Parish Notes and Announcements: Week of May 28,
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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
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!
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!
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
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.
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
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
Trenton, NJ. Please see the flyer posted on the bulletin
in Farnsworth Hall for additional
ST. MARY’S SUNDAY SCHOOL
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
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