10/21/21 The Beckford Connection

10/21/21 The Beckford Connection

“As Christians, we are commanded to embrace Sabbath. Walter Brueggemann, the Hebrew Bible scholar, writes “the observance [of the Sabbath] is an act of resistance against having one’s life defined by one’s productivity…. Sabbath is not merely rest from work, but a day to renounce autonomy and self-sufficiency.” 
~ Bishop Porter Taylor

SERVICE AT SHRINE MONT
Thank you to everyone who attended the service at Shrine Mont last Sunday. Here are a couple photos, the first two are by Rod Shepherd and the others are by Shelia Helsley. You can find more photos on our Facebook page.



ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY SERVICE NOV. 7
If you have a friend or loved one who has died who you would like to have remembered on All Saints’ Sunday, please send their name via email to Melissa or drop the name(s) into the offering plate by the morning of Mon., Nov. 1, for the Sun., Nov. 7 services.

ALTAR FLOWERS
If you would like to gift altar flowers in honor of a friend, loved one or special occasion, you’re welcome to do so. Flowers are displayed for two weeks and if you would like, a dedication can be included in the bulletin those Sundays. Please speak with Mother Kathy or Melissa for more information.

HALLOWEEN ON COURT SQUARE
Next Saturday, Woodstock is doing their annual Halloween on Court Square. The parish is participating by putting together individual bags of candy with the churches’ info for kids to pick up from a table in front of Emmanuel. Given current COVID rates, we won’t be having volunteers hand it out directly.

If you’d like to help with this effort, funds would be greatly appreciated. Checks can be made out to Emmanuel with a note that it’s for Halloween and mailed to or dropped off at the office door mail slot at Emmanuel or placed in the large envelope marked “Halloween”  on the table in St. Andrew’s fellowship hall by the masks.

If you have any questions, please let Mother Kathy or Melissa know.

LIGHT UP WOODSTOCK
Watch for more information coming Nov. 4! We plan to participate this year and are going to need folks who are willing to bake and bag cookies for us to put out during the annual event.

SEARCH FOR THE 14th BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF VIRGINIA
The search process is lifting off in earnest this Fall, and the Diocese wants to hear from you. They want as many people as possible in the Diocese to participate in a survey and listening sessions.

Survey
The Bishop Search Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia invites you to complete the landscape survey to engage with us as we prepare to call the XIV Bishop of Virginia. The survey will be open from Friday, October 8 to Friday, October 29. The survey is anonymous and can be found on the Diocese website.

Listening Sessions
the committee is conducting virtual listening sessions to give all members of the Diocese an opportunity to share your hopes for our new bishop. All listening sessions will be held via zoom. Registration is required. More information and registration is available on the Diocese website.

READER SCHEDULE: OCT. – JAN.
The reader schedule for October through January is now available on our website and below. If you’re not able to read as scheduled, please find a replacement and let Mother Kathy and Melissa know of the change. 

2021 Parish Directory
The 2021 Historic Beckford Parish Directory is available on our website. To access the file, you’ll need a password so please email Melissa for it. 

BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAY
The Bible study group with the Episcopal churches in our region has started after summer break. It is from 7 to 8 p.m. online via Zoom. every Wednesday. You’re welcome to attend even if you haven’t before or if you miss a few weeks. You can jump in any Wednesday without any problem.

If you have any questions, please let Mother Kathy know.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT EMMANUEL’S TABLE FOOD PANTRY
We’re  in great need of volunteers to assist with ordering, inventory and to help Tillie with volunteer recruitment/scheduling. If you know anyone who may be interested in helping, please have them contact Mother Kathy ASAP.

Volunteers are needed the Monday and Tuesday of pantry weeks. If you’re able to help, please contact Tillie for more details.

The pantry is open monthly the second and fourth Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Oct. 26 is the next date). Oct. 12 the pantry served 37 families/102 people. If you know of anyone in need of food, please send them over. More info. 

PRAYER LIST
Our prayer list can be found on our website. If you have folks you’d like added to the prayer list, please email their names to Melissa.

PLEDGES
You’re welcome to bring your pledge to Sunday service or continue to mail it to the church.
Emmanuel Episcopal 122 E. Court Woodstock VA 22664 
St. Andrew’s Episcopal P.O. Box 117 Mt. Jackson, VA 22842 

WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASK POLICY
Given the trends in the county infection rate, the Delta variant, CDC guidance and other pertinent information, everyone is required to wear masks at services, no matter vaccination status. We are also asking folks to maintain 6 feet of social distancing at all times, including skipping every other pew.

Our goal is to keep one another as safe as we possibly can. We are very concerned about the continued high rates of infection and transmission in ShenCo, combined with a low vaccination rate, and are monitoring the situation very closely. We urge everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated. Please keep an eye on our website and your email in case important updates need to be shared.

WEEKDAY SERVICES 
WEDNESDAY HEALING EUCHARIST
Each Wednesday at 12 p.m. at Emmanuel. 

NIGHTLY COMPLINE
Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Compline on Facebook Live and Zoom 

SUNDAY SERVICES 
8 a.m. Emmanuel
9:15 a.m. St. Andrew’s and Facebook Live (as technology permits)
11:15 a.m. Emmanuel and Facebook Live (as technology permits)
The full bulletin is available on our website prior to the service.

All weekly and Sunday services are available to view on Facebook and our website after the services, when available.

Reader Schedule