4/15/21 The Beckford Connection

4/15/21 The Beckford Connection

Please take a moment to review the prayer list to see if there are any names you’ve added that can now be removed. You can email the names to Melissa. Some names have been on for a year and it is getting rather long, so we want to be sure it is correct.

The columbarium has been installed at Emmanuel. Watch for more info coming soon.

In an effort to help determine a safe environment for regathering, the Diocese has provided a metric from the Brown School of Public Health (www.globalepidemics.org/key-metrics-for-covid-supression). Based on this metric, the Diocese has, in the past, required remote worship for communities in “red” and “orange” zones. As an Episcopal community, we are charged with following the guidance of the Bishop of Virginia. Recently, the guidelines were revised to expand restricted indoor worship opportunities to include communities in the “orange” zone. With this new guidance, Mother Kathy and the vestries are working to develop a gathering plan. Right now, there is no definitive date for in-person worship. It’s important to be aware that even with a gathering plan in place, in-person services could change week to week as the metrics in Shenandoah County change.

Please know we all share the same frustration and exhaustion with not being able to return to how life was prior to Covid. As we move toward regathering, let’s support one another and work together to keep all of us, and our community, safe. We will get through this and will find a new normal, together.

Thank you for sending in your pledges! Without your support we wouldn’t be able to serve one another and the community or keep the churches operational.

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 

Tillie Kaufmann is on the First Baptist Church of Woodstock and Friends Relay for Life team with team leader (in his 25th year) George Brinkley. The team is selling Rutz’s BBQ halves, $4 each, in the Woodstock Tractor Supply parking lot this Saturday, April 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. or when they sell out. If you would like to pre-order, please call or text Tillie at 540-325-2563 or email tillie@shentel.net. She would be glad to deliver sometime after 12 p.m.

Bible study with the other Episcopal churches in our region is every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. online via Zoom.  Whether you’ve been able to come to other sessions or it’s your first time, you’re welcome to come. If you have any questions, please let Mother Kathy know.

The reader schedule for April through June is available on our website and below.

This Tuesday, the pantry volunteers served 35 families/109 people.

They are still seeking a volunteer (or two) who can devote approximately eight hours a month to taking inventory, ordering and determining what to place in pre-packaged bags. If you’re a detail-oriented person who is comfortable with computers and loves to be part of a team, we’d love to speak with you about volunteering.

Volunteers are required to wear a mask and social distance and must be 18 or older for this particular position.

If you’re interested or would like more information, please contact Mother Kathy. If you know someone who is interested, please pass along this info.

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.


Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Compline on Facebook Live and Zoom 
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.