The Lion's Roar
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Chenango Bridge, NY
May 2016
From the Church Guy
     For the year 2016, I have a theme.  The line is one my daughter first said to me way back in 2001.  She said, "Lighten up, Godboy!"
     I do a lot of reading, and lately I've become fascinated by books outlining research on brain science, neurobiology, and the psychology of happiness.  Of course, I'm not reading technical scientific studies, but books by accomplished psychologists who are also talented writers, able to give laypersons clear explanations of this advanced research.
     Anyway, I'm pleased to tell you that being part of a faith community is good for you.  All studies on human happiness indicate that social connections - the kind of caring relationships we have at St. Mark's - are proven to increase health and happiness in measurable ways.
     Turns out my mom was right, though I resisted as a small child.  Going to church is good for you!
     See you in church!      
                                                                         Father Mark +
Eat, Sing and Be Merry
     Have you tried coming to the table?  The St. Mark's Table, that is.  On Tuesday, May 17, some of us will gather downstairs at 6 pm for a potluck meal.  The food is always good, because people bring food to share (as well as their own place settings).  We eat together and enjoy an opportunity for relaxed conversation with church friends.  At about 7, Father Mark pulls out his guitar and leads us in singing.  And then at about 7:15, we have a simple Eucharist around the table.  We are on our way rejoicing at 7:30.  Join us!    
 Please Help with the Canteen
     Our next date to serve a hot meal to the needy is Sunday, May 22.  Can you sign up?  It's two hours of your time and a small donation of food.  But it makes a huge difference, and gladdens the heart of Christ!
 What's New in Sunday School
      Our Youth Sunday service is on May 1 at the 10 o'clock.  This is when the children take an active part in the worship service by reading the lessons, psalm, prayers of the people, Kid Stuff, and ushering.  It is also Rogation Sunday, a time when we pray for a fruitful harvest.  In accordance with that theme the Junior Youth Group is working on organizing a church grounds clean-up day.  The children made posters advertising the event and a sign-up sheet which will be on the side bulletin board.  If you can help please bring gloves, rakes, gardening tools, trimmers - large & small.  Food & beverages will be provided.  Come help make St. Mark's grounds beautiful!
     Pentecost Sunday is May 15 - the birthday of the Christian church.  The Sunday school will be hosting Coffee Hour at 10.  They will also be making decorations for the church.  Be sure to come and see their work!
                                                                                 Mary Taylor
                                                                                 Christian Ed. Director
 What's new for the Book Club
    For May, the group will discuss "All The Light We Cannot See," a novel by Anthony Doerr about the lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy during World War II.  The novel is unusually structured to play with time, immersing the reader in the vivid, unfolding experiences of each character, and providing two unique perspectives on the war.  The two characters are tied together through the importance of sound, from a portrayal of how senses become heightened with the loss of sight, to the power of media and propaganda.
 Liturgy Notes from the Rector
     At a recent Vestry meeting, it was suggested that I give a little instruction in the newsletter about our Sunday liturgies.  For example, at the 8:00 service, not everyone realizes that we have an Offertory Prayer, as I lift our offerings over the altar, symbolically presenting them to God.  The words of that prayer are actually from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, and some people don't know them.  The words are: "All things come of Thee, O Lord; and of Thine own have we given Thee."
     Another Vestry suggestion was to move the monthly prayers for healing to the last Sunday instead of the first Sunday.  At 8:00, we use Rite l at 8:00, which is longer than Rite ll, so adding the healing on top of that may not be the best idea.  I was happy to comply with that request, and now we'll offer prayers for healing on the last Sunday of each month.
     I am often asked for the words of the blessing we use at St. Mark's.  I love these words, and am happy to print them here again.  I found them in another church of the diocese, printed on a card in a pew rack.  "Life is short, and we do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those with whom we journey along the way.  So let us be swift to love, and make haste to be kind.  and the blessing of God Almighty..."
     Feel free to suggest questions I might address in future Liturgy Notes in the newsletter! 
