News & Events
St. Mary’s by-the-Sea Fall Book Sale
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church - 12th and Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA
Hundreds of Great Books: histories, mysteries, art, finance, spiritual, political, medical; books for cooks, gardeners, Lots of new books for kids;science, nature and more...hardcovers, paperbacks, some brand new...plus DVD's, Videos, CD's, records and cassettes and miscellaneous oddities. Fill a grocery bag after 1:00pm for $5.00.
A benefit for St. Mary's Food Pantry with Mason, Raney & Weed on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8pm!
Uplifting dance tunes and heart-tugging ballads from Ireland and Scotland.
The georgeous voice of Portland with fiddle and guitar from members of Molly's Revenge!
Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8:00pm
Cost is $15 per person
St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 146 12th Street, Pacific Grove
Open jam hosted by band at 6:30pm. Concert at 8:00pm. Food and beverage available.
Tickets online or call 831-224-3819
St. Mary’s is Nominated to Receive 2012 Energy Oscar
California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL) is pleased to announce that St. Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church has been chosen as a finalist for a 2012 Energy Oscar – the annual award for leadership in energy stewardship.
After receiving many nominations from across the state, CIPL had the difficult task of narrowing it down to 3 or 4 finalists for each of four categories: Energy Efficiency and Conservation; Green Building; Education; and Advocacy. It is encouraging that faith communities are increasingly aware that climate change is one of the leading moral issues of our time, and CIPL is pleased to honor the inspiring work St. Mary's is doing at the Energy Oscars Celebration.
The 2012 California Interfaith Power and Light Energy Oscars will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco, at 6:00pm.
Eagle Scout to Lead Landscaping Project at St. Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church
Benjamin Nikssarian, Eagle Scout and York School student will lead an important landscaping project at St. Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church in Pacific Grove, along with Green Team members, Emily Griffith and Flo Von Platen.
With most of water usage at the church going toward irrigation, the St. Mary's Green Team is now focused on landscaping redesign to reduce water usage while further beautifying the campus. Plants selected will be native/drought tolerant and utilize conservation sensitive watering systems. Attention will also be focused on management and recycling of yard waste. The project will involve several Monterey Peninsula scout troops, members of the church community and their friends.
Save the date – November 18, 2012 – St. Mary's Church Family Pot Luck
Please save the date and come to St. Mary's Church Family Pot Luck on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM.
Newcomers are especially encouraged to attend this festive event – where you will be welcomed and introduced to the church community. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Michael (373-4441) or event chair, Rosemarie Axton (646-8196).
St. Mary’s Women's Guild's Holiday Bazaar
Please come to our annual Holiday Bazaar. Join in the festivities and find an array of wonderful hand crafted items for you and your loved ones—from beautiful jewelry to amazing succulent wreaths (and everything in between), all at reasonable prices. Items are all made with love by members of our local Monterey County communities. Refreshments will also be available for purchase. If you would like a table to sell your handicrafts, or would like further information about this exciting community event, please contact Judy Obbink, email@example.com.
St. Mary's By-The-Sea Episcopal Church has been selected for the 2012 Best of Pacific Grove Award in the Places of Worship category by the Pacific Grove Award Program.
Each year, the Pacific Grove Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Pacific Grove area a great place to live, work and play.
These exceptional companies help make the Pacific Grove area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 Pacific Grove Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Pacific Grove Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Pacific Grove Award Program The Pacific Grove Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Pacific Grove area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Pacific Grove Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy. SOURCE: Pacific Grove Award Program.
CONTACT: Pacific Grove Award Program Email: PublicRelations@awardprogram.org URL: http://www.awardprogram.org
Generations, Rejoicing in Our Legacy Tea
9/30/2012, Following 10am Service
On Sunday, Sept. 30, in Edwards Hall immediately following the 10 AM service St. Mary’s Planned Giving Committee will host a traditional English Tea for its members.
