Weekly Epistle - June 13, 2019 


FR. HEGE ON FAMILY VACATION WEEK OF JUNE 22-29: Fr. Sam will be available for any pastoral emergencies during that week and will be covering the services.

Greta Wilson, Parish Administrator, will also be away that same week.

Bill Stroh, Sexton, will be on vacation the week of June 16-23.



DID YOU MISS THE WATER PROJECT? There is still time to make a donation. Make checks payable to St. Mary’s with water project written on the memo line.

BAGS OF HOPE:  Please grab a grocery bag located in the foyer and fill it up with the groceries listed on the sheet stapled to the bag.  This month's groceries are going to Blowing Rock Cares. Please return the bags to the foyer after you have filled them.

DO YOU NEED A VALID ID? On July 13 at Boone UMC, Faith Action from Greensboro will be here to issue new IDs for those who need them and renew IDs for those of us who got IDs last year.  Even if you have a valid ID or driver’s license, this is a way to support our brothers and sisters who do not have that privilege.


CAMP HENRY: Camp for Adults! FAMILY CAMP! July 28-31. Camp Henry seeks to provide both youth and -adults with an affordable and memorable experience, a home away from home, and a place to play, sing, dance, explore, and learn about the unconditional love of God. Adults can enjoy the fun of Camp with the whole family at Family Camp, which is a half-week of relaxation and fun, it’s a family vacation but you don’t have to do any of the work! New this year is the option to camp out on our beautiful field. 

WILDERNESS WANDERINGS: Oct. 2-5. Another opportunity for adults to enjoy the great outdoors is Wilderness Wonderings which a backpacking pilgrimage is designed for those who are hungry for the spiritual healing that can come when we wander into the wilderness in intentional ways with spiritual guides and a community of fellow seekers. All equipment is provided and no previous wilderness experience required! Prices start at only $100 for a half-week of fun and growth!

For more information or to register, visit or contact Kathryn Florack at 828-475-9264 or at

TOUR OF HOMES GALA KICK OFF PARTY:   On Thursday evening, July 11 from 5:30-8:30, St. Mary’s will host the kickoff fundraiser for the Tour of Homes at The Car Barn.  Raising funds for local charities through Outreach is our goal.  Chip and Monica Perry have offered, for this shindig, their brand new 12,500 SF structure which they built to house their collection of 50-60’s European sports cars.  This building will have fine furnishings chandeliers, beautiful colors and shiny, very special automobiles.  Ours will be the inaugural event there.  This is the time to retrieve your silk scarves and big sunglasses to wear like Audrey Hepburn and Deborah Kerr.  Those tweed caps men wore driving their roadsters over country roads will fit right in.  Sheath dresses, short skirts, Beatles’ skinny ties, even mad prints were all the rage.  Wear cocktail clothes or your best rendition of the 50’s or 60’s styles.  It’s all for fun and Outreach charities. Tickets are $75 per person, payable in advance through the church office.  There will be delightful food, beer, wine, cocktails, music by The Lucky Strikes, dancing, silent auction and a live auction, too.  Chip and Monica will be in attendance and would love to talk cars.  We are sending out 750 invitations soon, so be the first to secure your spot NOW, so you don’t miss out on the fun.  This will be a summer highlight for Blowing Rock and we want the St. Mary’s church family to be part of it.  Come!
Suzanne Miller, Judy Gloster and Radie Armstrong, Gala Co-Chairs


It’s HERE folks! The 61st Annual St. Mary of the Hills Tour of Homes is upon us. Nineteen committees have assembled, planned, budgeted and begun the fundraiser which has sustained our Outreach budget for all these many years. Now is the time to join St. Mary’s Parish for this special event. The following areas are seeking volunteers to help on Tour Day. Blessings on those of you who have worked so far and for those who will help on July 26.

Timeless Treasure Sale:  We need your help! Thank you to all who have already donated. We still are in need of jewelry (it sold great last year), artwork, small furniture, good kitchenware, and anything else that might add to our collection. Clean out those attics, closets, and garages and help us make this the best sale ever!!

Thanks you. We will pick up if needed

Friday morning, early (like 7:00) volunteers are needed to move goods from the church to the tables under the tent outside. Four sales people are needed for the day (that would be 8 needed if folks can only work half a day). Two of our bookkeepers will be working in the Timeless Treasure tent for the day. Contact Patty Patella (828)719-8409 Gale Buchanan (828)265-6791.

