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, July 20 - Sixth 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.
    • Lemonade on the Lawn, 11:15 a.m.
    • AA Meeting, 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, July 21 
    • Softball Game - Bill Fay Park, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 22 
    • Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.
    • Staff Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
    • AA & Al-Anon Meeting, 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 23   
    • Men's Prayer Breakfast, 6:45 a.m.
    • Renewal Works, 6:00 p.m.in Vestry Room
  • Thursday, July 24
    • Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.

**Office hours limited this week (July 21 - 26) - The office hours this week are from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Most staff members will be on vacation or mission trips.  Please take note. 

LEMONADE ON THE LAWN:  after the 10:00 a.m. liturgy today and will continue through August 17th.  This is a time of fellowship and refreshment.  Hosts are needed for the summer and are asked to provide lemonade and light snacks.  The church will provide paper products.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex. 

LET'S PLAY BALL:  Come out for the fun and support St. Mary's ball team!  St. Mary's will play Latter Day Saints on Monday, July 21st at 7:00 pm.  
Games are held at Bill Fay Park.

The Outreach Committee is excited to announce the 3rd Annual St. Mary's Neighborhood Block Party!  It will be held Wednesday, August 6th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Rountree Street will be blocked off between Bond and Rhem while we listen to live music, share food and fellowship with our neighbors, and provide fun and games for the kids.  Please plan to attend! 

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE:  to benefit Northwest Elementary School students and classrooms that need them will be collected until August 17, 2014.  Your donations of backpacks, wide ruled notebook paper, pencils, pens, glue, crayons, erasers, colored pencils and scissors will be appreciated.  You can drop off your donations in the Narthex or at the church office during regular office hours.  No donation is too small!

RENEWAL WORKS UPDATE:  
Thank you to ALL who participated in the Renewal Works program by taking the survey!  Your input has set us up well to move forward with this program of assessing the spiritual vitality of our congregation.  Dr. Steve Mazingo will be leading a task force to study this information and make recommendations to the vestry and clergy.  Task force members are:  Amy Albritton, Andrew Duppstadt, Dacie Edwards, Bill Ferguson, Gary Hamm, Mark Herring, Vicki Kennedy, Mike Ling, Elizabeth Maxwell, Diane Poole, and Sarah Turner.  Please keep the work of this task force in your prayers as they meet throughout the summer. 

PIPES ON PARADE:  Gordon Street Christian Church is presenting a summer concert series featuring local talented organists during the month of July.  The concert series is held on Wednesdays from 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm.  Our own Nick Voermans will play on July 23rd and Jacob Mewborn will play on July 30th.   

CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE NEW BISHOP:  The Rev. Bob Skirving, was elected to be the 8th Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina in May.  On Saturday, November 8, he will be consecrated as Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina at Rock Springs Center in Greenville, NC.  On this special day, and for his new ministry, he will need new liturgical clothes.  As bishop he will need several items reflective of his office.  On Sunday, August 17th a special offering will be collected at St. Mary's, as will other churches in the diocese, to purchase items as gifts for our new bishop.  No gift is too small, or too large, and we want to include everyone.  Your gift is very important as our new bishop begins his ministry among us.  If you will not be with us on August 17th, and wish to offer a gift, you can mail a check to St. Mary's Church and in the memo portion of the check write "Bishop's New Clothes".  Should you have questions, please contact Father Michael.  

REEL SPIRITUALITY:  A film series to promote fellowship and conversation @ St. Mary's will continue this summer.  Moseley Hall will host screenings of several movies of a wide variety followed by a brief discussion about the film.  Enjoy a great movie, fresh popcorn, and fellowship.  We have chairs but you are welcome to bring your own too.  Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the movies will start at 6:05 p.m.  On Wednesday, July 30th, we will see O Brother, Where Art Thou?  In the deep south during the 1930's, three convicts bust out of prison in search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.  Their different personalities, and many obstacles along the way, make for a comic misadventure.  Come, join us!   

 
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