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, December 21st - The Fourth Sunday of Advent
    • Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m.
    • Staff Nursery, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    • Holy Eucharist, 10:00 a.m.
    • Christian Formation, 11:15 a.m.
    • Festival of Lessons and Carols, 4:00 p.m.
    • A.A. Meeting (open) 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 23rd
    • 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 (closed), 8:00 p.m. in Moseley Hall
  • Wednesday, December 24th - Christmas Eve
    • Christmas Eve Family Service, 5:00 p.m.
    • Christmas Eve Music, 10:40 p.m.
    • Traditional Christmas Eve Service, 11:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 25th - The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ - Christmas
    • Christmas Day Service, 10:00 a.m.
    • Office Closed   
  • Friday, December 26th 
    • Office Closed   
BOAR'S HEAD & YULE LOG FESTIVAL: Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $40 each and can be obtained in the church office. The Festival will be held on January 11, 2015 and the Banquet will take place after the 5:00 pm performance.

FLOWERS AT CHRISTMAS: If you would like to contribute to the cost of flowers at Christmas in memory or honor of someone, please pick up a flower offering envelope on the table in the Narthex.  Envelopes must be turned into the office by December 22.

THERE IS A PART FOR EVERYONE: Children through the Fifth Grade are invited to participate in the Children’s Nativity, to be presented at the 5:00 p.m. service on Christmas Eve, December 24th.  We need kings, sheep, angels and more.  Rehearsals begin this Wednesday evening, December 17th from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 21st, from 11:15 a.m. – 12 noon.  Those with questions should contact our Children’s Minister, Shelly Yarbrough.
 
OFFERING ENVELOPES: For years we at St. Mary’s have used offering envelopes as a way of tracking contributions by our members.  What we have found in recent years, is fewer members are using envelopes for contributions.  This year we will not be mailing out boxes of envelopes as we have done in previous years.  Everyone will still be assigned a number and the Parish Administrator will track contributions based on the names on checks.
     There will be individual offering envelopes on the tables in the narthex for those who make cash contributions.  If you contribute by cash you must include your name and address on the envelopes.  That is the only way we will be able to track your contributions.  Those who contribute by check may also use the offering envelopes. 
 

A FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS: Join us on Sunday, December 21st at 4:00 p.m. we will offer the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.  St. Mary’s Choir will be joined by other local churches in singing traditional holiday carols and lessons will be read by various representatives. 

CHRISTMAS AT ST. MARY'S:  We hope that you will take the opportunity to invite family and friends to join us for worship on Christmas.  There is a family service at 5:00 pm, December 24th, and a traditional celebration at 11:00 p.m.  On Christmas Day there will be a 10:00 am service with no music in the Chapel.

THE BIBLE CHALLENGE:  Fr. Michael and Fr. Tom invite you to join them in the St. Mary's New Year Resolution for 2015:  read or hear a part of the Bible every day.  Possible goals for the year include reading through the Old or New Testaments, or all the Psalms, or even the whole Bible.  Reading plans are available in the Narthex.  On January 1, they will begin their goal to read the entire Bible over the course of the year.  

 
 
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