Welcome to our worship service on October 2, 2022! The order of worship can be found here.
EMMANUEL’S NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
*Our United Methodist Committee on Relief has issued an urgent call for Cleaning Kits, also known as Flood Buckets, to support the clean-up efforts taking place in many storm-damaged areas in the U.S. The supply of buckets available for distribution is extremely depleted and the need is great. Every church is being asked to support this effort by creating cleaning kits. Please see the instructions on the insert in today’s bulletin.
The buckets should be left under the small table in the Social Hall (by the combination door) no later than Sunday, October 30. Our District will collect the buckets at District Conference Palooza scheduled for Saturday, November 5 at Heritage UMC in Lynchburg. The Conference is arranging delivery to the UMCOR Sagar Brown distribution center in Louisiana. Today’s October Communion Offering is designated for UMCOR Cleaning Buckets and will be collected through October 30. Please see the insert for instructions. Thank you for considering this mission opportunity. Please contact Pastor Nancy if you have questions.
*Society of St. Andrew Gleaning Opportunities: Gleaning events throughout Virginia have been added to SoSA’s fall schedule. There is an urgent need for volunteers to help harvest produce. The opportunities closest to us are as follows: Bedford County orchardist, Danny Johnson, owner of Johnson’s Apple Orchard has donated all of the beautiful apples to the Society of St. Andrew to be distributed to those in need. Remaining dates for gleanings in Bedford County are as follows: October 8, and October 15, with more shifts to be added. All times for the dates listed above are from 9 am to 12 pm. If anyone is interested in getting a gleaning group together from our church to participate on one or more of these days, please contact Pastor Nancy. You must sign up on the SoSA website before volunteering. For more information and additional opportunities, visit endhunger.org/Virginia/ or Volunteer with SoSA. You may also call or email SoSA at 1-800-333-4597 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Bible Studies, Sunday School and Prayer Groups to Resume: Our Sunday School classes, Bible Study groups and prayer groups are beginning to relaunch! The Francis Asbury senior adult class will meet in the Mattie Ware Room (upstairs) on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The Women’s Tuesday Bible Study will resume on Tuesday, October 11 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mattie Ware classroom. Additional groups are pending, so watch the announcements for more details.
*Church Halloween Party, Saturday, October 22, 6-8 p.m. All are welcome.
*HALLEBOOJAH! It’s time to get ready for our annual Halloween-on-the-Lawn event to be held on Monday, October 31 from 5-7 p.m. (Set-up begins at 4:00 p.m.) The Vitality Team invites the congregation to dress up in your Halloween best and join us on the lawn for the festivities. Please bring your own lawn chair. Hot chocolate and treat bags will be distributed to our community trick-or-treaters. Your donations of wrapped candy for the treat bags may be placed in the Narthex tub no later than Sunday, October 23.
*Nursery Volunteers: In keeping with our church’s Safe Sanctuaries policies, we currently need ONE VOLUNTEER per Sunday to assist the paid nursery staff with Nursery Care during worship. There is a pink sign-up sheet at the back of the Sanctuary. If no other children are present in the nursery except Skylar’s, the volunteer is not needed. Thanks for your help.
*IMPORTANT REMINDER regarding church trash and recycling bins behind the church: Please be reminded that the recycling AND trash bins located behind the church are for church use only! The church office and ministries of the church generally fill the recycling bins each week, and the trash bins need to be available for church use. Church volunteers should not have to haul off church trash and recycling because our bins are full with trash and recycling from individuals. If you have questions about this please contact Mike Mozingo, Board of Trustees Chair. Your cooperation is most appreciated.
Words of Thanks
*Dear Church Family, Thank you for the food you collected and the financial donations you so generously gave to Amherst Cares. As we begin our thirteenth year of this mission to serve the identified food insecure students in Amherst County Public Schools, your support has been constant. You continue to amaze us with your generosity of time, talents, and resources. Even though there has been a significant increase in the number of students identified by the schools, a significant increase in the costs of the food provided to the students, and a significant increase in the challenge to obtain the food because of supply issues, we remain true to our mission statement, “we feed so that our students may succeed”. With your continued assistance and with God’s guidance, we will strive to do the best we can. We remember John Wesley’s famous quote, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. Please know how much we appreciate the Emmanuel United Methodist Church Family.
Sincerely, Beth Gamble