Parish Notes and Announcements: Week of January
14, 2018 |
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Sundays between the services
(9-9:45 am) in the Jones Room. On Sunday, Jan. 7th, we
will introduce our next book, "The Divine Dance"
by Richard Rohr. 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.
for 2018 are now available to pick up in Farnsworth Hall.
Our next HOME CHURCH
gathering will be hosted by Bill & Liz Bogardus at
their home on Wednesday, January 24th from 6:30 to 8:30
pm. Please RSVP to them or to the office. Hope to see
NJ EPISCOPAL CHURCH
WOMEN STUDENT SERVICE AWARD 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
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 email@example.com or 609
394-5281, ext. 36.
The ANNUAL PARISH
MEETING will be held on Sunday, January 28th
after the 10 am service. This is also a brunch potluck.
Please submit all reports to the office as soon as possible.
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.
STEWARDSHIP NOTE FROM YOUR TREASURER
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!
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
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.
Pledges to Date $ 147,148
87.5% of Goal
Our next IHN cycle begins Sunday, Jan.
7th. Please contact Jessie (732-272-6828) or Mike (732-746-3060)
with any questions or RSVP to the church office. Thank
We need a volunteer to co-ordinate our
EUCHARISTIC MINISTER'S HOME VISITING TEAM.
We also would like to invite others to join in this beautiful
and important parish ministry. We will gratefully provide
you with all necessary training and support. Please see
Mother Victoria for details and to volunteer. Thank you!
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.
Midweek Service of Holy Eucharist
Wednesdays at 11 am in the Church.
Please note - There will be service on Wednesday, January
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.
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
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
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