• 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 Feb 18, 2018 Sermon

First Sunday in Lent
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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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.

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: oceanihn@gmail.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

HOME CHURCH GATHERING

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!

BOOK STUDY

‘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. Read more ...

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!

Midweek Service of Holy Eucharist are held on Wednesdays at 11 am in the Church. Please note - There will be service on Wednesday, January 17th.

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.

YOU’RE ALL 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 help, etc.

Be at the VFW at 3pm. Doors open at 5, and we need to be ready. Click here.

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 andrea.rittenhouse@verizon.net

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 for the Van Duzer Scholarship to www.dioceseofnj.org or to www.newjerseyyouth.org. Questions may be addressed to Canon Debi Clarke at dclarke@dioceseofnj.org 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 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.

OFFERING ENVELOPES for 2018 are still available to pick up in Farnsworth Hall.

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

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.

First 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 ever. Amen.

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 ...

Genesis 9:8-17

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...

1 Peter 3:18-22

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 ...

Mark 1:9-15



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