St. Mary’s Notorious Bakers and Friends: Start looking through your favorite recipe books for that special item you want to make for the Tour of Homes Bake Sale.  Since it will be hot under the outdoor tent, we need items which will not require refrigeration--cakes, pies, cookies, breads, jams, pickles--your specialties!

We will be tying all items with a pretty pink or green bow.  Ribbon donations would be appreciated (1 1/2 to 3 inch, wired if possible).  We also need clear glass vases (7-9 inches) for flower arrangements.  Bring your ribbon and vases to the church or call Carolyn Crutcher (704-451-3646) or Suzanne Miller (828-719-9071). Wrappers will be needed on Thursday

Moving baked goods from church to tent outside needed at 7 am on Friday. Sales help is needed all day Friday until baked treats are sold out. Two bookkeepers will work this tent. 

Hostesses at Tour Homes:  Hostesses who can answer questions and direct traffic inside the homes are needed at one of the larger homes.  See Joann Hallmark

Wall of Wine: We need your donations! NOW is good!    Please bring bottles of wine to the church for storage in the “wine room”.  This auction makes a tidy profit for Outreach, so all you wine aficionados, please NOW is the time to donate!  Cheers!

See Mary Ellen Raulerson to help tote wine from church to table outside. Two bookkeepers will be needed at 3:00 pm on Friday.

Café: Four prep cooks will be needed on Thursday. Five servers are requested for Friday. Clean up folks will be needed to clear, scrape and wash dishes. Contact Susan Schilson or Loy McGill

Water Czar:  strong backs needed to deliver cases of water to the four Tour homes on Thursday before Tour Day.  Any students, grandsons, young visitors in the vicinity?  Contact Bob Finney

Clean Up Team: strong backs are needed to pack up tables and tents on Saturday, July 27. Contact: Jim West

Zero Waste Wannabe Racoons: To help recycle and create zero waste, contact Lynn Coulthard at

Transportation: Greeters and Drivers needed. See Gary Gloster or Chip Myers

Thank you, church members and friends! We need one and all to get involved in this fundraiser. If you are thinking about joining in, please do. We welcome you. Call the contact people above from the church directory (available in the hallway next to the elevator) or call Greta Wilson at 828-295-7323. Call Ron or Radie Armstrong if you have questions. (828-295-7179).



We are thrilled to announce the line-ups for both the 2019 Summer Concert Series and Choral Evensong/Organ recitals. Sponsored by the St. Mary’s Friends of Music, the Summer Concerts feature artists from around northwest North Carolina and range from classical musicians to traditional local music.  All concerts will be on Sunday afternoons at 3 pm, either in the church nave or (weather-permitting) on the front lawn of the church, where you are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the music!

July 21 - Adam and Sally Booker, double bass and piano
August 17 – Annual KenFest Concert, the St. Mary of the Hills Choir (time is 5:30 pm)
August 25 - Odd and Even, folk trio
September 22 - Ellie Wee and Barry Salwer, cello and piano
October 27 - ASU Men’s Glee Club

St. Mary’s has also announced the dates of this season's organ recitals and choral evensong:
July 7
September 8
October 6

All programs are free and everyone is welcome! For more information, please contact the church at (828) 295-7323 or visit MusicfromStMaryoftheHills on Facebook.



 *July 11 from 5:30-8:30 pm-Gala Kick Off Party at the Car Barn of Chip and

             Monica Perry

*July 26-Tour of Homes



Sunday,  June 16-The First Sunday after Pentecost (Trinity Sunday)-Father’s Day

8:00   AM   Holy Eucharist

10:10 AM   Holy Eucharist (with incense)

Bill Stroh on vacation for the week               

Monday, June 17

8:30   AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

5:30   PM   Outreach Committee meeting-Barrett Room

6:30   PM    AA meeting-Parish Hall

Tuesday,  June 18

8:30   AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

10:10 AM   Prayer Shawl gathering-Library

5:30   PM   Vestry Meeting-Parish Hall

Wednesday, June 19

8:30   AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

12:00  PM   Noon Eucharist

12:30  PM   Chinese Art Class with Sue Wilders

6:30    PM   AA meeting 

Thursday, June 20

8:30  AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

Friday, June 21

8:30-12:30  Church and office open

Saturday, June 22

Church and office closed

Sunday,  June 23-The Second Sunday after Pentecost

8:00   AM   Holy Eucharist

10:10 AM   Holy Eucharist