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Holy Family Episcopal Church Newsletter

Meditation for the Day

We cannot live a life that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light. 
Hildegard von Bingen


From Father Chris

Please give me ideas for our Adult Forum sessions on Sundays. You may email me at, or give me a call at 828-676-5582. Topics could include, but are not limited to: 
The lives of the saints,
Preparation for Advent,
A contemporary topic of interest, book study or bible study. 

Fr. Chris+
Camera System Update
This past Sunday was the first successful use of our new camera system. As we viewed the recording, there are adjustments that need to be made with the sound and with different camera preset scenes. The video quality is much improved and further adjustments will be made this week. Many thanks to Jeff Kelly, Gary Carraux, Jay Callan, and Stan Phipps for their efforts making this system become a reality.  

Thanks again for your patience as we learn how to best utilize this system. 


During a year of Covid-19, isolation, and turmoil, in which our church, community, and country have gone through uncertainty and unprecedented  hardships, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family has not forgotten its budgeted commitments.  This week, the Outreach Committee of Holy Family completed its yearly 2020 Outreach Budget Allocations, assisting the community and school children. 

For 2020, we budgeted $4000 in designated contributions.  Since April, we have donated $1250 to the Dream Scholarship and given $1800 in Ingles cards in quarterly donations for needy Mills River and Glenn C. Marlow Elementary School families, as well as donations of $475 each to the Emergency Funds of the schools.

We used Ingles card earnings to give La Capilla high schoolers Walmart gift cards to purchase school supplies, contributed $500 to the IAM Food Pantry, and donated $200 to TrueRidge for the Left Behind Program that provides support for families whose breadwinners have been deported.  The Diocese also donated $1,200 to TrueRidge.

We thank Teresa Kelly for continuing to organize the Ingles Card Program and Martha Callan for continuing the BakPak program. So far this fall, we have donated 100 BakPaks to Glenn C. Marlow and 200 BakPaks to Mills River Elementary, as well as 400 snacks for Mills River primary students who have nothing to eat at snacktime. BakPaks and snacks will continue to be donated monthly through the remainder of 2020. Thank you to all the members who support both of these programs.

Cancelations:  Due to Covid-19, the MLK "Day On”, the La Capilla Reading Program, and the meals for boththe Mills River firemen and the Church of the Advocate were canceled, as well as our donation to the EpiscopalRelief Fund. Elizabeth Dickey

An Autumn Prayer:
 God of the seasons, there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising. We need courage to enter into the transformation process.
God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender, with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so.

God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns. As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.

God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives. We always need to recognize your power-filled presence. May we gain strength from this.

God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender. We must wait for harvest in faith and hope. Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.

God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and vision.

 God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.

God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us, you entrust us with the freedom to choose life. For all this, we are grateful. Amen.
(author unknown)
All Saints' Sunday is November 1.
If you wish to remember loved ones and friends, and have them prayed for on All Saints', please email me at,
or call the church and leave a message (828-891-9375).   We will also list the names in the bulletin for that Sunday.
 Sign up Link for the October 25, 2020 Worship Service

There is no discussion group this Sunday

Link for October 18, 2020 service
Upcoming Events

October 21: Men’s Breakfast 9 am at Holy Family (bring your own breakfast)
October 21: Vestry meeting 5pm
Fridays: Sue Richards provides Harp Lessons between 11 am-4p
Intercessory Prayer List

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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