Response to the Current Situation of Coronavirus/COVID-19
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
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!
“The Universal Christ”
Sundays at 12 noon.
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here:
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!
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
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.
Calendar Ticket Request Form and
Calendar Nov, Dec 2020 and January 2021
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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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
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,
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
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
ADVENT BIBLE STUDY
Our Advent Bible Study will be via
the internet if I can find a Zoom helper.
Since we didn't get too far into the
Lenten one on The Book of Common Prayer
as the result of Covid-19, we'll start
all over again, if that's agreeable
with the class. I need someone who is
able and willing to be the Zoom moderator/coordinator
because I can't both run the class and
Zoom at the same time. Will any of you
be able to do that? Would you like to
continue the class on Tuesdays at 10
AM or another time? Just about any date
and time suits me. Stay safe. Fondly,
Andrea 732 295-8233
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
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
News from St.
Mary’s Emergency Food Project
On Thursday Robean's
team served roast beef and turkey open
face sandwiches with corn, green beans,
mashed potatoes and gravy. We served
225 meals! The cost of the meal was
$223.00. We met with a representative
from the Elks, and have worked out the
details of providing meals on Thanksgiving.
We are providing side dishes and the
If you know of anyone who would like
a meal, please call Laurie at
732 600 5454.
Peace and love,
Sunday after Pentecost
October 11, 2020
Almighty and everlasting God, in
Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations:
Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church
throughout the world may persevere with steadfast
faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and
the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Moses said to the LORD, “See,
you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’;
but you have not let me know whom you will send
with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by
name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’
Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me
your ways, so that I may know you and find favor
in your sight. Consider too that this nation is
your people.” He said, “My presence
will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
And he said to him, “If your presence will
not go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall
it be known that I have found favor in your sight,
I and your people, unless you go with us? In this
way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from
every people on the face of the earth.”
The LORD said to Moses, “I
will do the very thing that you have asked; for
you have found favor in my sight, and I know you
by name.” Moses said, “Show me your
glory, I pray.” And he said, “I will
make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim
before you the name, ‘The LORD’; and
I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and
will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,”
he said, “you cannot see my face; for no one
shall see me and live.” And the LORD continued,
“See, there is a place by me where you shall
stand on the rock; and while my glory passes by
I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will
cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then
I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back;
but my face shall not be seen.”
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the
church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace.
We always give thanks to God for
all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly
remembering before our God and Father your work of
faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope
in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and
sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because
our message of the gospel came to you not in word
only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and
with full conviction; just as you know what kind of
persons we proved to be among you for your sake. And
you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in
spite of persecution you received the word with joy
inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an
example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.
For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you
not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place
your faith in God has become known, so that we have
no need to speak about it. For the people of those
regions report about us what kind of welcome we had
among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to
serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son
from heaven, whom he raised from the dead-- Jesus,
who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.
The Pharisees went and plotted to
entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples
to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher,
we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of
God in accordance with truth, and show deference to
no one; for you do not regard people with partiality.
Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay
taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware
of their malice, said, “Why are you putting
me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used
for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.
Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and
whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.”
Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the
emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and
to God the things that are God’s.” When
they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him
and went away.