The Lion's Roar
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Chenango Bridge, NY
October 2013
From the Church Guy
      A priest and a rabbi walk into a bar...
     Once again, my friend, Rabbi Tziona Szajman, and I will offer our presentation on humor and religious faith.  We offered it through Binghamton University's Lyceum this past winter, and at St. Mark's for the 2013 Lenten Program.  Now we are inflicting it on the bishop, priests and deacons of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York as part of the annual clergy conference (October 3).
     You'll be there with me, in spirit, at least.  Since we began our relationship in January 1995, you have encouraged me to be the kind of priest I am, and that involves laughter and joy and celebration.  I brag about you to all the other clergy, and assure them that you have given me the gift of laughing along with me through the years. 
     If we were to adapt a famous Bible verse for this aspect of our life together, we might use John 3:16..."God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that all who believe in him should not perish, but have everlaughing life."
     Thanks!  And cheers!
                                                                         Father Mark +
 Come plan some fun!
      On October 6, following the 10:00 service, the Fellowship Commission will be meeting to plan upcoming events.  The purpose of Fellowship is to provide opportunities for our parish family to get together and have fun.  We strive to plan a variety of activities.  Please join us and bring your ideas for the coming year.  If you are not able to attend this meeting, please share your ideas with Laura Chestnut or Father Mark. 
Church School News
      St. Mark's Church school is off and running!  We are looking forward to another great year in and outside the classroom. Extras to look forward to are: a Fall party on 10/27, making lunches for the Canteen in November, a Christmas party in December; and  sleepovers for Kindergarten - 3rd grade, and for 4-6th.
     This year we are trying something new for our young teens.  On the 4th Sunday of each month we invite those in 7th-9th grade to meet in the undercroft to work on an outreach project.  We have great children and teens at St. Mark's and this group of teens has worked well together.  We'd like to see that teamwork and fellowship continue.  Theresa Brom is the brains behind this idea and will be the leader of the group.  Thank you, Theresa!
     We have another great group of volunteers as teachers - some are veterans and some are newbies.  They are: Pre-K-Kindergarten - Colleen Boyce, Erin Kasmarcik, Arden Meier; 1st-3rd - Kate Abbey, Shanna Laroussi, Diane Pierson, Caroline Thomas; 4th-6th - Mandy Black, Heather O'Connor, Chris Sweet.  If you get a chance please tell them how much you appreciate their time spent with your children.  I know I do!  
                                                                       Mary Taylor 
                                                                       Christian Education    
 St. Mark's Table is October 15
     So come that Tuesday evening at 6:00 with a dish to pass, your own place setting, and the expectation to have a relaxing time.  Last month we had "Blues Night."  You never know!  We eat, talk, sing, and celebrate Eucharist.  Everyone is welcome! 
 Here's What We Are Reading in Book Club
     In October, our group will discuss THE KITCHEN HOUSE written by Kathleen Grissom.  This novel combines a history lesson with a compellingly readable melodrama.  The author explores both the dark side of slavery as well as the lesser known world of white indentured servitude.  It speaks to us in two voices exploring their lives in the Old South. 
                                                                            Lillian Ruf    
Take a couple of hours to feed the hungry
    Our next assignment at the Trinity Canteen hot lunch program is Sunday, October 27.  Can you work from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.?  There's no pay, but the rewards are great!  Sign up on the bulletin board.   
 "We pray for those we love but see no longer..."
     In the Episcopal Church, it is our custom to remember our beloved dead in prayer.  We do this privately whenever we wish, and on Sundays during the Prayers of the People when requested, and on a special Sunday in November.
     The first Sunday of November is always the Sunday after All Saints (it's November 3 this year).  That day, we will name before God at our altar those we love who have gone home in Christ.  It is a tender day on which we are comforted by the hope of the resurrection.
     The church office will collect names for the prayers on November 3.  You can put a list in the offertory plates any Sunday in October, or turn in the list to the church office.  (If the name is hard to pronounce, you might want to let Father Mark know how to say it properly.)
     "Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer.  Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them.  And in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of your perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen." 
Can you pledge financial support to St. Mark's?
     Each year, we are asked to make a pledge (a financial promise) to support the ministries of St. Mark's.  The Vestry uses the total amount pledged to build a budget for our work in the coming year.  Your pledge is important!  Please, if you can, turn in your pledge card in time for Pledge Sunday, November 3.  Your giving wil echo around the world!
     P.S. Don't forget the time change on Saturday night, November 2.
Our Adopted Highway Needs Trash Pickup
      And on Saturday, October 19, we'll meet at 9:00 a.m. at the miniature golf course parking lot.  Duane Mayo will give us the safety talk, and then we'll clean up Route 12A from the bridge to Route 12.  It takes less than two hours, it's fun, and it's a nice gift to our community. 
Pictures of St. Mark's are on a historical website
      Roger Luther is a photographer for the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, and for the Broome County Historical Society.  He recently visited us and, with permission, took a big batch of photos of our church building.  The county historical society hopes to have every house of worship in Broome County in this collection.  This is a remarkable time in history partly because of the amazing diversity of religious communities at home in Broome County.
