St. Mary's Episcopal Church

April 13, 2016


Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  ~ John 13:34

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

All are welcome; God loves you as you are! 

Fr. Peter's Blog Post
a blog post by the Rev. Peter J. Van Hook, Priest-in-Charge 

I am going to retire. I have promised Carole, I have promised Bishop Hayashi, and I have promised me: I am going to retire. I’ve earned it, I deserve it, and by God I’m going to have it! (Recall that this is what people say about nervous breakdowns, too. There may be a parallel to retirement, but I am not sure what it is.)

The missing element in the above paragraph is a date. Yes, I am going to retire; I just do not know when.

I began the first meeting of the newly-elected Bishop's Committee in February by stating that my one clear goal for the 2016 term is to complete a succession plan for the Priest-in-Charge by the Annual Meeting in January 2017. (It was stated thusly in order to get their attention. It did.) (read more)
We have asked Terri Heyduk to serve as consultant to our planning/visioning process this year.
The Rev. Terri Heyduk is a Priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah currently serving as the Interim Rector of St. James' Episcopal Church, Midvale. 
Most recently she was ​the Interim Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City​. 

She has served as interim pastor or priest ​in the Diocese of New York and ​in the Diocese of ​Chicago. Before specializing in interim leadership, she was ​Rector of St. Andrews Episcopal in Brewster, N.Y., from 2000 to 2009, and associate rector at Trinity St. Johns Episcopal in Hewlett, N.Y. ​

Heyduk brings specialized training and experience in leading congregations through transition.​ ​

Heyduk holds a degree in economics and before entering the ministry worked in private business, serving in management, administrative and executive roles. She earned a divinity degree at the General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1996.​
Other Events & News

SMC Prayer Loom

Available in the Parish Hall
now through Pentecost

The Art of Prayer

In our fellowship hall stands a 5 x 5 Prayer Loom.

Built by Fr Peter, the loom will be available throughout Easter for anyone who wishes to pray by looping yarn or ribbon from side to side, top to bottom, twisting it or turning it going under and over others’ work as you move in prayer.

As you weave your prayer through the various yarn and ribbon rows allow your words or your silence to focus on God and your intent—is your prayer one of petition, dear Lord please hear my request, one of intercession, dear Lord please be of help to a loved one, one of confession, dear Lord I am sorry, please forgive me, one of thanksgiving, dear Lord thank you for all you have given or one of adoration, dear Lord mighty and holy One.  

Your prayer or prayers will intertwine with other members of our parish family creating a visual representation of a praying community.  
~ Sandra

Adult Education Discussion Group

This informal discussion group is both baptismal and confirmation preparation for adults, and an opportunity for others to explore the theological and Biblical dimensions of the Church's beliefs. (meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays)

Next class: 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. ~

Location: Amber Family Restaurant - 80 W. 1000 N. Spanish Fork, UT (map)

New Beginnings

May 13-15

The New Beginnings weekend event is designed especially to respond to the unique concerns of youth in grades 6-8. 

The New Beginnings weekend event was created by adults and young people to help participants grow in their love of themselves, others and Christ.

The New Beginnings weekend is run by high school students (grades 9-12) and adult team members. 

Participants do not have to be Episcopalian, but need to be recommended through a member of the Episcopal Church. 

The Diocese will have its first New Beginnings weekend at St. Mark’s Cathedral, 231 East, 100 South, Salt Lake City, with accommodation provided for adult sponsors, and adult leaders at the Episcopal Conference Center.   

The New Beginnings Weekend, Registration Fees 

Registration begins Friday evening at St. Mark’s Cathedral with closing Eucharist on Sunday afternoon. Times will be determined. Friends and family are encouraged to attend the closing on Sunday as well.  The $60 fee includes all meals for participants, and lodging for our adult sponsors.  Our youth will be staying at St. Mark’s.

During the weekend, participants meet peers from across the diocese, enjoy skits, listen to talks, and participate in small group activities and discussions. These activities focus on self, friends, parents, siblings, school, God’s love, prayer and the church. Free time is built in for youth and sponsors to have an opportunity to be in fellowship with newfound friends. Eucharist will be on Sunday afternoon.  

Participants of New Beginnings may attend as many weekends as they choose throughout their middle school years.

All Participants in grades 6-8 MUST have a sponsor(s) from their parish that will attend the weekend with them!   Adult sponsorship not only allows us to keep within the best practice of the adult to youth ratio, but also offers each participant the connection with an adult in their church after the weekend ends. If it is not possible to find an adult sponsor, please contact Karen Gleeson at  

Community Music
Outreach Program

 ~ A Mission of St. Mary's Church ~
Music in the Sanctuary

UVU Opera Club presents "Hélène" by Camille Saint-Saëns

Directed by: Melissa Heath/Rebekah Lindsley

Performed by: UVU Opera

Apr 20th - Apr 23rd
St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Provo

Tickets may be purchased at the door, using cash or check only $10 General Admission, including Seniors, $5 Students with ID. Or purchase tickets online (here)

The face that launched a thousand ships. You already know the legend. Now discover the story behind Helen of Troy's choice to leave her husband Menelaus for the Trojan prince Paris. Join our opera students for Camille Saint-Saens opera *Helene* and experience a love stronger than death or the gods.

