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November 18, 2020

Prayer for Thanksgiving 

For flowers that bloom about our feet, O God, we thank Thee.
For tender grass so fresh, so sweet, O God, we thank Thee.
For the song of bird and hum of bee, for all things fair we hear or see, O God in heaven, we thank Thee.
For blue of stream and blue of sky, O God, we thank Thee.
For pleasant shade of branches high, O God we thank Thee.
For fragrant air and cooling breeze, for beauty of the blooming trees, O God in heaven, we thank Thee.
For this new morning with its light, O God, we thank Thee.
For rest and shelter of the night, O God, we thank Thee.
For health and food, for love and friends, for everything thy goodness sends, O God in heaven, we thank Thee.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

From Father Chris

The annual Diocesan Convention took place this past weekend.  For the first time the business of the convention was conducted virtually via Zoom, causing it to be somewhat of a surreal experience for the participants.  Nevertheless I think this will be the wave of the future.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.  Dr. Meeks is the Founding Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing.  She talked about ways to address racism in our communities. Her small group breakouts were particularly helpful to those of us who were new to this topic.  She recommended a book  "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo, which I will be ordering as a possible study book.
Despite the challenges we all face the Diocese remains strong  and vibrant under the leadership of Bishop Jose.

New program featuring the Saints starting the First Sunday in Advent, November 29th.

I will be offering a short weekly study of the Saints. The classes will start at 9:15 am and end at 10:00 am, before the Holy Eucharist service.  The class will examine the lives of the Saints and help us to see our own lives as part of the "Saints of God." There will be a short devotion, followed by discussion. Come join us for a lively examination of the Saints in ourselves.

Volunteers needed to serve as Members of the Vestry.  

At the end of this year, Linda Sue Barnes and Janet Norman will be ending their 3 year terms as Vestry members.  Many thanks to them for being willing to serve! 
We will need to fill these vacancies by the end of this year, to start in January 2021. Both of these are 3 year terms. The Vestry meets once a month, but their leadership is really important to the health of Holy Family. Qualification to serve on the vestry are as follows (per Diocesan Canons)
  • A  baptized and confirmed Episcopalian
  • A member of the parish for a year
  • You must make a pledge to your parish
  • Only one member from a household may serve
  • Vestry members are expected to attend all scheduled meetings. In recognition of work/business responsibilities, a Vestry member will be allowed 3 excused absences during a calendar year. 

From our house to yours, we wish you all a very blessed Thanksgiving.  We give thanks each and every day for all of you.
Fr. Chris and Jeanne
Stewardship Ingathering

Please consider prayerfully what your response will be from the bounty God has blessed each of us with. If you have turned your pledge card in, thank you. If you haven’t please bring your pledge card Sunday if you plan to attend. Otherwise, pledge cards can be mailed to the following:

Episcopal Church of the Holy Family
Attn. Treasurer
419 Turnpike Road
​Mills River, NC 28759

Your prompt response will be greatly appreciated as the church begins its budgeting process. 
IAM Food Request

Please consider bringing items for the Interfaith Assistance Ministry food pantry. The basket is in the hall. There is a lot of hunger in Henderson County and we can help. Holiday Food items are the usual needs including cake mixes, canned pumpkin, pie crusts, canned fruit, potatoes, stuffing, canned hams, turkeys, canned green beans, mushroom soup, fried onions etc. They don't need any more medicine bottles. Evie Brush.
Ingles Cards
If you are planning to obtain Ingles Cards before Christmas, please email Teresa and let her know the total amount and in what denominations they should be.  
Camera System Update
We are live!!!!  Last Sunday the worship recording was broadcast live on YouTube. So check in on YouTube Sunday November 22 at 10:45am for live WiFi worship. Our technical team is researching how we may schedule this YouTube event in advance and provide everyone with the link. Watch for an email update on this later. 
Please email Linda Bregartner ( or Teresa Kelly ( and let them know what you plan to bring. 

Please note that there are no changes to Holy Family attendance limitations from the Governors Last Executive Order.   

 Sign up Link for the November 22, 2020 Worship Service 
Upcoming Events

November 16: Vestry Meeting 4pm at the Church
November 18: Men’s Breakfast at the church
Fridays: Sue Richards Harp Lessons between 11 am-4pm
November 27: Thanksgiving Dessert at the Church 2-4pm

Intercessory Prayer List
Please keep Dick  Smith and his family in your prayers. They have been diagnosed with Covid. All except Granddaughter Klarysa are asymptomatic. Liz is awaiting test results.

Please keep Leslie Stott and her family in your prayers as her father in law John Meadows passed away. 

Shirley, Justin, Shirley, Jim, Evette, Brent, Jerry, David, Nelson and Penny, Julie, Rita, Sarah, Mickey, Diane, Devin, Nicholas, Tanner, Charlie, Eng, Courtney and Scott, Leah, Tom, Shannon, Josh, Sayuri, Jan, Lee, Joy, Caitlin, Kevin, Phillip, Cody, Kathy, Lila, Doris, JB and Sophie, Dave, Liz, Elizabeth
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