• 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!

Watch Mother Victoria Pretti's Installation video here

Check out our Calendar of Events

Fellowship Gathering

Our next fellowship gathering is Saturday, July 28th at 6:30pm at the home of Lynn and Daryl Schambach (525 Harris Ave, Brielle).
Please join us; all are welcome.

RSVP by contacting the church office or to Lynn, Mike (732-267-5474) or Jessie (732-272-6828).

FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY (ESM)

Each Sunday, we kneel in our pews and pray “for the good earth which God has given us and for the wisdom and will to conserve it.” In answering this call to be intentional stewards of God’s creation, a new ministry at Saint Mary’s, the Environmental Stewardship Ministry (ESM), has come into being. Read more ...

SUNDAY BOOK STUDY

Our weekly book study finishes
up this Sunday morning and will resume after Labor Day.

OCEAN GROVE ANNUAL SACRED MUSIC CONCERT will be held on Sunday, August 26th beginning at 7:00PM.



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.

IHN at St. Mary’s

Our next host week begins Sunday, August 19th, 2018. We welcome new volunteers and are currently seeking help in the following areas: Mattress set up (by 4:30 PM Sunday); Dinner hosts (6-8pm); Overnight hosts (8pm-7am). The signup sheet is in Farnsworth Hall, or you can always reach Mike Mercuro at m.mercuro@gmail.com or Jessie Mercuro at jslytle@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you for your continued support, we appreciate all of the encouragement and enthusiasm as we transform St. Mary's into a one-week home for families in need.

 

FROM THE ESM

n viewing A Plastic Ocean, “The two things that struck me most deeply were: 1. The amount of physical suffering marine life experiences before it ultimately dies and 2. The way in which plastics work their way into the food chain from the sea into the mouths of hundreds of thousands of (children) and other people in the poorer countries,” Gretchen Batchelar. In collaboration with the Pt. Pleasant Beach Environmental Commission, St. Mary’s ESM is presenting A Plastic Ocean to the wider public at the Pt. Pleasant Beach Mun. Bldg., 416 New Jersey Ave., Wed. July 18th, at 7 PM. Become informed regarding the worldwide impact of plastic use and the necessity for humans to make intentional choices to eliminate it.

About Composting 101: Learn why and how to compost from our sister, Master Gardener and Composter Patti Vilani at the Farmer’s Market behind Borden’s on Sunday, July 15th from 10-2.

ANNUAL JOAN VALENTINE HOUSE BBQ

On Sunday, July 29th, immediately following the second worship service, we will be hosting a BBQ at the Joan Valentine House to help celebrate the birthdays of the residents born in June, July and August. Several volunteers are needed to grill, help serve and clean up. A few yummy desserts would also be greatly appreciated. They can be brought right to the church that morning and will be taken over by the volunteers. If you can lend a hand or are able to bake an item, please contact Cherisse in the parish office or drop her an email.
Thanks so much

 

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED

Have you ever wondered how you can make a significant difference in the life of a young person? In July (6/27-7/26) our community will be visited by a group of students from Spain. The students, age 13-17, desire to learn about American culture, and improve their English. During their short stay they live as a family member. New relationships are formed that often last a lifetime. They are well-motivated, English proficient, fully insured and have their own spending money. If you would like to be a part of this exciting adventure, please contact Scot King at 732-892-2571 or you email him at: Scot4Camille@gmail.com. Hosting is fun for the entire family as well as an extremely enlightening and rewarding experience.

ST. MARY’S T-SHIRTS A variety of sizes are now available in the parish office. Please contact Cherisse for yours today!

DONATIONS FOR TENT CITY - A box has been placed in Farnsworth Hall for clean winter/spring clothing for the residents of tent city located in Howell.

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.

BUS TRIP TO AMISH COUNTRY

Unfortunately we were not able to secure the tickets for the Sight and Sound Theatre presentation of The Life of Jesus for Saturday, October 6th. We hope to reschedule something in the Spring of next year and will send out the details as soon as they are available.

POINT PLEASANT GARDEN CLUB

The next meeting will be held at St. Mary’s on Tuesday, September 11, from 7-9 (there will not be a meeting in July and August). Everyone is invited to join!

*** COMMUNITY NEWS ***

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED Have you ever wondered how you can make a significant difference in the life of a young person? In July (6/27-7/26) our community will be visited by a group of students from Spain. The students, age 13-17, desire to learn about American culture, and improve their English. During their short stay they live as a family member. New relationships are formed that often last a lifetime. They are well-motivated, English proficient, fully insured and have their own spending money. If you would like to be a part of this exciting adventure, please contact Scot King at 732-892-2571 or you email him at: Scot4Camille@gmail.com. Hosting is fun for the entire family as well as an extremely enlightening and rewarding experience.

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.

For OFFERING ENVELOPES, please contact our office.

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

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.

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 10
July 15, 2018

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. David and all the people with him set out and went from Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord of hosts who is enthroned on the cherubim. They carried the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new cart with the ark of God; and Ahio went in front of the ark. David and all the house of Israel were dancing before the Lord with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing; and when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. David danced before the Lord with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. They brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place, inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and offerings of well-being before the Lord. When David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the offerings of well-being, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts, and distributed food among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, to each a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people went back to their homes.

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God's own people, to the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:3-14

King Herod heard of Jesus and his disciples, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.” And he solemnly swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.” She went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the baptizer.” Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

Mark 6:14-29



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