The Lion's Roar
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Chenango Bridge, NY
October 2014
From the Church Guy
     St. Mark's Church counts!
     And I mean that on several levels.  Did you know that I have to get a count of how many people attend each church service?  Church rules require me to record each liturgy and its number of attendees in what is called the service register.
     And on Sunday, September 14, our church school start-up Sunday, this church counted!  We had 190 people in church during our two services.  We had 25 kids for the Sunday school party at 10:00.  And we had 16 teens for our first youth group meeting of the autumn.  Two days later, 35 of us gathered for the first St. Mark's Table of the autumn.  Wow!  It made my heart sing!
     We count in another way (or, more accurately, the bank counted for us).  You've seen our "Change for CHOW" jug in the hallway.  Many of us put spare change from our pockets (and sometimes green paper money, too!) into that jug to be used eventually to help support our CHOW food pantry (CHOW = Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse).
     Recently, our friend Andy Pierce took the heavy jug to a bank and convinced them to put it through their counting machine at no cost to us...and the total was $510.70.  Wow, again!  St. Mark's makes my heart sing.  That was just loose change over the past year.
     St. Mark's counts by its ministries to the world (like CHOW, or the Canteen, or Ramp It Up, or collections for schools and agencies), its social events, its many hours given by volunteer members, its many dollars given by our
members, and by our worship services.
     St. Mark's makes my heart sing!  It continues to be my honor to be your priest.  St. Mark's counts!
                                                                         Father Mark +
Blessing our Animal Companions
     Come to our annual Pet Blessing!  It's Saturday, October 4 at 5 p.m.  (October 4 is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, who cherished all of God's creations.)  It will include Eucharist, and prayers for animals, and a remembrance of our beloved dead animals (give names to Father Mark), and a blessing of each individual animal present. Fr. Mark has learned a beautiful new song (from the internet) to enhance the occasion. 
 Diocesan Clergy Conference (and you're invited)
     On Wednesday and Thursday, October 8 and 9, the clergy of our diocese will be gathering for their annual fall conference.  The presenter will be Dr. Andrew Newberg, a nationally known neurologist and author who writes books about the intersection between spirituality and brain science.  The first day, October 8, is open to you, if you would like to hear this brilliant presentation.  It will take place from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the University Sheraton Hotel on the S.U. hill.  The fee (which includes parking) is $60.  Registration deadline is September 26, so as you read this, there is still time!  Talk to the Rector for more information.
     On the second day, the clergy will have their own time with the bishop and with each other, and hear some more from Dr. Newberg.
 St. Mark's Table for October
     On the third Tuesday, October 21, come at 6 p.m. for a potluck meal, some wonderful singing together (no talent required), and a simple Eucharist around the table in the parish hall downstairs.  Bring a dish to share (the food tends to be great!) and your own place setting. It's 90 minutes that will make your week better!     
 Some More Training for our Acolytes
     On two October Sundays after church, the 12th and 26th, Father Mark would like to have time to train our acolytes.  There are three jobs which we hope all acolytes will learn eventually: Gospel Book, Torch, and Crucifer.  Acolytes start in 4th grade or older, and begin with the Gospel Book.  But you never know when you'll be thrust into one of the other roles, so it's good to know all the routines.
     Father Mark asks that all acolytes, new ones and experienced ones, attend one of these two sessions.
St. Mark's Hosts a Pre-Convention Meeting
     To prepare for the November Diocesan Convention, the leaders of our diocese hold pre-convention meetings around the diocese.  On Wednesday, October 14, St. Mark's will host a meeting at 6:30 p.m.   All clergy and convention delegates are expected to attend (Andy Pierce and Brian Kessler are our parish delegates this year, as elected by your Vestry), but anyone is welcome.  If you'd like to know more about our wider church life, please come!
 Church School
    September 14th marked the beginning of another Church school year.   Our first day back was celebrated with a party that welcomed 25 children.  It was a busy, energetic, fun (and loud) morning. 
