Response to the Current Situation of Coronavirus/COVID-19
St. Mary’s By The Sea
Note From the Rector, Fall 2020
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP:
Please remember to call, text or email
Cherisse (609-713-8813) by midday
each Friday to register for in-person
church at St. Mary’s By The Sea on Sunday
at 9 am. After midday Friday
please call, text or email Mother Victoria
at 609-827-8231. Facemasks that cover
mouth and nose are strictly required at all
times. Social distancing and all other public
health guidelines will be very carefully followed.
The service can also be seen on FaceBook Live
at 9 am Sunday and/or watched later on the church’s
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!
“The Universal Christ”
Sundays at 12 noon.
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here:
As Fr. Richard Rohr says, “Christ
is NOT Jesus’ last name!”
Well, what is it then? Come and see! You
may just be amazed at how big and beautiful
Christianity really is!
Join us every time and/or any time. Sundays
at 12 noon.
Use the Zoom link above. See you there!
you may all know by now COVID 19 has caused the
cancellation of both our spring and fall rummage
sales, as well as our Gift Auction in February
of 2021. Although everyone has been extremely
generous in fulfilling their pledges this year,
the loss of the gift auction revenue for next
year presents a very challenging situation for
Without this major fundraising
event we had to find alternate means to fill this
budget gap. Attached here, you will find information
about a calendar raffle we are launching in October
to help fill this gap. The concept is fairly simple.
For every 3 month period there is a dollar amount
associated with Monday-Friday, For $25
people can purchase a chance to win that dollar
amount. Numbers are chosen at random at the beginning
of the month. If your number is chosen you will
get a check for that amount in the mail. We have
sent this to all gift auction attendees and we
will continue to promote through various means.
We welcome your participation as well. Details
on how to enter are attached. And as always, you
can call Cherisse with your questions.
Calendar Ticket Request Form and
Calendar Nov, Dec 2020 and January 2021
IS THE RESULT OF THE FIRST DRAWING OF CASH CALENDAR
Please click the link below
Congratulations to the
2020 winners of the CASH
Calendar Raffle. Checks will be mailed by
the end of the month.
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.
Welcome to the WeShare family!
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Want to support St. Mary’s consistently
throughout the year?
Want to make sure your pledge is there
when you can’t be?
Switch to electronic giving –
simply click on
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Please feel free to contact
the WeShare customer
service team for assistance at WeShare@4lpi.com
call 1 (800) 950-9952 and select Option
AN UPDATE FROM THE TREASURER
I would like to thank everyone who
is sending in the Pledge support during
this most uncertain and difficult time.
We continue to hold our own as parishioners
pledge payments continue to be made
via USPS mail and online giving, as
well as, attendance at the 9 AM live
service. We remain 19% below budget
as I reported a few months back. So,
again, a very big and heartfelt THANK
YOU to all of you.
Additionally, donations to Mary’s
Table are remaining strong even as the
number of delivered meals continues
Finally, the St. Mary’s challenge
is at $4,569 ($9,138
with the match); we are $431 away from
having met the match.
I can’t say thank you enough
to all of you, our Parishioners, for
you continued and strong support! Be
safe and stay the course,
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
Please help me (Mother
Victoria) write my annual stewardship
letter. Email, text or leave a phone
message telling me who you are and why
you love St. Mary's. And yes, you WILL
be quoted, since that's the whole point!
?? Thank you so much!
DAY BY DAY
The newest edition of
the Day by Day is now available. If
you have not already let me know that
you would like a copy, please reply
to this email and I'll get one in the
mail to you right away. Cherisse
Check out our
Calendar of Events
2020 ADVENT BIBLE STUDY
10:00 AM, Tuesdays
Nov 10 – Dec 15
Click here to join Zoom
Meeting ID: 832 1266 1992
You will need a Book of Common
Prayer (BCP) and a Bible for
these classes. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you plan to attend on Zoom. Let me
know if you need a BCP and I’ll
get you one and put it on the Vestry
table in the Jones Room for you to pick
up at your convenience.
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
News from St.
Mary’s Emergency Food Project
It was so good to have
the Greene team back in action! We have
truly missed them! They served their
signature dish of pork loin, mashed
potatoes with gravy and green beans.
We delivered 229 meals at a cost of
$288. Happy Anniversary to us! Yes,
it is 8 years we have provided meals
to our community! In spite of hurricane
Sandy, Mary's Table opened and has not
stopped since! Thank you all for being
a part of this incredible ministry!
are in "the works". If you
know of anyone who would like a meal,
please have them contact Laurie at 7326005454!
The Elks are cooking the turkeys, Mary's
Table (coordinated by the Greene's)
is preparing the side dishes and St.
Gregory's Pantry is paying for it. What
a great partnership we have!
We received a donation
with a note attached that reminded us,
"these are extraordinary times,
continue your good work"..
Continue our good work indeed...
Peace and love, Kathy
Sunday after Pentecost:
Christ the King
Almighty and everlasting God, whose
will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved
Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully
grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved
by sin, may be freed and brought together under his
most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Thus says the Lord GOD: I myself
will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.
As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are
among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out
my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places
to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds
and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the
peoples and gather them from the countries, and
will bring them into their own land; and I will
feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses,
and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will
feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights
of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall
lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed
on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself
will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make
them lie down, says the Lord GOD. I will seek the
lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will
bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak,
but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will
feed them with justice.
Therefore, thus says the Lord
GOD to them: I myself will judge between the fat
sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with
flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals
with your horns until you scattered them far and
wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer
be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.
I will set up over them one shepherd,
my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall
feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the LORD,
will be their God, and my servant David shall be
prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken.
I have heard of your faith in the
Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and
for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for
you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the
God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as
you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your
heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to
which he has called you, what are the riches of his
glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is
the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who
believe, according to the working of his great power.
God put this power to work in Christ when he raised
him from the dead and seated him at his right hand
in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority
and power and dominion, and above every name that
is named, not only in this age but also in the age
to come. And he has put all things under his feet
and has made him the head over all things for the
church, which is his body, the fullness of him who
fills all in all.
Jesus said, “When the Son of
Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him,
then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the
nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate
people one from another as a shepherd separates the
sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at
his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the
king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come,
you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom
prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty
and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger
and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing,
I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison
and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will
answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you
hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you
something to drink? And when was it that we saw you
a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you
clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or
in prison and visited you?’ And the king will
answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you
did it to one of the least of these who are members
of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will
say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are
accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared
for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and
you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me
nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not
welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing,
sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’
Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was
it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger
or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care
of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly
I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the
least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And
these will go away into eternal punishment, but the
righteous into eternal life.”