The February Lion's Roar
The Lion's Roar
From Father Rick...
February 27 & 28
Youth Group/Confirmation Prep Gathering
Sunday, January 31st, at 7pm on Zoom
Weekly Offerings in February
Morning Prayer, on Facebook and YouTube
Alpha 7pm-8:30pm (
sign up here
9am Holy Eucharist Rite II in the Sanctuary
7PM Adult Forum: Prologue (beginning Feb 3)
12noon Midday Mindfulness on Facebook
5pm Holy Eucharist Rite II
8am Holy Eucharist Rite I
10am Holy Eucharist Rite II
All our services are also broadcast on Youtube and Facebook. In addition, they can be seen directly from the front page of our website.
Visit our website,
for links and schedules to all upcoming services, music offerings, signups, and more.
Please make yourself familiar with our current
for participating in in-person gatherings at St. Mark's
Zoom on over to Alpha!
St Mark’s has joined up with St. Luke’s in Gladstone for a virtual Alpha. This unique program combines video learning with meaningful discussion about our Christian faith. You can do it all from the comfort of your home! We began the course January 19th but it's not too late to join. We encourage you to register in advance so that you receive the Zoom link.
Click here to register.
For questions about the program, email Lea O’Shea (email@example.com).
2020 Year-to-Date (YTD, through December) and Full-Year Financial Results
·Operating Income was $389K, +$13K (or +4%) above budget. December included the recognition of PPP funds on the P&L (see below for additional details on PPP), recorded in full in December as operating income (+$35.9K). Overall, for 2020 full-year, pledge income actuals exceeded budget by +$11K, Donations exceeded budget by +$10K and Holiday Offerings exceeded budget by +$0.8K. These surpluses were offset partially by unfavorable income variances in plate income (-$5K), Building Use Donations (-$17K) and Rummage Sales (-$22K). The majority of unfavorable income results were due to the effects of COVID-19.
·Operating Expenses was $370K, $6K (or 1%) below budget, driven in part by reduced worship expenses, utilities, and grounds maintenance expenses.
·Operating Net Income was +$19K, +$19K above budget, driven by favorable pledge income and donations, PPP funding, and favorable overall operating expenses.
As communicated previously, in April 2020, St. Marks received a loan of $35,900 via the US Cares Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). PPP enabled small businesses (including non-profits and faith-based organizations like St. Marks) to access federal funding via forgivable grants and loans and loan deferrals to alleviate the adverse financial impact and uncertainties caused by COVID-19. The Finance Committee is pleased to report that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved St. Mark’s PPP loan forgiveness application. Since St. Mark's forgiveness application was for full forgiveness (greater than or equal to our PPP loan amount) and St Mark's did not receive an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance (another US Federal Government COVID relief program, for which St. Marks did not qualify), no interest or principal payments will ever be required as the SBA has paid-off St. Mark's loan in full.
Planning has begun for some fun and active fellowship events locally in the Basking Ridge area and also to be held at St. Mark’s outside. Do you feel like getting outside in the great outdoors may be something that interests yourself and your family or friends? If so, then please plan on joining us for a fun and beginner friendly hike at Jockey Hollow. The plan includes a two-mile hike on the Red trail that is 2 miles long. The hike will take approximately 30-45 minutes. A virtual hiking information session will be held prior to the actual hike via zoom. Please sign up with your Fellowship Chair as soon as possible, Sandy Gogerty, firstname.lastname@example.org, emailing your interest to participate. A signup sheet will be sent and confirmation made regarding the best date/time. Plan for one Saturday in February, depending on the weather, to begin at 10 a.m. and end with hot chocolate in the parking lot. Please check the Church bulletin for other virtual adventures in the future also.
Keansburg Soup Kitchen
We are headed down to Keansburg next Wednesday. Please
to view our needs list as we require some (you guessed it!) meatloaves.
Sunday School News
Remember to check out the weekly Sunday School lesson that can be found on the Sunday School Tab each Sunday on the St. Marks Website. Every week is a new lesson modeled after one of the weekly readings and includes a color page, word search and most weeks a short video from Sermons4Kids.
We will be starting our first quarter Family project in February to coincide with lent which starts early this year. Following Jesus’ teachings to Feed the Hungry, we will hold our first ever CANSTRUCTION event. Rules and timelines will be coming soon. Canstruction is building a sculpture from cans of food (Google Canstruction!). You can use as many cans as you like to build a structure of your choosing and put it on display for all to see in the church hall for holy week. There is no better time to purchase cans of food than during the ShopRite Can-Can sale so stock up now. Families or Covid Pods who want to participate can sign up for a build time in the hall. All cans of food will be donated to our local food pantries. Start thinking of what you want to build and get those cans ready! Rules and sign up will be coming out soon. Lets have some fun while following Jesus. I really liked this bee hive…but you can build anything!
The Forum, beginning February 3
Mindfulness & More
Hello St. mark’s friends. I’m Christine, parishioner, holistic health coach, and yoga teacher (right here in our own parish hall). If you are interested in taking a yoga class, reach out to me or the church office.
Did you know I offer Midday Mindfulness each Thursday on the St Mark’s Facebook page? Stop by and check it out! This past visit, we explored one idea on how to manage feelings of overwhelm and gave a gentle stretch to our spines and last week we discovered stress relief and mindfulness options we can use in the car. It’s a 15-minute investment that can yield greater peace, release tension, and maybe even make you smile. Recordings are also available on our website and YouTube.
Christine Marston, CHHC
200 hr. RYT Yoga Instructor
Laughter in the Pews
2/1 Almon Lee
2/2 Eric van der Valk
2/3 Lesley Acheson
Alain Van Loo
2/4 Blanca Ibanez
2/6 Jeff Raunec
2/7 Ryan Gogerty
2/8 Nancy Dudding
2/9 Christian Luongo
2/10 Caleb Larner
2/11 Kaitlin Solon
2/12 Betsy Spindler
2/13 Ron Buesser
2/14 Spencer DeFeo
2/15 Steve Omick
2/16 David Aul
2/17 Alice Lapier
2/18 Jaime Lunny
2/19 Lorri Layton
2/20 Theresa Wojnar
2/21 Bernie Jewson
2/22 Stephen Sinofsky
2/24 Bill Wilkes
2/27 Ethan Barna
2/13 Frank & Doriann Sanchez
2/21 Nick & Adelene Sant Foster
Rector: The Rev. Richard M.C. Morley
Senior Warden: Jeff West
Junior Warden: Sean Gogerty
Grounds: Pete Kochek
Buildings: John Lyga
Outreach: Jody Hough
Finance: Matt Seitz
Stewardship: Shirley Baker
Christian Ed. Laura Mooney
Comm. / Evangelism: Marliese Knill
Fellowship: Sandy Gogerty
Membership: Marcie Hanhart
Warden Emeritus: Jim Lunny
Treasurer: Teri Passarello
Recording Treasurer: Doug Post
Assistant Treasurer: Bruce Walker
Sunday School Director: John Lyga
J2A Coordinator: Chip Rubendall
Music Director: Mike McCormick
on Friday, January 29 at 6:00AM