The Lion's Roar
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Chenango Bridge, NY
December 2012
From the Rector...
     I want to thank the people of St. Mark's for your support to Paula and me.  For those who have not heard, she was diagnosed with breast cancer two days before Thanksgiving.  She is having surgery (tomorrow, as I write this), and we are sure all will be well and she will be fine without further treatment.
     Your prayers, above all, make the difference for us.  Your cards, emails and words of love and support mean the world to us.
     St. Mark's Church is not really my job or my church as much as you are my family.  I hope you will always receive the strength from our community that my wife and I feel.  May God's blessings fill you to overflowing.
                                                                                                                       Father Mark
     The annual Christmas Caroling party will be on Saturday, December 15.  We meet at church at 3:00 p.m. and go out together to sing to some of our homebound members.  After we lose out voices, we always come back to church for a party.  There will be a sign-up sheet, and Janet Zapata is organizing the gathering at church.  Father Mark is planning our destinations and our singing.  It's always great fun!
     Christmas Eve is Monday, December 24, and you have three choices for a time to gather for Eucharist in honor of the Christ Child.
      4:00 p.m. - The Children's Eucharist.  This service is designed to last around a half hour in order to be especially welcoming to small children.  It's a noisy, joyful Eucharist with some singing and storytelling.
      7:00 p.m. - The Family Eucharist.  This service is often our most well-attended, and features our chime choir.
      10:00 p.m. - The Choral Eucharist - This service is an hour earlier this year (your Rector is getting older and a tad less energetic), and features our adult choir.
     Whichever service is best for you, come join us to sing to our newborn King! 
 From the Knitting Room
    Our request for prayer shawls has been higher than normal this year.  If you would like to contribute to the Prayer Shawl Ministry, it would be greatly appreciated.  All money would be used to purchase yarn.
                                                                                                            Many thanks,
                                                                                                                      Claire Ernstrom
St. Mark's Table on December 18
    Following our custom for the past several years, our December editon of the St. Mark's Table is not like the other months.  We gather as usual at 6:00 p.m. in the undercroft; bring a dish to share and your own place setting.  But then we adjourn to the sanctuary, where Mark and Paula Giroux will lead a carol sing, using your favorite Christmas carols from the hymnal.
December Youth Group Get-Together
    The kids in grades 7-12 are invited to our December gathering with Father Mark, Eric and Sabrina Laine on Sunday, December 9, at 11:30.  Food will be provided - we'll have a "make your own sub" party.  Our job will be to encourage Sabrina with her very last week before their new baby is born!
Third Annual Youth Group Reunion
    If you were part of the St. Mark's Episcopal Youth Fellowship back when you were in high school, you are invited to a reunion!  On Sunday, December 30, at noon, come for pizza and fun with Father Mark.  (It's of his favorite things all year!) 
This is What's Happening in Church School
     We have begun rehearsing for our Children's Christmas pageant.  It is entitled "Just a Little Christmas"; and I'm sure it will be enjoyed by all who come to see it.  The date is Sunday, December 23, during the 10 o'clock service.  Rehearsals are on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. on December 1, 8, 15 and 22 and on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on December 9 and 16.  Please try to have your children be at as many rehearsals as possible.  Thank you! 
  On December 14, we will be offering a Children's Christmas party.  It will begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and continue with crafts, games and a movie - ending around 9 p.m.  This is open to all children in Pre-K through 6th grade.  Sign up sheets are on the bulletin board.  A few helpers are needed - teens or adults.   
                                                                                                     Mary Taylor, Christian Education Director
Patricia Weller  12/1
Anthonie Brito  12/16/99
Deborah Rogers  12/1
Melissa Mellen  12/16
Jacob Pierson  12/3/98 
Phoebe McKee  12/17
Larry Sweet  12/4/61
Debora Gardner  12/17
Kate Marquardt  12/6/49
Holly Sensenig  12/19
Sue Crabbs  12/8
Gerry Cooney  12/20
Christopher Moppert  12/9/2007
Heidi Young  12/22
Michael Moppert  12/9/2007
Pete  Schiraldi  12/22
Krista O'Brien  12/10
Ashlyn Rowley  12/23/2000
Terri Belveg  12/11
Jo Doolittle  12/24
Sandra Shaw  12/12
Chris Marter  12/27
Kate Abbey  12/12
Steve Carr  12/20
Judy Aiken  12/13
Chris Allen  12/30
Chris Brom  12/14 Eileen Rowley  12/30
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Jon & Jessica Hall  12/8/07
William & Sandy Nichols  12/17/94
Bill & Terry Black  12/18/71
Dave & Peggy Knox  12/22/61
Eric & Judy Laine  12/23/82
George & Ann Dohanich  12/28
John & Lorrie Spear  12/30/72
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December 2012
Sunday                             Monday                        Tuesday                Wednesday                Thursday                Friday                  Saturday
12/2                                  12/3                             12/4                      12/5                             12/6                       12/7                     12/8
CHOW                                                                                                                                          7am MG                                            
8am HE Rite I &                                                                                                                         730am WG             1pm Singles
      Healing                                                                                                                                  9am MP                                                         
9am Bible Study              7pm Al-Alon                                                                                    6pm WW    
10am HE/Healing
10am Church School
1130am Choir
12/9                                  12/10                          12/11                    12/12                           12/13                    12/14                    12/15
8 & 10am HE                                                         9am The Guy's                                         7am MG           
9am Bible Study                                                    Breakfast                                                 730am WG                                                        
10am Church School                                                                          1pm Prayer                9am MP            5:30 Childrens            3pm Caroling
1130am Choir                  7pm Al-Anon                                                Shawl                       6pm WW           Christmas Party                                     
12/16                                12/17                         12/18                    12/19                           12/20                    12/21                    12/22
 8 & 10am HE                                                                                                                             7am MG                                                              
9am Bible Study                                                                                                                        730am WG                                                       
10am Church School                                                                         1pm Women's              9am MP                                                          
1130am Choir                 7pm Al-Anon            6pm St. Mark's                                             6pm WW                                                                     
1130am Vestry                                                       Table                                                                                                                                           
12/23                              12/24                           12/25                   12/26                             12/27                   12/28                    12/29
8am HE                                                                                                                                         7am MG                                                                    
9am Bible Study           4pm HE                                                                                                 730am WG
10am Pageant/HE       7pm HE                      Christmas
                                         10pm HE                         Day                                                              6pm WW  
8 & 10 am HE
9am Bible Study
10am No Church School
11:30am Choir
12n EYF Reunion
                                                                                                                                                                      HE = Holy Eucharist
                                                                                                                                                                      MG = Mens Group @ Red Oak
                                                                                                                                                                      WG = Womens Group @ Denny's
                                                                                                                                                                      MP = Morning Prayer
                                                                                                                                                                      WW = Weight Watchers
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St. Mark's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 458, Chenango Bridge, NY,