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A Reflection with Kristine Johnson

September 2019

Dear People of St. Mary's by-the-Sea,

My heart is full of joy and gratitude as I prepare to join you in ministry in beautiful Pacific Grove! I had my first glimpse of St. Mary's in March when I saw a notice that you were seeking a new rector. From my first click on your parish profile, with its picture of your Annunciation

window over the altar, I was smitten. I love your intentionality both to grow deep spiritual roots and bear rich fruit in the world, and I am eager to join with you in that work.

The Annunciation has always been a powerful image for me, because just as the angel came to Mary with a glorious, life-changing invitation, I am convinced that God has unique invitations for each of us. God plants dreams and gifts inside each of us in the hopes that we will bear those into the world, bringing healing, peace and love. What a beautiful privilege it will be to celebrate under the window that reminds us of that each time we gather for the Eucharist!

I am eager to meet each of you, to learn about your dreams and gifts, your joys and challenges, and to travel with you on the way of love. I pray our journey together will be full of wonder, joy and love, and I trust that in the power of the Holy Spirit it will be so.

May God’s peace be always with you.


The Victory of Love: Finding the Ultimate Healing

The St. Mary’s chapter of the Order of St. Luke is hosting a healing conference, September 13 and 14 at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Salinas.  Read more

Beauty and the Beast at the Outdoor Forest Theater

Join us Friday, September 6, to see Beauty and the Beast at a discounted price!  Read more

St. Joseph’s Guild Starting Up

In response to the need for maintenance, we're starting a new guild, named after a carpenter we all know and love. Join in!  Read more

Are You A “Foodie” Or A “Barista?”

Please consider signing up for coffee hour this September. Volunteers needed to make coffee, and provide and serve treats.  Read more

St. Mary's Choir Returns after Summer Break!

Choir rehearsal will begin again starting September 5, 7:00 pm. We welcome new members!  Read more

English Lessons and Camping Trip Featured in Honduras

The trip to Our Little Roses in Honduras was new in many ways this year.  Read more

Hogging the Buffet—Thoughts On Global Stewardship

In recent months, St. Mary's has been reducing our waste stream - from Parish camp to church kitchen.  Read more

Bywater Band kicks off Fall Celtic Concert Series

Elias Alexander and the Bywater Band, a talented young group from Boston, appears Wednesday, September 25th 2019, 7:00PM.  Read more

St. Mary’s Facebook page has been re-activated. Don’t forget to “like” us and please follow our news feed for updates and posts.

Upcoming Events

Friday, September 6th 1:30 pm: Prayer Shawl Meeting
Saturday, September 7, 10:00 am: Friends of Pacific Grove Library Book Sale
Sunday, September 8, 10:00 am: Choir Returns
Saturday, September 14, 5:00 pm: I-HELP Women
Monday, September 16, 7:00 pm: Vestry Meeting
Sunday, September 22, 7:00 pm: Celtic Concert
Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 pm: Celtic Concert
Sunday, September 29, 8:00 & 10:00 am: The Rev. Kristine Johnson's first Sunday
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