Staying Connected
Join us this weekend for worship.
Saturday at 5:30 pm, Sunday at 9:00 am in the sanctuary, or
The service is also posted on our website
Daylight Saving Time concludes at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, when the clock will “fall back” one hour.

"Stewardship and All the Saints"

God calls us all to be saints and gives us the grace to become holy. Of all the feasts of the Church calendar, Sunday is among the most joyful as we celebrate the saints, the holy ones who abide with God in the glory of heaven. The saints’ glory is God’s glory, for, in their unique ways, the saints radiate particular glimpses of God’s truth, beauty, and goodness. 

According to the Center for Faith and Giving, the celebration of All the Saints, at its core, is about legacy and promise – what has been left behind by those who have gone ahead for us to build upon and the “blessed assurance” of what lies ahead for the faithful. That future includes a way of knowing and being known beyond this life, and how to live in faithfulness in the interim. Though we may feel far from it, each one of us is called to be a saint, and the saints we celebrate on Sunday are advocating for us on our paths to holiness.

In this season of stewardship, we look to our saints for the examples of their lives lived in faith, mission, and ministry. We look to their ways and examples of gracious use of their time, talent, and treasure. Think of all those who have come before us, who have given themselves to Christ without demand or expectation. How can we best honor them in our mission and ministry?

Each one of us has been called to Sainthood. Each one of us has been called to serve. Perhaps it's through a monetary donation or service beside a neighbor, or volunteering at the church or a local non-profit, or lifting another with kind words or works of art. There are many ways to serve and in serving others we honor those who have served before.

If you are discerning the best way for you to serve Christ in our community and/ or the broader world and would like to engage in spiritual direction, please feel free to reach out to me.

God Bless you on this All Saints Sunday+
You may call Mo. Allison for a Pastoral Visitation at 551-697-6133
Are you interested in Serving at St. Mary's? Here are some ministries for you to consider...

Altar Guild
Altar Servers
Eucharistic Ministry
Prayer Leaders
Choir and/or Music Ministry
Building/Grounds/ and Gardners
Finance Committee

Want to learn more about ministry opportunities...
Contact Mo. Allison or a member of the vestry for more information.
Celebration of Life
The memorial service for Dr. Richard C. Weiss
will be held in St. Mary's Episcopal Church
on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM.
Interment will immediately follow in St. Mary's Columbarium.
All Saints' Sunday, Nov. 7th
All Saints' Sunday will be celebrated at St. Mary's at the 9 AM service on November 7th. We will remember and honor those who have gone before us with a reading of their names during the Prayers of the People.

If you have names you would like to be remembered, it's not too late. Please email your names to the church office at
St. Mary's 2022 Stewardship Campaign
This week, a second letter and pledge card was sent by mail along with an informational sheet covering answers to questions you may have about pledging to St. Mary's. A copy of this week's packet is linked here.

Stewardship Sunday is Sunday, November 7th. All pledge cards are due back on November 21st.

Thank you for the joyful and prayerful consideration of your stewardship to St. Mary's Church.
St. Mary's Music Program
If you are interested in finding out about St. Mary's Choir, please stop by at a rehearsal on Thursday evenings at 5 pm, or contact our Music Director, Kyle Sheppard at: 

Plans for the future include:
Bell Choir - Kyle is planning to restart the bell choir. Or...if you play an instrument, and would like to share your talent, let Kyle know.
Halloween Fun on the Lawn
St. Mary's front lawn was the place to be for children and their parents on Halloween Day. A great time was had by many families from the community onshore and off! Check out a few of our photos of the day here.

Many thanks to our helpers from St. Mary's and This 'n That Thrift Shop!
Yum! Pumpkin Bread Sale
Our Music Director, Kyle Sheppard, also the Methodist Church of Avalon's, holds various fundraisers throughout the year to help support their music program. Pumpkin Bread is his fall bake sale bread and he is sharing this delicious fundraiser with St. Mary's. Proceeds from sales at St. Mary's will go towards our music program. To order your Pumpkin Bread, fill out the attached Order Form and send it to St. Mary's church office with a check payable to FUMC of Avalon. Deadline to order is Sunday, Nov. 7th, so please call the church office to let us know you have an order form coming. Forms are also available in the parish hall and can be turned into the church office. Orders will be ready for pick up on Sunday, November 14th in St. Mary's parish hall.
Remember to "fall back"
Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, Nov. 7th at 2 AM when time falls back one hour and in theory, we get an extra hour of sleep.
So remember to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday before retiring for the night!
Brrr... Cold weather is here and
our neighbors need your help
The Branches is in need of women's coats, jackets, all sizes. All cold-weather clothing is welcome and needed!

The Branches is located in The Village Shoppes at 1304 Rt. 47 So., Unit AH, Rio Grande. They are open Monday-Saturday 9 to 1:30 pm. Or you may drop off donations at St. Mary's church. The chapel is open 24 - 7. Thank you!
October Food Drive
Many, many thanks to all who has stepped up to assist our neighbors in need during our October Food Drive. Our basket was filled to overflowing! The bounty was blessed and given to St. Barnabas Cares Food Pantry.
St. Mary's Altar Guild is looking for
new members!
The altar guild is a volunteer group of the parish whose ministry is to prepare the sanctuary for services, and clean up afterwards. If you are interested in this valuable ministry, contact Mo. Allison or Janice Haines.
Forward Day by Day
Forward Day by Day devotionals for November, December and January in large and small print are available in the church narthex. Please help yourself. If you would like a copy sent to you, please let the church office know and we will be glad to send one to you.
Birthday blessings to
Adelina King on November 7th, Cole Pettit on November 8th, Ronald Boldt on November 9th and Lisa Mericle on November 12th!
Happy Anniversary to
Clyde and Dee Pettit on November 7th!
Ways to contribute to St. Mary's
Your support of the mission and ministry of St. Mary's through your communal worship and financial support during these challenging times
is appreciated!
Ways to donate are:

  • The Sunday collection plate

  • Send a check payable to St. Mary's to:
St. Mary's Church,
9425 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, NJ 08247
(Your envelope and number is not necessary, only your name.)

  • Setting up a personal online banking "bill pay" option. The bank will mail the check for you to the church office.

Mark your Calendars
Looking Forward...
November 7th: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 am
November 7th: All Saints' Sunday
November 11th: 5 pm Choir rehearsal
November 13th: 11:00 AM Celebration of Life for Richard C. Weiss
November 14th: Thank You Reception/Coffee Hour
November 21st: 11:00 am Vestry Meeting
November 21st: 7:30 pm Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at St. Mary's
November 25th: Happy Thanksgiving!

Advent Study Begins
Dec. 1st week 1 at St. Barnabas: The Song of Zachariah - Benedictus
Dec. 8th week 2 at St. Mary's: Mary's Song - The Magnificat
Dec. 15th week 3 at St. Barnabas: A Song of Angels - Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Dec. 22nd week 4 at St. Mary's: Simeon’s Song - Nunc Dimittis

December 21st: Blue Christmas Service
December 24th: Christmas Eve

more to come...

CHECK OUT OUR CALENDAR on our website for all activities taking place throughout the week.
Lectionary Text for All Saints' Sunday
Worship Services
Saturday 5:30 pm and Sunday 9:00 AM in person (church)
Sunday 9:00 AM Live on Facebook
Services, studies, and service bulletins may be accessed on our website: