Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Sunday, October 21, 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




October 2018

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

Celebrating the Society of St. Andrew

America’s Premier Food Rescue and Distribution Ministry


            Fall has officially arrived and harvest time is here! For almost 40 years, the Society of St. Andrew, along with their partner organizations, has worked tirelessly to glean and distribute unmarketable produce from fields to feed hungry people. SoSA joins together the hearts and hands of faith groups, community groups, schools, churches and individuals to feed the hungry out of the abundance of rescued food that they receive. From their headquarters in Big Island, VA, SoSA manages an incredible food collection and distribution operation,

            Most people do not realize how much food they throw away every day, from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce. It is estimated that Americans waste approximately 133 billion pounds of food annually. About 95% of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities.

            One major area of food waste in America is from farmers’ fields, where crops that do not meet top-grade quality are left to rot or to be plowed under. Gleaning is the traditional Biblical practice of gathering crops that would otherwise go to waste. The Biblical mandate comes from the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 24:19: “When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be left for the alien, the orphan, and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all your undertakings.” SoSA’s Gleaning Network coordinates volunteers, growers, and distribution agencies to salvage gleaned food for the needy. SoSA is able to salvage and serve over 30 million pounds of food each year for hungry people, food that would otherwise be wasted.

            Tens of thousands of volunteers from churches, synagogues, Scout troops, senior citizen groups and other organizations participate each year in a variety of Society of St. Andrew gleaning activities, allowing SoSA to donate millions of servings of nutritious food to community food pantries and kitchens at no cost. Farmers donate the food, volunteers work, donors provide funds for transportation, and feeding agencies distribute the food. By relying on these partnerships and coordinating their efforts, SoSA is able to keep their costs to just pennies per serving of gleaned food.

            Through the Produce and Potato Project, SoSA is able to salvage tractor-trailer loads of potatoes and other produce that are rejected by commercial markets or factories due to slight imperfections in size, shape, sugar content, or surface blemishes. Usually, these rejected loads end up in local landfills. SoSA redirects these 40,000 to 45,000-pound loads of fresh, healthy produce to food banks, soup kitchens, food pantries, low income housing areas, local churches, and other hunger agencies for distribution to the poor.




You are invited to share in the ministry of SoSA in the following ways:

1.      Be grateful for every meal you receive, giving thanks to God for all that God provides for you and your family.

2.      Be mindful of food waste at home. Use up what you have, eat left-overs, and practice meal planning to reduce overbuying and spoilage.

3.      Use the SoSA coin banks that are available at church, particularly during Advent and Lent, to support the ministry of SoSA.

4.      Sign up to receive information about Gleaning Events that SoSA sponsors. Visit the SoSA website at www.endhunger.org. SoSA will be at Gross’s Orchard (6817 Wheats Valley Rd, Bedford, VA 24523) on Thursday, October 4 from 9 a.m. to Noon. If you would like to participate in this Gleaning Event, please meet at the church at 7:30 a.m. and let the church office know that you are coming. 

So during this year’s harvest season, if you happen to visit a “pick-your-own” orchard or pumpkin

patch,  be reminded to thank God for the ministry of the Society of St. Andrew and their faithful steward-

ship of God’s natural abundance. Pray that God would continue to bless the wonderful work of SoSA, a

ministry that feeds and blesses so many who are hungry.


            So during this year’s harvest season, if you happen to visit a “pick-your-own” orchard or pumpkin patch, be reminded to thank God for the ministry of the Society of St. Andrew and their faithful stewardship of God’s natural abundance. Pray that God would continue to bless the wonderful work of SoSA, a ministry that feeds and blesses so many who are hungry.  Blessings, Pastor Nancy


Important Schedule Changes for October Church Committee Meetings!

Due to District Leadership Training on Tuesday, October 16, our regular 2nd Tuesday meetings have been rescheduled for Thursday, October 18 as follows:

6:30 p.m. Finance Team

7:30 p.m. Church Council


Our Women’s Bible Study and Prayer Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month and we welcome others to join us. Our next meeting will be on October 9 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mattie Ware Classroom.


