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



September 2019

Emmanuel United Methodist Church


Worship Service 10:30 am

Sunday School 9:30 am



Sunday, September 29 at 10:30 a.m.


            “Let’s Go to Church Sunday” is September 29! We look forward once again 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 ten 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 29.






























Committee Meetings for September & October




Next Meeting

Board of Trustees

Tuesday, September 27 at 6:00 p.m.


Finance Committee

Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Church Council

Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m.

No Meeting in October

Vitality Team

No Meeting in September

Tuesday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.



Amherst Cares

School is back in session and the ministry of Amherst Cares has resumed! As in August, our first Sunday Communion Offering on September 1st will support the ministry of Amherst Cares. Packing for Amherst Cares takes place in the Social Hall on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and on Thursdays at 9 a.m. To learn more about Amherst Cares, please contact Director Beth Gamble by email at  or call 946-7657. The congregation will collect items needed for Amherst Cares during the month of October, so please watch for further details. Your support is most appreciated!



“Almost-End-of-Summer” Annual Ice Cream Social, Sunday, September 8 @ 4 p.m.  Join us for a homemade ice cream buffet, fellowship and music. Everyone is encouraged to bring someone with you. Use the inserts available at church to share the information and invite others to come. Sign up on the bulletin board to bring homemade ice cream! Contact Libby Howell with questions.

*Appreciation for First Responders: In appreciation of our “local heroes” and in observance of Patriot Day that commemorates 9/11, the Vitality Team invites the church family to join with us in showing 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 snack-sized packs of cookies, crackers, granola bars, candy bars and chips to deliver to our community servants. We will collect these items in the Narthex tub beginning August 18 through September 8. Thanks for your help.


*Our New Church Directories have arrived! Everyone is enjoying our long-awaited church pictorial directory that arrived in August! All families who had their picture taken for the directory should have received their complimentary copy. Hats off to Cat Brandell for the COUNTLESS HOURS she devoted to organizing this project and creating our beautiful directory. Thank you, Cat!


* Habitat for Humanity of Amherst County continues to work on the Pendleton Drive project, designated to be the future home of the Goff Family.  Habitat welcomes any volunteers that want to help with this project or their other rebuilding efforts in Elon. An easy way to be updated about workdays is to contact Debbie Habel at 665-4171 or at You can request to be put on a list to receive emails about where and when work is happening and what jobs will be done on certain days. You can then reply to help as your schedule permits.



EUMC Charge Conference, Monday, October 7: 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel:  The District Office has notified us of the date of this year’s Charge Conference. The District has used a cluster format for Charge Conferences for quite a few years where all the churches within the same cluster held their Charge Conference together at one time, but this year our District Superintendent will be holding individual conferences at each church/charge on our District at the local church. All members and friends of the congregation are welcome to attend charge Conference. All Church Council members, Ministry Team Leaders, and committee chairs/members are expected to attend. Leaders with written reporting responsibilities that pertain to Charge Conference will be hearing from Pastor Nancy very soon! It would be wonderful to have good attendance at our Charge Conference, so plan now to attend.


*Bible Study Groups will Resume in October:


  • The Women’s Prayer and Bible Study Group that meets monthly on the first Tuesday will resume on October 8 at 9:30 a.m. in the Mattie Ware Classroom. 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 study in October. Please watch the bulletin for details. New participants are welcome to join us!


*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 2019. 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.


Personalized Bricks


An order for 9 personalized bricks was submitted to Fundraising Brick LLC on August 12 and already another request has come in for the purchase of three (3) more bricks.  The minimum order is five (5) so if you are interested in purchasing bricks to be placed in our rose garden, please contact Cat Brandell at 434-946-9102 or  Order forms are available on the table at the front of the sanctuary on the right side.  Pricing is:

                                                                 1 brick                         $75.00

2 bricks                        $60 each

3 or more bricks          $50 each


Please take a look at the bricks already installed in our memorial rose garden for ideas.  Each brick allows three (3) lines of text, 20 letters per line (which includes spaces and punctuation) or 15 letters per line (which includes spaces and punctuation) if clip art emblems are chosen from the designs on the order form.  All proceeds from the brick program are designated for Emmanuel’s Capital Improvement Fund for major church maintenance needs.


REMINDER:  The Bishop’s Bible Challenge will no longer be in the church newsletter due to space constraints.  Please pick up a copy on the table at the front of the church.


*New Neighbor Welcome Bags: Our Vitality Team continues to provide gift 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 (totally optional). 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.



Our church’s chancel choir is hosting a bridal shower for Jessica Mears and Bobby Markey on Sunday, September 15 at 2 pm in our church’s fellowship hall.  Gifts are not required but we hope her church family will come and bring the bride & groom to-be “Good Wishes” and enjoy refreshments as well as fellowship together.


Words of Thanks



Dear Pastor Nancy and Emmanuel Friends,

Thank you so much for thinking of me at my graduation and for the lovely book!  I really appreciate it.

Fondly, Alex Katherman


Thanks to everyone that participated in our Back to School project of purchasing classroom items for the teachers at Amherst Elementary. Everything was much appreciated!


