Parish Notes and Announcements: Week of April 16, 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


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

Easter Sunday: April 16th

Ecumenical Sunrise Service at Jenkinson’s Pavilion (across from Aquarium) 6 am
Easter Services at St. Mary’s 8 am and 10 am

Saint Mary’s 11th Annual Gift Auction


The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Ocean County will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary of providing shelter and supportive services to homeless children and their families on Saturday May 6, 2017 at noon at the Toms River Country Club. Please join us as the IHNOC honors their volunteer host coordinators and inducts Patty Cash, Kevin Downing, and Rita Kearney into the IHNOC Legacy Society. Tickets are $40.00 each and includes lunch. Please send check to IHNOC 20th Anniversary, 407 Lexington Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753 and include a list of guests names or call the office (732-736-1550) to make a reservation. Space is limited. Hoping to see you there!

MEMORIAL GARDEN MEETING There will be a Memorial Garden Committee meeting on April 18th at 7pm in Farnsworth Hall.

MEMORIAL GARDEN MEETING There will be a Memorial Garden Committee meeting on April 18th at 7pm in Farnsworth Hall.

We are planning Family Communion Sunday, on May 21st. Mother Victoria will lead an engaging program on four consecutive Sundays immediately following the 10 o'clock service, beginning April 23rd. Children 2nd Grade and up who did not experience "Exploring our Faith" are welcome to participate and explore the mystery of the Eucharist. Together we will celebrate completion on Family Communion Sunday. If your children or grandchildren are interested, please contact Cherisse in the parish office, as soon as possible.


Download Registration form here

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


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


Yoga is for everyone and a consistent yoga practice offers countless benefits to spirit, mind and body. Ready to give yoga a try or re-start your yoga practice? Please join Michelle Benedict on Saturday mornings from 7:00 – 8:00 am for a fun and relaxing yoga practice to start off your weekend. We are an informal, warm and friendly group – join us! All are welcome – please bring your own mat and wear comfortable clothes. We definitely move so please don’t forget to bring water with you. Please note – we will not meet for yoga on the following Saturdays: April 15, April 29, May 27, July 3. On Saturday, May 6, there will be a special meditation practice offered by renowned local teacher John Mercurio at 9 am.Please RSVP by Monday, May 1st to reserve your spot by calling or texting Michelle at 732 284 7810. Suggested donation is $10.00.


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.


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: 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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