Note from the Rector’s Warden and Vestry

I am very happy to introduce you to our new Interim Rector, The Rev. Vanessa Glass. She will begin her ministry at St. Mary’s November 20th. The members of the Vestry are very excited to have her lead us through the transition process. To read more about Rev. Glass, please see her bio on the Clergy page by clicking here.

Ted Migdal

Stewardship Campaign

We are continuing to accept and receive pledge cards to meet our budget goal. Thank you to all who have participated in the campaign! Our Finance Committee and Vestry have begun work on the 2018 budget. We realize this is a busy time compounded by the fire evacuations and transition events. If you are a new member or a long time member and have not pledged before or have pledged in the past, please prayerfully make this the year that you do. Preparing the budgeting for expenses is so much easier when you know how much financial support you can count on. We, St. Mary’s family, are the financial supporter, the volunteers and the ministry. We are truly thankful for all the many ways you all have blessed our church family with your dedication and love. It is our Vestry’s goal to keep all our programs at St. Mary’s growing and that cannot happen without your financial support as well. You have generously pledged a total of $236,513.00 to the operating budget and $17,600.0 to the Endowment Fund to date toward our goal of $319,000. We can do this if everyone helps out. Please prayerfully consider your pledge of financial support as well as time and talent. Feel free to return your pledge card to the office directly, by mail, or at services this weekend. You can also fill out an online pledge card by clicking here.


                Your Saint Mary’s Vestry


One of the office chairs has a part that has been recalled. Staples shipped us the part with instructions on how to replace the part. I’ve had two wonderful men give it a shot……we might need a third person to check it out for us and switch the parts.  Thank you in advance!!


Mark Your Calendar

  • Wednesday, December 6th, Noon: St. Elizabeth’s Guild invites the women of the parish to a potluck lunch. More information to follow.
  • Sunday, December 17th: Greening of the church after the 10:oo AM service
  • Sunday, December 17th, 7:00 PM: Taizé Service
  • Thursday, December 21st at St. Mary’s: Advent concert with Dana Couey-Harman and Doug Harman

Greening of the Church

Calling All Elves! Please join us after the 10:00 AM service on Sunday, December 17th, for our annual Greening of the Church. We will be making live garlands and adorning our beloved church for the festival of Christmas and we need your help. A delicious soup and salad lunch will be served for all the Elves, please bring a salad to share. So grab your work gloves and come on down for an afternoon of fun, fellowship and merriment.

St. Elizabeth's Guild Raffle and Bake Sale

St. Elizabeth’s Guild will be holding its Raffle and Bake Sale on November 18 & 19, after services. Raffle tickets go on sale this weekend for some wonderful baskets! Helpful hint: If you have mailing labels, bring them to put on the raffle tickets so you don’t spend your whole time writing your name on the back of all those tickets.

Taizé Service

Sunday Evening December 17, 7:00 PM, we will have a Taizé service of meditation, music and reflection at St. Mary’s. Taizé services were developed in Taizé, France and have spread throughout the world. Through a combination of chant, prayer, silence and Scripture, a worshipping community comes to lift its heart and soul to God, meditatively offering a prayer that has neither a “Beginning or an end.” Please join us for a special evening.

Service of Lessons and Carols

The St. Mary’s Church Choir invites you to start your holiday season with a Service of Lessons and Carols. This will be held at 7:00 PM, Sunday, December 3rd, at St. Mary’s. The Service of Lessons and Carols is a beautiful Anglican tradition, which St. Mary’s is pleased to continue here in Napa on the First Sunday of Advent each year. Begin your Christmas season with Christ who is “The reason for the season.” A festive reception will be held in Turnbull Hall after the service. No admission will be charged, but a free will offering will be welcomed for the support of St. Mary’s music program. Please bring goodies “Finger Foods” (sweet or savory) to share.

Advent Concert

Dana Couey-Harman, Doug Harman, and James Harman will be performing at St. Mary’s on Thursday, December 21st, at 7:00 PM as part of the Advent Concert Series. No admission charge; however goodwill offerings are gratefully accepted.

Join Bel Canto This Holiday Season

This holiday season will remain a memorable one for the members of Bel Canto and for all North Bay residents who have been affected by the devastating October wildfires. For those who have had to deal with loss, our hearts and prayers go out to you. For those whose property escaped the flames, we are so very grateful. So often we hear of the healing power of music and never has there been a better time to experience that healing. This season we return to the beautiful mountainside retreat of Mont La Salle whose buildings and property escaped the flames thanks to the heroic efforts of firefighting crews. Join us as we celebrate, give thanks, and support our community in song.

**We are offering free admission to members of the community who may have lost their home during this tragedy. Please reserve your tickets online by choosing the 'complimentary' ticket price.

Friday December 8, 2017: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Napa, CA, 7:30 PM

Sunday December 10, 2017: Mount La Salle Chapel, Napa, CA, 3:00 PM

Thanksgiving Service

Our Thanksgiving Service will be Wednesday, November 22nd, at 7:00 PM. The Vestry has designated that our offering go to Napa/Sonoma Fire Relief. Please join us.

Samaritan Purse Shoebox Drive

St. Elizabeth’s Guild would like to thank everyone who donated to or helped fill the shoeboxes for the Samaritan Purse Shoebox Drive. We were able to fill 150 shoeboxes to bring joy and the word of God to children all over the world. This is such a wonderful ministry and we plan to continue this effort next year. You will be hearing more from us about seasonal sales and where you can purchase items for the 2018 shoeboxes. Thank you for 2017 and in advance for 2018.

Calling All Youth!

We are currently signing up children and youth from ages 4-16 to participate in the Epiphany PageantPLEASE CONTACT ANN GIBSON TODAY if your child wishes to participate at

In Search of Photos

Mary Hamler is putting together a photo album for Fr. Stephen and Fran, but she needs your help. If you have any pictures from the dinner at the Elk’s Lodge or his last Sunday reception please send them to her. Thank you for your help!

Update on Our Pastor Search

For any and all updates on St. Mary's search for a new pastor, please see the St. Mary's Pastor Search page on this website.

Children's Chapel Important Dates


            …Epiphany Pageant will be on January 7, 2018 during 10:00am Service.

            …Epiphany Pageant Practice will be held during Children’s Chapel on these dates:

                        November 12                November 19                November 26

                        December 10                December 17                December 24

            *Parents:  There are only a few opportunities to practice.  Children should be present at each practice and arrive by 9:45 AM.  Thank you for your support!

            …Epiphany Pageant Mandatory Dress Rehearsal:  January 6, 9:30 – 12:30.

            …Children’s Advent Wreath Making will be on December 3.  Please accompany your child to this event. We will make one wreath per family.  It will take place during Children’s Chapel.

            …Children’s Christmas Party will be on December 9.  More info. to come!                    

 If you have any questions, please contact Ann Gibson at

Bell Ringing

Brian Roberts is working on getting a couple teams together to bell ring at Trader Joes’ on December 7th and 14th. If you would like to help or if you have questions please contact him.

Turkey Drive

The Salvation is once again collecting turkeys for Thanksgiving. This year the turkeys will be given to the families to take for themselves, therefore they are asking for turkeys to be somewhere around 10 & 12 lbs. Please deliver your turkeys to St. Mary’s before November 19th. If you have any questions please contact Brian Roberts. Thank you!

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