Weekly Epistle - February 21, 2019 





BAGS OF HOPE:  The Outreach Committee will resume the in-gathering of non-perishable foods for Bags of Hope. These contributions for the remainder of February and March will be for the Hunger and Health Coalition.  You may find the bags with the grocery lists attached in the Foyer.  Please return to the Foyer.



    Sharing Food in our Community

1 in 4 Children in the North Carolina High Country do not get enough to eat on a regular basis. Sadly, Watauga County has been designated the 3rd poorest county in our state. Many children and families have to choose between medicine, meals, or putting gas in the car. Is there a way for the citizens of the High Country to become a key source of food for its neediest? We think so!

A SIMPLE GESTURE   is a door-to-door food collection program that helps to provide a steady supply of food for the neediest people in our region. It can provide thousands of meals, allowing our food banks to think strategically about ending the cycle of hunger.

Here’s how it works:

SIGN UP on the Hunger and Health Coalition website ( to receive a green recyclable grocery bag, which we will deliver to your home, school, church, or business.

SHOP – Each week when you go shopping, buy one extra non-perishable food item and bring it home and put it in your green bag. A colorful tag on the bag will provide a list of the most needed items, such as oatmeal, canned veggies, and peanut butter.

THEY PICK UP – On a designated day every other month, a volunteer will pick up the bag, leave another one in its place, and take the filled one to the Hunger and Health Coalition food pantry. Email reminders will be sent prior to pick-up dates. If you live outside Watauga County or in a remote area where pickup will not be practical, you may bring your bag to St. Mary’s where we will arrange for your bag to be picked up.




Please put these dates on your calendar for the gala and the tour:

The gala is scheduled for Thursday, July 11, 2019, and the Tour will be Friday, July 26, 2019.

There is a role for everyone with this important drive for the Outreach charities. Let’s come together to participate and support a wonderful day that is part of our St. Mary’s legacy.  More news and information will follow. Contact any of these people who are guiding the tour this year:

 Ron and Radie Armstrong-Co-chairs

Executive Team Members:

Gary and Judy Gloster

Chip and Garland Myers

Patti Turner

Will Merrill, Honorary Home Procurer


TIMELESS TREASURERS!  It is that time of the year again.  The end of winter is near and spring cleaning is ready to begin.  Please keep our 100% for charity donations in mind.  We accept quality items for resale.  Please call Patty Patella 828-265-6791 to discuss donations.


 Upcoming Events

February 22-24-Choir rehearsing at various times with Tim Brown, English

                         choral conductor, over the course of the weekend

February 28 at 7:30 AM-Holy Eucharist and Men’s Breakfast with Tom Truman from

                                      Life Village making a presentation

 March 5 at  6:00 PM-Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

                   7:30 PM-“Farewell to Alleluias” Service

 March 6 at 12:00 PM-Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes (Ash Wednesday)

                   7:00 PM-Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes (Ash Wednesday)



Sunday, February 24-The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany-with incense

 8:00  AM  Holy Eucharist

10:10 AM  Holy Eucharist with incense

12:15 PM – 4:00 PM Choir practicing in the Nave and the Parish HalL 

Monday,   February 25

 8:30 AM  Morning Prayer and Daily

 6:30 PM  AA meeting in the Parish Hall

Tuesday,   February 26

  8:30 AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

Wednesday,   February 27

 8:30 AM   Morning Prayer and Daily Word

12:00 PM   Holy Eucharist and Unction

  6:30 PM   AA meeting in the Parish Hall 

Thursday,  February 28

 7:30 PM  Holy Eucharist and Men’s Breakfast meeting

 8:30 AM  Morning Prayer and Daily Word 

Friday,  March 1

  8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Office open

Saturday,  March 2

  Church and office closed

Sunday, March 3-The Last Sunday after the Epiphany-with incense

 8:00  AM  Holy Eucharist

10:10 AM  Holy Eucharist with incense