The Lion's Roar
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Chenango Bridge, NY
August 2014
From the Church Guy
     Once upon a time, a priest visited a wealthy parishioner.  This man had attended church for years, but had never given any money to the church.  The priest talked to him about the needs of the church, and how it's a blessing to give to God's work.
     The man replied, "I understand what you're saying.  But there are some things about me that you don't know.  My mother is quite ill and requires a full-time nurse.  My sister and her husband died, leaving four children as orphans.  My own son works as a doctor in Africa, helping people there without asking them for pay."
     The priest was embarrassed, not knowing any of this.
     The man continued, "And since I don't send any of them a penny, why would I help you?"
     I hope that's just a joke!  Thank you for being the opposite of that man.  Thanks for your continuing generous financial support for the work of St. Mark's Church.  Your faithful giving is yet another of the many reasons I'm so happy to be your priest!
                                                                         Father Mark +
 Parish Picnic August 3!
     Sunday (August 3) is the day of our annual summer church picnic.  We have reserved the pavilion at Port Dick Park.  We hope you've signed up ahead of time so that we have an accurate count for the chicken order.  If you have not yet paid, the cost is $3 per person (with a maximum of $12 per family), and you can pay at the park.
     Our 8:00 Sunday service will be as usual, and Father Mark will offer a short, low-key 10:00 service without music (for those who are not going to the picnic, or who haven't gotten the word).  We'll have Eucharist at 11:40 at the park, followed by the picnic at noon.
 Father Mark on Vacation, Part Deux
    The Rector will take the remainder of his vacation in August.  He will be with us on August 3 and August 10.  On August 11, he goes on vacation, and will return to the office on Wednesday, September 3.  The Rev. Judy Kesseler will serve as our priest on August 17, 24, and 31.   
 McRoberts Funeral August 30
     Our condolences to Lois McRoberts, one of our members, on the death of her husband Tom.  There will be a funeral for Tom on Saturday, August 30, at 1:00 p.m. with Father Mark as the officiant.
 Teachers Needed for 2014/2015 Church School Year
     Do you enjoy working with children?  Have you thought about becoming more involved in the life of St. Mark's?  Want to combine the two?  Then talk to Mary Taylor about the possibility of becoming a Sunday school teacher!  It will be a learning experience for both the children and you.
     Church school begins on September 14 with a welcome back gathering in the undercroft.  Regular classes begin on September 21.
 Can you help with school supplies for needy kids?
     We are collecting all kinds of school supplies for needy students in the Whitney Point school district (our own Laura Chestnut is one of the principals there).  Sue Surgent, our Stewardship chairperson, appreciates your help!  There will be a box at church as you shop for items in August and early September.  Thank you!
August Birthdays
Mike Henderson 8/1   Sam Ciotoli 8/17
Carole Williams 8/3
 Fred Doolittle 8/19  
Sandie Walker 8/4   Mary Lou Zanot 8/19
Martin McHale 8/6 William Thomas 8/21
Katelyn Black 8/6/10
Melissa Sweet 8/21/97
Judy Heller 8/8
Mary Brom 8/23/05
Diane Schaumberg 8/10 Barbara Badger 8/23
Cindi Ferranti 8/12 Jeffrey Jacobs 8/24
Kelly Johnson 8/15 Sue Thomas 8/26
Barry Arnold 8/15 Mary Taylor 8/28
Clyde Gruver 8/16  Barbara Ferrari 8/29
Amber Desjarlais 8/17/03
Dawn Moochler 8/29
Caroline Thomas 8/17 Kim Meier 8/30
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Anniversaries in August
Greg & Barbara Fisher  8/3/85
Brian & Judy Kessler 8/5/61
 Bob & Mary Lou Zanot 8/10/75
 Steve & Pam Carr  8/11/90
Sam & Vivienne Ciotoli  8/11
 Clyde & Ginny Gruver 8/12/67
 Brandon & Heather Benning  8/14/10
John & Cindi Ferranti  8/20/88
Robert & Karen Van Kleeck  8/21/76
Dale & Kelly Johnson  8/22/87
Dana & Kathi Holcomb  8/26/67
Gerry & Trina Cooney  8/28/82
Barry & Deborah Arnold  8/29/92
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For Your Calendar in August
August 1
1pm     Singles Ministry
August 3
8am        Holy Eucharist
9am        Bible Study
10am      Holy Eucharist
11:40am Holy Eucharist @ Port Dickinson Park - picnic to follow
August 4
7pm      Al-Anon
August 7
7am        Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am   Women's Group @ Denny's
9am        Morning Prayer
6pm        Weight Watchers
August 9
1pm        Lianna Hill & Josh Quinn Wedding at local park
August 10
8am & 10am  Holy Eucharist
9am              Bible Study
August 11 - Father Mark on Vacation 8/11 - 9/3
7pm      Al-Anon
August 12
9am        Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak
August 14
7am        Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am   Women's Group @ Denny's
9am        Morning Prayer
6pm        Weight Watchers
August 15
1pm        Singles Ministry - Movie
August 17 - The Rev. Judy Kessler
8am & 10am  Holy Eucharist
9am              Bible Study
August 18
7pm           Al-Anon
August 20 
 1pm      Women's Luncheon @ Cortese
August 21
7am           Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am      Women's Group @ Denny's
9am           Morning Prayer
6pm           Weight Watchers
August 24 - The Rev. Judy Kessler
8am           Holy Eucharist 
10am         Holy Eucharist
9am           Bible Study
11am         Canteen
August 25
7pm            Al-Anon
August 26 
9am           Guy's Breakfast @ Red Oak
August 28
7am            Men's Group @ Red Oak
7:30am       Women's Group @ Denny's
9am            Morning Prayer
6pm            Weight Watchers
August 30
1pm            McRoberts Funeral
August 31 - The Rev. Judy Kessler
8 & 10am    Holy Eucharist
9am            Bible Study
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 458, Chenango Bridge, NY,