April 21, 2021
The Episcopal Church of the Holy Family
419 Turnpike Road
Mills River, NC 28759
Priest in Charge: The Rev. Dr. Chris Mason
Office Hours:  Monday & Wednesday 9 am - 12 pm
Sunday Schedule
Adult Christian Formation 9:45 am
Holy Communion 10:44 am
Adult Christian Ed Resuming
Adult Christian Education resumes on May 2 at 9:45 am. Father Chris will be conducting a series on Are We Living in The End Times. This will be live streamed if you can’t attend. 

Meditation of the Day: 

Vine and Branches

by Douglas Knighton © 2016 

In the vineyard of God his Life flows through the Vine.
Every branch that stays true bears much fruit as a sign
That the branch loves the Vine and the Life he supplies.
As each branch draws its Life, you will be good and wise,
And the Gardener’s praise will reach up to the skies:
The whole world will resound with the Gardener’s repute
As the beautiful vineyard produces its fruit.
So remain true to Jesus; and as your fruit grows,
Then his love and his life will be what the world knows.

From Father Chris

Vine and the Branches

Jesus said “I am the vine and you are the branches.” Jesus wants the disciples to know that he is not going to desert them; even though he is leaving them, they will not be abandoned. Even though we cannot see him, we are as closely connected to Jesus as the branches of a vine are connected to its stem. Our desire to know and love Jesus, and the energy to serve him will keep flowing through us as long as we “abide” in him.  Our connection to Jesus produces “fruits from the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.” It is not of our own making; it is in Jesus Christ.

Family News
Teacher appreciation week (May 3 - May 7) is approaching and Holy Family is being asked to support Rugby Middle School teachers by donating supplies from the following list. Please have your donations in by May 2. 

 Supplies for Teachers at Rugby Middle School:

Black Expo dry erase markers
Post It brand post it notes
Magnetic white board erasers
Ticonderoga pencils
Bic Mechanical pencils
magnetic clips
good strong magnets
Pentel Energic pens
 Papermate Flair tip pens
jolly raiders, mints and other candies to hand out during tests etc.
This past Sunday, Father Chris blessed the 60 Bak Paks before they were delivered to Mills River Elementary School as part of our monthly Bak Pak program.  In our Mills River community, there are children who don’t have enough food in their homes to provide meals over the weekend. Area churches, including Holy Family, provide Bak Paks to supplement these children’s nutritional needs. 
Help Needed
Now that we are semi back to normal, a big shout out and thanks go to the 10 or so folks that helped with worship over the past year so that we could have a live stream or recorded service. It’s time to give the worship team that has so faithfully served this past year a much needed break. 

So let’s offer ourselves as readers, greeters, prayers of the people, and acolytes. If you are interested in perfoming one of these ministries, please email Linda Bregartner at and let her know what you would like to do or utilize the hallway sign up sheet. 
Hello All! 
What a great job we all did joining the children in flowering the cross last Sunday! I truly hope you all enjoyed that as much and we did, and great news, we will be doing year after year mid Easter season! 
This week our sweet kiddos are going to work on a team building activity, using bible verses. With the wide variety of ages we have it’s important to have the kids work together and really feel like a team, even through the age gap I want them all to help each other learn about the love the Lord has for them! 
Over the last few weeks the children have all worked very hard on Easter coloring pages, they are displayed on the bulletin board in the hall way, just right of the double doors to the sanctuary. Please be sure to check out their beautiful pictures! 
I wanted to include the link to the Amazon wishlist I have created for the Children’s program. As you all know we have a wide age range of children and so the needs of the “playroom” have changed, we need toys that are both safe for the little ones and can be played with by the bigger children too. The books are obviously very nice and would be so appropriated, but not as big of a need as the toys and activities on the list.
I want to thank you all again so much for the love, support, and encouragement you all give me. I means so much to me that you all love the children as much as I do. 
I hope you all are having a blessed week, 
Charlotte Garcia 
Men’s Breakfast now at 8:30 am
 Men’s Weekly Breakfast

Holy Family men have resumed their weekly fellowship breakfast at Kostas Kitchen located at 4055 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher. Please feel free to join us for this time of sharing our mutual friendships and enjoying Kosta Kitchen’s fine breakfast cuisine. Look forward to seeing you there. 
IAM Food Drive
A one ton food donation to Interfaith Assistance Ministry (IAM) by year’s end has been adopted as a goal by Holy Family. Yes, this sounds ambitious, but let’s look at how the goal can be met. If 25 folks contribute 9.5 lbs per month over the remaining 8 months, that, along with what has already been donated, will result in a one ton food contribution.  So when you go to the grocery, pick up some extra canned goods, a sack of potatoes, some jars of spaghetti sauce, or peanut butter, and we can easily reach this goal. (Can you tell an an engineer wrote this?)
So let’s kick our Holy Family generosity up a notch and reach out to our community’s needy. We can do this!
Pantry Items

5 pound Bags of Potatoes
5 pound Bags of Sweet Potatoes 
Pasta Sauce 15-20 ounce cans 
Peanut Butter 12-16 ounce 
Canned Tuna
Fruit Jelly
Cans of Jalapenos
Packages of Sopa and/or Ramen Noodles
Diapers; in particular sizes 4,5,6 
Baby Wipes
Toilet Paper
Plastic Grocery Bags
 Clothing Items

Children's Spring Clothing
Children's Shoes Sizes 13 and 3Y
Men's Shoes and Boots sizes 7.5 - 9
New Standard Bed Pillows
New Adult Underwear (All Sizes)
Queen Sheets and Blankets/Comforters
Women’s Spring Capris/Shirts/Shorts
(All Sizes)
Men's and Women's Light Spring Jackets
Ingle Cards for Outreach
$300 needed

We’re $300 short of having the $5000 needed to submit our Ingles card order. Please let Teresa Kelly know Sunday what you would like to have. You may also email her at or call at 828-891-7095. 
Father Chris Email Address

Father Chris has a new email address for church business. If you need to contact Father Chris via email, please don’t use the the to contact him or the church as this is his personal email account. The new email address is:

Upcoming Events

Executive Committee Meetings-Every Wednesday, 1:00 pm

Harp Lessons-Every Friday, Scheduled between 11am and 4 pm (schedule varies-check with Jeanne Mason if unsure)

Men’s breakfast - Every Wednesday Kostas Kitchen 8:30 am
April 28: No Choir Rehearsal 
May 4- Outreach Committee 1:30 pm
May 24-Vestry Meeting 4:00 pm


To view the Holy Family Calendar, please utilize the following link:


WiFi Worship Links

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Adult Discussion Group 9:45

Worship Service 10:45

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Service Booklet

To obtain the service booklet, please utilize the Holy Family website Link:
Prayer List

Please let Jeanne know if there are additions or deletions to the prayer list so it can be updated. 



















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