Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Amherst, Virginia.
Saturday, July 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
Emmanuel United Methodist Church
Worship Service 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

                                     JULY 2018


Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

for the Transformation of the World

“To God be the Glory, Great Things He Has Done!”

                On Sunday, June 24, during morning worship, our congregation had the blessing of celebrating the completion of our building project. We consecrated to God our handicap-accessible restrooms on both levels of the building and the newly installed elevator.

              For almost three years, our church family has worked diligently to raise the necessary funds ($144,400) to complete this project in order to make our church more accessible and welcoming to everyone. Through the generosity of our congregation in regular faithful giving, specially designated memorial gifts, and enthusiastic fundraising efforts, we surpassed our goal and, by God’s grace, were able to fund this project without incurring any debt.

          It was an honor to welcome Rev. Scott Davis, Lynchburg District Superintendent, as our guest preacher for the service. Scott also officiated during the consecration ceremony.

          During the service, special gratitude was extended to those families that designated our church as a recipient of their loved one’s memorial gifts over the last several years. We are grateful to the families of the following: Rachel Babcock, Marie Clayton (Karen Sacasky’s mother), Jonathan Coleman (Pastor Nancy’s brother), Martha Coleman (Pastor Nancy’s mother), Zada Crews, Richard Cromer (Julia Warner’s relative), Marilyn Crump, Robbie Edgemon, Audrey Harrell (Carol Andercyk’s sister), Joseph Kilgore, Zoe Lamm (Kevin and April’s newborn daughter; Sue and Phil’s granddaughter), Al Markert, Arlene Mays, Jeannie Morris, William Morris, Bobby Mottley, Mary Francis Olinger, Mildred Sale (Elbert Maddox’s sister), Phyllis Shrader, Betty Swisher, Christopher Talley (Julia Warner’s relative), Julia Warner, Myrtle Wolhfert, Josephine Young.


            Through our Christmas and Easter donations during the Building Campaign, so many in our congregation honored and remembered your friends and loved ones with special gifts to the Building Fund. We are appreciative of each and every gift and acknowledged those through special inserts in the worship bulletin during those seasons.

            The adoption of this renovation project was a huge undertaking for our congregation. There were times when the goal seemed a distant dream that we might not be able to accomplish. But thanks be to God that we love and serve a God who is able to do “exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).

             It was a privilege to have the opportunity to publicly thank those who led us in this effort. Our Board of Trustees, who served as the Building Committee for this project, are to be commended for all of their careful guidance, advanced planning and support. A very special thanks is extended to Karen Sacasky, Chairperson for the Board of Trustees, for her faithful and patient leadership, and to Tom Hall for sharing his expertise so generously in coordinating all of the countless details involved in accomplishing this work. In addition to Karen and Tom, the Board of Trustees membership includes: Bob Andercyk, Charles Clark, Maynard Campbell, Ella Sue Coffey, Beth Gamble, Bill McCartney, James Peters, and Nancy Johnson.

              Our Fundraising Team has been an endless source of enthusiasm and creativity, providing numerous ways for us to contribute to the Building Fund through church figurine and traffic circle ornament sales (some are still available by the way!), yard sales, soup, stew and bake sales, and the “Buy-a-Brick” program. We appreciate all of their efforts and the joyful spirit in which they served. Members of the Fundraising Team include: Cat Brandell, Chair; Carol Andercyk, Jill Clark, Gail Hewes, Paul Kilgore, Bessie Kirkwood, and Nancy Johnson.

             We would be remiss not to include our Finance Team in expressing our appreciation. Chairperson Mike Stinnett kept an accurate record of our funds for us and was so helpful in keeping us up-to-date on our fundraising totals. We especially thank our tellers whose work each week was sometimes complicated, but who always made every effort to deposit each and every penny in the correct fund! In addition to Mike, the members of the Finance Team include: Kevin Belcher, Pam Brockman, Charles Clark, Jill Clark, Mike Gamble, Bessie Kirkwood, Sue Lamm, Elbert Maddox, David Mears, Mike Mozingo, Gail Payne (auditor), Karen Sacasky (or BOT representative), and Nancy Johnson; our faithful tellers are: Sandra Maddox, Cindy Sale, Cat Brandell, and Judy McCartney with Dot Hance and Joe King serving as substitutes.

