Weekly Epistle - July 18, 2019 



THE GALA!  What a night to remember! The Gala netted over $32,000!!!! Thank you to Radie and Ron Armstrong, the tour co-chairs; Suzanne Miller, Radie Armstrong, and Judy Gloster, chairs of the Gala; Patti Turner, chair and Suzanne Miller, co-chair of the silent and live auctions; Nell Kline, flower designer; Jenny Miller, auctioneer; and so many more volunteers, helpers, and those who donated items. 


I believe that prayer transforms us in a way that nothing else can, drawing us into deeper relationship with our creator and with one another. In the coming days, I hope you will notice a new addition to the cycles of prayer listed in our Sunday bulletin.  I am calling this our “Parish Prayer Cycle.”

Beginning on Sunday, July 7th, we will pray for one individual/family/household from our community each day, continuing alphabetically through the directory until we have prayed for the entire parish and, then, beginning again.  On the day that you are listed, know that you will intentionally be in my prayers, as well as in the prayers of many others from the congregation. 

My hope is that this will be a means of deepening and broadening our life of prayer and community, in all life’s seasons and circumstances. 

I remain, humbly, your priest,


7/21 Leslie Billingsley and Mitch Mitchell

7/22 Natalie Bovino

7/23 Chase Branham

7/24 Nioucha Branstrom and Isabelle and Sabastien Branstrom

7/25 David Brendle

7/26 Jim Brooks

7/27 Robert and Alva Browning



BAGS OF HOPE: For the month of July, we will be collecting school supplies instead of food.  Please help with the Back Pack Bags of Hope.  Please grab a list of school supplies and/or a backpack which are located in the foyer. You may either bring the supplies to the church or fill up the backpack with the supplies and bring it back to the church.  The supplies and backpacks will be collected and delivered to WHS on the first Sunday in August and will be distributed to children in need from the high school. THANK YOU! 





Four unique and beautiful homes are showcased on the Tour this year.  The tickets are available at church or online. You can buy tickets at the Chamber of Commerce as well three days before the Tour. They are $30 until the day of the Tour when the price goes up to $35.  The homes are:

The Steven Price Mid century Modern Home on Celestial Drive.  Decorated in modern and industrial theme with an artist’s art collection, it is a special treat for the eye.

The Molly Northern 200 year old cabin is fresh and updated against an historical but well preserved good ole days dwelling.

The Manor Condominium in Mayview, with its fabulous views brings comments like, “Wow, and more Wow”, “Lucky owners, this is so great”.

The Rice Home, on Main, is terraced, remodeled, and has views every one comes to Blowing Rock to enjoy. 

Many thanks to our homeowners!  They make the Tour of Homes and the charities it supports the treasure of Blowing Rock summer.



Timeless Treasure Sale:  Thank you to all who have donated your treasures.  We have many great items and cannot handle anymore. 

Friday morning, early (like 7:00) volunteers are needed to move goods from the church to the tables under the tent outside. Sales people are needed for the day. Two of our bookkeepers will be working in the Timeless Treasure tent for the day. Contact Patty Patella (828)719-8409 Gale Buchanan (828)265-6791.


Notorious Bakers and Friends:

Needed:   Cakes, cookies, brownies, pies, cheese straws, jellies--your specialties.  Please deliver to Parish Hall Thursday, July 25th, 8:30 AM--on a nonreturnable plate  or cardboard round wrapped in clear wrap or in a nonreturnable container.  We will add a pretty bow!  

Needed:  Many hands Thursday, July 25th, 8:30 AM to add those bows and get the goodies ready for the sale July 26th.

Questions:  Contact Carolyn Crutcher or Suzanne Miller


Wall of Wine: Wall of Wine:  We need your donations! NOW is good!    Please bring bottles of wine to the church.  This auction makes a tidy profit for Outreach, so all you wine aficionados, please NOW is the time to donate!  We need 80!


Café: Four prep cooks will be needed on Thursday. Five servers are requested for Friday. Clean up folks will be needed to clear, scrape and wash dishes. Contact Susan Schilson or Loy McGill


Clean Up Team: four volunteers with strong backs are needed to pack up tables and tents on Saturday, July 27. Contact: Jim West or Greg Rhoads


Zero Waste Wannabe Racoons: To help recycle and create zero waste, contact Lynn Coulthard at


Transportation: Greeters and Drivers needed. See Gary Gloster or Chip Myers

Thank you, church members and friends! We need one and all to get involved in this fundraiser. If you are thinking about joining in, please do. We welcome you. Call the contact people above from the church directory (available in the hallway next to the

elevator) or call Greta Wilson at 828-295-7323. Call Ron or Radie Armstrong if you have questions. (828-295-7179).



We are thrilled to announce the line-ups for both the 2019 Summer Concert Series and Choral Evensong/Organ recitals. Sponsored by the St. Mary’s Friends of Music, the Summer Concerts feature artists from around northwest North Carolina and range from classical musicians to traditional local music.  All concerts will be on Sunday afternoons at 3 pm, either in the church nave or (weather-permitting) on the front lawn of the church, where you are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the music!

This Sunday: Dr. Adam Booker and Sally Booker bring their considerable talents to the Summer Concert Series at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock this Sunday, July 21st at 3 pm. The Bookers have chosen a varied program for double bass and piano, ranging from well-known compositions by Serge Koussevitsky (Humoresque and Chanson Triste) and Ernst Bloch’s hauntingly beautiful Prayer, to more recent compositions by Andres Martin, Michal Bylina, and Adam Booker himself.

August 17 – Annual KenFest Concert, the St. Mary of the Hills Choir (time is 5:30 pm)
August 25 - Odd and Even, folk trio
September 22 - Ellie Wee and Barry Salwer, cello and piano
October 27 - ASU Men’s Glee Club

St. Mary’s has also announced the dates of this season's organ recitals and choral evensong:
September 8
October 6

All programs are free and everyone is welcome! For more information, please contact the church at (828) 295-7323 or visit MusicfromStMaryoftheHills on Facebook.



*July 21 Music concert by Adam and Sally Booker, double bass and piano concert

*July 26-Tour of Homes

*August 17 at 5:30 pm-KenFest Concert by St. Mary’s Choir

*August 25 at 3:00 pm-Odd and Even,  a folk trio concert

*September 8 at 3:00 pm-Organ recital and Solemn Choral Evensong

*September 22 at 3:00 pm-Ellie Wee and Barry Salwer, cello and piano concert



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


Sunday,  July 21-The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

8:00   AM   Holy Eucharist

10:10 AM   Holy Eucharist

3:00   PM-Concert by Adam and Sally Booker, double bass and piano           

Monday, July 22

8:30   AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

6:30   PM    AA meeting-Parish Hall

Tuesday,  July 23

8:30   AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

10:10 AM   Prayer Shawl gathering-Library

Wednesday, July 24

8:30   AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

12:00  PM   Noon Eucharist

12:30  PM   Chinese Art Class with Sue Wilders-Barrett Room or Parish Hall

5:30    PM   Grief Support Group-Library

6:30    PM   AA meeting-Parish Hall

Thursday, July 25

7:30  AM   Holy Eucharist and Men’s Breakfast

8:30  AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

Friday, July 26

All day-Tour of Homes

Saturday, July 27

Church and office closed

Sunday,  July 28-The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

8:00   AM   Holy Eucharist

10:10 AM   Holy Eucharist