     Our regular classes started on the 21st. Along with the children, we are pleased to welcome three new teachers - Karen King and Mark Phelps (Pre K-Kindergarten), and Janee Valenzuela (1st-3rd).  Signing up for another year (and very much appreciated) are:  Mandy Black and Erin Kasmarcik - Pre-K-Kindergarten; Kate Abbey, Shanna Laroussi, and Arden Meier - 1st - 3rd; Heather O'Connor and Chris Sweet for 4th-6th.  Theresa Brom has agreed to once again work with the 7th-9th graders the last Sunday of each month on a outreach project. 
     As we only have two teachers for 4th-6th grade some rearranging had to done.  Starting in October the first Sunday of each month the children in that grade level will be upstairs for the entire service.  On the other Sunday that's not covered by a teacher the children will work on an outreach project with me.
     A most heartfelt thank you goes to each to these parishioners for giving some of their time and talents to our children.
                                                                             Mary Taylor
                                                                             Christian Ed. Director
 The Book Club is Back in Action
     Our selection for October is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.  A remarkable memoir of growing up in a dysfunctional yet uniquely vibrant family, this tale is a testament of resilience and redemption.
                                                                                      Lillian Ruf 
 Youth Group Rides Again!
     We had a blast at our first meeting, so let's do it again!  Sunday, October 26 at noon, kids in grades 7-12 are invited to get together at noon for eating, talking, and enjoying!  (It will follow the acolyte training session that day, which many of our teens need to attend.)  Come tell us the best Halloween costume you've ever worn!
 "Remember them, O Lord..."
    We remember our beloved departed on the first Sunday of November each year, when we commemorate all saints and all souls.  Before the altar, the Rector will speak the names of those we love who are gone before us.  Please turn names into the office or put into the offering plate (with a pronunciation guide, if it is difficult to pronounce). 
 Reminder!!  Calling All Bad Girls - and Those Who Want  to Be
    We will begin our studies on Wednesday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m. at the Peterson's home (8 Poplar Hill Rd).
     The book we will be working with is Unveiling Mary Magdalene by Liz Curtis Higgs.  It is available online and at local book stores.
     I have discovered over the summer that Mary Magdalene is far more complex than I had thought, and her story is fascinating.  I'm very much looking forward to sharing it, and the discussions it will generate with you all.
 Spring Ahead, Fall Back
    Don't forget the time change! Set your clocks one hour back on Saturday, November 1. 
 Church Women United
     On September 5th the Fall Celebration Day of Church Women United was held at John Hus Presbyterian Church.  Attending from St. Mark's were Christine Abbott, Jan Kloda and Ann Range.  Women from just about all the Christian churches in the greater Binghamton area were there for a friendly lunch of sandwiches and dessert provided by 2 churches, time of fellowship and sharing of news concerning their own church programs, fairs and sales.  Most of them were scheduled in September but Immanuel Presbyterian, 549 Chenango St., has a homemade soup and bread luncheon at their church on October 18th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     A story was told of the Peace Candle.  While visiting in Russia, a priest was given a 3 ruble note by an aged woman who wanted it spent to buy a candle for prayers for peace.  Candles are now being placed on altars or communion tables throughout the world as a simple reminder to pray for peace.  The complete story is posted on the bulletin board by the side entrance.
     The speaker was Jessica May Wylde, the new Director of Faith in Action at Broome County Council of Churches.  Faith in Action is a national movement and has been serving over 200 churches in Broome County since 1940.  The purpose is to put efforts together and do what churches cannot do alone.  The Ramp It Up program, in which our youngsters are involved, is a part of Faith in Action. 
     A major goal is to provide helping volunteer hands to help people live independently and enjoy it.  Volunteers provide transportation to and from medical appointments and grocery shopping and this is door-through-door service.  People are not left in the drive or at their doorways.  There are volunteers who will visit, make phone calls, do errands, help with bills and take people to worship or social events.  Services are provided at nursing homes as well as at private homes.  (For a recommendation, check with Jan Kloda!)