     The pictures of St. Mark's building are now on the site, and they are stunningly beautiful.  The various charms of our "homespun" building are there for all to see, from the altar to the stained glass windows, from the golden woodwork in the balcony to the attractive lounge.  Feel free to take a look by going to
"Bless our animal friends, O Lord."
     On Saturday, October 12 at 5:00 p.m., the Rector will offer a simple Eucharist with a blessing of the animals.  All God's creatures are welcome in the church.  The service will be kept short and sweet, in order to respect animals who may not be comfortable in the pews.  But communion for the people and a blessing for each pet will be given.  
Want to get rid of of old & outdated electronics?
     On Saturday, October 5, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Mary Wilcox Memorial Library (2360 Main St, Whitney Point) is hosting a FREE recycling event fundraiser.  You can drop off your old & outdated electronics for simple, safe and responsible recycling; and benefit the library at the same time.  eco International Electronics Recycling will give the library $.05 per pound of e-waste collected.  Items accepted: computers, mice/keyboards, laptops, speakers/webcams, monitors, televisions, printers/scanners, copiers/fax machines, servers, cell phones, gaming devices, small appliances, cables, hard drives, memory, VCR/DVD players.  Items NOT accepted: air conditioners, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, batteries, light bulbs/florescent light bulbs, thermostats, household chemicals.      
October Birthdays
Dave Gridley 10/1 Evan Jacobs 10/13/2003

Amanda Reid 10/2 Brian Pease 10/13 
Dianna Weiner 10/2 Jean Rosenthal 10/14
David Chianucci 10/3 Lianna Hill 10/17
Ruth Sutliff 10/6
Andrea Rutherford 10/17
Marion Shoop 10/7 Marcus Dattoria 10/17
Madison Mika 10/8/2010 Joshua Phelps 10/13
Lynne McRae 10/8 Chayse McRae 10/13/96
Herman Tio 10/10 Jane Sweet 10/27
Lorrie Spear 10/10 Gloria Dattoria 10/28
Marie Giroux 10/11 Rayma Wilson 10/29
Eric Castelucci 10/12/98 Carolyn Hill 10/29
Dana Holcomb 10/12 Andre Blaise 10/29/2011
Barrie Hoople 10/13 Kathi Holcomb 10/30
Michelle Chianucci 10/13 Connor Mika 10/31
Jerry Marinich 10/13
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Anniversaries in October
Jeff & Arna O'Neill  10/5/74
Brian & Kate Abbey  10/5/96
Ron & Kristen Bertram  10/7/89
Kenney & Deb Gardner  10/10/09
Ben & Amanda Reid  10/11/08
Jerry & Melody Marinich  10/17/89
Joe & Marie Wilczewski  10/18/08
Philip & Tomee Crooks  10/19/43
Sandra & Dennis Walker  10/21/78
David & Stacey Gridley  10/21/89
Oliver & Dayla Blaise  10/23/99 
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For Your Calendar in October 
October 2             
7am      Bad Girls @ Judy Peterson's home
October 3
7am      Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am Women's Group @ Denny's
9am      Morning Prayer (Bob Peterson will lead)
6pm      Weight Watchers
October 3-5
            Rector at Diocesan Clergy Conference
October 4
1pm      Singles Ministry - Deacon Dorothy
6pm      Quilters
October 6 
CHOW Sunday
8am     Holy Eucharist Rite I & Healing
10am   Holy Eucharist & Healing
9am     Bible Study
10am   Church school
11:30a Choir
11:30a Fellowship meeting
October 7
7pm       Al-Anon
October 8
9am       Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak
October 9
1pm      Prayer Shawl Ministry
7pm      Bad Girls @ Peterson home
October 10
7am      Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am Women's Group @ Denny's
9am      Morning Prayer
6pm      Weight Watchers
October 12
1pm      Mellen baptism
5pm      Pet Blessing & Eucharist
October 13
8am & 10am  Holy Eucharist
9am              Bible Study
10am            Church school
11:30am       Choir 
October 14
7pm      Al-Anon
October 15
6pm      St. Mark's Table
October 16
1pm      Women's Luncheon @ Cortese
7pm      Bad Girls @ Peterson home
October 17
7am      Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am Women's Group @ Denny's
9am      Morning Prayer
6pm      Weight Watchers
October 18
1pm      Singles Ministry - Joan Tymeson (nursing home ombudsman)
6pm      Quilters
October 19
9am      Route 12A cleanup
1pm      Wedding Vow Renewal - Philip & Tomee Crooks
October 20
8am & 10am  Holy Eucharist
9am              Bible Study
10am            Church school
11:30am       Choir 
11:30am       Vestry meeting
October 21
7pm      Al-Anon
October 22
9am      Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak 
October 23
7:30am  Clericus
7pm      Bad Girls @ Peterson home
October 24
7am      Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am Women's Group @ Denny's
9am      Morning Prayer
6pm      Weight Watchers
October 25
5pm      Wedding Rehearsal
October 26
2pm      Ditewig/Wright Wedding
October 27
8am & 10am  Holy Eucharist
9am              Bible Study
10am            Church school
11:30am       Choir
11am            Canteen 
October 28
7pm     Al-Anon
October 30
7pm      Bad Girls @ Peterson home
October 31
7am      Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am Women's Groups @ Denny's
9am      Morning Prayer
6pm      Weight Watchers
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 458, Chenango Bridge, NY,