Parish Notes and Announcements: Week of August 20,
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR On Sunday, November
19th, at 3:00 pm 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.
More information to follow.
DAY is Sunday, August 20th.
We will celebrate with ice cream sundaes during coffee
FUTURE DATES TO MAKE
WELCOME HOME SUNDAY -
Sunday, September 10th.
POINT PLEASANT SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
- Saturday, September 16th
TRIP TO ANYWHERE drawing
will be on Sunday, September 17th
ST. MARY’S SOCIETY RUMMAGE
SALE - October 5th and 6th
ST. MARY’S SUNDAY SCHOOL
CALLING ALL SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES!
It's that time of year again and we're very excited to
see our students for another fun-filled year! Registration
forms will be in the back of the church each Sunday through
the first day of classes, Sunday, September 17th. Please
return completed forms to Cherisse in the Parish Office.
If you have questions or would like to volunteer your
time for Sunday School or Nursery, please call Laurie
Clayton at 732-600-5454. Thank you!!
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
TO THE CURRENT USERS OF PARISHPAY
Dear St. Mary's parish family member,
I am writing first to thank you for your
participation in our parish’s online giving program.
Your generous giving is appreciated by so many and helps
our church continue to thrive and live the gospel of Jesus
Christ by loving and serving those who are needy and less
fortunate in our community and beyond. To help us maintain
and grow this mission, St. Mary's is in the process of
transitioning to a new online giving tool, which is called
WeShare makes it easier and more convenient for you to
manage your online contributions and will also save our
church time and money. To make this transition as seamless
as possible and to ensure our records are up-to-date,
we need a few minutes of your help. Please visit our parish
website, click the ParishPay
link, and log into your online giving account. Review
your contact information, address, payment method, and
current giving for accuracy. Make any necessary changes
and that’s it. If you run into any issues accessing
your account, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-950-9952,
Thank you again for all your help and
for your generous commitment to the work of our parish
on behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Reverend Victoria Pretti, Rector
ST. MARY’S MARKETPLACE
Again this year we are offering vendor
spaces in our parking lot to parishioners, family, and
friends creating our own St. Mary's Marketplace on Seafood
Festival day, Sat., Sept. 16th. Spaces are being assigned
on a first come, first served basis and are limited. A
donation of $50 to St. Mary's is requested for each vendor
space. If for any reason, the festival is postponed until
Sunday, vendors unfortunately will not be able to utilize
the space and our Marketplace will be cancelled. If you
are interested in reserving a space to sell your wares,
crafts, artwork, etc. please contact Cherisse ASAP.
All are welcome!
Our next IHN host cycle begins Sunday, September
3rd, opportunities are abundant, and you all make such
a difference in the lives of the families we host. Please
see the sign up sheet in Farnsworth Hall. Any questions?
Please feel free to email or phone Jessie Mercuro (732-272-6828),
Mike Mercuro, or Lynn Schambach (732-403-9708).
FALL BOOK STUDIES
Starting in September Mother
Victoria and Deacon Janet will lead book studies between
Sunday services, beginning at 9 am. This Fall, we will
read "The Shack" by William Paul Young, followed
by "The Divine Dance" by Richard Rohr. These
two books will prompt our group reflection on the true
nature of God, especially as it is revealed in the Holy
Trinity. (And it's not what you think!) Please consider
reading these thought provoking books and join us, as
you wish, each Sunday beginning September 17th.
MONTHLY HOME CHURCH
Many have asked for an encore
of our Lenten Home Church gatherings, and Mother Victoria
would love to do more of them. We will post a sign-up
sheet in Farnsworth Hall. If you would like to host a
gathering in your home, please select a date and time
(generally 6:30 pm works great), check it with Mother
Victoria, and we'll get the word out. You can either feed
us or ask us to bring food (potluck). We will eat together,
reflect on a reading from the Bible, and then celebrate
Holy Eucharist. Come and worship like the early church
& CONTEMPLATIVE LIVING
Wednesdays 11 - 12:30
Do you desire to live your
life more deeply grounded in the depths of your spirituality?
Do you want to know God in a personally experiential way?
Come and explore the mystical depths of our Christian
tradition. Starting Wednesday October 4th, Mother Victoria
will celebrate a casual service of Holy Eucharist, which
will be followed by a small group gathering that will
focus on prayer, mystical Christianity, and contemplative
living. And we could even have lunch together afterwards,
if there's any interest. Come for Eucharist (11 am in
the church), and/or contemplative gathering (11:30 in
the Jones Room) and/or lunch together (someplace else).
Gatherings will not be held on October 18 & 25, or
SOCIETY RUMMAGE SALE
St. Mary's Society rummage
sale will be held Thursday, October 5 (9:00-2:00) and
Friday October 6 (9:00-1:00) Set up is scheduled for Monday
, October 2 & Tuesday, October 3. Please sign up in
Farnsworth Hall to volunteer. Please note – 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:
Underwear, swim suits, non-working appliances, suitcases,
exercise equipment, encyclopedias or text books. Donations
will be accepted in Farnsworth Hall from 11:30AM until
3:00PM on Sunday, Oct 1st
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.
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
support our feeding ministry from the
Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation
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
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
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
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