"Opening Hearts and Minds to All"
The word Episcopal means "pertaining to Bishops," and refers to the way the church is organized into geographical dioceses containing many congregations, with bishops as their shared pastors and leaders. The Episcopal Church is a member of a worldwide association, or communion, known as the Anglican Communion. Together we join with our brothers and sisters all over the world in worshiping Jesus Christ in common prayer.
Commitment—We are committed to God in Jesus Christ, to one another, and to Jesus' mission to the world.
Care—We enjoy and care for one another at St. Mary's.
Compassion—We reach out in God's compassion to the world around us, including people from all backgrounds and cultures.
Celebration—We rejoice in God's love through worship, fellowship, and special events.
The purpose of St. Mary's Episcopal Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.
Every weekend is a celebration at St. Mary's! We are glad to be in God's presence and with one another. We have two worship services each Sunday, each with it's own style:
Evening Prayer Services
We have meditative Evening Prayer services at the church building on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - CommUnity
This is an exciting Saturday Evening service that uses contemporary prayers, music, videos, and skits to provide an additional sensory experience which brings the message of Jesus Christ into our present day lives. Holy Eucharist on 4th Saturday of each month.
Beginning Friday, February 12 at 7:00 pm, we will be holding a Stations of the Cross service each Friday evening through Lent. Each week will be done in a different style. All are welcome!
Sunday, February 14 is Episcopal Relief and Development Sunday. We are all encouraged to gather together to pray for people fighting poverty, disaster, and disease throughout the world. You can support this organization by placing a donation, marked for Episcopal Relief and Development, in the plate or completing and mailing the form on the bulletin insert.
Sign up today to join in our five-week Lenten Soup & Study program on Tuesdays starting February 16. Groups will meet at the church 12 to 1:30 p.m. (led by Rev. Anne) and 6 to 7:30 p.m. (led by Lynn Holman). Both groups will start their meeting with a simple meal provided by one of the members, then discuss the book and DVD Hazardous Saints: Christians Risking All, Changing Everything by Charles Kevin Robertson, which teaches about the life and work of saints who have gone before us. All are welcome!
To sign up for the Noon Study Group, please follow this link: http://www.stmaryselkgrove.org/page/lentensoupandstudynoongroup_2888
To sign up for the Evening Study Group, please follow this link: http://www.stmaryselkgrove.org/page/lentensoupandstudyeveninggroup