• 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!

Week of May 12, 2019

Fourth Sunday of Easter
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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Watch Mother Victoria Pretti's Installation video here

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Once again this year we will honor all the special woman of the parish by having a Mother’s Day Breakfast (Sunday, May 12th) between the services. Please join us.

POINT PLEASANT GARDEN CLUB

The next meeting will be held at St. Mary’s on Tuesday, May 14th from 7-9. Everyone is invited
to join!

WE COULD USE YOUR HELP

If you have any experience in fundraising or special event planning we would love to pick your brain! Please reach out to Mother Victoria, Mike Mercuro, Suzanne Jorgensen, or phone the parish office and speak to Cherisse.



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.

WELCOMING COMMITTEE

St. Mary’s is forming a new committee that will focus on staying connected with our current parishioners as well as welcoming our new ones. Please contact Pam Baker at pbakerwood@gmail.com if you are interested.

 

PAMPERED CHEF FUNDRAISER FOR MARY’S TABLE

The Pampered Chef fundraiser for Mary’s Table has been extended to May 15! If you would like to order some items to support this ministry please do so before then. If you do not know how to use the Internet and would like a catalog delivered to your home please call me at
732-600-3916. Thank you! - Kathy Lyon.

Reminder: Mother’s Day Breakfast (Sunday, May 12th) between services

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!!

Download Registration Form here

NURSERY/PRESCHOOL HELP NEEDED We need a few adults and teens who are willing to rotate to oversee the Nursery/Preschool during our 10 o’clock service each Sunday. This will allow our young families to attend church while their children are in a safe and fun space. Please call Laurie Clayton 732-600-5454, if you are able to help out.

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 claytombs1961@hotmail.com

WHAT IS THE ST. MARY’S CHALLENGE?

Simply stated, for every dollar that is donated above the regular pledged amount and identified as St. Mary’s Challenge, an anonymous donor will match that donation dollar for dollar, up to $5,000. Each month we will give an update on the status of the challenge. To donate just indicate on your check St. Mary’s Challenge or if a cash donation, use any envelope and write St. Mary’s Challenge on the envelope.

To date $1590.00 has been donated to St. Mary’s Challenge ($3180.00 with the match!)

Check out our Calendar of Events

ST. MARY’S SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE

Thursday, May 9 from 9AM - 2 PM &
Friday, May 10 from 9AM - 1PM
BAG SALE ALL DAY FRIDAY!
Set up is scheduled for:
Monday, May 6 & Tuesday, May 7
The following items WILL be accepted: Clean Clothing, dishes/glassware, small appliances, jewelry, books, knick-knacks, linens/tablecloths, bedspreads, blankets, shoes The following WILL NOT be accepted: Underwear, swim suits, non-working appliances, suitcases, exercise equipment, encyclopedias or text books.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN ENERGY HEALER? Heal yourself, lose weight, reduce stress, experience more peace and joy now! Reiki Level 1 Certification Class Includes Usui White Light and Seichum Attunements. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded at the end of class and includes Attunement, instruction and hands on sessions. This first level offers the basic understanding of Reiki, it’s history, principles, lineage and how it works. You will learn about chakras and the body’s energy system, how to feel/sense energy, learn the hand positions and experience the giving and receiving of Reiki. Having completed this class, you will be able to use Reiki on yourself, family and friends. $200 Saturday, June 15 from 11-4. Please RSVP by June 7 to Susan Anthony 732.475.5655 or email Onealphaomega123@gmail.com

FROM THE ALTAR GUILD

This year, in light of all the recent fires, storms and natural disasters that have caused suffering for so many people around the country, we would like to make a Christmas donation to Episcopal Relief and Development. Our plan is to keep our Christmas flower display beautiful but simple and donate the remaining funds to ERD. Your Christmas flower donations will help beautify our sanctuary AND help those in need. Please give as generously as you are able. Thank you!

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.

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 director/organist.

CENTERING PRAYER

Please help yourself to Centering Prayer pamphlet, located at the back of the church. Centering Prayer is a beautiful form of Christian meditation that has, for centuries, drawn people into deeper intimacy with God. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your prayer life and the possibility of trying Christian meditation, please speak to Mother Victoria any time.

SPRING BOOK STUDY continues on Sundays from 9 to 9:45 in the Jones Room.


"Adult Faith" (Part 2) by Diarmuid O'Murchu

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.

https://saintmarysbythesea.churchgiving.com

MARY’S TABLEMARY’S TABLE is in desperate need of baked items for Thursday evenings. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy at 732-600-3916 Thank you so much for all you do for this wonderful ministry.
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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

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.

Fourth Sunday of Easter
May 12, 2019

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, "Please come to us without delay." So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, "Tabitha, get up." Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.

Acts 9:36-43

I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing,

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever!
Amen.”
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?" I said to him, "Sir, you are the one that knows." Then he said to me, "These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

Revelation 7:9-17

At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly." Jesus answered, "I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father's hand. The Father and I are one."

John 10:22-30


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