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Glad Tidings November 2012

Please help us welcome Rev. Ray Babin as he joins us as our interim rector.

Inside this issue: Stewardship

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A Month of Gratitude

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St. Mary’s Veterans Day Service

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Thank You

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Coming Events

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Website Information

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Stewardship During our Stewardship Drive for 2012 you have had the opportunity to watch our young members wheel in wagons loaded with tiny spruce trees each Sunday as a symbol of our „Growth in Giving‟ theme. One of the keys to growth in the life of the church is the ability to sustain a viable stewardship of time, talent, and treasure. St. Mary‟s has been blessed in all these areas, yet it should never be taken for granted. Our home spun ministry fair each year fosters, quite successfully, our contributions of time and talent. Each fall, the Stewardship Commission attempts to keep our giving habits healthy. We are, as a church, the body of Christ, a living organism: all children of God, all brothers and sisters of Jesus. We exhibit our growth in new children in Sunday school, new members in our congregation, milestones of all ages, and deeper spirituality in our lives. This year we ask you, as you consider the prowess of the spruce, if growth in your pledging is as easy to see. A step in that direction is a step toward overall health in our parish. Please prayerfully consider what you can do to make St. Mary‟s a beacon of spiritual health in our community. May God bless you as together we move forward in growth.


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A Month of Gratitude As the month of November and Thanksgiving grow near the Fellowship Committee invites our St. Mary's family to reflect on the many gift God has given us. Each Sunday in November, beginning November 4th, there will be paper leaves available in the pews. We invite each parishioner to take a leaf or two and write something they are thankful for on the leaves. The leaves will be collected later in the service and displayed in the Fellowship Hall on a large tree. Follow St. Mary's in the Hills Facebook page in November for more opportunities to reflect on gratitude.

St. Mary’s Veterans Day Service November 11th 8:30 & 10:00am. The following lyrics come from an Australian song, written by Scottish-born Australian singersongwriter Eric Bogle in 1971. The song is a vivid account of the memories of an old Australian man, who, as a youngster in 1915, had been recruited into the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and sent to the Battle of Gallipoli. The song describes war as futile and gruesome, while criticizing those who seek to glorify it. The song is about a young Australian soldier who is maimed at the Battle of Gallipoli during the First World War. A rover before the war loses his legs in the battle and later notes the death of other veterans with time, as younger generations become apathetic to the veterans and their cause. It is often praised for its imagery of the devastation at Gallipoli. I enter this, for the stark retelling of events of all conflicts, pertaining to wars and its aftermath. Thanks Veterans, for walking the walk.


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"And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" When I was a young man I carried me pack, and I lived the free life of the rover. From the Murray's green basin to the dusty outback, I waltzed my Matilda all over. Then in 1915, my country said: Son, It's time to stop rambling, there's work to be done. So they gave me a tin hat and they gave me a gun, and they sent me away to the war. And the band played Waltzing Matilda, as our ship pulled away from the quay. And amid all the tears, flag waving and cheers, we sailed off for Gallipoli. It’s well I remember that terrible day, when our blood stained the sand and the water. And how in that hell they call Suvla Bay, we were butchered like lambs at the slaughter. Johnny Turk he was ready, he primed himself well, he rained us with bullets, and he showered us with shell. And in five minutes flat, we were all blown to hell; he nearly blew us back home to Australia. And the band played Waltzing Matilda, as we stopped to bury our slain. Well we buried ours and the Turks buried theirs, then it started all over again. Oh those that were living just tried to survive, in that mad world of blood, death and fire. And for ten weary weeks I kept myself alive, while around me the corpses piled higher. Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over head, and when I awoke in me hospital bed. And saw what it had done, I wished I was dead, I never knew there was worse things than dying. Oh no more I'll go Waltzing Matilda, all around the green bush far and near. For to hump tent and pegs, a man needs both legs, no more waltzing Matilda for me. They collected the wounded, the crippled, the maimed, and they shipped us back home to Australia. The armless, the legless, the blind and the insane, those proud wounded heroes of Suvla. And when the ship pulled into Circular Quay, I looked at the place where me legs used to be. And thank Christ there was no one there waiting for me, to grieve and to mourn or to pity. And the Band played Waltzing Matilda, when they carried us down the gangway. Oh nobody cheered, they just stood there and stared, and they turned all their faces away. Now every April I sit on my porch, and I watch the parade pass before me. I see my old comrades, how proudly they march, renewing their dreams of past glories. I see the old men all tired, stiff and worn, those weary old heroes of a forgotten war, and the young people ask "What are they marching for?" and I ask myself the same question. And the band plays Waltzing Matilda, and the old men still answer the call. But year after year, their numbers get fewer, someday no one, will march there at all. Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda, who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me? And their ghosts may be heard as they march by the billabong, so who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me?


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Thank You To my St. Mary's family.....once again you have propped me up and kept me going l during Dick's illness and his passing. I can't tell you what all of the love support,and prayers meant to me. My heart is full with the kindness we all received at the time of his death. He was a great man and he loved St. Mary's almost as much as I do. Thank you, thank you, thank you....... Marj Sullivan

'Thank you' to my parish family for all their beautiful cards and kind words after my father-in-law's (Robin Hester) death. Thank you! Marilyn & Dan Hester


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Coming Events Fall Clean-up will be Sun., Nov. 4th following the 10:00 service. Please sign up on the sheet in our Gathering Space so we can plan for lunch. Also, plan to come to church in your “work clothes” and bring whatever tools you wish. We will need window washers, some pruning outside, rakes, leaf blowers (lots of these needed!) and your “muscle”! There will be jobs for kids and adults alike. Lunch will be served at 1:00 p.m.

The next Vestry Meeting will be Tues., Nov. 13th at 7:00 p.m. If you are unable to attend, please let Mike or John know in advance.

St. Nicholas Day Please join us Sunday, December 2nd as we welcome St. Nicholas for his yearly visit to St. Mary's in the Hills. There will snack and crafts for the children as well as a special visit from St. Nick himself. If you are interested in helping plan for St. Nicholas' arrival please contact Stacy Tines. Holiday Movie Night Join the Fellowship Committee for the 4th Annual Holiday Movie Night on Friday, December 7th at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We will be viewing Christmas with The Kranks (PG) starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. As in years past, there will be a classic children's Christmas movie shown prior to the feature film and treats and popcorn provided by the Fellowship Committee. Please bring a holiday treat to share with the group. Consider making this fun event a part of your holiday season.


ST. MARY’S IN-THE-HILLS EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2512 Joslyn Ct. Lake Orion Mi. 48360 (248) 391-0663

Website Information Our website, www.stmarysinthehills.org, is a great opportunity for us to share what we do within our parish with those who may be searching for a church. The committee thought that it would be interesting to share a few facts with you about the traffic our website saw in the month of September. There were 139 unique visitors to the website The average visitor visited 3 pages 64% of the visitors were new to our website The third most visited page is the contact us page. 14 visitors needed directions to St. Maryâ€&#x;s Hope you enjoyed these quick facts about the website.

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