The Lion's Roar
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Chenango Bridge, NY
March 2013
From the Rector... 
    I made my wife laugh with this joke.
    Q:   How many babysitters does it take to change a lightbulb?
    A:   None - they don't make Pampers that small.
    Here's one I think is interesting:
    Q:  How many churchgoers does it take to change a lightbulb?
    Change is hard for us church folk.  But we have to make a change this year in our Easter Sunday schedule, and it's because we have a nice problem.  For the past two years, we have not been able to fit everyone into our church building who wishes to attend one of our Easter services!
    So please pay attention to our service schedule for Sunday, March 31, Easter Day: 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. are the three celebrations of Holy Eucharist.  You'll find each service describer later in the newsletter.
    We may have to keep the change!
                                                                           Father  Mark
Laughs for Lent 
    We are having fun with our Lenten program this year!  It continues at 11:30 on Sundays in March in the undercroft.  Father Mark's friend Rabbi Tziona Szajman of Temple Isreal in Vestal will join us for the first three Sundays of March.  The two clergy companeros call their presentation "A Priest & a Rabbi Walk into a Bar -- Humor & Faith."   
    Rabbi Tziona will share humor from the classic texts of Judaism (the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud) her first week.  On her other two weeks, she will explore humor as a way to cope with suffering; and humor as a way to keep us honest and humble as religious people.
    Each session is independent, so if you missed any, that's okay.  But you won't want to miss any more of the fun!  Coffee hour refreshments are part of it all!
Easter Flowers
     Easter is one of those special times when the church (Karen Van Kleeck and the Altar Guild) goes all out in its decorations. 
    If you would like to contribute towards the Easter flowers you can make a donation to the Altar Guild by filling out the form found in the Sunday bulletins and placing it in the offertory along with your donation.  Then be sure to be here on Easter Day to share in the joy of the resurrection and to see what creations they come up with this year!
The Original Lent - Triduum at St. Mark's
     The earliest preparation for Easter was not the 40-day Lenten period we think of now, but a three day "mini-Lent" of the significant days of Holy Week.  The official, churchy word for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter is the "Triduum."
    Maundy Thursday comes on March 28 this year.  "Maundy" is an old English term derived from the Latin "mandatum," meaning "commandment."  This is the night Jesus gave the New Commandment to remember him in the Bread and Cup, and to wash one another's feet in service.  We will hold a special St. Mark's Table on this night.  At 6:00 p.m., we will begin with a potluck meal in the undercroft (bring a dish to pass and your own place setting).  Then the Rector will lead us in meditation, Scripture, and music, concluding with Eucharist around the Table.  The first Eucharist was at a dinner table on that night before Jesus died.
    Good Friday, March 29, is the day of commemoration of the Cross.  At noon, the Rector will lead the service of Stations of the Cross in the sanctuary, along with the Solemn Collects and Intercessions of Good Friday.
    Jesus said, "I no longer call you servants, but peace I leave with you...Do this for the remembrance of me..."
Easter Day: A New Schedule
    Please note our schedule of services on Easter Sunday, March 31.
    At 7:30 a.m., a traditional Eucharist will be offered.  There will not be music, but it will be a joyful service nonetheless.
    At 9:00 a.m., a contemporary Eucharist will be offered.  This service will be less formal, but no less joyful.  Father Mark will lead the singing with his guitar.
    At 11:00 a.m., the classic Eucharist will be offered.  Our choir will sing, and Father Mark will play trumpet on the processional hymn.
    We are trying a new thing this year, and the reason is to enable all who wish to attend an Easter service into our beautiful but compact church building!  Please choose a service, and come with an open heart!  Christ is risen!
 Our Bishop will Visit! 
      On the Sunday after Easter, April 7, the Rt. Rev. Gladstone B. Adams III, the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, will be with us at St. Mark's.  "Bishop Skip" will celebrate and preach at both the 8:00 and 10:00 services on that day, so let's give him a warm welcome.  He is a great friend to Father Mark and to our parish, and his visits are always a great pleasure.
 And our Bishop will Confirm!
   On the Sunday after Easter, April 7, Bishop Adams will officiate at the annual District Confirmation service at 3:00 in the afternoon.  St. Mark's is hosting this service again this year.
    Our Prayer Book says that, while we do baptize babies and children, it is expected that adults will make a public affirmation of faith in the presence of the Bishop to "confirm" that baptism.  This rite is called "Confirmation," and is a once-in-a-lifetime event.  However, some people already confirmed wish to re-affirm their commitment, and this called "Re-affirmation of Baptismal Vows," and is also done in the presence of the Bishop with laying on of his hands.  In addition, some adults join the Episcopal Church after being confirmed in the past by a Roman Catholic or Orthodox Bishop; these individuals, who have already been confirmed by a Bishop in the apostolic succession, are "received" into the Episcopal Church by our Bishop.
    If you are interested in being Confirmed, or Received, or Reaffirming, please talk to Father Mark!  It would be an honor. 
 The Book Club's Pick of the Month 
    Our March selection is Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman.  Feldman, raised in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn, NY, gives us special insight into a closed and repressive world.  Unorthodox is a captivating story about a young woman determined to live her own life at any cost.
