Weekly Epistle - May 16, 2018

Around the Church 


The Water Project is Sunday! We have an opportunity to do our “collective best” for people in Africa who do not have access to clean water. Come to coffee minute to participate in THE WATER PROJECT and enjoy a taste of Africa.

Adult Christian Formation: Dr. Lisa Kaufmann concludes the book study of Richard Rohr’s “Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps”. Next, the class will study "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson.  Copies of the book have been ordered and will be in the office.  The cost is $12.00. The class meets at 9:00 AM on Sunday mornings in the Barrett Room upstairs.  All are welcome.

A Big Thank You: to the volunteers who have been working on our people database.  A special thank you to E.B. Springs who has done the lion’s share of the work.  Also, Sally Page and Garland Myers are to be thanked for helping E.B. with proofing. Please keep the office informed of any personal contact information that may change for you.

Episcopal Church Women(E C W ) is pleased to invite all women of the church to our meeting,  June 5, first Tuesday at 6pm for a pot luck dinner. The Program will be our annual business and planning meeting for the year. Please come with your ideas for events and programs.  RSVP to or call the church.

Centennial Celebration Challenge! In thanksgiving for our 100th Centennial Celebration, the Outreach Committee is proposing that for the month of May, the congregation join us in collecting emergency items for Oasis, Inc. (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information, and Shelter) which is a local, non-profit agency providing services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Items needed: 10 pillows, 20 twin sheet sets, 10 full sheet sets, 20 twin comforters, 30 bath towels, 10 bath mats=100 items to make clients and children feel at home in the shelter after they have had to flee their home.

From Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Valle Crucis-As a part of our on-going study of Dismantling Racism, members of the Diocesan Commission on Dismantling Racism will be joining us on Thursday, May 31 to view the film, “Traces of the Trade”.  The film tells the true story of a Rhode Island family who discover that their ancestors were slave traders and how they come to grips with this secret from their past. We will share a simple supper of salad and bread as we watch the film and a discussion will follow. The evening will begin at 5:30. Parishioners from St Luke’s and St Mary’s have been invited to join us.  Please join us as we address this very important issue in our country.


Hearts of Hospitality Cookbooks are for sale in the foyer for $20 each. You can pay for them in the church office. 100% of the sale proceeds benefit the programs and residents of Hospitality House. Many recipes are from your friends and family and feature local restaurant favorites. The cookbooks are located in the foyer or can be purchased online at Thank very much for your consideration and support of our mountain community.

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.  Each of the five teams are 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 and are finished by 6:30 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 Volunteers: Altar guild members are looking for help setting up and taking down the 12 o’clock communion service on two Wednesdays out of the month. We are losing two members, one to relocation and the other to retirement.

If you can help summer, winter or full-time, please contact Sue Sweeting at or 828-406-9376. 

The Flower Guild has recently reorganized itself emerging as a true guild made up of a rather impressive number of members to serve this ministry throughout the year.  A chart has been created to reflect the team member names & assigned Sundays for which responsible & such is posted in the parish hall as well as in the kitchen for quick reference.

Special thanks go to Kay McCloskey, Gay Miller, Patty Patella, Gale Buchanan, Nell Kline & Sue Wilders who, in addition to participating as arrangers, have agreed to serve as ‘leaders’ to advise, assist & guide the other weekly guild member/arrangers; their willingness to lend support & assistance means a great deal to all.

And a bounty of thanks to all participating members for coming together to form our new flower guild; Linda Tabor, Lisa Kaufmann, Katy Thompson, Nedra McCraw, Alice Holt, Tina Barrett, Sharon Battaglia, Ann Vaughn, Joyce Gibson, Loy McGill, Nioucha Branstrom, Susie Greene, Judy Gloster & Virginia Dulaney…welcome! You have been sent a copy of the chart with explanation & supportive guidelines & your taking a part is a gift truly appreciated. You are welcomed to a ministry which not only enhances the beauty of our services & special occasions; but also, which will be personally rewarding & spiritually giving to you. 

