Posted: December 14, 2017  


ADULT FORMATION: The adult formation group at 9:00 on Sunday mornings is reading the book by our Presiding Bishop, Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus.  Copies are available in the church office for $18.  This readable and inspiring text by Michael B. Curry is recommended to all regardless of whether Sunday morning participation is possible. 

THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF ST. MARY OF THE HILLS will begin in the early part of 2018 with a kick-off pot luck lunch. The date of that first celebration will be announced soon, and we will want you to come with ideas for events and commemorative actions. If you would like to volunteer to serve on the centennial committee, see Bill Devereux, leave a message with the church office.

FOYERS!:  Christmas is so-o-o busy and you will want to relax a bit starting in January! Sign up now for WINTER FOYERS. The signup sheet is in the Foyer leading to the Sanctuary.

Questions, call Betsy Williams, 221-2338.

WHO NEEDS A CHANGE? OF THE HIGH COUNTRY: is a program of the Watauga County Children’s Council.  They made a presentation to ECW, and the ECW is taking them on as an outreach project.  Please pick up a package of baby diapers (preferably sizes 4 and 5) at the grocery when you are shopping and bring them to the church.  The need is ongoing throughout the year.  Our little ones depend on us.

NEWSLETTER ANYONE?  St. Mary’s has not published a newsletter in several years for lack of an editor.  A newsletter is a crucial opportunity to communicate with one another and those inquiring about the church.  Materials can be submitted electronically and then passed on to the church office. Others can take photos and write feature pieces, so the editing can happen anywhere. To explore this opportunity for ministry, please contact the Interim Rector. 

CALLING ALL ALTAR GUILD VOLUNTEERS: The Altar guild would love to have more women, men and couple members to help us do the behind the scene altar preparation. Two people work together one weekend to set up the altar for Sunday. The job is perfect for anyone who works outside of the home, because you pick your hours to help. As a retired person, you can enjoy preparing the altar, at your leisure. The work includes preparing the altar for communion on Sunday, setting up the credence table and restocking the votive candles at the prayer kneeler. We also clean the torches, shine the brass and the silver. During Holidays, we take turns or in some cases work as a group, to make the Eucharist special. We would love to have anyone who is interested, shadow one of the altar guild chairs. You will soon learn what a wonderful service to the Church, we perform. Email Eileen Orlowski at or Sue Sweeting at

OFFICE VOLUNTEERS: It is crucial to have someone in the office during weekday office hours. When staff is not available, a welcoming voice on the phone and a smiling face can be a great service to the ministries of St. Mary’s.  Contact Greta Wilson at or by phone at (828) 295-7323 to explore this opportunity for ministry.

GOOD NEWS KIDS:  Leah Wilson, our Youth Director, is leading our children’s program that takes place during the 10:10 AM service.  All children are invited to follow the cross out of the church during the sequence hymn.  They will meet with Leah and one other adult volunteer for a short Bible lesson and activity.  They will be brought back into the church during The Peace. 

BAGS OF HOPE: There are grocery bags in the foyer with a list of needed items stapled to each bag. These bags will be distributed on the 3rd Sunday of Dec. and picked up on the 4th Sunday of Dec. to be taken to Blowing Rock Cares.  Thank you for your continued generosity.



Christmas Eve Schedule

10:10 AM Advent IV Service with Holy Eucharist

  5:00 PM  Children’s Pageant and Holy Eucharist

10:00 PM  Choral Offering

10:30 PM Midnight Mass


Christmas Day Schedule

NO Morning Prayer

12:00 PM  Simple Eucharist with Hymns

For pastoral emergencies:  contact The Rev. Linda Wofford Hawkins at:
Office: (828) 295-7323      Cell: (703) 244-7037
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