Weekly Epistle - November 15, 2018 




Centennial Celebration Challenge! In thanksgiving for our 100th Centennial Celebration, the Outreach Committee is proposing that for the month of November the congregation join us in collecting 100 packages of disposable diapers for the Watauga County Children’s Council diaper bank. Sizes needed: 3-6 and pull up sizes 2T-5T. This program’s goal is to ensure every child in our community has enough diapers to remain clean, happy and healthy. Some facts: 1 in 3 families in America struggle to afford diapers for their children. The Food Stamp Program and WIC do not cover the cost of diapers. An adequate supply of diapers cost $200 a month. Please help us reach our goal. You may drop diaper packages off in the church foyer through the end of November. THANK YOU!!


Also, The Hospitality House is in great need of new socks for children and adults.


It’s Winter Foyer Group Sign-up Time! The groups of 8 traditionally meet monthly Jan.-April at each other’s houses for a very simple meal, but the format can be whatever you choose. Be creative! Winter months can be a challenge, so you can meet for dinner, lunch, brunch, etc. Don’t like to cook-you can gather at a restaurant or get take-out! This is the very best way to get to know your fellow parishioners and often form lasting friendships. The sign-up sheet is in the foyer.



The Stewardship Committee Report: Our 2019 Stewardship campaign has been very successful to date; we are closely approaching our goal of $430,000. If you are one of the parishioners who have not turned in their pledge, please do so just as soon as you can. We want to finalize the campaign and give our total to the vestry so that it may finalize and approve our 2019 budget at its December meeting. Thank you to each of you who has pledged your support to the missions and ministry of our church. 

Bill Furr. Chairman of the Stewardship Committee


The ECW (Episcopal Church Women) is asking for volunteers to be on the Board next year. Olivia Knight, Patty Patella, Mary Ellen Raulerson, Mary Galke, Sue Wilders,

Suzanne Miller, and Renee Lyons have all volunteered to be on the Board. We need someone to step up to the Plate as President as I did 3 years ago.  It has been a gift and a privilege to serve St Mary of Hills as President of ECW.

YOU always get more than you give. So let us know. We will be with you.

Suzanne Miller


The ECW (Episcopal Church Women) cordially invite you to our annual Grazing Christmas Party on the first Tuesday in Dec., the 4th,  at 6pm.

Please bring your favorite hor d'oevres. Dirty Santa will be there for an ornament exchange and bring 2 dozen cookies and a tin for sharing cookies. 

RSVP ,the church or call 295 9928 leave a message.


Please join us and pick up a Receiving Blessings with Thanksgiving paper and join in this fun way to give Thanks. Return your Thanks on Dec 3 or 4 to the church on the table outside the office. ECW will give this Thanks giving to the Episcopal Relief Fund in North Carolina.



The Flower Guild is in the process of reorganization for the upcoming year. A Mission Statement and Guidelines are being written. A weekly budget is being set up.

We are now at the point of asking for volunteers for this very important ministry. The Flower Guild Ministry provides fresh flowers on the altar to enhance our worship services. You do not need to be a professional to do this job, just a love of flowers and a willingness to learn the basics of flower arrangements. New members will work with experienced members until they feel comfortable. Working as a team is also encouraged.

We need your help to keep this ministry going. This is an absolutely beautiful ministry to be involved in. It is a joy to take the flowers and place them on the altar while our beautiful church is quiet and empty.

Please see the sign-up sheet in the foyer and also the contact information. You can signup for monthly, every other month, or whenever you can help.

Flowers are usually purchased on Fridays and arrangements done at the church on Saturdays.

Thank you for your consideration. It is imperative to recruit new volunteers to keep the Guild going. Without you, we will not be able to supply flowers for the altar.

Sincerely, Gale Buchanan and Patty Patella


November 22 at 11:00 am   Thanksgiving Day service

November 27 at 5:30 pm - Discernment Committee meeting in the Barrett Room

December 2 during the coffee minutes - Heifer Fair in the parish hall

December 9 at 2:00 pm       Lessons and Carols

December 24 at 5:00 pm     Children's Christmas Pageant and Mass

December 24 at 11:00 pm   Choral offering and Christmas Eve Mass

December 25 at 12:00 pm   First Mass of Christmas




Sunday, November 18-Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

8:00  AM  Holy Eucharist  

10:10 AM  Holy Eucharist

Monday, November 19

8:30  AM  Morning Prayer and Daily Word

6:30  PM  AA and Al-anon meetings

Tuesday, November 20

8:30  AM  Morning Prayer and Daily Word

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

Wednesday, November 21

8:30  AM Morning Prayer and Daily Word

12:00 PM  Noon Eucharist with unction

6:30  PM  AA meeting

Thursday, November 22

12:00 PM Thanksgiving Day service

Friday, November 23

8:30 AM  12:30 PM Office closed

Saturday, November 24-Church and office closed

Sunday, November 25-Christ the King Sunday-with incense

8:00  AM  Holy Eucharist  

10:10 AM  Holy Eucharist-with incense