The Lion's Roar
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Chenango Bridge, NY
June 2015
From the Church Guy
     My car nags me.
     If I have the temerity to start driving without fastening my seat belt instantly, it gets into a mood.  First it starts beeping relentlessly.  Then, if I don't respond in five seconds, it beeps faster and faster, like a countdown to a bomb going off or a rocket launch.
     I know, I know, it's a safety feature and reminder.  I know that, and I gladly wear the seatbelt.  But the car does nag impatiently.
     Sometimes I wish God would do that.  If it's been too long since I've prayed, I wish I would hear a voice becoming more and more insistent: "Pray...pray...PRAY...PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!"  Or, if I forget how I'm treating others, I wish I would hear, "Be kind...BE KIND! BE KIND!"
     But God is not a nag.  Apparently, God is interested in seeing me be grown up spiritually, and take responsibility for words, attitudes and actions.  God seems to think freedom is a pretty neat idea.  So I guess I have to respect myself, and the choices I make, since God does.
     Still, I guess I'm glad my car nags me.   
                                                                         Father Mark +
Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma
     Dear St. Mark's Family,
     We're taking part in "Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma" on June 7.  Would you please consider making a gift to our team St. Mark's Chenango Bridge?  Your gift will make a huge impact on the lives of those individuals who are affected by scleroderma.
     If you are joining the walk - please join team 'St. Mark's Chenango Bridge'.  You can donate on-line (using the website below - be sure to donate to the St. Mark's Chenango Bridge Team), or you can turn in a donation to St. Mark's (please write "Scleroderma Walk in memory of Judy" on the memo line).
     Your donation and spreading the word means a great deal to us and thousands of scleroderma patients.  All donations are in memory of our dear friend, Judy Peterson.
     Many thanks, in advance, for your support!
Stacey and Lauren Gridley
P.S. For more information about the Scleroderma Foundation, please visit
 Lisa is getting ordained
     Our seminary intern for the past academic year, Lisa Busby, now has an official ordination date: Saturday, June 6.
     Although she is called to be a priest, in our tradition clerics are first ordained to the "transitional diaconate".  (This is not quite the same as being a permanent deacon). Then, probably about six months later, she hopes to be ordained a priest.
     Lisa will be ordained by Bishop Skip Adams in her home parish, Grace and Holy Spirit Church, 13 Court Street in Cortland (not far from the county courthouse).  The service will be at 5:00 p.m., and will be followed by a reception.
     Lisa invites all the people of St. Mark's to this service.  As a parish, you have taught her a great deal and have been a community of formation for her.  She loves the people of St. Mark's and expresses her gratitude for your continuing graciousness to her.
     We have learned much from Lisa, and we pray for (and expect) a wonderful ordained ministry for her in the Episcopal Church!  As this newsletter is being prepared, she is in the process of interviewing and discerning her next steps in service to the church.
 4th- 6th Grade Overnight
     A date has been selected for an overnight for 4th-6th graders  - Friday, June 19 beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.  Come and join us for fun and games, an outreach project, a movie, and food.  Bring a sleeping bag, pillow, pj's, toiletries, and a snack to share.  A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board at the side entance.  We need at least 6 children to hold the overnight.  We also need a parent or two.   Hope this date works for everyone!
 Church school coming to a close
     We have had another amazing year - thanks to our dedicated teachers and great children. 
     Our last day of regular classes will be on Sunday, June 21.  At this time I am looking at providing "summer camp" type classes from July 12 through August 16.  Check the July newsletter for more information.
     A heartfelt thank you goes to all of our teachers:  Nursery - Karen King, Stephanie Mika; Pre-K - Kindergarten - Richelle Abbey, Mandy Black, Mark Phelps; 1st - 3rd grade - Kate Abbey, Shanna Laroussi, Arden Meier, Janee Valenzuela; 4th-6th grade - Heather O'Connor and Chris Sweet, and to our substitute teacher - Lauren Gridley.       
 Book Club
     The Book Club is taking a break in June to select their books for the coming year.  Check for the next book title in the July Lion's Roar.
June Birthdays
Kristen Bertram 6/2  
Ben Carr 6/15

Sara Abbey 6/3/2005
Laura Chestnut 6/18
Sandy Zanker Nichols 6/3  
David Surgent 6/18
Cecilia Kasmarcik 6/4/10 Arden Meier 6/19
Stacey Gridley 6/5
Libby Graham 6/20
Maxwell Johnson 6/6/00
Audrey O'Brien 6/20
Maddie Arnold 6/8/95 Liam Allport 6/20
Karen George 6/8 Alexis Hill 6/21/04
Elaine James 6/8 Edie Baker 6/23
Sabrina McHale 6/9
Ben Reid 6/25
James Deyo 6/12 Dorothy Lasicki 6/27
Abbey Meier 6/13/09  Andrew Bodine 6/28/14
Gary Henderson 6/13 Daniel Gridley 6/28/96
Shaylee Meier 6/14/05 Jack Roberts 6/28/11
Michelle Marinich 6/15
Joshua Black 6/30/01
Mary Porteus 6/30
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Anniversaries in June
David & Diane Pierson 6/7/75
Arden & Kim Meier 6/9/01
Marty & Sabrina McHale 6/9/12
Mark & Susan Phelps 6/14/80
Fred & Jo Doolittle 6/15/57
Yassin & Shanna Laroussi 6/22/12
Gary & Libby Graham 6/28/75
Dave & Melissa Rowley 6/30
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For Your Calendar in June
June 1
7pm            Al-Anon
June 4
7am            Men's Group @ Red Oal
7:30am       Women's Group @ Denny's
9am            Morning Prayer
6pm            Weight Watchers
June 5
1pm            Singles Ministry - Kate Marson - Humane Society
June 6
5pm            Ordination of Lisa Busby at Grace Church, Cortland
June 7 - CHOW Sunday
8am            Holy Eucharist - Rite 1 and Healing
9am            Bible Study
10am          Holy Eucharist and Healing
10am          Scleroderma Walk , Otsiningo Park
10am          Church school
11:30am     Choir rehearsal
June 8
7pm            Al-Anon
June 9
9am            Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak
June 10
12n             Prayer Shawl Ministry Picnic
June 11
7am            Men's Group - Red Oak
7:30am       Women's Group - Denny's
9am            Morning Prayer
6pm            Weight Watchers
June 14
8 & 10am     Holy Eucharist
9am             Bible Study
10am           Church school
11:30am      Choir rehearsal
June 15
7pm             Al-Anon
June 17
1pm             Women's Luncheon @ Cortese Restaurant
June 18
7am             Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am        Women's Group @ Denny's
9am             Morning Prayer
6pm             Weight Watchers
June 19
1pm             Singles Ministry - out to lunch
June 21 - Father's Day
8 & 10am     Holy Eucharist
9am             Bible Study
10am           Last day of regular Church school  
11:30am      Choir Rehearsal
June 22
7pm             Al-Anon
June 23  
9am             Guy's Breakfast @ Red oak
June 25
7am            Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am       Women's Group - Denny's
9am            Morning Prayer
6pm            Weight Watchers
6pm            Wedding Rehearsal
June 27
12noon        Kate Allen & Matt Henry wedding
2pm            Shiloh & Cody Whitman marriage blessing
June 28 - Canteen
8 & 10am    Holy Eucharist
9am            Bible Study
11am          Choir Rehearsal
11:30am     Vestry meeting
June 29
7pm            Al-Anon
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 458, Chenango Bridge, NY,