is love and those who live in love live in God and God lives
1 John 4:16
Calendar of Events
This year, the Fourth Sunday of Advent
is also Christmas Eve! ...
Sunday, December 24th (4th Advent):
8 am & 10 am
Sunday December 24th Christmas Eve:
5 pm & 11 pm
Monday December 25th, Christmas Day:
ALL SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES
Please mark your calendars...there are three
consecutive Sundays approaching in November
when there will not be Sunday School instruction.
There will be NO Sunday School,
November 12, November
19, and November 26.
Classes will resume on Sunday, December
The ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
presented by the students and teachers of St.
Mary's Church School will take place at the
10 am service on Sunday, December 17th. Join
us for this joyful rendition of the Christmas
story! PARENTS – Please make every effort
to have your children at Sunday school on both
the 3rd and the 10th to prepare for the pageant.
Time is very short!
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.
Service of Holy Eucharist Wednesdays
at 11 am in the Church.
Show the world that you are proud
of your church by wearing your St. Mary's T-shirt.
The blue shirts are well made with the St. Mary's
logo on the front. Shirts are available in all
sizes for $10 each.
FALL BOOK STUDY "The
Shack" by William Paul Young, every Sun.
in the Jones Room from 9-9:45am.
Our next Home Church gathering
will be held at the Rectory! Join us on
Tuesday, December 5th, at 6:30PM for
a potluck meal and casual, fun celebration of
Holy Eucharist. Please RSVP to the Pretti's or
to the church office by Monday Dec. 4th. Hope
to see you there!
ADVENT BIBLE STUDY on the
book of PSALMS will meet in the Jones Room at
10:00AM on Tuesdays; November 7, 14,
28 and December 12, 19.
Please see Andrea Rittenhouse for the weekly
reading list or contact her at 732-295-8233
POINT PLEASANT GARDEN CLUBS
POINT PLEASANT GARDEN CLUBS next meeting will
be held at St. Mary’s on Tuesday, December
12th from 7-9. Everyone is invited to join!
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sunday of Advent
December 3, 2017
Almighty God, give us grace
to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the
armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in
great humility; that in the last day, when he shall
come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the
living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who lives and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
O that you would tear open the heavens
and come down,
so that the mountains would quake at your presence--
as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil--
to make your name known to your adversaries,
so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
From ages past no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who works for those who wait for him. More
Grace to you and peace from God our
Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to my God always for
you because of the grace of God that has been given
you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been
enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every
kind-- just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened
among you-- so that you are not lacking in any spiritual
gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus
Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so
that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus
Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into
the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jesus said, “In those days,
after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and
the moon will not give its light, and the stars will
be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens
will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son
of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and
glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather
his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the
earth to the ends of heaven. More