St. Mary of the Hills
Episcopal Church

May 8, 2021

An Update on Re-Gathering

Peace be with you.  As we move into a new season of this pandemic, including an increased number of vaccinations within and around our community, Bishop McLoughlin has shared new guidance for in-person worship in the Diocese of Western North Carolina. 
In the coming weeks, we will adapt to these new guidelines at St. Mary of the Hills...  

Latest News from St. Mary of the Hills

Parish Gardens Clean-Up Day

It is not too late to sign up!

Our Parish Gardens Clean-Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 8th from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.  Register to join us for either the morning or the afternoon shift.  

We will clean out the beds around the church and spread mulch.  Please wear your work clothes and bring gloves.  Wheelbarrows and rakes are also needed.  Masks and social distancing are required at all times.

Holy Eucharist on Ascension Day

Thursday, May 13, is the Feast of the Ascension, forty days after the celebration of Easter. A service of Holy Eucharist will be offered at 5:30PM in the Church, and livestreamed online. 

No registration is necessary. Masks and distancing continue to be required. Join us in marking this great festival day.
Bishop's Visit and Confirmation/Reception

Bishop McLoughlin will make his visitation to St. Mary of the Hills on Sunday, June 6th. If you are interested in being Confirmed or Received into the Episcopal Church, please contact Fr. Andrew (
Daily Morning Prayer Returns

Morning Prayer is once again being offered each weekday, Monday-Friday, at 8:30AM in the Church. 

No registration is necessary. Masks and distancing continue to be required. All are welcome!
In-Person Worship

Registration to attend in-person is available
for both 8:00AM and 11:00AM

Holy Eucharist will be offered on Wednesdays at 12:00PM, in addition to 8:00AM (without music) and 11:00AM (with music, live-streamed), each Sunday.  Links will be available on our parish website using the button below.  Masks, social distancing, and pre-registration are required and the Church will receive a thorough cleaning between services.
Altar Guild Volunteers

The Altar Guild continues to welcome new members, in a ministry of hospitality and preparation for worship each week. If you are interested in learning more or volunteering (summer, winter or full-time), please contact Sue Sweeting - or 828-406-9376. All are welcome to join in this ministry!
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.

Sorrow in our Parish

+ Carolyn Haines Tessien, mother of Bill Tessien, died Saturday, May 1st in Rome, New York. A funeral service was held earlier today and an obituary may be accessed online - HERE. We pray for Bill and Cynthia, and for the extended Tessien family.

As we become aware of births and deaths in the life of our parish community, this will be a space to share those announcements, as we have permission, so that we can pray for and support one another amidst all life's seasons. 
Please contact Fr. Andrew to share announcements of joy or sorrow with the parish.

This Sunday - Join us Online

Click the image above to view Sunday's bulletin.

The Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 9, 2021

Holy Eucharist
Livestream 11:00AM

Sunday Coffee Minute

Join us at 10:00AM each Sunday morning for a Coffee Minute via 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'.
A Story from Godly Play

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