Posts by Elizabeth H. Cottrell

Posts by Elizabeth H. Cottrell

Statement from Bishop Stevenson on the Shooting in Pennsylvania

My dear siblings in Christ: Tonight, I ask you to join me in prayer. I pray for former President Donald Trump, that he may recover fully from the senseless violence of today. I pray for those who died, and for those who mourn. I give thanks for the first responders on the scene, and for all those who helped bring calm to chaos. I lift up the families of all involved, victims and perpetrator alike. And, I pray that God…

Church Administrative Secretary Job Opening

Job Description & Responsibilities Historic Beckford Parish (Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Woodstock & Saint Andrew’s, Mt. Jackson) is seeking a part-time secretary to support the parish’s Rector. Primary responsibilities will include handling administrative tasks, including ordering supplies, preparing weekly and special bulletins, preparing a weekly newsletter, updating the website and social media as necessary, maintaining the master church calendar, entering data, facilitating communications, and coordinating special events. Candidates should possess good organizational skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office, and a compassionate demeanor.…

Holy Week and Easter in Beckford Parish

CLICK to view or download: PDF format Word format Holy Week in Beckford Parish Welcome to Holy Week at Beckford Parish, an inclusive and welcoming church nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. We are two churches, Emmanuel in Woodstock, and Saint Andrew’s in Mount Jackson. As we journey from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, we invite you to join us in a time of reflection, prayer, and celebration. Our two churches are places where everyone is welcome, whether…

Lenten Book Study 2024

Dive Deeper This Lent: Bible Stories for Grown-Ups Wednesdays, 2 pm, Emmanuel Parish Hall As part of our Lenten journey, we’ve embarked on a six-week series diving into Bible Stories for Grown-Ups by Josh Scott. This book reexamines the familiar biblical narratives with a mature lens, encouraging adults to rediscover these stories with fresh eyes and a deeper understanding. Think about it – Noah’s Ark isn’t exactly a ‘feel good’ story. Josh Scott brings these ancient texts to life, offering…

Woodstock Community Lenten Services 2024

Tuesdays at noon followed by lunch Woodstock United Methodist Church 156 S Muhlenberg St, Woodstock, VA Emmanuel will be hosting on the first Tuesday, February 20, 2024 and Mother Kathy will preach that day. If you can, come help serve soup and sandwiches.

Our Parish Sabbatical: A Vision for 2025

Sabbatical Definition A sabbatical is a period of paid leave granted to a university teacher or other worker for study or travel. Research has clearly shown—and the Diocese of Virginia confirms in its Sabbatical Leave Policy— that “a periodic sabbatical is a healthy and effective means of preventing burn-out and of renewing and enhancing a church professional’s capabilities for dealing effectively with problems facing those who need help.”  In the university setting, this is traditionally one year for every seven…

Lent 2024 Begins

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Suppers TUESDAY, February 13, 2024 5pm at both churches: Freewill offering If you can help set up, cook, serve, or clean up, contact Chris Hartmann at Emmanuel or Marcia Brownfield at St. Andrew’s Ash Wednesday Services WEDNESDAY, February 14, 2024 Noon at St. Andrew’s 7pm at Emmanuel
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GAP February 2024 Meeting

GAP MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2024 MEETING at Emmanuel The Episcopal Churches of Shenandoah County: Beckford Parish, 122 East Court Street, Woodstock. A Carry-In Finger Foods Meal will start at 6:15, contact Donna Lambert Barnes. 7:00 Children’s Time in the Social Hall and GAP G’PARENTS Meeting in the Sanctuary. Darla Sue Moomaw will be with the G’children for crafts, games, etc., Our speaker will be the wonderful Shannon Urum and she will finish her presentation on Children’s Trauma Effects in their lives, Part II. We all learned…

“A Case for Love” Special Documentary One-Day Only

Showing one-day only at the Harrisonburg Regal on January 23 at 4 pm and 7 pm – “A Case for Love” is a feature-length documentary inspired by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s message of love. We are so excited to see both our beloved Episcopal Church and Bishop Curry’s message of love shared with the wider world. The film includes interviews with Bishop Curry, Sam Waterston, Al Roker, Pete Buttigieg, Jon Meacham, John Danforth, and other public figures, as well as individual stories…

AdventWord: A Different Kind of Advent Calendar

In a recent article by Miriam Willard McKenney for the BuildingFaith newsletter, I was introduced to AdventWord. “AdventWord is an Advent calendar that we can use in so many ways. AdventWord offers a way to prepare each day of Advent with a word from the scriptures we hear on Sundays. AdventWord is brought to you by Forward Movement, the folx (sic) who bring you Forward Day by Day and Lent Madness.” From the AdventWord website: “As we await the birth…

Al Anon: Weekly Community Event Hosted by Emmanuel

A new Al Anon group meeting starts at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Monday, November 13 at noon. This weekly gathering is open to anyone whose life has been affected by someone else’s drinking and addiction.   The meetings will take place every Monday. These sessions offer a supportive environment to share experiences, strength, and hope with one another in confidence.   Whether you are new to Al Anon or have been part of a group before, you are invited to…