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 AES with gift bags. The bags with instructions will be placed in the back of the Sanctuary today for you to pick up and will be due back on 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.

Back to School Party, “This will ‘BEE’ a Great School Year”

On Wednesday, August 10th at 11:00 a.m., Children/Youth Ministries will have a back-to-school party and picnic. The event will be held at the home of Elbert Maddox (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 will be placed at the back of the church. Rain date – Thursday, August 11th at 11:00 a.m. Address: 121 West Monitor Road, Amherst.

Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drive at EUMC, Friday, August 12, 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m. Those wishing to donate blood are asked to 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!


“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.

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.