The Lion's Roar
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Chenango Bridge, NY
July 2016
From the Church Guy
     "Sunshine can be delicious...rain can be refreshing...wind can be bracing... clouds can be contemplative...snow can be exhilarating. In the right frame of mind, there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." A British writer, John Ruskin, said that.
     I happen to love the southern tier in all weathers. But I know that winter is difficult for some people. My dad says that from May through October, there's no better place to live than upstate New York.
     So however you feel about winter, now is a glorious time. "The earth is the Lord's," and there is so much beauty in creation for us to appreciate. Be sure to keep eyes and heart open in these days!
     But remember, as Linus once said to Charlie Brown, "Summers fly. Winters walk." So savor each day!
     Mark +     
     P.S. I'll be on vacation from June 29 through July 12.  That means I'll be away on the Sundays July 3 and 10.  The Rev. Judy Kessler will once again graciously serve as our supply priest.  I hope you have fun with her the way you have fun with me...and she does, too!  Big thanks to her for covering for me.  (And in case of pastoral emerencies, please call one of our wardens - Jeff Jacobs 648-4911, Stacey Gridley 648-4225, or the office 648-4400.)
A New Stove for St. Mark's Kitchen
     After some long deliberations by various individuals and committees, the Vestry has decided it's time to replace the big old gas stove in the kitchen.  So this summer, that venerable appliance will be removed and replaced with a new double oven, with multiple stovetop burners and a grill.  A hood for safety will also be installed.  Stay tuned, and we hope you'll be patient if any inconvenience results from the project.
Electing Our Next Bishop
     The Search Committee has chosen four nominees as possibilities for our next Bishop and a fifth has been nominated from outside the Search Committee process.  The election will take place on Saturday, August 6, in Liverpool.  The successful candidate must be elected in the two "houses" of voters: clergy of the diocese, and lay representatives from each parish.
     Representing St. Mark's at that election will be the Revs. Mark Giroux, Dorothy Pierce, and Judy Kessler as clergy delegates, and Andy Pierce and Jeff Jacobs as lay delegates.  The new bishop must gain a majority of votes in the lay order AND in the clerical order.  The process often takes multiple ballots.
     There will be a "Walkabout" event in the southern tier to introduce these candidates to us personally.  It is scheduled for Saturday, July 23, at St. Paul's in Owego, and everyone is welcome to attend.  Your clergy and lay delegates will certainly be there, but you, too, are welcome to come meet these five individuals who are being considered as candidates for the next Bishop of Central New York.
     If you have questions, talk to any of these clergy or lay delegates from St. Mark's.  And you are welcome to go to the bishop election website to read about these five candidates:
 Please Sign Up to Help at the July Canteen
     On the fourth Sunday of the month (July 24), St. Mark's will provide the food and volunteers for the Sunday hot meal program at our sister parish, Trinity Memorial in Binghamton.  Can you sign up to help?  It's just a couple of hours of work that will make a huge difference in the lives of our needy neighbors.  The sign-up sheet is on the church bulletin board.
 What's Up With the Book Club
     For April, we will discuss Margaret Atwood's "A Handmaid's Tale", a novel set in a dystopic future America -- now a repressive Bible-inspired regime where a young woman is put in sexual slavery due to her now-rare fertility.  Criminalized because of her attempt to escape, the heroine, Kate, is sentenced to become a handmaid, whose job is to bear the children of the high-ranking security officer to whom she is assigned.  Although ruthlessly trained to perform her single role, Kate still has her own mind and finds some others prepared to resist.  
     The book club will meet at Denny's Restaurant on Front Street on Monday, July 11 at 1 p.m.
Why You Won't Get Sick Sharing a Communion Cup
     (The Vestry asked Father Mark to give a bit of liturgical education in The Lion's Roar each month.  This article is from "The Episcopal Handbook," and you may find it helpful.)
     In this age of hand sanitizers, it may appear a bit unseemly for a whole church full of people to actually drink out of the same chalice.  Won't I catch a cold or pass on the flu?  Actually, sharing a common cup isn't as hazardous as one might suspect.
     Most Episcopal churches use real wine - and then some; we use fortified wine such as port.  This has a high alcohol contect, killing off most every germ.
     Not long ago a Canadian doctor named David Gould did research into illnesses passed through a common cup and found churchgoers more likely to get sick from airborne infections than from a shared chalice.  "If communion cups were a danger there would be cases of mass infections," he wrote, and there aren't.
     However, if you still feel uncomfortable drinking the wine (or are a recovering alcoholic), it is not essential to receiving Christ at Communion.  Episcopalians believe Christ is equally present in both the consecrated bread and the wine, so receiving one, the other, or both, gets you no more (or less) of Christ's presence.
July Birthdays
Crystal Howland 7/2
Terry Black 7/11
Mina Tio 7/3  
Bill Henderson 7/11
Tim Carr 7/5 Ron Bertram 7/12
Dana Ferranti 7/5
Nathaniel Phelps 7/13
Peg Prentice 7/5
Cristina Phelps 7/13
Mike Hilla 7/5
Jan Kloda 7/14
Dave Knox 7/7 Faith White 7/15
Robert Deyo 7/7
Greg Moochler 7/17
Leslie Resciniti 7/8
Troy Black 7/18
Stephen Valenti 7/9
Margaret Hayes 7/19
Douglas Leigh 7/10 Eric Laine, Sr. 7/27
Janee Valenzuela 7/10 Sue Praefke 7/29
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Anniversaries in July
Jim Rosar & Janet Zapata 7/4/2006
William & Susan Thomas 7/6/96
Don & Judy Heller 7/8/61
Gary & Pat Henderson 7/13/1985
Eric & Sabrina Laine 7/14/2007
Chris & Theresa Brom 7/29/2000
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For Your Calendar in July
     July 1 -  Father Mark on vacation untill 7/13
1pm             Singles Ministry
July 3 -  CHOW Sunday
8am             Holy Eucharist - Rite 1
9am             Bible Study
10am           Holy Eucharist
July 4 - Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July
7pm             Al-Anon
July 7
7am             Men's Group - Red Oak
7:30am        Women's Group - Denny's
9am             Morning Prayer
6pm             Weight Watchers
July 9
                   Baptism of Benjamin Hine
July 10
8 & 10am     Holy Eucharist
9am             Bible Study
July 11
1pm             Book Club @ Denny's
7pm             Al-Anon
July 12
9am             Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak
July 13 - Father Mark back in office
July 14
7am             Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am        Women's Group @ Denny's
9am             Morning Prayer
6pm             Weight Watchers
July 15
1pm             Singles Ministry 
July 17
8 & 10am      Holy Eucharist
9am              Bible Study
July 18
7pm             Al-Anon
July 20
1pm            Women's Luncheon @ Cortese
July 21
7am            Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am       Women's Group @ Denny's
9am            Morning Prayer
6pm            Weight Watchers
July 23
11-1pm       Walkaround
July 24
 8 & 10am    Holy Eucharist & Healing
9am            Bible Study
11am          Trinity Feeding Canteen
July 25
7pm            Al-Anon
July 26
9am            Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak
July 28
7am             Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am        Women's Group @ Denny's
9am             Morning Prayer
6pm             Weight Watchers
July 31
8 & 10am     Holy Eucharist
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 458, Chenango Bridge, NY,