Posted  June 22,  2017 


MUSIC CONCERTThis Saturday, June 24th at 4 PM, Fidel Leal will performing a piano concert in the nave.  You do not want to miss this event!  It will be spectacular!

WATER PROJECT:  It's not too late to support the Water Project.  Let us help provide clean water to all people around the world.

MEN'S BREAKFAST:  meets Thursday, June 29th. Fr. will be sharing about his recent trip to South America.

INQUIRER’S CLASS – Sundays at 9 A.M. beginning July 9 – Childcare provided:  What does it mean to be an Episcopalian?  Fr. Sam will lead a five-session class exploring our Episcopal/Anglican heritage that is especially suited for those considering formalizing their relationship with St. Mary’s and the Episcopal Church.  Our Bishop, The Rev. José McLoughlin, will be making his first visitation to St. Mary’s on August 13, and he will be confirming and receiving new members into the Episcopal Church.  To attend the class, no commitment to membership is required, and the class is open to all who may want to refresh their appreciation of our Episcopal/Anglican heritage.

VESTRY NOMINATIONS:  If you would like to nominate someone to serve on the vestry beginning in January 2018, please complete a vestry nomination form and turn it into the office.  The forms are located on the usher stand in the foyer.  The deadline for nominations is Aug. 6th.  Mark your calendars for August 27th at 9:00 AM-this is when we will have our Annual Parish Meeting.

MILE OF FLOWERS EVENT:  On Friday, June 23rd from 9:00-4:00, the Blowing Rock Garden Club is hosting a garden tour of local churches and private homes, and St. Marys is on the tour.  Meet at 9 a.m. at the gazebo on Main Street, which will also serve as the information center. Walk-ins and anytime arrivals welcome. The afternoon tea will be offered from 2-4 p.m. in the newly renovated American Legion Building.  This event is a walking tour, although we will have the trolley for those needing a lift. The cost for the event is $35/per person. Mail your check to the Blowing Rock Garden Club, PO Box 2673, Blowing Rock, NC 28605. Be sure to write “2017 MOF” in the memo section of your check so that we know you are paying for this event.  For more information about reserving your spot or other aspects of the event, send an e-mail inquiry to

THANK YOU FROM ECW PRESIDENT: It is said "It takes a whole Parish to have a successful Welcome Back delicious, fun and enjoyed by all Picnic."  Congratulations to all members of St Mary Of the Hills you did it!!!

   The core 9 set the stage and you all kicked in for a great day!

          Thank you   Orian Carter and Suzanne Miller

 FLOWER ARRANGING WORKSHOP~Tuesday June 27~10:00 AM–2:00 PM: This is for ANYONE who wants to know more about flowers and who may want to be involved in the Flower Guild. This is the first of what we hope will be several flower related workshops throughout the year. The workshop will begin in the Parish Hall at 10:00 AM & will run no later than 2:00 PM. Kay McCloskey & Page Parsons will lead the event; topics will include the principals of floral arrangement–cutting, conditioning, foams; arrangement styles; elements, attributes & principals of design & how this knowledge can be easily applied to the creation of floral arrangements in our church on Sundays as well as for all occasions.

This workshop will be a casual, free-form one as everyone will be learning from one another; it will be a comfortable setting for those who want to learn more about flowers & some new skills to increase comfort & confidence in arranging & for those who want to brush up on their design adeptness, techniques & perhaps spark a dormant skill…

You are asked to bring a container or cache pot for your arrangement, clippers & your lunch.

Wear comfortable shoes & dress appropriately because it will get messy – an apron is a good idea!!

Flowers, oasis…etc. will be provided. 

We will provide beverages, chips & a sweet bite.

Please sign up for this event if you would like to attend so that we are sure to have enough supplies. 

A sign-up sheet is in the foyer or email Kay: or Page:

The deadline for signing up is Thursday, June 22.

 ECW JULY MEETING:  The entire congregation of St Mary of the Hillsis invited to the July 11 Tuesday E C W meeting.

             Father Sam will be presenting the program on his recent trip to Machu Picchu sharing his observations of the congruence between Christianity and the Inca's ancestral religious practice that pre dates Christianity And his visit to Galapagos, an eco-- preserve  protected from human habitation and impact. Remember Charles Darwin?

    R S V P a Must so we know how many tables to set.  Bringa Pot Luck Dish!

                 R SVP to your evite or


Recitals begin at 3.00 P.M and Evensong follows directly at 3.30 P.M.

