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Calendar of Events

When you join St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, you’ll quickly learn how many opportunities there are to join together in fellowship. There’s something happening every day at St. Mary’s. Whether it’s a book club, evening prayers, Bible study or choir practice, the schedule at St. Mary’s reveals the busy daily life of the church. Please consult the calendar regularly to be sure you know the latest gatherings that are important to you.

Upcoming Events

It’s easy to find out what’s going on at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. We post events you will want to know about on this page. For example, you’ll want to mark your calendars for a classical music concert or when the Lunch Bunch meets. Special services, dates and times for evening prayers and any special events are listed here. Join us!

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Tidings of St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Our Quarterly Newsletter

Tidings is the quarterly newsletter published by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. You can click on an issue on this web page or join our free mailing list to receive your copy via email. In each issue of Tidings you’ll find a message from the Clergy with important information about the parish life.  The newsletter also includes details about special services such as Easter or Christmas as well as opportunities for members to volunteer. There’s also a calendar of upcoming events as well as important committee reports.

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Join ECW Today!

Episcopal Church Women, or ECW, is a group of women working together to promote fellowship and spiritual growth at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. There’s no special requirement for membership — if you’re a woman of the parish, you’re a member! ECW holds meetings the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. It starts with a brief business meeting followed by a program or event. Bring your lunch and come at noon for a fun social hour.

Some of Our Latest Blog Posts

CHARISMS OF THE SPIRIT AND THE SUPERNATURAL

The power of the Holy Spirit is in fact inexhaustible and manifests itself in numerous ways. The word charisma from the Greek translates as gift of grace; and in a spiritual sense it refers to the divine gifts that enable us to accomplish our vocation within the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church. Further we are to be “good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10) in terms of our ministry in the life of our parish, St. Mary’s; for the gifts of the spirit are for building up the church and the spread of the gospel. Included among the gifts are the utterance of wisdom, the utterance of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working miracles, prophecy, discernment of spirits, tongues, and

By |March 5th, 2021|0 Comments

THE OFFERTORY: Our Stewardship of Time, Talent, Treasure

In 1945 the Anglican Benedictine monk, Dom Gregory Dix, wrote and published The Shape of the Liturgy, which quickly became one of the most influential explorations into the liturgy of the Early Church; and which, in the course of time, significantly shaped our liturgies as found in the 1979 edition of The Book of Common Prayer. The following quote is the heart of his thesis: “It (the Eucharist) has four momenta only – Offertory, Thanksgiving Prayer (Canon, Anaphora), Fraction, Communion – and nothing else. It thus reproduces exactly the ‘took bread – gave thanks – brake – gave’ of the Gospels.” And Dix’s research essentially supports that these four actions are found quite consistently in the historical record of the Early Church liturgies. Needless to say,

By |February 27th, 2021|0 Comments

THE CONFESSION: From Darkness Into Light

In previous Insights Into the Liturgy periodic references have been made to various Early Church Fathers, leaders from those first Christian generations who were responsible for articulating, through the power of the Holy Spirit, such accomplishments as the first liturgies, the Creeds, the Canon of Holy Scripture, doctrine, etc.; as well as defending the faith against various heresies. It is most appropriate, therefore, to refer to some of them for their specific instruction and guidance concerning Confession; which we express each week as part of our Liturgy. Actually, the Sacrament of Penance (or Reconciliation) is one of the seven sacraments of the Anglican/Episcopal Church; and is available to parishioners throughout the year, but most fittingly during the Seasons of Advent and Lent because of

By |February 19th, 2021|0 Comments

ASH WEDNESDAY: The Beginning of a Secret Journey

With the arrival of Ash Wednesday our liturgical calendar begins the onset of the Season of Lent and our journey of a period of meditation, reflection, and penitence culminating in 40 days with the glorious celebration of Easter. None of this comes as news to parishioners of St. Mary’s parish. We are well versed in the permutations of the liturgical seasons and their unique spiritual characteristics and celebrations. However, Lent can often present a challenge when determining how to meaningfully observe the ascetic disciplines it calls for of, among others, meditation, reflection, and penitence. In 1930 T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) published the poem Ash-Wednesday (note the hyphen), which deals with the struggle that ensues when one lacking in faith in the past strives to move toward God.

By |February 12th, 2021|0 Comments

HOLY BAPTISM: Just the Beginning…

For many their baptism was an event they attended, but do not have any recollections of because they were an infant at the time. They know it occurred because they were told so, have a photo or two, perhaps church documents or inscribed bible. In any event, it was “done”, and they feel confident they can attest to it. But what really took place on that occasion, from a theological and spiritual perspective? An amazing amount of divine grace and love surrounded that event; to where libraries are filled with books on the subject. For example, you were initiated, sealed, received the Holy Spirit, adopted, prayed over, cleansed of sin, illuminated with the light of Christ by a candle, welcomed, reborn, and, finally, given a name.

By |February 6th, 2021|0 Comments

FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION: Celebration of Purity and Light

There is much to celebrate and observe on the occasion of the Feast of the Presentation. First, in keeping with the requirements of the Law of Moses, the Holy Family presented their first born son, Jesus, at the Jerusalem Temple as an offering to God (“Set apart for me the first boy in every family.”) (Exodus 13:2.) And again, in keeping with the Law of Moses, “they offered a sacrifice…a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”(Luke 2:2.) This Feast, known as the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, is part of our liturgy today. Second, it is also the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Again, in keeping with Jewish practice, mothers went to the Temple in Jerusalem

By |January 29th, 2021|0 Comments
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