Parish Notes and Announcements: Week of November 18, 2018
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Our next HOME CHURCH GATHERING will be at the home of Diane and Jack Buckley (3208 Ridgewood Road in Allenwood) on
Monday, Dec., 10th fom 6:30 - 8:30 pm
. Please respond to Cherisse in the parish office if you plan on attending.

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 church did! Sign-up or call the parish office for details.



Saint Mary’s can be both humbled and proud to learn that since the summer of 2017, the operations of our newly installed high efficiency lighting, HVAC equipment and smart thermostats have yielded a 22% decrease in our electric costs and a 15% decrease in our gas costs!! As we faithfully minister to those in need of food and fellowship, a warm bed or a safe place to meet, we are also reducing our energy consumption and carbon footprint! The ESM aims to realize greater energy efficiency and cost savings by setting the temperature throughout Saint Mary’s to 70 degrees during service times and setting it back to 63 degrees when the church and facilities are unoccupied. Over the next few weeks, we will be testing and determining how much lead time is needed for the system to “warm up” from the set- back temperature. We understand that physical comfort varies for everyone, and we graciously ask all to understand we are exercising an intentional act of stewardship of our environmental and monetary resources. If anyone finds this temperature to be too uncomfortable, please place a note for Al Wagner, Mike Mercuro or Daryl Schambach in the basket marked ESM on the table in the far left corner of church. Thank you all!

Let’s face the issue of plastic pollution together, help raise awareness and make personal and collective choices to protect humanity and wildlife.

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Our next IHN host week begins Sunday, December 9th and we look forward to making St. Mary's a home for the families in program. The sign up sheet is posted in Farnsworth Hall. Please join us for food and conversation at our next IHN fellowship gathering on Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30pm, at the home of Mike and Jessie Mercuro (1110 Burnt Tavern Rd, Point Pleasant). Whether you are a long-time volunteer, a new volunteer, or just want to hear more about this ministry that serves local families in need, we would love to see you and all are welcome. RSVP to the church office or by contacting Jessie Mercuro (732-272-6828 or or Lynn Schambach (732-403-9708 or

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


Let’s share our Christmas baking with one another! On Sunday, Dec.16, bring 4 dozen cookies that you’ve baked, and select 4 dozen cookies baked by other parishioners in exchange. Everyone ends up with a variety of delicious home made cookies.


The next meeting will be held at St. Mary’s on Tuesday, December 11, from 7-9.
Everyone is invited to join!

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

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 13).

Contact Cherisse in the parish office if you plan on attending.

Welcome to the WeShare family!

PLEDGE FOR 2019 If you have prayerfully decided to make an annual pledge to support St. Mary's By The Sea in 2019, 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 year.

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.

1, 2, 3 John plus Jude readings for 2018 Advent Bible Study

10:00 AM, Jones Room, for first 3 consecutive Tuesdays
Rittenhouse’s, 1404 Johnson Ave, Pt Pleasant, for final Tuesday
Readings to be accomplished before class, please.
November 27—Sermon/homily by unknown author to several churches. Read: 1 John
December 4—Letter to a specific church. Read: 2 John
December 11—Letter to an individual. Read: 3 John
December 18—Warning letter, using Jewish texts as examples, to Christians about divisive persons

Read: Jude Questions: contact Andrea 732 295-8233 or


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.


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.


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. Thank you!!

Download Registration form here


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


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

St. Mary’s 13th Annual Gift Auction
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
at the Brick VFW
373 Adamston Road Brick. NJ

Doors open at 5:00PM and calling begins at 7:00PM
Our Theme this year is

The Grand Prize will be a $2000 Travel Voucher with a Mystery Suitcase filled with Travel Extras Valued at $1000.00
Please contact Cherisse in the parish office ASAP with the number of tickets you would like to reserve

Cash Only - ATM next door
Cash Bar - No Outside Beer, Wine or Alcohol
Must be 18 to attend and play


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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