Weekly Epistle - December 24, 2019 


  • Isaiah 9: 1-4
  • Psalm 27: 1,5-13
  • First Corinthians 1: 10-18                     
  • Matthew 4: 12-23


Rector’s Forum

Join us in the Barrett Room at 9:00AM for a conversation about this Sunday’s Gospel lesson and its’ intersection with our daily lives.  All are welcome!


Godly Play

Godly Play is returning to St. Mary’s!  If you are interested in learning more about Godly Play and sharing the stories of the faith with our children, please join us on Sunday afternoon, February 2nd, at 3:30PM in the Barrett Room.

Contact Fr. Andrew ( for more information.


Looking for Sponsors!

The Latina Women’s Craft Club (Creative Peacemaker Center) made seasonal wreaths which

have been donated to a couple of assisted living facilities for their residents.  You can sponsor

a wreath for $10/$15 so the women can be rewarded for their work.


Creation Care Regional Retreat

The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina (CCAWNC) is hosting a retreat designed with creation care leaders and clergy in mind.  This retreat will allow you to spend the day with a theologian, a climate scientist, a forest biologist, as well as local colleagues and pastoral innovators. The retreat is open to all Creation Care advocates and leaders in congregations.  Workshops will be offered throughout the day, from 8:30am-5:30pm, and a group from St. Mary’s, St. Luke’s (Boone), and Holy Cross (Valle Crucis) will offer one of the presentations. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided. Registration is available online HERE and more information is available on the Creation Care Alliance’s Website.


Flower Offering Opportunities

Is there an important person or a significant event happening in your life?  Is there an upcoming birthday or anniversary you would like to honor?  Sponsoring the flowers placed at the altar each week is a great way to offer thanks for life’s many gifts.  Many dates are still available for 2019 as well as into 2020.  Please contact Greta Wilson in the parish office for more information and available dates. 


Burial Eucharist

A Burial Eucharist for Karen Searfoss Puhl will be held Saturday, January 25 at 11:00AM in the Church. 



This Week’s Calendar


Parish Office Hours:  Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am-5:30 pm; Friday 8:30 am-12:30 pm


Sunday,  January 26th -The Third Sunday after the Epiphany 

 8:00  AM  Holy Eucharist                                                          

 9:00  AM  Rector’s Forum                                                          

10:10 AM  Holy Eucharist


Monday, January 27th

8:30 AM Morning Prayer and Daily Word

6:30 PM AA Meeting-Parish Hall


Tuesday, January 28th

8:30 AM Morning Prayer and daily Word

10:00 AM Prayer Shawl Group Gathering

(weather permitting)


Wednesday, January 29th

8:30 AM Morning Prayer and Daily Word

12:00 PM Holy Eucharist

6:30 PM AA Meeting-Parish Hall


Thursday, January 30th

8:30 AM Morning Prayer and Daily Word

4:00 PM Bread of Life Meeting-Barrett Room

6:30 PM AA Meeting


Friday, January 31st

8:30 AM Morning Prayer


Sunday, February 2nd-The Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist

9:00 AM Rector's Forum

10:10 AM Holy Eucharist (with Incense)

3:30 PM Godly Play Gathering