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Beckford Parish Prayer Life

A Special Message from Mother Kathy

As Thanksgiving approaches and we take stock of that which we have to be grateful, we find ourselves experiencing heartache as well. Recently, our country has been faced with acts of unspeakable hatred through mass shootings as eleven people were murdered at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and another twelve were murdered in Thousand Oaks. In Kentucky another two people were murdered merely for being people of color. During this difficult time, we stand with our Jewish brothers…

Blessing Of Our Pledge Cards

This prayer was chosen by Mother Kathy and used during the Offering on Ingathering Sunday. If you haven’t yet sent in your pledge for 2019, please do so as soon as possible. This is important for being able to have an accurate budget for next year.  Gracious and loving God, giver of all that is good and true and beautiful and life-giving. These cards represent our sweat; they represent our lives; they represent our dreams. The pledges which we make…

Thanksgiving Dinner At Emmanuel

Anyone in our congregations or in the community is invited to come to Emmanuel between 4 and 7 p.m. We’ll be offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, pork roast, ham, sides, and desserts. Spread the word! We don’t want anyone to be alone on this special holiday. This event is open to the whole community.  Happy Thanksgiving! A Prayer for Joy in God’s Creation O heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works;…
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Does Stewardship Get A Bad Rap?

Comments shared by Elizabeth Cottrell recently at both of Emmanuel’s Sunday services.   “As every man purposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly or out of compulsion; for God loveth the cheerful giver.”   (2 Corinthians 9:7) Some words get a bad rap…words that, over time, have been burdened with negativity. I’m afraid “stewardship” is among them, and today I’d like to us to reframe the word “stewardship,” so it evokes joy and opportunity instead of obligation and guilt.…
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Women’s Gathering Location Change 11/9/18

The parish women are getting together this Friday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Woodstock Presbyterian Church (next door to Emmanuel) instead of Bryce due to a power outage there. The Presbyterian men are offering a pork tenderloin dinner, free will offering, with proceeds benefiting an ESL class they support at their church. Carry out meals are $12. If you have any questions, please contact Joy Bauserman 540-459-9527. Blessings, Melissa