Our Fall Bible Study groups welcome you to join us as you are able. We are using The Story, a 31-session study of the entire Bible. Using the clear and accessible language of the New International Version, The Story condenses the Bible into episodes that are designed to read like a novel in order to capture the entire sweep of God’s redemptive plan as revealed in Scripture. Groups are meeting in the Mattie Ware Classroom on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. and on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Even if you are not using the printed materials, you are welcome to come and join in the discussion (materials are $12 and can be ordered as needed at any time). Please contact Pastor Nancy if you have questions (ncolemanjohnson@gmail.com, 434-401-5776).


All Saints’ Sunday is November 4 when we remember during worship all of our members and the loved ones of our congregation that have died since last All Saints’ Sunday (November 5, 2017).  If you have a loved one that you would like to include in this observance, please contact Joanne in the church office (434-946-7624; office@emmanuelamherst.org) no later than Sunday, October 28.


Cruise Smith Mountain Lake Friday, October 12, 2018 12-2 pm

The Vitality Team invites you to join us on Friday, October 12 for the Smith Mountain Lake Virginia Dare cruise from NOON-2 pm.  The cost is $20 per person for the cruise. Lunch is available for an additional cost. Anyone wishing to attend may call the Virginia Dare directly at 540-297-7100 from 9-4 Monday-Friday to make your reservation (space is limited).  Please call the church office if you plan to attend and are interested in carpooling to SML from the church. This is a great opportunity to invite friends or neighbors who do not have a church home to join you on the trip!


Sunday, October 28 is Laity Sunday when we celebrate the ministry and gifting of our lay persons. Al Baughman, son-in-law of the late Bobby and Virginia Mottley, will be our guest speaker. Al has been an active lay person at Timberlake UMC in Lynchburg for many years, has served on various District committees and previously served many years on the board of the Salvation Army in Lynchburg, effectively coordinating the Red Kettle program throughout the greater Lynchburg area. 


LIYA String Quartet at Emmanuel UMC

Sunday, October 21, 4:00

On Sunday, October 21 at 4:00 p.m., EUMC will host the Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. (AGAR) presentation of LIYA String Quartet featuring Mozart’s Prussian Quartet 590 and Bohemian composer Bedfinch Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1. Performers are Christi Salisbury and Yevgeniy Dovgalyuk, violins; Domenico Luca Trombetta, viola; and David Feldman, cello. Tickets may be purchased at the door starting 45 minutes before the performance or through www.lynchburgtickets.com.  $15/adult; $2 for students K-12th grade; $5 for college students. Following the performance, Emmanuel UMC and Amherst Cares will host an artists’ “meet and greet” and a light soup supper in the church Social Hall. Suggested donation is $6 for the supper and all proceeds will benefit Amherst Cares, a community ministry that provides weekend food for under-resourced students in Amherst County Public Schools.


Happy Halloween!! On Wednesday, October 31 we will sponsor our Annual Halloween on the Lawn community outreach event from 5-7 p.m. Set-up will begin at 4. The Hot Dog Day crew will provide free hot dogs to our Trick-or-Treaters, and we will offer hot chocolate and treat bags to everyone! Volunteers are encouraged to come dressed in your Halloween best for this fun evening. Bring your own lawn chair and join in the fun! Donations of wrapped candy for the treat bags may be placed in the tub located in the Narthex. Please bring your donations by Sunday, October 21.


“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.


OOPS!  The Church Directory Photos Have Been Rescheduled

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Church Directory photography has been moved from October 15 & 16 to Friday, March 1, 2019 and Saturday, March 2.  Friends and neighbors are welcome.  Please mark your calendars.


Looking Ahead…Save the Dates:


Church Conference and Cluster Charge Conference

The Church Council of Emmanuel UMC will sponsor our annual Church Conference on Sunday, October 21 immediately following morning worship in the Sanctuary. All members and friends of the congregation are encouraged to attend as we celebrate how God has guided and provided for us over the last year. We will have opportunity to hear reports from our church leadership and share information with the congregation pertaining to our Cluster Charge Conference.


