Farnham & St. John's
Torrence's Message
It's Fall Back time!
don't forget to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night.
Shrine Mont II -“Mountain Highs”

If the key verb for me during my first October retreat time at Shrine Mont at clergy conference was “sleep,” the key word for my second retreat time this last week was “laugh.” And did we ever at the Tri-Diocese (Dioceses of Virginia, Southern Virginia and Southwest Virginia) annual “Fall Camp” there last week. Presenters for Fall Camp 2021 included Terry Hershey and Ed Kilbourne, a dynamic duo that have “presented” at retreats and conferences for various denominations and church groups all around the U. S. Both ordained clergy they have followed their calling to minister through speaking, preaching, writing and, as with Ed, his music. They played off each other like faith siblings who had grown up together and lived through it all. Family times and stories reflective of a Christian journey through scripture, old time and contemporary Christian music and theological reflection dealing with the ups and downs of life and how to live it more generously and joyously were all fair game. They both have wicked (oops “divine”) senses of humor.

In the huge third floor ballroom of the Shrine Mont Virginia house, more than one hundred twenty of us laughed, almost non-stop for our Monday afternoon through Thursday plenary sessions together. Even worship time was sprinkled with humor. I have always loved pictures of Jesus laughing and sensed that He may have joined in from time to time. I imagined God if as a singular image in the Trinity of Father, Son & Holy Spirit, not laughing, but at least smiling indulgently on all of us. And knew at the core of my spirit that the Holy Spirit, invisible but very Present, was in full approval and helping to channel delight every chance it got.

It was time to laugh – after almost two years of pandemic, suppressed social and communal activities and too much worry, anxiety, and unknowingness. It was time to laugh – that soul deep, belly bouncing, spirit exhilarating kind of laughter that can bring tears to one’s eyes along with delight. I imagined my endorphins dancing. I thought of Richard Rohr’s descriptions of the Trinity as “The Divine Dance.” I believe God knew just how much we all needed to be cracked open to joy and used this mountain “high” time after our long, long low pandemic time to offer what we needed to continue this journey we call life: some laughter to shine light and offer a “lightness of being” for a way forward.

Over and over during Fall Camp Terry emphasized and Ed reinforced a three point “learning” about life, our life with God and all Creation: To pay attention! To be astonished! To tell about it!

And so I am right here, right now with this reflection, because after this mountain "high" I feel so ALIVE again. Thanks be to God!

Speaking of dancing -

I got started exercising some endorphins at the wedding of nephew Carter Phillips and his bride Alisha in N. C. the weekend before Fall Camp at Shrine Mont. Here I am with grandson, Walsh Hinnant as we (according to one report) "tore up the dance floor." Fun!!!
November Services Announcement

Throughout the Fall N. Farnham & St. John's Church Sunday Services are continuing in person and inside, rotating between the churches followed by an online service. Masks & social distancing are required. No Coffee/Refreshment Hour. The Services are as follows:

  • Nov. 7 - 10 a.m. All Saint's Sunday Service at St. John's - 12:30 a.m. Zoom
  • Nov. 14 - 10 a.m. Morning Prayer at Farnham - 11:30 a.m. Zoom
  • Nov. 21 - 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist at St. John's - 11:30 a.m. Zoom
  • Nov. 28 - 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist at Farnham - 11:30 a.m. Zoom

The link to the November & December Zoom services is here:
and is on our web-page, farnhamwithstjohns.org.

The Meeting ID is: 834 4331 0471

Upcoming Services
Sunday, Nov. 7th  
Pentecost XIV

10 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist & Remembrance

St. John's
followed by 12:30 p.m. Zoom service
Sunday, Nov. 14th
Pentecost XXV

10 a.m. Service of Morning Prayer

N. Farnham
followed by 11:30 a.m. Zoom service
Sunday, Nov. 21st  
Last Sunday of Pentecost

10 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist

St. John's
followed by 11:30 a.m. Zoom service
Sunday, Nov. 28th  
1st Sunday of Advent


10 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist

N. Farnham
followed by 11:30 a.m. Zoom service
The Parish Prayer List
for those in need of God's comfort and healing:
Courtenay Altaffer
Ford Becker
Junius Berger
Martha Berger
Allison Boever
Sue Bowie
Sallie Cox
Julie Crews
Lynn Elliott
Constance Edwards
Bob File
David Gallagher
Carlton George
Dorothy Grove
Sandy Wade Hagan
The Rev. Howard Hanchey
Kelsey Heidenreich
Billy Hooper
Rebecca Hubert
Marcia Jenkins
Mark Jenkins
Mary Douglas Lawton
The Rt. Rev. Peter Lee
Susan Lewis
Frank Lynch
Tommy Neuman
Judi Newman
Matt & Melissa Porter
James Rynd
Debbie Belfield Stacks
Scott Strickler
Waldy Sulik
Billy Tennyson
Roclyn Tennyson
Elizabeth Valentine
Tyler Walker
John Welch, II
Nancy Wilson
Matthew Yates
Rose Mary Zellner
and the victims of COVID-19.
and for those serving in our armed forces:
Royce Baker
David Berger
Ryan Berger
Allen Crocker
Randy Crocker
Court Garretson
Cameron Heidenreich
Dan Heidenreich
Charles Jones
Daniel Kirk
Mark Lawton
Scott Longar
Luis Loya
Gavin Wade McClung
Christopher Strickler
We also pray for those who have died.
November Birthdays & Anniversaries
Nov. 7th - Becky & Ed Marks
Nov. 9th - Lynn Elliott
Nov. 10th - David & Vanelia Gallagher
Nov. 19th - Georges Saison
Nov. 28th - Bill Calvert
Nov. 30th- Mary & Waldy Sulik
Please send pictures and updates to the prayer list to parishchurchnews@gmail.com
link to or sign up to receive the meditation by e-mail.
The Episcopal Church
Welcomes You!

This Sunday at 10 a.m. we are having an in-person indoor service of Holy Eucharist at St. John's, Warsaw followed by a 12:30 p.m. Zoom service. A link to on-line service may be found here.
North Farnham Church
St. John's Church
Background photos used with permission from Blue Ridge Mountain Life, linked here. (If you have time for a look, they have great photos and list wonderful things to do in the Blue Ridge.)