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,November 30
    • Staff Nursery, 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    • Holy Eucharist, 10:00 a.m.
    • Christian formation - Advent Wreath Making, 11:15 a.m.
    • AA Meeting, 8:00 p.m. in Moseley Hall
  • Tuesday, December 2
    • 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, 8:00 p.m. in Moseley Hall
  • Wednesday, December 3 
    • Men's Prayer Breakfast, 6:45 a.m.
    • Costume Fitting for Boar's Head Festival, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    • St. Cecilia's Choir, 5:30 p.m.
    • EYC Jam Session, 6:45 p.m.
    • Adult Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 4 
    • Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.
    • Youth Choir, 5:30 p.m.
    • Cherished Member's Lunch, 11:30 a.m.
    • Boy Scouts Round Table, 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 6 
    • Cookie Bake Day in Kitchen, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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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.

ADVENT WREATH MAKING: We will gather in Moseley Hall after the liturgy to make Advent Wreaths.  Make one to take home or create one as a gift for those who can't be a part of our regular Sunday worship. 

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS DEVOTIONAL: This Advent and Christmas you are invited to join Father Tom in daily devotional reading from God is in the the Manager: Reflections on Advent and Christmas by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The book is available in our bookstore for $13. Those reading are also invited to a pot-luck shared meal to discuss these reflections on Monday, December 8th, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor. For additional information, please contact Father Tom. 

ST. NICHOLAS TO VISIT:  St. Nicholas, the 4th century bishop of Myra (Turkey), will join us next Sunday during the 10:00 a.m. liturgy.  St. Nicholas will have a gift for all children!
 
A FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS will take place at St. Mary’s on Sunday, December 21st at 4:00 p.m.  We hope you will bring the whole family.  St. Mary’s Choir will be joined by other choirs from Kinston.  Please pick up a poster in the Narthex. 
 
FOSTER CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM:  For more than 25 years the Episcopal Church Women of St. Mary’s (ECW) have ensured that children in Foster care in Lenoir County receive gifts at Christmas.  The List of children’s names are on the bulletin board near the nursery.  Please stop by the bulletin board and select a child’s name today.  If you have questions, please contact Jane Newton at 560-5517.  Help brighten the Christmas for a child away from their home over the holidays. 

THANK YOU:   Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Mary Market a success.  Our thanks to the ECW and especially to Anne Lindley, the Chair of this year’s market.  It was a wonderful time of fellowship.
 
CHERISHED MEMBER CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON will be this Thursday at 11:30 p.m.  Christmas music will be provided by children from Northwest Elementary School.  Please contact the church office by 5:00 on Monday if you plan to attend.  Invite a friend.  
 
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: The Annual Parish Meeting of St. Mary’s Church will be held in the church next Sunday, December 7th, immediately following the 10:00 a.m. liturgy.  We will vote on members to the Vestry.  The nominees are: Earl Harper, Mark Herring, John John, Adrian King, Ron Michalowiz, and Sandy Shimer. We will also vote on delegates to Diocesan Convention to be held February 5 – 7, 2015, at the Convention Center in New Bern, NC. If you are interested in having your name on the ballot as a convention delegate, please contact Joan Bradshaw. In order to be considered, you must be a confirmed Episcopalian and a member of St. Mary’s.
 
COOKIE WALK:  St. Mary’s is having a cookie walk on December 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Fill a box for $8 a pound. Leave with a gift wrapped box ready for gift giving.  A café style lunch will be served for $6.00.  All proceeds go to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church educational outreach ministries. 
 
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.
 


 
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