Parish Notes and Announcements: Week of April 15, 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.

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!

BOOK STUDY

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.

INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK

Our next IHN cycle begins Sunday, April 22nd. Please contact Jessie 732-272-6828 or Mike 732-267-5474 with any questions
or RSVP to the church office.

MISSION TRIP TO GHANA

Please join us in Farnsworth Hall this coming Sunday morning, after either of the worship services, for a brief video presentation about the Ghana mission trip being run this summer by Good News for the Nations Ministries. The mission includes a 2- week vacation Bible school for up to 2000 children as well as providing needed supplies for their school. Alison Shaw, Grace and Katelyn Tutelo, Barbara Foster’s granddaughters, will be making the presentation.

Helping Homeless Families Gospel Concert
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 6:00pm.

The Union Church of Seaside Park 47 4th Avenue, Seaside Park
There is no charge to attend but a free-will offering will be taken with all proceeds going to IHN.

POINT PLEASANT GARDEN CLUB

The next meeting will be held at St. Mary’s on Tuesday, May 8th 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. The deadline for all applications is April 1, 2018; at least two letters of recommendation are required.

BISHOP VAN DUZER SCHOLARSHIP


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 dclarke@dioceseofnj.org or 609 394-5281, ext. 36.

ST. MARY’S SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE
Thursday, May 10th from 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. &
Friday, May 11th from 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

BAG SALE ALL DAY FRIDAY!
Set up is scheduled for Monday, May 7 & Tuesday, May 8.
If you have an hour or two to lend a hand, it would be greatly appreciated!
SIGN UP IN FARNSWORTH HALL TO VOLUNTEER!

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 items: Underwear, swim suits, non-working appliances, suitcases, exercise equipment, encyclopedias or text books.
Donations will be accepted in Farnsworth Hall from 11:30AM-3:00PM on Sunday, May 6th

DONATIONS FOR TENT CITY

A box has been placed in Farnsworth Hall for clean winter/spring clothing for the residents of tent city located in Howell.

EARTH DAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
Sat. 4/21, 9 AM to 1 PM

Please help Saint Mary's look her best! Come and participate in our Church-wide Parish Clean Up Day. Please bring yard tools, leaf bags, gloves and cleaning supplies. Many hands make light work! After sprucing up in and around Saint Mary's, head over to the "All the Buzz About Point Pleasant Earth Day 2018 Celebration" at Riverfront Park (Maxson Ave. & River Rd.) until 4 PM. Learn about ways to help our environment, assist pollinators in our yards and learn new ways to be green in our daily lives. Sun. 4/22, 11:45 AM - All are invited to explore the growing connection and relationship between theologians and scientists as they discover "The Journey of the Universe." We will be ordering pizza to enjoy while watching this documentary. The Journey is sure to inspire deeper thinking and inquiry into the connectivity of God's Creation all around us. Please RSVP to Lynn Schambach, lynnschambach@optonline.net, or (732) 403-9708.

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 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 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.

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.

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 (ldunn06@gmail.com or 732-948-3186) for more information.

ST. MARY’S SUNDAY SCHOOL

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 joerg31415@aol.com.

MARY’S TABLE

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

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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