FACEBOOK HOLIDAY FUN
Every day from now until January 1, Melissa is sharing fun Advent and Christmas content to our Facebook page. You’ll find music, videos, stories, crafts, recipes, special publications and more. We hope it brings some holiday cheer to your days! Likes and comments on the posts are appreciated, so that Facebook shares it on more folks’ timelines.
ADVENT AT HOME: A COMPANION BOOKLET
We have adapted the booklet above to provide opportunities to worship at home, either by yourself or with your friends and family with whom you are sheltering in place.
We invite you to prepare a space in your home to mark these days and celebrate the coming of Jesus. You will see this booklet is comprised of 5 stations, taking us weekly from the first Sunday of Advent through Christmas Eve. Each day, we invite you to pray and reflect the words of the current week’s station.
A HISTORIC BECKFORD PARISH CHRISTMAS: DUE TOMORROW
Advent and Christmas are going to look a bit different this year. To make the season more festive and to bring us all together, we’re launching the Historic Beckford Parish Christmas Project. This includes a special Christmas booklet, greetings, and more.
To find out more about the project, how you can join the fun, check our website.
Please email your submission to Melissa by tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 4), so that it’s included. Please send Christmas greetings videos to Mother Kathy or arrange to record by Friday, Dec. 4.
GIVING TREE 2020: ENDS TOMMORROW
The annual Giving Tree is a bit different this year to accommodate safety precautions and challenges that Covid presents. With how hard this year has been, there are many families who need support in making sure the children have something under the Christmas tree to bring a smile to their faces.
Instead of collecting specific gifts, we’re asking for anyone who would like to participate to send a monetary donation to Emmanuel (122 E. Court St., Woodstock VA 22644) with a note that it is for the Giving Tree. Checks can be made out to Emmanuel. Please mail all donations by Dec. 1.
CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY SERVICES
The services must be online this year. More information on times is coming soon.
DECEMBER VESTRY MEETINGS
St. Andrew’s is meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Emmanuel is meeting Monday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Melissa is sending a reminder with the links the day before.
EMMANUEL’S TABLE FOOD PANTRY AND DONATION DRIVE
Last week, the pantry volunteers served 80 families (271 people). Thanks to a generous donation, we were able to hand out Thanksgiving turkeys. Martin’s in Stephens City very kindly helped us with the ordering, loading and gave us a good price so the donation was able to stretch even further.
We’re holding a Holiday Helpers Donation Drive to support the pantry. If you know of anyone who may like to donate as the consider what charities to support this giving season, please spread the word. You can find out more, and find images to share on social media, on our website.
This Advent season, we are particularly grateful for your continued support of those in need in our community and in keeping the churches operating through your pledges. We know everyone has faced many hardships and difficulties this year, so appreciate your generosity.
You can mail current or past month’s pledges directly to the church offices.
Emmanuel Episcopal 122 E. Court Woodstock VA 22664
St. Andrew’s Episcopal P.O. Box 117 Mt. Jackson, VA 22842
MEETING WITH MOTHER KATHY
If you’d like to meet in person with Mother Kathy, please email her. She will set up a time to meet with you, social distancing, at her office at St. Andrew’s.
SOUTHERN SHENANDOAH WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY
Every Wednesday, the Episcopal churches in our region have an online Bible study from 7 to 8 p.m. You can join online via Zoom. If you haven’t been able to attend, no problem! You’re welcome to jump in any Wednesday you’re available. If you have any question, please let Mother Kathy know.
SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING
Update from Richard Torovsky on the annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing: “We will not be asking for volunteers to ring bells this Christmas due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, they are still trying to raise money to help folks with utilities in coordination with the Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter. If you would like to support what you might have otherwise put into the bucket, you can mail checks directly to the Shenandoah County Salvation Army Treasurer at:
Salvation Army/Shenandoah County
c/o Dick Cooley, Treasurer
6 Kestrel Court
Woodstock, VA 22664
If you have any questions, please call Richard T. at 540-740-3220. Your donations will go to directly aid Shenandoah County residents.
CONTACTING MOTHER KATHY AND MELISSA
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.
The prayer list can be found on our website. If you have any names to add or remove, please email Melissa.
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, 8 p.m. Compline on Facebook Live and Zoom (note the earlier time)
All weekly and Sunday services are available to view on Facebook and our website after the services.
Sunday’s service is at 10:15 a.m. live on Zoom and Facebook Live followed by Coffee Hour on Zoom. (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.) Our Zoom usher is letting people into the service starting at about 9:45 a.m. until 10:20 a.m. You’ll still be able to watch on Facebook Live after that time if you’re running late.