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!
Calendar of Events
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.
INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK OF
OCEAN COUNTY (IHNOC)
Volunteer Training will be held on
Sunday, February 25th
from 1-3:30pm at the IHN Day Center at 407 Lexington
Avenue, Toms River. RSVP: email@example.com
or 732-736-1550 by Feb 21st. Learn how you can
become an IHNOC volunteer and how you can help
provide hope and support to homeless families
with children in our community. A light
lunch will be provided
Our next HOME CHURCH GATHERING
will be at the home of Jessie and Mike Mercuro
(1110 Burnt Tavern Road, Point Pleasant) on
Tuesday, February 27th fom 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Please
respond to Cherisse in the parish office if you
plan on attending. Thanks!
‘The Divine Dance’ by Richard Rohr,
Sundays between the services
(9-9:45 am) in the Jones Room. Fr. Richard's
book will give us some of the theological underpinnings
for the expanded understanding of God as Trinity
that we discovered in reading "The Shack"
by William Paul Young. Join us (whether you
choose to read the book or not) as we continue
to discuss and reflect on the true nature and
essence of God.
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.
PRESCHOOL TEACHERS AND HELPERS
There are signup sheets on the Nursery door
for both the teachers and helpers who have graciously
offered their time to teach our new Preschool
class. Teachers please check the signup and
cover the timeslots when you are able, the lessons
are also noted. Student helpers, please use
the signup dedicated to you for the same purpose.
Happy New Year and Thank You All!
of Holy Eucharist are held on
Wednesdays at 11 am in the Church. Please
note - There will be service on Wednesday,
SAFE CHURCH TRAINING
The diocese will be offering a safe church
training class here at St. Mary’s
on Saturday, May 12th from 9-2. Everyone
is encouraged to attend. Details to follow.
PLEDGE UPDATE Our sincere
thanks to all who have pledged to St.
Mary’s by-the-Sea this year to support
our various ministries and community outreach.
PART OF THE GIFT AUCTION TEAM!
Thank you for your solicitation
and donations of gift items and ads, your
sponsorship of the Grand Prize gift card,
and your getting the word out! The Auction
is Saturday February 24.
Now we need your help:
- Moving items from church
to the VFW Hall on Friday Feb 23. Be at
St Mary’s by 3 pm to help.
- Setting up at the VFW on Friday night
Feb 23, beginning at 4pm.
- Baking or bringing dessert items. We
promise dessert for 325 people, so we
need home baked or store bought goodies.
Bring to church by 3pm Fri., or bring
to the auction on Sat. night.
- Help at the auction on Saturday Feb
24: selling tickets, running gifts, kitchen
Be at the VFW
at 3pm. Doors open at 5, and we need to
be ready. Click
St. Mary’s Society, our local branch
of the ECW, encourages our young adults to apply
for this opportunity. The monetary awards, offered
through our Diocese, are open to all high school
Seniors and to Freshmen through Juniors in college.
The applications, in English and Spanish, are
available from Cherisse in the church office.
The deadline for all applications is
April 1, 2018; at least two letters
of recommendation are required.
2018 Lenten Bible Study
I and II Corinthians readings
(To be accomplished before class, please)
Questions: contact Andrea 732 295-8233 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BISHOP VAN DUZER SCHOLARSHIP
High School Seniors, who will be entering their
first year of college in the Fall, are also
encouraged to electronically submit their applications
Van Duzer Scholarship to
or to www.newjerseyyouth.org. Questions may
be addressed to Canon Debi Clarke at email@example.com
or 609 394-5281, ext. 36.
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.
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
OFFERING ENVELOPES for 2018 are still
available to pick up in Farnsworth Hall.
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
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.
SHABBAT LEARNING SERVICE Join
the Temple Beth Or family for a complete Shabbat
dinner on Friday, March 9 beginning at 6:00PM.
Shabbat learning service will begin at 8:00PM.
Please see the flyer in Farnsworth Hall for
all the details.
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.
Sunday in Lent
February 18, 2018
Almighty God, whose blessed
Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan:
Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many
temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each
of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through
Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for
God said to Noah and to his sons
with him, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant
with you and your descendants after you, and with
every living creature that is with you, the birds,
the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth
with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish
my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh
be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again
shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
God said, “This is the sign of the covenant
that I make between me and you and every living creature
that is with you, for all future generations: I have
set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of
the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring
clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds,
I will remember my covenant that is between me and
you and every living creature of all flesh; and the
waters shall never again become a flood to destroy
all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see
it and remember the everlasting covenant between God
and every living creature of all flesh that is on
the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is
the sign of the covenant that I have established between
me and all flesh that is on the earth.” More
Christ also suffered for sins once
for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order
to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh,
but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went
and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison,
who in former times did not obey, when God waited
patiently in the days of Noah, during the building
of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons,
were saved through water. And baptism, which this
prefigured, now saves you-- not as a removal of dirt
from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good
conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand
of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made
subject to him. More...
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth
of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
And just as he was coming up out of the water, he
saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending
like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven,
“You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am
well pleased.” And the Spirit immediately drove
him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness
forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the
wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after
John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming
the good news of God, and saying, “The time
is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near;
repent, and believe in the good news.” More