• St. Mary's by the Sea is a Christian community
  • that strives to create a sanctuary for ALL
  • seekers and believers alike
  • to come and experience the Love of God through Jesus Christ,
  • to share that love with those around us
  • and in the wider world,
  • and to grow in faith
  • as part of a caring Christian family.
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We are a loving and inclusive community of believers and seekers who know that God is love (1 John 4:16), mercy triumphs over judgement (James 2:13), and being a Christian means living and loving like Jesus (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John). Come and see!

Week of December 2 , 2018

First Sunday of Advent
The Rev. Victoria Pretti

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HOME CHURCH GATHERING

Our next HOME CHURCH GATHERING will be at the home of Diane and Jack Buckley (3208 Ridgewood Road in Allenwood) on Monday, Dec., 10th fom 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Please respond to Cherisse in the parish office if you plan on attending.

WE COULD USE YOUR HELP

If you have any experience in fundraising or special event planning we would love to pick your brain! Please reach out to Mother Victoria, Mike Mercuro, Suzanne Jorgensen, or phone the parish office and speak to Cherisse.

2018 Stewardship: Many Hands One Heart!

If you have prayerfully decided to make an annual pledge to support St. Mary's By The Sea in 2019, please return your pledge card to the office as soon as possible so that we can plan ahead for ministries and expenses in the new year.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES


Blue Christmas: Blue Christmas Service Tuesday
December 11th at 7 pm.

Christmas Pageant: Sunday December 16th at 10 am service.

Christmas Services: Christmas Eve 5 pm and 11 pm. Christmas Day 10 am.



Eucharistic Ministers
are available to bring Communion to those who are not able to get to church for extended periods of time due to illness or mobility issues. We are grateful to Robin Henry for stepping forward to co-ordinate this vital parish ministry. If you know of someone who needs home, hospital, rehab, or nursing home visits, please let us know. If you would like to be trained to participate in this beautiful ministry, please contact Robin or Mother Victoria.

2018-19 BOOK STUDIES
Sundays 9 to 9:45 in the Jones Room

SUNDAY BOOK STUDY will conclude on Sunday, December 16th, and resume on Sunday, January 6th, when we will introduce our next book: "Adult Faith" by Diarmuid O'Murchu. This is a wise and provocative look at spiritual maturity for people who are seeking to deepen their relationship with God and God's church. Please join us!

View Schedules here

October 28 - December 16: "Immortal Diamond" by Richard Rohr

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 16th. Please return completed forms (which can be found at the back of the church) 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!!

Download Registration Form here

CALLING ALL FAMILIES WHOSE TEENS, 6TH GRADE AND OLDER, WILL REGULARLY BE ATTENDING CHURCH SCHOOL THIS YEAR. We are planning and need your input to create an effective program. Specifically we need to know if your teen will regularly attend on Sunday mornings or if an alternative meeting time might be preferable. Please contact Laurie Clayton either by phone or email to discuss alternatives for the coming year.
732-600-5454 or claytombs1961@hotmail.com

BUS TRIP TO AMISH COUNTRY

BUS TRIP TO AMISH COUNTRY, Saturday, May 4th, 2019, to the Amish Country for some light shopping, a visit to the Sight and Sound production of The Life of Jesus and dinner at the Shady Maple smorgasbord. We still need 17 people to sign up. Cost is estimated to be between $125 to 135 per person depending on numbers ($75-$80 for a child under 13).

Contact Cherisse in the parish office
if you plan on attending.

SAINT MARY’S WILL BE COLLECTING BARS OF WRAPPED BATH SOAP!

Mary’s Table, Seamen’s Institute and St. Gregory’s Pantry have all received donations from Soap S.A.C.K. (Supporting a community with kindness). Soap sacks are crocheted soap holders for homeless, seniors, and anyone in need. People all over the country are crocheting these beautiful sacks! When donated, each sack contains a wrapped bar of soap. It can be used as a wash cloth and hung to dry. Please consider donating bars of wrapped soap to supply this wonderful Mission! Look for the basket in Farnsworth Hall to place your wrapped bars of soap in! Thank you!!!!

IHN at St. Mary's

Our next IHN host week begins Sunday, December 9th and we look forward to making St. Mary's a home for the families in program. The sign up sheet is posted in Farnsworth Hall. Please join us for food and conversation at our next IHN fellowship gathering on Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30pm, at the home of Mike and Jessie Mercuro (1110 Burnt Tavern Rd, Point Pleasant). RSVP to the church office or by contacting Jessie Mercuro (732-272-6828 or jslytle@gmail.com) or Lynn Schambach (732-403-9708 or lynnschambach@optonline.net).

