St. Mary's Episcopal Church

August 2, 2019

"God is in every person's life. ... You can—you must—try to seek God in every human life. Though someone's life be a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God." 
—Pope Francis.

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If you have information for the newsletter, please email it to Melody Oliphant at by Tuesday evening.

Join us for Holy Eucharist ~ Sundays @ 10:30 a.m.

All desiring to fellowship & worship with us are welcome; God loves you as you are! 

Sunday at St. Mary's Church (SMC)

Holy Eucharist
Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
Adult Study Group- in the library
Sunday Mornings @9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
The study group is reading and discussing the book: Holy Envy, by Barbara Brown Taylor
8th Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 13
Year C
August 4, 2019

Acolyte: Rohit
Eucharistic Minister: Melody Oliphant
1st Reading: Youth
2nd Reading: Youth

Prayers: Youth
Ushers: Roy Varghese / Steven Nordstrom
BCPOD Worship: Shaunna Gage
BCPOD Fellowship: Taran Bhagat
Altar Guild: Roy Varghese

Ministries Schedules:
Can be found on St. Mary's Website (here)
Sunday Readings:
Can be found (here) We follow Track 2
POTLUCK, Fellowship & Visiting
11:30 a.m. 
~ in the Parish Hall
Please sign up to bring a "sweet" or "savory" refreshment to fellowship - the sign-up calendar is in the kitchen/parish hall -- your help is appreciated!
Note that the 1st Sunday is always Potluck - feel free to bring a dish to share; the 5th Sunday is always hosted by the Youth and Children of the congregation.
Stats for:
7/21/2019 &

Total Combined Deposit:


Church Attendance

Support Group Attendance

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Info from the Diocese of Utah

The most recent
Diocesan Newsletter
can be found (
 here )
Going on at St. Mary's Church (SMC)
Bar-b-que & Potluck Fellowship

On Sunday, August 18th at 10:30 a.m., St Mary's Church will celebrate the Feast Day of St Mary the Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ by having Eucharist and fellowship at South Fork Picnic area, within Vivian Park in Provo Canyon. The Rev. Tim Yanni will be the Celebrant.
There will also be a Morning Prayer Service at the church for those unable to attend the canyon service.
Jim Meador is hoping to get a head count for those planning to attend the bar b que picnic for fellowship, so that he knows how much meat to purchase. Please sign-up at church or by emailing Ashley at 

Opportunity for Education:
Conference - ROOTED IN JESUS: JAN. 21-24, 2020

"It’s time for the Episcopal Church to come together as disciples of Jesus and take a bold new step into the next decade. Let’s spend four days together, talking about discipleship, leadership, evangelism, formation, preaching, and much more—so we can go out and be the Body of Christ." Quote from: 

Bishop Hayashi thinks that 2-3 people attending  the conference "Rooted in Jesus" ( click here for more info ) from St. Mary's would be great. We are looking for people who would be willing to engage more deeply and devote themselves more fully to evangelism, leadership, formation, and stewardship in our congregation. 

If you think one of these people might be you, please email the Scholarships are available.
Ministries at St. Mary's Church
 Contact Person/People
(on the website here)
What is God calling you to do? Talk to any member of the ministries if you would like more information.
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” ~ St. Teresa of Ávila
The Bishop’s Committee has organized a Search Committee to begin the search process for a new Priest at St. Mary’s.
UPDATE: The Bishop has received applications and is sending names to the Search Committee to interview and discern the best fit for SMC. After that process, the Search Committee will recommend an applicant to the Bishop's Committee. 

Members of the Search Committee are Serena Benish, Jim Meador, Dave Castelli, Pat Collins, Lon Young, and Melody Oliphant.
Guidance Prayer for New Ministry
Almighty God, giver of every good gift:
Look graciously on your Church,
and so guide the minds of those
who shall choose a rector for this parish,
that we may receive a faithful pastor,
who will care for your people
and equip us for our ministries;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
BCP, page 818
Evening Prayer 
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
in the St. Mary's Church Side Chapel (Choir Room)