 Kentucky Derby Day at Tioga Downs
     Janet Zapata Rosar is organizing a Fellowship outing to Tioga Downs on Saturday, May 7.  They will be leaving from St. Mark's at 3 p.m. Please be there by 2:45 if you want to car pool.  Hat contest winners are announced at 4:30 p.m.  Early post time is 5 p.m.  Derby will be on huge screen TV at 6:34 p.m.  Some of them are going to dinner at Denoli's at 7:30 p.m.  Please contact Janet Zapata Rosar if you would like to go: 607-624-3234.  Please check with your car pool driver as to their dinner plans.
May Birthdays
Stephanie Crandall 5/2
Bethany  Bertram 5/15/96
Gail Glood 5/2  
Denise Osterhout 5/15
Patrick Rowe 5/2/02 Janice Thompson 5/17
Virginia Gruver 5/3
Esther Finn 5/18
Lee Abbey 5/4/01
Lisa Hrehor 5/18
Chris Brewton 5/4
Philip Crooks 5/19
Melissa Rowley 5/4 Allison Abbey 5/20/12
Liam Van Kleeck 5/6/10
Lauren Gridley 5/22
Gerri Hilla 5/6 Nicholas Blaise 5/23/07
Maricela Valenzuela 5/9/07
John Spear 5/24
Susan Phelps 5/9 Steve Bodine 5/24
Dominic Benning 5/11/12 Janet Zapata 5/25
Patrick Cooney 5/11 Kayla Sweet 5/26
Bob Koval 5/11 Chuck Praefke 5/27
Karen O'Brien 5/11 Teddy Bryant 5/27
Shanna Laroussi 5/13 Kevin McCall 5/27
Jim Abbott 5/14 Sabrina Laine 5/29
Declan Easton 5/14/15 Eric Brom 5/29/01
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Anniversaries in May
Larry & Karen King 5/11/91
Dan & Audrey O'Brien 5/19/79
 Jeffrey Jacobs & Caroline Thomas 5/20/95
Chris & Lorraine Allen 5/20/78
Ethan & Elizabeth Mellen 5/22/09
Mark & Paula Giroux 5/29/76
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For Your Calendar in May
May 1 -  CHOW Sunday
8am             Holy Eucharist - Rite 1
9am             Bible Study
10am           Holy Eucharist
10am           Youth Sunday - Children upstairs  
11:30am      Choir Rehearsal
11:30am      Junior Youth Group Grounds Clean-Up
                   Women's Retreat
May 2
7pm             Al-Anon
May 5
7am             Men's Group - Red Oak
7:30am        Women's Group - Denny's
9am             Morning Prayer
6pm             Weight Watchers
May 6
1pm             Singles Ministry
May 8 - Mother's Day
8am             Holy Eucharist
9am             Bible Study
10am           Baptism - Chase Van Kleeck/Holy Eucharist
10am           Church school
11:30am      Choir Rehearsal
May 9
7pm             Al-Anon
May 10
9am             Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak
May 11
10am           Prayer Shawl Ministry
May 12
7am             Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am        Women's Group @ Denny's
9am             Morning Prayer
6pm             Weight Watchers
May 15 - Day of Pentecost
8 & 10am      Holy Eucharist
9am              Bible Study
10am            Church school
11:30am       Vestry meeting
11:30am       Choir Rehearsal
May 16
7pm             Al-Anon
May 17
6pm             St. Mark's Table
May 18
1pm             Womens Lucheon @ Cortese
May 19
7am            Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am       Women's Group @ Denny's
9am            Morning Prayer
6pm            Weight Watchers
May 20
1pm            Singles Ministry
May 22 - Trinity Sunday - Canteen
8am            Holy Eucharist
9am            Bible Study
10am          Baptism - Calliope Bertram/Holy Eucharist
10am          Church school
11am          Trinity Feeding Canteen
11:30am     Choir Rehearsal
May 23
7pm            Al-Anon
May 24
9am            Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak
May 25
7:30am       Father Mark at Clericus
May 26
7am             Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am        Women's Group @ Denny's
9am             Morning Prayer
6pm             Weight Watchers
May 29
8 & 10am     Holy Eucharist & Healing
9am             Bible Study
10am           Sunday School
11:30am      Choir Rehearsal
May 30 - Memorial Day
7pm            Al-Anon
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 458, Chenango Bridge, NY,