Our official Madison Heights Cluster Charge Conference will be held on Sunday, October 28, 3:00 p.m. at Amelon UMC, 220 Amelon Road, Madison Heights, VA 24572. Everyone is invited to attend Cluster Charge Conference. Church Council members, Ministry Team Leaders and Committee Chairs are expected to attend. An offering for our Lynchburg District Food for Families (Parkview) ministry will be collected at Charge Conference. Our cluster will provide light refreshments after the Conference. As the host church, Amelon UMC will provide paper products and beverages. The other churches in our cluster (Emmanuel UMC, Monroe UMC, Trinity/Mt. Comfort UMCs, Mt. Tabor/Smyrna UMCs) are encouraged to bring simple finger foods/goodies for the reception. If you wish to attend Cluster Charge Conference and need transportation or would like to carpool, please contact Joanne in the church office (office@emmanuelamherst.org; 434-946-7624).




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 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.


UMCOR and UM Early Response Teams provide Relief after Hurricane Florence

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and our partners are responding to Hurricane Florence in the United States and Super Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) in the Philippines. As UMCOR continues to assess the impact of these storms, they will provide timely updates as information is received and let us know the best ways for us to provide assistance. 

As of 8:00 a.m. on September 20, UMCOR reported that conferences and UM Early Response Teams were as prepared as possible to respond to the damage caused by Hurricane Florence. They ask that those wishing to assist to please not self-deploy or donate unsolicited items. We anticipate additional updates related to Florence as the needs continue to emerge and UMCOR will provide information to us as it becomes available.

Thanks to everyone in our church family that donated items for the Hurricane Florence supply drive sponsored by Gleaning for the World. Our children and youth helped to assemble our tub and we delivered it to Sam’s Club in Lynchburg on Wednesday, September 19.

Sunday, October 7 is World Communion Sunday and this month’s Communion Offering will be divided between UMCOR’s U.S. and International Hurricane Relief Fund to provide storm assistance here at home and in the Philippines. Let us all continue to pray for those impacted by these storms.


Volunteer Opportunities

* The Worship Team encourages you to consider serving as an Usher/Greeter or Lay Reader for Morning Worship. 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.


* We need several volunteers to help us keep our church lawn sign up-to-date. If you wish to help, please call Joanne in the church office.


* Volunteers are needed to serve with our Children’s Church ministry. It is important that we be ready and able to provide Children’s Church for any younger elementary-aged children that attend worship. Materials are provided for you. We would like to establish a regular rotation schedule for this ministry, so please contact Carol Andercyk if you are able to lead Children’s Church.


Attention all Ministry Groups: If you need to schedule an event or any use of the church Social Hall or classrooms, please contact the church office. It is important that we check the calendar before any set-up is scheduled in case another group has the space reserved. Please do not assume that you can set up if you have not checked with Joanne in the office, and please do not leave items in the Social Hall after your event, or from week to week if you have a regularly scheduled event, since the Social Hall is used by other groups and ministries during the week.

          Each group is also expected to clean up after any use of the church building. Special guidelines and responsibilities for those that use the church kitchen are posted in the kitchen. Thanks for your cooperation.


Special Called United Methodist General Conference in 2019

As the worldwide United Methodist Church prepares for the special General Conference to be held in St. Louis, MO, February 23-26, 2019, United Methodists everywhere are encouraged to dedicate themselves to prayer for this Conference and all the delegates that will gather from across the globe for this important event. Our Bishop, Rev. Sharma Lewis, is encouraging the Virginia Conference to set aside 4 minutes daily, from 2:23 to 2:26 (AM or PM) to pray for the United Methodist Church. The times correspond to the dates of the conference and give us opportunity to lift our prayers for the church at the same time of day as others within our time zone. For more information on this special session of General Conference, visit the Conference website at www.vaumc.org.


Words of Thanks

            Thank you very much for the support you continue to give Amherst Cares.  The food items that you collected will be distributed to our identified “food insecure” students.  The financial support you provide will be used to purchase food items sent home to these students.

            As we begin our eighth year of service, our aim continues to be to feed the students of Amherst County Public Schools so that they may succeed.

            We began our distribution for the 2018 – 2019 School Year on August 29th and at that time provided food to 497 of our identified students. This effort would be even more difficult to sustain without your encouragement. 

We appreciate all that you do every day for the students of ACPS.

