COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE
You’re invited this Sunday, Nov. 21, to St. Mary’s Pine Lutheran Church on 7103 S. Middle Road in Mt. Jackson at 7 p.m. for a Community Thanksgiving Service hosted by the Mt. Jackson Ministerium.
COMMUNITY ADVENT SERVICES
Wednesdays throughout Advent the Woodstock Ministerium is hosting Community Advent Services at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Woodstock at 12 p.m. Mother Kathy is leading the Dec. 1 service. Dec. 8, 15 and 22 are the other service dates.
As long as technology permits, the services are to be streamed live. More information on that is coming and will be available on our website.
SIGN UP ENDS THIS SUNDAY FOR LIGHT UP WOODSTOCK
We’re taking part in Light Up Woodstock this year by setting out individually wrapped cookies on tables at the sidewalk out front of Emmanuel. We won’t be doing hot chocolate this year due to COVID.
VOLUNTEERS FOR SET UP/TEAR DOWN
We’re in need of some volunteers to set up the table, set out the cookies then bring everything in after. Right now, this is our biggest need.
We also need folks to bake cookies then place each in an individual snack or sandwich bag. In previous years, we have given out 80 dozen or more so lots of cookies are needed! Any and all kinds are welcome, or even store bought, as long as they’re dropped off individually bagged.
The event is Friday, Dec. 3. We’ll need folks to begin set up at 5:30 p.m. and then clean up after the parade at about 7 p.m. There’s no need to stay at the table this year as all the cookies will go out at once so you’re welcome to leave and come back. Cookies need to be dropped off at Emmanuel by 5:30 p.m. that day in time for set up.
If you’re able to volunteer for set up/clean up or to bake and bag cookies, please email Melissa to let her know by Sunday, Nov. 21. If you’re baking, please let her know how many you’ll be making. If you have any questions, please speak with Mother Kathy or Melissa.
2021 EMMANUEL GIVING TREE
We’re undertaking a special project for the Giving Tree this year!
W.W. Robinson Elementary has a few programs that aren’t widely advertised and are in need of support — Admin, counselors and the nurses keep clothes, outerwear, socks and undergarments on hand to quietly give to students who they notice may not have weather-appropriate clothing, no outerwear, have a need for clothing due to personal reasons, or to students who become ill or have accidents so that they’re not left in soiled clothing all day. They also keep bottled water and snacks on hand in case kids come in, for whatever reason, without their own water bottle or snack, or without having had breakfast. Everything is given directly to the students, so it benefits them personally It also helps brighten the day for staff because so often they see kids in need but aren’t able to help. With that in mind, we’ve arranged with the principal to support these efforts through our annual Giving Tree. The principal is excited that we’re doing this for them.
To join in this effort, all you need to do is pick item(s) off the list, select from the noted size range if it’s clothing (it can be for boys or girls, your choice), have fun shopping them drop everything off at Emmanuel in the downstairs parlor by Mon., Dec. 13. You can even shop online and have items shipped to Emmanuel. If you prefer, you’re welcome to send a check, made out to Emmanuel and noted that it’s for the Giving Tree, to the church at 122 E. Court, St., Woodstock, VA 22664 and the Outreach Committee will shop for you. St. Andrew’s folks are absolutely invited to join in the fun!
You can find the list of needed items along with more details here on our website.
If you have any questions, please contact Melissa.
The reader schedule 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.
The directory is available on our website. To access the file, you’ll need a password so please email Melissa for it.
BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAY
NOTE: There is no Bible study next Wed., Nov. 24.
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.
VOLUNTEER NEEDED TO HAUL PALLETS
Emmanuel’s Table Food Pantry is in need of a volunteer or two to pick up and dispose of pallets after food deliveries, usually once a month on a Monday. If you’re able to help, please contact Mother Kathy or Tillie.
The pantry also still needs volunteers to assist with ordering, inventory and to help Tillie with volunteer recruitment/scheduling, along with on Monday and Tuesdays of pantry weeks to unload/pack/hand out. If you know anyone who may be interested in helping, please have them contact Mother Kathy or Tillie.
The pantry is open monthly the second and fourth Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The next day it is open is Nov. 23.
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.
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASK POLICY
Please see our website for the current information.
WEDNESDAY HEALING EUCHARIST
Note: Starting Dec. 1 these services are suspended until after Christmas as the Community Advent Services are at the same time.
Each Wednesday at 12 p.m. at Emmanuel.
Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Compline on Facebook Live and Zoom
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.