A short program explaining planned giving fundamentals will be given by parishioner and Vestry member, Lisa Bennett, as well as specific details regarding St. Mary’s planned giving program called Generations, Rejoicing in our Legacy.
St. Mary’s by the Sea Episcopal Church as finalist for 2012 Energy Oscar
California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL) is pleased to announce that St. Mary’s by the Sea Episcopal Church has been chosen as a finalist for a 2012 Energy Oscar — the annual award for leadership in energy stewardship.
Nominations from across the state were narrowed down to 3 or 4 finalists for each of four categories: Energy Efficiency and Conservation; Green Building; Education; and Advocacy. St. Mary’s has been nominated for its exemplary work in the area of Energy Efficiency and Conservation.
Faith communities like St. Mary’s are increasingly aware that climate change is one of the leading moral issues of our time, and CIPL is pleased to honor the inspiring work congregations like St. Mary’s is doing at the 2012 California Interfaith Power and Light Energy Oscars to be held on Tuesday, November 13 at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco, at 6:00pm.
Students from the CSUMB Service Learning Institute have returned to St. Mary’s this academic semester to participate in our outreach ministry and food pantry.
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Additional Service at Point Lobos
St. Mary’s offered an additional service on Sunday, September 16th at Point Lobos. Over 30 members of the congregation and their friends who wanted to worship in the open air, joined Father Michael on a holy hike (or sacred saunter) with Holy Eucharist. The Cypress Grove Trail offered scented chaparral, picturesque trees, stunning ocean views, and a perfect setting for silence and reflection, and to give God thanks and praise.
Please visit our Facebook page for more pictures.
St. Mary’s is Proud to Welcome the Rev. Vincent S. Raj
Vincent is no stranger to St. Mary’s! A former Roman Catholic priest, he was actually received into the priesthood at St. Mary’s by Bishop Richard Simpfky on January 25, 2002.
Vincent and Carol, his wife, were both parishioners when St. George’s Episcopal Church called him as Rector in 2002. He served in Salinas until his retirement in 2010. He is delighted to be asked to supply during Fr. Leslie’s sabbatical time off.
Beauty and the Beast at the Forest Theatre
9/2/2012 - 2:00pm
Tickets are now being sold for a St. Mary’s Theatre Event - PacRep’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.” Ticket prices for St. Mary’s members are: $21 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for students, teachers and military, and $7 for children. Tickets will be sold during coffee hour up to the Sunday of the event.
Breanna Donofrio—St. Mary’s New Office Manager
Breanna Donofrio has lived in Pacific Grove for almost 15 years. She attended Pacific Grove High School through 2003 before graduating from the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academy in Southern California in 2005. She has spent her life heavily involved in community service—taking her humanitarian efforts as far as working at an Elephant Conservation Center in Thailand. Currently she is a student at CSU Monterey Bay majoring in Teledramatic Arts & Technology, is the Administrative Assistant and Entertainment Director for the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce, a Library Assistant at the Pacific Grove Library, and a freelance Publicist, Event Coordinator, and Film Editor for various area organizations.
Brenna will be working at St. Mary’s on a part time basis on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
CSUMB adds St. Mary’s Social Concerns Ministry as one of its Service Learning sites students.
Four students from the California State University Monterey Bay Service Learning Institute joined volunteers at St. Mary’s Social Concerns ministry in February. They will help to interview and provide services to people who are in need of food, clothing and emergency referral services. The Service Learning Institute fosters and promotes social justice by cultivating reciprocal service and learning partnerships. St. Mary’s is honored to be an official site for student learning and service.
For more information about the CSUMB Service Learning institute.
Volunteer Opportunities in the St. Mary’s Thrift Shop
Have you ever wanted to play store? Well, here’s your chance. Join the ladies and gentlemen that operate St. Mary’s Thrift Shop. All shifts are only three hours long—a small commitment with a great return. Please join us. You will meet lots of interesting people, while supporting the many projects that help those in need throughout our community. Each new volunteer is teamed up with an experienced worker, so you don’t have to have prior experience, or even be a member of the church.
