Newsletter April 2021


Because we are currently emailing/mailing weekly Sunday Paper announcements out to the congregation, we are not publishing a full newsletter again this month. Please watch the weekly announcements for more news and updates.

Holy Week and Easter Events  

   *Our final Zoom Lenten Devotional and Prayer Time will take place this week, March 31, from 5:30-6:15 p.m. The instructions to join the meeting were sent with the March 28 worship materials. Everyone is welcome to attend as you are able, either online or by using the dial-up option from any phone.  

   *Friday, April 2, 4:00-7:00 p.m. A self-guided, Good Friday Prayer Walk will be available on the church lawn to enrich your Holy Week observance. Check-in at the front of the church to receive a guidebook and instructions. Chairs will be available at the various prayer stations set up in the lawn. The amount of time needed to complete the walk will vary depending on how long you choose to remain at each station. You may come and go as needed. Masks and social distancing are required, as well as adherence to the UM COVID-19 protocol. This event will be cancelled if raining.    

*Sunday, April 4, is Easter Day and we are excited about our Resurrection Celebration, an outdoor, in-person worship service on the church lawn at our regular 10:30 a.m. worship time. The congregation is invited to bring flowers for the Living Cross prior to the service, but please have flowers in place no later than 10:15 a.m. Please make note of the following:

~ Masks and Physical Distancing of at least six feet will be observed at all times, both indoors and outside.

~ Entrances and Parking: Since the building will not be open except for restroom use, please reserve the parking spaces in front of the church and in the upper parking lot for those with mobility issues. You may use the side ramp door of the Sanctuary to access the upstairs restrooms. Only the two main sanctuary outdoor entrances will be open.

~ Please enter the lawn using the sidewalks and stop at one of the check in stations to complete a brief health screening/sign in (advanced reservation registration is no longer required).Large marked envelopes will be available at the check-in stations to receive tithes and offerings since the plates will not be passed during the service at this time.

~ Bring your own chair for the service. Socially distanced spaces will be marked on the lawn. Ushers can assist you with your chair if needed and some extra chairs will be available. If it is raining, we will move inside the Sanctuary while still observing the UM COVID-19 protocol. Limited, masked singing is allowed outdoors, but not inside at this time. We will need to avoid handshaking, hugging and close socializing as we gather. If you have tested positive for COVID within 10 days prior to the service, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed within the last 10 days to someone who has tested positive, please do not attend in-person worship at this time.        

Consider your vaccination status, age, underlying health concerns, and your own comfort level when deciding whether to attend an in-person service. An online service will still be available for viewing later in the day. Worship by Phone will also be available at the usual time. Please contact Pastor Nancy if you have questions or concerns. (434-401-5776; ncolemanjohnson@gmail.com).     

End-of-the-Year Teacher Appreciation for Amherst Elementary School

Let’s support our community by showing love and appreciation to our teachers and staff at Amherst Elementary as this difficult school year draws to a close. For this appreciation gift the theme is “You Made Our Students Smart Cookies This School Year.” Gift bags will be placed in the church kitchen with a staff name attached. Pick a bag and add a package of cookie mix and a spatula. Jeanie will add potholders for each bag. Feel free to add any other extras to the bag if you wish to do so. Return all bags to the church kitchen by Sunday, May 9 and they will be delivered to the school. The staff has been overwhelmingly appreciative of the small kindnesses our church has done for them throughout this school year. Contact Jeanie Combs with questions.

News from Amherst County Habitat for Humanity

As of January 1, Habitat has a new home! The office has transitioned from their Main Street location into the former Rehab Associates Building, 130 Ambriar Court, beside the new Centra facility. Their new building provides them with much more space and is large enough for them to house an “Indoor Yard Sale” which was launched on March 4.  To date, the sale has raised over $4000 toward funding an additional house each year. Donations of furniture and home goods (no clothing) are much appreciated. The items are selling as fast as they come in and they currently have a waiting list for kitchen tables & chairs, chests of drawers, dressers, rockers, washers & dryers, bookcases, end tables, etc.  The condition of wooden furniture is not an issue since several “shabby chic” refurbishers have become frequent customers.

            If you have items to donate, please contact Debbie Habel, Executive Director (office: 434-946-9596; cell: 434 665-4171; email: amherstcountyhabitat.org) to schedule a drop-off time. The hours of operation to shop the Yard Sale are variable at this point. It is open approximately 8 to 12 hours per week, usually on Thursdays and Fridays, and a couple of Saturdays a month. A calendar is posted on the door of the building, and on the Habitat website (www.amhersthabitat.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/amhersthabitat).

