Amissville column for Sept. 20

Waffles, acorns and more at Amissville Methodist

The Methodist men came through once again last Saturday with a delicious breakfast that got more than 50 hungry residents ready to face the day. As this reporter finished a plate of sausage gravy and started on a waffle, the conversation from an adjacent table caught her ear.

“We’re afraid we’ll never get any grandchildren,” bemoaned a man. “Our two boys don’t do anything social. They’re good boys, but all they care about is work.”

His breakfast companion, another man, said he enjoyed his grandkids, but unfortunately his son and family lived in Falls Church and seemed happy with “city life.”

“Oh, I just can’t handle all that activity,” said the first man. “I’d live in the woods far away from any neighbors in Montana if I could. And so would my boys.”

What was that about acorns not falling far from the tree?

Speaking of acorns, it’s time for the annual Amissville UMC Fall Festival this Saturday (Sept. 22) from noon to 5. That’s when church members showcase both the season and the many ways that the 120-member congregation serves the community. Rev. Maxine Crenshaw, the church’s pastor, said she is excited that Echoes of Praise, a contemporary Christian group, is performing in the pre-Civil War sanctuary at 1, because the group comes from her home church in Halifax County.

In addition to delicious food prepared by the Methodist Men and ice cream doled out by the Methdodist Women, come learn about the prayer shawl ministry, mission activities and Vacation Bible School. Most of the action will take place in the community room, with the ever-important moon bounce outside. The Amissville UMC is at 14760 Lee Hwy., on a hill overlooking U.S. 211. For more information, visit the church’s website at, or call the church office at 540-937-4978.