Please call Judy Obbink, Thrift Shop Coordinator at (831) 373-7490 or the church office at (831) 373-4441 for more information, or to volunteer. Even one three hour shift per month would make a big contribution to the continued success of the shop and help make a difference in someone else’s life.
Don’t like retail? Consider joining the team that sorts and prices merchandise for the Thrift Shop. We have had several volunteers retire this past year and we need your help. Shifts are just three hours long, and it’s really fun sorting through treasures and preparing them for new homes. If you think you might be interested, please call Judy Obbink, (831) 373-7490 for more information. Thank you!
Christian Social Concerns Ministry—Annual Report of Outreach in 2011
In 2011, Christian Social Concerns (CSC) was open 149 days. 2,677 households were served for a total of 5,425 individuals. A household may consist of a single homeless person or a family of five. Of the 5,425 individuals 779 were seniors and 1,118 were children. 2011 saw an increase in the number of homeless and seniors with a decrease in the number of children served.
351 Thrift Shop vouchers were used to help keep someone warm or look presentable for a job interview. 3,456 food bags were packed for an average of 23 bags each two-hour day. $19,214 was spent. 58% covered the cost of food, while the majority of the rest of it helped with shelter and transportation.
If you have contributed your time, food, financial resources or prayers, thank you for your support of this important ministry. You have made it possible for St. Mary’s to fulfill our mission to feed the hungry and contribute to the relief of those in need, to be “home” for them. For as Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”
Please consider spending some time with this ministry. You don’t have to be a member of St. Mary’s to help. Our volunteers come from all over the Monterey Peninsula and represent many faith communities. All that is required is a desire to serve and help make a difference is someone’s life. If you could spare two hours once or twice a month, we would love to hear from you. Please call the church office for more information. (831) 373-4441. Financial contributions, food and prayers are also very much appreciated in our attempts to help those in need.
Chair, Christian Social Concerns (CSC) Ministry
Fr. Michael on a panel at recent Sustainable PG event, held in the Museum of Natural History, highlighting the environmental work of green businesses in Pacific Grove
Organic Farm Stand Continues at St. Mary’s by the Sea
Starting Sunday, April 25th, 2010 and continuing every Sunday thereafter, St. Mary’s has hosted a local organic farm stand, courtesy of the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA). ALBA’s The Harvest of Faith Farm Stand Project aims to bring healthy local produce to faith communities while supporting beginning, small-scale farmers. The farmers receive a fair price for their corps by selling directly to the consumer. In return, parishioners get fresh, affordable, organic produce while building solidarity with their local farmers.
The farmers assigned to St. Mary’s are the Bucio brothers, Rigoberto and Adolpho. In 2008, Rigoberto graduated from ALBA’s Farmer Education Program where he and his younger brother learned organic agricultural practices and the tools to establish a successful business as small organic farmers.
In the Spring of 2011, the first anniversary of our partnership, St. Mary’s hosted a successful event (Sowing Seeds of Friendship) to help raise awareness and funds for the program and to assist in supporting the brothers’ educational endeavors. At the event we exhibited works of local artist, Warren Chang, whose oil paintings of figures in landscapes have won international acclaim. Warren has since made a painting of Rigoberto, which can be seen on Warren’s website.
Beginning in the Fall, 2011 Rigoberto has had to spend his Sundays at the farm, and Adolpho (who is completing his first year at California State University Monterey Bay) has been at St. Mary’s each week to continue what feels like a long-standing tradition. Please, come and meet Adolpho, sample delicious, locally grown organic produce, and support this important project—where everyone is a winner.
St. Mary’s Recieves the Cool Congregation Certificate
The Interfaith Power & Light recognizes St. Mary’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church as a Cool Congregation for completing the 2011 Cool Congregation Challenge in the categories of Energy Efficency and Grounds & Water Conservation.