• 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 October 14 , 2018

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 23
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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HOME CHURCH GATHERING

Please consider hosting a HOME CHURCH GATHERING. We will bless your home with Love, Laughter, food, scripture and Eucharist. A fun and casual way to worship like the early church did!
Sign-up or call the parish office for details.

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.

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.

View Schedules here

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. Thank you!!

Download 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 claytombs1961@hotmail.com

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

Our 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 jslytle@gmail.com) or Lynn Schambach (732-403-9708 or lynnschambach@optonline.net).

ST. MARY’S T-SHIRTS A variety of sizes are now available in the parish office. Please contact Cherisse for yours today!

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.

POINT PLEASANT GARDEN CLUB

The next meeting will be held at St. Mary’s on Tuesday, October 16th, from 7-9. Everyone is invited to join!

Please consider hosting a HOME CHURCH GATHERING. We will bless your home with Love, Laughter, food, scripture and Eucharist. A fun and casual way to worship like the early church did! Sign-up or call the parish office for details.

DONATIONS FOR TENT CITY

A box has been placed in Farnsworth Hall for clean summer clothing for the residents of tent city located in Howell

FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY (ESM)

FROM THE ESM: Since 1985, over 123,200 volunteers have participated in Clean Ocean Action’s Beach Sweeps and removed over 6.2 million pieces of debris from NJ’s beaches and waterways. Will you please help this year? Please participate in COA’s 33rd Annual Fall Beach Sweeps – Sat., October 20th, 9-12:30 (rain or shine). Meeting places at area beaches: Belmar – 3rd Ave. Beach (3rd & Boardwalk) & 16th Ave. Beach (Dunkin Donuts); Manasquan – Main Street Beach (Main Street & beachfront); Point Pleasant Boro – Riverfront Park (end of Mason Ave); Point Pleasant Beach– Jenkins Aquarium (on the boardwalk) & Maryland Ave.; Lavallette – Philadelphia Ave. Beach; Brick Beach 1.

Let’s face the issue of plastic pollution together, help raise awareness and make personal and collective choices to protect humanity and wildlife.

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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.

PLEDGE FOR 2018

If you have prayerfully decided to make an annual pledge to support St. Mary's By The Sea in 2018, please return your pledge card to the office as soon as possible so that we can plan ahead for ministries and expenses in the new year.

For OFFERING ENVELOPES, please contact our office.

MARY’S TABLE 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 Beach. Read more...

Mary's Table is the recipient of a grant to
support our feeding ministry from the
Hurricane 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.

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 23
October 14, 2018

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Seek the Lord and live, or he will break out against the house of Joseph like fire, and it will devour Bethel, with no one to quench it. Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood, and bring righteousness to the ground! They hate the one who reproves in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks the truth. Therefore, because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have built houses of hewn stone,
but you shall not live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. For I know how many are your transgressions, and how great are your sins - you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and push aside the needy in the gate. Therefore the prudent will keep silent in such a time;
for it is an evil time. Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

Amos 5:6-7,10-15

The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:12-16

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

Mark 10:17-31



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