9/8/22 The Beckford Connection

9/8/22 The Beckford Connection

MOTHER KATHY IS AWAY
Mother Kathy is away September 9 through September 16. If you have an urgent pastoral emergency, please call Mother Kathy’s cell phone. She’ll return your call as soon as she’s able. We have a supply priest coming for the September 11 services. There is no Wednesday Eucharist on September 14.

FORMAL REAFFIRMATION OF BAPTISMAL VOWS
If you would like to formally reaffirm your baptismal vows during Bishop Goff’s visit on Sunday, October 16, please speak with Mother Kathy by September 30.

OCTOBER THROUGH JANUARY SERVICE SCHEDULE
The new service schedule can be found on our website and via the button at the bottom of this email. If you’re unable to serve as scheduled, please find a replacement then let Mother Kathy and Melissa know.

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.

PARISH ADMINISTRATOR HOURS CHANGED
Melissa’s office hours are changing. She’s working 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. remotely on Mondays and in-person alternating offices as needed on Tuesdays during the school year and Tuesdays remotely and Thursdays in person outside of the school year. If you need to contact her, the best way is via email. She’ll be sure to reply to your emails and calls the next work day. She’s also happy to schedule in-person meetings with you.

Mother Kathy’s office hours continue to be  10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., alternating between the churches. She’s happy to schedule meetings with you. The offices continue to be closed on all Federal holidays.

2022 PARISH MUSIC SURVEY
What makes good worship music? The answer to that question varies greatly for us as individuals. As part of community that comes together for worship what speak to your soul, and that of the community?

We hope you will take the time to complete this survey, which we hope will guide us as we make decisions for shaping the musical offerings in Beckford Parish. Everyone’s input is welcomed and valued. You can take the survey online or if you prefer you can download it here to print then mail back to Emmanuel at 122 E. Court, St., Woodstock, VA 22664. The survey does not collect your email address or info, so it is entirely anonymous unless you elect to share your name.

We’re asking for all surveys to be completed by October 1.

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 the clergy, clergy spouses and lay professionals of 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. She holds two degrees in Education as well as licenses in K-12 Principal and Director of Community Education. Courtney resides in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota. LaKeisha has worked as an educator, policy advocate and faith leader. She holds degrees from Virginia Union University, Northern Arizona University, and United Theological Seminary. LaKeisha resides in Richmond, Virginia with her family. 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 HERE.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Saturday, October 1, Pet Blessing
Sunday, October 16, visit from Bishop Goff
More info coming soon

COVID UPDATE
A number of people in the parish have been diagnosed with COVID in the last couple weeks. Given the highly contagious new variants, folks are encouraged to wear masks during all church services and activities when others are present. 

EMMANUEL’S TABLE FOOD PANTRY
Emmanuel’s Table is open every second and fourth Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The next date is September 13. 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 folks in our community don’t go hungry. Thank you!

CONSECRATION OF NEW BISHOP
We do not know what the ticketing procedures are for the Saturday, December 3, 11 a.m., consecration of the new bishop taking place in Richmond. We’re taking a survey to gauge the parish’s interest level in attending the consecration and if folks would like to go together via motorcoach with our region so that we can determine what we’ll be able to arrange as a parish and region. Please complete this short survey by Sunday, September 18. More info about the consecration can be found on the Diocese website. If you have questions, please speak with Mother Kathy.

VESTMENTS FOR NEWLY ELECTED BISHOP
The Episcopal Church Women have a wonderful tradition in this diocese of providing some of the vestments for newly elected bishops. On June 4th, the Diocese of Virginia elected The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson as our 14th Diocesan Bishop. The ECW hopes you will support them by contributing to this fund. The consecration will occur on December 3, 2022, in Richmond.

Please print out and include this form, as requested by ECW, with your donation. The form includes information on where to send donations as well.

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.

PRAYER LIST
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 Melissa.

WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

WEEKDAY SERVICES 
NIGHTLY COMPLINE
Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Compline on Facebook Live and Zoom 

WEDNESDAY EUCHARIST: CANCELED FOR NEXT WEEK, SEPT. 14
12 p.m. at Emmanuel

SUNDAY SERVICES: NO LIVE STREAM SEPT. 11
8 a.m. Emmanuel 
9:15 a.m. St. Andrew’s and Facebook Live 
11:15 a.m. Emmanuel and Facebook Live 
The full bulletin is available on our website.

All weekly and Sunday services are available to view on Facebook and our website after the services, when available.