The Lion's Roar
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Chenango Bridge, NY
May 2014
From the Church Guy
     Happy first day of spring!  May 1!
     I know, I know.  Spring began on March 20.  But that's just rediculous. Even April seldom feels like spring around here.
     The great writer Kurt Vonnegut, who had lived in Schenectady and Ithaca, said that in upstate NY, we have not four but six seasons.  Summer is of course in July and August, and autumn takes place in September and October.  In November and December, nature is in process of shutting down, and he called those months "locking."  And then January and February are real winter.
     He referred to March and April as "unlocking," as nature gradually unlocks and gets ready for new grass, leaves, and warmth.
     This mental scheme means more to me than "spring comes on March 20."  I love our part of the world, but spring does not happen for me in March!
     Happy May 1, now that nature has "unlocked!"  Thanks be to God for the beauty of new growth that we see all around us in nature, the "other book" of God!
                                                                         Father Mark +
 St. Mark's Table, May Edition
     Come to the table on Tuesday, May 20!  We'll gather in the undercroft at 6:00
 p.m.  You bring your own place setting and some food for the common table.  We'll eat, we'll sing, and we'll make Eucharist, and be on our way rejoicing at 7:30.    
 Youth Group Get-together
     One last chance to gorge on pizza before the school year ends, and make fun of Eric Laine at the same time!  On Sunday, June 1, at 11:30, the youth group will get together after church.  Pizza, games, and fun, as always, with Fr. Mark, Sabrina (and Ella and Layla, our youngest members at age one and three!), and Eric.  Come for the fun!              
 2014 Graduates Info Needed
     We would like to acknowledge our 2014 graduates in our June newsletter.  Hears what we need: the name of student, the school they're graduating from, their accomplishments in high school - special academics, clubs, sports ie., and their future plans - college and majors, military etc.  
     Please have information in to the office by May 16.  Thank you.     
 Here's What We Are Reading in Book Club
     At our May meeting, we will discuss Ernest Hemingway's classic tale THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA.  Published in 1952, it was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and was cited in the Nobel Prize awarded to Hemingway a few years later.  It was the last major work published in his lifetime and he referred to it as the best he could write.  The story centers on an aged fisherman and his struggles with a great marlin in the Gulf of Mexico.  It features Hemingway's short, terse prose and the emotional weight of a suspenseful story.     
                                                                           Lillian Ruf
May Birthdays
Gail Food 5/2
  Bethany Bertram 5/15/96
Virginia Gruver 5/3
Denise Osterhout 5/15  
Lee Abbey 5/4/01   Nancy Bolender 5/16
Chris Brewton 5/4
Janice Thomson 5/18
Melissa Rowley 5/4 Esther Finn 5/18
Liam Van Kleeck 5/6/10 Philip Crooks 5/19
Gerri Hilla 5/6 Lauren Gridley 5/22
Maricela Valenzuela 5/9/07 Nicholas Blaise 5/23/07
Susan Phelps 5/9 John Spear 5/24
Dominic Benning 5/11/12 Steve Bodine 5/24
Patrick Cooney 5/11 Janet Zapata 5/25
Bob Koval 5/11 Kayla Sweet 5/26/95
Karen O'Brien 5/11 Chuck Praefke 5/27
Shanna Laroussi 5/13 Teddy Bryant 5/27
Jim Abbott 5/14 Sabrina Laine 5/29
Eric Brom 5/29/01
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Anniversaries in May
Dan & Audrey O'Brien  5/19/79
Jeffrey Jacobs and Caroline Thomas  5/20/95
Chris & Lorraine Allen  5/20/78
Ethan & Elizabeth Mellen  5/22/09
Mark & Paula Giroux  5/29/76
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For Your Calendar in May
May 1
7am         Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30a       Women's Group @ Denny's
9am         Morning Prayer
6pm         Weight Watchers
May 2
1pm        Singles Ministry
May 4 - CHOW Sunday
8am          Holy Eucharist Rite I & Healing
10am        Holy Eucharist & Healing
9am          Bible Study
10am        Church School
11am        Choir
11:30am    Altar Guild Meeting
2-6pm       Van Kleeck Party
May 5
7pm       Al-Anon
May 8 - Rector in Liverpool for Commission on Ministry
7am       Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am  Women's Groups @ Denny's
9am       Morning Prayer
6pm       Weight Watchers
May 10
10am     Pilotti Visitation
11am     Ruby Pilotti funeral
May 11 - Mother's Day
8am & 10am  Holy Eucharist
9am              Bible Study
10am            Church School
11:30am       Choir
May 12
7pm      Al-Anon
May 13
9am     Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak
May 14
1pm     Prayer Shawl Mininstry
May 15
7am        Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am   Women's Group @ Denny's
9am        Morning Prayer
6pm        Weight Watchers
May 16
1pm        Singles Ministry
May 18
8am & 10am  Holy Eucharist
 9am              Bible Study
10am            Church School
11am            Choir
11:30am       Vestry meeting 
May 19
7pm      Al-Anon
May 20
6pm      St. Mark's Table
May 21
1pm      Women's Luncheon @ Cortese
May 22
7am        Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am   Women's Group @ Denny's
9am        Morning Prayer
6pm        Weight Watchers
May 25 - Canteen
8am & 10am  Holy Eucharist
9am              Bible Study
10am            Church School
11:30am       Choir
May 26
7pm           Al-Anon
May 27 
9am           Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak
May 29
7am           Men's Group @ Red oak
7:30am      Women's Group @ Denny's
9am           Morning Prayer
6pm           Weight Watchers
June 1
11:30am     EYF 
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 458, Chenango Bridge, NY,