Parish Notes and Announcements: Week of May 20,
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IS PENTECOST – PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR RED!
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. Read
A Plastic Ocean
A documentary illustrating
the world-wide implications of plastic use since the 1950’s
Plastic is considered disposable,
yet it is produced with indestructible materials
Sea mammals, sea turtles, fish and migrating shore birds
suffer injury and
agonizing death from ingesting plastic
The entire food chain is exposed to toxins that attach
micro-plastics ingested by fish and shell fish
Let’s face this issue together, help raise awareness
and make personal
and collective choices to protect human and wild life.
Tuesday, May 15th – 7 PM in Farnsworth Hall
Monday, May 21st – 1 PM in the Jones Room
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.
AN INVITATION TO EXPLORE YOUR
you have ever felt the urge to more deeply explore and
expand your faith and to discern your purpose within it,
I'd like to invite you to an open house gathering of my
current EFM group in Shrewsbury, NJ. We meet each Thurs
evening from mid Sept to mid June. On May 31, we will
be welcoming guests to experience what EFM is all about.
It is a program that leads to personal growth through
interaction with scripture, literature, theological reflection,
and peer group discussion.
In Peace, Anthony Pretti
If interested contact me @ email@example.com
or 609-600-7864 P.S. more info at: http://efm.sewanee.edu/about-efm/about-efm
SUNDAY BOOK STUDY
SUNDAY BOOK STUDY
between the services 9-9:45. Our Spring book is "The
Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle. A bestseller for
more than 20 years, this book will point us to the powerful
spiritual practice of being more fully present to the
present moment, which is exactly where God always is!
Please join us anytime!
MIDWEEK SERVICE OF HOLY EUCHARIST
will resume after Labor Day.
Mark your calendars for June
10th at Camp Zehnder! A sign up sheet has been hung in
Farnsworth Hall. Please sign up today!
POINT PLEASANT GARDEN
The next meeting will be
held at St. Mary’s on Tuesday, June 12 from 7-9.
Everyone is invited to join!
St. Mary’s Society,
our local branch of the ECW, encourages our young adults
to apply for this opportunity. The monetary awards, offered
through our Diocese, are open to all high school Seniors
and to Freshmen through Juniors in college. The applications,
in English and Spanish, are available from Cherisse in
the church office.
BISHOP VAN DUZER
High School Seniors, who will be entering
their first year of college in the Fall, are also encouraged
to electronically submit their applications for the Van
Duzer Scholarship to www.dioceseofnj.org
or to www.newjerseyyouth.org.
Questions may be addressed to Canon Debi Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 609 394-5281, ext. 36.
REMINDER - ST. MARY’S
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS are due in to the parish office
no later than Sunday, May 27th
DONATIONS FOR TENT
A box has been placed in
Farnsworth Hall for clean winter/spring clothing for the
residents of tent city located in Howell.
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 used
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 UPDATE Goal $168,275.00
- Pledges to Date $ 166,618.24 -
99.02% of Goal Thank you for your prayerful and
thoughtful pledge to Saint Mary's. Your offering helps
us touch many lives. Our sincere thanks to all who have
pledged to St. Mary’s by-the-Sea this year to support
our various ministries and community outreach.
ST MARYS T-SHIRTS
Show the world that you are proud of your
church by wearing your St. Mary's T-shirt. The blue shirts
are well made with the St. Mary's logo on the front. Wear
it out in public and let people know about all of the
good things that we do here. Shirts are available in all
sizes for $10 each. They make great gifts. Please contact
Cherisse with your order.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED
FOR THE ASBURY PARK SOUP KITCHEN!!
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
or 732-948-3186) for more information.
Registration form here
PRESCHOOL TEACHERS AND HELPERS
There are signup sheets on the Nursery door for both the
teachers and helpers who have graciously offered their
time to teach our new Preschool class. Teachers please
check the signup and cover the timeslots when you are
able, the lessons are also noted. Student helpers, please
use the signup dedicated to you for the same purpose.
Happy New Year and Thank You All!
FAMILIES OF YOUNG CHILDREN
We are planning for a Preschool Sunday School class to
begin in the coming weeks with age appropriate lessons
for our youngest students. We can still use some helpers
and substitute teachers for this class so please if you
have a child you would like to register or if you're interested
in helping, contact Laurie Clayton (732) 600-5454.
NURSERY CARE We now have
a schedule of volunteers to staff the nursery through
the end of December, so parents with small children can
enjoy the church service while their children are supervised
in the play room. Anyone else wishing to volunteer can
call Merry Joerg at 848-333-2202 or email
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. Please contact Kathy
and Lyon at 732-600-3916 if you are available. Thank
you for your continued support and love of this very
important feeding ministry.
Mary's Table is the recipient of a grant
support our feeding ministry from the
Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation
FLOWER, CANDLE and
COMMUNION WINE DONATIONS
If you would like to make a donation
in memory of or in honor of a loved one please complete
one of the forms available in the back of the church.
We have a blank bulletin board in Farnsworth
Hall just begging to be decorated! We thought it would
be fun to make a photo collage of our St. Mary’s
family. Bring in pictures of yourself and your loved ones
and we will pin them up for all to admire.
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. Some suggestions are toiletry
items in small sizes, individually wrapped candy, cards,
scarves, gloves and hats. Please put them in a bag for
Elaine Long and leave them in the kitchen. Thank you so
NOTE: books, calendars, and magazines
are not accepted by SCI. A tote marked for SCI donations
is in the closet in Farnsworth Hall. Please contact Elaine
Long (732-262-3123) if you are interested in joining the
knitters and/or have yarn to donate to this effort. More
information on knitting is at: http://seamenschurch.org/christmas-at-sea
If you are interested in joining the group
of Sunday greeters for the 10:00AM service, please contact
Eileen Denicole at 732-534-5981. Volunteering
would be about once every 7 weeks.
ASBURY PARK SOUP KITCHEN
Volunteers are needed to help at the Asbury
Park Soup Kitchen the second Saturday of each month. We
meet at Trinity Church in Asbury from 9:30 to about 1:30
to prepare and serve lunch. Come and help. For more information
contact Joan Biondo at 732-899-5331.
COFFEE HOUR HOSTS
We need volunteers to host coffee hour
this summer! Please sign up on the list posted to the
right of the kitchen door.
What would St. Mary’s be without food and drink?
If you notice something that requires
maintenance, please tell the Memorial Garden Committee
rather than attending to it yourself. If you plan to place
flowers in the garden for a loved one, please use planters
acquired for this purpose that are available in the church
office. Thank you for helping us keep the gardens beautiful
in memory of our friends and family.
SELF HELP GROUPS AT ST. MARY’S
Day Time & Group
Monday 1:00PM AA in Farnsworth Hall, 7:00PM
AA Farnsworth Hall, 8:30PM AA Farnsworth Hall
Tuesday 1:00PM Alanon in Farnsworth Hall, 7:00PM AA in
the Jones Room
Wednesday 1:00PM AA in Farnsworth Hall, 8:00PM AA in Farnsworth
Friday 9:00AM AA in Farnsworth Hall, 11:00AM Alanon in
the Jones Room, 8:00PM AA in Farnsworth Hall
Please remember that the church parking
lot is used for handicapped parking ONLY
during Sunday services.
St. Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church