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, May 24th  - The Day of Pentecost - (please wear red)
    • Holy Eucharist - Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
    • Holy Eucharist - Rite II, 10:00 a.m.
    • Gathering in St. Francis Garden to lay wreath for Memorial Day.(following the 10:00 a.m. service)
    • EYC - Cookout - 6:00 p.m.  
    • A.A. Meeting, 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 25th
    • Memorial Day - Office closed 
  • Tuesday, May 19th
    • Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m. 
    • Prayer Shawl Ministry/Queen St. Deli, 2:00 p.m. 
    • Softball Game @ Bill Fay Park, St. Mary's vs. LDS, 7:00 p.m.
    • A.A. & Al-Anon meetings, 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 27th 
    • Men's Prayer Breakfast - 6:45 a.m.   
  • Thursday, May 28th    
    • Morning Prayers - Blessing of Prayer Shawls, 8:30 a.m.   
  • Friday, May 29th
    • Finn's Island EYC Retreat - young people depart after school

THE BELL RINGER: Copies of the current issue of The Bell Ringer are located on the table in the Narthex.  It can also be accessed on our website at www.stmaryskinston.com.
 
THE CHOIR SCHOOL OF ST. PETER’S in Charlotte, NC, will present a concert at St. Mary’s on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.  The choir singing at St. Mary’s is composed of 17 girls and 15 boys, ranging in age from 10 - 14.  We are currently looking for families to host choir members in their homes the night of June 17th.  In hosting choir members you are asked to: provide a snack for the young people following the concert on June 17th, provide sleeping arrangements, and breakfast the morning of June 18th.  Breakfast need not be elaborate.  You will then return the choir member to the church on Thursday morning.  More explicit directions will be given to host families at a later time.  Kathy Gilmore has agreed to coordinate host families.  If you would be willing to host, please contact Kathy at kgilmore0323@gmail.com. or 252-523-0546. Thank you for considering this opportunity of hospitality.

Gordon Street Christian Church is hosting this year’s Vacation Bible School which includes the children and volunteers from First Presbyterian Church, Gordon Street Christian Church and St. Mary’s.  Bible School begins on Monday, June 15, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.  It will run Monday – Thursday, June 15-18.  VBS is for children 3 years of age through the Fifth Grade (completed).  Shelly Yarbrough is the St. Mary’s coordinators for this event.  Adult and youth volunteers are needed as well as a number of items listed on the bulletin board in the narthex!  Registration forms are also located on the bulletin board or you may register online by following the link on our website: www.stmaryskinston.com  Please contact Shelly at syarbrough@stmaryskinston.com with any questions!
 
LEMONADE ON THE LAWN: Light summer refreshments will be offered on Sundays following the 10:00 am Holy Eucharist, June 21st--August 16th.  A sign-up sheet is located in the Narthex. You are asked to provide lemonade and something to eat.  Paper products will be provided.  Linda Johnson, our Parish Secretary, will be coordinating this ministry.  Should you have any questions, call Linda at 252-523-6146 ext. 21.  Please sign up today.
 
CONVERSATIONS TO CONTINUE: Lent we devoted time on Wednesday evenings to hear about the groundwork already begun with RenewalWorks
       Where Do We Go From Here?” Utilizing survey results and the final report, it’s time to move on to the next step. During the summer, we will be offering two sessions to hear your responses small groups will be formed. These small groups will consist of individuals who were part of the design committee and members of the Vestry who have received and reviewed the report.  It is ideal to have at least three members of the design committee, three members of the Vestry in each group.  We also invite members of the parish to be part of the conversation.  A signup sheet is located on the bulletin board in the Narthex.  You are encouraged to sign up for one of these dates - - Monday, June 8th at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, June 24th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parlor. We hope you will consider helping us to keep the conversation going.

LET’S PLAY BALL!  Come out for the fun and support St. Mary’s ball team!  St. Mary’s has one game this week: Tuesday, May 26th at 7:00 pm we will play LDS.  All games are held at Bill Fay Park.
 
WEAR RED: Next Sunday, May 24th, is Pentecost.  It will be 50 days since Easter.  To celebrate Pentecost, we encourage you to wear red.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 
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