9/24 Weekly Update

9/24 Weekly Update

This Sunday we’re heading to Shrine Mont. For those who don’t feel comfortable worshipping outdoors yet, you’re welcome to join the National Cathedral’s virtual service. If you are coming for lunch, please remember to bring a check in the amount of $14.75 per person made out to Emmanuel with “discretionary” in the memo. Checks can go to Mother Kathy. We needed to pay in full ahead of time for lunch, so adjusted the procedure a bit.

We’ll be at Shrine Mont again for the Oct. 18 service. Please read this info about safety requirements and how to RSVP. RSVPs for Oct. 18 are due by Sunday, Oct. 11. Please plan to bring a check for lunch the same as we’re doing for this Sunday. 

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

Every Wednesday, the Episcopal churches in Elkton, Harrisonburg, Luray, Mt. Jackson, Port Republic, Stanley, and Woodstock are having an online Bible study from 7 to 8 p.m. You can join online via Zoom. This group allows us to get together with others in our own parish and ones nearby so we can build community while continuing our study. If you have any question, please let Mother Kathy know.

This Tuesday, 174 people (60 families) were served at the pantry. A huge thanks to our volunteers as always. 

Since January we have served 207 different families from across 29 cities throughout the Shenandoah Valley. There is always work to be done at Emmanuel’s Table and we can always use people to help with a variety of tasks. All our work is done socially distanced and we wear masks.

We offer thanks to the Southern Shenandoah Region (Formerly Region 14 of the Diocese of Virginia) for a grant to assist Emmanuel’s Table. We also thank the New Market Rotary Club for a $500 contribution. 

If you’re interested in volunteering with the pantry, contact our new volunteer coordinator, Tillie Kaufmann. She can answer any questions you may have.

Now more than ever, your pledges make a difference. For anyone who hasn’t had a chance to send in their August pledge or would like to get ahead for September, you can mail them directly to the church offices. Your pledges are very appreciated as they’re what allow us to keep the churches operating and our community supports going out to those in need. 
Emmanuel Episcopal 122 E. Court Woodstock VA 22664 
St. Andrew’s Episcopal P.O. Box 117 Mt. Jackson, VA 22842 

The installation of the Columbarium has been delayed due to the worldwide pandemic. We continue to look forward to the installation and will keep you updated. 

Shrine Mont is open again for dining in or take out. Their usual menu is available. All tables are situated 6 feet apart for proper social distancing or if you prefer, you can get your meal to go and have a picnic on the grounds. Shrine Mont asks that you call ahead to make a reservation. For more info, you can call 540-856-2141. Final call for Shrine Mont fried chicken dinner. There will be one final opportunity to have a Shrine Mont chicken dinner on Sunday, October 25. You must call ahead to make a reservation. 

Family Promise is holding a Night Without a Bed fundraiser to support homeless children and families. The virtual event is being held Sept. 21 to Oct. 12. Find out more about how you can help.

Virtual drop in office hours with Mother Kathy are Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Zoom. (If for some reason you aren’t able to get into the Zoom meeting, please send her an email.)

Our Annual Diocesan Convention, originally scheduled for November 12-14 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, is moving online. Anticipating that it will not be safe or wise to gather more than 600 people in a hotel ballroom across three days this fall, there will be a one-day virtual convention instead on Saturday, November 14.

Due to the need for continued caution, we both continue to work from home. If you have a question, concerns or would like to check in with them, please email. Also, please do call Mother Kathy on her cell (we know it says for emergencies, but during this time it’s the best way to reach her. The number is in the directory).

Mother Kathy generally observes the Sabbath on Friday and Saturday while Melissa is off Thursday after 1:30 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday. While we may not reply immediately, we absolutely will get back to you.

For now, the prayer list can be found online. Melissa is updating it as names are added or removed so it stays current.