We are a loving and inclusive community of believers
and seekers who know that God is love (1 John 4:16), mercy
triumphs over judgement (James 2:13), and being a Christian
means living and loving like Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke &
John). Come and see!
HOME CHURCH GATHERING
Our next HOME CHURCH GATHERING
will be at the home of Diane and Jack Buckley
(3208 Ridgewood Road in Allenwood) on Monday,
Dec., 10th fom 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Please respond
to Cherisse in the parish office if you plan
WE COULD USE YOUR HELP
If you have any experience in fundraising or
special event planning we would love to pick
your brain! Please reach out to Mother Victoria,
Mike Mercuro, Suzanne Jorgensen, or phone the
parish office and speak to Cherisse.
Stewardship: Many Hands One Heart!
Mary's Vestry and Stewardship Committee announce
our annual stewardship season and pledge drive.
The theme this year is Many Hands One Heart. For
five consecutive Sundays a brief "Stewardship
Minute" will focus on some of our most vibrant
Outreach Ministries. Pledge Cards will be mailed
out early in November and Ingathering/Stewardship/Pledge
Sunday will be November 18th.
November 4: Faith
Formation of Children & Adults, Sophia Dilatush
and Andrea Rittenhouse
November 11: St. Gregory's Food
Pantry, Sue Deitz
November 18: Community Programs:
12 Step Groups, Tent City, Saturday Soups, Seamen's
Environmental Stewardship, Valentine House, Elaine
Long and Kathy Lyon
Please join me in praying about
our financial commitment to St. Mary's, a gospel-living
faith community with Many Hands and One
Heart ... the Heart of Christ!
are available to
bring Communion to those who are not able to get
to church for extended periods of time due to
illness or mobility issues. We are grateful to
for stepping forward
to co-ordinate this vital parish ministry. If
you know of someone who needs home, hospital,
rehab, or nursing home visits, please let us know.
If you would like to be trained to participate
in this beautiful ministry, please contact
Robin or Mother Victoria.
2018-19 BOOK STUDIES
Sundays 9 to 9:45 in the Jones Room
Sundays 9-9:45 in the Jones Room. Last year,
our Parish Book Studies focused on the true
nature and essence of God, especially as God
is revealed in the Holy Trinity. This year,
we'll turn the focus back onto ourselves by
exploring who and what we really are and how
we can enter into a spiritually-mature relationship
with God, Who is the source and goal of our
Being, and of all Being.
October 28 - December 16: "Immortal
Diamond" by Richard Rohr
SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES It's
that time of year again and we're very excited
to see our students for another fun-filled year!
Registration forms will be in the back of the
church each Sunday through the first day of
classes, Sunday, September 16th. Please return
completed forms (which can be found at the back
of the church) to Cherisse in the Parish Office.
If you have questions or would like to volunteer
your time for Sunday School or Nursery, please
call Laurie Clayton at 732-600-5454.
Registration Form here
CALLING ALL FAMILIES WHOSE TEENS, 6TH
GRADE AND OLDER, WILL REGULARLY BE ATTENDING
CHURCH SCHOOL THIS YEAR. We are planning
and need your input to create an effective program.
Specifically we need to know if your teen will
regularly attend on Sunday mornings or if an
alternative meeting time might be preferable.
Please contact Laurie Clayton
either by phone or email to discuss alternatives
for the coming year.
732-600-5454 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BUS TRIP TO AMISH COUNTRY
BUS TRIP TO AMISH COUNTRY, Saturday, May 4th,
2019, to the Amish Country for some light shopping,
a visit to the Sight and Sound production of
The Life of Jesus and dinner at the Shady Maple
smorgasbord. We still need 17 people to sign
up. Cost is estimated to be between $125 to
135 per person depending on numbers ($75-$80
for a child under 13).
Contact Cherisse in the parish office
if you plan on attending.
SAINT MARY’S WILL BE COLLECTING
BARS OF WRAPPED BATH SOAP!
Mary’s Table, Seamen’s
Institute and St. Gregory’s Pantry
have all received donations from Soap S.A.C.K.
(Supporting a community with kindness). Soap
sacks are crocheted soap holders for homeless,
seniors, and anyone in need. People all over
the country are crocheting these beautiful sacks!
When donated, each sack contains a wrapped bar
of soap. It can be used as a wash cloth and
hung to dry. Please consider donating bars of
wrapped soap to supply this wonderful Mission!
Look for the basket in Farnsworth Hall to place
your wrapped bars of soap in! Thank you!!!!
IHN at St. Mary's
next IHN host week begins Sunday, December
9th and we look forward to making St.
Mary's a home for the families in program. The
sign up sheet is posted in Farnsworth Hall.
