Posts by Beckford Parish Office

Posts by Beckford Parish Office

blessing of the animals - cats and dogs

Blessing of the Animals Oct. 6, 2018

Everyone is invited to bring your pet to the St. Andrew’s parking lot on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 1:00pm for an outdoor pet blessing. Invite your friends too. We will move to the parish hall if the weather is too poor to be outside. 
Joint Parish Service - Bluegrass Band

Joint Parish Celebration October 7

St. Andrew’s and Emmanuel are coming together for a joint First Sunday service and Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 7 at 11:15 a.m. at Emmanuel. After the service, enjoy the music of bluegrass band Seldom Serious and a potluck Oktoberfest luncheon. To sign up to bring a dish, contact Joy Bauserman at Emmanuel or Marcia Brownfield at St. Andrew’s.  Note: This is the only parish service that day. Our three Sunday services on September 30 are at the usual times and places.
rummage sale items

Rummage Sale 2018 Success

We raised over $1,500!  This will be distributed to local non-profits in the upcoming months. All hands were needed and we really appreciate everyone who accepted the challenge to help with this project, including folks from Emmanuel. The donations keep on giving Leftover items were packed up after the sale and taken to the Clothes Closet in Woodstock. Thanks to those who showed up with trucks to help us transport everything. The Clothes Closet folks were very excited and grateful…

Welcome, Melissa Sorokas, New Parish Administrator!

Beckford Parish is so happy to welcome our new Parish Administrator, Melissa Sorokas. Melissa will be at St. Andrew’s on Mondays and Thursdays from 9am to 1:30pm. She will be at Emmanuel on Tuesdays and Wedesdays from 9am to 1:30pm.  Her new email address is Anything sent to the old email address ( will be forwarded to the new address, but please change this in your address books. Mother Kathy will generally be at Emmanuel on Mondays and Wednesdays and…
cartoon family at picnic

1st Annual GAP Picnic

1st Annual GAP Grandparents As Parents Picnic and Kick-Off to a New School Year on Sunday, August 12, 2018, at 1:30-3:30 at the W.O. Riley Park, the shelter closest to the playground. Bring a dish to share and any fun games!!!! And, we will be having as our guests, Carol and Rory Hansel and their three dogs who have won numerous agility training competitions!!  Unlimited petting and love available!!!!! Looking forward to seeing everyone there!!!  Call or email Shelia Helsley if questions (540-246-4272 or

Parish Service and Picnic at Shrine Mont

Sunday, July 29, 2018 We’ll have the picnic pavilion from 11am to 3pm. Our joint celebration of Holy Eucharist will be at the Shrine from noon until 12:45 pm. We will have a golf cart to help with transporting back and forth for the event. The picnic will be Pot Luck with hamburgers and hot dogs cooked by the men from the 8am Emmanuel service.  Mother Kathy and Elizabeth will bring their guitars and Barbara Strong will be accompanying us on…

Patience with the parking lot

The work on the new Woodstock town parking lot behind and south of Emmanuel Church is well underway. When it’s done, there will be a lovely pedestrian walkway from the parking lot along our boundary with the Presbyterian church. This will make it easy for us to use the town lot when there are special events at our church and also for anyone to use to it to get through to Court Street and North Main. During the construction period,…
Emmanuel St Andrews

Job Posting: Parish Administrator (Part Time)

Our wonderful Mary Gibson has an opportunity to pursue a teaching career and will be with Beckford Parish only through the end of this month (July 2018). We wish her well but will miss her fiercely. The following job announcement is being disseminated. Please read and spread the word to anyone you know who might be a good candidate for this vital position on our parish staff.  Read below or click to download: Administrator Job Announcement  Part-Time Parish Administrator Historic Beckford…

Beckford Women’s Monthly Gathering Tonight

The Beckford Parish Women’s Group is getting together at the Spring House Tavern Inn in Woodstock this Friday Night (tonight, July 13, 2018!) at 6pm for a social half hour and ordering meals will start at 6:30. Hope to see you there and if you have any questions please contact Joy Bauserman 540-459-9527. 
canned food on shelf

Record Numbers Served at Emmanuel’s Table

They came and the Lord provided Tuesday morning (6/12/18) we were inundated before we had time to open the door  The staircase was lined well before 9 am, and a steady stream continued for the rest of the morning. We served 33 households representing 135 individuals. Four had never been to the Pantry before.  Fortunately, our shelves were fully stocked and multiple buckets lined the hallway with fresh produce.  By noon, buckets and shelves were almost bare.  Which is good!!  …

Organ Dedication Recital at Emmanuel June 10

Don’t miss this special event! Emmanuel Episcopal Church will sponsor a Dedication Recital featuring its new Makin Thirlmere Digital Organ on Sunday afternoon, June 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm at 122 East Court Street, Woodstock, VA. The organ was installed by R.A. Daffer Church Organs of Jessup, Maryland. Regionally renowned organist and conductor David Lang will perform. Mr. Lang will be joined by vocalists Laura Lazarevich and Kailey Pulos Hoang from Northern Virginia. Charlene Romano, adjunct professor of flute at…