Parish Notes and Announcements: Week of November
18, 2018 |
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HOME CHURCH GATHERING
Our next HOME CHURCH
GATHERING will be at the home of Diane
and Jack Buckley (3208 Ridgewood Road in Allenwood)
Monday, Dec., 10th fom 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Please
respond to Cherisse in the parish office if you plan on
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.
FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL
STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY (ESM)
GOOD NEWS FROM THE ESM!
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
at St. Mary's
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 email@example.com) or
Lynn Schambach (732-403-9708 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
PARISH CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE
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
POINT PLEASANT GARDEN CLUB
The next meeting will be held at St.
Mary’s on Tuesday, December 11, from 7-9.
Everyone is invited to join!
2018-19 BOOK STUDIES
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.
TO THE CURRENT USERS OF PARISHPAY
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
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.
1, 2, 3 John plus Jude readings
for 2018 Advent Bible Study
10:00 AM, Jones Room, for first 3 consecutive
Rittenhouse’s, 1404 Johnson Ave, Pt Pleasant, for
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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!!
Registration form here
CALLING ALL FAMILIES WHOSE TEENS,
6TH GRADE AND OLDER, WILL REGULARLY BE ATTENDING CHURCH
SCHOOL THIS YEAR.
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
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
St. Mary’s 13th Annual Gift
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
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