Parish Notes and Announcements: Week of May 28, 2017
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Message from our Warden and Vestry

Dear St. Mary's Family Member,

I have to admit that there were days when I wondered when this day would come. I never lost faith that God had someone for St. Mary's, but when would we meet this person? Thank God for our Discernment Committee. They continued to move forward through the uncertainty and frustration when the way wasn't clear. They worked very hard over the last two years. Thanks be to God, because our prayers have been answered. It is a great honor and priviledge to announce that the Rev. Victoria Pretti has accepted our call to be our next rector. She is someone who respects our Episcopal traditions and from where St. Mary's has come. She is impressed with our focus on ministry and all of the things that we do today, but more importantly, she is excited to see where God is calling St. Mary's in the future and looks forward to sharing that future with us. While Victoria and her husband Anthony will move into the rectory sometime in the second half of August, she will officially start with us on September 1, 2016. We will be sending more information soon.

God is good ... all the time,

Saint Mary's by-the-Sea Warden and Vestry

TO THE CURRENT USERS OF PARISHPAY

Thank you for using online giving for your support of our parish. Online giving is safe, simple, and convenient. It benefits our parish by helping to streamline our administrative process and providing more accurate budgeting. Our current online giving provider, ParishPay, has been acquired by Liturgical Publications. All ParishPay accounts will be transitioned to WeShare, LPi’s online giving platform, later in the summer. You do not need to do anything for this transition process. Your information will be transferred electronically following the strictest security protocol. Once the transition is complete, you will receive more information about how to login and manage your account on WeShare. INTERESTED IN SIGNING UP FOR ONLINE GIVING? To learn more about WeShare online giving go to LPI

PENTECOST is Sunday, June 4th. Please remember to wear red to symbolize the fire of the Holy Spirit!

Saint Mary’s 11th Annual Gift Auction
AMAZON ADVENTURE PICTURES

ST. MARY’S SOCIETY LUNCHEON will be held on Tuesday, June 13th at noon at The Beach Diner on Rt 35. and Arnold Avenue. Everyone will be ordering off the menu. Mark your calendars!

COMMUNICATIONS TEAM

The Communications team is at the service of parish event planners to promote and advertise upcoming functions and affairs. Please see Anthony Pretti and/or Lynn Schambach with your publicity needs and ideas and together we will help ensure a well attended event!

ST. MARY’S ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC

ST. MARY’S ANNUAL PARISH PICNIC will be held on Sunday, June 11th. The worship service will begin at 10:30AM followed by the picnic. Parishioners are asked to bring a salad or dessert to share. Please sign up in Farnsworth Hall. The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. Note—there is a separate $5 per car entrance fee. The 8am worship service will be held as normal.

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IHN FELLOWSHIP

All are welcome! Our next IHN volunteer fellowship gathering will be Saturday, June 1st at 6pm at the home of Lynn and Daryl Schambach. Please join us, even if you are not a regular volunteer, as it is a relaxed, and inviting way to get to know how IHN works at St. Mary's. Good food and conversation is guaranteed! Any questions? Please feel free to email or phone Jessie Mercuro (732-272-6828), Mike Mercuro (732-272-6828), or Lynn Schambach (732-403-9708). We would like to have a count by Wednesday, May 31st, so please let us know if you will attend. Keep an eye out for our sign-up sheet- our next IHN host cycle begins Sunday, June 18th and many opportunities exist to lend a hand!

LET’S PLAY Jack Foley is interested in starting a game closet available to children of the IHN when they are staying at Saint Mary's and is looking for gently used games such as board games, cards, but no toys. To drop the games off, please place them in the Jones room with the name 'Jack Foley' on the outside. Please look out for his bake sale fundraisers after church during the summer to raise
money for supplies.

JOHNSONBURG ON THE ROAD

Traveling Day Camp is a week-long partnership between Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church and Johnsonburg to bring a unique blend of outdoor and congregational ministry together. The curriculum is centered on faith and encourages hands-on learning and fun. This program designed for children who have completed grades K-5. If interested, please see the bulletin board in Farnsworth for all the details and registration forms

ANIMAL WELFARE FORUM Saturday, June 17th, from10am-3pm at Trinity Cathedral in
Trenton, NJ. Please see the flyer posted on the bulletin in Farnsworth Hall for additional
information.

ST. MARY’S SUNDAY SCHOOL

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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 dessert donations. Home baked or store bought cakes, pies, cookies, etc. All donations are welcome and appreciated. Please just leave in kitchen marked for Mary's Table.

MARY’S TABLE is looking for someone to deliver meals to 3 locations in Point Pleasant Beach on Thursday nights. It will take less than half an hour! We will have the meals ready at 4:00 PM. Please contact Kathy Lyon at 732-600-3916 if you are able to help.

MARY’S TABLE is also seeking someone to help wash dishes on the fourth Thursday of the month, and someone to wash and prep donated fresh vegetables on Friday's (for freezing and use another week) Thank you!

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

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.

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

Traveling for business or pleasure? Please consider bringing home the hotel's or ship's toiletries to share with the seafarers at SCI. SCI is eager to receive travel sized toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lotion (hand or body), and soap. Unscented items are preferred. In addition, SCI will accept the following items: unscented and colorless lip balm, small packs of Kleenex, sugarless chewing gum, microwave popcorn, sealed packages of hard candy, puzzle books (Sudoku or word searches), and playing cards.

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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