Mother Kathy would like to share the message below from The Rev. Laura Minnich Lockey in light of recent events at Virginia college campuses that touch our communities. Please keep the JMU and BC families in your prayers.
“My heart is broken. 2 young men have taken their lives on the JMU campus in 7 days; a man shot and killed 2 officers at Bridgewater College; a man shot and killed a high school student, and wounded 4 others in Blacksburg.
The heaviness is palpable. The sadness covers like a blanket.
I stood on the Quad for 2 hours in the freezing temps tonight and heard story after story of hurt, of resilience, of hope. I heard students, faculty, and administrators.
I am a woman of God, and I know my Redeemer lives. I know that Jesus binds the wounds of the broken hearted. I know that my salvation began with a death, and I know that in the Resurrection there is victory over death.
That does not gloss over the broken heart. It lifts it up; it bears it forward; it holds it tenderly. Death does not have the last word.
Hug your children. Tell them how precious they are. Tell them you would never be the same without them.
Pray for our children. Pray for our college campuses — Not just the students, but the administrators, faculty and staff. Pray for the chaplains as we speak hope and Light into these dark times.
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth.
After my awaking, he will raise me up; and in my body I shall see God.
I myself shall see, and my eyes will behold God who is my friend and not a stranger.”
SHRINE MONT SUMMER CAMPS
Camps for children ages 8 and up at Shrine Mont for summer 2022 are open for registration. If you know of a child who would benefit from these camps, we encourage you to explore the options. From art to sports to exploring the great outdoors, this year’s camps will include both new activities as well as beloved camp programs and traditions. And with two sessions of Family Camp, there’s something for everyone. Spots are filling up fast, but there are still a few openings left! Visit www.shrinemontcamps.net for dates, rates, and programs. Scholarships are available so please do not let cost be a deciding factor. Please speak with Mother Kathy if you have questions.
In case you missed the annual meetings, the reports are available on our website.
If you have any questions, please speak with Mother Kathy.
SERVER SCHEDULE FEBRUARY THROUGH MAY NOW AVAILABLE
The new service schedule is now available via the blue button at the end of this email and on our website. Copies are available at each church as well. If you aren’t able to serve as scheduled, please find a replacement and let Mother Kathy and Melissa know if the switch.
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS AT ST. ANDREW’S
As a reminder, there is a basket in the parish hall to collect donation for the Open Door Food Pantry in Mt. Jackson. If you have any nonperishables, please drop them off for Jackie Yarnell to take over to the pantry.
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. The next February date is the 22nd. In case of inclement weather, if SCPS close we do as well. We always welcome new volunteers. Feb. 8 the volunteers served 31 families/82 people.
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.
UPDATES TO PARISH DIRECTORY
We want to update the directory for 2022. Please email any updates to Melissa by Mon., March 21.
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.
Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Compline on Facebook Live and Zoom
12 p.m. at Emmanuel
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.
All weekly and Sunday services are available to view on Facebook and our website after the services, when available.