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, September 14- 
    • 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.
    • "Splash Bash" - for all children through the 5th Grade, 5:00 p.m.
    • Jr. EYC, 5:30 p.m.  
    • Sr. EYC, 6:15 p.m.  
    • AA Meeting, 8:00 p.m. in Moseley Hall
  • Monday, September 15
    • Vestry Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 16  
    • Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.
    • Staff Meeting, 9:00 a.m.  
    • AA & Al-Anon Meeting, 8:00 p.m. in Moseley Hall
  • Wednesday, September 10   
    • Men's Prayer Breakfast, 6:45 a.m.
    • St. Cecilia's Choir, 5:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday Night Dinner, 6:00 p.m.
    • Adult Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m.    
  • Thursday, September 11 
    • Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS return to St. Mary’s on September 17th  at 6:00 p.m.  The dinners are a delightful occasion for parish fellowship…and you leave the cooking to us.  Each week a signup sheet may be found on the bulletin board in the Narthex listing the week’s dinner.  Those planning to attend  must sign up prior to noon on Tuesday.  The cost of the meal is $7 for adults (12 and under) $5.00 for children under 12 and no more than $23 for a family of 2 adults and children under 12.  Join your parish family on Wednesday evenings and leave dinner to us. 
“SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS!” Psalm 100:2 Serving as an acolyte is open to any rising 5th grader or older.  Any acolyte that was not able to attend the training sessions held in June is asked to make every effort to meet with the clergy on:  Sunday, September 14th at 9:15 a.m.  We will meet in the nave (the main part of the sanctuary).  Adults are welcome to serve as acolytes as well if they are interested.  
ST. CECILIA’S CHOIR will return to rehearsals on Wednesday, September 17th, at 5:30 p.m.  All children 3 years of age through the First Grade are invited to attend.  Rehearsal time is 5:30 -6:00 p.m.  Children are also encouraged to bring a friend to sing.

CHRISTIAN FORMATION CLASSES FOR ALL AGES returns on Sunday, September 14th, at 11:15 a.m.  The family that studies together, learns together.

BAPTISMS:  The next Sunday for baptisms at St. Mary's will be All Saints' Sunday, November 2, 2014, during the 10:00 a.m. service.  If you or a member of your family has a desire to be baptized, please speak to Father Michael or Father Tom in the near future. 

CHERISHED MEMBER AND FRIENDS LUNCHEON:  The first Cherished Member and Friends Luncheon for the fall begins on Thursday, October 2nd.  All retired persons are invited to attend.  Please invite your friends.  There is no cost for the luncheon.  It is a ministry of the Episcopal Church Women of St. Mary's.  The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m.

 BLESSING OF ANIMALS:  The annual Blessing of Animals, will take place on Sunday, October 5th.  The liturgy will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the church.  Bring your pets and invite your friends.  This liturgy is being offered in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis. 

SAVE THE DATE:  Please be sure to save Saturday, November 8, 2014.  This is the day when the Rev. Rob S. Skirving, Bishop-Elect of the Diocese of East Carolina, will be consecrated a Bishop and become the VIII Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina.  The liturgy will take place at Rock Springs Center in Greenville, NC, beginning at 11:00 a.m.  Plan to be present with others from the diocese on this day of celebration.


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