The Lion's Roar
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Chenango Bridge, NY
October 2015
From the Church Guy
     I "get to"!
     I just read a book by the two brothers who started the "Life Is Good" T-shirt company.  They believe in the power of optimism and counting blessings even in hard times (and they've had their share of tough circumstances).
     One  of their suggestions is turning our thinking around: from "I have to go do this" to "I GET to go do this."  That wisdom works for me!  I GET TO be the Rector of St. Mark's!  I GET TO live with my wife!  I GET TO be a dad to Luke and Marie!  I GET TO be a grandpa to three adorable kids!  I GET TO live in the southern tier!
     I can go on and on with my list.  You should try works.
     I am so very happy I get to be your priest!
                                                                         Father Mark +
We're Thinking About Our Buildings
     It's always true that buildings -- houses or churches -- need continuing care.  We want to be good stewards of the property and grounds of St. Mark's, handed on to us by our church members of past decades.  We did a big project this summer in having the church roof replaced.
     The Vestry is forming a "Task Force on Strategic Property Management."  A couple of members of the Vestry will serve on this task force, and we would like a few other members to join them.
     The job of the task force will be to collect the concerns and ideas of parishioners for what we need to do on our buildings, parking lot, and grounds.  We need to look at the kitchen and its needs (the ancient oven should be replaced, for example), the building's cinder block foundations, and the Parish House next door.  There are doubtless many other projects which need to be considered. 
     The projects and repairs need to be ranked in importance, given the constraints of paying for them.  We also need to ask the question "How does this part of our property serve us, and for what purpose?"
     After its work, the task force will present its ideas to the Vestry.  (In the Episcopal Church, the Vestry has the responsibility for our budgets and buildings -- the buck stops with them.)  The Vestry is open to a wide range of ideas.
     If you are interested in serving on this committee, please speak to Father Mark or to the Wardens of the Vestry, Karen Van Kleeck and Jeff Jacobs. We want to keep the size of the committee workable, so we may not be able to accept everyone on the task force.  But we do want to hear all ideas, hopes, dreams and suggestions!
 You're Invited to a Cirmo/McNamara Baptism!
     Ashley (Cirmo) and Ian McNamara have been given the joy of a baby boy named Cael Thomas.  Cael is to be baptized here at St. Mark's on Saturday, October 17, at 2:00 p.m.  Our custom is to baptize during the Sunday liturgy, but Cael's uncle Scott (who, like Ashley, grew up at St. Mark's) lives out of town.  Since he is one of the Godparents, we are having the baptism on that Saturday.  But it is not private!  All who know and love the Cirmo family are invited to be present and rejoice in the life of this child.
 Another Year of Sunday School Has Begun
       We started the year off with our a 'welcome back' get-together on September 20.  Twenty-two children joined us for games and a craft.  We look forward to seeing them all this year. 
      If you are new to the church and have children in Nursery thru 6th grade we would love to meet you.  Our Church school runs during the first half of the service - 10 - 10:30.  We then join everyone for the Eucharist. 
     As mentioned in September's newsletter, all of last year's teachers will be returning to work with our children for another year!  Thank you to: Karen King - Nursery; Richelle Abbey, Mandy Black, Mark Phelps - Pre-K - Kindergarten; Shanna Laroussi, Janee Valenzuela, Kate Abbey - 1st-3rd; Arden Meier, Heather O'Connor and Chris Sweet - 4th-6th and  Lauren Gridley - Substitute.  If you are interested in teaching please talk to me, as we could still use another teacher in each grade level.
     This year we are going to try having a Junior Youth Group.  Is there enough interest from the children to warrant one?  What age group would work? What would be our goals?  When and how often would we meet? These are all things that need to be figured out.  Our first meeting will be on Sunday, October 11 following the second service.  Depending on the size we will meet in the lounge or a classroom.  Hope to see you there!
                                                                         Mary Taylor
                                                                         Christian Education Director
 It's Time for the Time Change
     You get an extra hour back on Saturday, October 31.  Don't forget (Spring Ahead, Fall Back") to change your clocks on Halloween!
 Remembering Our Beloved Ones
     Our custom on the first Sunday of November is to observe the Feast of All Souls, and to name our beloved dead before the altar.  You may submit a list of names either in the offering plate, or to the office, or to Father Mark.  If there is a question about how Father Mark should pronounce the name, please give a pronunciation guide.  "Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them."   