Thank you to everyone who helped with 2019 Emmanuel UMC BBQ.  Financially, this has been one of the best years for the BBQ. We have received proceeds of over $2,000.  This would not have been possible without the help and support of the members of Emmanuel United Methodist Church.      Mike Gamble


Thanks to everyone that participated in our Annual Church Barbeque on August 17, especially Mike and Beth Gamble who provided leadership for this year’s event. To all those who helped cook, chop, bake, set up, clean up, sell tickets or purchased tickets, you are appreciated! 


I would like to acknowledge the Fundraising Team for their hard work on this year’s barbecue.  They not only sold the tickets but placed the orange flyers in businesses around town and in Madison Heights.  My name is always mentioned because I am the Chair but there are others who should receive recognition besides myself.  Please make an extra effort to thank Carol Andercyk, Jill Clark, Gail Hewes, Bessie Kirkwood and Margaret Ann White.  They are invaluable to this committee.  Cat Brandell






Church Prayer Chain: The Prayer Chain exists to offer prayer support whenever it is requested. If you have a prayer concern, please call or email Pearl Clark ( with your request. Anyone who would like to join the prayer chain and receive the prayer emails may also contact Pearl who coordinates this ministry.


News from the Virginia Conference of the UMC


Bishop Lewis’ Episcopal Return is planned for September

            After a six-month medical leave, Bishop Sharma D. Lewis’ return to the Virginia Conference is planned for September 2019. Lewis started her medical leave at the beginning of March as she underwent several hip surgeries. In her absence, Bishop Peter D. Weaver, retired bishop, was named the interim episcopal leader. Lewis said she is appreciative of all the prayers and gestures of care and concern she received from around the conference and United Methodist connection. She has steadily improved in her recovery and the time frame of her return is contingent on her continued healing and by advisement of her medical team.

             Lewis also wanted to share her appreciation to Bishop Weaver for his calm and steady leadership in this interim period. She asks that the conference be in prayer and give thanks for the ways that Bishop Weaver has led and served this conference.


*Bishop’s Convocation on Prayer, Saturday, September 21, 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Trinity UMC, Richmond. Cost is $10. Registration deadline: September 13. Contact Pastor Nancy or the church office if interested. Detailed information and registration forms are available in the church office.



Diverse Group of United Methodists Explores Separation

            Aug. 19, 2019–A group of theologically diverse United Methodists met at Floris United Methodist Church, Herndon, Va., Aug. 16-17, to continue seeking a way to resolve the impasse on the ordination of LGBTQ members and the blessing of same-gender marriages in the denomination.

            Organized by bishops from Central Conferences, the meeting was attended by Tom Berlin and Junius Dotson, representing Centrists; Jan Lawrence and Randall Miller, representing Progressives; and Patricia Miller and Keith Boyette; representing the Conservatives. Other representatives were also in attendance.

During the candid and prayerful discussions, the group agreed that it seems inevitable that there will be some form of separation of the church as a way to resolve the impasse.

            The participants listened to presentations from some of the plans that were being discussed, including the Indianapolis and the UMC Next plans, both which offer separation as gracious ways for the future of the church.

            In upcoming meetings, the group hopes to reach a consensus of what might be the future of the denomination by using a professional, non-United Methodist mediator to help in navigating the differences.



United Methodist Men Spiritual Advance- Sept. 27-28
Registration is now open for the 2019 UMMen’s Spiritual Advance at Baylake UMC in Virginia Beach on Sept. 27-28. Featured speaker is the Rev. Dr. Kevin Watson, author of The Class Meeting and Bible study teacher at the 2019 Virginia Annual Conference. The theme is Transforming Grace. Special rates are available for pastors, early birds, spouses, and, if you attended last year, Bring One Get One (BOGO) for first timers.  New this year, church sponsorships are targeted for churches who have never attended the event or those currently with no formal UMMen organization. Open to all churches, the challenge is to line up 12 men to come and receive both a discounted rate and a free event themed T-shirt.  A box lunch option is available on Saturday to allow for more fellowship on site with brothers in Christ. If anyone is interested, please contact the church office for more details.


Lay Leadership for September


  Lay Reader:

Volunteer Needed

 Ushers:   Volunteers Needed


Altar Flowers


September 1

Communion/Worship Committee

September 8

Cat and Jack Brandell

September 15

Janie and Tom Hall

September 22

Jeanie Combs

September 29

Jeanie Combs







    General Fund

All Other*

July 21



 $     95.00

July 28



 $     25.00

August 4



 $   375.00

August 11



 $     25.00

August 18




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 Loboo

9/06     Chase Maddox

9/06     Atasua Phillips

9/08     Rachel Phillips

9/11     Anna Johnson

9/15     Dot White

        9/15    Margaret Ann White

        9/16    Ann Tomko

        9/19    James Peters

        9/20    Dianne King

        9/27    Carey Banton

        9/27    Beth Gamble

        9/27    Harold Ondrick








Newsletter Editor:  Cat Brandell, Phone: 946-9102, Email: 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.