What's Happening at St. Mary's
Bill Haines, Editor
Where did the summer go? It seems we just celebrated Memorial Day and now we're preparing for Labor Day. Slow down, it moves too fast!
As usual St. Mary's didn't slow down. Jack Olthuis chaired the Thursdays on the Lawn music concerts. For the first time in a few years, all six concerts were held outside. Jack must have a friend in high places. Thanks to Jack, all who volunteered to provide cookies and lemonade, and to all who helped set up and take down the chairs for a successful community event.
Saturday, August 26, will be the last beach service at 5 pm at the 101st Street Beach Pavilion. Unfortunately, all Saturdays in July and August did not have perfect beach weather, but there were more perfect evenings than rainy ones. Thank you, Fr. Peter for officiating at all the services and Tom Werkheiser for providing the music.
Also, on August 26, St. Mary's will join Stone Harbor for the annual Side Walk Sale. There will be a jewelry table, bake table, Christmas table, and hot dogs. Lillian Armstrong is chair and would appreciate your donations and help to make it a profitable day. The sale will be from 9 am to 1 pm.
Music was and is the summer theme for St. Mary's. Karin Hampel began the summer with a piano concert. Organist, David Condo, followed with "Music is Food for the Soul", a lesson and discussion of classical composition which included lunch for three consecutive Wednesdays. The Thursday evening Summer Music Concert Series began with David and Cheryl Barton on August 16, continues with Ryan McAteer & Cheyanne Shaud, Duet on August 23, and concludes with Fr. Peter Stube, Baritone on August 30. The concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments are served in the parish hall.
Throughout the summer, Fr. Gorman continued with Adult Forum in the chapel between the 8 and 10 AM services and conTEXTS on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm in the parish hall. Fr. Gorman leads SWEEP on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the parish hall.
As if this wasn't enough, Dina Ziemba spearheaded the successful School Supplies Drive, a joint project with St. Barnabas, Villas.
The feast day of St. Mary, the mother of Jesus, and our patron saint was celebrated on Sunday, August 19th with readings, music, and a seasonal craft to remind us of Mary and our relationship to her.
And the beat goes on. Beginning on August 24th, the Adult Forum will be reading and discussing "Women in Church History". The Branches and St. Mary's This 'n That Thrift Shop continues to service Cape May County. Activities and church services are being planned for autumn and winter.
"What do you do at St. Mary's?" is a question that need not be asked.