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!
SINGERS NEEDED The choir is
in need of a few singers, especially females
(altos and sopranos). If interested, please
JoAnn Roy, our choir director/organist.
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
/ 732-948-3186) for more information.
NEW CARPET IN FARNSWORTH HALL
Farnsworth Hall is getting new carpet this
coming week! Help is needed moving items. Please
let Marie Lucier -Woodruff
know (text or call 732-673-5817) if you are
available to help at noon on Friday or Saturday
morning at 10 for about an hour. Help will also
be needed one evening (Monday or Tuesday evening
to be determined). We only want a few volunteers
at a time so please let Marie know before you
come to church.
Check out our
Calendar of Events
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.
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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A NOTE FROM THE
I would like to thank everyone who is sending
in the Pledge support during this most uncertain
and difficult time.
To that end, we are only down 19% from our budget
pledges to date. So a very big and heartfelt
THANK YOU to all of you.
Additionally, donations to Mary’s Table
and our Emergency Food Project are remaining
Finally, the St. Mary’s challenge is at
$4,928 with the match; we are halfway to our
goal (well almost).
I can’t say thank you enough to all of
you, our Parishioners, for you continued and
Be safe and stay the course,
Gary Smerillo, Treasurer
HANDBAGS TO HELP
Vincent’s Legacy is seeking ‘like
new’ designer handbags for its new fundraising
initiative. The 100% volunteer-driven ministry
is in its 10th year.
Please help by contacting email@example.com.
have been collected and are currently for sale
at Selective Seconds in Belmar.
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
SOUP KITCHEN SPRING FUNDRAISER
Get your tickets! The annual fundraiser show
for the Soup Kitchen at Trinity Church in Asbury
Park will be "Monty Python's Spamalot",
Friday March 20th at 6:30pm at Spring Lake Community
House Theater. Tickets are a minimum donation
of $30, and checks should be made out to Trinity
Church with “Food Justice” in the
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
Thanks to your support,
St. Mary’s Emergency Food Project
has accomplished its mission of providing
food for the community during the absence
of St. Gregory’s Pantry. St. Gregory’s
Pantry will be reopening on Monday July
6, so the Emergency Food Project will
make its last scheduled food deliveries
on Wednesday July 1, with emergency
deliveries as needed until St. Gregory’s
reopens (732 892-8105). The Emergency
Food Project will continue to accept
food donations until Sunday June 28.
Words cannot express the gratitude we
feel at the outpouring of support this
community has shown. Without your generous
donations, both monetary and in nonperishable
items, we would not have been able to
feed families and individuals who desperately
needed help during this terrible pandemic.
Together we will have provided three
months of continuous service to those
struggling with food insecurity in our
neighborhoods. St. Mary’s will
continue to deliver over 200 hot meals
weekly through its Mary’s Table
feeding ministry. The number of meals
served has doubled during the pandemic,
and donations to Mary’s Table
are always much appreciated.
With much gratitude,
St. Mary’s Emergency Food Project
Sunday after Pentecost
July 5, 2020
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.
The servant said to Laban, “I
am Abraham’s servant. The LORD has greatly
blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he
has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold,
male and female slaves, camels and donkeys. And
Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master
when she was old; and he has given him all that
he has. My master made me swear, saying, ‘You
shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters
of the Canaanites, in whose land I live; but you
shall go to my father’s house, to my kindred,
and get a wife for my son.’
“I came today to the spring,
and said, ‘O LORD, the God of my master Abraham,
if now you will only make successful the way I am
going! I am standing here by the spring of water;
let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom
I shall say, “Please give me a little water
from your jar to drink,” and who will say
to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels
also” —let her be the woman whom the
LORD has appointed for my master’s son.’
“Before I had finished speaking
in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her
water jar on her shoulder; and she went down to
the spring, and drew. I said to her, ‘Please
let me drink.’ She quickly let down her jar
from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I
will also water your camels.’ So I drank,
and she also watered the camels. Then I asked her,
‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said,
‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son,
whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring
on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms. Then
I bowed my head and worshiped the LORD, and blessed
the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had
led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of
my master’s kinsman for his son. Now then,
if you will deal loyally and truly with my master,
tell me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn
either to the right hand or to the left.”
And they called Rebekah, and said
to her, “Will you go with this man?”
She said, “I will.” So they sent away
their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with Abraham’s
servant and his men. And they blessed Rebekah and
said to her, “May you, our sister, become
thousands of myriads; may your offspring gain possession
of the gates of their foes.” Then Rebekah
and her maids rose up, mounted the camels, and followed
the man; thus the servant took Rebekah, and went
his way. Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi,
and was settled in the Negeb. Isaac went out in
the evening to walk in the field; and looking up,
he saw camels coming. And Rebekah looked up, and
when she saw Isaac, she slipped quickly from the
camel, and said to the servant, “Who is the
man over there, walking in the field to meet us?”
The servant said, “It is my master.”
So she took her veil and covered herself. And the
servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.
Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s
tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his wife;
and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his
24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
I do not understand my own actions.
For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing
I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that
the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that
do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that
nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh.
I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For
I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not
want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want,
it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells
So I find it to be a law that when
I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand.
For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self,
but I see in my members another law at war with the
law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin
that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am!
Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks
be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Jesus said to the crowd, “To
what will I compare this generation? It is like children
sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,
‘We played the flute for you, and you did not
dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ For
John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say,
‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came
eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a
glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors
and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her
deeds.” At that time Jesus said, “I thank
you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you
have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent
and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for
such was your gracious will. All things have been
handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the
Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father
except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses
to reveal him. “Come to me, all you that are
weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give
you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will
find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and
my burden is light.”