Chris Morrison, BYU Master's student in Piano - New Music Compositions

Saturday, April 23, 1:30 pm. Free to the public

Chris Morrison, who is finishing his master's degree in piano performance from BYU, will perform a recital consisting of works by BYU student composers Joachim Austin, Stephen Henderson, Erik Maloy and Stuart Wheeler. These pieces represent diverse styles and influences ranging from severe monophony to virtuoso piano writing and Latin jazz rhythms.

Sacred Music Recital - Students of BYU Faculty Barry and Debra Bonous

Sunday, April 24, 7:00 pm. Public invited.

Senior Guitar Recital - Jared Inglesias

Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 pm -  Free to the public

Woman I am born 

Thursday, April 28, 7:00 pm. -Free to the public

UVU Senior Voice Recital

Cherry Stewart, mezzo-soprano

Michael Leavitt - piano

Featuring works by Vivaldi, Schubert, Puccini, Hahn and Ives!
Food and Care Ministry

St. Mary's Community Garden

Calling All Gardeners and Would-be Gardeners

If you are interested in participating in our Community Garden or have any questions please contact:
Deacon Sandra: or 
Steven Nordstrom:

Homeless Care Kits

The homeless are recognizing St. Mary’s as a safe space, one that is welcoming and willing to provide support.  

We are asking for donations of items that could provide practical help to homeless men and women, these include:

Bottled water

Socks/gloves/hand warmers

Hygiene products, such as wipes (not soap), feminine hygiene items, toothbrush & toothpaste —NO hand sanitizer or mouthwash

Lip balm, lotion, sunscreen

Snacks, such as beef jerky, applesauce, puddings, fruit cups—please remember that chewing can be a problem with those without access to regular dental care

Combs, nail clippers, band aids, gift cards—Not money

Large Ziplock bags to hold the items

Below are a couple of websites that I have visited which provide more information and ideas on Homeless Care Kits:

Thank you for your continued generosity towards to our neighbors who are homeless and your participation in our ministry to the homeless as it evolves.  And if you have any other ideas or questions please contact me. ~ Deacon Sandra
Sundays at St. Mary's

The Holy Eucharist

Sunday Mornings @ 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Parish Children's Monthly Activity

*3rd Sunday of the Month

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall

Adult Study Group

Sunday Mornings @ 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
in St. Mary's Library

We are reading & discussing What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell

Fellowship & Visiting

Sundays @ 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
in the Parish Hall

All are welcome & invited to join us!

**A new sign-up sheet for hosting Fellowship on Sunday mornings has been posted in the Parish Hall.

Please note that the congregation needs two people to sign up for the First Sunday because of the potluck.

Responsibilities for the Host of the Week include bringing a small selection of eatables, setting up and making coffee, and clean-up.

The Host of the Week may co-opt (recruit, plead, cajole) others to help them.

Note that the Fifth Sunday is always hosted by the Youth and Children of the congregation.  

Bishop's Committee Meeting

*3rd Sunday of the Month

12:15 - 1:45 p.m. in the SMC Library

The Bishop's Committee is the governing board of St. Mary's Church that meets monthly 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.

Sunday Assignments

Fifth Sunday of Easter


Eucharist: Mary Allen


Crucifer & Psalm: Roshan

Server: Jiri Kadlec


1st Reading:  Steve Oliphant

2nd Reading: Brent Wilson


Prayers: Dennis Njeru

Ushers: Roy V. & John K.

BCPOD: Steven Nordstrom

Altar guild: Roy V. & Kiki K.

Ministries Schedule

Can be found on St. Mary's Website (here)

You can find the all of Sunday's readings at:

Food & Care


For the month of March, we are collecting fresh fruit & vegetables for the Food & Care Coalition. 

To view a list of current needs, click (here)

April 10th's Efforts:

Number of Clients served:


Number of Children served:


Sack lunches served:




Volunteer Hours:


Food Donation:

50.8 lbs

Fresh Produce Donation:

0.0 lbs

Hygiene Donation
8.0 lbs

Clothing Donation:

16.4 lbs




Sunday Attendance::


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St. Mary's Organization Number is: 24529

St. Mary's Seminarian Fund

St. Mary's Church has established a designated fund to receive gifts for the support of our seminarians.

Any monies received will also be used to support the seminarians during their training.

Please note that money gifts cannot be designated for a particular person, according to IRS regulations. Please simply note "Seminarian" on the envelope or check.
Parish Office Hours:
Beginning April 1 the Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Peter J. Van Hook, will be the parish office Tuesday afternoons and evenings, and all day Wednesday; he is often available at other times by appointment.

For an appointment please contact the Church Office (801-393-3090) or send an email to .

Deacon Sandra Jones does not have regular office hours in Provo, but is also available by appointment. You may contact her at or call her cell phone at 432-640-8094.

The Church Office is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
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