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!
BISHOPS STOKES APPEAL
Collection for the Diocese of the Bahamas
in hope, be patient in suffering, contribute
to the needs of the saints,
extend hospitality to strangers.”
We’ve all been heartbroken to see the
devastation visited upon the Bahamas by Hurricane
Dorian. As of Friday morning, more than 30 are
confirmed dead, with that number expected to
rise significantly. Large areas have been completely
leveled. Lives, homes, and basic infrastructure
have all been destroyed. The blessing of diversity
all across our diocesan community also means
that the vast majority of our congregations
are grieving family members and friends who
have been impacted, or have community connections
with those whose loved ones have been affected.
Bishop Stokes has pledged the support of our
Diocese to relief efforts led by the Anglican
Diocese of The Bahamas & The Turks and Caicos,
and is offering us the opportunity to respond
in solidarity by asking congregations to take
up a second collection every Sunday in September
to benefit storm victims in the Bahamas.
Checks should be made out to St. Mary’s
(please note: Diocese of the Bahamas in the
memo) At the end of the month a check
for the total will be forwarded to the Diocesan
House which will then be forwarded to the Discretionary
Fund for Bishop Laish Zane Boyd Sr. in the Bahamas.
BISHOP STOKES RECENT REQUEST Thanks
to your generosity we will be sending a check
to the Diocese in the amount of $1431.00
which they will forward to the Diocese of the
Bahamas for the relief efforts in the Bahamas
& Turks and Caicos.
SINGERS NEEDED The choir is
in need of a few singers, especially females
(altos and sopranos). If interested, please
JoAnn Roy, our choir director/organist.
SPECIAL THANKS to John
Wesson and Rich
Wood for cutting and trimming
the church lawn all summer
Third quarter contribution statements
are available at the back of the church. Please
pick yours up on the way out. Thanks
POINT PLEASANT GARDEN CLUB
will meet next on Tuesday, November 12th at 7PM.
All are welcome!
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.
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.
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IHN HOST WEEK
IHN HOST WEEK begins
Sunday evening, October 20th
through Sunday morning, October
27th. Please consider helping
out with set-up, break-down, overnight
hosting, or hospitality. The signup
sheet is in Farnsworth Hall and all
help is greatly appreciated. Questions?
Mike Mercuro 732-267-5474, Jessie Mercuro
732-272-6828 or Lynn Schambach 732-403-9708
would be happy to talk further. Thank
HOSPITALITY NETWORK ANNUAL DINNER
AND GIFT AUCTION
Will be held at the Clarion
Hotel in Toms River on November 1, 2019.
Doors open at 5PM and tickets are $40.00
each. There is a cash bar. Please call
732-341-7675 for more information
SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES We’re
nearing the start of another fun Sunday
School year and we look forward to
seeing the children of St. Mary’s. Copies
of the calendar and registration form are attached
here and can also be found at the rear of the
church. Please complete the registration form
and return to teachers on the first day of class
in September (the 15th).
Registration Form here
ST. MARY’S CHALLENGE A
in January, at the Annual Meeting, we introduced
the St. Mary’s Challenge. The challenge
was that if we could raise an additional $5,000
in donations (designated as St. Mary’s
Challenge) above our pledged amount of donations,
an anonymous donor would match those additional
donations dollar for dollar.
We have not only
met the challenge, we have exceeded it by $135.00!
As Treasurer, I would like to thank everyone
who contributed to the challenge. Your generosity
has been magnified with the match!
Check out our
Calendar of Events
SUNDAY BOOK STUDIES 2019 – 2020
Sundays Between Services in the
Jones Room 9 to 9:45 am
Join Us Anytime!
October 6 to December 15
of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity
and Islam” by Mirabai
MARY’S SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE
MARY’S SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE
will be held on Thursday,
October 10th from 9AM-2PM
and Friday, October 11th,
from 9AM-1PM. There
is a $5 bag sale all day Friday. Set
up is scheduled for Monday, October
8th and Tuesday, October 9th. Please
sign up in Farnsworth Hall to volunteer.
The following items will be accepted:
clean clothing, dishes/glassware, small
appliances, jewelry, books, knick-knacks,
linens/tablecloths, bedspreads, blankets,
shoes. We do not accept these items:
Underwear, swim suits, non-working appliances,
suitcases, exercise equipment, encyclopedias
or text books. Donations will be accepted
in Farnsworth Hall from 11:30AM until
3:00PM on Sunday, 6th.
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
Our next gathering will be at the home of Liz
and Bill Bogardus on Monday, October 28th
For the Soup Kitchen in Asbury
Park. We need a few more volunteers for 1 or
2 Saturday mornings a year. Please contact Laura
/ 732-948-3186) for more information.
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
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.
Mary's Table is the
recipient of a grant to
support our feeding ministry from the
Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation
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.
Sunday after Pentecost
October 6, 2019
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.
These are the words of the letter that the prophet
Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders
among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets,
and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken
into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.
Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel,
to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from
Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them;
plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives
and have sons and daughters; take wives for your
sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that
they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there,
and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the
city where I have sent you into exile, and pray
to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you
will find your welfare.
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from
the dead, a descendant of David-- that is my gospel,
for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of
being chained like a criminal. But the word of God
is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for
the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain
the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal
glory. The saying is sure:
If we have died with him, we will also live with
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful--
for he cannot deny himself.
Remind them of this, and warn them
before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words,
which does no good but only ruins those who are listening.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved
by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly
explaining the word of truth.
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was
going through the region between Samaria and Galilee.
As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him.
Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, "Jesus,
Master, have mercy on us!" When he saw them,
he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the
priests." And as they went, they were made clean.
Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed,
turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated
himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. And he was
a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, "Were not ten
made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was
none of them found to return and give praise to God
except this foreigner?" Then he said to him,
"Get up and go on your way; your faith has made