Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Saturday, September 22, 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.

                                  SEPTEMBER 2018











Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

for the Transformation of the World

Tornado Recovery Continues in Amherst County

The disaster recovery efforts in Amherst County are continuing following the devastating storms that ravaged the Elon area in late April. Our congregation responded by connecting with the Jeanette Leonard family who lost their rental home and whose family members sustained significant injuries. During the months of May and June, we collected a total of $1300 to assist this family with their needs. It was a blessing to connect with Jeanette and to establish a relationship with her. She was most grateful and appreciative of our gift. Many in our church also responded to the call for supplies collected through the Chamber of Commerce.

The County has established the Amherst Disaster Response Group (ADRG) to help coordinate continuing relief efforts and assess the current needs of the residents that were impacted by this disaster. I was able to attend the recent informational session sponsored by the ADRG to see how our church family might be able to participate.

Currently, the ADRG is recruiting volunteers to serve as “case managers” to help assess the needs of the residents. The goal is to complete paperwork on each family affected so that state funding can be adequately and fairly distributed to them. Anyone in the community can volunteer to assist with this effort. An informational training session will be provided on Friday, September 7 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room at the Amherst County Administration Building located at 153 Washington Avenue in Amherst. This session will guide anyone interested on how to correctly and effectively serve as a volunteer case manager for our tornado victims.

Additionally, the ADRG will sponsor a Distribution Day for tornado victims on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Elon Presbyterian Church, 2290 Cedar Gate Road in Elon. Any community volunteers are invited to come out and help distribute the remaining supplies that were collected after the storm. No training is required to help on Distribution Day.

If you are interested in attending either of these events and would like to carpool with others, please contact the EUMC office (434-946-7624; office@emmanuelamherst.org). These community efforts give us the opportunity as disciples of Jesus Christ to put our faith into action by joining our hearts and hands with other as we reach out to those who still need our help in recovering from their devastating losses.  Grace and Peace, Pastor Nancy

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

Philippians 2:4



Bible Study Groups Resume in September:

The Women’s Prayer and Bible Study Group will resume their monthly first Tuesday meetings on September 4 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mattie Ware Classroom. We will finally finish the Book of Matthew by completing chapter 28. Any interested women in the church or community are welcome to attend, so invite someone to come with you.

The Wednesday Bible Study Group will resume The Story curriculum on September 5 at 9:30 a.m. at What a Blessing Bakery (Ambriar Shopping Center). Anyone can join in the study at any point. Please contact the church office if you would like to order materials for the study.


EUMC Children and Youth Ministry Team invites all parents and youth (Elementary through High School) to join us on Wednesday, September 5 at 5:45 in the Social Hall for an organizational planning meeting for the upcoming year. A pizza dinner will be served! We invite any other adults who are interested in helping us enrich and expand our ministry with young people to join us! Please contact Jeanie Combs with questions.

We also want to encourage volunteers 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.



The Vitality Team needs your help to reach out to our Community First Responders during the month of September. On behalf of our church family, we will show our appreciation to our fire, rescue squad and law enforcement personnel with a gift box of “grab-and-go” snacks. We will collect pre-wrapped packs of cookies, crackers, granola bars, candy bars and chips to deliver to these community servants. Please drop off your items in the tub located in the Narthex by Sunday, September 9.


 “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.



Amherst Cares will no longer be packing cereal.  The cost of labels and printing has increased and prepackaged individual portions may be purchased for a reasonable cost.  Thank you for your service in the past for this part of this ministry.  Beth Gamble


Amherst Cares will resume packing Wednesday, August 29 at 7:00 pm and Thursday, August 30 at 9:00 am.

EMMANUEL – It’s Time for a New Pictorial Directory

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 our church directory which is long overdue.  We would like to make this directory as complete as possible.  This is also open to friends and family.  Each family receives a free 8” x 10” photo with the opportunity to purchase additional pictures.  As the time approaches, I will be asking for volunteers to help out.  Cat Brandell


Bishop’s Bible Challenge Readings for September:


September 1

Ezekiel 18-19

September 2

Ezekiel 20-21

September 3

Ezekiel 22-23

September 4

Ezekiel 24-27

September 5

Ezekiel 28-31

September 6

Ezekiel 32-34

September 7

Ezekiel 35-37

September 8

Ezekiel 38-39

September 9

Ezekiel 40-41

September 10

Ezekiel 42-43

September 11

Ezekiel 44-45

September 12

Ezekiel 46-48

September 13

Joel 1-3

September 14

Daniel 1-3

September 15

Daniel 4-6

September 16

Daniel 7-9

September 17

Daniel 10-12

September 18

Ezra 1-3

September 19

Ezra 4-6, Psalm 137

September 20

Haggai 1-2

September 21

Zechariah 1-7

September 22

Zechariah 8-14

September 23

Esther 1-5

September 24

Esther 6-10

September 25

Ezra 7-10

September 26

Nehemiah 1-5

September 27

Nehemiah 6-7

September 28

Nehemiah 8-10

September 29

Nehemiah 11-13, Psalm 126

September 30

Malachi 1-4

Cruise Smith Mountain Lake Friday, October 12, 2018 12-2 pm
Take a trip around the lake on the Virginia Dare.  Cost is $20.00 per person.  Contact Carol Andercyk for more information about making a reservation by October 5.  They have to have 30 people minimum to take the boat out.  Details to come.

Looking Ahead…Save the Dates:

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 and share information with the congregation pertaining to our Cluster Charge Conference.


Our official 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 Charge Conference. Church Council members, Ministry Team Leaders and Committee Chairs are expected to attend. Our cluster is providing 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) are encouraged to bring finger foods/goodies for the reception.






Sunday, September 30 at 10:30 a.m.

“Let’s Go to Church Sunday” is September 30! We look forward to welcoming the music ministry of Faithful Praise during morning worship, followed by a Fellowship Meal after the service. This is a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors, and some of our own members that we haven’t seen in a while to join us for this special worship service!

            For over nine years Faithful Praise has been sharing the Gospel through music for Sunday morning services, Christmas parties, banquets, revivals, concerts and benefits. They have a sound that is hard to define—part southern gospel, part blues, a little country, but all good. The harmonies are tight, the music is “catchy,” and the lyrics tell a story that will never grow old. Their repertoire includes old favorites, new hits and originals. The group continues to be amazed at the opportunities that the Lord has given them.

Traveling and performing with several groups, Tommy Fortune has been involved in music all his life. He has sung in many venues throughout the U.S., including on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. A talented bass and mandolin player, Tommy has a smooth tenor and lead vocal sound. In the past few years, Tommy has dedicated his talents to the Lord and believes that the first CD’s title track, "God's Not Through with You,” reflects his personal testimony.

 Shari DeLange has been involved in church music her entire life. A church pianist as a youth, she continued to use her talents at a Christian college, traveling two summers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Shari has sung on various praise teams and with several groups, including Circle of Faith, a ladies’ quartet that sang extensively in the Shenandoah Valley. She also taught piano for many years. Her vocals are versatile, and her sound is classic.

A love offering will be taken during the service to support the ministry of Faithful Praise.  For the Fellowship Meal, the church will provide the chicken and beverages and the congregation is invited to bring sides, salads and desserts.  Please bring a little extra to accommodate our special guests and others that may visit us on September 30.


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.


Words of Thanks


Dear Pastor Nancy and the Emmanuel Congregation.

Thank you for the generous graduation gift and the support with Scouting over the years.  I am working at Boy Scout Camp as the Aquatics Director this summer!  It’s an exciting time for me! 

Sincerely, Michael Ruggles


Thanks to everyone at Emmanuel that sent me such wonderful cards and well-wishes during my recent hospital stay. Your thoughts and prayers are most appreciated.   ~ Anna Johnson


The Vitality Team expresses appreciation to everyone that helped with our events in August. Thanks to all those that volunteered at our table at the Amherst County Fair where we greeted the community and shared information about our church.  We also had a great turn-out for our Annual Ice Cream Social on August 19, including many guests invited by YOU! Many thanks to everyone that helped with this event, those who made ice cream, Elbert Maddox and Margaret Ann White for the wonderful music, and all those invited others to fellowship with us!


Lay Leadership for September


  Lay Reader:

Ella Sue Coffey

 Ushers:  Bob Andercyk & Bob Smith


Altar Flowers


September 2

Worship Committee

September 9

Jill & Don Clark

September 16

Janie & Tom Hall

September 23

Janie & Tom Hall

September 30

Gail & Dave Hewes








General Fund

All Other*





July 22


$  1,512.00


July 29


$  1,785.00

$  1,590.00

August 5


$  4,080.00

   $     185.00

August 12


$   2191.01         

   $     545.00

August 19


$   2,205.00

   $        88.00

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


September Birthdays 

9/02     Jeanne Volz

9/02     Shelby Woody

9/04     Elizabeth Da Victoria Lobo

9/06     Chase Maddox

9/06     Atasua Phillips

9/08     Molly Arbogast

9/08     Rachel Phillips

9/11     Anna Johnson

                         9/15     Dorothy White

                         9/15     Margaret Ann White

                         9/17     Larry Wright

                         9/19     James Peters

                         9/20     Dianne King

                         9/27     Beth Gamble

                         9/27     Harold Ondrick 

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.