IMPORTANT COVID-19 PROCEDURES FOR ALL PERSONS

ON EMMANUEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PROPERTY (INSIDE OR OUTDOORS)

From now until further notice, any group gatherings on church property, formal or informal, indoors or outside, must be scheduled in advance by sending an email to Pastor Nancy at ncolemanjohnson@gmail.com. When practical, it is still best for groups to continue using either a virtual format or a conference call to conduct your business. If you must meet in person on church property, please keep your gathering as brief as possible. According to the CDC, meeting outdoors, weather permitting, and avoiding medium to large indoor gatherings with people not within your own household is your safest option at this time. For your safety and the safety of others, please read and follow the procedures below when present on church property for any reason. The group leader is responsible for completing the Health Acknowledgement Register for every gathering. Thank you for your cooperation. Please contact the Pastor if you have questions about these procedures.

     ·   No one who is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or anyone who has had known exposure to

          COVID-19 in the last 10* days, can be present on church property at this time.

     ·   Face coverings and at least six feet of social distancing are required for everyone at all times while

         on church property, indoors and outside.

     ·   All persons attending a gathering or meeting on church property must complete the health

          acknowledgement check-in with the group leader by answering the following questions and providing

          contact information before entering the gathering. If you answer YES to any of these questions, you may

          not attend the meeting.

     1.  Have you had 2 or more of the following symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10* days? Fever,

          shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, persistent cough, flu-like symptoms,

          diarrhea/intestinal upset, fatigue, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, recent loss of taste or

          smell.

     2.  Have you been in contact with anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (identified in #1)

         in the past 10* days, or been in contact within the last 10* days with someone who tested positive or

         subsequently tested positive after your contact with them?

     3. Have you tested positive for COVID-19 and are still within the 14-day* isolation period, even if

         you are symptom-free? (*At this point, current recommendations vary from 7 to 14 days depending   

         on circumstances. Follow the advice of your health care provider and visit 

         https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/local-exposure/ for the latest information).

     4. Are you awaiting test results following symptom onset or a known exposure to COVID-19?

         Please notify your group leader or the pastor if, after attending a gathering on church property, you

         develop 2 or more symptoms of COVID-19, or subsequently test positive for COVID-19 within 10* days    

         of being present at EUMC. If you experience symptoms, please avoid contact with others, seek 

         medical attention, and get tested if advised to do so.  Thank you for your cooperation.                                   

Words of Thanks

Thank you for the many cards, calls and words of comfort. My step-mom, Eunice Stevens, was a dear soul who brought joy to us all. She will be missed. Again, thank you for thinking of us. ~ Beth, Mike and Family

Dearest friends, I have received so many gifts of cards, food and flowers from my church family that I just can’t say thank you enough.  I don’t know what I was thinking having major hand/wrist surgery followed several weeks later with spine surgery which included a rod and 4 titanium screws in my lower back.  Obviously, I was not thinking!  But through it all, it is each of you who have kept me strong.  I am so fortunate to have each of you in my life.  Thank you and I love you all. ~ Cat Brandell

Dear Pastor Nancy and Church Family: No words can say how much your prayers, cards and get-well wishes meant to us while we were in Richmond. God’s love shone all around us and we feel truly blessed to be part of such a special and caring group of people. God bless you all. With deep appreciation for all you have done, Love and God Bless, ~ Ed and Beverly Kryspin

April Birthdays
04/01   Bob Andercyk
04/15   Thomas Humphries
04/01   William Carter                
04/16   Bill Hildebrandt
04/02   Riley Cox                       
04/18   Nancy Johnson
04/06   Martha Tucker               
04/18   Walter Turner
04/07   Kim McCartney Restivo            
04/21   Gail Hewes
04/08   Marsha Campbell          
04/26   Judy McCartney
04/12   Mike Hall                       
04/27   Marc Brown                                                  
04/28     Hailey Belcher Downey    
Stewardship Many thanks to the congregation for your faithful stewardship during these months when we continue to worship apart. We give God thanks for your generosity, and God’s faithfulness to us. Sunday                                  General Fund                             Other
February 28                             $5,655.00                                $1,095.00
Mar. 7, 14, & 21                      $4,870.11                                $   205.00                        

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 mailbox or in the marked folder inside the wall box beside the church office.