Growing up in the United Methodist Church, I have a distinct memory of a choral response that at least a couple of the churches my dad served when I was a kid sang before the offering as a prayer of dedication. I discovered later that it was actually the first verse of a hymn in one of the older versions of the Methodist Hymnal. Somewhere along the way, with the many revisions of our hymnal through the years, that particular hymn was no longer included and therefore no longer sung in worship.
In the process of preparing for this year’s stewardship emphasis, that verse came to my mind again and again. It is truly a shame that we don’t sing this hymn anymore because I think, in many ways, it captures the heart of Christian stewardship:
“We give Thee but Thine own, Whate’er the gift may be;
All that we have is Thine alone, A trust, O Lord, from Thee.”
The realization that God has given us all that we have, and that all we have is God’s, is the beginning of understanding ourselves as Christian stewards of all the gifts that God entrusts to us. This perspective stands in stark contrast to the prevailing attitudes in our world today.
Each Sunday in November, we will be exploring a different aspect of Christian stewardship as a trust from God. Annual stewardship packets will be mailed out to our church family, inviting us all to prayerfully consider our commitments of time, talent and treasure for 2020 as we seek to grow in faithfulness. On Sunday, November 24, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we will celebrate Commitment Sunday as a congregation, trusting God to continue to provide for our needs and the needs of our church family. It is my prayer that all of us will open our hearts to God’s guidance and direction during this year’s stewardship emphasis so that God’s will would be done in our lives and in our church.
Grace and Peace,
Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 3, so don’t forget to set your clocks back on Saturday night and gain that extra hour of sleep you have been missing since the spring!
Sundays in November
| November 3 All Saints’ Sunday/Communion Sunday/Entrusted to Us|
Stewardship Series begins. Communion offering to support American Bible Society’s Bibles for Troops program.
| November 10 *Veteran’s Day Observed with Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and all Veterans honored in Morning Worship *International Day |
of Prayer for the Persecuted Church *Entrusted to Us, Week Two
|November 17 Entrusted to Us, Week Three|
| November 24 Christ the King Sunday, Commitment Sunday, |
Entrusted to Us, Week Four
All Saints’ Sunday is November 3 when we remember during worship all of our members, and the loved ones of our congregation that have died since last All Saints’ Sunday (Nov. 4, 2018). As part of our All Saints’ Day observance, we will take a moment after worship (weather permitting) to gather in the Rose Garden to dedicate our memorial bricks and remember those we love that you have commemorated.
Sunday, November 3 at 4:00 PM, EUMC will host the Amherst Glebe Arts Response (AGAR) Concert featuring Carol Williams, Virtuoso Organist. British-born Carol Williams brings her special brand of classical, modern and original music to the Bedient Organ Company pipe organ at Emmanuel. Carol is known for her diversity, elegance and humor. She has played worldwide in such notable locations as Notre Dame, Paris; Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles and Westminster Abbey, London. Program composers include Bach, Sousa, Brubeck and Carol Williams. This is a wonderful opportunity to share our beautiful organ with the Amherst community. Tickets are $15/adults; Students K-12/$2; College/$5; Up to 6 family members/$24 and may be purchased at lynchburgtickets.com or at the door 45 minutes before the concert. We will sponsor a soup and salad fundraising supper following the concert for a suggested donation of $10/person to benefit some of the community ministries of our church. Please see the bulletin board to sign up to bring food items and help with the supper.
Give the Gift of Life: A Community Blood Drive will be held in our church fellowship hall on Monday, November 11 from 1-6 p.m. All those who are able are encouraged to give blood!
On Sunday, November 10, the Worship Team invites all Veterans and their families to join us for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall before church. All Veterans will also be honored during the worship service. Anyone wishing to help with food for the breakfast may contact Margaret Ann White.
Thanksgiving Food Box Ministry: Our congregation will serve Christ and others by creating and delivering Thanksgiving Food Boxes on Monday, November 25 at 9:00 a.m. Anyone who is able to help assemble or deliver these gift boxes for needy families in our community may gather in the church Social Hall. Please contact Mike Stinnett with questions or for additional information.
The church office will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for Thanksgiving. If you have announcements for the December 1 Sunday bulletin, please have those in to the office by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (946-7625) no later than noon on Monday, November 25.
Committee Meetings for November
|Board of Trustees||No Meeting|
|Finance Committee||Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m.|
|Church Council||Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m.|
|Vitality Team||No Meeting|
Bible Study Groups
- Our Women’s Bible Study and Prayer Group is changing our regular monthly meeting to the second Tuesday of the month. We will meet again on Tuesday, November 12 at 9:30 in the Mattie Ware classroom. We welcome new people from the church and community to join us.
