Pastor   Rev. Nancy Coleman Johnson Address: 401 North Main Street  Post Office Box 451 Amherst VA 24521 Telephone (434) 946-7624   Website:   Administrative Council: Bessie Kirkwood, Chair Board of Trustees: Maynard Campbell, Co-Chair   Mike Mozingo, Co-Chair                                                                              January 2021 Emmanuel United Methodist Church Newsletter  

    A Prayer for the New Year Dear Lord: Through the turning of the seasons and the passing of years, the voice of the faithful still rises toward thee, echoing old hymns, singing new songs, adding to the chorus of all generations its continuing gift of praise. In Christ’s Name. Amen  

Sunday afternoon Worship on the Lawn has been suspended until further notice.  
Alternative Modes of Worship Continue: While we wait for the time when we can return to a more normal, in-person worship experience, our Healthy Church Team continues to monitor our local statistics to discern the best way forward for our particular congregation. While there is no substitute for gathering in person, alternative modes of worship will continue as long as we are not meeting in person. Online worship is available each week on our church website at, or on our Facebook page at Emmanuel United Methodist Church Amherst (“Like and follow our page to be notified when something new is posted). You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel at Emmanuel UMC Amherst (whenever you click the worship video link, you are automatically directed to our YouTube channel where all our worship videos are posted. The option to subscribe, like, etc. is under the video) All of our past worship services are archived on the channel. A link for an Order of Worship for the services can be found in the video description, and on our church website. Worship materials are also emailed and mailed out to the congregation each week. For those without computer access, Worship by Phone is available 24/7 by calling 434-381-0027 toll free. The worship service from the previous Sunday is generally posted and available for listening by Thursday of each week. If you are having difficulty accessing any of these modes of worship in these challenging days, please contact Nancy for assistance (; 434-401-5776).
  The January/February edition of the Upper Room is available for pick up in the tub (pink lid) located outside the church building on the concrete steps beside the exterior door closest to the church office (upper parking lot near the rose garden). Please help yourself!                                                                  

Church Family Christmas Cards and 2021 Offering Envelopes: Church family Christmas cards and 2021 offering envelopes are available for pick up in the large tub located at the back of the church/lower parking lot outside the church building under the covered entrance. The tub is marked with green signs where you dropped off your cards. If you did not distribute cards, you may still have some to pick up. Cards are organized in bags with your name on the outside of the bag. Please contact Jeanie Combs with questions.

The Kryspins have a new phone number: 434-381-6012.

Virtual Organ Concert: Please be reminded that the Virtual Christmas Organ Concert pre-recorded at EUMC is available for online viewing from now until midnight, January 2. The AGAR announcement is as follows: AARON GARBER, Roanoke composer, conductor and organist will offer a solo virtual Christmas concert on the extraordinary Bedient Pipe Organ at Emmanuel United Methodist Church (EUMC) in Amherst. The concert will be broadcast on the Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. (AGAR) YouTube Channel from Dec. 20, 2020 at 4 pm until Jan. 2, 2021 at 11:59 pm. The concert will be free of charge with a virtual tip jar, and any money collected will be shared by AGAR and Amherst Cares, a community food ministry that operates out of EUMC, providing vital nutrition to under-resourced students in Amherst County Public Schools. The concert will be made up of Christmas carol favorites. For more information and to access the concert, go to

Red Cross Blood Drive at EUMC, Thursday, January 28, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.: Please help get the word out in our community about this upcoming opportunity to give the gift of life to others by donating blood. Due to strict COVID-19 procedures, appointments are required and must be made in advance by calling 1-800-RedCross (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting All donors will receive free COVID-19 antibody tests and a $5.00 Amazon gift card. There is a critical need for blood at the present time, so please share this information with friends, neighbors and other community groups in which you participate.




From now until January 31, any group gatherings on church property, formal or informal, indoors or outside, must be limited to 10 or less people and should be scheduled in advance by sending an email to Pastor Nancy at If at all possible, we encourage groups to use a virtual format for your meetings or try using 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, 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 14 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 14 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 14 days, or been in contact within the last 14 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 quarantine period, even if  you are symptom-free?

