St. Mary of the Hills
Episcopal Church

March 4, 2021

Words to Ponder...

I lift up my eyes to the hills;
from where is my help to come? 

My help comes from the LORD,
the maker of heaven and earth.
 
- Psalm 121



Latest News from St. Mary of the Hills


In-Person Worship Resumes
Sunday, March 7

Pre-Registation is Full

Holy Eucharist will be offered at 8:00AM (without music) and 11:00AM (with music, and will also be live-streamed), beginning Sunday, March 7th. Masks, social distancing, and pre-registration are required for attendance and the Church will receive a thorough cleaning between the services. 

  • Read more from Fr. Andrew – HERE
  • Registration for Sunday services will open on Monday; registration for Wednesday services will open on the previous Thursday. All registration will be available via Eventbrite. Links will be available on our parish website – HERE.
  • Opportunities to serve, either as an Acolyte/Lector or a Greeter/Usher, are available. Learn more and sign-up – HERE
Stations of the Cross

Virginia Theological Seminary is pleased to offer a video version of The Way of the Cross and a reflection guide. Through scripture, art, and music, the video invites us to walk with Christians of every generation on a virtual pilgrimage, meditating on our Lord’s passion and death. Many people choose to make the Way of the Cross a part of their devotions during the season of Lent and the Stations are especially appropriate to be prayed on Fridays. The video is available to be prayed at any time and can be accessed by click on the image above. 
Psalms: Hebrew Expressions of Faith & Hope
 
Fr. Sam Tallman is offering a Zoom discussion group engaging four familiar Psalms interpreted through the Jewish tradition. There is great power to be found in the ancient Jewish witness of faith for this COVID-time, for our Lenten journey, and for discerning a “new normal” to emerge out of this pandemic. The four sessions will be on Mondays, 3:30-4:45, beginning Monday, February 22. Please register with Greta Wilson at office@stmaryofthehills.org or Fr. Sam at sam@stmaryofthehills.org 
Lenten Reading 2021

It's not too late to join! Throughout the season of Lent, Fr. Andrew will be offering reflections and leading discussion on the book, Beautiful and Terrible Things: A Christian Struggle with Suffering, Grief and Hope. Written by the Reverend Christian Brady, Ph.D., an Episcopal priest and biblical scholar whose research has focused on the Old Testament book of Lamentations, the book is a personal, biblical, and theological struggle with the reality of suffering, pain, and loss. The book is also available online from a variety of booksellers. The groups will meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:00-1:00pm. Contact Fr. Andrew via e-mail (rector@stmaryofthehills.org) for more information and to register.
Altar Guild Opportunity

Participation on the Altar Guild is a beautiful, quiet and behind -the-scenes ministry which serves our parish in a vital way. Members prepare the altar prior to each service which includes the 8am and 11:00am services on Sundays and at 12:00 noon on Wednesdays, as well as any other special services, such as weddings and funerals. To learn more or volunteer, please contact Sue Sweeting at: sweetingsue75@yahoo.com
St. Mary of the Hills
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This Sunday - Join us Online

Click the image above to view Sunday's bulletin.

The Third Sunday in Lent
March 7, 2021

Holy Eucharist
Livestream 11:00AM

Sunday Coffee Minute

NEW TIME!

Join us at 10:00AM for an online Coffee Minute on Zoom. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and cultivate new relationships. All are welcome! Use the button below to connect. The password is 'coffee'.
Rector's Forum

We continue a Lenten series entitled, “A Spring in the Desert,” based upon the book by Bishop Frank and Victoria Logue. Join us this morning as we consider sacred stories, ancient teachings, and images of creation from the desert. All are welcome! We gather at 9:00AM via Zoom each Sunday morning – Click HERE to join the meeting (password: forum).
Church Open for Prayer

The Church will be open for individual, private prayer during regular office hours
(9-5 Monday-Thursday, 9-12 Friday). If a service is scheduled during the week, the Church will close one hour prior and remain closed for one hour following the service. Masks and social distancing are required at all times in the building and the front door will be the only entry available to access the Church.

The Parish Office remains open to parishioners and visitors, by appointment only. Please contact a member of the staff
via phone or e-mail before coming to the Church.  


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 financial@stmaryofthehills.org.

In a few short weeks, our worship space will be decorated with flowers to usher in the Easter season. For many, it is a tradition to make a gift toward flowers or to our music program in honor or memory of a loved one, to be acknowledged in the Easter bulletins. If you would like to do so, please complete the form below no later than March 28th. You may mail your donation to the church at PO Box 14, Blowing Rock, NC 28605 or use the link: HERE.