St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Stone Harbor, New Jersey

All are welcome. Please join us!

Staying Connected


Worship with us:

Sunday at 9:00 am in the sanctuary

in person and Live on Facebook


While Mother is away, please get in touch with Deacon Jane Carol for any Pastoral Needs: 609:330-6124


The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 23

Remember to pledge your support!

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We are now accepting donations via Venmo!


Rector's Corner

Please Welcome

The Rev. Margaret Otterburn who is covering for Mo. Allison on

October 8th and 15th.

The Rev. Margaret Otterburn was born and raised in England but in 1971 relocated with her husband to Northern Ireland where they raised three children. They came to the US in 1987 where she taught high school math, the last 9 years at Irvington High School, Newark. She left teaching upon ordination to the priesthood in 2002 and first served at Grace Church in Newark and then at the Cathedral of St Mark in Minneapolis. In 2007, she was called as Rector to the Church of the Messiah, Chester, and served there until retiring last June. She was also the Board president of the large Senior Resource Center at Messiah, and still is. For the Diocese of Newark, she served on the Diocesan Council, the ACTS/ VIM Board which awards grants, the Commission of Ministry, the Youth Ministries Board, and as her District Coordinator.

DDeA direct and

from Deacon Jane Carol

Greetings to my friends at St. Mary’s,

I am finally settling in to the routine at St. Mary’s, and I want to thank you for your warm welcome. It is good to be home! I am also serving as the Deacon at St. Barnabas-By-the-Bay in Villas. I have two wonderful parishes in which to enjoy my work.

As a Deacon, I am expected to continue with my studies, and I noticed the announcement in St. Mary’s Newsletter, “Staying Connected,” about the Bible Study on “David” being offered on Zoom by our own summer parishioner, Tracy Rubin. I thought I would try it, and I am glad I did.

We are covering the story of David in First and Second Samuel, therefore, we are learning about the Prophet Samuel, who actually followed God’s instructions to anoint the first King of Israel, Saul, and how that came about.

At that time when Samuel was still a youth and living in the Temple under Eli’s guidance, God called Samuel by name and revealed a vision to him of what was to come. As Samuel grew up the Lord was with him, and all Israel knew that Samuel was a stalwart prophet to the Lord. Our lesson last Wednesday brought us up to the introduction of Saul into the story.

I was impressed with the calling of Samuel by God, which made me think of my own calling, and how we are all called by God to love and to serve God. We all have different callings and experiences but each one of us serves God in our own special way. Sometimes God calls us to bring a meal to someone in need, or teach Sunday School, serve on the Altar, be kind to those who do not usually receive kindness, help the homebound, speak for those whose voices are not heard, spend time in prayer for others and so many other ways of service to God. Always remember that answering God’s call turns out to be a blessing to each one of us also!

May you have a blessed day!

Your deacon,

Jane Carol Wilson


Have you ever wondered why King David is so highly regarded?

Would you like to know more about him?

Are you interested in his relevance to Jesus and the messianic expectation?

Join Wednesday Bible Study this fall when we spend the year reading 1 & 2 Samuel to learn about this great king of Israel through an interactive discussion led by

Tracy Rubin, Harvard Divinity School, 2012.

(Note: Tracy is a summer member here at St. Mary's and is inviting us to join her and her home parish in this most wonderful learning adventure.)

Classes meet on Wednesday mornings from 10-11:30 and evenings from 7-8:30 September 20, 2023 through May 22, 2024, both in person and online.

Please sign up with Tracy at [email protected] or 781-431-1672. The Zoom link for the year will be emailed to you.  

The companion text we use is: "The David Story: A Translation with Commentary” by Robert Alter.

Forward Day by Day

Large and small print copies of Forward Day by Day for November, December and January are available in the church narthex. Please help yourself to a copy and feel free to take one for a friend who may enjoy receiving one.

Forward Day by Day is a booklet of daily inspirational meditations reflecting on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer.

