• 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:

A Christmas Message from Mother Victoria

Dear Friends in Christ,

This will be a Christmas like no other, at the end of a year like no other, in the midst of a time like no other. God is always doing something new. The One we know as our Creator, the Source of all being, the beginning and the ending of everyone and everything, is always on the move. The rabbis point out that God’s ancient Hebrew name, YHWH, is a verb rather than a noun. God is Being itself, in a state of constant becoming. And in Christ we are part of the birthing forth, the great unfolding, the great becoming, of God.

No part of the Christian story is only about Jesus, including Christmas. Like the angel Gabriel, we announce the Good News of God’s love for all. Like John the Baptist, we proclaim the coming of God into the world and we prepare the way for God’s New Creation. Like Mary of Nazareth, we receive the radiant light of God into the depths of our very being. We nurture it, and grow it, and wrap it in flesh in the silent darkness of our lives. And we bring to birth the One who births everyone and everything in creation. And finally, like Jesus the Christ, we live the reality of God’s transformative compassion, co-creating with both Creator and creation as we live God’s Way of faith, hope, and love, drawing everyone and everything along with us to the light and grace of God’s infinite and eternal Love. Read full letter here...

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!


HOME CHURCH SUNDAY SERVICE

Due to the worsening situation with COVID-19, Sunday worship is now entirely remote once again.
Please join us on Zoom by using the following link. We will also broadcast on FaceBook Live.

Click here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81323809144?pwd=L3NXT0lHQXBnMlB6MnVOWm5RSXFZdz09
Meeting ID: 813 2380 9144
Passcode: 568077


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 10:45 am.

Resumes on January 3, 2021

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 10:45 am.
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 SECOND DRAWING OF CASH CALENDAR RAFFLE. Please Click below.
Congratulations to the November, December 2020 & January 2021 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.

FROM THE TREASURER

Please return your 2021 pledge cards as soon as
possible or send a private email to our treasurer Gary (gary.smerillo@smerilloassociates.com) informing him of your
planned support of St. Mary's for the coming year. It's absolutely imperative for us to understand where we stand financially so that
we can plan accordingly. Our fiscal situation is very challenging
right now, and we need your help and prayers. God bless you!

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.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on
Sunday
January 24th at 11 am on Zoom & FaceBook Live. Please email all reports to Cherisse by January 10th so that she has time
to compile them and mail them out to members
of the parish.

Join Zoom Meeting here.

Meeting ID: 875 8609 0352
Passcode: 435009



Check out our Calendar of Events

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

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.
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Message from St. Mary’s Emergency Food Project

Hello everyone and welcome Greg Gradel and Deb Alt, 2 of our delivery people!

On December 3, Robean and Ellen served warm Chinese Chicken salad with green beans and mashed potatoes. We delivered 246 meals at a cost of $134. On December 17, Angie (who is kindly filling in for Mary) served stuffed shells with sauce, green beans and bread. We delivered 243 meals at a cost of $370.00 (that Angie gets at cost from her supplier). Christmas Eve and New Years Eve both fall on a Thursday and as Mary's Table has always promised, food will be available! On both days we will deliver between 1-3. Updates on cost and how many dinners go out will be posted later. Thank you to all the volunteers who give up their precious time to make this happen! We are so incredibly blessed to have volunteers who, cook, deliver, pack meals, pick up fruit and goodies every week, donate food, give gift cards and cash to this ministry! We could not do it with all of you!!! As we quickly approach "the most wonderful time of the year", please remember that is not so for many families who are struggling this year due to the effects COVID has had on our community. Let us continue to make a difference, in whatever way we can, to brighten someone's day.

Merry Christmas all!
Love, Kathy


The Epiphany
January 6, 2021

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Isaiah 60:1-6

Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the LORD will arise upon you,
and his glory will appear over you.
Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Lift up your eyes and look around;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from far away,
and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses' arms.
Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and rejoice,
because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
A multitude of camels shall cover you,
the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
all those from Sheba shall come.

Ephesians 3:1-12

This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles-- for surely you have already heard of the commission of God's grace that was given me for you, and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God's grace that was given me by the working of his power. Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.

Matthew 2:1-12

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

`And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.'"

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage." When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.


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