     Right now over 450 people receive services, there are only 70 volunteers and they have contributed 10,000 hours of service.  This means more volunteers are needed but, if you want services, please call Jessica at (607) 724-9130 and ask for Faith in Action.
     Volunteers are carefully interviewed, have a security check done on them and screened to see what a good match would be for a friendly visitor.  Some volunteers need only phone people to visit.  There is no one who cannot help!
     Two meetings in October:  Coffee Hour, Wednesday, October 1st - 10 a.m. - Noon at Trinity A.M.E. Zion, 203 Oak Street and Sunday, October 26th at First Congregational Church, U.C.C., corner of Front and Main Street from 3 -4 p.m.  The Rev. Dorothy K. Pierce will be speaking on her recent trip to Kenya!
     Brochures are on the bulletin board.
October Birthdays
Dave Gridley 10/1   Evan Jacobs 10/13/03
Dianna Weiner 10/2
Brian Pease 10/13  
Amanda Reid 10/2   Jean Rosenthal 10/14
Ruth Sutliff 10/6 Lianna Quinn 10/17
Marion Shoop 10/7
Andrea Rutherford 10/17
Madison Mika 10/8/10
Marcus Dattoria 10/17
Lynne McRae 10/8 Benjamin Syron 10/26/03
Charlie Syron 10/10/00 Jane Sweet 10/27
Herman Tio 10/10 Gloria Dattoria 10/28
Lorrie Spear 10/10 Rayma Wilson 10/29
Marie Giroux 10/11/1983 Carolyn Hill 10/29
Eric Castellucci 10/12/98 Andre Blaise 10/29/11
Dana Holcomb 10/12 Kathi Holcomb 10/30
Jerry Marinich 10/13 Connor Mika 10/31/09
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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
Jerry & Melody Marinich 10/17/89
Philip & Tomee Crooks 10/19/43
Sandra & Dennis Walker 10/21/78
David & Stacey Gridley 10/21/89
Mark & Joan Tymeson 10/21/78
Oliver & Dalya Blaise 10/23/99 
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For Your Calendar in October
October 2
7am        Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am   Women's Group @ Denny's
9am        Morning Prayer
6pm        Weight Watchers
October 3
1pm        Singles Ministry
October 4
5pm        Holy Eucharist & Pet Blessing
October 5 - CHOW Sunday
8am              Holy Eucharist - Rite I & Healing
9am              Bible Study
10am            Holy Eucharist & Healing
10am            Church school
11:30am       Choir rehearsal
11:30am       Altar Guild
October 6
7pm             Al-Anon
October 8 - Diocesan Clergy Conference
1pm        Prayer Shawl Ministry
October 9 - Diocesan Clergy Conference
7am        Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am   Women's Group @ Denny's
9am        Morning Prayer
6pm        Weight Watchers
October 12
8am & 10am  Holy Eucharist
9am              Bible Study
10am            Church school
11am            Choir Rehearsal
11:30am       Acolyte Training
October 13
7pm           Al-Anon
October 14
9am            Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak
6:30pm       Pre-Convention meeting
October 15 
 1pm      Women's Luncheon @ Cortese
October 16
7am           Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am      Women's Group @ Denny's
9am           Morning Prayer
6pm           Weight Watchers
October 17
 1pm        Singles Ministry
October 19
8am & 10am    Holy Eucharist 
9am                Bible Study
10am              Church School
11am              Choir Rehearsal
11:30am         Vestry meeting
October 20
7pm            Al-Anon
October 21 
6pm            St. Mark's Table
October 22
7:30am       Clericus meeting
October 23
7am            Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am       Women's Group @ Denny's
9am            Morning Prayer
6pm            Weight Watchers
October 26 - Canteen
8 & 10am    Holy Eucharist
9am            Bible Study
10am          Church school
11:30am     Choir Rehearsal
11:30am     Acolyte Training
Noon           Youth Group
October 27
7pm            Al-Anon
October 28
9am            Guy's Breakfast
October 30
7am            Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am       Women's Group @ Denny's
9am            Morning Prayer
6pm            Weight Watchers
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 458, Chenango Bridge, NY,