The May Lion's Roar
The Lion's Roar
A Message from Father Rick...
Weekly Offerings in May
Morning Prayer, on Facebook and YouTube
9am Holy Eucharist Rite II in the Sanctuary
7pm The Forum:
The Ten: A course on the Ten Commandments, on Zoom
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
The Forum, Wednesday evenings at 7pm on Zoom
2021 Year-to-Date (
YTD, through March
) Financial Results
Operating Income is $145K, $15K (or 11%) above budget, driven by favorable pledge income and donations received YTD.
Operating Expenses is $92K, -$1K (or -1%) below budget, driven by higher Grounds Maintenance expenses from snow removal and timing of expenses.
Operating Net Income is $53K, $14K above budget, driven by favorable pledge income and donations.
This is my first entry in the Lion’s Roar as your Junior Warden. It has been over 3 months since I took over this new role and it has been an honor to work directly with Fr. Rick and Jeff West. This year comes with the primary challenge of working to get our parish back to as normal as possible and due to the leadership of Fr. Rick and the Vestry, we are off to a great start. We had outdoor services for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday under rented tents in the parking lot. With the help of so many people, led by Jan Williams and Addie Sant Foster, beautiful plants were provided to make the services amazing. We are now going to work toward more outdoor services at Harry Dunham Park (the first one will be Mother’s Day, May 9th) to give our parishioners an opportunity to be able to participate in person again. In spite of COVID protocols, St. Marks has continued to perform outreach activities (John Lyga’s Canstruction contest was a big success and created an opportunity to make large food contributions to local food banks) and fellowship events (Sandy Gogerty organized a fun walk at Jockey Hollow in March and we have had a couple virtual coffee hours to connect after services) - examples of the vibrancy of our church family during this crisis.
This parish family has also really stepped up to keep our financial house in great shape with greater than planned pledge and donation income through the first quarter of the year. This will enable us to make investments that will help us to keep our building and grounds in good condition. If all else works out, we will also be able to restart the semi-annual rummage sale this coming Fall which has become a critical fundraiser for St. Marks as well as a valuable source of support for our community.
This has also been a sad first three months of the year with the passing of former Wardens, Chip Hughes and Don Kress. I follow in the footsteps of these two incredible leaders, human beings and Christians who have done great things to make our church a better place for all of us to be a part of. My remaining tenure as a Warden will be dedicated to try to make a mark on this place we call our home as much as Chip and Don did - may they both rest in peace.
Mother's Day Service in the Park
On Sunday, May 9th, we will hold our 10am service at the outdoor pavilion at Harry Dunham Park.
Mother's Day at the Park
Laughter in the Pews
May 2 Sandy Lazo
May 3 Gerald Creighton
May 4 Sophie McDonnell
May 6 Colin Buesser
May 8 Amelia Kendall
May 9 Charles Knill
May 10 Suzanne Walczak
May 11 John Lazo
May 13 Jeff Heiner
May 14 Brit Vaughan
May 15 Jensen Vaughan
May 16 Madeline West
May 18 Alex Corson
May 20 Claudia Hughes
May 23 Cindy Campbell
May 24 Avery Grace Licata
May 26 James Finger
May 28 Mark Iantosca
May 29 Peter Daut
May 30 Bernard Jewson
May 31 Christina Creighton
May 6 Laura & Tom Mooney
May 7 Marty & Mary Urbas
May 14 Jack & Connie Smythe
May 18 Lois & Ron Buesser
May 27 Rich & Christine Thoma
Keansburg Soup Kitchen
We are headed down to Keansburg next Wednesday, May 5th. Please
to view our needs list as we require some (you guessed it!) meatloaves.
Donations to Altar Guild
Fresh flowers are always a welcome site on Sunday mornings. Please contact the office if you would like to dedicate altar flowers in memory or celebration of a loved one.
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
Our Online Directory
Have you downloaded our online directory app to your smart phone or tablet yet? It's really easy and so convenient to have!
Follow this link for step-by-step instructions.
Prefer to use your computer? No problem!
for instructions on how to get connected with your computer.
Once you are in the directory you will be able to update your own information and even upload a new photo.
Give the office a call if you need any assistance.
Just a reminder, we have over 50 puzzles here in the office...our own
. Feel free to come and borrow as many as you like!
GroupMe Prayer Group
Are you looking for a way to stay connected with your fellow parishioners? Well, look no further! St. Mark’s now has a group prayer chat through an app/website called GroupMe. GroupMe is a text messaging app/website that can be used on a phone, tablet, or computer. Join the group to chat and pray with other parishioners. Click the following link to join and create an account (if you don’t have one already):
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:Joan Graff
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, April 30, 2021 at 8:38AM