St. Mary's This 'n That Thrift Shop

Did you know?

Our Thrift Shop continues to be a beacon of mission and ministry out in the community. Each month is dedicated to a community organization..

For the month of October, they are collecting for Catholic Charities. They are in need of food that has a pop top. Donations may be dropped off at the thrift shop any time during the month of October.

Thank you to Debbie, our Staff, and customers for your support, donations and care.

Gold Winner of the 2022 and 2023 Best of the Jersey Shore thrift shops, This 'n That Furniture Shop is a great addition to the home goods, housewares, including small appliances, and clothing shops at This 'n That.

Don't forget the thrift shop when you're fall cleaning and re-organizing. Household items, furniture and clean usable clothing are welcome!

Remember - Upcycling is good for the planet!

Store Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

Donation days: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am - 3 pm, and on the

1st Saturday of the month 10 - 3 pm.

Location: St. Mary's This 'n That, 1304 Rt. 47 So., Rio Grande, NJ 08242   609-886-7272

You can keep up with special sales and featured furniture by following them on Facebook at:

Items may be dropped off at The Branches Outreach Center

201 Hirst Ave., Rio Grande, NJ 08242 609-886-5091

Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 1:30pm - Saturday: 10am – 12pm

Sunday: Closed

St. Mary's is happy to be a sponsor of Savor September!

Come out and enjoy!

Stewardship Minute


To All of our seasonal members and friends

Please consider making a donation or pledge for 2024 before you head home for the season.

Your support of our mission and ministry is important to us.

Some ways to support St. Mary's

  • Become a member
  • Volunteer
  • 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.
  • Online giving through our website at
Visit our Website

We have now joined Venmo! If you have Venmo, you can donate to the church - @StMarysStoneHarbor

Happy Birthday to

Serena Smith and Henry Schellenger on October 15th, Theresa Mascione on October 16th, Carol McIntire and Janet Proulx on October 18th, Sandra Lockhart on October 20th and David Kowalski on October 21st!

If you would like to be remembered on your birthday or anniversary, please give us your information so we may add you to our data base. Email the church office: [email protected] or call 609-368-5922

Altar Flowers

Dedicating altar flowers in honor or memory of, or in thanksgiving for a loved one is a wonderful way to remember someone. If you would like to do so, please sign up on the chart on the bulletin board in the parish hall. After the service, you may take the flowers to enjoy or give.

Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour is held after service every Sunday in the parish hall. It is an opportunity to get together for relaxed conversation and fellowship over a cup of coffee. If you would like to provide a snack for coffee hour, please pick a Sunday and sign up on the sheet on the door to the kitchen. Nothing elaborate, just a small snack to enjoy with coffee. Thank you!

Women's Civic Club Trip Dec. 6th

The Stone Harbor Civic Club has planned a trip to Sight & Sounds "Miracle of Christmas" in Lancaster on Wednesday, December 6th. Price $185 per person includes transportation and lunch.

Contact Isabella Kelly-Prince 609-374-5054 to sign up and for more information.

Upcoming Events

Community Pot Luck in November. Date and time TBA.

12 Step Meetings in the Church Hall

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Monday at 7:30 pm

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Tuesday at 8:00 pm

Alanon Tuesday at 7:15 pm (beginners meeting in the chapel)

Alanon Tuesday at 8:00 pm (in the chapel)

Alanon Friday morning at 10:00 am

CHECK OUT OUR CALENDAR on our website for all activities taking place throughout the week.

The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 23

Isaiah 25:1-9

Psalm 23

Philippians 4:1-9

Matthew 22:1-14

Worship Services

Tuesday - Friday 8:30 am Morning Prayer via Zoom

Third Thursday's 6:00 pm Healing Service

alternates between St. Mary's and St. Barnabas

Sunday 9:00 AM in person (church)

Services, studies, and service bulletins may be accessed on our website: