Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Friday, April 19, 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




April   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


See What Love Can Do!


“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 3:20-21


          Spring has finally arrived, and with it comes a renewed sense of hope, promise and new life. As we continue our Lenten journey and walk with Christ to Calvary, we are reminded of our Lord’s sacrificial love for us, and at the same time anticipate the powerful hope of the resurrection…the hope that is ours in Christ Jesus our Lord!

          The Apostle Paul powerfully reminds us that Christ, who bore our sins for us and has given us new life, calls us to show who we are in Christ…to do Christ’s bidding as ambassadors of Jesus… by demonstrating Christ’s sacrificial love to others.

          Our church has had a tremendous opportunity during this Lenten season to demonstrate sacrificial love to John and Jeanette Goff and their children, Hailey and Matthew. The Goff family has endured so many hardships as a result of the tornado that devastated the Elon area of Amherst County on April 15, 2018. The Goffs were living in a rental mobile home at the time of the storm and lost everything. John and Hailey both sustained serious injuries that have involved multiple surgeries. John may still lose his leg as a result of infection and is still facing additional surgery. When I met them after the storm to give them the funds our church had collected for them, they were barely hanging on emotionally and financially. When I became involved with the Amherst Disaster Recovery Group, I specifically requested to be assigned their case to continue the relationship we had started. Amazingly, through a partnership between ADRG and Habitat for Humanity, plans to build the Goffs a Habitat home on Pendleton Drive are underway.

          In the meantime, it became necessary for them to leave their current rental home as advised by both the county building inspector and the health department. Without much time to prepare, I am so very thankful to have been able to secure permission for them to reside in the unoccupied parsonage at Beulah Retreat Center owned by the Lynchburg District of the UMC.   Thanks many times  over





to everyone that helped clean the parsonage and clear the lawn on Sunday, March 17, and those that helped move the family into the home on Tuesday, March 19. This was truly a community ecumenical effort with people from several area churches, Habitat for Humanity and ADRG all pulling together to love and help this family during their time of need.

          As we left the house at Beulah on Tuesday afternoon, I noticed a spring bulb in the yard that was just beginning to push its way through the dirt…a sign of hope and renewal.  In that moment, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the love of God in Christ that has been shown to this family through God’s people. That’s the “church” we need the world to see, especially during these difficult days for the UMC; that’s the Christ was are called to show to others! As signs of new life continue to blossom all around us this spring, take time to give thanks to God for the hope that is in YOU, the everlasting hope that we can share daily with others as Christ’s ambassadors.  ~ Grace and Peace, Pastor Nancy

       Special Opportunities for Holy Week and Easter       


Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on the Church Lawn

Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m., Preschool thru Grade 5

Calling all kids, grandkids, young friends and neighbors to come out for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny. Refreshments, activities and games on the lawn will follow the hunt. The congregation is encouraged to bring bags of individually wrapped candies for the hunt and place them in the narthex tub by Sunday, April 7. Any help we can get with refreshments on the day of the event would be most appreciated (finger foods, kid-friendly snacks and treats, etc.) Bring your items to the church kitchen before the hunt.


Chancel Choir presents “You Are the Christ” by Lloyd Larson

April 14, 10:30 a.m.

Palm/Passion Sunday

From Palms to Passion: Experience Jesus’ final week on earth through this special service, featuring the Procession of Palms and our Lord’s Passion through the eyes of the Apostle Peter as the Chancel Choir presents You Are the Christ by Lloyd Larson which includes music with dramatic monologue.  In this musical presentation, Peter recalls his walk with Christ as one of the Lord’s followers, deals with the pain and hurt of his own betrayal, and tries to grapple with the loss and grief of the crucifixion. Join us for this meaningful beginning to Holy Week.


Lenten Book Study and Prayer Time Continues

Wednesday evenings of Lent through April 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Join with others for prayer and discussion using The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. Extra books are available, or you may come to join in the discussion and prayer time.


Maundy Thursday, April 18, 6:00 p.m.

Seder Meal in the Fellowship Hall

Everyone is invited to come together on Holy Thursday to learn about and experience the rich history of the Jewish Passover Seder Meal. Please reserve your meal by Sunday, April 14.  Donations will be collected to help cover the cost of the special foods needed for the meal.


Good Friday, April 19: A Day of Prayer and Fasting

On this holy and solemn day, the Society of St. Andrew invites others to join their staff and volunteers in observing a fast on Good Friday. When we fast, we voluntarily refrain from eating for a time, as a spiritual practice. This special time of prayer and fasting uses our physical hunger as a symbol of our spiritual hungers, as we remember our Savior’s arrest, trial, crucifixion and death. It also serves as a vivid reminder of our many brothers and sisters who live with real, physical hunger every day. A special booklet to use for the Good Friday fast will be available on Sunday, April 14 for those that are able to participate. Break your fast with Good Friday Communion and prayer time in our Sanctuary from 5:00-6:00 p.m. You will be invited to participate in several prayer centers that will be available in the Sanctuary. Come and go as you are able.


