Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Monday, July 22, 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




July 2019

Emmanuel United Methodist Church


Worship Service 10:30 am

Sunday School 9:30 am



Moving Forward in God's Mission:

       Highlights from the 237th Session of the Virginia Annual Conference
The 2019 Session of the Virginia Annual Conference was held on June 20-22 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, VA.  This year’s theme was “Moving Forward in God’s Mission” and is taken from Matthew 28:18-20 which says:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The Annual Conference delegation includes the clergy and one lay delegate from each charge within the Conference. Districts also elect lay delegates. Rev. Peter Weaver, Interim Bishop for the Virginia Conference, presided over the session since Bishop Sharma Lewis will continue on medical leave until August.


Mission is always a major focus of Annual Conference and this year was no exception. Churches across the conference are encouraged to participate in the Annual Conference offering which was designated for the following ministries this year: Africa University Student Scholarships -- $40,000; Cambodia Pastors Leadership Training -- $40,000; Mozambique Lay Leadership Training -- $20,000; Brazil “Shade and Fresh Water” children’s program -- $20,000; Just Neighbors Matching Funds Grant for Immigrant Legal Counsel in four districts -- $30,000. The offering goal is $150,000 and the collection is still being received at this time. Emmanuel contributed $750 to this effort through budgeted funds and our June communion offering that was collected for this purpose. 54,202 disaster relief kits were collected for UMCOR at an estimated value of $641,950 (14,243 school kits; 39,296 health/hygiene kits, 9 of which were from EUMC; 663 flood buckets). This represents an increase of 9, 428 in total kit collection over last year, requiring a third tractor trailer. The kits will make their way to the Mission Central warehouse in Mechanicsburg, PA for distribution anywhere in the United States they are needed as determined by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Because of the devastating storms and flooding in our own country this year, it was determined that this year’s collection would be used domestically.


































To live into the vision of our Bishop, Sharma D. Lewis, and to support the Annual Conference theme, all conference attendees were invited to participate in the 2019 5K Walk/Run/Bike and Yoga Event on Saturday morning offering an opportunity for fitness, fun, fellowship and fundraising for everyone. Funds were raised for KIDS SOAR, a community outreach program of Roanoke and a Virginia Conference Advance Special which has provided direct services for children, youth and families of poverty in inner-city Roanoke for over 30 years.     


The following includes some additional highlights from this year’s Virginia Annual Conference:


A Service Recognizing Clergy Retirements was held on Friday afternoon. This year’s class totaled 60 persons and represented 1,288.75 years of combined service to the United Methodist Church. Our own Rev. Marc Brown, with 42 years of service as pastor, District Superintendent and member of the Conference Staff, retired as Director of Connectional Ministries for the Conference. He was recognized and appreciated several times by the body for his 11 years of service in that ministry, which includes the overall planning and execution of the Annual Conference gathering each year. Marc will be returning to the local church in retirement to serve Fort Hill UMC in Lynchburg. It has been a blessing to have Marc and Beverly as part of the congregation of Emmanuel over the last several years and we look forward to having them with us whenever possible.


Rev. Bob Parks, District Superintendent for the Farmville District, also retired with 36 years of service. Bob and Susan worship with us regularly, having purchased their retirement home on Main Street in Amherst. Bob will also be returning to the local church in retirement to serve the congregations of Bethany and Sardis UMCs in Amherst County, and we look forward to seeing them as often as possible.


A Service of Remembrance and Holy Communion was held on Friday afternoon where 63 conference clergy and laity who have died since last Annual Conference were remembered (21 retired clergy; 4 active clergy; 1 retired diaconal minister; 30 spouses of retired clergy; 7 lay members).


A Service for the Ordering of the Ministry: 16 people were ordained as elders, 3 as deacons. 13 were commissioned as provisional members, 24 were licensed as local pastors, 1 was recognized as an associate member, and 2 had their orders recognized.


Report of the Cabinet: Dean of the Cabinet, Rev. Kathleen Overby Webster, gave the cabinet report which included resolutions pertaining to the discontinuance of churches. 6 churches in 5 Districts were discontinued, but none of these were on the Lynchburg District this year. Rev. Mark Ogren, Director of Congregational Excellence, reported and celebrated two new faith communities that have been established since last Annual Conference.


*General Conference 2020: This year’s Conference included the voting and selection of delegates to represent the Virginia Conference at the next General Conference of the UMC that will take place in May 2020, and the Southeast Jurisdictional Conference that will be held in July of 2020. Each of these gatherings are held every 4 years, regardless of any called special sessions of General Conference that may occur for specific purposes (like the one held in February of 2019). Because no decisions from one General Conference are binding on any other subsequent General Conference, issues relating to ‘statements in our current UM book of Discipline regarding clergy and homosexual practice, and gender weddings will be on the agenda once again.

