Response to the Current Situation of Coronavirus/COVID-19
A Message From the Rector
is Risen! … The Lord is Risen Indeed!
Dearly Loved Ones in
I am very happy to announce
the vestry’s decision to resume full in-person
worship at St. Mary’s By The Sea
effective June 1, 2021. Starting
on the first Sunday in June, we will hold all
our regular Sunday services indoors, in the
church. As has long been our custom, the 8 am
will be a Rite I service with pre-recorded music
at Communion time, and the 10 am will be a Rite
II service with organist and cantor or choir.
Most Sundays there will be adult faith formation
provided between the services in the format
of a Bible or book study.
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!
Sundays at 9:00 am.
“Learning to Pray”
A Guide for Everyone
by James Martin, SJ
Join us every time and/or any time. Sundays
at 9:00 am.
St. Mary’s by-the-Sea CASH Calendar Raffle!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 MAY.
Checks will be mailed by the end of the
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.
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FROM THE TREASURER
If you have not turned in your 2021
please do so as soon as possible or
send a private email to
our treasurer Gary
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
Offering envelopes for 2021 are now
available for pick up.
The building is open during Mary's Table
on Thursday evenings
between noon and 6. Envelopes will be
on the table in the Jones
Room. If you are unable to stop by please
to my email at email@example.com
and I will put yours in the mail to
THE ST. MARY'S CHALLENGE IS
Once again, an anonymous donor will
match every dollar that is
donated above the regular pledged amount
and identified as St. Mary’s Challenge
up to $5,000. Each of the past 2 years
we have had the Challenge, all of you
stepped up and met the challenge. In
fact, in both years you exceed 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
CHURCH SCHOOL ONLINE LEARNING
Church School will be utilizing remote online
learning only for the foreseeable future.
Families who are interested in online Church
School should please contact the office to let
us know of their interest.
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
"WELCOME BACK SUNDAY PART 2!"
Join us for our traditional
in the Fall Sunday. There will be a
single service at 9 am,
followed by a pancake breakfast in the
Parish Hall. Please plan
to be with us as we regather to take
St. Mary's forward into the future that
God has in store for us!
Check out our
Calendar of Events
SUNDAY AUGUST 15TH CELEBRATE
ST. MARY'S DAY!
In honor of Mary, who is the Mother
and the Patroness of our church, we
enjoy a special coffee hour between
the two services, from 9 to 9:45. Parts
of our services
that day will also mark this beautiful
feast of Mary. Come and share some summertime
fellowship with us on this special Sunday!
from St. Mary’s Emergency Food
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
I hope you are all well!
On June 24, the Greene
team served roasted pork, homemade bean
salad and corn on the cob. We delivered
240 meals at a cost of $330.
On July 1, the Greene
team served sliced ham with a pineapple
slice, baked beans and Mac & Cheese.
We delivered 244 meals at a cost of
In anticipation of reopening sometime
in the future, Laurie Clayton
is organizing a vaccine clinic at Saint
Mary's. Once it gets finalized, please
invite your family, friends and neighbors
for this free vaccine!!! We will notify
you when a date is set. In the meantime,
Peace and love, Kathy
Sunday after Pentecost
July 4, 2021
O God, you have taught us to keep
all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor:
Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may
be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united
to one another with pure affection; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and
the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
All the tribes of Israel came to
David at Hebron, and said, “Look, we are your
bone and flesh. For some time, while Saul was king
over us, it was you who led out Israel and brought
it in. The LORD said to you: It is you who shall
be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be
ruler over Israel.” So all the elders of Israel
came to the king at Hebron; and King David made
a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD,
and they anointed David king over Israel. David
was thirty years old when he began to reign, and
he reigned forty years. At Hebron he reigned over
Judah seven years and six months; and at Jerusalem
he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three
years. David occupied the stronghold, and named
it the city of David. David built the city all around
from the Millo inwards. And David became greater
and greater, for the LORD, the God of hosts, was
I know a person in Christ who fourteen
years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether
in the body or out of the body I do not know; God
knows. And I know that such a person—whether
in the body or out of the body I do not know; God
knows— was caught up into Paradise and heard
things that are not to be told, that no mortal is
permitted to repeat. On behalf of such a one I will
boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except
of my weaknesses. But if I wish to boast, I will not
be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I
refrain from it, so that no one may think better of
me than what is seen in me or heard from me, even
considering the exceptional character of the revelations.
Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn
was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to
torment me, to keep me from being too elated. Three
times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would
leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient
for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”
So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore
I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships,
persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ;
for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
Jesus came to his hometown, and his
disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to
teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were
astounded. They said, “Where did this man get
all this? What is this wisdom that has been given
to him? What deeds of power are being done by his
hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary
and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon,
and are not his sisters here with us?” And they
took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets
are not without honor, except in their hometown, and
among their own kin, and in their own house.”
And he could do no deed of power there, except that
he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them.
And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went
about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve
and began to send them out two by two, and gave them
authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them
to take nothing for their journey except a staff;
no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to
wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said
to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there
until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome
you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake
off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against
them.” So they went out and proclaimed that
all should repent. They cast out many demons, and
anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.