 Book Club Update
     St. Mark's bookclub is doing double duty this month.  We will discuss Harper Lee's recently published GO SET A WATCHMAN.  This novel introduces us to a different Atticus Finch from the one we met in her classic tale To Kill A Mockingbird.
     The second book is in a lighter vein: THE ROSE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion, a tale called "an utterly winning screwball comedy".  We meet Don Tillman, genetics professor, who develops a 16 page scientifically valid survey to find himself a wife.  Enter Rosie who is quickly disqualified but cannot be ingored.  Move over, Sheldon Cooper.  There's a new, brillant socially inept scientist in town.
Bad Girls Begins Again
    Our sessions begin on Wednesday, October 7th, at Bob Peterson's house at 8 Poplar Hill Road.  All 'Bad Girls' (and those who want to be) are welcome to join us.
     The topic for this fall is the afterlife, and we have chosen two books on which to base our discussions.  They are Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D. and Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent.  Our last session will be November 18th.
Operation Military Care K9
     Each year St. Mark's, as part of our stewardhip, chooses an outreach project.  This year we are asking for items to benefit Operation Military Care K9.  A list of items needed can be found on the table at the side entrance.  A collection box is next to the CHOW box.  
     Operation Military Care K9 began in 2002.  Care packages were sent to US military working dogs and their handlers.  Items sent were aimed at protecting them from the harsh weather and terrain -- such as Doogles to protect their eyes from sand storms, cooling vests to protect them from the high temperatures and from heat stroke (temperatures can reach 130 degrees), and dog boots to protect their paws in the the heat and terrain. 
     Military Working Dogs have been used by the U.S. Military since World War I.  Dogs, along with their volunteer handlers, trained in teams as scouts, trackers, sentry, mine/booby-trap/tunnel and water detection of hostile forces.  Dogs were used in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.   
     These dogs are guarding and protecting our Military Personnel as they were trained to do with courage, loyalty and lonor.  Please check the list to see how you can help protect them.
October Birthdays
Dave Gridley 10/1  
Evan Jacobs 10/13/03

Liam McCall 10/1/10
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 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 & Kris Bertram 10/7/89
Kenney & Deb Gardner 10/10/09
Kevin & Brooke McCall 10/11/13
Jerry & Melody Marinich 10/17/89
Philip & Tomee Crooks 10/19/43
Dennis & Sandie Walker 10/21/78
Dave & 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 1
7am            Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am       Women's Group @ Denny's
9am            Morning Prayer
6pm            Weight Watchers
October 2
1pm            Singles Ministry
6pm            Wedding rehearsal
October 3
2pm           Erica McRae & Korey Perkins Wedding
October 4 - CHOW Sunday
8am            Holy Eucharist - Rite 1 & Healing
9am            Bible Study
10am          Holy Eucharist & Healing
10am          Sunday School
11:30am     Choir Rehearsal
11:30am     EYF Meeting
October 5  
7pm            Al-Anon
October 6 -7 - Father Mark at Diocesan Clergy Conference in Syracuse
October 8
7am            Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am       Women's Group @ Denny's
9am            Morning Prayer
6pm            Weight Watchers
October 10
 (off site)     Breanna Whetsell & Tommy Markham Wedding 
October 11
8 & 10am     Holy Eucharist
9am             Bible Study
10am           Sunday School
11:30am      Choir Rehearsal
11:30am      Jr. Youth Group meeting
October 12
7pm             Al-Anon
October 13
9am            Guys' Breakfast @ Red Oak
October 14
1pm             Prayer Shawl Ministry
October 15
7am             Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am        Women's Group @ Denny's
9am             Morning Prayer
6pm             Weight Watchers
October 16
1pm             Singles Ministry
October 17
2pm             Baptism of Cael McNamara
October 18
8 & 10am     Holy Eucharist
9am             Bible Study
10am           Church school
11:30am      Choir Rehearsal
11:30am      Vestry meeting  
October 19
7pm             Al-Anon
October 21
1pm            Women's Luncheon at Cortese Rest.
October 22
7am            Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am       Women's Group @ Denny's
9am            Morning Prayer
6pm            Weight Watchers
October 25 - Canteen
8 & 10am    Holy Eucharist
9am            Bible Study
10am          Church school
11:30am     Choir Rehearsal
October 26 
 7pm            Al-Anon
October 27
9am            Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak
October 29
7am           Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am      Women's Group @ Denny's
9am           Morning Prayer
6pm           Weight Watchers
October 31 - Set your clocks back an hour!
November 1 - All Saints/All Souls - Remembering Our Dead
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 458, Chenango Bridge, NY,