Annual Conference closes each year with the “fixing” of pastoral appointments for the coming year and the distribution of the “appointment issue” of the Advocate. In bygone days, many clergy would not know if they were moving, and churches would not know who their pastor would be for the coming year until this official announcement! It is with great joy and gratitude that I return to begin my seventh year as pastor of the congregation of Emmanuel UMC. I am blessed to be able to continue in ministry with you! We also give thanks that Emmanuel was recognized in the Advocate with other churches across our Conference that paid 100% of their conference apportionments in 2018. We give thanks for God’s faithfulness to us and the generosity and stewardship of our congregation!


As your 2019 delegates, Sue Lamm (Lay Delegate) and myself (Clergy Delegate) were honored to represent our congregation at this year’s Virginia Annual Conference. We appreciate the prayers and support of our church family that make it possible for us to attend this important gathering. You may find additional information and reports from this year’s Annual Conference at our Conference website, www.vaumc.org

Grace and Peace, Pastor Nancy


Committee Meetings for July


                                                          * Finance Team, Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m.

                                                          * Church Council, Tuesday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.

                                                          * Trustees, No meeting in July


* Habitat for Humanity of Amherst County continues to work on the Pendleton Drive project, designated to be the future home of the Goff Family.  Habitat welcomes any volunteers that want to help with this project or their other rebuilding efforts in Elon. 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.

* Summer Worship: As temperatures heat up during the summer, we encourage the congregation to dress “cool and casual” for worship during the summer months of 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 would like to share your musical gifts in worship (solos, duets, ensembles, vocal and/or instrumental music), please contact Sue Lamm. It is also important to give our dedicated Chancel Choir members some time off in the summer, so if you would like to share your musical gifts in worship (solos, duets, ensembles, vocal and/or instrumental music), please contact Sue Lamm.


* Summer Bible Study Schedule Changes

The Tuesday Women’s Prayer and Bible Study Group and our Wednesday Bible Study group will break for the summer and resume meeting in September. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the Tuesday group will meet on September 10 rather than their usual first Tuesday schedule.


* New Neighbor Welcome Bags: Our Vitality Team continues to provide 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 (totally optional). 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.


Take Me Out to the Ballgame!  Friday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.  This is a Fantastic Friday at City Stadium, so the game will be followed by a Fireworks Show!  Tickets are $7 each.  In order to reserve our seats as a group, we must have your paid ticket reservation by Sunday, July 21 (either cash or check made out to EUMC).  Others are welcome to join us after the deadline, but there is no guarantee that your seat will be with the group if you reserve after the deadline.  Plan now to join us and invite some friends to come along!



Save the Date: Our Annual Ice Cream Social is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, August 18. More details to come!


* Vacation Bible School Update: We were disappointed not to be able to move forward with Vacation Bible School scheduled for the last week of June due to the lack of registrations and the need for additional adult leadership. In lieu of a VBS program this summer, the leadership team will sponsor several family-friendly “fun days” and events that everyone can attend. We appreciate your prayers as we seek God’s wisdom and discern the best path forward for our shared ministry.                         


A Message from the Finance Team: The Finance Team will soon begin the budget planning process for 2020. 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 18. Please contact Mike Stinnett with questions.  Thanks for your help.


* Summer Coloring Fun

A coloring sheet mural has been put on the downstairs hallway bulletin board.  When you are downstairs, please feel free to color.  The colored pencils are in the basket beside the board.  Jeanie Combs


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.


* 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 2019. 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.


* Gardens that Beautify our Church Grounds: Our Memorial Rose Garden serves to remind us that, as believers, we are always surrounded by a “great cloud of witnesses” that have gone before us in the faith and are now at rest with the Lord. We express deepest gratitude to Augusta Peters who works diligently to maintain the beauty of the Rose Garden for us to enjoy. The sign gardens that welcome us on the front lawn of our church are loving maintained by Karen Sacasky. It is not uncommon to find Karen out on the lawn weeding and beautifying these areas of the church to keep them looking their best throughout the year. These labors of love that these women offer involve constant maintenance and hard work year round, often in the heat of summer. Please express thanks to Augusta and Karen for their ministry.

* Memorial/Commemorative Bricks: If you have been by the Rose Garden recently, you will notice that Jack Brandell and Mike Mozingo have been working hard to install bricks that the congregation purchased in honor and in memory of friends and loved ones during our fundraising campaign. This is still a work in progress with plans to finish the installation very soon. For safety reasons, please avoid walking on the section where the work is being done since there are loose bricks and uneven places which present a tripping hazard.