Wednesday Bible Study Group will be
completing The Story this month and will meet at the following
times in the Mattie Ware Classroom at church:
- Tuesday, November 5 @ 9:00 a.m. (Session 29)
- Tuesday, November 12 @ 1:00 p.m. (Sessions 30-31)
Can you serve as an Usher or Lay Reader in Worship? We have several opportunities in 2019 that remain open if you can serve in worship as an usher or Lay Reader. A sign-up sheet is posted on the large bulletin board in the hallway outside the sanctuary. To learn more about serving as an usher, please contact our head usher, Mike Mozingo. To learn more about serving as a Lay Reader, please contact Pastor Nancy. We appreciate all those who assist the worship team by volunteering in these important ways!
Thank You for Your Continued Faithfulness in Giving We are so very thankful for the continued faithfulness of the congregation in giving through our regular tithes and offerings each week. Your generosity enables us to meet our regular operating and ministry expenses, support numerous mission endeavors, and make every effort to pay our District and Conference apportionments. As the end of the giving year approaches, it is important for the congregation to be aware that we are significantly behind in our apportionment giving at this time and sincerely hope that we will be able to meet this obligation by the end of the year. We are asking the congregation to be mindful of this in your weekly giving and that you make gifts to the General Fund a priority. Thank you for your generosity.
~ EUMC Finance Team
The Amherst County Museum and Historical Society invites churches and community groups to participate in their “Deck the Halls” Annual Christmas Tree Display on Sunday, December 15. Groups are invited to decorate a small, medium or large-sized tree, mantel or display case. More information and the application to participate is available in the church office, or from the museum (434-946-9068; email@example.com). Specific guidelines apply regarding the decorations. Deadline to receive applications is Friday, November 15, 2019. Displays must be set up prior to December 10 and removed no later than the second week of January. If anyone is interested in heading this up on behalf of EUMC, or forming a group to do so, please contact the museum. Judy Faris is organizing this event.
- Singing in the Season, Sunday, December 1, 3:00 p.m. Second Stage will once again kick off the Christmas Season on the first Sunday of Advent with carol singing throughout our community. We start at Ascension and then travel to several of our churches, including Emmanuel, where choirs and members from each church lead the group in singing a carol or two. Festivities end back at Second Stage with refreshments. Plan to join us and sing with the choir!
- Pastor Nancy has been asked to lead the carol singing at the Town of Amherst’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Village Garden Club Memorial Park on Main Street at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6 before the Parade begins. Other church choirs and community singers are invited to come and sing along, so plan to join us. Words to some familiar favorites will be provided. (words provided) You may want to bring a flashlight to be able to see the lyrics!
- The Worship Team is making plans for our Advent and Christmas season, including the creation of our beautiful Poinsettia Tree in our Sanctuary. Forms to place a poinsettia in honor or in memory of your friends and loved ones will be available on Sunday, November 10. The minimum donation is $12 per plant. Forms are due to the church office no later than Sunday, December 8. Any donations received over and above what is needed for the poinsettia tree will be designated for our general fund to help us meet our end of the year obligations. An insert will be placed in our worship bulletin on Sunday, December 22 naming all those honored and remembered. Plants may be picked up any time after the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (5:00 p.m.) on Tuesday, December 24.
Exciting things are happening on Pendleton Drive as Habitat for Humanity continues work on the Goff home. If you can help or would like to receive information about what work is happening when, please contact Debbie Habel directly or get on the email list at 665-4171 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions to the home site: From the traffic circle take 60 east towards Richmond. In 3.5 miles Pendleton Drive will be on the left. Continue 1.2 miles on Pendleton Drive. There will be two (2) forks on Pendleton Drive, stay left each time.
Bags of Thanks: Again this year, our congregation will have the opportunity to help restock our Food Pantry by filling up a grocery bag with items that we currently need. Bags will be distributed after worship on Sunday, November 10 and will be due back at church on November 24, the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
The Choir welcomes new members: The Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and we welcome new members to join us! We have started working on this year’s Christmas Cantata and invite those that wish to participate in it to please come to rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday.
**** Celebrating with our Church Family ***
*The Steadmans celebrate the marriage of their granddaughter Miranda Tweedy Jennings (Michele’s daughter) on October 12.
*The Mears Family celebrates the marriage of their daughter, Jessica Elizabeth to Robert Douglas Markey, Jr. on October 19.
