• 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:

From the COVID-19
Reentering, Reopening, Reimagining (RRR) Task Force

In response to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations of July 27, 2021, due to the rising levels of infections of COVID-19, the RRR Task Force is recommending congregations return to requiring face masks that fully cover the nose and mouth for indoor activities for all worship attendees and outside group participants immediately, regardless of vaccination status, in counties where the infection rate is more than 5 per 100K (check https://covidactnow.org/) or where the community transmission is moderate or above
(check https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view)

Currently, this includes all the counties in the Diocese of New Jersey.
Congregational singing is allowed with the use of face masks.

Congregational leadership can decide about local practices for offering communion, pastoral support, formation classes/programs (including Vacation Bible School), and fellowship activities. Fellowship activities that involve removing one’s face mask are not encouraged.

Please continue to encourage all community members to get vaccinated.

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!

Sunday Worship at Saint Mary's by the Sea

8:00 am Rite I Service of Holy Eucharist, Indoors in the Church..

10:00 am Rite II Service of Holy Eucharist

Diocesan guidelines as to the details of full re-opening

For those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, face masks and social distancing are no longer required
at any indoor or outdoor parish activities.

For those who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, face masks and social distancing requirements
will remain in effect at all indoor and outdoor parish activities.

If you are fully vaccinated and wish to continue wearing a mask regardless,
we fully support your right to do so, no questions asked.

Masking and social distancing are still required for any and all children's activities, including Church School.

Wednesday, December 8th, 7PM

(immediately following Compline)

Christmas often brings thoughts of good times with family, friends and loved ones. However, we all experience changes in our lives every day and some of these changes have a profound impact on our feelings and emotions towards the holiday season. The COVID pandemic, a change in job security, housing security, relationships, loss of a loved one or family member can make the season feel blue and depressing when the world wants us to be merry and bright.Blue Christmas is a community service that is held at St. Mary’s as we gather to name those losses and emotions, place them on the altar and give them over to God.

It is a service that is contemplative, reflective and healing.

You can still view all previous Gospels and Sermons here.
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During this time of transition the Vestry will work to keep everyone informed, however if you have specific questions regarding the discernment process please reach out to one of us: Marie Lucier-Woodruff, Suzanne Jorgensen, Laurie Clayton, Pam Cooper,
Karen Foley, Jodie Greene, Tom Long, Daryl Schambach, Al Wagner


At the recommendation of the Bishop, St Mary’s will be calling a
Priest in Charge. A Priest in Charge has the full responsibilities
of a Rector, only for a three year term. If, at the end of three years
the parish and the Priest agree that it’s a “fit” the Vestry will ask
the Bishop to appoint the individual as the Rector.


The Vestry has been asked how discernment committee members were selected, below is a summary of the steps that were taken.

The first step was to meet with the Transition Coordinator from the Diocese and the Bishop. At that meeting the Bishop provided guidance on the composition of the discernment committee in terms of representation from various groups, number of Vestry members, and size of the group.

The Vestry then reviewed the criteria and decided that each member would separately submit to the Senior Warden, via email, up to five
nominations - no one knew who other members nominated so as not to be influenced by what others thought.

A grid was then created using everyone's nominations which showed the overlap in nominations. At the next meeting the Vestry reviewed the
grid and identified candidates to be called based on who received the most nominations, doing their best to make sure as many
groups were represented as possible. Calls were made to those people asking them to serve. Some people declined so the
Vestry worked their way through the list of those people who had multiple nominations.

The Vestry believes the resulting discernment committee has a good mix of people who are willing to take on this challenge.
However, they cannot do it without our help. Their first charge will be to create our Church Profile. A town hall meeting will be held in the
coming months to gather input for the Profile, we urge all members of the parish community to take part in this process.

If you have specific questions about the discernment process please reach out to a Vestry member.


It’s Back!
St. Mary’s by-the-Sea CASH Calendar Raffle!

Our latest raffle was a terrific success! Several players won more than once and one lucky player won FIVE TIMES! Your purchase helps us support so many within the community through our outreach ministries. It’s a WIN WIN! Click here for the GAME Rules

If you are not familiar with a CASH Calendar raffle, here is how it works: The raffle will run for a three-month period (March, April and May of 2021). For $25 you will receive one numbered calendar which will be mailed to you. Each weekday has a dollar amount associated with it. On the day of the drawing numbered balls corresponding to each calendar sold will be drawn one at a time at random. The first ball drawn will be for the first Monday on the March calendar. If that number is your calendar number, YOU WIN! That winning ball is immediately put back in the drum and the next winner for Tuesday is drawn, and so on. This gives you MULTIPLE CHANCES TO WIN! It’s that simple! Winners do not need to be present to win. There is nothing for you to do but watch for the mail!

