Posted  August 9,  2017 




The Vestry and Retirement/Farewell Committee invite you to attend a special celebration on August 20, 2017 when the community of St. Mary’s will celebrate the 22-year ministry of Fr. Rick as rector of our church. At the combined Sunday worship service at 10:10 am, the entire congregation and friends will have an opportunity to come together in a worship service of joy and gratitude for Rick’s ministry. A luncheon will follow the service. During and after the luncheon you will be entertained by a special performance as song and verse recount Fr. Rick’s time with us at St. Mary’s. There will also be an opportunity for serious reflection. We look forward to seeing you at the retirement celebration on August 20th! Questions? Call Loy McGill at 828/295-8003 or Amanda White at 336/509-8095.

BISHOP’S VISIT:  We welcome for the first time Bishop José McLoughlin to our parish this Sunday, August 13th. He is here for both services and is confirming/receiving several people at the 10:10 am service. He will also meet with the Adult Education class between the two services. We will welcome him with a reception following the 10:10 am service. 


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CONFIRMANDS AND THOSE BEING RECEIVED:  Bishop McLoughlin is confirming Abbie Anderson, Lula Bovino, Kirra Bush, Ben White, Kitty Lumpkin, and Andy Sicard. Charles Anderson, Phillip and Angela Weaver, and George Van Nuys are being received this Sunday, August 13th at the 10:10 am service.


DIOCESAN PICNIC:  August 19, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Valle Crucis Conference Center. The diocese will provide hot dogs and lemonade.  Each parish can bring dishes to share.  There will be opportunities to play or hike.


GOOD NEWS KIDS/SUMMER PROGRAM: On Sundays, we have a program for children of all ages during the 10:10 Eucharist.  After the Gospel, the crucifer will lead the children out for their own liturgy of the Word.  Two or three adults will then lead the children in an experiential way of hearing that Sunday’s Gospel.  The children will rejoin their parents at the peace for communion.  GoodNewsKids/Summer Fun will continue until school resumes.


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.




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

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

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

Saturday 19 August, 4:00 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)


Propers for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 56:1,6-8
Psalm 67
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28