The Lion's Roar
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Chenango Bridge, NY
December 2014
From the Church Guy
     "Advent" is an old Latin church word, and it means "Don't go crazy!"
     OK, maybe that's not quite accurate.  But the season of Advent, which leads up to Christmas, SHOULD be a message to us not to go nuts with all the craziness in our culture around Christmas.  Our culture wants us to buy too much, eat too much, and schedule too much.
     So when you hear the word "Advent," think "Don't go crazy!"  Give yourself an early Christmas gift:  some time for quiet.  Stay cool.  Keep it slow.
     And if you do, you just might find extra meaning and joy in the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child.
                                                                         Father Mark +
Lock in Our Youth
     We're having another overnight in the church for the youth group.  Led by Father Mark and Eric & Sabrina Laine, the youth fellowship is made up of our 7th-12th graders.  On Friday, December 5, we'll gather at 7:00 p.m.  Kids are to bring snacks to share, a sleeping bag and pillow, and toiletries.  We'll finish in the morning at 8:30.  It's always a good time!
 Calling New Bakers!
     Would you like to learn to bake our popular Sunday communion bread?  Some of our bakers have retired, and we'd be happy to have some new bakers.  Paula Giroux is the leader of our bakers' guild, and would be happy to give you the recipe for you to try.  Our four current bakers (Paula, Laura Chestnut, Trina Cooney, and Theresa Brom) would be glad for your help.  Talk to Father Mark or to Paula herself (648-2365).  The people of St. Mark's would thank you!
 St. Mark's Table, Christmas Edition
     Our December St. Mark's Table is a tradition hosted by Father Mark and his wife Paula.  The first part is as usual -- we'll gather in the undercroft at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16 for a potluck meal (bring a dish to share and your own place setting).  But after we eat together, we will adjourn to the sanctuary upstairs where Father Mark will lead the singing of Christmas carols from our hymnal, accompanied by Paula at the organ.  Come eat, and come and adore the Christ Child!    
 Christmas Services at St. Mark's
4:00 p.m. Children's Eucharist
     This service is designed to be especially child-friendly, but of course people of all ages are welcome.  It lasts 40 minutes or less, but does include Eucharist, or Holy Communion.  The service begins with Father Mark leading simple songs, and telling the story of the first Christmas, with the children in the congregation providing the sound effects.
7:00 p.m. - Candlelit Eucharist
     This service is a full celebration of the Eucharist, with the lovely custom of lighting candles at the end of the service as we sing "Silent Night."
10:00 p.m. - Eucharist with Choir and Candles
     This service is a full celebration of the Eucharist, with our choir leading us in the music, and the lighting of candles at the end of the service as we sing "Silent Night." 
9:00 a.m. - Christmas Eucharist
     This service follows the old English custom of a worship service on Christmas morning.  While there is no music, it is a full celebration of the Eucharist, and is especially helpful to people who do not wish to drive in the hours of darkness.
 Church School
     We have begun practicing this year's Christmas pageant, HAY! A Stable Experience, which will be on Sunday, December 21, during  the second service.  Rehearsals will be on Sunday mornings, so children wishing to be in the pageant need to be here.  We will also have rehearsals on Saturday, December 13 and 20 at 9:30 a.m.
                                                                              Mary Taylor
                                                                             Christian Ed. Director
St. Mark's Book Club's  
    Our latest read was THE LIAR'S CLUB by Mary Karr, a dark, sassy, disturbing's the story of an unconventional, spirited childhood, and of parents whose love for their children was fierce and enduring, but desperately flawed.
                                                                                      Lillian Ruf 
An Opportunity for Young Musicians
     St. Mark's is offering young musicians the opportunity to share their musical talent(s) at the 10 o'clock service.  Participants must study with a private and/or school music teacher who provides instruction to students at an individual lesson or small group setting.  Participants must select a piece/song appropriate for a church setting; please see Mrs. Ferranti with any ideas or questions.
December Birthdays
Patricia Weller 12/1   Meliss Mellen 12/16
Jacob Pierson 12/3/98
Phoebe McKee 12/17  
Larry Sweet 12/4   Debora Gardner 12/17
Sue Crabbs 12/8
Holly Sensenig 12/19
Krista O'Brien 12/10
Gerry Cooney 12/20
Terri Belveg 12/11
Ashlyn Rowley 12/23/99
Sandra Shaw 12/12 Jo Doolittle 12/24
Kate Abbey 12/12 Joette Klein 12/27
Arabelle Laine 12/12/12 Chris Sweet 12/29
Chris Brom 12/14 Steve Carr 12/30
Anthonie Brito 12/16/99 Chris Allen 12/30
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Anniversaries in December
William & Sandy Nichols 12/17/94
Bill & Terry Black 12/18/71
Dave & Peggy Knox 12/22/61
Eric & Judi Laine 12/23/82
George & Ann Dohanich 12/28
Nick & Stephanie Crandall 12/29/13
John & Lorrie Spear 12/30/72
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For Your Calendar in December
December 1
 7pm            Al-Anon
December 4
 7am            Men's Group @ Red Oak
 7:30am       Women's Group @ Denny's
 9am            Morning Prayer
 6pm            Weight Watchers
December 5
1pm             Singles Ministry
7pm             EYF Overnight begins
December 6
8:30am       EYF Overnight ends
December 7   -  CHOW Sunday
8am             Holy Eucharist - Rite I & Healing
9am             Bible Study
10am           Holy Eucharist & Healing
10am           Church school
11:30am      Choir rehearsal
11:30am      Fellowship meeting
December 8
7pm            Al-Anon
December 9
9am            Guys' Breakfast @ Red Oak
December 10 
1pm            Prayer Shawl Ministry
December 11
7am            Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am       Women's Group @ Denny's
9am            Morning Prayer
6pm            Weight Watchers
December 12
6pm            Wedding Rehearsal
December 13
9:30am       Pageant Rehearsal
4pm            Morris/Whetsell Wedding
December 14
8 & 10am    Holy Eucharist 
9am            Bible Study
10am          Church School
11am          Choir Rehearsal
December 15
7pm            Al-Anon
December 16 
6pm            St. Mark's Table, Christmas Edition 
December 18
7am            Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am       Women's Group @ Denny's
9am            Morning Prayer
6pm            Weight Watchers
December 19
1pm            Singles Minsitry
December 20
9:30am      Pageant Rehearsal
1pm           Baptism and reception
December 21 - Canteen
8am            Holy Eucharist
9am            Bible Study
10am          Children's Christmas Pageant and Holy Eucharist
11:30am     Choir Rehearsal
11:30am     Vestry meeting
December 22
7pm            Al-Anon
December 23
9am            Guy's Breakfast
December 24 - Christmas Eve
4pm            Children's Eucharist
7pm            Candlelit Eucharist
10pm          Eucharist with Choir and Candles
December 25 - Christmas Day
9am            Christmas Eucharist 
December 28
 8 & 10am    Holy Eucharist
 9am            Bible Study
 10am          No Church school
 11:30am     Choir Rehearsal
December 29
7pm           Al-Anon
January 1 - Office Closed - No Morning Prayer at Church
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 458, Chenango Bridge, NY,