Weekly Epistle - DeceSSSSmber 24, 2019



  • Exodus 24: 12-18
  • Psalm 99
  • Second Peter 1: 16-21                     
  • Matthew 17: 1-9


Rector’s Forum

As we prepare to kick-off Godly Play for our children in the week ahead, join Fr. Andrew in the Barrett Room to hear the story of the Transfiguration, from this morning’s Gospel lesson.  All are welcome to join, beginning at 9:00AM.    

During the season of Lent, from March 1-March 29, there will be a discussion on “Signs of

Life:  Why Church Matters”.  Please join us.


Godly Play – Coming Soon!

Next Sunday, March 1, Godly Play returns to St. Mary of the Hills during the 9:00 Christian Formation hour.  All children in the parish are invited to attend (children under age 3 must be accompanied by a parent).  Join us!


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

The Men’s Breakfast group will be offering a Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 25, beginning at 5:30PM in the Parish Hall.  Feel free to bring something to share, or simply come and enjoy a time of food and fun in community.  All are welcome!


Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, February 26

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of our Lenten journey toward the resurrection joy of Easter.  Three opportunities to gather for worship and receive the imposition of ashes will be offered on Wednesday, February 26th -

                7:30 AM – Liturgy of the Day and Imposition of Ashes

                12:00PM – Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

                5:30PM – Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes.


Parish Brunch

Join us for a Parish Brunch, sponsored by our Outreach Committee, on Sunday, March 1st, following the 10:10 Eucharist. Allison Jennings from Watauga Habitat for Humanity will join us to share more about their work in our community. The Outreach Committee will provide main dishes; sign-up to bring a side in the Parish Hall or Foyer.


Wednesday evenings in lent (March 4-April 1)

Please join in the Lenten book study of Rowan Williams’s book titled Being Disciples:  Essentials of the Christian Life.  The evenings will begin at 5:00 PM with Evening Prayer followed by a simple soup supper and then at 6:00 PM, a conversation circle on the book.  All are welcome.

Copies of the book are available from the parish office for a suggested donation of $5.00, or you can order a copy online.


Save the Date – CPR Training

St. Mary’s will host a CPR training for any interested parishioners on Saturday morning, March 21, from 9:30 until 11:00, in the Parish Hall.  The training is offered by the Blowing Rock Fire Department at no cost. 



Parish Office Hours:  Monday-Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm; Friday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Sunday, February 23rd -The Last Sunday after the Epiphany                            

  8:00 AM Holy Eucharist                                  

  9:00 AM Rector’s Forum                                                                           

10:10 AM Holy Eucharist (with incense)


Monday, February 24th                                                      

 8:30 AM Morning Prayer and Daily Word             

 6:30 PM AA Meeting-Parish Hall                        


Tuesday, February 25th -Shrove Tuesday

  8:30 AM Morning Prayer and Daily Word                 

10:00 AM Prayer Shawl Group gathering                                       

                  (weather permitting)

  5:30 PM Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper-Parish Hall


Wednesday, February 26th -Ash Wednesday

   7:30 AM Imposition of Ashes

  8:30 AM Morning Prayer and Daily Word

12:00 PM Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

  5:30 PM Holy Eucharist with Hymns and Imposition of Ashes

  6:30 PM AA Meeting-Parish Hall


Thursday, February 27th

  7:30 AM Holy Eucharist and Men’s Breakfast

  8:30 AM Morning Prayer and Daily Word

  6:30 PM AA Meeting-Parish Hall


Friday, February 28th

  8:30  AM Morning Prayer

 11:30 AM Reconciliation-St. Mary Room

 12:00 PM Stations of the Cross


Sunday, March 1st-The First Sunday in Lent

  8:00 AM Holy Eucharist

  9:00 AM Rector’s Forum

  9:00 AM Godly Play

10:10 AM Holy Eucharist

11:30 AM Parish Brunch sponsored by the Outreach Committee-Parish Hall