What's Happening
St. Mary's 

Fall edition
September 2016

Bill Haines, Editor
Why is it when I was young time seemed to pass at a snail's pace and now at neck break speed? The summer has come and gone in a flash. The reality of an octogenarian! 
Summer 2016
Maybe time seems to pass quickly when we're busy. If that's the case, St. Mary's qualifies. Beginning in June we had our annual picnic at the zoo with St. Barnabas. Cynthia and Lou Schweickhardt chaired our Strawberry Festival. Dina Ziemba organized our participation in the Lutheran-Episcopal Great Adventure outing. Marion Myers made sure our Thursdays on the Lawn continued to provide outstanding free concerts to the community.
The 5 o'clock beach services were held at the 101st Street pavilion during July and August. Thanks to Jack Olthuis and Larry Schmidt for serving as Eucharistic Ministers. David Condo and our wonderful choir was recognized on Choir Appreciation Sunday. Many people contributed to make our Side Walk Sale a success. St. Mary's was the host church for Family Promise for a week. Many thanks to Joan Langston and her core of volunteers who serviced a mother and seven month old triplets. Of course, our "normal" activities continued as usual. Sunday coffee hour after each service. Fr. Gorman leading our Adult Forum between services. Let's not forget Sandra and Fr. Ron Lockhart, Susan Mayfair, Terrie and Mac Mascione, Larry Schmidt and the other volunteers who keep The Branches operating six days a week. During the extended heat wave, The Branches remained open to get clients into motels for the night. I would be remiss if I forgot St. Mary's Thrift Shop, next door neighbor to The Branches, and the staff and volunteers who also work six days a week. Additionally, all the other "behind the scene" congregants, Julie Taylor, who is the glue that keeps St. Mary's together, the vestry, altar guild, Eucharistic Ministers, ushers, greeters, acolytes, and all others I have not mentioned. Whew, no wonder time flies by!

Good News!
The Vestry, Wardens & Bishop Stokes have agreed on the Bishop's recommended appointment of a Priest-in-charge of St. Mary's effective as soon as possible, potentially mid-October. We anticipate the details of the Letter of Agreement will be completed this week and a formal announcement will be made.
Upcoming Events
Circle Sunday, October 2 on your calendar. We will be celebrating Fr. Ron Lockhart's Fiftieth Anniversary of his Ordination to the priesthood. Fr. Ron is, and has been an integral part of St. Mary's spiritual life in worship services as assisting clergy, counseling, and pastoral care for many years. Join us after the 10 o'clock service as we show our appreciation to his ministry to St. Mary's. A St. Mary's style Parish Potluck Brunch will be held in the parish hall.
"Catch the Joy!"
This is our pledge campaign theme for this year. We will begin in October. Our target date for Commitment Sunday is October 30. Pledging is part of our stewardship journey. A journey takes thought, planning, and commitment. I urge you to prayerfully consider your financial support to St. Mary's. Like Janice and I, we're sure St. Mary's has brought much joy into your life.

"Drinking From The Saucer"     - John Paul Moore 
I've never made a fortune.
And I'll never make one now
But it really doesn't matter
'Cause I'm happy any how
As I go along my journey
I'm reaping better than I've sowed
I'm drinking from the saucer
'Cause my cup has overflowed
I don't have a lot of riches
And sometimes the going's rough
But with Kin and friends to love me
I think I'm rich enough
I thank God for the blessings
That His mercy has bestowed
I'm drinking from the saucer
'Cause my cup has overflowed
He gives me strength and courage
When the way grows steep and rough
I'll not ask for other blessings for
I'm already blessed enough
May we never be too busy
To help bear another's load
Then we'll all be drinking from the saucer
When our cups have overflowed
All proceeds will be donated to organizations in the community who work to help our neighbors in need. Come on out, enjoy a fun evening, great silent auction items, 50/50, delicious hors d'oeurves and terrific music by our own David Condo, and know you are supporting a good cause!

Tickets - just $25 - may be purchased from Vestry members, the church office 368-5922, or Bill Haines and George Zitnay.