• 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 August 11 , 2019

9th Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 14
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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Watch Mother Victoria Pretti's Installation video here

SEPTEMBER 8TH IS OUR ANNUAL "WELCOME BACK SUNDAY"

St. Mary's Welcome Committee' would like to celebrate the 'newer' members of our church. We wish for you to join us Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Welcome Back Sunday and receive a special prayer and blessing. Welcome Back Sunday will consist of a Pot Luck Brunch (please bring a dish to share) in between the 8am and 10am services for all parishioners and their families with a special cake recognizing our 'newer' parishioners. Please contact Mother Victoria, Pam Baker or the Office to let us know if you are new to St. Mary's within the past few years. We want to celebrate YOU and hope you would like to participate. Thank you so much!

POINT PLEASANT GARDEN CLUB

The garden club will not be meeting during the summers months and will resume in September on the 10th at 7PM.

2ND QUARTER GIVING STATEMENTS are
available at the back of the church. Please
pick yours up on the way out. Thanks

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.



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.

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IHN AT ST. MARY'S

Our next host cycle begins Sunday, August 11th and runs through Sunday, August 18th. Volunteers are still needed for hospitality between the hours of 6-8PM on Saturday, August 17th. If you are available, please call Jessie Mercuro (732-272-6828), Mike Mercuro (732-267-5474) or Lynn Schambach (732-403-9708). Thank you so much for adding your support to this ministry for families in need in Ocean County.

 

ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC
Sunday, August 18th at
Riverfront Pavillion in Point Pleasant from 9-1.

Hot dogs, burgers and the fixings will be provided. Please bring a salad
or dessert to share. Please also bring your own reusable bottle for water. Canned soft drinks will be provided. Suggested voluntary donation ($5 per person or $20 per family payable at the picnic) Please sign up in Farnsworth Hall with your donations of salads or desserts and also to lend a hand that day (shop, cook, set-up, clean-up, coordinate games etc.)

Reminder: Annual Parish Picnic - Sunday, August 18th Riverfront Pavillion in Point Pleasant from 9-1

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).

Download Registration Form here

WHAT IS THE ST. MARY’S CHALLENGE?

Simply stated, for every dollar that is donated above the regular pledged amount and identified as St. Mary’s Challenge, an anonymous donor will match that donation dollar for dollar, up to $5,000. Each month we will give an update on the status of the challenge. To donate just indicate on your check St. Mary’s Challenge or if a cash donation, use any envelope and write St. Mary’s Challenge on the envelope.

To date $3530.00 has been donated to St. Mary’s Challenge ($7060.00 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
“God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam” by Mirabai Starr

FROM THE ALTAR GUILD

This year, in light of all the recent fires, storms and natural disasters that have caused suffering for so many people around the country, we would like to make a Christmas donation to Episcopal Relief and Development. Our plan is to keep our Christmas flower display beautiful but simple and donate the remaining funds to ERD. Your Christmas flower donations will help beautify our sanctuary AND help those in need. Please give as generously as you are able. Thank you!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

For the Soup Kitchen in Asbury Park. We need a few more volunteers for 1 or 2 Saturday mornings a year. Please contact Laura Grodewald (ldunn06@gmail.com / 732-948-3186) for more information.

SINGERS NEEDED The choir is in need of a few singers, especially females (altos and sopranos). If interested, please speak to JoAnn Roy, our choir director/organist.

CENTERING PRAYER

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 any time.

MARY’S TABLEMARY’S 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.
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Mary's Table is the recipient of a grant to
support our feeding ministry from the
Hurricane 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.

9th Sunday after Pentecost:
Proper 14
August 11, 2019

Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, "Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great." But Abram said, "O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" And Abram said, "You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir." But the word of the Lord came to him, "This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir." He brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your descendants be." And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.

Genesis 15:1-6

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old-- and Sarah herself was barren-- because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, "as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore."

All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Jesus said to his disciples, "Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

"Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

"But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour."

Luke 11:1-13


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