• 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 January 13 , 2019

First Sunday after the Epiphany
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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On Sunday February 10th we will celebrate the ministry and retirement of Deacon Janet Daniels with a single service of Holy Eucharist at 9 am followed by a festive brunch potluck in Farnsworth Hall. Stay tuned for further details, and please mark your calendars to join us as we gather to thank Deacon Janet and celebrate her heartfelt ministry at St. Mary's! On the occasion of her retirement, we would like to present Deacon Janet with a couple of gifts from the parish. In addition to buying her a keepsake cross, we would also like to present her with a monetary token of our gratitude. Donations of any amount would be greatly appreciated. Please use the special envelopes provided in church or simply send checks to the office noting "Deacon Janet" on the memo line. Thank you very much!


If you have prayerfully decided to make an annual pledge to support St. Mary's By The Sea in 2019, 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.


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.

2018 Stewardship: Many Hands One Heart!

If you have prayerfully decided to make an annual pledge to support St. Mary's By The Sea in 2019, 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.


On January 21 at 10am, the diocese is holding a Day of Service in honor of Dr King. After a Eucharist, participants will join in simple projects serving the needy. The event takes place at the Cathedral in Trenton. Contact the church office or Suzanne Jorgensen (732 779 4411) if you are interested. We can carpool from church.

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.

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.


For the next 6 weeks (Jan 9-Feb 6) chair yoga in Farnsworth Hall will be held on Wed. morning at 9AM rather than Thurs. morning. Thursday mornings will resume on the 13th.

are now available for pick-up in Farnsworth Hall.

Sundays 9 to 9:45 in the Jones Room.
January 6 - February 24: "Adult Faith" (Part 1) by Diarmuid O'Murchu
March 3 - April 14 (Lent): "The Soul's Journey Into God by St. Bonaventure

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

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


BUS TRIP TO AMISH COUNTRY, 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. We still need 17 people to sign up. Cost is estimated to be between $125 to 135 per person depending on numbers ($75-$80 for a child under 13).

Contact Cherisse in the parish office
if you plan on attending.


Mary’s Table, Seamen’s Institute and St. Gregory’s Pantry have all received donations from Soap S.A.C.K. (Supporting a community with kindness). Soap sacks are crocheted soap holders for homeless, seniors, and anyone in need. People all over the country are crocheting these beautiful sacks! When donated, each sack contains a wrapped bar of soap. It can be used as a wash cloth and hung to dry. Please consider donating bars of wrapped soap to supply this wonderful Mission! Look for the basket in Farnsworth Hall to place your wrapped bars of soap in! Thank you!!!!

St. Mary’s 13th Annual Gift Auction
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
at the Brick VFW
373 Adamston Road Brick. NJ

Doors open at 5:00PM and calling begins at 7:00PM
Our Theme this year is

The Grand Prize will be a $2000 Travel Voucher with a Mystery Suitcase filled with Travel Extras Valued at $1000.00

Please contact Cherisse in the office ASAP with the number of tickets you would like to reserve

FROM YOUR GIFT AUCTION COMMITTEE: Before we know it, Saint Mary’s 13th Annual Gift Auction will be fast approaching! Many preparations are already well underway! As we get ready for the holidays, please consider how you can help ensure the success of our largest fundraiser. While you’re out shopping for loved ones, if you see a bargain but no one on your list would really want or need it, please think about purchasing the item and donating it to the gift auction. Gift cards also go a long way in enhancing the value of our baskets. Thank you for your kind consideration and supporting the fundraiser that helps Saint Mary’s continue to touch the lives of many in need.

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind us, if while re-organizing and re-grouping you happen upon gift(s) or gift card(s) you will not have a need for, please consider donating them to the gift auction. Would you also please check in with family and friends regarding the same? Thank you for your kind consideration and supporting the fundraiser that helps Saint Mary’s continue touching the lives of many in need.

Cash Only - ATM next door
Cash Bar - No Outside Beer, Wine or Alcohol
Must be 18 to attend and play


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!


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.


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.


Please try extra hard to avoid plastic bags and packaging this Holiday Season! With busy shopping days ahead, please have your reusable shopping bags handy. Keep them in your car and take them with you into retail shops and food stores. Even large department store cashiers are happy to place purchases into these bags especially when you tell them why you are using them! You’ll be surprised how powerful leading by example can be!
Let’s face plastic pollution together, help raise awareness and make personal and collective choices to protect humanity and wildlife.

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.


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


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.

First Sunday after the Epiphany
January 13, 2019

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,

he who formed you, O Israel:

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;

when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.

For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

I give Egypt as your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you.

Because you are precious in my sight,
and honored, and I love you,

I give people in return for you,
nations in exchange for your life.

Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you;

I will say to the north, "Give them up,"
and to the south, "Do not withhold;

bring my sons from far away
and my daughters from the end of the earth--

everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made."

Isaiah 43:1-7

When the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:14-17

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

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