Come join us for a spoken prayer service out of the
Book of Common Prayer.
For more information contact Alex Jensen (
Centering Prayer
4th Sunday of the Month
after church & fellowship
@ 12:30 pm in the Sanctuary
Contact Dcn. Sandra Jones ( ) for more information.
The Tuesday Discussion Group:
1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Next meeting: August 6th @ 6:00 pm

This will be the last meeting of the Discussion Group before going on hiatus for a few weeks, to resume later in the fall.
Village Inn Restaurant at East Bay in Provo
933 S University Ave, Provo, UT 84606 ( map )
We will be reading the book: 40 Days with Joan Chittister
Days 31-40 will be discussed at the next meeting.
For more information, contact Gidge Sundquist at 
( )
An Outline of the Faith/Catechism Class
On Break through the Summer
If you are interested in studying the Catechism / An Outline of the Faith in preparation for baptism, confirmation, reaffirmation or for a deeper understanding of the faith for your own Christian formation with a 12 week class in the fall, please contact Melody Oliphant (
Registration is complete and we will start the year (in September) with 9 members (Yay!!)
For more information, contact Melody Oliphant
( )
From the EfM website ( click here to read more about EfM )
"Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice."
"The EfM program is preparation for the ministry to which we all are called. It is that vocation for which we pray at the end of the Eucharist: 'And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.'"  
Community Music Outreach Program

~ A Mission of St. Mary's Church ~ 

Music in the Sanctuary

The St. Mary's Chancel Choir 
Contact Dallin Baldwin for rehearsal details:

All are welcome!  
Food and Care Ministry &
The Community Garden

~ A Mission of St. Mary's Church ~ 
Photo credit for The Blessing of the Community Garden: Roshan Abraham

If you have any questions regarding the Community Garden, please contact: 
Lon Young -
Attention Gardeners:
In honor of Squash & Zucchini Season, please harvest the ripe veggies from your plot. Many ripe vegetables, including large zucchinis, have been spotted. To (mis)quote John 4:35, "
I tell you, lift up your eyes and look at the [garden boxes], for [some] are ripe for harvest." 
Have a great week and happy harvesting!
How can those of us not participating in growing crops in the Community Garden help?
1) Composting:
You may notice that we've dedicated Box #9 for composting. Please feel free to dump in any plant-based scraps.
2 ) Donate crops from your home garden:
If you have a garden at home and would like to contribute to Food & Care Coalition, you may donate too!
Donating to Food and Care Coalition:
You can take donations to F&CC yourself during normal business hours (see below) or simply ask at fellowship hour if there's someone who can do a donation run for you. 
Donation Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Please deliver your donations at the east entrance past the gate. Deliveries are received anytime gate is open.
No amount is too small to contribute. They will weigh your donation and may hand you a receipt indicating the donation in terms of weight, which is simply there system. St. Mary's would like to keep track of our Community Garden's contribution over the growing season. Please TEXT  Lon at (385) 448-0678 with the weight, however small, after a donation is made. This is one way we show the Diocese that the grant funds they awarded us are continuing to be a positive force in the world.
How is our Parish performing at the Food & Care Coalition? Click (here) to view the monthly stats.

