The Lion's Roar
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Chenango Bridge, NY
February 2014
From the Church Guy
     Gargoyles speak to me.
     In case you missed it, I spent my entire sermon on February 12 on gargoyles.  The sermon is still on our website,  It was the most fun I've had preaching a sermon in YEARS.
     Andy Pierce and I have donated two gargoyles, appropriately stained to match the woodwork in church, for installation on the balcony wall.  Gargoyles have a fascinating history in church architecture.
     No one is completely sure what they meant when they were first carved on cathedral walls in the early Middle Ages.  There are a number of theories, but my favorite is that they are a reminder to human beings to take ourselves less seriously, even in the holiest of places.
     The Gospel of the Gargoyles is simple: Don't forget to have fun, even in church!
     Watch out...the St. Mark's Gargoyles will soon be on their perches. 
                                                                         Father Mark +
 St. Mark's Table
     Come to the Table for a relaxed evening of food, song, fellowship and Holy Communion.  Tuesday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. is our gathering for February.  Bring a dish to share and your own place setting. 
 Summer in February
     Grey winter days getting you down?  Cabin fever setting in?  Come celebrate "Summer in February".  On Saturday, February 8, we'll get together to share a meal and have some fun.  Come and have a burger or a hotdog.  Bring your favorite summer side dish or dessert to share.  There will be food and fun for all.   
 Here's What We Are Reading in Book Club
   Our selection this month is BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS by Katherine Boo.  Named one of the ten best books of the year by numerous publications, this powerful story is a landmark work of narrative fiction, based on three year's research, that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century's great, unequal cities.  Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport.  As India starts to prosper, we follow the lives of some residents as they strive to pull themselves up out of poverty.   
                                                                             Lillian Ruf
Youth Group Eating More Pizza
     Sunday, February 2, is Groundhog Day  It's also the Feast of the Presentation.  So, the Rector will present pizza to our youth group at 11:30.  Groundhog sausage topping is NOT an option, however.  All our youth in grades 7-12 are invited for fun, food and fellowship. 
Spring Women's Retreat
     A departure from the norm!  The date for the Sky Lake weekend retreat is April 26-27.  Registration will begin March 25th and end April 13th.  Accommodations at Sky Lake will be on a first come, first served basis, so please register early to be assured a spot.  Call Mary Taylor at 648-4400 to get on the list.  The cost has yet to be determined, but should be between $65 and $70 for an all inclusive stay.  More information will be in the March newsletter.
     We are really looking forward to the event and can't wait to see you there.
                                                                            Judy Kessler 
February Birthdays
Hallie Mayo 2/1/96 Christopher Phelps 2/12/12

Torilyn Braden 2/1/05
Christine Abbott 2/13
Kelly Renfro 2/1 Gary Graham 2/15
Abbie Carr 2/3/98
Haleigh Bodine 2/15/02
Jenny Carr 2/3/98 Wendell Weller 2/16
Jeff O'Neil 2/3 Evie Allport 2/16/99
Matthew Laine 2/8
David Pierson 2/18
Ashley McNamara 2/9 Don MacDuffee 2/20
Alexis Brito 2/9/99 Ben Bertram 2/22
Natalie Alger 2/10 Christine Samsel 2/23
Henry Thomas 2/10/00
Elizabeth Abbey 2/24/10
Daniel Chianucci 2/11 Esther Sabol 2/27
Jackie Deinhardt 2/11 Ruth Pierce 2/28
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Anniversaries in February
Reinaldo & Janee Valenzuela 2/16/2002
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For Your Calendar in February 
February 2 - CHOW Sunday
8am          Holy Eucharist Rite I & Healing
10am        Holy Eucharist & Healing
9am          Bible Study
10am        Church School
11:30am   Choir
11:30am   EYF - Pizza!
February 3
7pm       Al-Anon
February 5
7pm       Altar Guild
February 6
7am      Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am Women's Groups @ Denny's
9am      Morning Prayer
6pm      Weight Watchers
February 8
5-7pm   Summer in February
February 9
8am & 10am  Holy Eucharist
9am              Bible Study
10am            Church School
11:30am       Choir
February 10
7pm      Al-Anon
February 11
9am       Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak
February 12
12n        Rector at Interfaith Clergy mtg
1pm       Prayer Shawl Ministry
February 13
7am      Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am Women's Group @ Denny's
9am      Morning Prayer
6pm      Weight Watchers
February 16
8am & 10am  Holy Eucharist
9am              Bible Study
10am            Church school
11:30am       Choir
4-7pm          Vestry Work Session 
February 17
7pm      Al-Anon
February 18
6pm      St. Mark's Table
February 20
7am      Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am Women's Group @ Denny's
9am      Morning Prayer
6pm      Weight Watchers
February 21
12noon  Singles Ministry - lunch out
February 22
1pm      Braden Baby Shower
February 23 - Canteen Sunday
8am & 10am  Holy Eucharist
9am              Bible Study
10am            Church school
11am            Canteen
11:30am       Choir 
February 24
7pm      Al-Anon
February 25
9am      Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak
February 27
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,