• St. Mary's by the Sea is a Christian community
  • that strives to create a sanctuary for ALL
  • seekers and believers alike
  • to come and experience the Love of God through Jesus Christ,
  • to share that love with those around us
  • and in the wider world,
  • and to grow in faith
  • as part of a caring Christian family.
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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!

Week of April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Once again this year we will honor all the special woman of the parish by having a Mother’s Day Breakfast (Sunday, May 12th) between the services. Please join us.

EASTER FLOWERS

Donation envelopes for Easter Flower donations are in the pews. If you would like to donate in Memory or Honor of a loved one, your contributions will help the Altar Guild continue their work while also supporting the good work of Episcopal Relief and Development.

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.



Eucharistic Ministers
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 Robin Henry 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.

WELCOMING COMMITTEE

St. Mary’s is forming a new committee that will focus on staying connected with our current parishioners as well as welcoming our new ones. Please contact Pam Baker at pbakerwood@gmail.com if you are interested.

 

PAMPERED CHEF FUNDRAISER FOR MARY’S TABLE

In the near future, Pampered Chef will be having a fundraiser for Mary’s Table! We will be posting it on the Facebook site and will ask all of you Facebook users to kindly pass it to your friends and family.

*** The parish office will be closed the week following Easter Sunday ***

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. Thank you!!

Download Registration Form here

NURSERY/PRESCHOOL HELP NEEDED We need a few adults and teens who are willing to rotate to oversee the Nursery/Preschool during our 10 o’clock service each Sunday. This will allow our young families to attend church while their children are in a safe and fun space. Please call Laurie Clayton 732-600-5454, if you are able to help out.

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 claytombs1961@hotmail.com

WHAT IS THE ST. MARY’S CHALLENGE?

Simply stated, for every dollar that is donated above the regular pledged amount and identified as St. Mary’s Challenge, an anonymous donor will match that donation dollar for dollar, up to $5,000. Each month we will give an update on the status of the challenge. To donate just indicate on your check St. Mary’s Challenge or if a cash donation, use any envelope and write St. Mary’s Challenge on the envelope.

To date $1445.00 has been donated to St. Mary’s Challenge ($2890.00 with the match!)

Check out our Calendar of Events

BASEMENT CLEAN UP DAY On Sunday, May 5th, we are planning a basement/undercroft clean-up day. This is the day that St. Mary’s Society brings up all the rummage that has been collected since the last sale in preparation for the upcoming sale which is May 9th and 10th. We have collected some stuff!!! The hope is to totally empty out the ‘laundry’ room, as well as the undercroft. Everything will be brought up and either be put our for the sale or brought to the street for garbage pickup. From there plans on being worked up on how to stay store things in a more organized manner. We definitely need some volunteers. If you are able to lend a hand, please sign up in Farnsworth hall. We will begin immediately following the 10am service, break for lunch around noon and then try to wrap it up by 3pm.

IHN FELLOWSHIP GATHERING: Our next IHN get-together will be Tuesday, April 30th, at 6:30pm at the home of Mike and Jessie Mercuro 1110 Burnt Tavern Rd, Point Pleasant. Join us for dinner and conversation. All are welcome and new volunteers are encouraged. Questions or RSVP? Jessie Mercuro (732-272-6828), Mike Mercuro (732-267-5474) or Lynn Schambach (732-403-9708). RSVPs may also go to the church office. Our next IHN host cycle begins on Sunday, May 12th.

FROM THE ALTAR GUILD

This year, in light of all the recent fires, storms and natural disasters that have caused suffering for so many people around the country, we would like to make a Christmas donation to Episcopal Relief and Development. Our plan is to keep our Christmas flower display beautiful but simple and donate the remaining funds to ERD. Your Christmas flower donations will help beautify our sanctuary AND help those in need. Please give as generously as you are able. Thank you!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

For the Soup Kitchen in Asbury Park. We need a few more volunteers for 1 or 2 Saturday mornings a year. Please contact Laura Grodewald (ldunn06@gmail.com / 732-948-3186) for more information.

SINGERS NEEDED The choir is in need of a few singers, especially females (altos and sopranos). If interested, please speak to JoAnn Roy, our choir director/organist.

CENTERING PRAYER

Please help yourself to Centering Prayer pamphlet, located at the back of the church. Centering Prayer is a beautiful form of Christian meditation that has, for centuries, drawn people into deeper intimacy with God. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your prayer life and the possibility of trying Christian meditation, please speak to Mother Victoria any time.

FROM THE ESM Are you looking for ways you can help protect the planet and stop polluting plastics from entering our waterways and food chain? The Manasquan Quaker Friends have invited Saint Mary’s to join them for Plastic Night on Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. to share practical ideas for reducing the use of plastic in our homes, our congregations, and our communities. Refreshments will follow. Please RSVP to Eleanor at 732-988-0998 or enovek@monmouth.edu. Manasquan Quaker Meeting, 2257 Meetinghouse Road, Manasquan, NJ 08736.

Please join hundreds of volunteers in cleaning up New Jersey beaches and waterfront areas at Clean Ocean Action's 34th Annual Beach Sweeps on Saturday April 13th, 9-12:30 PM. Saint Mary's friends will be at the end of Maxon Avenue at River Road near Riverfront Park in Point Pleasant. Please bring gloves, a bucket or paper trash bag(s) and stay as long as you can!

This weekend: Love in Action for God's Creation
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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 used with
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.

https://saintmarysbythesea.churchgiving.com

MARY’S TABLEMARY’S TABLE is in desperate need of baked items for Thursday evenings. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy at 732-600-3916 Thank you so much for all you do for this wonderful ministry.
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Mary's Table is the recipient of a grant to
support our feeding ministry from the
Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY

Lesson #5, Tuesday April 30th, 10:00 AM in the Jones Room
*** Please note change in date
The Bible and the Qur'an
In the Bible, please read Psalms 1,137, 144, 146
In the Qur'an, please read Suras 68, 92-96, 112-113

MARK YOUR CALENDAR Once again this year we will honor all the special woman of the parish by having a Mother’s Day Breakfast (Sunday, May 12th) between the services. Please join us.

SEAMEN’S CHURCH INSTITUTE

Traveling for business or pleasure? Please consider bringing home the hotel’s or ship’s toiletries to share with the seafarer’s at SCI. SCI is eager to receive travel-sized toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lotion (hand or body), and soap. Unscented items are preferred. Please leave your donations in the kitchen marked for Elaine Long.

Easter Sunday
April 21, 2019

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

or this

O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord's resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

or this

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Peter began to speak to Cornelius and the other Gentiles: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ--he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

Acts 10:34-43

or

I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;

the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.

But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I am creating;

for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
and its people as a delight.

I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and delight in my people;

no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
or the cry of distress.

No more shall there be in it
an infant that lives but a few days,
or an old person who does not live out a lifetime;

for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth,
and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.

They shall build houses and inhabit them;
they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

They shall not build and another inhabit;
they shall not plant and another eat;

for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

They shall not labor in vain,
or bear children for calamity;

for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord--
and their descendants as well.

Before they call I will answer,
while they are yet speaking I will hear.

The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
but the serpent-- its food shall be dust!

They shall not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.

Isaiah 65:17-25

If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

1 Corinthians 15:19-26

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, `I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

John 20:1-18

or

On the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again." Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

Luke 24:1-12


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