The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin
The people of Saint Mary’s seek to live into the Great Commandment
by loving God entirely and our neighbor mutually.
To help us accomplish our mission, we strive to
pray daily, worship weekly, learn constantly,
serve joyfully, and live generously.
Thanksgiving Stewardship 2015
Thank you to all who have acted to support the mission of this parish in 2015. We encourage those who have yet to pledge to please do so this week. Your pledge will allow the vestry to make faithful plans and, as importantly, deepen your personal spiritual journey.
Pledges Received: 228 - Pledges Needed: 325
Amount Received: $713,490 - Amount Needed: $900,000
Bishop Marc Handley Andrus
St. Mary the Virgin
On Sunday, November 23, Bishop Marc Handley Andrus will lead worship at all morning services and spend some time with us during his annual visit to St. Mary the Virgin. Confirmation for adults will be held at the 11:00 a.m. service.
Tidings of Comfort and Joy
Sale - Sunday, December 7
Benefactor Party - Friday,
2014 marks the 11th year that the St. Mary’s community has made a significant fundraising effort to support the financial component of our Outreach Ministry: the ministry which, in so many ways, serves disadvantaged fellow citizens of all ages, mostly in the Bay area. This single effort enlists the greatest number of participating parishioners, from committee chairs and members to benefactors and volunteers of any single St. Mary’s ministry. To date we have given away $463,748, which means we need $36,252 to reach $500,000. Help us to reach that goal in this 11th year.
We hope you will be a part of this event by being
Sunday, November 30 - 6:30 p.m.
Our traditional Advent Potluck Dinner!
Join us in the Great Room at 6:30 p.m. fo a delicious feast followed by a joyous sing-along of Advent carols. This is a wonderful way for young and old to enter into this holy season. If you can help with decor, set-up or the ever popular clean-up, please contact Kathleen Bean at email@example.com.If your last name begins with A-J please bring a main dish; K-R bring a side dish; S-Z bring dessert.
Ordination of the Rev. Claire Dietrich Ranna
Saturday, December 6 at 3:00 p.m.
Our Associate Rector, the Rev. Claire Dietrich Ranna wil be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests at Grace Cathedral. All are welcome to attend this joyful celebration! Claire, through currently on maternity leave, will also be with us on Sunday, December 7 to celebrate her first mass.
Winter Bible Study & Book Group
St. Mary’s Book & Bible Study
In December we will explore the different accounts of the nativity story as we read The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Birth by Marcus J. Borg & John Dominic Crossan. Join us in the Study on Thursday mornings, December 4 and 11 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday evening, December 16 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
If you can’t join us in person, read along anyway and check the website for discussion questions and comments. For more information contact Kathleen Bean at firstname.lastname@example.org