St. Mary's Episcopal Church

August 23, 2019

"Whenever someone attempts to introduce a radically different insight to people whose minds have been formed by an old and well-worked-out way of thinking, he is up against an obstacle. Their taste, as Jesus said, for the old wine is so well established that they invariably prefer it to the new."
—Robert Farrar Capon.

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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/
Morning Prayer

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
Worship Ministers' Schedule
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 16

Year C
August 25, 2019

1st Reading: Robert Redd
2nd Reading: Megan Jensen
Gospel Reading: Shaunna Gage
Prayers: Melody Oliphant
Ushers:  Roy V. / Jim M.
BCPOD Worship: Jim Meador
BCPOD Fellowship: Steven Nordstrom
Altar Guild: Melody Oliphant
Ministries Schedules:
Can be found on St. Mary's Website (here)
Sunday Readings:
Can be found (here) We follow Track 2
Fellowship & Visiting
Sundays at 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:
Total Combined Deposit:
Church Attendance:
Morning Prayer @ SMC - 
Eucharist @ South Fork -
Support Group Attendance
Make a secure online donation with PayPal
Bishop's Committee Meeting
This Sunday, August 23rd
~in the SMC Library @ 12:15 - 1:45 p.m.

The Bishop's Committee is the governing board of St. Mary's Church that meets monthly, typically on the third Sunday of each month.
The meetings are open, and the agenda is posted the week before each meeting on the Parish Website ( here ).
Pictures from 
St. Mary's Day Eucharist, Potluck, and Bar-b-que at
South Fork Park, Provo Canyon
August 18, 2019
Photo credit: Shaunna Gage
Info from the Diocese of Utah

The most recent
Diocesan Newsletter
can be found (
 here )
Bishop Hayashi Invites All to The Tuttle School ( here )

To register for the New Testament course click ( here )

For more information, please email ( ) 
Going on at St. Mary's Church (SMC)

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: TBD - on hiatus through summer

Village Inn Restaurant at East Bay in Provo
933 S University Ave, Provo, UT 84606 ( map )
Contactact Gidge Sundquist, Shaunna Gage, or Melody Oliphant for info.
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 (
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.
Upcoming Events at SMC
St Mary's at Provo PRIDE - Saturday, September 14th
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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