Weekly Epistle - January 17, 2019 

THE EMPTY CHAIR: The Empty Chair, a peer support group for adults grieving the death of a sibling, is being offered at St. Mary of the Hills. Participants determine the flow and direction of each meeting. [It is not curriculum-based, no books, no shoulds, no ‘have-tos’. Just a few people gathered together who ‘get it’]. While the group is open to anyone having lost a brother or sister, a time of at least six months since the death is advised. Otherwise there is no limit regarding time since loss. Carol Berns, Psy. D., F. T., is the lead facilitator. Carol’s extensive professional experience has focused on loss and bereavement and the value of a peer support model. If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining us now or in the future please contact Carol at 828-783-8437 or



BREAD OF LIFE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Five teams of men and women from St. Mary’s and the Blowing Rock community provide a meal once a month for residents of the Hospitality House (homeless shelter) in Boone, NC.  Each of the five teams is designated a certain night each month to make a meal.

We are in desperate need of additional team members to help prepare and serve one meal a month. Actually, each team member is responsible for one item (vegetable, starch, main course, salad, desert) a month and is paired with another team member who prepares the same thing, so as not to place a burden on one person. The food can either be prepared at home and brought in or cooked in the ovens at Hospitality House. We serve at 5:30 pm and are finished by 6:30 pm AND the residents of Hospitality House clean-up and wash the dishes! This outreach program is an easy way to contribute to the community with only a once a month commitment.

If you have questions about this wonderful outreach program at St. Mary’s, please contact Susie Morgan via email at or by cell at 828-719-7471.

ALTAR GUILD NEEDS YOUR HELP! We are looking for parishioners who will commit to one Sunday a month to serve by setting up and clearing the Sunday altar. For those of you who do not have a ministry in the Church and have been wondering what you could do, this is a wonderful way to help.  Please contact the office if you are interested. 

COMMUNION BREAD:  You may have noticed that now that Advent is over, we are back to using our homemade communion bread.  We are looking for a few more people who might be willing to bake bread.

If this is a ministry you’d like to be involved in, contact Jo Ann Hallmark at or 295-3738 to get more information.

 Upcoming Events

January 17 at 5:30 pm-Loss Beyond Loss meeting in the St. Mary room

January 19 at 12:00 pm -Memorial service for Joy Stokes

January 19 at 1:00 pm - Memorial service for Spencer Sweeting Klingeman at

                                    Boone United Methodist Church

January 21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-church and office closed

                    5-9 pm-Discernment Committee meeting in the Barrett Room

January 23 from 4:30-9:30 pm- AA Annual Dinner in the Parish Hall

January 25 from 5-9 pm-Discernment Committee meeting in the Barrett Room

January 28 from 5-9 pm-Discernment Committee meeting in the Barrett Room

January 30 from 5-9 pm-Discernment Committee meeting in the Barrett Room

February 10 after the 10:10 am service-Outreach Brunch in the Parish Hall



Sunday, January 20-The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

  8:00  AM  Holy Eucharist

 10:10 AM  Holy Eucharist 

Monday,   January 21-Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 Office closed

 8:30 AM  Morning Prayer and Daily

 5:00-9:00 PM Discernment Committee meeting in the Barrett Room

 6:30 PM  AA meeting in the Parish Hall

Tuesday,   January 22

  8:30 AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word 

Wednesday,   January 23

 8:30 AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

12:00 PM   Holy Eucharist and Unction

 4:30-9:30   PM  AA’s Annual Dinner Meeting in the Parish Hall

Thursday,  January 24

 7:30 AM  Holy Eucharist and Men’s Breakfast

 8:30 AM  Morning Prayer and Daily Word

Friday,  January 25

  8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Office open

  5:00-9:00 PM  Discernment Committee meeting in the Barrett Room

Saturday,  January 26

Church and office closed

Sunday, January 27-The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

 8:00  AM  Holy Eucharist

10:10 AM  Holy Eucharist