomato soup

·         100% juice Capri Suns or juice boxes

·         Boxes of mac and cheese

·         Cans of Vienna sausages

·         Small bottles of Gatorade type drinks

·         Small cans of tuna


Regular packing takes place on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. and on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Cereal packing is once a month on the second Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. All packing takes place in the church Social Hall.

To learn more about volunteering with Amherst Cares, please contact Beth Gamble by email at amherstnelsoncaresltd@gmail.com, or bethgamble3@comcast.net, or call 946-7657.



EMMANUEL – It’s Time for a New Pictorial Directory

Emmanuel has not had a church directory since 2011.  It’s about time we provided the congregation with more up-do-date information so mark your calendars now. On Monday, October 15 and Tuesday, October 16 from 2-9 pm we will will have Lifetouch Church Directories and Photography taking family photos for a church directory which is long overdue.  We chose October in anticipation that most of our church families will be back from vacation.  We would like to make this directory as complete as possible.  As the time approaches, I will be asking for volunteers to help out.  Cat Brandell


“Won’t You Be OUR Neighbor?” Our Vitality Team is providing New Neighbor Welcome 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.


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.

August Choir Rehearsal Schedule: The Chancel Choir will NOT meet for rehearsal on August 1 or August 15.  Rehearsal IS scheduled for all other Wednesdays:  August 8, 22 and 29.


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


A Message from the Finance Team

The Finance Team will soon begin the budget planning process for 2019. It is time for all ministry team leaders and committee chairs gather your team together, look ahead, and make your budget requests for the coming year. A copy of the current church budget has been placed in your church mailbox to assist you. Please review and discuss your budget with your team members and submit your requests to Mike Stinnett, Finance Team Chairperson, by August 15. Please contact Mike Stinnett with questions.  Thanks for your help.


The Worship Team encourages you to consider serving as an Usher/Greeter or Lay Reader. Several opportunities are still open for the remaining months of 2018. If you have questions about what these ministries involve, contact Mike Mozingo/Head Usher for information about serving as an usher/greeter; contact Pastor Nancy with questions about the ministry of Lay Reader. A signup sheet for these areas of service is located on the large bulletin board across from the mailboxes in the upstairs hallway.



EUMC at the Amherst County Fair

Our church will have a booth at the Amherst County Fair which will take place at Sweet Briar on August 16-19 (Thurs.-Sunday; our booth will not be open on Sunday). This is a great opportunity for us to connect with our community and share information about our church. There are lots of time slots to fill, so please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board and volunteer to help.

                                                                     “Back-to-School” Blessing, Sunday, August 19                                                                                          

We welcome all students, teachers and school personnel (preschool and beyond!) to join us for worship as we ask God’s blessing upon the new school year. Students are invited to bring their backpacks or lunchboxes to worship for the blessing. The congregation is encouraged to use the bright yellow insert to invite friends and neighbors to join us.



Annual Ice Cream Social

Sunday, August 19, 4:00 p.m.


Join us for a homemade ice cream buffet, fellowship and music. Everyone is welcome! A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board for the congregation to volunteer to bring homemade ice cream for this event. Invite others to come with you by sharing the bright pink insert that includes all the details.


 “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.


Bishop’s Bible Challenge Readings for August: 

August 1

Isaiah 64-66

August 2

2 Kings 20-21

August 3

2 Chronicles 32-33

August 4

Nahum 1-3

August 5

2 Kings 22-23, 2 Chronicles 34-35

August 6

Zephaniah 1-3

August 7

Jeremiah 1-3

August 8

Jeremiah 4-6

August 9

Jeremiah 7-9

August 10

Jeremiah 10-13

August 11

Jeremiah 14-17

August 12

Jeremiah 18-22

August 13

Jeremiah 23-25

August 14

Jeremiah 26-29

August 15

Jeremiah 30-31

August 16

Jeremiah 32-34

August 17

Jeremiah 35-37

August 18

Jeremiah 38-40, Psalm 74, Psalm 79

August 19

2 Kings 24-25, 2 Chronicles 36

August 20

Habakkuk 1-3

August 21

Jeremiah 41-45

August 22

Jeremiah 46-48

August 23

Jeremiah 49-50

August 24

Jeremiah 51-52

August 25

Lamentations 1:1-3:36

August 26

Lamentations 3:37-5:22

August 27

Ezekiel 1-4

August 28

Ezekiel 5-8

August 29

Ezekiel 9-12

August 30

Ezekiel 13-15

August 31

Ezekiel 16-17


Words of Thanks


To My Emmanuel Family,

          What a blessing to be able to share in the dedication of the wonderful improvements.  The elevator is so much appreciated by us “old folks.”  The bathrooms – WOW! Many thanks and pats on the backs for a terrific job.  But the best was just being in our church and taking part in the service.

          I cannot express my thanks for all the loving hugs I got from Emmanuel friends.  So sad that Charlie could not be with me.  At the stage he is in now – he can’t talk, can’t walk and can’t feed himself.  I go to be with him at lunch and dinner to help him eat and share some time with him.

          I do hope that I will be able to attend again soon (the BBQ!  Maybe)

          I have welcoming arms for all visitors! 

Love in Christ, Jeanne Volz


Lay Leadership for August


  Lay Reader:

Bessie Kirkwood

 Ushers:  Cat Brandell & Jeanie Combs


Altar Flowers


August 5

Worship Committee

August 12

Janie & Mike Stinnett

August 19

Janie & Tom Hall

August 26

Diane & Joe King








General Fund

All Other*





 June 24


$  3,170.00

   $     - 0 -

      July 1


$  2,580.00 

$  3,045.00

  July 8


$  1,620.00

   $       25.00

      July 15


$  3,544.40    

   $     370.00

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


August Birthdays 

8/1       Peyton Maddox

8/2       David Metzger

8/4       Virginia Myers

8/8       Charlie Clark

8/9       Cooper Anderson

8/9       Heather White

8/11     Virginia Brown

8/13     Jim Kirkwood

8/13     Alex Motley

8/13     Lynn Wright

8/14     Harrison Stinnett

8/15     Mark Restivo

8/16     Dave Hewes

8/16     Edwin Howell

8/17     Elizabeth Wilson

8/18     Paul Kilgore

8/20     Mamie Bateman

8/20     Willie Ogden, Jr.

8/20     Blake Wheaton

8/21     Doug Maddox

8/21     Virginia Mottley

8/22     Tyler Hall

8/25     Sandra Burks

8/25     Deborah Ondrick

8/26     Gail Payne

8/27     Don Clark

8/27     Art Pormann

8/29     Kevin Lamm

8/29     Tom Shrader

8/29     Joshua Wright

8/30     Dot Hance


Share your prayer requests with the prayer chain:  The prayer chain exists to offer prayer support whenever it is requested.  If you have a prayer concern for the prayer chain, please call (946-7085) or email Pearl Clark (pearlclark@aol.com) with your request.  Anyone who wishes to join the prayer chain may also contact Pearl who coordinates this ministry.



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.