Report for the 239th Session of the Virginia Annual Conference June 16-19, 2021 The following report has been adapted from information available on the Conference website. The full report is available at https://vaumc.org/united-as-one-virginia-annual-conference-2021/ The Pastor’s Report was shared with the congregation in worship on June 27. The 239th session of the Virginia Annual Conference was a virtual, two-day event from Friday June 18 to Saturday, June 19. The theme for this year’s event was “United as One.” The conference Scripture was John 17:20-23. Some events of a normal annual conference session were prerecorded and premiered at other times, and will soon be moved from the Annual Conference 2021 virtual platform, EventMobi, and placed at www.vaumc.org/AC2021. Conference Lay Leader Martha Stokes addressed the conference on June 18. Stokes talked about the importance of clergy and laity working together to share a prophetic message with our world in these challenging times. “We have a world that defies everything we have ever been taught and we all have a prophet within ourselves. We must find out what we really stand for and what we have done to prove it,” Stokes said. She talked about the video episodes of “Diversity Kitchen” that are modeling how people can come together through food and conversations. She is part of the conference workgroup looking at racial justice. View her full remarks at: https://vaumc.org/remarks-from-martha-stokes-conference-lay-leader/. Conference Business Annual Conference is always a mix of looking back and looking forward, of celebrating the past and planning for the future to which God is calling us. This year, during the Service for the Ordering of the Ministry, and the Services of Licensing and Commissioning, 10 clergy were ordained as elders in full connection, one as an Associate Member, and two clergy had their orders from other denominations recognized. 32 people were licensed as local pastors; and 10 were commissioned as provisional elders. And while we celebrate these new steps in ministry as disciples continue to respond to God’s call upon their lives, we always honor and recognize those that are retiring and remember those that have passed away in the preceding year. This year, the Conference recognized 57 clergy that are retiring. They represent a combined service record of over
1,225 years of servant leadership. During the Service of Remembrance, those persons who have passed away since last annual conference were remembered. These included 25 retired clergy, 2 active clergy, 8 clergy spouses, 11 spouses of deceased clergy and several lay members of the conference.
As part of the business of the Conference, we also said goodbye to 8 churches that were discontinued this year: Arlington Forest UMC, Arlington District; Browns Chapel UMC, Farmville District; Early’s Chapel UMC, Lynchburg District; Fieldstone UMC, Roanoke District; Jollett UMC, Harrisonburg District; Mount Clifton UMC, Harrisonburg District; Mount Hebron UMC, Harrisonburg District; and Pamplin City UMC, Farmville District. Browns Chapel UMC voted to amicably exit the denomination and, at the conference, they were also voted on and discontinued. Four new faith communities launched this year: Thalia UMC Microchurch Network, Elizabeth River District; The Mission at Washington Street UMC, James River District; NOVA Missional Hub, Rappahannock River and Alexandria Districts; and Indian Church RVA, Richmond District.
The 2022 budget that was presented to the conference body included upcoming expenditures for recommendations related to the District Alignment Team (DAT) and Implementation District Alignment Team (iDAT). A motion was made to remove this spending from the 2022 budget. The motion was approved, and the 2022 budget was approved without these expenditures included.
The Conference Statistician and Treasurer David Dommisse reported apportionment receipts were down but second mile giving was $828,568. He said the conference is in a strong financial position. He addressed the increase to legal expenditures in the past year due to the pandemic and the Boy Scouts issues. Across the Conference, there were some 1,121 professions of faith and over 600 baptisms. Small groups still met virtually and awareness of needs in communities was higher than ever. Some 46,000 people reported to be serving in mission.
The “Fixing of Appointments” took place on June 19. You can find the full list of appointments at: https://doc.vaumc.org/ac2021/2021appointments.pdf. Pastor Nancy is completing her 8th year of ministry with the congregation of Emmanuel, and has been reappointed to serve another year. Of note, as of July 1, 2021, there will be eight district superintendents overseeing the 16 districts of the Virginia Conference. The Lynchburg District has been paired with the Danville District and will be served by Rev. Denise Bates.
A Closing Worship Service was held on June 19 to end the Annual Conference session. Bishop Lewis preached on the theme “United as One.” She was asked why she chose, “United as One,” for the theme. “The question remains today,” she said, “What does unite us? Does God not give humanity the grace to feel passionate about certain life issues? Does God expect us to agree on all matters? I chose this theme because I believe God is calling us now more than ever to be one with Christ.” She said the annual conference logo captured the hands pointing to God. “Why do we worry about this denomination?” Bishop Lewis asked. “Why do we put a limit on God? We’ve seen the word unity displayed this week, but unity has varying degrees of interpretation. Unity is a very important matter. In the last moment of Jesus’ earthly existence, he prayed for unity. He entrusted his own future to God. But the question remains, how do we maintain this unity in the midst of disunity in our culture and denomination?” She said, “Before we can love God and each other, we must love ourselves. We must proclaim Christ as the Savior, as the Messiah in our own lives.” “Let us not fall for the trick of the enemy who comes to kill and destroy,” Bishop Lewis said. “Let us not be so divided that we cannot see Christ in each other.” “We are mandated to share the Good News in season and out of season, that Jesus Christ is the living son of God. God loved us so much he sacrificed his only son. Our priority is to win souls for Christ. Can Jesus be the heart of the matter?” “What we can agree on is Jesus,” Bishop Lewis said. “Jesus died for us to be reconciled.”
