9/3 Weekly Update

9/3 Weekly Update


Please take the opportunity to pray about your answers then respond so that we can get the best picture of how folks are feeling. The survey is closing this Friday, so if you haven’t, please take a moment to let us know your thoughts. If you prefer to answer on paper, please print it and then mail to Mother Kathy at Emmanuel’s address: 122 East Court Street, Woodstock, VA, 22664. Another survey regarding online worship is coming in the near future.

This Sunday, Sept. 6, the churches in the Diocese of Virginia are coming together for an online service instead of having our usual individual services. The service is being posted by the Diocese at 8 a.m. that day and they’re holding a Facebook watch party at 10 a.m. Mother Kathy is streaming the service via Zoom and Facebook Live at our usual 10:15 a.m. service time for anyone who would like to watch as a parish.
The Diocesan video links and more info can be found here.
The bulletin is available here.

Following the pastoral directive that clergy needs to take their vacations, Mother Kathy is taking her annual excursion to the Jersey Shore from Sept. 11 to 19. Sept. 13 our parish is joining the National Cathedral for their online service. Morning and evening prayer and story time is suspended during Mother Kathy’s time away. There is compline, which you’re welcome to join via Zoom so folks can enjoy each other’s company. The usual schedule resumes when she returns.

Melissa is available via email as usual during this time. If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact her or one of the Senior Wardens.

Starting September 9, the Southern Shenandoah Region (Episcopal churches in Stanley, Harrisonburg, Mt. Jackson, Woodstock and Luray) is having an online bible study each Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. The first session is being led by Mother Kathy. You can join online via Zoom. This new group allows us to get together with others in our own parish and ones nearby so we can build community while continuing our study. If you have any question, please let Mother Kathy know.

The September vestry meetings are at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 (Emmanuel) and Tuesday, Sept. 22 (St. Andrew’s) on Zoom.

For anyone who hasn’t had a chance to send in their August pledge or would like to get ahead for September, you can mail them directly to the church offices. Your pledges are very appreciated as they’re what allow us to keep the churches operating and our community supports going out to those in need.

Emmanuel Episcopal 122 E. Court Woodstock VA 22664
St. Andrew’s Episcopal P.O. Box 117 Mt. Jackson, VA 22842

The pantry has passed the yearly inspection conducted by the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB), which allows us to continue our relationship with them. Being able to work the food bank is what allows us to be able to purchase food at a discounted cost so we can feed all those who come to the pantry.

This week we were also selected to be one of the receivers of the Food Lion Feeds Great Pantry Makeover Restock. Through this program, we’ll get a one-time delivery of food items donated from Food Lion that aren’t typically available from BRAFB. This is a great opportunity for our clients have more selection!

All the good news is a great help for the pantry and community as the local need continues to grow. Last week alone, we had 14 new families.

A special thank you to all the volunteers! Despite the higher demand, they continue to joyfully serve those in our community who are experiencing food insecurity.

Shrine Mont is open again for dining in or take out. Their usual menu is available. All tables are situated 6 feet apart for proper social distancing or if you prefer, you can get your meal to go and have a picnic on the grounds. Shrine Mont asks that you call ahead to make a reservation. For more info, you can call 540-856-2141.

Virtual drop in office hours with Mother Kathy are Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Zoom. (If for some reason you aren’t able to get into the Zoom meeting, please send her an email.)

Our Annual Diocesan Convention, originally scheduled for November 12-14 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, is moving online. Anticipating that it will not be safe or wise to gather more than 600 people in a hotel ballroom across three days this fall, there will be a one-day virtual convention instead on Saturday, November 14.

Note: Virtual church offices are closed Monday for Labor Day.

Due to the need for continued caution, we both continue to work from home. If you have a question, concerns or would like to check in with them, please email. Also, please do call Mother Kathy on her cell (we know it says for emergencies, but during this time it’s the best way to reach her. The number is in the directory).

Mother Kathy generally observes the Sabbath on Friday and Saturday while Melissa is off Thursday after 1:30 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday. While we may not reply immediately, we absolutely will get back to you.

For now, the prayer list can be found online (scroll to the bottom of the page). Melissa is updating it as names are added or removed so it stays current.


SUNDAY DIOCESAN SERVICE (NOTE: There is no Historic Beckford Parish service Sept. 13)
Mother Kathy is streaming the service Sunday at 10:15 a.m. on Zoom and Facebook Live followed by a Coffee Hour on Zoom. See above for more info.

To join the service, click the Zoom link to join, the password is embedded. For Facebook Live, click the link to be taken to our Facebook page to view the live stream.  A Zoom usher is allowing people into the service from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. when the service begins. If you try to join after that, you won’t be able to enter and will need to watch on Facebook Live.

WEEKDAY SERVICES (Note: While Mother Kathy is away, only compline is scheduled.)
Mondays, 9 a.m. Morning prayer on Facebook Live and Zoom
Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. Evening prayer on Facebook Live and Zoom
Fridays, 8 p.m. Bedtime story with Mother Kathy, followed by Compline Facebook Live

Sunday through Thursday, 9 p.m. Compline on Facebook Live and Zoom

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