     4. Are you awaiting test results following symptom onset or a known exposure to COVID19?

     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 14 days of  being present at EUMC. If you experience symptoms, please avoid contact with others and seek medical attention. Your cooperation with these requirements is most appreciated.

Emmanuel will be “sharing the warmth” again this January for the Amherst County Humane Society.  If you would like to provide a blanket, as last year, a box is placed in the church kitchen.  Jeanie Combs

In February, we will be showing the staff of Amherst Elementary School another “thank you.”  “You knocked the socks off this school year,” like before, names of staff will be placed in a box.  Pick a name and purchase a pair of socks (slipper socks are nice too).  I will purchase wrapping paper and ribbon and leave in the kitchen for you to wrap your socks.  Thanks everyone for your generous help.  Jeanie Combs

Words of Thanks

            *Thank you to all of my church family for your cards, gifts, phone calls, and prayers. My Dad really enjoyed the Visitation Team who visited him often at Heritage Green and Fairmont Crossing, and Pastor Nancy’s many visits. I am so blessed to have such a caring and loving church family. Blessings and prayers for all of you, Judy McCartney.

            *Dear Emmanuel UMC: My heart swells every time I think of the wonderful people from Emmanuel UMC. I can’t thank you enough for all you have done to visit, pray, send cards and love my father. He truly loved Emmanuel and the friendships he made. Thank you for the food and use of the fellowship hall for our family to meet before the graveside service. Much love to all, Lenore Whitehead and the Barrow Family

*Many thanks to each of you for your cards and other expressions of sympathy at the recent passing of my father-in-law. Bruce was so very appreciative of your thoughts, prayers and kindnesses. With love, Nancy and Bruce Johnson and Family

*Dear Nancy and Emmanuel UMC: Thank you for the Thanksgiving Food Box. I greatly appreciated it—not only the food itself, which was such a help, but also the generosity and kindness from which it was given! Thank you again. Love, Melanie Stine

*To everyone who sent a card, made a phone call, came by to visit, or came with flowers and a smile, said a prayer, or thought about us, we want to let you know how much you helped us get through the day; and know God was with us. Your kindness will never be forgotten. We thank each and every one of you. Just know we felt the LOVE. God is truly in Emmanuel through each of you. Thanks for being such a special reminder to us that God is good. We love you.  Augusta Peters and Family

Share your prayer requests with the prayer chain: The prayer chain exists to offer prayer support whenever it is requested. If you have a prayer concern for the prayer chain, please call or email Pearl Clark( with your request. Anyone who wishes to join the prayer chain may also contact Pearl who coordinates this ministry.

Our Christian Stewardship

We give glory to God and appreciation to the congregation for your continued faithfulness in giving during these months that we have not been worshipping in person. Because of your dedicated Christian stewardship, and the Virginia Conference’s decision to prioritize apportionment dollars, we have met all of our District and Conference obligations for 2020 at 100%. Additionally, we have been able to be generous in blessing others locally, nationally and around the world through mission giving. Your faithfulness is most appreciated.


SundayGeneral FundAll Other
November 22    $1,905.00$ 3,600.00
November 29    $3,110.00$   185.00
December 6    $1,970.00$.  235.00
December 13    $3,777.00$   278.00
December 20     $7,865.00$10,025.00

January Birthdays

01/01               Pem Apperson

01/04               Drew Apperson

01/05               Phil Lamm

01/07               Bo Combs

01/08               Angela Hope

01/08               Robert Ondrick

01/10               Virginia Brockman

01/10               Mary Beth Hope

01/13               Lindy White

01/14               Tangie Motley

01/17               Shannon Carter

01/18               Cabell Brockman

01/18               Stephanie Maddox

01/19               Libby Howell Jennings

01/19               Mike Stinnett

01/22               Tom Hall

01/24               Abby Tomlin

01/26               William Clinton Ferguson

01/27               David Seay, Jr.


“When you enter this church it may be possible that you hear ‘the call of God.”

However, it is unlikely that He will call you on your cell phone.

Thank you for turning off your phones.

If you want to talk to God, enter, choose a quiet place and talk to Him.

If you want to see Him, send Him a text while driving.”

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.