Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Reminder: Limited activities are now allowed on the outside grounds of ECA following CDC and Health Dept. guidelines. Read ECA guidelines HERE
Updated guidelines for Phase I (limited outside attendance) HERE
Vestry Volunteers and Nominations at Critical Status
We have not yet met our requirements for nominations to Vestry. We have one member who has volunteered and another individual who is considering serving. We now have 4 (FOUR) positions we need to fill. If you have ever thought about serving at ECA, now is the time! We need you. We have never been in this position before and COVID may have something to do with it. Vestry members are a VITAL role in the life of the parish and we can not operate without a functioning VESTRY. Please contact Fr. Paul email@example.com or Wanda Ziembinski firstname.lastname@example.org learn more about serving on Vestry. Stay tuned for details on the upcoming Annual Meeting.
Christian Formation to Resume January 24
Adult Christian Formation will resume via Zoom on 1/24 at 9:40am. The topic for the week is based on an article by Paul Bane, " "The Longest Journey You Will Make In Your Life Is From Your Head To Your Heart." Contact Ron Allen at email@example.com or contact Fr. Paul for Zoom meeting information. Current topics have been about how to adjust to the current COVID-19 climate as a faithful Christian in a divided community.
End of Year Pledge Statements are Available for Pick up or emailed: Help us Save on Mail Expenses Thank you to all who gave to ECA in 2020! End of year pledge statements are currently at the church for pick up, we can also email them to you. We are trying to save on the expense of mailing out $75 worth of mail. Feel free to contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org any questions.
Volunteers Needed to help REACH hand out gift cards Join us on January 15 from 10-2 at 6551 Commerce Parkway in Woodstock (click here to see flyer) to pass out gift cards to our community members in need. Please let Fr. Paul know if you wish to participate.
REACH to Meet this Month
Stay tuned for day and time for the January ECA REACH meeting.
View Agenda Here . All are welcome to get involved with inreach and outreach at ECA!
Sunday Morning Prayer This Week: Join Us!
Join us online this Sunday at 9:00am for Morning Prayer online via Facebook and at 10:30am for a Drive-in Morning Prayer with Communion. All are Welcome (see instructions for drive in parking below).
Drive-In Service Instructions when we Gather outside
While we are still not allowed to gather for large crowds for in person worship inside, providing opportunities for worship is still our top priority: Currently, we are offering a Drive -In Service to allow parishioners to stay in their warm vehicle for the service. See parking diagram to the right (please park straight and not diagonal). Notice the parking pattern to allow every car the opportunity to see directly in front of them. Join Us! All in-person activity and group meetings at ECA must still go through Fr. Paul to ensure contact tracing accountability measures. Here is the latest information we have. Click on the links below to review:
· Gathering Guidelines for Phase I limited outside Sunday Service as of 9/10: Click Here
· Latest bishop's directive as of August 19, 2020. Please click on the link HERE
Altar Flowers: Dates Available!
ECA is still taking dedications and donations for Altar Flowers during this time of quarantine and social distancing. Now that services may be streamed from the church again, Altar Guild will continue their ministry of preparing the altar for services. This includes flowers. Thank you for supporting this ministry. Please email your dedication (complete with wording in thanksgiving for/in memory of) to email@example.com
Volunteers being Sought for Sunday Service including Readers! We need YOU! If you are interested with helping during the service, please contact Fr. Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are several minor tasks we need help with in order to make sure we are able to live stream and record for parish members. I look forward to hearing from those who may be interested. Volunteers are especially needed to read the Sunday lessons.
Do you need Prayer, Counseling or Confidential Assistance?
Fr. Paul is making his Pastoral Rounds virtually via telephone calls and online check-ins. If you are in need of counseling, prayer, simple virtual visi or confidential assistance, please contact Fr. Paul directly at email@example.com or call him at 770-490-7234. You may also contact the ECA Senior Warden, Wanda Ziembinski at firstname.lastname@example.org. Part of what makes ECA so special is the community and support we offer to one another!