Follow the link ( here ) to view F&CC current needs. 
At St. Mary’s, one of our core values is that “We care about the communities in which we live, and we seek, as individuals and as a congregation, to reach out to others carrying with us the good news of Jesus’ love for us.” 
One of our outreach opportunities for service to the community is our relationship with the Food & Care Coalition, where we help feed the hungry among us. We’ve been involved in it for 30+ years, starting in our own Parish Hall kitchen.
Come and volunteer providing lunch to the clients of the Food & Care Coalition.
We can use help in serving food, greeting clients, handing out sack lunches, washing dishes, cleaning up, and engaging in friendly conversation with the clients. (Children under sixteen are welcome to greet guests with an accompanying adult.)
Contact Steve Nordstrom, Erik Heiney, or Stan King through the church office to sign up to help or for more information.
Going on In Our Community
You are invited!!!!
VIA de CRISTO is a Spanish phrase meaning “Way of Christ.” VIA de CRISTO (VdC) is a highly structured three day weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people and bring them to a new awareness of living in God’s grace. It is a combined effort of lay people and clergy toward renewal of the church. The movement originated as “Cursillo” in the later 1940’s in the Spanish Catholic church and moved to the United States in the late 1950’s.
VIA de CRISTO is the Lutheran expression of Cursillo beginning in 1972 with the help of the
Episcopal Cursillo.
Cursillo is based on the fundamentals of Christianity, concentrating on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. The focus is not on VIA de CRISTO itself, but on the environment of the community of believers. The objective of the movement is to inspire, challenge and equip people for Christian action in their homes, churches and communities. A VdC weekend is three days in length, beginning on Thursday evening and ending the following Sunday evening. The
participants live, study, worship and commune together daily. Fourteen talks are given, nine by lay people and five by clergy. VIA de CRISTO gives those attending a living understanding of basic Christian truths. There is music and singing, food and fellowship, a time for laughter and for prayer. The weekend is intended for lay people from every walk of life, for pastors, for people who live strong and active lives in Christ, and also for those who seek to be renewed
and strengthened in their relationship with Christ and the people around them.
Weekend #71 will be held September 26 to 29 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sandy, Utah. This is a coed weekend with both men and women participating – yes they do have enough space for us to gather together but still have men and women sleep in separate areas of their facility. All you need to come with is your sleeping bag or blankets and pillow, change of clothes, pajamas, personal items and meds, a towel for showering and an open mind. The
recommended fee for the weekend is $100 to help cover the costs.
As rectora or lay-leader for this weekend I invite each of you to consider attending by setting aside three days for a date with the Lord. Utah VIA de CRISTO says when asked who should attend a VIA de CRISTO weekend:
Any Christian who would like to experience the love of God in a very unique manner.
Any Christian who believes their spiritual life may need strengthening.
Any Christian who may have questions about prayer, study and sharing their faith.
Any Christian who is will to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an on-going manner.
In other words: any Christian.

For planning purposes all applications are due by September 12, 2019. Contact Deanna Anderson (member of St Stephen's in West Valley City) or 801-244-8097 in you want more information or an application. 
The Scera Theater in Orem has given the congregation of St. Mary's free movie tickets -
St Mary's Parish Office has limited movie tickets for Scera Theater in Orem - if you'd like to claim a ticket to use, please email Ashley, the Parish Secretary, at First come, first serve.
(Please only claim tickets if you will use them. We have many members who would enjoy this opportunity.)
The Scera in Orem has offered the congregation of St. Mary's the following tickets for free:
* Disney's Beauty and the Beasts (Scera Shell Outdoor Theater) - can go anytime August 2 - 17th, no Wednesdays; showtime is 8:00pm
* The Incredibles 2 (Outdoor Movie) - Wednesday, August 14th, showtime at dusk
* Tickets to Movie Series (indoor movie theater, meant for older children/adults) - Tuesdays at 10:00am, ending on August 13th
* Tickets to Movie Series (indoor movie theater, meant for younger children) - Mondays at 1:00pm, ending on August 12th
Upcoming Events at SMC
St Mary's Day Picnic & BBQ - Sunday, August 18th
St Mary's at Provo PRIDE - Saturday in September TBD
The Blessing of the Animals - Saturday, October 5th @ 10 AM
Ending Childhood Homelessness Campaign - TBA 

Advent Begins - Sunday, Dec 1st
Christmas Eve Services - December 24; 7 p.m. & 11 p.m.
SMC Parish Office Staff & Clergy
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
physical and mailing address:
50 West 200 North
Provo, UT 84601

(801) 373-3090

Find us online:

The Rev. Dcn. Sandra Jones - Vocational Deacon
Available by appointment.
Contact her at or 432-640-8094

The Bishop's Committee:
Steven Nordstrom - Sr. Warden ( )
Jim Meador - Jr. Warden ( )
Shaunna Gage                Taran Bhagat
Robert Redd                   Alex Jensen
Patricia Castelli              Bryan Kreller

Other members of the Church Staff may be contacted through the Church Office:
                 Ashley Haws, Parish Secretary                 
                 Heidi Memmott, Facility Manager                 
                 Serena Kanig Benish, Community Music Outreach Program (CMOP)
                 Dallin Baldwin, Organist
                 George Benish, Treasurer / Bookkeeper

The schedule of support group meetings is on our church calendar and posted next to the main (west) door.
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