Weekly Epistle - September 20, 2018


Ingathering of Pledges this Sunday, Sept. 23 at both services. If you have not made your pledge yet, please consider making it before Sunday.


Adult Christian Formation: The class will be discussing the book titled Gratefulness: The Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness by David Steindl-Rast. You may purchase a copy from the office for $15.00. The class meets at 9:00 am each Sunday morning in the Barrett Room, and everyone is welcome.

Episcopal Church Women: Back by popular demand!  Thomas B. Ellis, Ph.D., Professor of Religion in the department of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State, will be our guest speaker. His subject "Shamanism: The Ancient Art of Religious Healing."

He will present this material Oct 26 -28 at the National meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in Las Vegas.

We will meet the FIRST Tuesday of Oct., the 2nd, at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Please bring a pot luck dish.  RSVP to Suzanne Miller 295 9928 email or email the church. 

Prayer Shawl Ministry: Our supply of Prayer Shawls is running low.  We need knitters and crocheters to rebuild our stock of shawls. I am inviting everyone to gather on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am to learn about our ministry to those who are hurting due to illness or loss.  Bring whatever your current needlework project is to work on so that you can sooner start on a shawl. Directions and materials are available for Prayer Shawls.  We can also help with your current project. Our first gathering will be Tuesday, September 25, at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall.  For questions or more information, please contact Jane Milner at (828) 295-4410.     

Calling all Altar Guild Volunteers: St. Mary’s 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. We also need Wednesday noon service helpers. 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. 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 Sue Sweeting @ . Or call her at 828-406-9376.

Exploring the Website: The website for St. Mary’s provides sermons which you may have missed or wish to share with a friend.  It also provides recordings of services. I particularly recommend the sermon by Fr. Sam Tallman on September 9th and the announcement by Sue Sweeting on September 16th for anyone who missed them.

Mtr. Linda Wofford Hawkins




September 30 at 3:00 p.m. Organ recital by Kyle Ritter of the Cathedral of

                                        All Souls, Asheville, NC


September 30 at 3:30 p.m.  Solemn Evensong with incense



Thursday,  September 20

8:30  AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

6:00  PM   The Empty Chair meeting in the library

6:00  PM   Discernment Committee meeting in the Barrett Room

Friday,  September 21

8:30  AM  12:30 PM Office open

Saturday, September 22

Church and office closed

Sunday, September 23-Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost-Ingathering and Blessing of Pledges at both services.

8:00   AM   Holy Eucharist

10:10 AM   Holy Eucharist

Monday, September 24

8:30   AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

6:30   PM   AA and Al-anon meetings

Tuesday,  September 25

8:30   AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

10:00 AM   Prayer Shawl Ministry sewing group meeting in the parish hall.

Wednesday,  September 26

8:30   AM  Morning Prayer and Daily Word

12:00 PM   Noon Eucharist with unction

6:30   PM   AA meeting

Thursday,  September 27

7:30  PM   Holy Eucharist and Men’s Breakfast

8:30  AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

5:45  PM   The Loss Beyond Loss meeting in the St. Mary room

Friday,  September 28

8:30  AM  12:30 PM Office open

Saturday, September 29

2:00   PM  Memorial service for Olga Bel Evans

Sunday, September 30-Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

8:00   AM   Holy Eucharist

10:10 AM   Holy Eucharist

3:00   PM   Organ recital by Kyle Ritter, Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville, NC

3:30   PM   Solemn Evensong with incense

Please do not park in Rumple Presbyterian’s parking lots on Sunday mornings: We have been asked not to park at Rumple on Sunday mornings as some of their members have not been able to attend church because of the lack of parking.