Parish Notes and Announcements: Week of March 8, 2020
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14th Annual Gift Auction

THANK YOU TO ALL Our 14th Annual Gift Auction was an incredible success. We owe that success in no small part to all of you. Whether you solicited gifts, ads or sponsorships, donated towards the prizes, helped underwrite the grand prize, or whether you loaded the trucks, decorated and set up the hall, made baked goods, or volunteered that night, your contributions made this all possible. There is a small but mighty core group of people who work behind the scenes for almost 6 months to plan and
implement this event, from finance and ticket management, to basket creation, marketing and promotion, but make no mistake - this event could not succeed without all of you. Many, many thanks for your
unfailing commitment to our little church and all the wondrous things we do.

The Auction Committee


Please help yourself to a “Way of Jesus” booklet located at the back of the church.
Mother Victoria invites you to join her in this spiritual practice during Lent or any time!

Lent & Holy Week & Easter 2020
March 21st - Lenten Mini-Retreat 9 am to 3 pm
April 5th - Palm Sunday Services 8 am and 10 am
April 8th - Tenebre 7 pm
April 9th - Maundy Thursday Potluck Supper & Service 7 pm
April 10th - Good Friday Services 12 noon and 7 pm
April 11th - Easter Vigil 7 pm
April 12th - Easter Sunday! Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service at Jenkinson’s Pavillion 6 am,
Easter at St. Mary’s 8 am and 10 am

Jones Room, 10AM, Tuesdays, March 3-April 7

Lesson 1 - March 3, What do Episcopalians Believe? Please read the General Thanksgiving from Morning Prayer, Rite 1, pgs 58-9, Rite II pg 101; A Prayer of St. Chrysostom, Rite I, pg 59, Rite II, pg 102, and think about “that we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives.”

Lesson II - March 10, How and why do we celebrate Baptisms and Holy Eucharist? Please read Holy Baptism, pgs 299-308; Catechism, pgs 844-862; Prayer of the People, pgs 383-393.

Lesson III - March 17, What about Confirmation, Marriage, Reconciliation, etc.?
Please read James 5:13-16; 1 Cor 12:4-7, 12-27; Mark 10:35-45; Acts 6:1-7, 15:1-27; 1 Tim 3:8-13, 5:17-22; Titus 1:5-9; For the choice of fit persons for the ministry, pg 256, BCP.

Lesson IV - March 24, Do we have daily services and seasonal ones? Please read pgs 136-140, BCP, Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families; pgs 15-30, BCP, The Calendar of the Church Year.

Lesson V - March 31, What is the Triduum and why so many creeds? Please read Psalm 118; Apostle’s Creed, pg 96, BCP; Nicene Creed, pg 358, BCP; Creed of St. Athanasius, pgs 864-5, BCP.

Lesson VI - April 7, Is the Bible important to Episcopalians? What is the polity of the Episcopal/ Anglican Church? Read Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation, pgs 868-9, BCP; Of the Old Testament, pg 869, BCP; Lambeth Conference
of 1888, Resolution 11, pgs 877-8, BCP

You will need a Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and a Bible for these classes. Any questions, please contact Andrea at 732 295-8233 or email at

PT. PLEASANT GARDEN CLUB will meet next on Tuesday, March 10 beginning at 10:30 in Farnsworth Hall. All are welcome!


Our next IHN volunteer get-together will be Tuesday, March 10, at the home of Mike and Jessie Mercuro, 1110 Burnt Tavern Rd. Point Pleasant. All are welcome anytime 6pm+ and we will enjoy some food and conversation about the program. Whether you are a first-time volunteer, long-time volunteer, or interested in knowing more, please join us. Any questions? Contact Jessie (732-272-6828) or Mike (732-267-5474). Our next host week begins March 29th and we are actively seeking help with all volunteer spots, but particularly in the areas of set up and break down.


The annual fundraiser show for the Soup Kitchen at Trinity Church in Asbury Park will be "Monty Python's Spamalot", Friday March 20th at 6:30pm at Spring Lake Community House Theater. Tickets are a minimum donation of $30, and checks should be made out to Trinity Church with “Food Justice” in the memo. Tickets can be purchased by emailing Laura at or seeing Laura at 10am service.

Please consider hosting a HOME CHURCH GATHERING. We will bless your home with Love, Laughter, food, scripture and Eucharist. A fun and casual way to worship like the early church did! Sign-up or call the parish office for details. On Monday, April 27th, Home Church gathering will be hosted by Diane and Jack Buckley from 6:30-8:30PM


Simply stated, for every dollar that is donated above the regular pledged amount and identified as St. Mary’s Challenge, an anonymous donor will match that donation dollar for dollar, up to $5,000. St. Mary’s Challenge envelopes are available at the back of the church. Please indicate ‘St. Mary’s Challenge’ in the memo if you are donating by check.


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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