Parish Notes and Announcements: Week of September 17, 2017
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On Sunday, November 19th, at 3:00 pm The Rt. Rev. Bishop William Stokes will join St. Mary’s for the Celebration of New Ministry as we officially install our new rector, Mother Victoria Pretti. More information to follow.

ST. MARY’S DAY is Sunday, August 20th. We will celebrate with ice cream sundaes during coffee hour.

FUTURE DATES TO MAKE NOTE OF:

POINT PLEASANT SEAFOOD FESTIVAL - Saturday, September 16th

TRIP TO ANYWHERE drawing will be on Sunday, September 17th

ST. MARY’S SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE - October 5th and 6th

ST. MARY’S SUNDAY SCHOOL

This Sunday, September 17th, our Sunday school opens for the school year and we're excited to see all our students back to begin our new year. K-5 will meet in the Jones Room, Rite 13 and J2A will meet in their classrooms, all just prior to the 10 o'clock service. The Nursery is available but not currently staffed. Thank you all! Any questions please contact Laurie Clayton 732-600-5454.

Download Registration form here

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 joerg31415@aol.com.

Confirmation and Reception

If there are adults who are interested in being either Confirmed as Episcopalians (if you've not been Confirmed in another Christian denomination) or received by Bishop Stokes into the Episcopal Church, during Mother Victoria's Installation service on Sunday November 19th at 3 pm, please let Mother Victoria know ASAP, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

On Sunday October 1st, we welcome all family pets to come to the 10 am service as we celebrate the feast of St. Francis with a Blessing of the Animals. Please bring your pet on a leash or in a carrier, and then bring them with you to the Communion rail where they will receive a blessing when you receive Holy Communion. Stuffed animals and photos of deceased pets are also welcome. Click here.

COMMUNITY FRIENDSHIP DINNER

St. Mary’s will be hosting the Community Friendship Dinner on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Harvey United Methodist Church. We need volunteers to provide supplies for the meal and to provide pans of baked ziti. We also need help with the cooking, serving and clean-up. If you would like to lend a hand please sign up in Farnsworth Hall. Please direct any questions to Kelly Johnson at kellyj5432@comcast.net or 908-239-1218.

TO THE CURRENT USERS OF PARISHPAY
WeShare ON-LINE GIVING

Dear St. Mary's parish family member,

I am writing first to thank you for your participation in our parish’s online giving program. Your generous giving is appreciated by so many and helps our church continue to thrive and live the gospel of Jesus Christ by loving and serving those who are needy and less fortunate in our community and beyond. To help us maintain and grow this mission, St. Mary's is in the process of transitioning to a new online giving tool, which is called WeShare. WeShare makes it easier and more convenient for you to manage your online contributions and will also save our church time and money. To make this transition as seamless as possible and to ensure our records are up-to-date, we need a few minutes of your help. Please visit our parish website, click the ParishPay link, and log into your online giving account. Review your contact information, address, payment method, and current giving for accuracy. Make any necessary changes and that’s it. If you run into any issues accessing your account, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-950-9952, Option One.

Thank you again for all your help and for your generous commitment to the work of our parish on behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Gratefully,
The Reverend Victoria Pretti, Rector


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.

FALL BOOK STUDIES

Starting in September Mother Victoria and Deacon Janet will lead book studies between Sunday services, beginning at 9 am. This Fall, we will read "The Shack" by William Paul Young, followed by "The Divine Dance" by Richard Rohr. These two books will prompt our group reflection on the true nature of God, especially as it is revealed in the Holy Trinity. (And it's not what you think!) Please consider reading these thought provoking books and join us, as you wish, each Sunday beginning September 17th.

MONTHLY HOME CHURCH GATHERINGS

Many have asked for an encore of our Lenten Home Church gatherings, and Mother Victoria would love to do more of them. We will post a sign-up sheet in Farnsworth Hall. If you would like to host a gathering in your home, please select a date and time (generally 6:30 pm works great), check it with Mother Victoria, and we'll get the word out. You can either feed us or ask us to bring food (potluck). We will eat together, reflect on a reading from the Bible, and then celebrate Holy Eucharist. Come and worship like the early church did!

MIDWEEK SERVICES & CONTEMPLATIVE LIVING
Wednesdays 11 - 12:30

Do you desire to live your life more deeply grounded in the depths of your spirituality? Do you want to know God in a personally experiential way? Come and explore the mystical depths of our Christian tradition. Starting Wednesday October 4th, Mother Victoria will celebrate a casual service of Holy Eucharist, which will be followed by a small group gathering that will focus on prayer, mystical Christianity, and contemplative living. And we could even have lunch together afterwards, if there's any interest. Come for Eucharist (11 am in the church), and/or contemplative gathering (11:30 in the Jones Room) and/or lunch together (someplace else). Gatherings will not be held on October 18 & 25, or Dec. 27th.

ST. MARY’S SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE

St. Mary's Society rummage sale will be held Thursday, October 5 (9:00-2:00) and Friday October 6 (9:00-1:00) Set up is scheduled for Monday , October 2 & Tuesday, October 3. Please sign up in Farnsworth Hall to volunteer. Please note – The following items WILL be accepted: Clean Clothing, dishes/glassware, small appliances, jewelry, books, knick-knacks, linens/tablecloths, bedspreads, blankets, shoes. We WILL NOT accept the following: Underwear, swim suits, non-working appliances, suitcases, exercise equipment, encyclopedias or text books. Donations will be accepted in Farnsworth Hall from 11:30AM until 3:00PM on Sunday, Oct 1st

MARY’S TABLE

MARY’S TABLE is in need of dessert donations. Home baked or store bought cakes, pies, cookies, etc. All donations are welcome and appreciated. Please just leave in kitchen marked for Mary's Table.

MARY’S TABLE is looking for someone to deliver meals to 3 locations in Point Pleasant Beach on Thursday nights. It will take less than half an hour! We will have the meals ready at 4:00 PM. Please contact Kathy Lyon at 732-600-3916 if you are able to help.

MARY’S TABLE is also seeking someone to help wash dishes on the fourth Thursday of the month, and someone to wash and prep donated fresh vegetables on Friday's (for freezing and use another week) Thank you!

Mary's Table is the recipient of a grant to
support our feeding ministry from the
Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation

SATURDAY MORNING YOGA

SATURDAY MORNING YOGA is going on Summer break and will resume beginning at 7am – 8am on Saturday September 9.

CHAIR YOGA WITH LAURA continues on Thursday mornings at 9:00AM in Farnsworth Hall. Donations: $5.00.

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.

SAY CHEEEESE!

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 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: http://seamenschurch.org/christmas-at-sea or https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9404AA6E23C289C7

HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE

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?

MEMORIAL GARDEN

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 Hall
Friday 9:00AM AA in Farnsworth Hall, 11:00AM Alanon in the Jones Room, 8:00PM AA in Farnsworth Hall

HANDICAP PARKING

Please remember that the church parking lot is used for handicapped parking ONLY during Sunday services.

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