Posted  October 19,  2017 




*Oct. 21st at 4 PM: piano concert by Fidel Leal in the sanctuary

*Oct. 31st at 5 PM: All Hallows Eve Service of Light followed by a chili supper

    in the parish hall hosted by Men’s Breakfast.  Costumes welcome!

*Nov. 5th at 5 PM: At St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Winston-Salem, NC-the St.

   Mary's choir will join the St. Paul's choir to perform Faure's Requiem in D

   minor. For $20 there are limited seats on the bus transporting the choir for

   those who don't wish to drive

*Dec.1 and 2 at 6:30 PM and on Dec. 3 at 1:00 PM, the choir will

   be performing "The Revels of Winter" at its Madrigal Feast.  Gideon Ridge

   Inn will be preparing a 4 course dinner.  The cost is $100 per ticket, of

   which $50 is tax deductible. Tickets may be purchased in the church office. 



The Rev. Dr. Barney Hawkins, husband of our Interim Rector, will be leading a pilgrimage to Israel January 18-28, 2018, with a two-day optional extension to visit Petra in Jordan.  Mother Linda hopes to be able to go as part of the leadership.  The pilgrimage includes four nights in the Galilee with visits in Nazareth, Sepphoris, Magdala, and sites along the Sea of Galilee.   By way of Jericho, the group will journey to Jerusalem for six nights at the American Colony Hotel.  The days in Jerusalem will include time in the Old City and the Temple Mount, prayers while walking the Via Dolorosa and standing at the Western Wall, visits to the Israel and Rockefeller Museums, and experiencing the memories conveyed by Yad Vashem. Bethlehem, Masada, and the Dead Sea are included as well. 

If interested in taking part, contact the Rector or email for more details and specific itinerary.  Currently there are a few more spaces available.

SEASONAL MEMBERS CONTACT UPDATES:   Please get Greta Wilson in the church office your updated contact information before leaving for the winter if you wish to receive emails and mailings from the church. 

HIGH SCHOOL FALL CONFERENCE:   A great opportunity for high schoolers to get to know other youth from around our diocese in a fun and loving environment! The following link has more


This is a great event and i highly encourage any high schooler to go and bring back the love garnered there to their lives at home. I will be there Friday night, too! Begins Oct. 27th.

ECW invites you to our Nov. 7, first Tuesday, meeting at 6p.m. Program by Meggan Knight, founder of Who Needs a Change. Her topic is "All Children Deserve Clean Diapers". This organization is part of the Watauga County Children's Council. Realizing that there is a negative effect socially, emotionally and physically on the children and their families without a change, this program was founded. Please bring a package of diapers for a donation. Dinner: Please bring your favorite fall dish.  RSVP to your evite or

GOOD NEWS KIDSLeah 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. 

2ND THURSDAY BREAD OF LIFE TEAM FOR HOSPITALITY HOUSE MEALS: is in need of two year round volunteers.  We have a fixed menu and a schedule.  Please contact Lynn Coulthard at  Thanks!

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

HURRICANE HARVEY, IRMA, AND MARIA AND THE MEXICAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF: Let us pray for those struggling to recover and let us be mindful of the resources that will be needed over a long period of time.

Please consider donating funds to provide for basic needs:

Episcopal Relief and Development

American Red Cross



Saturday, October 21, 4 PM: Fidel Leal, pianist

ON SUNDAY, November 5, at 5 PM the choirs of St Mary of the Hills and Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Winston-Salem will combine to sing Gabriel Fauré's Requiem in D minor in its intended liturgical setting of a Requiem Mass. Due to the large number of singers (50+), the Mass will be sung at St Paul's. You are invited to join us in this offering of one of the most beautiful and universally loved choral pieces of all time.

                           Of course, you are encouraged to drive to Winston Salem for this service,

       but the choir is chartering a bus for this occasion, and 10 to 15 seats are

       available for non-choir members on a first-come, first-served basis. The

       cost for the round-trip bus ticket will be $20 per person. Please contact

       Chip Myers ( if you would like to reserve one or

       more seats on the bus.

MADRIGAL FEASTS: On Dec. 1st, 2nd, at 6:30 PM and at 1:00 PM on Dec.3rd, , the Choir will be performing the Madrigal Feasts and requests the pleasure of your company at the legendary musical and gastronomic treat, “The Revels of Winter”. With four courses of magnificent medieval-style food and drink provided by Gideon Ridge Inn, madrigals and carols sung by the costumed choir as they serve spirits and comestibles, and original (occasionally bawdy) entertainment written and performed by the Jester and Wench, the event promises to be one of general amusement and high revelry.  The entertainment is held in the glorious lobby of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM), on Main Street directly across from St. Mary of the Hills Church.  For information and reservations, please call Greta Wilson at the Parish Office at 828-295-7323.

Propers for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18
Psalm 1
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46