Again, our sincere thank you.  Beth Gamble, President


Thank you for your support after the loss of my parents, Nita and Charles Mundy.  We truly appreciate the cards, calls, and prayers.  We are so blessed to have such caring friends.  Love, Janie and Tom Hall


Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra invites Church Singers to

                                         Sing with Festival Chorus

Tuesday night rehearsals, October 23-December 4, 7:00 p.m.

Join the Festival Choir for the Lynchburg Symphony Christmas Concert on December 9.  Rehearsals will be starting October 23 for the Christmas Concert to be held in the newly renovated Academy of the Arts Theatre. This festival Christmas program is a chance for choir members and church singers to sing familiar and new musical selections with the full orchestra! It doesn’t get any better than that! Sing songs of celebration at Christmas and have fun!  There’s room for 100 singers and in the first week 20 have already signed up!  Use the following link to register: http://LSOChorus.org.


Bishop’s Bible Challenge Readings for October:

October 1

Luke 1, John 1:1-14

October 2

Matthew 1, Luke 2:1-38

October 3

Matthew 2, Luke 2:39-52

October 4

Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3

October 5

Matthew 4, Luke 4-5, John 1:15-51

October 6

John 2-4

October 7

Mark 2

October 8

John 5

October 9

Matthew 12:1-21, Mark 3, Luke 6

October 10

Matthew 5-7

October 11

Matthew 8:1-13, Luke 7

October 12

Matthew 11

October 13

Matthew 12:22-50, Luke 11

October 14

Matthew 13, Luke 8

October 15

Matthew 8:14-34, Mark 4-5

October 16

Matthew 9-10

October 17

Matthew 14, Mark 6, Luke 9:1-17

October 18

John 6

October 19

Matthew 15, Mark 7

October 20

Matthew 16, Mark 8, Luke 9:18-27

October 21

Matthew 17, Mark 9, Luke 9:28-62

October 22

Matthew 18

October 23

John 7-8

October 24

John 9:1-10:21

October 25

Luke 10-11, John 10:22-42

October 26

Luke 12-13

October 27

Luke 14-15

October 28

Luke 16-17:10

October 29

John 11

October 30

Luke 17:11-18:14

October 31

Matthew 19, Mark 10


Lay Leadership for October


  Lay Reader:

Jack Brandell

 Ushers:  Bob Andercyk & Bob Smith


Altar Flowers


October 7

Communion/Worship Committee

October 14

Jill & Don Clark

October 21

Janie & Tom Hall

October 28

Janie & Tom Hall








General Fund

All Other*





August 26


$  2,535.75

       $       25.00     

September 2


$  4,442.00

 $     100.00

September 9


$  1,921.00

       $       - 0 -

September 16


$ 1,801.00           

       $  1,240.00 

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


October Birthdays


10/01   Jo Young

10/02   Paul Ogden

10/08   Bruce Johnson

10/08   June Kilgore

10/10   Lona Gilbert

10/10   Samuel Tucker

10/13   Jill Granger

10/13   Jonathan Mears

10/13   Renell Meeks

10/15   Mallory Tucker

10/17   Bobby Joe Bondurant

10/13   Benjamin Burks

10/20   Betsy Faughn

10/21   Sean Ondrick

10/23   Leif Aagaard, Jr.

10/25   Mary Catherine Coates

10/25   Mike Gamble

10/25   Katie Hunt

10/25   Caitlyn Ondrick

10/25   Ralph Seay

10/28   Emily Maddox

10/28   Deborah Shrader

10/30   John Humphries

10/30   Granger Tucker


Lynchburg District Lay Servant Training, October 19 & 20, 2018

Friday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Mountain View UMC, 1077 Viewpoint Lane, Forest, VA

Lunch and Refreshments provided (Love offering collected)


Are you interested in being equipped for service in the local church? Would you like to become a certified Lay Servant? Lay Servant Training is your opportunity to enhance your ministry as a servant of Christ by attending the following training workshops: Nurturing Your Creativity, This Holy Mystery/By Water and the Spirit (on Communion and Baptism in the UMC); Public Speaking; UM Theology. The Basic Course for Lay Servants/Lay Speakers will also be offered as well as the interview/District Committee evaluation.  Any interested persons from a local church are encouraged to attend. Cost: $20 before Oct. 10/ $25 after Oct. 10). Registration forms with additional information are available in the Narthex and church office. If you would like more information about the Lay Servant Program, please contact Denny Van Aalsburg, Lynchburg District Lay Servant Director at 540-632-6743.


