Newsletter August 2022


Rev. Nancy Coleman Johnson


Administrative Assistant

Melanie Stine


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:

Pam Brockman, Chair


Board of Trustees:

Maynard Campbell, Co-Chair

Mike Mozingo, Co-Chair


August 2022

Emmanuel United Methodist Church


Worship Service 10:30 am


Back-to-School Pool Party: “This will ‘BEE’ a Great School Year”

On Wednesday, August 10th at 11:00 a.m., Children/Youth Ministries invite the congregation to join us for a back-to-school pool party and picnic. The event will be held at the home of Elbert Maddox, 121 W. Monitor Road, Amherst (Thank you, Elbert!). All children, youth, and adults are invited. Hot dogs with fixings will be served. If you would like to provide a side dish, a sign-up sheet is located at the back of the church. Please contact Jeanie Combs with questions. Rain date – Thursday, August 11th at 11:00 a.m.


“Back-to-School” Blessing

Sunday, August 14 during 10:30 Worship Service

Back-to-School is just around the corner! We welcome all students, teachers and school personnel (preschool and beyond!) to join us for worship as we ask God’s blessing upon the new school year. Students are invited to bring their backpacks or lunchboxes to worship for the blessing. The congregation is encouraged to use the bright yellow insert to invite friends and neighbors to join us. We will dedicate your “You Are Our Sunshine” gift bags for the teachers and staff at Amherst Elementary School. We will also recognize Amherst Cares Volunteers on this day as they begin another year of ministry at the start of a new school year.


Back-to-School Gift Bags for Amherst Elementary Teachers and Staff:

The congregation is invited to participate in helping our church show our love and support to the teachers and staff of Amherst Elementary School with gift bags. The empty bags with instructions are located in the back of the Sanctuary for you to pick up and there are still a few left. Please bring your filled bag back to the church by Sunday, August 7. The theme is “You Are Our Sunshine.” Yellow item ideas for the bags: pencils, highlighters, candy bar with yellow wrapper, Lays potato chips, Golden Oreos, lemonade, gum, M&M’s, lemon tea, etc. Thanks for considering this opportunity.




Amherst Cares, School Year 2021-2022: Because of the continued financial, physical, and spiritual support of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church Community, Amherst Cares has just completed its twelfth year of providing supplemental food to identified Amherst County Public School students. This mission of our Church distributed 14,941 bags of food to our neediest students for this school year. Each bag contained enough items to provide two to three meals of shelf stable, easy to consume, kid friendly food. We are so grateful for the dedication of our many volunteers from multiple churches who pack bags of food, deliver the food, and recycle the many boxes and packaging generated in this process. We are truly blessed by the Amherst Community’s commitment to address the food needs of Amherst County Public School Students. Thank you. Beth Gamble, President, Amherst Cares. Our September Communion Offering collected on September 4 is designated for the ministry of Amherst Cares.


Red Cross Blood Drive at EUMC

Friday, August 12, 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.

There is a critical need for blood donations at this time, so anyone who is able to make a donation is encouraged to do so. Please make an appointment by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Support the Red Cross and help save a life!


50th Anniversary Party for Lindy and Margaret Ann White: The family invites you to join them in celebrating this milestone on Sunday, August 20, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the EUMC Social Hall. Please RSVP to Kristen White Cox (434-942-8446) or Margaret Ann (434-444-2206) no later than August 14. No gifts please.


Save-the-Date: Ice Cream Social, Sunday, August 21

 The Vitality Team will sponsor the Annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 21. Please watch for more details.


August’s Communion Offering, which will be collected on Sunday, August 7, is designated to assist those families and churches in Southwest VA (Buchanan, Tazewell, Dickenson and Wise Counties) that have endured severe flooding recently. Our governor recently declared a state of emergency in some of these areas and recovery efforts are underway. Our “Back-to-School” September Communion offering is designated for the ministry of Amherst Cares as we begin a new school year.


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 (no water bottles please) to deliver to our community servants. We will collect these items in the Narthex tub beginning August 21 through September 11. Thanks for your help.

Upcoming Meetings

Church Council/Finance Team will not meet in August. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Social Hall.


Board of Trustees, Tuesday, August 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Social Hall.


Summer Worship: Everyone is encouraged to dress “cool and casual” for worship as the hot summer months continue. We are enjoying “Singing our Favorites” during worship and appreciate everyone that has shared with us hymns that you would like to sing! We will continue to sing our favorites through Labor Day, so pl indicate any hymn(s) you would like for the congregation to sing on the back of your blue “Connect with Us” form in worship, including any particular verse(s) of the hymn that are your favorites. You may also call or email the church office to share this information (434-946-7624). Opportunity will also be given during worship to request a favorite hymn “on the spot.” If your favorite is not in our hymnal, request it anyway and we will do our best to find it!