If you would like to purchase a calendar(s), please respond to Cherisse at stmssecretary@verizon.net with your name, complete address and indicate how many calendars you would like to purchase or contact the parish office or @609-713-8813. A separate order form for each calendar you request will be mailed to you. Fill out the coupon on the bottom, detach and mail in with your payment. (The coupon is numbered to coincide with your numbered calendar, so you MUST fill out a separate coupon for each calendar you request). Retain the top half which indicates your individual calendar(s) numbers. If you are purchasing multiple calendars you can pay for them with just one check. Checks should be made payable to: St. Mary’s by-the-Sea, 804 Bay Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742.

Congratulations to the winners of the CASH Calendar Raffle for DECEMBER 2021.
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 H.

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

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.


If you have not turned in your 2021 pledge card,
please do so 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. We are short of our goal for 2021 and your Pledge may be the
one to help us reach that goal!!! God bless you!

Gary Smerillo


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.


This year the vestry has designated the Advent Offering go to Mary’s Table. Please use the Advent envelope in your box or grab one at the rear of the church.


We will have a Compline Service in the
Chapel for the Wednesdays in Advent, starting
on December 1st at 6:30 pm. The service wil
l be approximately 30 minutes and will be
a time for quiet reflection.

Check out our Calendar of Events


The Altar Guild is again reminding you that a
good way to honor or memorialize a friend or
loved one is to offer Sunday flowers in their
name. Forms can be found in the back of the church and a donation is requested to
accompany the form. At this time we are
focusing only on flowers, as they are again displayed weekly on the altar.

Wine and candles are not the focus though
they are mentioned on the form. Completed
forms should be returned to Cherisse
. Any questions, please call Laurie Clayton at
732 600 5454. Thank you.


Interested in understanding why our Lakewood neighbors live
and worship as they do? Come to Zoom Bible Study on Tuesdays
at 10:00 AM on November 9,16 and 30 plus Dec. 7 and 14.
Contact Andrea at andrea.rittenhouse@verizon.net or
732-295-8233 for information & the readings to be prepared in advance. Bev Conti will again be our Zoom manager.


We are happy to announce coffee hour will re-start between
the 8 and 10am services on December 5th. To keep with COVID protocols individual pastries must be wrapped (sorry - no Muellers!) and individual coffee creamers, sugar packets and paper cups
will be used. Pastries and consumables will be supplied.
All we need are hosts to set up and clean up. A sign up sheet
will be on the post in Farnsworth Hall. Please consider
volunteering to host so we can get back to “normal”.


Once again this year we have the opportunity to provide some holiday cheer for a family of two. A mother and her 2 year old son are in need of some of our “St. Mary’s love”. If you can help out with gift cards, donations, or would like to purchase requested items, contact me at. Pattisplants@gmail.com or 973 652 0852.


Message from St. Mary’s Emergency Food Project

For over 9 years Mary's Table has provided hot meals and warm companionship to the community. Continuing to serve our guests has been particularly challenging this past year but the need has never been greater. The volunteers of Mary's Table recognize none of this would have been possible without the vision, compassion and determination of Lois Lyon.

Lois, along with her parish friends Chuck Reagan and Joan Bryant, saw a role for St Mary's to feed the bodies and spirits of those who hunger, and since that time Lois has lead the Mary's Table family of volunteers, greeting guests, celebrating birthdays, and making every guest feel at home. We wish to honor Lois's unending commitment to Mary's Table by dedicating the meals served during the month of February to her, as a symbol of our love and gratitude. Read more...

Hello everyone! I hope this email finds you all well! The weeks just keep flying by!

On August 5, Laurie's team served Chicken Teriyaki Chicken, Rice, and salad. We delivered 245 meals at a cost of $432.

On August 12, Robean's Team served Mac and Cheese with Ham, stuffed shells and ziti with meatballs.
We delivered 265 meals at a cost of $307.

On August 19, Angie's team served ham steak with applesauce and potato salad.
We delivered 252 meals at a cost of $513.

On August 26, the Greene team served pork, beans and corn on the cob. We delivered 251 at a cost of $358.
(Some of the money went for supplies)

On September 2, Laurie's team served Chicken Parm, pasta and a dinner role.
We delivered 244 meals at a cost of $557.

On September 9, Ellen and Robean served hot dogs, chips and slaw. We delivered 245 at a cost of $421.

Please remember that mask mandates are still in effect! Thank you for all you do!

Peace and love, K

First Sunday of Advent
November 28, 2021

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.

Jeremiah 33:14-16

The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: "The LORD is our righteousness."

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.
Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

Luke 21:25-36

Jesus said, "There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in a cloud' with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

Then he told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

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