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!
OCEAN GROVE ANNUAL SACRED MUSIC CONCERT
will be held on Sunday, August 26th beginning
WELCOME BACK SUNDAY This year
we will celebrate our Welcome Back Sunday on
Sunday, September 9th,
with a pot luck breakfast buffet. Please bring
your favorite breakfast or brunch item. The
buffet will be held between services in Farnsworth
Hall. Please call Cherisse in the parish office
if you have any questions.
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.
2018-19 BOOK STUDIES
Sundays 9 to 9:45 in the Jones Room
Last year, our Parish Book Studies focused
on the true nature and essence of God, especially
as God is revealed in the Holy Trinity. This
year, we'll turn the focus back onto ourselves
by exploring who and what we really are and
how we can enter into a spiritually-mature relationship
with God, Who is the source and goal of our
Being, and of all Being.
September 16 - October 14th:
"Falling Upward" by Richard Rohr
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.
IHN at St. Mary’s
IHN at St. Mary’s
Our host week begins today,
Sunday, August 19th. We welcome
new volunteers and are currently seeking
help in the following areas: Dinner
and/or hosts for Saturday evening the
25th. If you have any questions, you
can contact Mike Mercuro at email@example.com
or Jessie Mercuro at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The IHN ministry at St. Mary’s
seeks the donation of a new or gently
used Pack ‘n Play.
SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES It's
that time of year again and we're very excited
to see our students for another fun-filled year!
Registration forms will be in the back of the
church each Sunday through the first day of
classes, Sunday, September 16th. Please return
completed forms (which can be found at the back
of the church) to Cherisse in the Parish Office.
If you have questions or would like to volunteer
your time for Sunday School or Nursery, please
call Laurie Clayton at 732-600-5454. Thank you!!
Registration Form here
CALLING ALL FAMILIES WHOSE TEENS, 6TH
GRADE AND OLDER, WILL REGULARLY BE ATTENDING
CHURCH SCHOOL THIS YEAR. We are planning
and need your input to create an effective program.
Specifically we need to know if your teen will
regularly attend on Sunday mornings or if an
alternative meeting time might be preferable.
Please contact Laurie Clayton either by phone
or email to discuss alternatives for the coming
year. 732-600-5454 or email@example.com
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
We welcome all family pets to
come to the 10 AM service on Sunday, September
30th as we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis
with a Blessing of the Animals. Please bring
your pet on a leash or in a carrier, and then
bring them with you to the Communion rail where
they will receive a blessing when your receive
Holy Communion. For those animals a bit too
skittish to come into church, Mother Victoria
will be blessing any who come by in the church’s
parking lot between 11:30 and noon. Friends’
and neighbors’ pets are welcome to come
for a blessing as well!
ST. MARY’S SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE
ST. MARY’S SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE
will be held Thurs., Oct. 11 (9-2) and
Fri., Oct. 12 (9-1) Set up is scheduled
for Mon., Oct. 8 & Tue., Oct. 9.
Please sign up in Farnsworth Hall to volunteer.
The following items will be accepted: Clean
Clothing, dishes/glassware, small appliances,
jewelry, books, knick-knacks, linens/tablecloths,
bedspreads, blankets, shoes. We WILL
NOT accept: Underwear, swim suits,
non-working appliances, suitcases, exercise
equipment, encyclopedias or text books. Donations
will be accepted in Farnsworth Hall from 11:30AM
until 3:00PM on Sunday, Oct. 7th.
A variety of sizes are now available in the
parish office. Please contact Cherisse for yours
For the Soup Kitchen in Asbury
Park. We need a few more volunteers for 1 or
2 Saturday mornings a year. Please contact Laura
/ 732-948-3186) for more information.
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!
BUS TRIP TO AMISH COUNTRY
The Vestry is planning a day bus trip, on Saturday,
May 4th, 2019, to the Amish Country for some
light shopping, a visit to the Sight and Sound
production of The Life of Jesus and dinner at
the Shady Maple smorgasbord (they bill themselves
as the worlds largest). If you have not been
to Sight and Sound, think of a stage the size
of Radio City and a religious based show comparable
to a Broadway way show with live animals. We
need 35 people to sign up as soon as possible
so we can reserve the best seats possible. Cost
is estimated to be between $125 to 135 per person
depending on numbers ($75-$80 for a child under
13). Please contact Cherisse in the parish office
ASAP if you plan on attending.
ST. MARY’S DAY
This coming Sunday morning we will be
celebrate St. Mary’s Day with ice cream
sundaes following both the worship services.
A box has been placed
in Farnsworth Hall
for clean winter/spring clothing for the
residents of tent city located in Howell.
ST. MARY’S MARKETPLACE
Again this year we are offering vendor spaces
in our parking lot to parishioners, family, and
friends creating our own St. Mary's Marketplace
on Seafood Festival Day, Saturday,
September 15th. Spaces are being assigned
on a first come, first served basis and are limited.
A donation of $50 to St. Mary's is requested for
each vendor space. If for any reason, the festival
is postponed until Sunday, vendors unfortunately
will not be able to utilize the space and our
Marketplace will be cancelled. If you are interested
in reserving a space to sell your wares, crafts,
artwork, etc. please contact Cherisse ASAP.
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
For OFFERING ENVELOPES, please contact
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 the season.
Sunday after Pentecost
August 19, 2018
Almighty God, you have given
your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and
also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive
thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to
follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy
life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who
lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, now and for ever. Amen.
Wisdom has built her house,
she has hewn her seven pillars.
She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her
she has also set her table.
She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls
from the highest places in the town,
“You that are simple, turn in here!”
To those without sense she says,
“Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
Lay aside immaturity, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
Be careful then how you live, not
as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the
time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish,
but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not
get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be
filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and
making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks
to God the Father at all times and for everything
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, “I am the living
bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of
this bread will live forever; and the bread that I
will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How
can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus
said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless
you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his
blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh
and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise
them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food
and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh
and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just
as the living Father sent me, and I live because of
the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of
me. This is the bread that came down from heaven,
not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died.
But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”