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, August 31 - Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
    • 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.
    • AA Meeting, 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 1
    • Office Closed - Labor Day Holiday
  • Tuesday, September 2  
    • Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.
    • Staff Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
    • Adult Formation Meets, 7:00 p.m.
    • AA & Al-Anon Meeting, 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 3   
    • Men's Prayer Breakfast, 6:45 a.m.
    • Adult Choir Rehearsal, 6:00 p.m.
    • ECW Social - Moseley Hall, 7-8:30 p.m.    
  • Thursday, September 4 
    • Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.
 
ADULT CHOIR REHEARSAL has resumed and will continue every Wednesday unless noted.  This is a great time to join the choir and get involved with the music ministry at St. Mary's.  We have also launched a new Facebook page to help keep everyone in the loop with what the music ministry at St. Mary's is doing.  We will be posting the hymns, anthems, and other special music regulary so "Like" us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stmarysmusicNote:  Choir Rehearsal this week will be at 6:00 p.m. 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS return to St. Mary’s on September 17th  at 6:00 p.m.  The dinners are a delightful occasion for parish fellowship…and you leave the cooking to us.  Each week a signup sheet may be found on the bulletin board in the Narthex listing the week’s dinner.  Those planning to attend  must sign up prior to noon on Tuesday.  The cost of the meal is $7 for adults (12 and under) $5.00 for children under 12 and no more than $23 for a family of 2 adults and children under 12.  Join your parish family on Wednesday evenings and leave dinner to us. 
 
“SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS!” Psalm 100:2 Serving as an acolyte is open to any rising 5th grader or older.  Any acolyte that was not able to attend the training sessions held in June is asked to make every effort to meet with the clergy on:  Sunday, September 14th at 9:15 a.m.  We will meet in the nave (the main part of the sanctuary).  Adults are welcome to serve as acolytes as well if they are interested.  
 
A SUNDAY TO SAY “THANK YOU” AND “SEE YOU AROUND!”  On Sunday, September 7th, our soon-to-be-retired Parish Administrator, Marilyn Wiggins, will be with us during the 10 am liturgy and we will thank her for her ministry with us afterwards during the covered-dish luncheon.  Her last day in the office will be September 30th.  St. Mary’s has truly been blessed to have her with us these 8 years!  Join us in thanking her.   
 
ST. MARY’S ECW & HORS D'OEUVRES SOCIAL:  A “come as you are” gathering for old friends to chat and new friends to meet on Wednesday, September 3rd, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Moseley Hall.  Please mark your calendars and join us for good conversation and food!!  Any questions, please contact Anne Lindley at 252-521-6404. 
 
EYC KICK-OFF COOK-OUT at the Warren home (901 Rountree Street) with a brief meeting for ALL youth AND parents at 5:45pm on Sunday, September 7th.  There will be plenty of food, games, activities and fun for all!  Best of all, we’ll be releasing our calendar for the Fall.  Hope to see you there and please bring a friend especially one who doesn’t have a church home!

NEXT SUNDAY . . . we celebrate our feast day, The Feast of St. Mary the Virgin.  Plan to join us for worship at either 8:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m.  Following the 10:00 a.m. service we will have a covered dish dinner.  Please plan to join us and bring a LARGE DISH TO PASS.

CONGRATULATIONS to St. Mary’s softball team for their win last Tuesday night by defeating Bethel F.W.B. Church to win the Kinston-Lenoir County Park and Recreation Commission’s Summer Church Softball League Playoff Championship. Three weeks ago St. Mary’s won in the regular season.  Our thanks to Coach Sandy Shimer and all the players.  This is St. Mary’s first win in four years of play.

THE ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION COMMISSION will meet Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Vestry Room/Bookstore.  All those interest in adult formation are encouraged to attend.

ST. CECILIA’S CHOIR will return to rehearsals on Wednesday, September 17th, at 5:30 p.m.  All children 3 years of age through the First Grade are invited to attend.  Rehearsal time is 5:30 -6:00 p.m.  Children are also encouraged to bring a friend to sing.

CHRISTIAN FORMATION CLASSES FOR ALL AGES returns on Sunday, September 14th, at 11:15 a.m.  The family that studies together, learns together
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