Bishop’s Convocation on Prayer, Saturday, September 15, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Reveille UMC, Richmond, VA 23221

This event will feature plenary speaker Rev. Terry Tekyl, as well as small group learning opportunities in the areas of prayer and Wesleyan Spiritual disciplines. Informational flyers are available in the church office at Sanctuary/church entrances. The cost is $10/person and includes lunch. The registration deadline is September 8, but space is limited. You may register online through the conference website under the events calendar (www.vaumc.org) or contact Rev. Marc Brown at MarcBrown@vaumc.org. Please let Pastor Nancy know if you plan to attend this event.



Lynchburg District Conference, Sunday, September 16

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Amelon UMC, 220 Amelon Road, Madison Heights, VA

All Church Council members, Committee Chairs, and ministry team leaders are encouraged to attend District Conference.

Schedule for District Conference and Training

3:00-4:30 p.m. Gathering in Sanctuary for Worship, the Business of the Conference, Elections of Lynchburg District At Large Delegates to VA Annual Conference 2019 and the election of Lay Delegates to the 2020 General and Southeast Jurisdictional Conferences.

4:30-4:45 p.m. Break

4:45-6:00 p.m. Workshop 

Rev. Alex Joyner, DS of the Eastern Shore District will preach at our opening worship. Rev. Scott Davis will preside over the business of the District Conference, including the election of District At Large delegates for the 2019 Virginia Annual Conference. Following our time of worship and conferencing, we will offer one 75 minute workshop session. Martha Stokes, Chair of the Virginia Conference delegation to General Conference 2016 and leader of the delegation to the Called General Conference session in 2019 will lead us both in worship and in our workshop session. Additional workshops will be offered; details are forthcoming.



Virginia Annual Conference 2019 will meet 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 will fill out the attached nomination form and return to the district office by Monday, September 10, 2018. A written ballot will be compiled and distributed at District Conference on September 16; twenty lay delegates and seven reserve delegates will be elected by the district conference. The nomination form included here will be published in the District Newsletter each week the next four weeks. A copy of the form is attached and is also available in the church office.

District lay nominations for the 2020 General Conference and 2020 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference will be voted upon at each district conference. Laity who wish to be nominees as delegates for these conferences shall complete the lay nomination form http://www.evc.vaumc.org/open/GCNomination/ Laity/. Upon completion, the form automatically will be submitted to the district office in which the lay nominee’s church is located.  Electronic submission is preferred but if a nominee is unable to complete an electronic nomination, he/she may contact the district office. 

If you would like more information on this process, please contact Pastor Nancy or the church office.  A link to this form is also available on the Virginia Conference website: www.vaumc.org.


From the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church

On July 31, 2018, the United Methodist Council of Bishops released the following to the United Methodist Church:

Way Forward report released in all four official languages of General Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in English, French, Portuguese and Swahili; all four official languages of the General Conference. The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Subject to final copy editing, the report will be printed in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) in November. Here is a statement from the moderators of the Commission and the President of the Council of Bishops on the release of the report:

“To the People of The United Methodist Church, “We offer the final report of the Commission on a Way Forward, translated in the four official languages of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church: English, French, Portuguese and Swahili. In the Nicene Creed, we are taught the marks of the church—one, holy, catholic and apostolic. We are catholic in that we care not only for the parts of the church, but more significantly for the whole. We have refrained from commenting about the plans contained in this report until the time when our sisters and brothers could read this in their own first language. With this distribution, we give thanks that this work can now begin, and we can have a conversation that represents our global and catholic nature—more fully who we are as The United Methodist Church.”

Bishops Sandra Steiner Ball and David Yemba, Moderators, Commission on a Way Forward; Bishop Ken Carter, President, Council of Bishops

            A copy of the English version of the report (93 pages) is available in the church office for anyone who wishes to read it, or you can view it online at the conference website at www.vaumc.org.  The July 19 issue of the Virginia Conference e-Advocate offers a more concise summary of the Commission’s report with an overview of each of the three plans. This issue is also available on the Conference website (under the “News” tab, scroll down to e-Advocate. Back issues are available by date on the left sidebar).

            We are all encouraged to continue to pray fervently for our United Methodist Church as the February special called session of General Conference quickly approaches. We ask for God’s guiding presence to faithfully lead us into the future God has for us as a denomination.


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.