            There are still a few finishing touches to be completed on this project, including new carpet that will be installed in the upstairs hallway, additional signs and some touch-up painting. All of this will be accomplished without exceeding our approved budget. If any funds remain in the Building Fund after all invoices have been paid, the congregation will have opportunity to propose to the Church Council a designation for those funds.

            Above all else, we give God the glory for placing this vision within the hearts and minds of our church family, and that by God’s grace, He has enabled us to accomplish far more than we imagined. I hope the fulfillment of this dream is a reminder to all of us “that nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37).

With Thanksgiving and Gratitude,   Pastor Nancy

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.


Summer Prayer Groups Forming: The Church Council invites the congregation to consider coming together for summer prayer gatherings and would appreciate having your feedback about the best time to offer these opportunities. Please use your blue connection card in worship or call/email the church office with your preferences. Options being considered are Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. (twice a month); Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m., or Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. Thanks for sharing your input.


July Choir Rehearsal Schedule:The Chancel Choir will NOT meet for rehearsal on July 4 or July 18. Rehearsal IS scheduled for Wednesdays July 11 and 25.


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

Vacation Bible School Celebration: On Sunday, June 10, the congregation had the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful week of Vacation Bible School, Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus, that was held from June 4-8. We had a total of 15 children enrolled, with 21 adult leaders and youth assistants. Each evening, the children gathered in the Sanctuary for Castaway Sing and Play where they learned awesome praise music, focused on our mission project, met a crazy island castaway named Jim Nolan (a.k.a. Mike Mozingo) and learned the Bible verse and Bible point for the day. The group then traveled to various learning stations that focused and enhanced the Bible story and verse for the day. Kids enjoyed Ship “Rec” Games on the church lawn with Jeanie Richards, Weston Richards and Jaedon Coleman. Faye Garrette and Angela Woody prepared each evening’s Tropical Treats for everyone to enjoy. Bible Discovery with Pastor Nancy brought the Bible Story to life through interactive learning and prayer time. Jeanie Combs, Shannon Carter and Shelby Woody guided the children in creative learning at the Craft Cove. The kids loved entering the Underwater Cinema through the “blue tunnel” for a special video time and Scripture reinforcement with Janie Hall. Our terrific Crew Leaders did an awesome job guiding the kids from station to station, getting to know them, and taking the opportunity to share God’s love with each child: Parrots (Preschoolers): Margaret Ann White, Avery Cox, Chayse Addair; Toucans (K-2nd Grade): Kaycee McCoy; Treasure Seekers (3rd-5th Grade): Bessie Kirkwood. Teresa Belcher kept the nursery for the younger siblings and leader’s little ones each evening. Mike Mozingo and Sue Lamm had a blast “acting up” as our drama crew. Judy McCartney roamed around sneaking snapshots of everyone as our VBS photographer. As always, David and Jonathan Mears provided invaluable technical support for us. We ended each evening in the Sanctuary as we came together for our closing Sail Away Sendoff where we reviewed all that we learned and sang together before departing.

          For this year’s VBS mission project, we collected offering each evening for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) which brings relief to people whose lives have been devastated by tropical storms and other natural disasters. Our VBS children and volunteers collected $50.00 for this wonderful cause!

          We thank all of our leaders and volunteers that worked so hard to make this year’s VBS a reality. We also thank everyone that donated snacks, extra funds for refreshments, and shared decorating items with us to help create our “shipwrecked” theme. A very special thanks to our set-up and clean-up crew (Mike Mozingo, Jeanie Combs, Janie Hall, Juanita Ondrick) who gave hours of time to prepare for and clean up after VBS. We also appreciate everyone who prayed for our VBS, for all the workers and the kids that attended.

          Each year through Vacation Bible School, we have an opportunity to reach out to families with children in a special way and invite them to experience God’s love through our church. We give thanks that God allowed us to provide another successful VBS experience!