Meals on Wheels needs your help! Our Meals on Wheels team participates with Amherst County’s Blue Ledge MOW by providing a meal for approximately 25 clients on the first Monday of each month. Thanks to the new volunteers that have recently joined the team! The menu is coordinated via email and volunteers take turns purchasing or providing food, and helping in the kitchen to package the meals for the drivers to pick up (approximately 3-5 p.m. on the 1st Monday). If you feel led to be part of our MOWs team, please contact Cindy Sale (; 434-401-7249). Additional help will be most appreciated. We appreciate everyone who has made designated gifts to MOWs to help offset the cost of the food each month.

Church Family Contact Information: Please help us keep our contact information current by using your blue “Connect with Us” form to indicate any changes to your preferred email address, your mailing address, or your cell phone number. These changes may also be emailed to Melanie in the church office ( Thanks for your help!


Around the Community: Hangout on Main/HōM

The Hangout on Main/HōM is located at 180 S. Main Street, Amherst, VA. It is a community lounge for all ages, with seating, tables, games, and activities that are free to use. Currently a variety of sewing classes are being offered for a minimal charge. Additionally, the community is invited to gather to pray for Amherst on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m. Concessions are available for purchase. Space can be rented by donation. Text only: 434-241-4575. Visit to learn more.



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!

 Attendance & Giving


Sunday In-Person Online General Fund Other
June 26 46 22 $2,702.00 $150.00
July 3 34 13 $3,953.50 $150.00
July 10 39 18 $2,810.00 $130.00
July 17 51 16 $2,710.00 $100.00


Partners in Ministry


               August        September
Ushers: Mike Stinnett/Mike Mozingo Jeannene Tylee, Need 1 Volunteer
Check-in/Greeters: Jill Clark/Need 1 Volunteer Jill Clark/Need 1 Volunteer
Lay Reader: Marsha Campbell Need Volunteer

               Altar Flowers

August 7 Communion
August 14 Janie & Mike Stinnett
August 21 Jill Clark
August 28 Janie and Tom Hall


There are still available dates in 2022.  If anyone would like to provide flowers, please contact Janie Hall at 946-1725.

August Birthdays

08/01               Peyton Maddox

08/04               Virginia Myers

08/05               William Ferguson, Jr.

08/08               Charles Clark

08/08               Ellen Turner

08/08               Wills Turner, IV

08/09               Cooper Apperson

08/09               Sandra Martin

08/09               Heather White

08/13               Jim Kirkwood

08/13               Alex Motley

08/13               Lynn Wright

08/14               Harrison Stinnett

08/15               Mark Restivo

08/16               Jeanette Goff

08/16               David Hewes

08/16               Eddie Howell

08/17               Elizabeth Wilson

08/18               Paul Kilgore

08/20               Joseph Bondurant

08/20               W. A.  Ogden, Jr.

08/21               Wayne Goff

08/21               Doug Maddox

08/22               Tyler Hall

08/25               Sandra Burks

08/25               Deborah Ondrick

08/25               David Steadman

08/26               Gail Payne

08/26               Jennifer Kilgore Stowers

08/27               Don Clark

08/29               Kevin Lamm

08/29               Tom Shrader

08/30               Dot Hance

08/31               Debbie Hunt


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.


August 2022

Emmanuel United Methodist Church

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday



11:00 am – Art Class/        Social Hall  

3-5 pm – MOWs/Social     Hall

2 3


7:00 pm – Choir        Rehearsal

4 5 6

10:30 am

Morning Worship



11:00 am – Art Class/

                    Social Hall  








 11:00 am – Back to School      Pool Party/home of  Elbert Maddox*

 No Choir Rehearsal



*Back to School Party

  Rain Date




12:00 – 4:00 pm Red       Cross Blood          Drive/Social Hall


10:30 am

Morning Worship





11:00 am – Art Class/

                    Social Hall              






10:00 am – 2:00 pm – AWC     Game Day Fundraising

      Meeting/ Social Hall


7:00 pm – Choir














1:00-5:00 pm – 50th

  Anniversary Party/

  Social Hall


10:30 am

Morning Worship


Ice Cream Social

Details TBA


11:00 am – Art Class/

                    Social Hall



10-Noon – Amherst

     Cares/Social Hall



6:00 pm – Trustees Mtg/

                  Social Hall




No Choir Rehearsal

7:00 pm – Amherst

        Cares/Social Hall













10:30 am

Morning Worship



9-10:30 am – Amherst

        Cares/ Social Hall

11:00 am – Art Class/

                    Social Hall


10-Noon – Amherst

     Cares/Social Hall






No Choir Rehearsal

7:00 pm – Amherst

        Cares/Social Hall

Online worship available on the church,

on our Facebook Page (Emmanuel United Methodist Church-Amherst), and YouTube channel (Emmanuel UMC Amherst).

Worship by Phone toll-free, 24/7 at 434-381-0027.