TODAY AT NOON: A COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR UKRAINE
The community is invited to a short ecumenical prayer service for Ukraine, the Ukrainian people, and peace TODAY at 12 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Please help to spread the word.
Our hearts are broken by the scenes of suffering and devastation from the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This humanitarian crisis touches us all, and we call on our community—across all faith traditions—to join us in raising our voices in prayer on behalf of these brave people. The optional collection will be divided between the World Central Kitchen and the ERD Ukraine Crisis Response Fund.
We plan to gather outside in the church parking lot, but in the case of inclement weather, it will be held inside. The church will also remain open for silent prayer after the service until 3 p.m. for anyone who wishes to come and offer their prayers. Please use street parking or the Town of Woodstock parking lot if the weather is good.
For more information, contact Mother Kathy or Katherine Morrison.
ST. ANDREW’S UKRAINE CRISIS DONATION CHALLENGE
As of Wednesday morning, we have raised $6,740 for the Ukraine relief fund, exceeding our original goal. Since we are so close to $7,000, it’s been decided to extend the deadline another week to April 7. If you’d like to help reach the new goal and most importantly, support the people of Ukraine, please send checks, made out to St. Andrew’s and noted that it is for the Ukraine fund, to St. Andrew’s P.O. Box 117 Mt. Jackson VA 22842. March 27 is the donation deadline.
Funds will be sent directly to the Episcopal Relief & Development fund created to provide humanitarian assistance to those fleeing the violence in Ukraine. Any donation, no matter how small, can make a difference to the more than 2 million people who have been displaced due to the violence. Please share this challenge with friends and family so we can raise as much money as possible to help our brothers and sisters.
The new 2022 printed directory are now available in the parish halls. The directory will also 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.)
SERVERS NEEDED FOR GOOD FRIDAY
If you are available to serve on Good Friday at 12 p.m. at St. Andrew’s or Good Friday at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel, please let Mother Kathy or Melissa know by Mon., March 28.
Please also double check the reader schedule for Palm Sunday and Easter. If you’re unable to serve, please find a replacement and let Mother Kathy and Melissa know of the change.
EMMANUEL’S TABLE FOOD PANTRY: NEW HOURS
Starting in April, Emmanuel’s Table is open every second and fourth Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Please help spread the word about the change in hours. The April dates are the 12th and 26th.
If you know of anyone, including teens, who would like to volunteer on Tuesdays to help hand out food or on Monday afternoons to help unload and bag items, please speak with Tillie Kaufmann.
PARISH LENT BOOK STUDY
We meet at 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom every Monday through April 11.
Reclaiming Rural: Building Thriving Rural Congregations by Allen T. Stanton describes how by establishing a clear theological and rural identity, leaders can build a meaningful and vital ministry. As rural America continues to undergo massive economic and demographic shifts, rural churches are uniquely positioned to provide community leadership.
If you have missed previous sessions but would still like to join, you are welcome. Mother Kathy has a few books available. Please speak with her if you’d like to join or have any questions.
SPRING CLEANING FOR ST. ANDREW’S ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE
The sale is coming back Saturday, June 11, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.! So, as you’re spring cleaning, hang on to those items to drop off at St. Andrew’s (drop off dates TBA). Everything from clothes, toys, games, kitchen gadgets and decor to sports items, tools, outdoor items, jewelry and accessories can be sold at the sale.
All profits from the sale go to charity as do all items left over after the sale. More info is coming as we get closer to the sale.
GAP EASTER BASKETS
We are looking for donations of baskets, candy and basket fillers for the GAP kids. Please drop everything off to either church by Thurs., April 7, (in the St. Andrew’s Room at St. Andrew’s and in the downstairs parlor at Emmanuel). If you have questions, please speak with Mother Kathy.
TUESDAY COMMUNITY LENTEN SERVICES
The Woodstock Ministerium is holding their annual Community Lenten Services again this year. They’ll be every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at WUMC. There is no luncheon.
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.
BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAY
The Bible study group with the Episcopal churches in our region 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 session without a problem. If you have any questions, please let Mother Kathy know.
One of the greatest gifts we have to offer each other as a parish family is our prayers for ourselves, our families and our loved ones. You’re invited to sit with your parish directory and each day, lift up a section or page of names a day. Let’s continuously hold each other in prayer. Let us pray: God of grace and comfort, enfold our parish-members, family and friends with your mercy. Strengthen each one with a shield of faith and enable them to accept what is to come, heal them and bear their pain, keep them in peace, and fix their hearts on you through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
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.
Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Compline on Facebook Live and Zoom
12 p.m. at Emmanuel
All weekly and Sunday services are available to view on Facebook and our website after the services, when available.