The Lion's Roar
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Chenango Bridge, NY
July 2015
From the Church Guy
     The Church Guy loves his church.
     The Church Guy also loves being on vacation with his wife.  Don't take it personally, but a Church Guy needs time away to refresh, regenerate and recreate.
     The Church Guy will be off duty for two of the Sundays in July.  The Church Guy thanks the Vestry and people of St. Mark's for allowing it.  The Church Guy also thanks the parish for supporting the Rev. Judy Kessler and the Rev. Lisa Busby, who will be in church when the Church Guy is away.
     The Church Guy loves his church, and promises to come back!   
                                                                         Father Mark +
Thanks for the Music!
      Our choir has the summer off.  Church choirs make a big commitment by providing music for Sunday services.  It's a lot of work.  And a special word of thanks goes to their director, our organist Cindi Ferranti.  The St. Mark's Choir has graced us with many beautiful anthems this past academic year. We thank them and hope they enjoy their time off this summer.  We'll be glad to welcome them back in September.
Thank You from Bob Peterson (and Judy)
     Greetings from the Peterson family.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the Scleroderma Walk on Sunday, June 7th, whether as a donor, walker or sponsor.  All are greatly appreciated.  Special thanks to Father Mark for funding t-shirts for the walkers, and hand-decorating each one with the St. Mark's Lion and the words "for Judy" below it.  A big thank you to Stacey Gridely for getting the ball rolling with a St. Mark's Team website.  Stacey also served as team captain and took many very nice photographs.  Together, with donors from among family, friends, and neighbors, the St. Mark's team raised over $6,300 for research to help find a cure for Scleroderma and Pulmonary Hypertension.  This earned us a first place award!  This was a most gracious and generous tribute to my wife and best friend, and fulfilled one of her last wishes.  My heartfelt thanks to all of you.
     All told, the walk raised over $35,000! This is an annual event, and I sincerely hope we can participate again next year.      
 Reception Thank You
     Many thanks to Mary Taylor and all the folks who helped with the reception on April 24th following the Celebrtion of Judy Peterson's Life.  The service and reception were fitting tributes to a wonderful person.  Thank you from the entire Peterson family.
 Don't Forget - Our Youth Will Ramp It Up!
     The weekend of August 29 is our date to build a ramp under the auspices of the Broome County Council of Churches.  We've done this each summer since the start of the Ramp It Up project of the Council.  Keep your calendars marked and your gloves handy!
 Children's Summer Program
     We will be offering a Sunday morning summer program for the children from July 12 thru August 16. It will run during the same time as regular church school classes -- the first part of the service.  We'll look at some environmental issues and how we can help and work on some outreach projects.    
 Book Club
     Our book selection for July is Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell.  Best selling author of six non-fiction books on American History and Culture, Vowell, with her trademark smart-alecky insights, sets off to discover the history of our fiftieth state and in the process she finds America, warts and all.  A rollicking good read!
 Mark Your Calendar for St. Mark's Picnic
     On Sunday, August 30, the St. Mark's Parish Picnic will be held at the Port Dickinson Town park.  We'll have services in the church at 8:00 and 10:00 for those not attending the picnic.  But we'll also have a simple outdoor Eucharist at the park in the pavilion at noon.  The picnic will follow immediately, rain or shine!     
July Birthdays
Helen Ruspantini 7/1  
Terry Black 7/11

Crystal Howland 7/2
Bill Henderson 7/11
Mina Tio 7/3  
Tomee Crooks 7/12
Tim Carr 7/5 Ron Bertram 7/12
Dana Ferranti 7/5
Nate Phelps 7/13
Peg Prentice 7/5
 Cristina Phelps 7/13
Mike Hilla 7/5 Jan Kloda 7/14
Dave Knox 7/7 Faith White 7/15
Robert Deyo 7/7/12 Greg Moochler 7/17
Leslie Resciniti 7/8
Troy Black 7/18
Stephen Valenti 7/9 Remedy Allport 7/18/04
Douglas Leigh 7/10 Margaret Hayes 7/19
Janee Valenzuela 7/10 Eric Laine, Sr. 7/27
Sue Praefke 7/29
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Anniversaries in July
Jim Rosar & Janet Zapata 7/4/06
William & Susan Thomas  7/6/96
Don & Judy Heller  7/8/61
Gary & Pat Henderson  7/13/85
Eric & Sabrina Laine  7/14/07
Chric & Theresa Brom  7/29/00
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For Your Calendar in July
July 2
7am            Men's Group @ Red Oal
7:30am       Women's Group @ Denny's
9am            Morning Prayer
6pm            Weight Watchers
July 3
1pm            Singles Ministry - out to lunch
July 5 - CHOW Sunday
8am            Holy Eucharist - Rite 1 and Healing
9am            Bible Study
10am          Holy Eucharist and Healing
July 6   - Father Mark on vacation 7/6-7/20   
7pm            Al-Anon
July 9
7am            Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am       Women's Group @ Denny's
6pm            Weight Watchers
July 12
8 & 10am     Holy Eucharist - The Rev. Judy Kessler
9am             Bible Study
10am           Children's summer program
July 13
7pm             Al-Anon
July 14
9am            Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak
July 15
1pm             Women's Luncheon @ Cortese Restaurant
July 16
7am             Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am        Women's Group @ Denny's
6pm             Weight Watchers
July 17
1pm             Singles Ministry - Alice Ruby, "Memories"
July 19
8 & 10am     Holy Eucharist - The Rev. Judy Kessler
9am             Bible Study
10am           Children's summer program  
July 20
7pm             Al-Anon
July 23
7am            Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am       Women's Group @ Denny's
9am            Morning Prayer
6pm            Weight Watchers
July 24 -  Memorial for Wes Smith
July 26 - Canteen
8 & 10am    Holy Eucharist - Father Mark
9am            Bible Study
10am          Children's summer program
July 27 -  Father Mark resumes vacation 7/27 - 8/10
7pm            Al-Anon
July 28 
 9am           Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak
July 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,