Following the worship, approximately 30 sites around the Virginia Conference were places of mission as conference members dropped off canned food, hygiene and school kits, and other area-specific items to benefit the specific community needs of the location drop-offs. View a wrap-up video of this mission event at: https://youtu.be/QDU6PifWyHY. Emmanuel, along with other churches in the Madison Heights cluster, collected canned goods for Parkview Community Mission’s Food for Families Ministry, our Lynchburg District mission. We collected 95 pounds of food (over 125 items), plus 75 toothbrushes and 36 toothpastes for Amherst Cares.
The conference offering was taken online and through mail. The offering will be collected through August 2021. The goal is $250,000, with 50 percent of this year’s offering designated for Virginia area food pantries and 50 percent to Virginia Partnerships of Hope International Ministries (formerly called Initiatives of Hope) which supports Methodist ministries in Brazil, Cambodia, and Mozambique. Through a budgeted amount, and through our June Communion Offering, Emmanuel contributed $800 to this year’s offering.
When available, you can view the archived livestream of the 239th session at www.vaumc.org/AC2021. Other content from AC 2021 including pictures and other resources can be accessed on the same webpage.
Red Cross Community Blood Drive at EUMC, Friday, July 9, 12 noon- 4:00 p.m. Set up will begin at 10:30 a.m. In accordance with the Red Cross COVID-19 guidelines that remain in place, blood donations are by appointment only. Schedule an appointment at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Come to give between July 7 and July 31 for your chance to win gas for a year, a $5,000 value. There will be 3 winners. Visit rcblood.org/fuel for terms and conditions.
Faithful Praise in Worship, Sunday, July 25, 10:30 a.m.
On Sunday, July 25, we welcome Faithful Praise back to Emmanuel for a Worship Concert at our 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship Service. This talented duo will bring their own unique style of worshipful and Christ-centered Gospel music, coupled with visual images of their visits to the Holy Land. A love offering will be collected to support their ministry. A fellowship meal will follow the service in the church social hall (specific details about the meal are forthcoming, so please stay tuned for more information!). Please share this wonderful worship and fellowship opportunity with your friends and neighbors, and invite them to join us on this special Sunday!
Words of Thanks
Dear Friends in Mission, Thank you! The dear people you just helped with your gift to UMCOR may never have the opportunity to meet you, but if they did, I am certain their response would be – Thank you! And through your financial support you are serving within a vital network of interactive relationships in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries in which UMCOR and partnering agencies engage in direct ministry to persons in need. May we continue to reveal the love of God for men, women, and children of all ethnic, racial, cultural, and national backgrounds and to demonstrate the healing power of the gospel with those who suffer.
Grace and Peace, Roland Fernandes, General Secretary
Many thanks to the members of the Board of Trustees and others who work tirelessly to lovingly care for and maintain our church building and grounds year-round. Much activity takes place during the week, and we appreciate everyone who contributes time and energy in service to Christ by helping to maintain our property. Thanks also to the members of the congregation that contribute regularly to the Capital Fund which gives us the resources to take care of major maintenance issues that arise from time to time. In the very near future, we will be replacing the aging air conditioning system in the upstairs educational wing which has caused leaking issues in the basement and elsewhere. We are also addressing a continual issue with the roof over the pastor’s office area which has caused damage in the restroom beside the office. We give special thanks to the following who have made extra efforts over the last month: to Maynard Campbell, Tom Hall, Charles Clark, Mike Mozingo and other Board Members who have devoted much time recently to meeting with service providers at the church to address maintenance issues; to Bob Andercyk for pressure washing the portable lawn sign; to Geoff Steadman for refurbishing the mulch around the new shrubbery in front of the church, and replacing an area of damaged ceiling downstairs; to Jack Brandell who maintains the lawn mowers at the parsonage; to Augusta Peters and her helpers who maintain the rose garden; to Karen Sacasky who maintains the gardens around the front lawn signs; to Jeanie Combs, Bob Andercyk and Pastor Nancy who started the playground clean-up behind the church. We appreciate and give thanks for the efforts of everyone.
Dear Pastor Nancy and our Emmanuel Church Family: Words will never adequately express our heartfelt thanks for the many ways our church family blessed us during this heartbreaking journey. Thank you for the faithful prayers, flowers, visits, calls, cards, delicious food and many other acts of kindness. Kevin’s health journey has been a most difficult one over the course of his life, but he was the true example of a quiet, humble, Godly man that loved his family. He was faithful to care for us until the very end. The girls and I were blessed to be by his side when he took his last breath and Jesus called him home. Our hearts have been humbled by the outpouring of love and support from our church family. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful Pastor and to be part of such a loving and caring church family. Our hearts are broken and our lives have been forever changed. We are thankful for God’s promise that we will be with Kevin again one day. We love all of you and truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Love, Teresa, Hailey, Morgan and Madison.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church Family 2021 Graduates
We honored and recognized the following graduates and their families in worship on June 13.
