St. Mary of the Hills
Episcopal Church

July 8, 2021

Latest News from St. Mary of the Hills

10:10 Holy Eucharist Returns

Holy Eucharist will once again be offered at 8:00AM and 10:10AM each Sunday morning.  A Rector's Forum will begin at 9:00AM in the Parish Hall and a ‘Lemonade on the Lawn’ gathering time is offered outside following the 10:10 Eucharist (weather permitting).
Rector's Forum

The prophet Amos is perhaps most well known for his often-repeated statement, "But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. (5.24)" In this week's Hebrew Bible lesson, however, we hear from another of his prophetic visions and learn a bit more about the prophet himself. Join us on Sunday morning at 9:00AM in the Parish Hall for a conversation about the prophet Amos and how his ancient words speak to our lives. 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.
 Burial Office for Graeme Justice
St. Mary’s parishioner Graeme Justice died on May 20, 2021.  A Burial Office will be offered on Saturday, July 17th, at 11:00AM, with interment to follow in the Mary Garden.

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
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. 
Tour of Homes 2021
A direct and Virtual Tour of Homes and Online Auction Live 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!

Daily Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer is once again being offered each weekday, Monday-Friday, at 8:30AM in the Church. Masks and distancing continue to be required. All are welcome!
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.

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A Place to Call Home

As Christians, we are being called to become Beloved Community which includes making sure all “God’s children have good, safe, and dignified places to live and thrive.” (Bishop of Episcopal Diocese NC).

If you are reading this article, you probably have a solid roof over your head, but for many in our county, this is not the case....

To learn more about affordable housing and efforts to expand it in our community, click below to read a piece from Lynn Coulthard.

This Sunday - Join us In Person or Online

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The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
July 11, 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
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. ...