Sunday 23 July: Organist, John Cummins (St Paul’s Church, Winston-Salem)

Sunday 17 September: Organist, Ben Outen (St Peter’s Church, Charlotte)

October TBA: Organist, John Alexander (1st Presbyterian Church, Greensboro)


Saturday 24 June, 4 P.M.: Fidel Leal, piano (ASU)
Saturday 29 July, 4 P.M.: Evan Adair, bass-baritone (ASU)
Saturday 19 August, 5.30 P.M.: KenFest concert (St Mary of the Hills Choir)

Saturday 26 August, 4 P.M.: Alicia Chapman, oboe & friends (ASU)
Saturday 30 September, 4 P.M.: Priscilla Porterfield, mezzo & friends (ASU)

BAGS OF HOPE: There are grocery bags in the foyer with a list of needed items stapled to each bag.  Please take one, fill it up and return it to the church.  Thank you for your continued generosity

PATRON PARTY AND TOUR OF HOMES:  Mark your calendar!  The 59th annual Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, July 28, 9:00-5:00.  The Patron Party will be on Thursday, July 13 at 6:00 at the Watson Gap Pavilion at the Blue Ridge Mountain Club.  We hope that everyone will participate in these fabulous events. Tickets are available on the church website:  For more information, contact Laura Page (828-414-9092) or Susie Greene (828-295-3217), tour co-chairs.

SILENT AUCTION:  will be at the Blue Ridge Mountain Club on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The Silent Auction Committee’s Goal is to raise $10,000. For this to happen, we need everyone’s help!! Our committee needs your offerings of Talent, your Time or your Sponsorship of a “Unique” experience. Some examples of a “Unique” experience are:

*arrange and donate a wine tasting for 8

*donate and finance flower arranging for a party

*offer your talent to teach a knitting class

*arrange and donate concert tickets with a meal

*host a children’s summertime party for 6

*offer your talent to teach a cake decorating class.

*offer to paint a rendering of someone's home.

*arrange and donate a spa day or a ski pass

*donate a lobster/crab feast.

*donate a Box Seat for a music event.

Any questions or gift offerings, contact Sue Sweeting at 828-406-9376 or email me .

"GREAT AMERICAN BAKE SALE":  We need donations of medium and wide ribbon in RED, WHITE AND BLUE for packaging our bake sale items. All donations of ribbon are greatly appreciated and allow more money to go to our charitable causes. The ribbon can be dropped off at the church and should be marked "TOH BAKE SALE".

 TIMELESS TREASURES/WALL OF WINE: The time for Timeless Treasure donations is here and storage space is available. Please bring items to the St. Luke’s Room, upstairs in the Parish Hall. See Greta for a key if you come by during the weekdays.  Donation forms are available in Greta’s office, the volunteer office, and upstairs in the St. Luke’s Room.  Additional signs will direct you upstairs.

It is also time to consider and select a nice bottle(s) of wine for our silent Auction for the Wall of Wine. Storage is preferred upstairs or in Greta’s office.

Any questions or assistance please contact Mary Galke (264-0892) or Mary Ellen Raulerson (295-0678).

ZERO WASTE:  On July 28th St. Mary’s will be a buzz tending to last minute details.  Like “Are the bathroom signs out and check the fridge for the lunch stuff”…The drivers will be roaring their engines and practicing their Welcomes and Watch your step…. The hostesses will be doing their thing at the houses.

The lunch bunch will be hustling aboutin the kitchen…The front lawn will be covered with tables laden with treasures…And good things to eat. 

Remember, presentation is the key!

The ticket table will be organized to handle anything that comes its way

The “footies” will be handed out…The loaders will make sure no toes are run over…And the unsung hero, Billy, will be the go to guy when something weird happens…

And in the back of the kitchen, out of sight to most everyone…

The raccoons will be at work sifting through the trash, scraping plates for composting, cruising the grounds and threatening to start a literacy class for folks who can’t read PLASTIC, ALUMINUM, PAPER, FOOD and TRASH.

This is not easy work, but it is fun, and it is necessary. We’re in the business of SAVING THE PLANET!

Want to join the raccoons?

We need folks from 9:00-lunch to set up recycling bins, etc., cruise the grounds, and do lunch detail.

We need folks from 3:00-6:00 to separate the “trash” from the houses and haul the recyclables to the container site at Aho.

Interested? Contact Lynn Coulthard at or (828)295-3106 or (828)964-6072.  Thanks.

Propers for the Third Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 20:7-13
Psalm 69: 8-11, (12-17), 18-20
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39