• 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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Our Response to the Current Situation of Coronavirus/COVID-19 Illness:

St. Mary’s By The Sea
Note From the Rector, Fall 2020

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP: Please remember to call, text or email Cherisse (609-713-8813) by midday each Friday to register for in-person church at St. Mary’s By The Sea on Sunday at 9 am. After midday Friday please call, text or email Mother Victoria at 609-827-8231. Facemasks that cover mouth and nose are strictly required at all times. Social distancing and all other public health guidelines will be very carefully followed. The service can also be seen on FaceBook Live at 9 am Sunday and/or watched later on the church’s FB page. Read more...

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!


In light of the current advisory, you can watch this
week's Gospel in our Facebook Live on
St. Mary's by the Sea Facebook page.

November 22, 2020
Last Sunday after Pentecost:
Christ the King
Proper 29

You can still view all previous Gospels and Sermons here.

Visit us on
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter

Watch Mother Victoria Pretti's Installation video here

“The Universal Christ” Book Study
Sundays at 12 noon.

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87491463867

As Fr. Richard Rohr says, “Christ is NOT Jesus’ last name!
Well, what is it then? Come and see! You may just be amazed at how big and beautiful Christianity really is!

Join us every time and/or any time. Sundays at 12 noon.
Use the Zoom link above. See you there!

 

As you may all know by now COVID 19 has caused the cancellation of both our spring and fall rummage sales, as well as our Gift Auction in February of 2021. Although everyone has been extremely generous in fulfilling their pledges this year, the loss of the gift auction revenue for next year presents a very challenging situation for the church.

Without this major fundraising event we had to find alternate means to fill this budget gap. Attached here, you will find information about a calendar raffle we are launching in October to help fill this gap. The concept is fairly simple. For every 3 month period there is a dollar amount associated with Monday-Friday, For $25 people can purchase a chance to win that dollar amount. Numbers are chosen at random at the beginning of the month. If your number is chosen you will get a check for that amount in the mail. We have sent this to all gift auction attendees and we will continue to promote through various means. We welcome your participation as well. Details on how to enter are attached. And as always, you can call Cherisse with your questions.

Download your CASH Calendar Ticket Request Form and Cash Calendar Nov, Dec 2020 and January 2021 here.

HERE IS THE RESULT OF THE FIRST DRAWING OF CASH CALENDAR RAFFLE
Please click the link below

Congratulations to the November 2020 winners of the CASH Calendar Raffle. Checks will be mailed by the end of the month.

 


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.

Welcome to the WeShare family!

Want a more convenient way to support St. Mary’s?
Want to support St. Mary’s consistently throughout the year?
Want to make sure your pledge is there when you can’t be?

Switch to electronic giving – simply click on
the heart below or go to
https://saintmarysbythesea.churchgiving.com

Please feel free to contact the WeShare customer
service team for assistance at WeShare@4lpi.com or
call 1 (800) 950-9952 and select Option 1.

AN UPDATE FROM THE TREASURER

I would like to thank everyone who is sending in the Pledge support during this most uncertain and difficult time. We continue to hold our own as parishioners pledge payments continue to be made via USPS mail and online giving, as well as, attendance at the 9 AM live service. We remain 19% below budget as I reported a few months back. So, again, a very big and heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you.

Additionally, donations to Mary’s Table are remaining strong even as the number of delivered meals continues to rise.

Finally, the St. Mary’s challenge is at $4,569 ($9,138 with the match); we are $431 away from having met the match.

I can’t say thank you enough to all of you, our Parishioners, for you continued and strong support! Be safe and stay the course,
Gary Smerillo
Treasurer

CHURCH SCHOOL ONLINE LEARNING

Church School will be utilizing remote online learning only for the foreseeable future.
Families who are interested in online Church School should please contact the office to let us know of their interest.

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.

IT'S ALMOST STEWARDSHIP TIME!

Please help me (Mother Victoria) write my annual stewardship letter. Email, text or leave a phone message telling me who you are and why you love St. Mary's. And yes, you WILL be quoted, since that's the whole point! ?? Thank you so much!

DAY BY DAY

The newest edition of the Day by Day is now available. If you have not already let me know that you would like a copy, please reply to this email and I'll get one in the mail to you right away. Cherisse

Check out our Calendar of Events

2020 ADVENT BIBLE STUDY
10:00 AM, Tuesdays
Nov 10 – Dec 15

Click here to join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 832 1266 1992
Passcode: 804804

You will need a Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and a Bible for these classes. Email me at andrea.rittenhouse@verizon.net if you plan to attend on Zoom. Let me know if you need a BCP and I’ll get you one and put it on the Vestry table in the Jones Room for you to pick up at your convenience.

Schedules of Lessons

MARY'S TABLE

Mary’s Table provides food and fellowship to all who hunger or seek companionship in a loving environment of acceptance. Started by parishioners of Saint Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church in Point Pleasant Beach, and located there, Mary's Table opened her doors on November 1 of 2012. Volunteers from other churches, communities and businesses quickly became involved in this worthy mission. Thank you so much for all you do for this wonderful ministry.
Read more
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News from St. Mary’s Emergency Food Project

Hello everyone!

It was so good to have the Greene team back in action! We have truly missed them! They served their signature dish of pork loin, mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans. We delivered 229 meals at a cost of $288. Happy Anniversary to us! Yes, it is 8 years we have provided meals to our community! In spite of hurricane Sandy, Mary's Table opened and has not stopped since! Thank you all for being a part of this incredible ministry!

Thanksgiving meals are in "the works". If you know of anyone who would like a meal, please have them contact Laurie at 7326005454!
The Elks are cooking the turkeys, Mary's Table (coordinated by the Greene's) is preparing the side dishes and St. Gregory's Pantry is paying for it. What a great partnership we have!

We received a donation with a note attached that reminded us, "these are extraordinary times, continue your good work"..

Continue our good work indeed...

Peace and love, Kathy


Last Sunday after Pentecost:
Christ the King
Proper 29

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

Thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord GOD. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.

Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.

I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken.

Ephesians 1:15-23

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Matthew 25:31-46

Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”


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