October Lion's Roar
The Lion's Roar
A Message from Father Rick...
It’s, quite obviously, been a long, long eighteen months.
I was in a meeting with other local Episcopal priests last week, and it was noted just how hard this time has been—and how what we’re going through RIGHT NOW, even a year and a half into this thing, is still hard. Things are “opening up” and “getting close to normal” but that word “CLOSE” is doing a lot of work. It’s normal-ish, but not normal.
The hardest part for the clergy on that Zoom call, including myself, is that the number of people who have returned to church and church activities is a fraction of what we saw before. We all know that many of those who aren’t in-person are still connecting in other ways—and that’s great! We know that we are reaching people that we weren’t prior to the pandemic—and that’s also great!
But, we also know that it’s kind of sad to look out and see pews and chairs that used to be filled, and which aren’t. I want to say clearly here—that if someone feels unsafe returning to our buildings, I totally support your decision to remain where you are.
So, we are trying to find ways to regather the community. One of those ways is with community dinners. Starting at 5:45PM, two Sundays a month, these dinners are meant to serve as opportunities for the whole church family to come together, reengage old friends, and meet new people. For now, I’m providing the food, but eventually I’d love to have people sign-up to provide /cook dinner.
On October 24th, we’re providing dinner through some food trucks! We’re going to ask that you sign up, and just show up to eat some good food.
October 24 (with food trucks!)
Our Church Calendar
to watch a quick video on how to connect with St. Mark's calendar
The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
8am Holy Eucharist Rite I
10am Holy Eucharist Rite II, Recovery Sunday
5pm Evening Holy Eucharist, with Pet Blessing (
Weekly Offerings in October
9am Holy Eucharist Rite II in the Sanctuary
7:30pm The Forum: The Book of the Prophet Isaiah
12noon Midday Mindfulness on Facebook
8am Holy Eucharist Rite I
10am Holy Eucharist Rite II
5pm Holy Eucharist
Mark Your Calendars
Community Dinner & Youth Groups - Oct 10th & Oct 24th
Most of our services are also broadcast on Youtube and can be seen directly from the front page of our website.
Visit our website,
for links and schedules to all upcoming services, bulletins, music offerings, signups, and more.
2021 Year-to-Date (YTD, through August) Financial Results
Operating Income is $270K, $19K (or 8%) favorable to budget, driven by favorable pledge, plate, and donations income received YTD.
Operating Expenses is $239K, -$3K (or -1%) unfavorable to budget, driven by unfavorable Buildings Maintenance expenses from a siding repair project, higher Grounds Maintenance expenses from snow removal, additional Worship expenses from the Easter tent rental, and from IT expenses from an unexpected hardware and software issue in a church office computer.
Operating Net Income is $31K, $16K favorable to budget, driven by favorable operating income cited above.
Please only sign up for a second slot on a day if you have agreed with someone to do coffee hour together. Otherwise, you will both not know who the other person signed up is.
St. Marks Sunday School
Our program will kick off this month on Sunday October 17 at the 5pm service. We will be meeting twice a month at the Sunday evening service that also has dinner.
The program we are using this year has a focus on exploring values and ethics using short clips from Disney and Pixar as well as fun craft projects. At the first meeting we will watch a Pixar clip about a bully named JJ stealing toys from other children. Our craft project will be to kick off our Kindness Rock Project.
For those children attending in person we have set up Bryans room as a Covid safe space, the room is off limits for all other uses. We will be offering our program online for those interested following the in person meeting. If you would like more information about the program please reach out to John Lyga.
We will continue meeting on Sundays after the 5 pm service to work on building our rockets with a launch planned for late October at Ross Farm. Videos are posted following the session to allow those who could not attend to build. For help with building your rocket or just general information, contact John Lyga.
God's Giving Garden
2000-lb milestone surpassed, and still harvesting!
Come join in as we wind down this season’s harvest and build a couple of new beds to help us increase next year’s production. Our regularly-scheduled work sessions are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings from 9-noon, weather permitting.
There are a limited number of pint jars (24 oz weight) of local honey (all containing some Ross Farm Hive honey) available as part of the annual fundraiser in support of the Ross Giving Garden. The donation for a pint jar is $20 this year. If interested, please contact the office or John Lyga.
The fall picnic at Dunham Park was enjoyed by many. First, listening to Father Rick’s sermon and Michael’s music... what a joyful experience on a beautiful sunny morning. Next, following the service, parishioners enjoyed coffee, snacks (many “old school” snacks like stuffed oatmeal cookie sandwiches) and lunch with old and new friends from our St. Mark’s family.
Ongoing activities include the “Grub Club”, a dinner club started this summer. Five groups have formed, please feel free to join in by sending an email to Sandy at
. The Gogertys hosted the first dinner with Group #1 with a Q & A sheet completed by guests that led to a nice discussion about favorite sports teams, places of birth, and family memories – to name a few. It was nice to get to know fellow parishioners on a more personal level. Late summer, the Kujans hosted Group #2 in Morristown at their residence, also enjoying a first dinner with a well- planned delicious meal. Group #3 was hosted by the Millans. As one parishioner noted, “The dinner was just super and time passed in a flash”. Group #4 hosted by the Knills includes the Morley’s and Winters. Although the groups were randomly selected, it seems that this Group #4 may have an unfair “cooking” advantage (if you have ever eaten Karen or Dawn’s homemade food you would agree) Group #5 is still in the planning stages with Marilyn and John Lyga joining the fun. Guests supplemented the hosts main courses with many a fare including homemade lemonade, decadent desserts (can you say “chocolate”?), and lovely appetizers.
