CHRISTMAS EVE & DAY SERVICES: VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDWe need readers for the Christmas Eve and day services. If you’d like to read, please let Mother Kathy or Melissa know by Sun., Dec. 12. Services times are 5 p.m. at Emmanuel, 9 p.m. at St. Andrew’s on Christmas Eve and 10 a.m. at Emmanuel on Christmas.
CHRISTMAS FLOWER DEDICATIONS
If you would like to dedicate Christmas flowers in honor or memory of a friend or loved one, envelopes for donations are in the parish halls. Please be sure to include your information on the sheet or to email it to Melissa by Sun., Dec. 12.
2021 GIVING TREE: ENDING SOON
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.
You can find the list of needed items along with more details here on our website. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa.
ST. ANDREW’S THANK OFFERING (SATO)
Donations for the food bank located in Mt. Jackson, are due by Sunday, December 5th.
Envelopes (SATO) may be found on the social hall table.
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS AT ST. ANDREW’S
As a reminder, there is a basket in the parish hall to collect donation for the Open Table Food Pantry in Mt. Jackson. If you have any nonperishables, please drop them off for Jackie Yarnell to take over to the pantry.
COMMUNITY ADVENT SERVICES
Wednesdays throughout Advent the Woodstock Ministerium is hosting Community Advent Services at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Woodstock at 12 p.m. on Dec. 8, 15 and 22.
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.
SERVER SCHEDULE: ACOLYTES NEEDED
Starting in February, we’ll be including acolytes in the service schedule again. If you’d like to serve as an acolyte, please let Mother Kathy or Melissa know by Mon., Jan. 3.
The reader schedule through January is 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.
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.
EMMANUEL’S TABLE FOOD PANTRY
The pantry is open the second and fourth Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.., Dec. 14 and 28.
The directory is available on our website. To access the file, you’ll need a password so please email Melissa for it. (You don’t have to sign up for a DropBox account to access the file. If a window pops up asking if you want to sign up for one, you can close that out to continue to the file.)
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASK POLICY
Please see our website for the current information.
WEDNESDAY COMMUNITY ADVENT SERVICES
12 p.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Woodstock
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.