Please join us for food and conversation at
our next IHN fellowship gathering on Tuesday,
November 27th, 6:30pm, at the home of Mike and
Jessie Mercuro (1110 Burnt Tavern Rd, Point
Pleasant). RSVP to the church office
or by contacting Jessie Mercuro (732-272-6828
or Lynn Schambach (732-403-9708 or email@example.com).
For the Soup Kitchen in Asbury
Park. We need a few more volunteers for 1 or
2 Saturday mornings a year. Please contact Laura
/ 732-948-3186) for more information.
A box has been placed in Farnsworth Hall for
clean summer clothing for the residents of tent
city located in Howell
GOOD NEWS FROM THE ESM!
Saint Mary’s can be both
humbled and proud to learn that since the summer
of 2017, the operations of our newly installed
high efficiency lighting, HVAC equipment and
smart thermostats have yielded a 22% decrease
in our electric costs and a 15% decrease in
our gas costs!! As we faithfully minister to
those in need of food and fellowship, a warm
bed or a safe place to meet, we are also reducing
our energy consumption and carbon footprint!
The ESM aims to realize greater energy efficiency
and cost savings by setting the temperature
throughout Saint Mary’s to 70 degrees
during service times and setting it back to
63 degrees when the church and facilities are
unoccupied. Over the next few weeks, we will
be testing and determining how much lead time
is needed for the system to “warm up”
from the set- back temperature. We understand
that physical comfort varies for everyone, and
we graciously ask all to understand we are exercising
an intentional act of stewardship of our environmental
and monetary resources. If anyone finds this
temperature to be too uncomfortable, please
place a note for Al Wagner, Mike Mercuro or
Daryl Schambach in the basket marked ESM on
the table in the far left corner of church.
Thank you all!
Let’s face the issue of plastic
pollution together, help raise awareness and
make personal and collective choices to protect
humanity and wildlife.
TO THE CURRENT USERS OF PARISHPAY
Welcome to the WeShare family!
Following this week’s transition, here
are several things to keep in mind as you familiarize
yourself with WeShare.
We take the security of your website seriously.
We take the security of your website seriously.
Your recurring donations will continue as scheduled.
But you must authenticate your account and email
to receive WeShare emails to make any changes
to your account or receive WeShare emails. The
first time you enter the system-you will have
to go through a onetime validation requiring:
• Your ParishPay user name, The last
4 digits of the bank account or credit card
ParishPay And ONE of the following two options:
• Your email address
• A collection name and the specific amount
donated within the last 6 months
Please feel free to contact the WeShare
customer service team for assistance at WeShare@4lpi.com
or call 1 (800) 950-9953 and select Option 1.
is in need of someone to deliver meals
every third Thursday anytime between
4 and 5 PM. It takes approximately 1/2
hour of your time to deliver meals to
three different addresses in Point Pleasant
Mary's Table is the
recipient of a grant to
support our feeding ministry from the
Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation
SEAMEN’S CHURCH INSTITUTE
In October, a box will be taken to the
Seamen’s Institute. Many seamen
are away from their families and not allowed
to leave their ships. To help brighten
their holidays, please donate comfort
items to help them through the season.
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
November 18, 2018
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy
Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us
so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest
them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed
hope of everlasting life, which you have given us
in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
The Lord spoke to Daniel in a vision
and said, “At that time Michael, the great prince,
the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall
be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since
nations first came into existence. But at that time
your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found
written in the book. Many of those who sleep in the
dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting
life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness
of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness,
like the stars forever and ever.”
Every priest stands day after day
at his service, offering again and again the same
sacrifices that can never take away sins. But when
Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice
for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of
God,” and since then has been waiting “until
his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.”
For by a single offering he has perfected for all
time those who are sanctified. [And the Holy Spirit
also testifies to us, for after saying, “This
is the covenant that I will make with them after those
days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds,” he also
adds, “I will remember their sins and their
lawless deeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness
of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.]
Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to
enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the
new and living way that he opened for us through the
curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we
have a great priest over the house of God, let us
approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience
and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold
fast to the confession of our hope without wavering,
for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider
how to provoke one another to love and good deeds,
not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of
some, but encouraging one another, and all the more
as you see the Day approaching.
10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25
As Jesus came out of the temple,
one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher,
what large stones and what large buildings!”
Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great
buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another;
all will be thrown down.” When he was sitting
on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter,
James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell
us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that
all these things are about to be accomplished?”
Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that
no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name
and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead
many astray. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars,
do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end
is still to come. For nation will rise against nation,
and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes
in various places; there will be famines. This is
but the beginning of the birthpangs.”