The Brick Program is ongoing, so if you missed ordering the first time, bricks can be purchased at any time as long as we have a minimum of 5 bricks ordered.  Prices are:  1 brick = $75; 2 bricks = $60 each; 3 or more bricks = $50 each; Brochures for the brick program are located on the glass-top table in the sanctuary or in the church office. All proceeds from the bricks are given to EUMC's capital improvement fund for major facility improvements and projects. Please contact Cat Brandell (catbrandell@gmail.com) if you wish to order bricks.



     Honoring our Graduates: Our Worship Team was privileged to Honor the

               Following Graduates during worship on Sunday, June 9:


Preschool Graduates:

Brinkleigh Rae Stinnett, Amherst Baptist Preschool, Great-granddaughter of Cindy Sale


Elementary and Middle School Graduates:

Matthew Erin Clark, Elon Elementary School, Matthew will attend Amherst Middle School, Son of John Wayne

      and Jeannette Goff

Haley Grace Clark, Monelison Middle School, Haley will attend Amherst County High School, Daughter of John Wayne and Jeannette Goff

Joshua Adam (J.J.) Lamm, Jr., Amelon Elementary School, J.J. will attend Monelison Middle School, Son of

     Joshua Lamm; Grandson of Sue & Phil Lamm

William Edward Lee, Amherst Elementary School, William will attend Amherst Middle School, Son of Nathan & Beth Meeks Lee, Grandson of Renell Meeks

Chayse Addair, Monelison Middle School, Chayse will attend Amherst County High School, Son of Angela

     Mozingo Woody; Grandson of Michael and Deborah Mozingo


High School Graduates:

Cooper Hamby, Deep Run High School, Glen Allen, VA, Cooper will attend UVA, Step-Grandson of Jeannette Watts

Harley Kennedy, Nelson County High School, Palmyra, VA, Great-niece of Margaret Ann & Lindy White

Madison Kennedy, Fluvanna High School, Palmyra, VA, Great-niece of Margaret Ann & Lindy White

Shelby Woody, Amherst County High School, Shelby will attend CVCC Nursing Program, Daughter of Shannan

     & William Carter; Granddaughter of Jeanie Combs


College Graduates:

Emilie Andercyk, Towson University, College of Education, Teaching fourth grade in the fall, Granddaughter

     of Carol  & Bob Andercyk

Alex Katherman, University of Alabama, B. S. in Communications, Granddaughter of Carolyn & Bob Brunning

Anna Ruth Johnson, B.A. in Psychology, B.S. in Wellness and Alternative Medicine, Northern Vermont

     University, Daughter of the Reverends Bruce & Nancy Johnson

Annaliese Kennedy, Appalachian State University, North Carolina, Great-niece of Margaret Ann & Lindy White

Skylar Ondrick, B.A. in History, University of Lynchburg, Granddaughter of Juanita & Harold Ondrick


Graduate School Graduate:

Alicia Johns, Ph. D. in Bio Physiology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Niece of Jeannette Watts

Congratulations with God’s blessings to all our graduates and their families.


Words of Thanks


* On behalf of the congregation, we express our heartfelt thanks to Margaret Ann White and the faithful members of the EUMC Worship Team whose ministry enhances our worship service throughout the year with season displays for the Christian year, patriotic observances, and tokens of remembrance and appreciation for Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduate Sunday. The Lent/Easter Season through Pentecost is an especially busy time for the Worship Team, so we express our thanks for their faithful ministry among us.


* Dear Pastor Nancy: Please extend my deepest gratitude to my EUMC family for their prayers, cards, and words of encouragement over the past several months. Everyone’s support has been a huge comfort after receiving my breast cancer diagnosis. Thank you for keeping me in your prayers. May the good Lord be with your always! Love and God Bless, Martha Tucker.


* Thanks to EVERYONE that pitched in to help with our Summer Fun Day on June 15. We had many from our community stop by to eat a hot dog and join in the fun. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to help us connect with our neighbors.


    Lay Leadership for July


  Lay Reader:

Janette Mears

 Ushers:   Bob Andercyk & Bob Smith


Altar Flowers



Communion/Worship Committee

July 14

Janette & David Mears

July 21

Janie & Mike Stinnett

July 28

Marge & Geoff Steadman








General Fund

All Other*

May 26



           $  20.00

June 2




June 9



           $  - 0 -

June 16




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


July Birthdays


07/03   Robert McCartney

07/10   Lee Payne

07/12   Augusta Peters

07/17   Sue Lamm

07/19   Woodrow Wilson

07/20   Stuart Layne

07/21   Pearl Clark

07/21   Declan Hall

07/21   Susan Williams

07/24   Walter Backof

07/24   Lucas Lamm

07/25   Thelma Iseman

07/26   Sandra Maddox

07/26   Deborah Mozingo

07/26   Shirley Norvell