St. Mary of the Hills
Episcopal Church

July 15, 2021

Latest News from St. Mary of the Hills

Rector's Forum

Psalm 23 is among the most well-known and readily-quoted portions in all of scripture. Join us this morning for a deeper exploration of this familiar text through music, visual art, and conversation. The Rector's Forum begins at 9:00AM in the Parish Hall. All are welcome!  
Lemonade on the Lawn

Join us for conversation and refreshments on the Front Lawn (weather permitting) following the 10:10AM Eucharist.  If you are interested in hosting one Sunday, please sign-up n the Sign-up Sheet, contact the church office or contact Faith Jones at (904)377-5952.
Daughters of the King

Daughters of the King - The St. Mary of the Hills Daughters of the King chapter meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 9am in the St. Mary’s Room (Second Floor, above the Parish Hall). Daughters of the King is an order of women dedicated to prayer, service and evangelism. For more information about DOK, please contact Michelle Curry at
Nominations for Vestry

Nominations are now being received for four open seats on our Vestry (three year-round residents, one seasonal resident); these terms will run from January 1, 2022 until December 31, 2024. Nomination forms, including eligibility information, are available in the parish office and online at
Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

Thursday, July 22, is the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. We will observe this festival day with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 12:00PM (note that this is a different time than previously published). All are welcome!

Backpack Program for
Community School Children

During the month of July, we are asking parishioners to donate a backpack filled with school materials such as notebook paper, pencils, crayons, notebooks, folders etc. You may drop off your backpack at the church, and it will be picked up and delivered to local schools. Thank you so much for your support. 

Daily Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer is once again being offered each weekday, Monday-Friday, at 8:30AM in the Church. All are welcome!
Burial Office for Graeme Justice

The Burial Office for Graeme Justice, long-time parishioner of St. Mary of the Hills will be held on Saturday, July 17, at 11:00 am. A time to gather with the family will follow in the Close.
Let's Have a Party!
Join us for a PREVIEW PARTY to launch the 2021 Virtual Tour of Homes!
Thursday, July 22
5:30 pm
Parish Hall 
Wine and Hors d’oeuvres  

Reunite with friends and preview the Tour of Homes Video on our big screen TV
Produced by Premier Images Group, the video of four gorgeous homes is guaranteed to blow you away!  
RSVP by email only if you are coming to Parish Administrator, Greta Wilson, in the church office (

Tour of Homes 2021
A direct and Virtual Tour of Homes and Online Auction Live on July 23, 2021
July 23rd, the 2021 Virtual Tour of Homes, and an Online Auction will be launched! The online auction will have items including jewelry, fine dining, events, rentals, and art that you’ll learn more about in a later article. This year’s virtual tour highlights four homes. To read about of these unique properties, click the button below. Next week, we will give you a preview of the Silent Auction!

Tour of Homes
Food for the Soul

The Tour of Homes Café is a welcome lunchtime spot for tour patrons. Chicken salad is the favored entrée; over 175 are served every year! For folks eager to mix their own take on St. Mary’s Tour Chicken Salad, here is our recipe modified for home use. Just as you season food, please remember to add a little something extra to your tour donation so that organizations in the High Country can help those in need.
Tour of Homes – Chicken Salad
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 10
3 cups rough-chopped and chilled, cooked white chicken meat 
1 cup diced celery (about 4 ribs)
1 cup cranberries
3 chopped hard boiled eggs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 
2 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon Herbs de Provence
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Durkees Sauce
1 ½ cup mayonnaise  
Directions: Mix all together and stir well. Serve on a bed of lettuce. Garnish with fresh vegetables and fruit. Serve with Southern ham biscuits and cucumber sandwiches.

This Sunday - Join us In Person or Online

Click the image above to view Sunday's bulletin.

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 18, 2021

Holy Eucharist
8:00AM and 10:10AM

Livestream 10:10AM

Online Giving to St. Mary of the Hills

Thank you for your continued generous support of St. Mary of the Hills!

Even as we practice social distancing and refrain from gathering for the health and safety of one another, the mission and ministry of the Church is ongoing - Worship, Christian Formation, and Outreach to our community continue in this season.

Please continue to remember us with your generous financial support.
Gifts can also be received via mail at P.O. Box 14 Blowing Rock, NC 28605.

Joe Raulerson, Financial Secretary, can speak with you about setting up recurring payments to fulfill your pledge. You may reach him via e-mail at
Flower Offering Opportunities

Is there an important person or a significant event happening in your life? Is there an upcoming birthday or anniversary you would like to honor? Sponsoring the flowers placed at the altar each week is a great way to offer thanks for life’s many gifts. Many dates are available for 2021. Please contact Greta Wilson, Parish Administrator, for more information and available dates.

A Word about Gathering Together
from Fr. Andrew

Dear Friends in Christ,
For nearly a year and half, we have lived amid ever-changing restrictions and guidelines governing our common life as a congregation.  Through it all, I have been inspired as your priest at the ways in which you have extended grace to one another in the face of uncertainty and anxiety.  As conditions change, so may our need for increased restrictions in the future.
Today I write to you with another development in the way that we gather – in accordance with CDC guidance, current restrictions in the State of North Carolina, and the latest guidelines from the Diocese of Western North Carolina, masks will no longer be required at any event at St. Mary of the Hills for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, beginning, Sunday, July 4th. ...

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