Contact Information for Our New Members
| Theresa Y. Dunton |
175 N. Main Street
Amherst, VA 24521
| Ed & Beverly Kryspin |
111 Meadow Lake Court
Amherst, VA 24521
email@example.com (Also listed in the Directory)
| Janice Norvell Wheaton |
Warren Thomas Wheaton
Blake Lancaster Wheaton
P. O. Box 495
149 Ridge Drive
Amherst, VA 24521
Words of Thanks
Dear Church Family: Our family expresses our deepest thanks for all the love, care and acts of kindness shown to us and to Mamie during her recent illness and passing. We appreciate all the prayers, cards, phone calls, visits, food gifts and the wonderful meal after her service. Thanks so much for all the love you expressed to us at this difficult time. With Appreciation, Virginia, Thelma, Billy and Family
Dear Emmanuel Members: Thank you all so much for your many visits, cards and prayers during Mamie’s illness and home-going. She dearly loved her church and enjoyed the time she served it. We appreciate the lovely meal that was prepared after her service and enjoyed by family and friends. You are a very special church family. With Love, Janet Iseman Abbott and Family
Dear Emmanuel Family: Thank you for your continued generous support of Amherst Cares. We appreciate the many food items you collected. They will be distributed to the students. We began serving students on August 21 and have already furnished 2408 bags of food. Also, thank you for your continued monetary support of this mission of Emmanuel. Sincerely, Beth Gamble, President
Dear Friends in Christ, My husband and I want to give you all a big hug for your prayer shawl ministry. This week while a patient at the Cancer Center in Lynchburg, we were given one of your shawls which touches our heart deeply. Many thanks for this ministry and we appreciate your love of God and your handiwork. God bless you all. Al & Jeannine Smith
Dear Knitting Ministry, I am writing to express my personal appreciation for the lap robes that you donated to the Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center. The active support of friends in the community such as yourself helps us to continue our tradition of excellent patient care. We are grateful for your generosity, and more importantly, your desire to help us care for our patients. On behalf of the patients and staff of the Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center, thank you!
Sincerely yours, Carol Riggins, Managing Director
Friends, Thank you very much for the donation of the beautiful scarfs, caps and shawls. Your kindness means so much to us. Please know that we appreciate you and look forward to using these items. Your friends at Miriam’s House
Dear Friends at Emmanuel UMC, We so enjoyed our time with the wonderful people of this church. You made us feel so welcome at the BBQ and also at worship on Sunday. My husband has mentioned several times this week how much he enjoyed our time with you and how he wished we could find a church as friendly and loving! You really made an impression on us and we look forward to our next visit. We always look forward to seeing Nancy and now we look forward to seeing all of you. You are a beautiful example of the love of Christ that just reaches out and enfolds others. Love in Christ, Karen & Ritchie Mills
A huge thank you to everyone that participated in my Pastor Appreciation Surprise on October 13. I read each and every note and loved them all! I also appreciated all the dollar bills you included in your notes to support my coffee addiction! (I guess money does grow on trees sometimes, right?) You all are wonderful! Big thanks to Jeanie Combs who coordinated your outpouring of love in such a creative way, as always. I am truly blessed to have the privilege of being your pastor. “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.”
(Philippians 1:3) With love and appreciation, Pastor Nancy
Opportunities for Life-Long Learning on the
Lynchburg District and the Virginia Conference
Lynchburg District Lay Servant Training
Saturday, November 9, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Heritage UMC (gymnasium), 582 Leesville Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502
Since our earliest beginnings, Methodists have relied on trained lay servants and speakers to advance the Kingdom of God throughout the world. Each district regularly provides training for those who would like to become or learn more about becoming certified lay servants, lay speakers who wish to renew their certification, lay leaders and other church leaders.
Everyone is welcome to attend the classes offered at Lay Servant Training. Lunch and refreshments will be served, free will donation.
Cost of registration: $20. Forms are available in the church office and Sanctuary entrances.
Please contact Pastor Nancy for more information or if you wish to attend.
Engage 2019: Community Transformation
A Training Event to Empower the Local Church in the 21st Century
Wednesday, November 14, 8:30-4:00 p.m.
The satellite location for the Lynchburg District is Timberlake UMC.
Cost: $45; includes lunch and snacks
All leaders are encouraged to attend. Register at www.vaumc.org/5Talent.
Please see Pastor Nancy with questions. Flyers available in the church office.
Lay Leadership for November
|Lay Reader:||Jack Brandell||Ushers: Cat Brandell & Jeanie Combs`|
|November 3||Marsha & Maynard Campbell|
|November 10||Faye & Lyle Garrette|
|November 17||Beth & Mike Gamble|
|November 24||Beth & Mike Gamble|
|Sunday||Worship||General Fund||All Other*|
|September 22||70||$1,912.00||$ – 0 –|
|September 29||71||$2,491.00||$ 396.00|
|October 6||55||$3,630.00||$ 695.00|
|October 13||62||$2,284.00||$ 215.00|
|October 20||50||$1,337.00||$ 125.00|
All Other Excludes Amherst Cares, Society of St. Andrew,
Relay for Life
11/01 Anita Hildebrandt
11/01 Nathan May
11/06 Esther Markert
11/06 Billy Wydner
11/10 Geoff Steadman
11/10 Ryan Stinnett
11/17 Mike Mozingo
11/18 E. Landon May
11/19 Jessica Abbott
11/22 Aleigha Restivo
11/22 Janice Wheaton
11/26 Ryland Hunt
11/27 Lydia Johnson
11/29 Pat Sullivan
Newsletter Editor: Cat Brandell, Phone: 946-9102, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.