Virginia Conference United Methodist Men 40th Annual Spiritual Advance

Friday-Saturday, October 26-27, 2018     Baylake UMC Virginia Beach

            Come and bring your family! Begins Friday, Oct. 26th at 6 p.m., ends Saturday at 9 p.m. Go to vaumc.org to register. Featuring Bishop James Swanson Mississippi Conference UMC and Gregory Koukl, Author and Apologist.

            Workshops on: Wesleyan Small Groups, Mentoring, Young Adult Ministry, Spiritual Growth, Discipleship, Lead like Jesus. Group rates at Virginia Beach Resort & Conference Center 757-481-9000. Early Bird specials and discounts available.


5 Talent Academy October Event ~ Influence: Worship

Tuesday, October 30; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Livestreamed, hosted by Timberlake UMC


Registration is now open for the 5 Talent Academy event “Influence: Worship 2018.” The Event takes place on October 30, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be hosted live from Floris UMC in Herndon and will be livestreamed to 12 locations throughout the conference. Cost: $40 per person (includes lunch). Registration deadline is October 22, 2018. Call the church office for more information. To register, visit www.vaumc.org/5Talent or contact the Center for Congregational Excellence at 804-521-1100.



Lynchburg District Conference

Rescheduled for the evening of Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Time and Location TBA

Schedule for District Conference:

Gathering for Worship with preaching by Rev. Alex Joyner, District Superintendent/Eastern Shore; Sermon: "What if We Live?"

Business of the District Conference:

Election of Lynchburg District At Large Delegates to VA Annual Conference 2019

Plenary Address by guest speaker, Martha Stokes: “A Conversation about the 2019 Called General Conference: Background, Updates and Next Steps.”

            Following worship and conference business, we will have an address by Martha Stokes, Chair of the Virginia Conference delegation to General Conference 2016 and leader of the delegation to the Called General Conference in 2019. Anyone in the Lynchburg District is invited to attend District Conference. Committee Chairs, Church Council members and Ministry Team Leaders are especially encouraged to be present.

As part of the business of the conference, we will elect District At Large delegates to the Virginia Annual Conference in 2019, which will be held at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Virginia, June 20-22 (Thursday through Saturday). Laity desiring to represent the Lynchburg District as At Large Delegates at Annual Conference must fill out the nomination form and return to the district office by Monday, October 1, 2018 (note new deadline - there is room on the ballot for at least 7 more reserve delegates). The nomination form is available in the church office. A written ballot will be compiled and distributed at District Conference on November 13; twenty lay delegates and seven reserve delegates will be elected by the district conference. Delegates from 2018 need only let Leigh Anne know by email that they would like their name to appear on the ballot again for 2019.

Finally, laity who wish to be nominated as delegates to the 2020 General Conference and the 2020 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference will be voted on at this meeting of the district conference. Laity who wish to be nominees as delegates for these conferences shall complete the lay nomination form at http://www.evc.vaumc.org/open/GCNomination/Laity/. Please contact the church office for more information.


Special Called United Methodist General Conference in 2019

As the worldwide United Methodist Church prepares for the special General Conference to be held in St. Louis, MO, February 23-26, 2019, United Methodists everywhere are encouraged to dedicate themselves to prayer for this Conference and all the delegates that will gather from across the globe for this important event. Our Bishop, Rev. Sharma Lewis, is encouraging the Virginia Conference to set aside 4 minutes daily, from 2:23 to 2:26 (AM or PM) to pray for the United Methodist Church. The times correspond to the dates of the conference and give us opportunity to lift our prayers for the church at the same time of day as others within our time zone. For more information on this special session of General Conference, visit the Conference website at www.vaumc.org.


Due to District Conference, our regular 2nd Tuesday meetings for November will need to be rescheduled. Those dates will be finalized at the Finance and Church Council meetings on Thursday, October 18.




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.