Preschool/Elementary School Graduates
· Avery Mae Lamm, Madison Heights Elementary Pre-K; will attend Elon Elementary, Daughter of Joshua and April Lamm; Granddaughter of Phil and Sue Lamm
· Lucas Lamm, Elon Elementary School; attending Monelison Middle School; Son of Joshua and April Lamm, Grandson of Phil and Sue Lamm
High School Graduates
· Cameron David Banton, Nelson County High School, Son of George and Carey Banton, Grandson of the late Anita and Billy Ferguson, Great-grandson of Dot White
· Matthew Riley Cox, Amherst County High School, Son of Matt and Kristen Cox; Grandson of Lindy and Margaret Ann White, Great-grandson of Dot White
· Andrew Steadman, Turpin High School, Cincinnati, OH; will attend Ohio State University, Grandson of Geoff and Marge Steadman
College and Beyond
· Ross Garrette, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech; will work at Alltec Company in Daleville, VA; Son of Steve Garrette, Grandson of Lyle and Faye Garrette
· Jennifer Burks Kragie, Nurse Practitioner, University of Virginia; Daughter of Ben and Sandra Burks, Granddaughter of Lyle and Faye Garrette
· Lindsay Gayle Maddox, B. S. in Social Work, Concord University, Athens, WV; Daughter of Randy and Kimberly Maddox, Granddaughter of Elbert and Sandra Maddox
· Jonathan Mears, B.S. in Oceanography and Geology (2020), Old Dominion University; Son of David and Janette Mears
· Abigail Tomlin, B. A. in Media Studies, University of Virginia; Daughter of Mitch and Heather White
· Sydney Tweedy, B. S. in Nursing, University of Virginia; will work in the Cardiac/Thoracic ICU at UVA Medical Center; Granddaughter of Geoff and Marge Steadman
· Blake L. Wheaton, B.S. in Computer Science and Arabic, Emory University, Atlanta, GA; will work at Microsoft Corporation in Seattle, WA; Son of Janice Wheaton, Grandson of Shirley Norvell
Congratulations with God’s blessings to all our graduates and their families.
Did you Know? Anna Johnson was a contributor to the July-August issue of The Upper Room devotional guide. Her piece appears on Tuesday, July 13 (p. 19) of the current issue, with her picture on p. 21. Congratulations, Anna!
Church Administrative AssistantEmmanuel UMC seeks an energetic, personable, and reliable individual to assist the congregation and pastor with the basic administrative and communication needs of the church. Above average computer skills are preferred, including experience with Microsoft Office, Publisher, Outlook, and mastery of basic word processing functions. Knowledge of church related software, such as Power Church, will be helpful. Candidates should possess good interpersonal and organizational skills, and the ability to multi-task effectively. This is a part-time position of 12 to 20 hours per week. The workday and work hours are negotiable. The hourly wage will be commensurate with skills and experience. Interested persons may view the full job description on our church website (www.emmanuelumchurch.org), or by contacting Mike Gamble, Emmanuel UMC’s SPPRC Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (434) 941-4034. Resumes may be emailed to Mr. Gamble or mailed to the church as follows:
Emmanuel United Methodist Church,
ATTN: Staff/Pastor/Parish Relations Committee,
c/o Mike Gamble, P.O. Box 451, Amherst, VA 24521.
The congregation is encouraged to share this job opportunity with others in the community who may be interested in applying for the position.
Thursday, July 8: Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee (Social Hall)
We give God thanks and praise for God’s gracious provision for us, and for the faithfulness of our church family in the giving of God’s tithes and offerings. To God be the glory!
Sunday In Person Online General Fund Other
May 2 47 32 $1,430.00 -0-
May 30 51 25 $1,610.00 $50.00
June 6 45 35 $4,608.00 $195.00
June 13 71 29 $2,867.00 $15.00
June 20 45 24 $1.795.00 $450.00
Lay Leadership for July
Lay reader Need volunteers
Greeters/Check-In Jill Clark/Cat BrandelL
Ushers Need volunteers
July 4 Communion/Worship Team
July 11 Janette Mears
July 18 Lyle and Faye Garrette
July 25 Tom and Janie Hall
07/01 Joey Kilgore
07/03 Robert McCartney
07/03 Ellen Pafford Snyder
07/10 April Lamm
07/10 Lee Payne
07/11 Dede Maddox
07/12 Augusta Peters
07/14 Henry Myers
07/17 Sue Lamm
07/21 Pearl Clark
07/21 Declan Hall
07/21 Susan Williams
07/23 Darryl Motley
07/23 Margaret Myers
07/24 Walter Backof
07/24 Lucas Lamm
07/25 Thelma Iseman
07/26 Carol Andercyk
07/26 Sandra Maddox
07/26 Deborah Mozingo
07/26 Shirley Norvell
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