VBS with Rumple Presbyterian Church:

Theme: “CAMP”  Tents & more…

June 22 from 5:00-8:00 PM at the church

June 23 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM at Price Park


Opening Doors for 60 Years

60th Tour of Homes will be held July 27, 2018 

Our Tour of Homes opens doors to some of Blowing Rock’s most special private homes and offers an opportunity to admire the special features and furnishings that have been cherished by homeowners for generations. Started by the women of the church sixty years ago, the Tour has become a community event that has generated over a million dollars in needed funds for High Country recipients since its inception. All proceeds benefit area non-profits supporting such issues as women, families, food insecurity, educational programming and homelessness.

This year features historic homes, providing a glimpse into old Blowing Rock treasures. In addition to the tour, activities offered at the church will include a $15 lunch provided at the Church Café, a bazaar with baked and savory goods and a tag sale offering unique items. Tour tickets are $30 in advance ($35/ticket the day of) and may be purchased online at, at the church office or the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. 

A Tour of Homes Opening Doors Gala will be held July 12 where Reid’s Catering will treat ticketed guests to some of the best food and hospitality the High Country offers. A private preview of Far Horizons will be the stage for this festive-attire event. Gala tickets are $75 per person.

For additional information, refer to, or contact Tour chairs, Susie Greene and Loy McGill to volunteer on the day of the Tour. 

Tour of Homes Reminder: Your generous donations of quality items to TIMELESS TREASURES enhance the Tour of Homes event in many ways!!! Please keep TIMELESS TREASURES in mind as you spring clean and/or open your homes for the season. Donation forms are available at the church for tax purposes. We will be storing items upstairs beginning now in the St. Matthew’s room, the first door on the left as you leave the elevator.

If you cannot bring your items to the church please call for pickup. You can contact: Patty Patella at 828-719-8409 or 828-865-0361.

Also don’t forget the WALL OF WINE! This is an enjoyable part of TIMELESS TREASURES on the TOUR DAY!! Contact Mary Ellen Raulerson at 828-295-0678 with questions.



05/20: Water Project during Coffee Minute

05/23: St. Mary’s choir leaves for England

05/27: Fr. Sam Tallman back for summer

06/08: Cold Mountain Music Festival at Lake Logan

06/10: Welcome Back Picnic at 11:30 AM

06/10: Music Concert: Faith and the Hayes String Trio at 3:00 PM

06/14: Blowing Rock Women’s Club “Bling & Things!” Sale in Parish Hall begins at

           4:00 PM

06/21: Burial service for Elliott Dulaney in Mary Garden at 2:00 PM

06/24: Organ recital and Evensong beginning at 3:00 PM

06/24: Holy Conversations Dinner in the Parish Hall at 6:00 PM

06/26: Holy Conversations Dinner in the Parish Hall at 6:00 PM

06/28: Men’s Breakfast with Holy Eucharist beginning at 7:30 AM

06/28: Holy Conversations Dinner in the Parish Hall at 6:00 PM

06/29: Holy Conversations Dinner in the Parish Hall at 6:00 PM



Sunday,  May 20-The Day of Pentecost (Incense will be used.)

8:00   AM   Holy Eucharist

9:00   AM   Adult Christian Formation

10:10 AM   Holy Eucharist

11:40 PM   Water Project during Coffee Minute

Monday,  May 21

8:30   AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

6:30   PM    AA and Al-anon meetings

Tuesday,  May 22

8:30   AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

Wednesday,  May 23

8:30    AM  Morning Prayer and Daily Word

12:00  PM   Noon Eucharist

6:30    PM   AA meeting

Thursday,  May 24

7:30  PM   Holy Eucharist and Men’s Breakfast

8:30  AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

Friday,  May 25 and Saturday, May 26

Church and office closed

Sunday,  May 27-The First Sunday after Pentecost-TRINITY SUNDAY

8:00   AM   Holy Eucharist

9:00   AM   Adult Christian Formation

10:10 AM   Holy Eucharist

11:40 AM   Coffee Minute

























If you or someone you know would like to be on the prayer list, please list that person in the loose leaf notebook on the podium in the foyer. All persons above are prayed for during our Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and our Wednesday liturgy. People mentioned during Sunday prayers have a specific urgency this week.

Please note:  if we do not have your birthday or your anniversary, please let the church office know.