“Take Me Out to the Ball Game!” The Vitality Team invites anyone in our church family to join us for an evening at City Stadium on Tuesday, July 31 (Lynchburg Hillcats vs. Salem Red Sox). This is 2Fer night at the ball park, so tickets are buy one get one free ($10.00/ticket)!  In order to reserve enough seats in advance, we need to know who will attend, so please sign up on the bulletin board or call the church office no later than Sunday, July 22. We will pay at the gate as a group, so please bring exact cash with you. Meet at 5:00 p.m. in the church parking lot to caravan/carpool. Concessions are available at the park with special $2 deals on 2Fer night. This is a great opportunity for you to invite a friend or neighbor to join us for a fun, fellowship activity.


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.


Save the Date: Our Annual Ice Cream Social is scheduled for Sunday evening, August 19. More details to come!


Pastor Nancy will be on Vacation from July 10 through July 25. We are thankful to be able to go to the Seattle and Vancouver, WA areas to see Bruce’s family and celebrate his dad’s 90th Birthday. Rev. Kathy Chase will be our guest preacher the Sundays of July 15 and July 22. In case of any pastoral care emergencies, please call Pastor Nancy’s cell phone (434-401-5776). For any non-emergency needs, please call Joanne in the church office during office hours from 9-1, Monday through Friday (434-946-7624).


We still have the patriotic Amherst Traffic Circle ornaments available for purchase at $18 each. If interested, contact Joanne in the church office or Cat Brandell at 946-9102 or catbrandell@gmail.com.

 “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.

Amherst Cares

Amherst Cares will distribute food on July 11 from 5 – 7 pm at Amherst Middle and Monelison Middle Schools. We will meet at the church at 4:00 pm to pack the food. This will be our final distribution for the summer. Thank you, Beth Gamble


The Amelon Travelers invite others to join them on an overnight trip to Sight and Sound Theatre to see the production of Jesus on September 28-29. If interested, please call Dorothy Morcom (434-610-0017) or Lynda Bullington (434-941-7728) for details. Reservation deadline is July 25.

Bishop’s Bible Challenge Readings for July:
July 1

Obadiah 1, Psalm 82-83

July 2
2 Kings 1-4
July 3
2 Kings 5-8
July 4
2 Kings 9-11
July 5

2 Kings 12-13, 2 Chronicles 24

July 6

2 Kings 14, 2 Chronicles 25

July 7
Jonah 1-4
July 8

2 Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 26

July 9
Isaiah 1-4
July 10
Isaiah 5-8
July 11
Amos 1-5
July 12
Amos 6-9
July 13

2 Chronicles 27, Isaiah 9-12

July 14
Micah 1-7
July 15

2 Chronicles 28, 2 Kings 16-17

July 16
Isaiah 13-17
July 17
Isaiah 18-22
July 18
Isaiah 23-27
July 19

2 Kings 18:1-8, 2 Chronicles 29-31, Psalm 48

July 20
Hosea 1-7
July 21
Hosea 8-14
July 22
Isaiah 28-30
July 23
Isaiah 31-34
July 24
Isaiah 35-36
July 25

Isaiah 37-39, Psalm 76

July 26
Isaiah 40-43
July 27
Isaiah 44-48
July 28

2 Kings 18:9-19:37, Psalm 46, Psalm 80, Psalm 135

July 29
Isaiah 49-53
July 30
Isaiah 54-58
July 31
Isaiah 59-63

Words of Thanks

Rev. Nancy Johnson & Congregation, Thank you so much for the love shown our family on behalf of Felicia Sorrells. Your love for Felicia shone through every act of kindness from the service itself to the repass that was served afterwards. We are grateful for you!! In Christ’s Love, Anita Sorrells


Rev. Johnson & Emmanuel Church Family, Thank you for your card from you and the members of Emmanuel UMC. This was my home church before I joined my husband at Midway Baptist Church. It was really special to receive this card.  Thank you! Marlene Fitzgerald & Family


I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, and encouragement after my knee surgery.  I miss my church family and I am looking forward to getting back on my feet and back to church.  Janette Mears


Lay Leadership for July


 Lay Reader:

Mike Mozingo

   Ushers:  Mike Stinnett


Altar Flowers

July 1
Worship Committee
July 8
Janie & Tom Hall
July 15
Janette Mears
July 22
Janie & Tom Hall
July 29
Janie & Tom Hall




