9/23/21 The Beckford Connection

9/23/21 The Beckford Connection

“We never know what can happen when we feel called to follow Jesus’ gospel witness of welcome. Heeding such a call can require incredible courage. Sometimes this gospel way of welcome can lead us to put our very lives on the line. But Jesus’ way of welcome can inspire us to keep working to do what is right in a world where too often too much is wrong.”
~ Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Sunday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. we’ll be having a joint service at Shrine Mont in the lower pavilion. We’ll be asking folks to wear masks and practice social distancing.

For lunch after, we’re going to be eating lunch in the dining room. Lunch is $14.75 per person, which can be paid directly to Mother Kathy as we need to pay in full before the date. If you plan to eat lunch at Shrine Mont, please RSVP using this form by Sun., Oct. 3 (we have to have a final count to Shrine Mont the morning of Oct. 4). 

If you have concerns about covering the cost of lunch, please let Mother Kathy know. If you have any questions, please speak with Mother Kathy or Melissa.

Next Saturday, Oct. 2, Mother Kathy is offering pet blessings. She’ll be at Emmanuel from 11 to 11:30 a.m. then St. Andrew’s from 1 to 1:30 p.m. for folks to come by with their furry, feathered or scaled friends securely in carriers or on leashes (or bring a photo of them) for a drive up or stand-by-your car parking lot pet blessing.

The reader schedule for October through January is now available on our website. If you’re not able to read as scheduled, please find a replacement and let Mother Kathy and Melissa know of the change. 

2021 Parish Directory
The 2021 Historic Beckford Parish Directory is available on our website. To access the file, you’ll need a password so please email Melissa for it. 

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.

We’re  in great need of volunteers to assist with ordering, inventory and to help Tillie with volunteer recruitment/scheduling. If you know anyone who may be interested in helping, please have them contact Mother Kathy ASAP.

As Barbara Kirkland says, “As the Body of Christ, our congregation is directed to ‘welcome the stranger, feed the hungry’ and twice a month we do this in Christ’s name asking only, ‘how many are in your family?’ Emmanuel’s Table is a way for us to BE the church, rather than just go to church. When you support us with your time, (sic) you are there with us as the face of Christ in the world.”

Volunteers are needed the Monday and Tuesday of pantry weeks. If you’re able to help, please contact Tillie for more details. The pantry is open monthly the second and fourth Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Sept. 28 is the next date). Sept. 14 the pantry served 39 families/76 people. If you know of anyone in need of food, please send them over. More info. 

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.

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 


Given the trends in the county infection rate, the Delta variant, CDC guidance and other pertinent information, everyone is required to wear masks at services, no matter vaccination status. We are also asking folks to maintain 6 feet of social distancing at all times, including skipping every other pew.

Our goal is to keep one another as safe as we possibly can. We are very concerned about the continued high rates of infection and transmission in ShenCo, combined with a low vaccination rate, and are monitoring the situation very closely. We urge everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated. Please keep an eye on our website and your email in case important updates need to be shared.

Each Wednesday at 12 p.m. at Emmanuel. 

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.

Oct. to Jan. Reader Schedule