St. Mary’s 13th Annual Gift Auction
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
at the Brick VFW
373 Adamston Road Brick. NJ


Doors open at 5:00PM and calling begins at 7:00PM
Our Theme this year is

The Grand Prize will be a $2000 Travel Voucher with a Mystery Suitcase filled with Travel Extras Valued at $1000.00

140 TICKETS HAVE ALREADY BEEN SOLD!
Please contact Cherisse in the office ASAP with the number of tickets you would like to reserve

FROM YOUR GIFT AUCTION COMMITTEE: Before we know it, Saint Mary’s 13th Annual Gift Auction will be fast approaching! Many preparations are already well underway! As we get ready for the holidays, please consider how you can help ensure the success of our largest fundraiser. While you’re out shopping for loved ones, if you see a bargain but no one on your list would really want or need it, please think about purchasing the item and donating it to the gift auction. Gift cards also go a long way in enhancing the value of our baskets. Thank you for your kind consideration and supporting the fundraiser that helps Saint Mary’s continue to touch the lives of many in need.

Cash Only - ATM next door
Cash Bar - No Outside Beer, Wine or Alcohol
Must be 18 to attend and play

FROM THE ALTAR GUILD

This year, in light of all the recent fires, storms and natural disasters that have caused suffering for so many people around the country, we would like to make a Christmas donation to Episcopal Relief and Development. Our plan is to keep our Christmas flower display beautiful but simple and donate the remaining funds to ERD. Your Christmas flower donations will help beautify our sanctuary AND help those in need. Please give as generously as you are able. Thank you!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

For the Soup Kitchen in Asbury Park. We need a few more volunteers for 1 or 2 Saturday mornings a year. Please contact Laura Grodewald (ldunn06@gmail.com / 732-948-3186) for more information.

SINGERS NEEDED The choir is in need of a few singers, especially females (altos and sopranos). If interested, please speak to JoAnn Roy, our choir director/organist.

CENTERING PRAYER

Please help yourself to Centering Prayer pamphlet, located at the back of the church. Centering Prayer is a beautiful form of Christian meditation that has, for centuries, drawn people into deeper intimacy with God. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your prayer life and the possibility of trying Christian meditation, please speak to Mother Victoria any time.

GOOD NEWS FROM THE ESM!

Please try extra hard to avoid plastic bags and packaging this Holiday Season! With busy shopping days ahead, please have your reusable shopping bags handy. Keep them in your car and take them with you into retail shops and food stores. Even large department store cashiers are happy to place purchases into these bags especially when you tell them why you are using them! You’ll be surprised how powerful leading by example can be!
Let’s face plastic pollution together, help raise awareness and make personal and collective choices to protect humanity and wildlife.

TO THE CURRENT USERS OF PARISHPAY
Welcome to the WeShare family!

Following this week’s transition, here are several things to keep in mind as you familiarize yourself with WeShare. We take the security of your website seriously. We take the security of your website seriously. Your recurring donations will continue as scheduled. But you must authenticate your account and email to receive WeShare emails to make any changes to your account or receive WeShare emails. The first time you enter the system-you will have to go through a onetime validation requiring:

• Your ParishPay user name, The last 4 digits of the bank account or credit card used with
ParishPay And ONE of the following two options:
• Your email address
• A collection name and the specific amount donated within the last 6 months

Please feel free to contact the WeShare customer service team for assistance at WeShare@4lpi.com or call 1 (800) 950-9953 and select Option 1.

https://saintmarysbythesea.churchgiving.com

MARY’S TABLE is in need of someone to deliver meals every third Thursday anytime between 4 and 5 PM. It takes approximately 1/2 hour of your time to deliver meals to three different addresses in Point Pleasant Beach. Read more...

Mary's Table is the recipient of a grant to
support our feeding ministry from the
Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Foundation

SEAMEN’S CHURCH INSTITUTE

In October, a box will be taken to the Seamen’s Institute. Many seamen are away from their families and not allowed to leave their ships. To help brighten their holidays, please donate comfort items to help them through the season.

First Sunday of Advent
December 2, 2018

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: "The Lord is our righteousness."

Jeremiah 33:14-16

How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith. Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Jesus said, "There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in a cloud' with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." Then he told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. "Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."

Luke 21:25-36



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