General Fund
All Other*
$ 144,064.88
May 27
$  1,470.00
$        265.00

 $    - 0 -

 June 3
$   4,677.10
$        245.00
 $   - 0 -
June 10
$   1,744.25
$        125.00
 $ 76.00
June 17
$      881.00
$          25.00
$144,071.48 YTD

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

July Birthdays

7/1       Joey Kilgore
7/3       Robert McCartney
7/3       Ellen Snyder
7/10     April Lamm
7/10     Lee Payne
7/11     Deirdre Maddox
7/12     Augusta Peters
7/17     Sue Lamm
7/20     Stuart Layne
7/21     Pearl Clark
7/21     Declan Hall
7/21     Susan Williams
7/23     Darryl Motley
7/23     Margaret Myers
7/24     Lucas Lamm
7/25     Thelma Iseman
7/26     Carol Andercyk
7/26     Sandra Maddox
7/26     Deborah Mozingo
7/26     Shirley Norvell
7/29     Emma Da Victoria Lobo
7/30     Hal Myers III
7/31     Justin Garrette


The 2018 Session of the Virginia Annual Conference was held in Hampton, VA on June 15-17. This year’s theme was “Servant Leaders Making a Difference” based on 1 Peter 4:10: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

Mission was a major focus of this year’s conference including a “Great Day of Service” on Saturday afternoon where over 1,600 conference lay and clergy attendees joined together in participating in several different mission projects, including hands-on outreach in the Hampton area.

44,774 disaster relief kits were collected for UMCOR (29,409 Health/Hygiene Kits, 15 of which were from EUMC; 13,367 School Kits; 703 Birthing Kits; 334 Layette kits; 840 Cleaning Kits; 16 Bedding Kits; 102 Sewing Kits; and 3 miscellaneous kits). Conference attendees donated almost 9,000 pounds of canned goods and boxed dried foods as part of the “4 Cans 4 Conference” food drive. $111,000 was collected for the Annual Conference Offering to be distributed between the following mission endeavors: Cambodia, Brazil, Mozambique, Volunteers in Mission teams working with Native Americans, Haiti, and Cuba and Puerto Rico recovery efforts, and Moscow Seminary.

The Virginia Conference is a leader in mission giving and response, receiving 6 awards this year from the Global Mission Connection/General Board of Global Mission based on a ranking within the U.S. annual conferences: U.S. Disaster Response (#1), International Disaster Response (#3), Missionary Support (#1), Mission Initiatives (#4), In Mission Together (#2), Health-related Programs (#4).

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

*A Service of Remembrance and Holy Communion was held on Friday evening where 63 conference clergy and laity who have died since last Annual Conference were honored and remembered.

*A Service for the Ordering of the Ministry: 19 people were ordained as elders, 2 as deacons. 11 were commissioned as provisional members and 2 had their orders recognized. 32 were licensed as local pastors.

*8 churches in 5 Districts were discontinued, including St. James UMC in Gladstone where Pastor Nancy served part-time for 3 years before being appointed to Emmanuel. Several members from St. James have been worshipping with us for a while and we look forward to welcoming them into our faith family and honoring the long legacy of St. James UMC.

*Update from the Commission on a Way Forward:” The Rev. Tom Berlin, member of the Commission on a Way Forward, presented a report on the work of the commission prior to the start of the Clergy and Laity sessions on Friday, June 15. The 32-member Commission was appointed by the Bishops following the 2016 General Conference’s impasse regarding statements in The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church regarding human sexuality, same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ persons. He shared that the work of the Commission over the last several years has been one of the most Christian exercises that he has ever been through. Every meeting was grounded in Bible study and prayer and, even though the members represent the wide range of perspectives on the issues at hand, everyone “came to the table” in a spirit of Christian love to discuss, pray, plan and prepare for the work that had been assigned to them. The Commission submitted their report to the Council of Bishops in May and a response to the report was printed in the June issue of our newsletter. The deadline for a final proposal, and any other related petitions, to be submitted to the February 2019 special session of General Conference for legislative action is July 8.

Pastor Nancy and our Lay Delegate, Beverly Brown, look forward to sharing their Annual Conference reports with the congregation in worship on Sunday, July 8. You may find additional wrap-up information, related summaries and videos by visiting the Conference website at www.vaumc.org.


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.