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!
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
Sign-up or call the parish office for details.
FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL
STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY (ESM)
Each Sunday, we kneel in our pews and pray “for
the good earth which God has given us and for
the wisdom and will to conserve it.” In
answering this call to be intentional stewards
of God’s creation, a new ministry at Saint
Mary’s, the Environmental Stewardship Ministry
(ESM), has come into being.
2018-19 BOOK STUDIES
Sundays 9 to 9:45 in the Jones Room
Last year, our Parish Book Studies focused
on the true nature and essence of God, especially
as God is revealed in the Holy Trinity. This
year, we'll turn the focus back onto ourselves
by exploring who and what we really are and
how we can enter into a spiritually-mature relationship
with God, Who is the source and goal of our
Being, and of all Being.
September 16 - October 14th:
"Falling Upward" by Richard Rohr
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.
EVENSONG AND RECEPTION
Honoring Ministries of Older Adults
Please join us for an Evensong and reception
September 29th at 2:00PM
in Trinity Cathedral as we celebrate the older
adults in the Diocese of New Jersey, their gifts,
witness, and ministries.
This year St. Mary’s will be honoring
Lois Lyon & Chuck Reagan
for the exemplary work they have done during
their continued years of service to St. Mary’s
For more information, or to register to attend,
phone 609-394-5281 or please visit this link
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
welcome all family pets to come to either worship
service on Sunday, September 30th as we celebrate
the Feast of St.
Francis with a Blessing of the Animals.
Well behaved pets are welcome to join their
humans at either the 8 am or 10 am
service on Sunday September 30th
for our annual Pet Blessing in honor of St.
Francis of Assisi. Mother Victoria is also happy
to bless behaviorally-challenged pets in the
parish hall or parking lot after the services.
Please feel free to invite your friends and
neighbors to bring their pets as well!
COMMUNITY FRIENDSHIP DINNER
Each year, on the second Sunday in October
(the 14th), St. Mary’s hosts the Friendship
Dinner held at Harvey United Methodist Church.
We are in desperate need of a coordinator for
There is an established menu of baked Ziti,
salad, bread etc. and also notes explaining
details for the day.
If you would be willing to coordinate, please
contact Cherisse in the parish office ASAP.
ST. MARY’S SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE
ST. MARY’S SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE
held Thurs., Oct. 11 (9-2) and Fri., Oct. 12
Set up is Mon., Oct. 8 & Tue., Oct. 9.
Please sign up in Farnsworth Hall to volunteer.
Donations will be accepted in Farnsworth Hall
from 11:30AM—3:00PM on Sunday, Oct. 7th.
A variety of sizes are now available in the
parish office. Please contact Cherisse for yours
For the Soup Kitchen in Asbury
Park. We need a few more volunteers for 1 or
2 Saturday mornings a year. Please contact Laura
/ 732-948-3186) for more information.
POINT PLEASANT GARDEN CLUB
The next meeting will be held at St. Mary’s
on Tuesday, October 16th, from 7-9. Everyone
is invited to join!
BUS TRIP TO AMISH COUNTRY
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 (they
bill themselves as the worlds largest). We need
35 people to sign up as soon as possible so
we can reserve the best seats possible. Cost
is estimated to be between $125 to 135 per person
depending on numbers ($75-$80 for a child under
Contact Cherisse in the parish office
if you plan on attending.
IHN at St. Mary’s
The IHN ministry at St. Mary’s
seeks the donation of a new or gently used Pack
A box has been placed in Farnsworth Hall for
clean summer clothing for the residents of tent
city located in Howell
SAINT MARY’S WILL BE COLLECTING
BARS OF WRAPPED BATH SOAP!
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!
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
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.
PLEDGE FOR 2018
If you have prayerfully decided to make an
annual pledge to support St. Mary's By The Sea
in 2018, 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
For OFFERING ENVELOPES, please contact
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
Mary's Table is the
recipient of a grant to
support our feeding ministry from the
Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation
SEAMEN’S CHURCH INSTITUTE
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.
Sunday after Pentecost
September 23, 2018
Grant us, Lord, not to be
anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly;
and even now, while we are placed among things that
are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall
endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for
ever and ever. Amen.
It was the Lord who made it known
to me, and I knew; then you showed me their evil deeds.
But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter.
And I did not know it was against me that they devised
schemes, saying, "Let us destroy the tree with
its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the
living, so that his name will no longer be remembered!"
But you, O Lord of hosts, who judge righteously, who
try the heart and the mind, let me see your retribution
upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.
Who is wise and understanding among
you? Show by your good life that your works are done
with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter
envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be
boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does
not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual,
devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition,
there will also be disorder and wickedness of every
kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then
peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy
and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or
hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown
in peace for those who make peace. Those conflicts
and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do
they not come from your cravings that are at war within
you? You want something and do not have it; so you
commit murder. And you covet something and cannot
obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts.
You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and
do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order
to spend what you get on your pleasures. Submit yourselves
therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee
from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near
Jesus and his disciples passed through
Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he
was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The
Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and
they will kill him, and three days after being killed,
he will rise again.” But they did not understand
what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then
they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house
he asked them, “What were you arguing about
on the way?” But they were silent, for on the
way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.
He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them,
“Whoever wants to be first must be last of all
and servant of all.” Then he took a little child
and put it among them; and taking it in his arms,
he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such
child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes
me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”