Dear friends,

Welcome to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church!

Father Michael SingerYou may be looking for a warm, caring church home or you may simply be “passing through,” hungry for God’s word and sacraments. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we hope that the love of Christ will be seen and felt in your encounter with the people of St. Mary’s.
   
We are a diverse parish with all kinds of people, programs, and activities, and we believe our church to be a place that respects the holiness of worship and the integrity of your mind. There’s a place, purpose, and ministry for everyone who comes through our doors!

We hope this website will give you a sense of who we are and what have to offer in the service of Christ’s Kingdom. Please feel free to contact us directly and please come and join us on Sunday!

In Christ’s love,

The Rev'd A. Michael Singer, Rector


This Week at St. Mary's: 
  • Sunday, October 26 
    • Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
    • Staff Nursery, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 p.m.
    • Holy Eucharist, Rite II  10:00 a.m.
    • Halloween Carnvial, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.  
    • EYC Campfire, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.   
    • AA Meeting, 8:00 p.m. in Moseley Hall
  • .Tuesday, October 28   
    • Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.
    • Staff Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
    • Prayer Shawl Ministry (Queen St. Deli.), 2:00 p.m.  
    • AA & Al-Anon Meeting, 8:00 p.m. in Moseley Hall
  • Wednesday, October 29    
    • Men's Prayer Breakfast, 6:45 a.m.
    • Blind Association (Moseley Hall), 1:00 p.m.
    • St. Cecilia's Choir, 5:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday Night Dinner, 6:00 p.m.
    • Adult Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.    
  • Thursday, October 30  
    • Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.
    • St. Mary's Market Precook in Kitchen, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
ST. CECILIA’S CHOIR rehearsals return at 5:30 p.m. in the parlor on Wednesday nights.   All children 3 years of age through the First Grade are invited to attend.  Please bring your child and make a joyful noise to the LORD!!

BAPTISMS:  The next Sunday for baptisms at St. Mary's will be All Saints' Sunday, November 2, 2014, during the 10:00 a.m. service.  If you or a member of your family has a desire to be baptized, please speak to Father Michael or Father Tom in the near future. 

 LUNCH PROVIDED........if you can help out with Cherished Member lunches.  Dates are Thursdays, November 6th and December 4th.  Please contact Anne Lindley for more information at 521-6404,  

ST. MARY’S NURSERY SCHOOL is celebrating 40 years!  All former students, parents and teachers are invited to an Open House on Sunday, November 9, 2014, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  There will be tours and an opportunity for former student to meet and talk to their teachers.
 
The ECW ST. MARY’S MARKET is just 4 weeks away (Monday, November 24, 2014).  The Market will run from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Invite your friends for lunch and to shop for holiday treats.  Food and gift items will be for sale and the money raised will be divided evenly for Outreach and Pastoral Care (In-reach) ministries of St. Mary’s.  Ministries like the Cherished Members and Friends Luncheons and meals for families at the time of death are made possible by Mary’s Market.  You can help by providing items to be sold at the market.  Some ideas include: frozen casseroles and soups, baked items, home canned items, etc.  Please see the bulletin board in the Narthex for other ideas that may interest you.  Should you have questions, please contact Sarah Weeks (523-8192) or Anne Lindley (526-9916).

ARE YOU GOING?  On Saturday, November 8, 2014, the Rev. Rob S. Skirving, Bishop-Elect of the Diocese of East Carolina, will be consecrated a bishop and become the VIII Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina.  The liturgy will take place at Rock Springs Center, 4025 N. Carolina Route 43, Greenville, NC, beginning at 11:00 a.m.  The doors open at 9:00 a.m. Plan to be present with others from the diocese on this day of celebration..
 
THE HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL   is  Sunday, October 26th, from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.  All kids ages 10 and under are invited to come to Moseley Hall dressed up in their favorite Halloween costumes for fun and games!!  The cakewalk is always a favorite with the kids – please sign up in the narthex if you can donate a cake!  Cakes need to be placed on the stage in Moseley Hall prior to 4:00 p.m.
 
COMPLINE UNDER THE STARS: We will be holding a “Compline Under the Stars” at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, November 9th.  You may stand; bring a lawn chair, or a blanket to sit on.  After this brief service, which marks the close of day, you will have the opportunity to roast marshmallows and make smores.  There will be with coffee and hot chocolate available to drink.  We’ll provide all the ingredients. You are asked to bring your friends.  For this event, we are in need of portable fire pits.  If you have a fire pit we can borrow, please contact the Parish Office.

TIME TO ORDER BULBS
….The annual ECW Bulb Sale at St. Mary's is going on now.  With all the wonderful projects going on in our town, we need to do our part to make it as beautiful as possible. Not only does this enhance the beauty of our community, it provides wonderful funds for the many in-reach and out-reach projects we do at St. Mary's.  Deadline for ordering bulbs is November 2nd.  Order forms are available in the Narthex. 

KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY will be hosting a "Meet & Greet" at King's Restaurant in Kinston this Saturday, Nov. 1st, at 12:00 noon.  Anyone interested in learning about this powerful ministry that transforms lives in Christ, please come by and say hello, or email Mike Ling at mling@tidewater-transit.com.  "There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance." (Luke 15:7)

ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY – REMEMBERING: I hope you plan to join us on Sunday, November 2nd at 5:30 p.m. for Evensong.  Evensong is an evening service of the church set to music. On a table in the Narthex is a list (please do not confuse with the prayer list) entitled All Saints’ Evensong – remembering those who have died).  At this service, we will pray the names from our parish who died since last year’s Evensong.  If you would like us to remember someone by name, please print the name on the list.  We would encourage you to come to the service and light a candle in remembering them.  Joining us will be the choirs and people of St. Augustine's and Holy Innocents Episcopal Churches. 
 
COME TO THE KITCHEN and help us with cooking.  Beginning this Thursday (Oct 30), you are invited to join Anne Lindley in the kitchen of St. Mary’s over the next 4 weeks, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., as food items are prepared for St. Mary’s Market. Learn & share great cooking tips and enjoy a fun time of cooking, fellowship and light refreshments & drinks. 

 
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