Come one, come all! We hope you didn’t sell your rakes at the rummage sale because we’re going to need them! That’s right, it’s that time of year again… fall cleanup! Final date TBD but we’ll need some help with raking leaves. We don’t want to rush the leaves off the trees but please keep us in mind, we could use your help to beautify our Church.
There are no major building projects planned this fall but we have a number of smallish projects that are available for those who can help out. Here is a partial sampling of what is needed;
Remove and replace cracked and broken floor tile near the entrance and exit to the fellowship hall
Paint the outside window sills on the second floor, all are accessible from the inside.
Apply some tlc to the Rectory rear outside stairs. Some decking needs to be screwed in or additional screws added for support. (At some point this needs to be replaced.)
Add bracing to the door sill lower level classroom entrance from the Memorial Garden.
Relocate the AC coolant piping in the rear of the Rectory a few inches so it is not blocking the laundry vent (just a few screws to remove and reinstall).
There are other projects so if there is nothing on the list you like but want to help-just contact John Lyga.
Thank you Ann and Mike Millan, Gerry and Sophie McDonnell, Christine and Spenser Thoma, Lily and Chase Chan, Martha Heiner, Mary Urbas, Beth Kujan, and John Lyga for all your help this month. I know it was a challenging month because of the devastation from Hurricane Ida. Please know that there were many organizations out there helping out for a short period of time with relief as well. Every little bit helped and the clients let us know with their stories and thanks. Jody
The process has started for selecting members of the St. Mark’s congregation to serve as Wardens and Vestry members starting in January 2022, and as Delegates to the Diocesan Convention in March 2022. As provided for in the By-Laws, the Rector and the current Wardens and Vestry members have selected three members of the St. Mark’s family to serve on the Nominating Committee and to select nominees.
In addition to the Junior Warden position, there are three Vestry positions to be filled: those responsible for leading our Membership programs, coordinating our Christian Education programs and managing the maintenance of our Grounds. And there are three positions for delegates to the Convention.
The Nominating Committee will publish its slate of candidates in the November issue of the Lion’s Roar, and the parish will vote on this slate at the Annual Parish Meeting in January.
Nominating Committee members are Laura Mooney, Gerry McDonnell and Jim Lunny. If you have any questions about the nomination process, or if you would like to propose any parish member, including yourself, for consideration, please contact any member of the committee.
The St. Mark's Choir is back! Now that the Fall choir season has begun, we would like to extend an invitation to any and all parishioners to join us for an open rehearsal on October 17th at 11:30am (directly following the 10am service). If you have previously sung in the choir, thought about joining, or are just curious to know what a choir rehearsal is like, please come join us! Please note that we are requiring full vaccination and masks to begin the choir season this Fall. We hope to see many of you there!
The St. Mark's Choir sings at the 10am service on a weekly basis from late September to early June. Our weekly commitment is 9am-12:30pm every Sunday, which includes a warm up before the 10am service, and a rehearsal following the service. No mid-week rehearsal, what a deal!
Laughter in the Pews
10/3 Noelle Luongo
10/4 Kristi Phillips
10/7 Gerry Acheson
10/8 Jennifer Solon
10/9 Danielle Gogerty
10/11 Bill Richardson
10/12 Eileen Barna
10/13 Janet Williams
10/14 Phoebe Menter
10/15 Betsy Coffin
10/17 Justin Lazo
10/18 Casiana Omick
10/21 Daniel Ittycheria
10/22 Ella Hargy
10/24 Ally Denechaud
10/26 James Post
10/28 Adelaida Conover
10/30 Karen Morley
10/31 Jason van der Valk
10/2 Tom & Sharon Defeo
10/5 Bernie & Meg Jewson
10/7 Jeff & Martha Heiner
10/8 Rick & Julie Sheppard
10/11 Bill & Adriane Walsh
10/12 Ben & Winny Hargy
10/21 Gerald & Christina Creighton
10/23 Philip & Rebecca Moussally
10/24 Jim & Carol DeCoste
Jim & Eileen Barna
Keansburg Soup Kitchen
We are headed down to Keansburg again on
Wednesday, October 6th
to view our needs list as we require some (you guessed it!) meatloaves.
“Do you like food trucks?
Come join us in the parking lot of the church for a community dinner with delicious food trucks on Sunday, October 24th!
Stay tuned for more information.
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. The price for a single is $35 and $70 for both altar arrangements.
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.
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
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Our volunteers provide emotional support, companionship and respite to hospice patients and their families. No previous experience required. Must be 18 years of age; possess a valid driver’s license and willing to undergo background check. Up-to-date PPD also required which we can provide free of charge.
Learn how your presence can make an impact on someone’s life. Training sessions in our Basking Ridge office.
To request info packet contact:
Stella Benedict 908-580-3888 or email
Josephine Mazzeo 908-797-1635 or email
The Bernards Township Health Department has scheduled a
clinic for Thursday, October 7 2021, at Bernards Township Community Center located at 289 South Maple Street in Basking Ridge, NJ starting at 9:00 a.m. The PCR test for Covid-19 will be performed by
Appointments can be scheduled in advance at:
**Walk-ins are welcome, but last appointment will be seen at 4:00 p.m.**
on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 6:00AM