VISIT FROM BISHOP GOFF
We are pleased to host Bishop Goff on Sunday, October 16. We’d like to specially invite everyone who we haven’t seen at church recently. If you would like to formally reaffirm your baptismal vows during Bishop Goff’s visit, please speak with Mother Kathy by September 30.
Please note the change in service times for the Bishop’s visit: St. Andrew’s at 9 a.m., Emmanuel at 11:30 a.m.
PET BLESSING THIS SATURDAY
Saturday, October 1, you’re furry, feathered and scaled family members are invited to receive a pet blessing from Mother Kathy. She is going to be at Emmanuel at 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and St. Andrew’s at 1-1:30 p.m. in the parking lots. Please be sure your pets are securely leashed or in a carrier, as appropriate to their species.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY
The Southern Shenandoah Bible Study resumes Wednesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Everyone is welcome!
FALL CONFERENCE AT SHRINE MONT: ALL INVITED
The Fall Conference at Shrine Mont will take place this year from Monday, October 17th, through Wednesday, October 19th. This gathering will present a wonderful opportunity for everyone in our Diocese to reconnect, rest and reflect in the beautiful mountains of the Shenandoah and continue having courageous conversation about race and racial justice. Our program will be led by COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION®, a talented and award-winning team of racial justice experts who will help us to develop practical skills to sustain and deepen our conversations on racial justice and healing. We hope you will mark your calendar for October 17th -19th and plan to attend this year’s Fall Conference at Shrine Mont.
Our theme for our time together is: Be Strong and Courageous: Courageous Conversations on Race. Our two facilitators from Courageous Conversation® are Courtney Caldwell and LaKeisha Cooks. Courtney Caldwell has worked in the field of education, as a classroom teacher, and equity leader. We are excited to continue the courageous conversations begun earlier this year, while engaging in focused conversation on White identity, the Role of Faith in Racial Reconciliation, and deeper engagement with the “Courageous Conversation Protocol.”
The deadline for registration is Monday, October 10th. You can find more info and register online.
ITEM COLLECTION FOR RESPONSE
The ladies of St. Andrew’s Guild are collecting personal care items to put together Wonderful Women’s Comfort bags (WWC bags) for women receiving support from Response due to domestic violence.
Boxes are out in each parish hall to collect travel size toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, tissues, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, lip balm and soap. Monetary donations are also appreciated. Checks can be made out to St. Andrew’s Guild, with a note that it’s for WWC, and mailed to P.O. Box 117, Mt. Jackson, VA, 22842. Cash or checks can be handed to Nancy Fadely. Please label all envelopes ATTN: Guild.
PLANNING AHEAD: LIGHT UP WOODSTOCK
While it is two months away, we’re putting the word out about this year’s Light Up Woodstock so folks can begin planning. It is Friday, Dec. 2, this year. We’ll need folks to start setting up about 5 p.m. so we can begin handing out cookies and drinks at 5:30 p.m. Clean up starts after the parade, about 8 p.m. Of course, we’ll also need plenty of cookies! Sign up sheets for cookies and volunteers are coming closer to the date.
EMMANUEL’S TABLE FOOD PANTRY
Emmanuel’s Table is open every second and fourth Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The October dates are the 11th and 25th. We are still seeking someone who is willing to help coordinate and assist volunteers. We always welcome folks to help unload deliveries and pack and distribute food as well.
A huge Thank You to Massanutten Military Academy cadets for a their help with serving our pantry guests. We greatly appreciate all our volunteers who generously dedicate their time and efforts to making sure our neighbors and their furry family members don’t go hungry. Thank you to all those who have generously been donating cat and dog food to the pantry.
EMMANUEL ALTAR FLOWERS
If you would like to dedicate altar flowers in memory or honor of a friend, loved one of special occasion, you’re welcome to do so. Your dedication is included in the bulletin for two weeks. Flowers are $60 and are ordered by the church. If you are interested in doing this, please email Melissa to make arrangements.
One of the greatest gifts we have to offer each other as a parish family is our prayers for ourselves, our families and our loved ones. You’re invited to sit with your parish directory and each day, lift up a section or page of names a day. Let’s continuously hold each other in prayer. Let us pray: God of grace and comfort, enfold our parish-members, family and friends with your mercy. Strengthen each one with a shield of faith and enable them to accept what is to come, heal them and bear their pain, keep them in peace, and fix their hearts on you through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
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 email Melissa
OCTOBER THROUGH JANUARY SERVER SCHEDULE
The new service schedule can be found on our website and via the button at the bottom of this email. Printed copies are also in the parish halls. If you’re unable to serve as scheduled, please find a replacement then let Mother Kathy and Melissa know.
Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Compline on Facebook Live and Zoom
WEDNESDAY HEALING EUCHARIST
12 p.m. at Emmanuel
All weekly and Sunday services are available to view on Facebook and our website after the services, when available.