Parish Notes and Announcements: Week of February 18, 2018
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Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers 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.


The Divine Dance’ by Richard Rohr, Sundays between the services (9-9:45 am) in the Jones Room. Fr. Richard's book will give us some of the theological underpinnings for the expanded understanding of God as Trinity that we discovered in reading "The Shack" by William Paul Young. Join us (whether you choose to read the book or not) as we continue to discuss and reflect on the true nature and essence of God.

Midweek Service of Holy Eucharist Wednesdays at 11 am in the Church.


The diocese will be offering a safe church training class here at St. Mary’s on Saturday, May 12th from 9-2. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Details to follow.


Our next HOME CHURCH GATHERING will be at the home of Jessie and Mike Mercuro (1110 Burnt Tavern Road, Point Pleasant) on Tuesday, February 27th fom 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Please respond to Cherisse in the parish office if you plan on attending. Thanks!

2018 Lenten Bible Study
I and II Corinthians readings

(To be accomplished before class, please)

February 20 - Background information - Read: I Cor 1:1-10, I Cor 16 - II Cor 1:1-11, II Cor 13:11-13
February 27—Paul’s response to oral communications - Read: 1 Cor 1:11—6:20
March 6—Paul’s response to written communications from Corinth - Read: 1 Cor 7:1—15:58
March 13—Status Negotiations - Read: II Cor 1:12—7:16
March 27—Money, shame, authority; status vs the cross - Read: II Cor 8:1—13:10

Questions: contact Andrea 732 295-8233 or


Join the Temple Beth Or family for a complete Shabbat dinner on Friday, March 9 beginning at 6:00PM. Shabbat learning service will begin at 8:00PM. Please see the flyer in Farnsworth Hall for all the details

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. The deadline for all applications is April 1, 2018; at least two letters of recommendation are required.


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 or to Questions may be addressed to Canon Debi Clarke at or 609 394-5281, ext. 36.


The Gift Auction is coming! This year’s Gift Auction will be on Sat., Feb., 24. Preparations are underway and as always, we need your help: 1) Give us those new items in your house that you’ve never used and never will use. Re-gift that Christmas gift! Every item, no matter how small, helps to create a theme basket. 2) Ask your employer, friends, and local businesses to donate an item and/or advertise in the program. Copies of the solicitation letter and ad form are available after church and in the church office. 3) Notify us if you are willing to help solicit gifts in person (with a partner, if you like.) 4) Give us your large baskets!! Contact Suzanne Jorgensen 732 779 4411 or Terri Wall 732 598 0549, this year’s co-chairs for more information. Click here.


Thank you for your solicitation and donations of gift items and ads, your sponsorship of the Grand Prize gift card, and your getting the word out! The Auction is Saturday February 24. Now we need your help:

- Moving items from church to the VFW Hall on Friday Feb 23. Be at St Mary’s by 3pm to help.
- Setting up at the VFW on Friday night Feb 23, beginning at 4pm.
- Baking or bringing dessert items. We promise dessert for 325 people, so we need home baked or store bought goodies. Bring to church by 3pm Fri., or bring to the auction on Sat. night.
- Help at the auction on Saturday Feb 24: selling tickets, running gifts, kitchen help, etc.

Be at the VFW at 3pm. Doors open at 5, and we need to be ready.


Volunteer Training will be held on Sunday, February 25th from 1-3:30pm at the IHN Day Center at 407 Lexington Avenue, Toms River. RSVP: or 732-736-1550 by Feb 21st Learn how you can become an IHNOC volunteer and how you can help provide hope and support to homeless families with children in our community. A light lunch will be provided


We all come to St. Mary’s for any number of reasons – for the spiritual nourishment we all need; for the community that it is; for the programs and ministries she provides us; for the outreach she provides our community. Likewise, we all work to make this happen, each contributing time and energy in our own way. Additionally, we all contribute financially to make sure our efforts are fully realized. As you would expect, I wish to address the financial contribution we all make. I realize no one likes to talk about money but it is something we can’t ignore. The Good News! - We are on track to fulfill our 2017 pledges by the end of the year. Thank you! Looking ahead to 2018, our goal is to continue moving our ministries and programs forward, to meet our anticipated budget needs for 2018 and to keep the investment portfolio withdrawals to 5% or less. We can do that if we all continue our 2017 pledge amount into 2018 with a small addition – an additional $1.50 a week to our 2017 pledge amount will go a long way to provide the financial base needed to keep all that we have and do at St. Mary’s viable. There you have it! We can’t do it without your support so again, THANK YOU for your continued generous support of St. Mary’s and all that she does!

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 with
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 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.

OFFERING ENVELOPES for 2018 are now available to pick up in Farnsworth Hall.

2017 CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS will be available this Sunday and can be picked up in Farnsworth Hall.


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!! St. Mary’s parishioners have helped the 2nd Saturday of every month for almost 30 years. If you are able to participate, please contact Joan Biondo.


Download 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


MARY’S TABLE 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 to
support our feeding ministry from the
Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation


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.


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 much.

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: or


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.


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.


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.


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 Hall
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.

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