Parish Notes and Announcements: Week of November 12, 2017
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Sunday, Nov. 19th, at 3:00 P.M. 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. Please note: There will be no 8:00AM or 10:00AM worship services that morning. Please plan on attending this special celebration.


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!

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 or call 1 (800) 950-9953 and select Option 1.


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.

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY on the book of PSALMS will meet in the Jones Room at 10:00AM on Tuesdays; November 7, 14, 28 and December 12, 19. Please see Andrea Rittenhouse for the weekly reading list or contact her at 732-295-8233 or

ST. MARY'S SOCIETY MEETING will meet on Tuesday, November 14th, 1:00 PM. Hostesses: Joyce, Marilyn, and Barbara

Fall Book Study "The Shack" by William Paul Young, every Sun. in the Jones Room from 9-9:45am.

Midweek Service of Holy Eucharist Wednesdays at 11 am in the Church.

ST. MARY’S COOKIE WALK will be held Saturday, December 2nd. Sign up sheets have been posted in Farnsworth Hall for cookie bakers. Vendors and Crafters Wanted! The cost is $20.00 for a 6ft space. Please contact Karen at 732-920-7458 to reserve your spot or for more information

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.

POINT PLEASANT GARDEN CLUB meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7-9 in Farnsworth Hall. Everyone is invited to join!


Download Registration form here

ALL SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES Please mark your calendars...there are three consecutive Sundays approaching in November when there will not be Sunday School instruction. There will be NO Sunday School, November 12, November 19, and November 26. Classes will resume on Sunday, December 3rd with preparation for the Christmas pageant.

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


THANK YOU FROM MARY'S TABLE When Mary's Table opened its doors on November 1, 2012 it welcomed a community reeling from Superstorm Sandy. Five years and thousands of meals later Mary's Table continues to welcome families and individuals into a warm environment where everyone is welcome for both food and fellowship. This ministry is grateful for, and truly blessed to have, the support of St. Mary's congregation. You have helped in countless ways, week after week, over the past several years and without you, this ministry could not have continued. Thank you all!

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 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.


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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