Easter Sunday, April 21

7:00 a.m. Easter SonRise Service at Amherst Cemetery followed by our Annual Easter Breakfast in the church Fellowship Hall. Please come and bring friends and family with you! If it rains, the service will be held in our Sanctuary. Our church family is encouraged to volunteer to bring breakfast foods by signing up on the sheet posted at the back of the Sanctuary.


10:30 a.m. Resurrection Celebration in Worship

The congregation is invited to bring fresh flowers to decorate the Living Easter Cross before the worship service.

Invite others to join us as we worship our risen Lord!



Easter Donations for the Capital Improvement Fund


We continue to celebrate our success and God’s faithfulness to us in completing our restroom renovations and the installation of the elevator. All obligations have been paid and we dedicated these renovations for God’s glory in June of 2018.

Again, we give thanks to our Board of Trustees who worked tirelessly to guide us through this project. They focused intently on this work to see it through to completion. Our Trustees are now ready to give attention to other important projects needed to maintain our property, especially at the church-owned parsonage. There are several items that need to be addressed inside and out, including a long-standing water problem in the basement, repairs to the front sidewalk, and exterior painting.

The church’s Capital Improvement Fund was created to help us be prepared for major repairs and projects to the church property that exceed the regular budget of the Board of Trustees. This year’s Easter Donations are designated for the Capital Improvement Fund. Your donations to this fund are most appreciated.

The Worship Team will provide lilies for the Sanctuary on Easter Sunday. Donation forms are available at the Sanctuary entrances and in the church office. Forms are due in the church office by Sunday, April 14.                                                                                                                             


Women’s Bible study and prayer group WILL NOT meet on Tuesday April 2. Please watch the Sunday bulletin for the rescheduled time.                         



Amherst Cares News


o   Amherst Cares will distribute food on Wednesday and Thursday April 3–4, April 10–11, and April 24-25.

o   Spring Break for Amherst County Public Schools is the week of April 15- 19 so there will be no food distribution that week.

o   Also, on Friday, April 12 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon as part of “Giving Back Day” the ACHS National Honor Society will come to Emmanuel and pack approximately 1600 bags of food that will be distributed to Amherst Cares students the weeks of April 24-25, May 1-2, and May 8-9. Yes, that will provide a much needed break for our faithful volunteers except for those who deliver the food to the schools each week.  Deliveries will take place on April 24-25, May 1-2, and May 8-9.

o   We will resume our regular packing schedule on May 15-16, May 22-23, and May 29-30.

Thank you, Beth Gamble


Words of Thanks:


Many thanks to everyone who brought snacks, water bottles, Gatorade, cookies, fruit or gave monies to purchase Subway sandwiches for the workers at the Elon Disaster Recovery work days. Your contributions were greatly appreciated. May God bless each of you ~ Faye Garrette


Amherst County Habitat for Humanity Needs our Help!

A Message to our Church Family from Executive Director Debbie Habel

Thank you for your dedication to the Goff Family!  They are so grateful! We are hoping to get well drillers out to the home site on Pendleton in the next couple of weeks, and then get the trees cut and foundation dug out & laid.  We are aiming for a blitz build with Tom Gerdy the last week in April. The Amherst Disaster Recovery Group (ADRG) and Habitat will then get the interior completed. If anyone can volunteer to help, please contact me at 665-4171 or amherstcountyhabitat@gmail.comThank you again! Blessings! Debbie 


Board of Trustees

At the March 26, 2019 meeting the Board of Trustees of Emmanuel United Methodist Church wished to thank and recognize the congregation of Emmanuel United Methodist Church for the many areas of mission work that they continue to provide:

Meals on Wheels

Amherst Cares

Hot Dog Day

Holiday Food Baskets

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Relay for Life

5th Saturday Dinners

Assisting with Habitat for Humanity

Disaster Relief for Elon

Prayer Chain

Walk for Scleroderma

Food Bank

Well done, good and faithful servant" Matthew 25:21

Beth Gamble, Secretary, Board of Trustees

                                                    Committee Meetings for April


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

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

                                                      *   Trustees, Tuesday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m.


Lay Leadership for April


  Lay Reader:


 Ushers:  Jeanie Combs


Altar Flowers


April 7

Communion/Worship Committee

April 14

Palm Sunday

April 21

Easter Sunday

April 28

Margaret Ann White








General Fund

All Other*





February 24


$ 2,020.00


March 3


    $ 4,655.00

$ 195.00

Ash Wednesday




March 10



$   20.00

March 17


  $ 1,768.15

$ 225.00

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



    April Birthdays


04/01               Bob Andercyk

04/01               William Carter

04/02               Matthew Riley Cox

04/05               James Kilgore

04/06               Martha Tucker

04/07               Kim Restivo

04/08               Marsha Campbell

04/12               Michael Hall

04/14               John Howell

04/16               Billy Hildebrandt

04/18               Nancy Johnson

04/21               Gail Hewes

04/26               Judy McCartney

04/27               Marc Brown

04/28               Hailey Belcher Downey


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