• 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 Februray 16, 2020

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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Watch Mother Victoria Pretti's Installation video here

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.

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.

IHN FELLOWSHIP GATHERING - Our next IHN volunteer get-together will be Tuesday, March 10, at the home of Mike and Jessie Mercuro, 1110 Burnt Tavern Rd. Point Pleasant. All are welcome anytime 6pm+ and we will enjoy some food and conversation about the program. Whether you are a first-time volunteer, long-time volunteer, or interested in knowing more, please join us. Any questions? Contact Jessie (732-272-6828) or Mike (732-267-5474). Our next host week begins March 29th and we are actively seeking help with all volunteer spots, but particularly in the areas of set up and break down.

Check out our Calendar of Events

SUNDAY BOOK STUDIES 2019 – 2020


Sundays Between Services in the
Jones Room 9 to 9:45 am
Join Us Anytime!

January 5 to February 23:
“Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others”
by Barbara Brown Taylor



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.

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St. Mary’s 14th Annual Gift Auction
Saturday, February 22, 2020 ~ VFW Adamston Road in Brick

Tickets are ALMOST SOLD OUT! Contact Cherisse in the parish office to reserve yours ASAP!
We could also use baskets! (please leave them outside the parish office door)
A MESSAGE FROM THE GIFT AUCTION COMMITTEE:
If you have been thinking about and would like to contribute to the success of this year's Gift
Auction, please consider making a donation towards the Grand Prize - $3,00000 in Visa Gift Cards!!! (Nice Grand Prize, don't you think??) Grand Prize donation offerings will be accepted at the Annual Meeting on January 26th. Simply write a check to Saint Mary's and note Grand Prize in the Memo. Cash (in a marked envelope Grand Prize) is graciously accepted too!
As always, thank you for the time, talent and treasure you share with Saint Mary's!

PANCAKE SUPPER

PANCAKE SUPPER is also quickly approaching and will be held on Tuesday, February 25th. As always, we need a small group to pull it together, volunteers are welcome. Please contact Cherisse in the parish office if you are available to volunteer or for more information.

ST. MARY’S CHALLENGE 2020
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. St. Mary’s Challenge envelopes are available at the back of the church. Please indicate ‘St. Mary’s Challenge’ in the memo if you are donating by check.

Please consider hosting a HOME CHURCH GATHERING. We will
bless your home with Love, Laughter, food, scripture and Eucharist. A fun and casual way to worship like the early church did! Sign-up or call the parish office for details. Our next Home Church will be held at the Rittenhouses, hosted by Andrea & Dennis Monday
February 24th 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
On Monday, April 27th, Home Church gathering will be hosted by Diane and Jack Buckley from 6:30-8:30PM
ST. MARY’S 2019 CHALLENGE A COMPLETE SUCCESS!! We have not only met the challenge, we have exceeded it by $135.00!

SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES We’re nearing the start of another fun Sunday School year and we look forward to seeing the children of St. Mary’s. Copies of the calendar and registration form are attached here and can also be found at the rear of the church. Please complete the registration form and return to teachers on the first day of class in September (the 15th).

Download Registration Form here

St. Mary's Society Meeting

St. Mary's Society Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 11, beginning at 1:00 PM, Jones Room. The Program: Possibly Becky; depending on her husband's medical schedule. Hostesses: Suzanne and helper

St. Mary’s By The Sea
The Way of Jesus

Lent & Holy Week & Easter 2020

Schedule

PT. PLEASANT GARDEN CLUB will meet next on Tuesday, March 10th beginning at 10:30 in Farnsworth Hall. All are welcome!

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES will be held on Wednesday, February 26th at noon and 7PM

Mary’s Table provides food and fellowship to all who hunger or seek companionship in a loving environment of acceptance. Started by parishioners of Saint Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church in Point Pleasant Beach, and located there, Mary's Table opened her doors on November 1 of 2012. Volunteers from other churches, communities and businesses quickly became involved in this worthy mission. Thank you so much for all you do for this wonderful ministry.
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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.


Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
February 16, 2020

O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Moses said, “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

1 Corinthians 3:1-9

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.

“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.”

Matthew 5:21-37


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