7/29/21 The Beckford Connection

7/29/21 The Beckford Connection

“Earth’s crammed with heaven and every common brush afire with God.
But only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.” 
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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.

If you have a key, donations can be dropped off any time. Please be sure to put everything in the St. Andrew’s room. If you don’t have a key, you can email Colleen Gray or call her at 540 896 6513 or 540 435 3289 to arrange drop off. Or, bring any donations Aug. 23 to 27 during set up. 

St. Andrew’s Rummage Sale is set for Saturday, August 28, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. It’s the perfect time to clean out the house, garage, shed, basement and donate all the stuff you no longer need. We need donations of anything from kitchen gadgets, decor, accessories and holiday decorations to clothes, yard equipment, kids’ games/toys/gear, and sports equipment. As long as it’s in clean, working order, we’ll take it! All sales benefit various charities. More info

Starting August 18 at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday Eucharist is returning at Emmanuel. If you have questions, please contact Mother Kathy.

As of right now, masks are voluntary for those who have been fully vaccinated. Mother Kathy is closely monitoring the rates of infection for the county along with CDC guidance. Should things change, we may go back to mandatory masks for everyone. 


The original profile ran in the parish newsletter years ago. We’re sharing it again in memory of them.

Thirty years ago, a couple of hardy adventurers visited the Shenandoah Valley looking for some land “off the main road” with a log cabin. The place they found was so remote that the realtor refused to show it to them. Roy and Anne had to walk in then wade across a creek to see the property. This was the beginning of a lot of camping, clearing, renovation and building that produced the beautiful farm the Repaskes now inhabit in Star Tannery. Kensington, Md., was home for 33 years. During this time, they raised three children: one daughter, Carol, and two sons, William and David. They worked in their respective scientific careers and came out to the valley every chance they could.
Roy, one of our newly elected Vestry members, has held a number of interesting positions throughout his career. He is a WWII veteran and was a professor of microbiology and biochemistry at Indiana University before moving to the Northern Virginia area. He joined the research staff at the National Institutes Health (NIH) in 1959 where he worked on projects related to HIV. He was a consultant to NASA on the manned space flight to Mars. He was a consultant to the U.S. Navy relating to deep-sea diving research. Not to be forgotten, he was an adjunct professor at George Washington University. Coming out to the country and cleaning bear droppings out of the old log cabin was just one more challenge!
Anne, a microbiologist, stayed home and raised the children until they were school age, then resumed her career with Catholic University at NIH. Later she was appointed senior microbiologist with American Type Culture Collection, a repository of all microbiological specimens that have been researched in the world. How fascinating to be at the nucleus of world research – and a mom, too! Anne is also currently the president of the Star Tannery Firemen Ladies Auxiliary and is a marvelous cook.
Roy and Anne are both lovers of music and goats. They play recorders in an ensemble weekly at Shenandoah University, occasionally performing here at Emmanuel (not often enough) and other venues. The Repaskes are top Cashmere goat breeders, show regularly at the State Fair, and hold offices in the Eastern Cashmere Association. All 55 Cashmere goats they raise have a musical-themed name, including Mozart, Caprice (the Virginia State Champion), and Hemiola. FYI: a Cashmere goat produces only about 6 oz of wool per year! The soft undercoat is combed out by hand, which takes a lot of work. So that $300 sweater is worth every penny!
I should add that the Repaskes are wonderfully nice in addition to being interesting and dynamic – it is a blessing to have them at Emmanuel. We’re glad they no longer have to wade a creek to come to church. (And Roy, thanks again for serving on the vestry!)

The pantry is open in August on the second and fourth Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Aug. 10 and 24).  Volunteers are needed to help unload food deliveries at 1:30 p.m. and to help bag items at 2:30 p.m. the Mondays before (Aug. 9 and 23). If you’re able to help, please email Tillie Kaufmann to let her know you’re coming and be sure drop off/packing is happening. 

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.

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.

If you’re unable to read as scheduled, please find a replacement then let Mother Kathy and Melissa know of the change.