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Sunday 10/24/2021 10 AM Rite II Service

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2021 10 24 Bulletin

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Introducing William (Bill) Elliott – Organist and Choir Master

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Meet our new organist and choirmaster William (Bill) Elliott.  Bill is a native of Louisville, Kentucky where as a boy he attended Christ Church Cathedral.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in church music as an organ major.  His Master’s degree is in organ performance with areas in vocal pedagogy and music theory.  He holds a Diploma from the Academy for Organists in Haarlem, the Netherlands where he was chosen to play on the famed Mueller organ in St. Bavo’s Church.  He also holds the Archbishop’s Diploma from the Royal School of Church Music in Croydon, England.  Following his graduate work he got a French government subsidy to study for an academic year with Andre Marchal in Paris.  While studying in Paris he was the assistant organist at the American Episcopal Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.  After returning to the United States he joined the music faculty at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was appointed organist and choirmaster at St. Mark’s Episcopal, the former cathedral of the diocese of western Michigan.  National Public Television filmed a documentary entitled “The Wind At One’s Fingertips” which chronicles the building of a four manual tracker organ in classical French style he designed for St. Mark’s which can be viewed on the internet.  While at St. Mark’s he went through the four year Education for Ministry program through the seminary at the University of the South.  Bill has three grown daughters and three grandchildren.

St. Mary’s Library – October, 2021
Bookshelf with Books

Click this link to see The Featured Books for October list. You are invited to stop by the library to browse and borrow (and please remember to sign books out on the clipboard by the library door!).

The Order of Saint Luke

The International Order of St. Luke is offering a five-week course for everyone at St. Mary’s church. “Healing Scriptures of Jesus” will be offered on ZOOM, Tuesday nights, 7:00 to 8:30 PM, beginning September 14. Other dates: September 14, 21 and October 5, 12, 19 .

Those who have not participated in a Bible study before or those who have attended many Bible studies are all welcome. There is no obligation to join Order of St. Luke. However, if you choose to do so, this is a great opportunity to taste what is offered in the longer, 14-week course.
FREE Bible study materials, produced by Order of St. Luke, will be sent to you as an email attachment to print out yourself or order from Ian in St. Mary’s church office.

If you are interested, please feel free to email or call the facilitator, Mother Gail Tomei, 717-823-9421, gtomei@stmarysbonita.org.  Please sign up by Sept. 13, 2021.

NEWS FROM PENNYWISE THRIFT SHOP AT ST. MARY’S

PENNYWISE THRIFT SHOP
9801 Bonita Beach Road
Bonita Springs, Florida 34135

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10am to 3 pm

Slides to the right showcase our shop –>

Thank You Message to PennyWise Volunteers

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St. Mary’s Library – Books from Fr. Wright

Books donated by Fr. Wright

In the library, you are also invited to peruse the beautiful collection of books, generously donated by Father Wright, that contain full-color photographs and text depicting art and architecture of significance in the Christian faith. We do ask, however, that you not remove them from the library, but rather peruse them there so that they are available to the greatest number of parishioners. Feel free to sit in the library in comfort and enjoy a background of classical and sacred music available for listening on our CD player.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER: A Way of Life at St. Mary’s Parish

The 17th Chapter of the Gospel according to St. John contains what is generally referred to as The Great Intercessory Prayer of Jesus wherein among several petitions he intercedes on behalf of his disciples. To quote: “I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours…but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.” And in the Apostle Paul’s First Epistle to Timothy we read: “First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for everyone…so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.” And the Early Church followed both Christ’s example and St. Paul’s instruction, for in his letter to the churches of Smyrna St. Ignatius urges the Christians there to pray for other people: “only you must pray to God for them, if by any means they may be brought to repentance, which, however, will be very difficult. Yet Jesus Christ, who is our true

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About St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church brings a wide variety of people with diverse backgrounds together for a spiritual journey. We welcome all visitors and encourage newcomers to join us for a welcome reception to meet our other members and the church leadership. Here at St. Mary’s, we have plenty of opportunities to worship and attend fellowship gatherings, special events, and volunteer events.

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Meet Fr. Ryan Wright

A personal welcome from Father Ryan Wright who is our Rector.

Whether it is setting the tone for our worship, giving an inspirational sermon, or taking the time to pray with a parishioner in need, Fr. Ryan is there for each of us.

Fr. Ryan Wright
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