• 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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God is love and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them.

1 John 4:16

Week of Dec 2 , 2017 Sermon

First Sunday of Advent
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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RECEPTION THANK YOU
Thank you to all who donated desserts and sweets to the November 19th Reception honoring Mother Victoria and our Confirmation Class! The dessert table was nothing short of splendid. We are blessed to have such a wonderful St. Mary's family!
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Christmas Services

This year, the Fourth Sunday of Advent is also Christmas Eve! ...
Sunday, December 24th (4th Advent): 8 am & 10 am
Sunday December 24th Christmas Eve: 5 pm & 11 pm
Monday December 25th, Christmas Day: 10 am


ALL SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES Please mark your calendars...there are three consecutive Sundays approaching in November when there will not be Sunday School instruction. There will be NO Sunday School, November 12, November 19, and November 26. Classes will resume on Sunday, December 3rd.

The ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT presented by the students and teachers of St. Mary's Church School will take place at the 10 am service on Sunday, December 17th. Join us for this joyful rendition of the Christmas story! PARENTS – Please make every effort to have your children at Sunday school on both the 3rd and the 10th to prepare for the pageant. Time is very short!

FAMILIES OF YOUNG CHILDREN We are planning for a Preschool Sunday School class to begin in the coming weeks with age appropriate lessons for our youngest students. Read more ...

Midweek Service of Holy Eucharist Wednesdays at 11 am in the Church.

ST MARYS T-SHIRTS

Show the world that you are proud of your church by wearing your St. Mary's T-shirt. The blue shirts are well made with the St. Mary's logo on the front. Shirts are available in all sizes for $10 each.

FALL BOOK STUDY "The Shack" by William Paul Young, every Sun. in the Jones Room from 9-9:45am.

HOME CHURCH

Our next Home Church gathering will be held at the Rectory! Join us on Tuesday, December 5th, at 6:30PM for a potluck meal and casual, fun celebration of Holy Eucharist. Please RSVP to the Pretti's or to the church office by Monday Dec. 4th. Hope to see you there!

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY on the book of PSALMS will meet in the Jones Room at 10:00AM on Tuesdays; November 7, 14, 28 and December 12, 19. Please see Andrea Rittenhouse for the weekly reading list or contact her at 732-295-8233 or andrea.rittenhouse@verizon.net

POINT PLEASANT GARDEN CLUBS

POINT PLEASANT GARDEN CLUBS next meeting will be held at St. Mary’s on Tuesday, December 12th from 7-9. Everyone is invited to join!

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.

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.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR THE ASBURY PARK SOUP KITCHEN St. Mary’s parishioners have helped the 2nd Saturday of every month for almost 30 years. If you are able to participate, please contact Joan Biondo.

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First Sunday of Advent
December 3, 2017

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
so that the mountains would quake at your presence--
as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil--
to make your name known to your adversaries,
so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
From ages past no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who works for those who wait for him. More ...

Isaiah 64:1-9

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind-- just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you-- so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. More...

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Jesus said, “In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. More ...

Mark 13:24-37



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