                                                                              Lill Ruf 
Church Women United
     The Church Women United are meeting on Friday, March 1, 10 a.m. - Noon at the Chenango Bridge United Methodist Church.
    All are welcome to this free World Day of Prayer service.  The service includes devotions, singing, and a program with the theme of "I was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me."
    A light lunch is served at about 11:30.  The other 2 meetings this Spring are April 13 and May 3.  Please consider attending. 
Attention All Women
       The St. Mark's Women's Retreat will be held at Sky Lake Retreat Center on Saturday and Sunday, April 27th and 28th.  We will start at 10:00 a.m. Saturday and end around 2:00 p.m. Sunday.  The cost will be $78.00 per person. Linen service is included and rooms are shared.
    Registration is now open.  Please call Mary Taylor to reserve your spot.  Your money must be in the church office no later than Sunday, April 7th.  If you are paying by check, please make the check out to me.  That makes life much easier for all involved.  Scholarship aid is available.
    Please remember to bring with you or to include with your payment a card on which is:
     * Your name and address
     * Emergency contact names with telephone numbers
     * Known allergies and health conditions which might require treatment while  
        at the retreat
    Thanks.  We are looking forward to a wonderful time together.  There will be more to follow in the next newsletter.
                                                                            The Rev. Judith Kessler
Youth Group Pizza
         Father Mark needs pizza, so it's time for a youth group meeting.  Let's get together on Sunday, March 10, at 4:00 p.m. for pizza, talk and games.  The group is for all kids in grades 7-12 and is led by Sabrina & Eric Laine and Father Mark.
Church School
     Regular classes continue to be well attended - thanks to our wonderful teachers!  
    The children have been working on a few Lenten projects beginning in February.  If you've noticed the black box in front of the altar and missed the explanation; it holds an Easter surprise.  You know that word we can't say during Lent - the a-word?  Well, the children made a whole lot of them and hid them away in the box.  Can't wait to see them reappear for Easter! 
    Those children whose parents are staying for Father Mark's Lenten Program on Sunday mornings are also working on some take home projects.  They are crafting beads that they will use to make their own Prayer Beads.  They will also be working on mosaic crosses.
                                                                             Mary Taylor
                                                                             Christian Education 
March Birthdays
Melissa Hill 3/1                            
                     Christine Lockwood  3/11   
Arna O'Neill  3/2                             Jack Abbey  3/11/98
Austen Ferranti  3/3                                  Ann Range  3/12
Jessica Stanton  3/3
                       Breanna Whetsell  3/14
Trina Cooney  3/4                      Kate Henderson  3/14/95
Audrey Arnold  3/4/97                            Dorothy Pierce  3/18
Vivienne Ciotoli  3/5                            Glenn Williams  3/19
Luke Reid  3/5/2011                               Dana Stasko  3/21
William Merrell  3/5                                   Shiloh Hill  3/22
Elias Laroussi  3/6/2011                       Emily Phelps  3/24/2009
James Rosar  3/6                                  Tom Cirmo  3/25
Eric Boyce  3/6                              Pat Henderson 3/25
Faye Johnson  3/8                               Carole Petley  3/28
Jane Buchinsky  3/8                                 Nancy Cady  3/29
Matthew Stanton  3/8                           Molly Hall  3/29/2008
Marcia Valenti  3/10                             Barbara Fisher  3/30
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Anniversaries in March
Michael & Melissa Hill  3/3/83
Troy & Mandy Black  3/14/98
Don & Sandy MacDuffee  3/14/70 
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For Your Calendar
CHOW Sunday - 1st Sunday of every month
8 & 10 a.m. 1st Sunday of month at 8 a.m. Rite I and Healing,
                                                     10 a.m.  Rite II and Healing
                   Remainder of Sundays - Holy Eucharist - Rite II
EASTER SERVICES - 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. March 31
9am Bible Study - every week
10am Church School -every week - unless otherwise noted
11:30 a.m. Choir Rehearsal - every week - unless otherwise noted
11:00 a.m. Canteen - every 4th Sunday - March 24
11:30 a.m. A Priest and A Rabbi (Lenten Program) March 3, 10, & 17
12:30 a.m Vestry meeting - March 17 - Note time Change
4:00 p.m. E.Y.F. Meeting
5:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross and Soup & Bread Supper March 3,10 & 17 
7 p.m. Al-Anon - every week
9 a.m.  Guy's Breakfast at Red Oak - every second & fourth Tuesday
1 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry - every second Wednesday
1 p.m. Women's Luncheon @ Cortese Restaurant - March 20
7 p.m. Bad Girls of the Bible @ Peterson's home 
7 p.m. Altar Guild Meeting - March 20 in Lounge
7 a.m. Men's Group at Red Oak - every week
7:30 a.m. Women's Group at Denny's - every week
9 a.m. Morning Prayer - every week - unless otherwise noted
6 p.m. Weight Watchers - every week - unless otherwise noted
Rector at Commission on Ministry in Liverpool on March 14
Rector at Clergy Quiet Day on March 21
6 p.m. Maundy Thursday - St. Mark's Table - March 28
12 Noon Good Friday Liturgy & Stations of the Cross - March 29
1 p.m. Singles Ministry - March 15- out to lunch weather permitting
6 p.m. Quilters - 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of month 
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 458, Chenango Bridge, NY,