7/22/21 The Beckford Connection

7/22/21 The Beckford Connection

“Prayer matters because when God is brought into the equation of life, something changes. Another possibility emerges.” ~ Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

From July 29 through Aug. 2 and Aug. 12 through 16 Mother Kathy is scheduled to be away. With that in mind, the Aug. 1 and 15 Sunday services are Morning Prayer. If you have a pastoral emergency while she is away, please contact your senior warden (Neil Fadely at St. Andrew’s, Kirk Denkler at Emmanuel). You may also email Melissa as usual for help with other issues or concerns.

The original profile ran in the parish newsletter back in 2015. We’re sharing it again in memory of her.

Our illustrious, fearless leader of Emmanuel’s Vestry is a woman of many interests. Many of us are familiar with her  gardening abilities either through her booth at the Farmers Market and other venues that sell the herbs and plants she’s grown, or because of the the plants and produce Joan brings to share at the 11:15 a.m. service. However, there is so much more to know about Joan.

Joan and her husband Mal have been married 44 years and have two daughters, Stacey and Melissa, along with several grandchildren. They’d been searching for land to build a house in several states when they found themselves cruising up 81 in 2014. They thought it looked pretty around here so moved to the valley in 2004 from Millersville, Md. Now they live in Maurertown, “in the middle of a field,” as Joan says, next to James Carville. The Sarnas have a collection of five antique fire engines and five tractors which have their own house. They belong to several clubs so you may have seen them out with the engines or tractors at a local parade.

Joan is active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, which meets at Emmanuel. She loves to kayak with Mal (especially on Lake Frederick), is on the altar guild, and occasionally has all her seven grandchildren visit at once. The lucky grands get driving lessons in antique fire trucks and have been known to be in parades.

This is Joan’s first time as a senior warden and she has taken to it like a pro. Joan believes communication is the key for a senior warden. She was impressed with Emmanuel’s friendly, caring atmosphere when she first moved here. That continues to this day. Her hopes for Emmanuel are to nourish our young families and add even more to our congregation. 

Oh, did I mention she made puppets and staged whole shows for kids and has done ventriloquism? She’s a woman of many talents and interests.

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.

St. Andrew’s Rummage Sale is set for Saturday, August 28, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Now is your chance to clear out all the stuff you’ve been meaning to get rid of — anything from kitchen gadgets, decor, accessories and holiday decorations to clothes, kids’ items and sports equipment. We need it! We ask that all items be gently used in clean, working order. Information about when and where to drop off is coming soon! The sale benefits local charities. More info


If you have time available, the pantry is need of volunteers to help unload the delivery truck at 1 p.m. at Emmanuel then to help pack bags at 2:30 p.m. this upcoming Monday. Any help you’re able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to bring a friend along as well. If you have any questions, please email Tillie Kaufmann. 

As we start in-person worship, you’re welcome to bring your pledge to Sunday service or continue to mail it to the church.
Emmanuel Episcopal 122 E. Court Woodstock VA 22664 
St. Andrew’s Episcopal P.O. Box 117 Mt. Jackson, VA 22842 


More info is on our website.

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.