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Pictures from the Homecoming BBQ

Blessing of the Backpacks

Walking the Labyrinth at St. Mary’s

Friends of Homeless Women Meeting

Over 50 people attended the recent meeting for the Friends of Homeless Women and raised $3,000 from four generous attendees!

Thank You First Presbyterian Youth

Youth from First Presbyterian Monterey’s Vacation Bible School delivered food to the St. Mary’s food pantry and received an orientation to our Christian Social Concerns ministry.

56th Annual Antiques Show a Great Success!


The antiques show was a great success and we extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s show such a wonderful event.

June’s St. Mary’s Parish Camp

Held in late June at the All Saints Camp Ground in Big Sur. Parish Camp is a chance for young and old alike to bask in the sun, hike, swim, sing and worship together under the redwoods.

Mega Stash Yarn Sale Raises Over $12,000!


Hundreds of happy knitters have new yarn…and we have over $12,000! Thanks and more thanks to the dedicated thrift shop and prayer shawl ministry volunteers and their friends who worked so hard to make the June 8th Mega-Stash Yarn Sale such a success!

Our Little Roses Fundraiser Luncheon a Great Success!


What an energetic Pentecost! We did it...raised $5,000 to allow a new sports area and to reinforced a wall for the girls of Our Little Roses in Honduras.

Muchas gracias Kirsten for your leadership and passion and to St. Mary’s Youth Group for your hard work and organization. Very grateful for the generosity of so many who made this possible. The red brick wall, created by the Youth Group, represents $5,000 in gifts.

A Baleada lunch, traditional in Honduras, musical entertainment and popsicles, capped a delightful day. OLR, we hope to be with you in 2014!

Worship Service at Point Lobos


Father Michael lead a “Worship Service” at Point Lobos on Sunday, April 21, and the weather was beautiful! Attendees walked the Cypress Grove Trail, with its scented chaparral, picturesque trees, and stunning ocean views. It was a wonderful day!

PYSANKY—Ukrainian Egg Painting Workshop a Great Success!


St. Mary’s by-the-Sea hosted a special Ukrainian egg painting workshop on Saturday, February 23rd. For centuries people of the Ukraine have written Paschal (Easter) greeting to friends and family members on eggs instead of paper. These messages of health, prosperity, wealth, and new life and hope are not expressed in ordinary script. Instead, they are incorporated in elaborate designs and symbols tediously written onto the egg shell.

Pysanky comes from the Ukrainian verb “pysaty” meaning “to write”. Each egg is a unique masterpiece of inter-twining symbolism and color that will last indefinitely with proper care and handling.

Adolfo is Back!

Adolfo helping a customer.

After a long dry winter, Adolfo has returned to offer local organic produce on Sunday mornings (9:00 a.m. Noon) at St. Mary’s by-the-Sea. We couldn’t be happier. Members of the congregation, passersby and community members all enjoy his delicious fruit and vegetables, as well as the benefit of his friendship—now a three year relationship with the Bucio family and ALBA Farmers. Come to St. Mary’s and enjoy the bounty!

Congratulations St. Mary’s Youth Group!

The Youth Group is part of the large Nets for Life group that successfully met the goal of raising over $5,000,000 for malaria nets! That is over 416,000 nets which have the potential to save over 3/4 million plus lives. Well done!

The Scholarship Project


The Scholarship Project Brochure

Help support The Scholarship Project. Click here for more details.

St. Mary's Awarded 2012 Energy Oscar


Heidi Zamzow, REv. Sally G. Bingham, and Emily Griffith

St. Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church in Pacific Grove, CA was awarded the 2012 Energy Oscar for Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency by California Interfaith Power and Light, at a gala event that took place on Tuesday, November 13th at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

Pictured here are St. Mary's Green Team co-chairs, Heidi Zamzow (L) and Emily Griffith (R) as they were congratulated by The Rev. Sally G. Bingham (Center), President. St. Mary's major retrofitting of its lighting and heating systems, along with its attention to water usage (through plumbing and land irrigation), recycling program, environmental education and community outreach activities evidenced this faith community's comprehensive efforts to be good stewards of God's Creation, and resulted in the achievement of this prestigious award.

Becoming Visible: The Face of Homeless Women
in Monterey County


Becoming Visble Flyer

Becoming Visible: The Face of Homeless Women in Monterey County is the result of a multi-faith collaboration led by The Reverends Michael Reid of St. Mary's by the Sea Episcopal church, Kathy Whilden of the Monterey Zen Center, and Robert Reese of the Monterey Zen Center.

This multi-media art exhibit includes photography, audio, video and narrative text exploring the lives of homeless women in Monterey County. The exhibit takes a multi-layered look at the unique issues and metaphors confronting homeless women in our communities. The exhibit is free to the public and runs from November 9th through December 14th. The opening reception will be November 9th from 5-7pm, is free to the public and will offer refreshments, music, and film screening. Financial contributions to fund services that meet the unique needs of homeless women can be made out to The Fund for Homeless Women and mailed to Community Foundation for Monterey County, 2354 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940 For more information, please contact Fr. Michael Reid at (831) 373-4441 or email him at assosicaterector@stmarysbythesea.org. Thank you.

St. Mary's Selected 2012 Best Place to Worship in Pacific Grove


Becoming Visble Flyer

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 committee. The Pacific Grove Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the Pacific Grove area, each year identifying organizations that they believe have achieved exceptional success in their local community. The awardees, like St. Mary's by the Sea Episcopal Church, enhance the positive image of small businesses and organizations through service to their customers and the community-at-large.

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!

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