St. Mary of the Hills
Episcopal Church

September 23, 2021
- This Sunday -
Join us In Person or Online
As COVID-19 cases increase in our community,
please wear a mask at all times while inside the Church.
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 26, 2021

Holy Eucharist
at
8:00AM and 10:10AM

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Latest News from St. Mary of the Hills

A Welcome to the Rev'd Anna Shine - This Sunday morning we welcome the Rev'd Anna Shine to St. Mary of the Hills, preaching at both the 8:00 and 10:10 Eucharists. 
The Rev'd Shine serves as the Campus Minister at the Presbyterian/Episcopal Campus Ministry at Appalachian State University as well as the Diocesan Missioner for Creation Care and Social Justice. Welcome, Anna!

The Feast of St Michael and All Angels
The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels will be observed during our regular Wednesday Eucharist at 12:00PM on September 29th. Join us!





Tabletalk: Faith and Food

Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30PM
via Zoom

New Formation Offering beginning Wednesday, September 29!

Four weeks of classes, offered via Zoom, will look at some of our associations with food and with faith. At our first gathering we will bring a recipe, a kitchen tool, a movie or short story reference by which we will introduce ourselves to each other. The second week we will look at the book of Esther and the pivotal meal in her story. Then on week three we will watch the woman with the alabaster jar interrupt a dinner party. The fourth and final week will look at the meal of Jesus and his disciples which has shaped our worship. Woven throughout will be our own stories and the echoes of other table times with Jesus and the people of God. his four-week session is led by the Rev’d Dr. Linda Privitera, an artist, a teacher, a writer, a free-range chicken priest who frequently offers classes and retreats in the US and Canada. Contact office@stmaryofthehills.org to register.
2021 Tour of Homes Grants Letter from Loy McGill
This year’s virtual Tour of Homes and on-line Auction received over $64,000 to fund grant requests from 24 area non-profit agencies. All agencies participating in the Tour grant process received support; the total amount requested from all organizations was $103,200. Available funds were applied equitably over these groups based on demonstrated need with an emphasis placed on initiatives committed to supporting individuals and families in the health and human services sectors.

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Bread of Life Program 
25 years ago, St Mary’s started the Bread of Life Program with one team serving one dinner a month to Hospitality House. Hospitality House is the homeless shelter serving a seven country area of the High Country which includes Watauga County. Approximately 20 to 30 meals were served. In 2021 over 6,000 meals will be prepared by 5 teams. During the Covid pandemic, the Bread of Life teams have continued to serve the community by dropping off meals or purchasing meals from Farm Café’. The need continues to grow and more volunteers are needed to join a team. It is one day a month; a small time commitment that serves so many. It is truly an act of love. Please contact me 828-355-9751, and I will put you in contact with a team leader.

Sue Wilders, Chair Bread of Life

Matthew 25:40
Responding to Natural Disaster
Our nation is experiencing multiple natural disasters, from fires on the West Coast to hurricanes in the Southeast to the pandemic that is ravaging communities from shore to shore. Wondering how you can help? Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) is the compassionate response of The Episcopal Church to human suffering in the world. Learn more about efforts to respond to these crises and find out how you can support and participate in important work being done by Episcopalians at www.episcopalrelief.org

Would You Like to be a Lector/Intercessor at St. Mary’s?

A vital part of our worship services at St. Mary’s is reading the lessons and leading the prayers of the people. If you would like to be part of this, contact Chip Myers (10:10 service) at chipmyers@bellsouth.net or cell: 828-434-0038.
Save the Date

Blessing of the Animals

October 3, 2021
2:00PM

The Annual Blessing of the Animals will be held on Sunday, October 3rd, at 2:00PM on the Front Lawn. This year, the service is a partnership between St. Mary's and our neighbors at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church. All creatures, great and small, are
welcome.  
Rector's Forum and Lemonade on the Lawn

As we respond to the increase in COVID-19 cases throughout our community by seeking to limit large gatherings outside of public worship, the Rector’s Forum and Lemonade on the Lawn are suspended until further notice.  

Daily Morning Prayer
(In-Person and Online)

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

Morning Prayer is offered at 7:30AM via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Owene Courtney (owene_courtney@yahoo.com) for more information and for Zoom log-in information. 

Online Giving to St. Mary of the Hills

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