November Lion's Roar
The Lion's Roar
A Message from Father Rick...
In the past few months Holly Manor Nursing Home in Mendham opened up to outside volunteers once more, and so I’ve been able to start going there once a month to offer a service of Holy Communion. I’ve been going to Holly Manor since 2009, and I’ve always enjoyed my time there with the residents.
In years past, I’d go, do the service, chat with some of the residents for a while and then head out. My October visit was very different. I did the service, and then chatted with those who were there. And then the activities coordinator asked me if I’d do some room visits with several other patients—and of course I said “yes.”
I went from room to room—eight residents, one after another—and found people who were lovely and gracious, but who were also incredibly isolated. Because of their particular medical needs and age, and the ongoing pandemic, they are unable to spend time out of their rooms. They were so, so lonely, and starved for connection.
On the flip side, I saw the incredible joy on people’s faces here at the Food Truck event! For the first time since Easter a large group of St Marksers gathered in one place. I’ve had so many comments from people saying how good it was to see “so and so,” and how good it was to talk to “such and such” again.
We’re in this limbo right now, where we aren’t being mandated to stay away from each other, but coming together in large numbers is still rare, and almost disorienting.
These two events, one in a nursing home, and another in our parking lot, made me think about how “loving our neighbor” is hard. And necessary. And requires creativity and intention and energy and effort.
And, I for one, am “all in” on trying to do it differently right now, so that those who are lonely and isolated can know that they are loved and held dear.
Our Church Calendar
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This Sunday - Oct 31
The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
8am Holy Eucharist Rite I
10am Holy Eucharist Rite II
5pm Evening Holy Eucharist (
Weekly Offerings in November
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 (
not on November 7th
November 7th - The Festival of All Saints'
November 14th & 21st - Community Dinner, Sunday School & Youth Groups
Most of our services are also broadcast on Youtube and can be seen directly from the front page of our website.
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for links and schedules to all upcoming services, bulletins, music offerings, signups, and more.
The Festival of All Saints, November 7th
As a part of the All Saints’ Day Service of Worship, our church remembers those who are in our memorial garden. We will also read off the names of loved ones no longer with us that you wish to have remembered on that day.
Please send the names of those you would like included to the office and we will read their names along with those in our garden at the 10am service.
2021 Year-to-Date (YTD, through September) Financial Results
Operating Income is $293K, $13K (or 5%) favorable to budget, driven by favorable Pledge, Plate, and Donations income received YTD offset partially by unfavorable Building Use Donations and Rummage Sales income.
Operating Expenses is $268K, -$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 $25K, $10K 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.
Daylight Savings Time is coming to a close. Don't forget to turn your clock back on November 7th or you'll be an hour early for our All Saints' Service!
God's Giving Garden
Our Giving Garden is winding down, but not here we are at 2,300 lbs!
Come help us as we wrap up this year’s harvest, plant our garlic and shallots in early November, complete phase 1 of our expansion, and get our garden ready for it’s winter “sleep”.
Work sessions on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, starting at 9.
Thank you to everyone who has purchased honey in support of our Giving Garden. With your help, we will be able to offer even more beautiful fruits, vegetables and herbs to those in need in our community next season and beyond.
A very, very special thank you to John Lyga! On his own time and at his own expense, John has tended the bees, and harvested, packaged and donated 120 jars of this delicious “world’s best” honey. We have sold all but a handful of jars, some of which we have also donated to the Food Bank of Somerset County and to Community Hope at the VA. All proceeds ($2400) will help to fund our garden expansion along with next season’s production.
From all of us in leadership at the Giving Garden, thank you for your generosity!”
Grounds News - Fall Cleanup, 11/6
It’s that time! You guessed it…. Fall leaf cleanup! Come one, come all! Bring a friend, a loved one, one of your kids… Let’s meet at
10:00 on Saturday November 6
with a rain date of Saturday November 13. We appreciate any help you can provide even if only for a short while. There’s always a lot of work to do but many hands make quick work. Thank you in advance. Hope to see you on the 6th!
hile American Thanksgiving is largely seen as a secular holiday it has its roots in the religious freedom sought by the pilgrims who came to America. Later, in 1789, Basking Ridge's own Elias Boudinot reinforced this notion when he introduced a congressional resolution to create a day for public prayer and thanksgiving. The first sentence of George Washinston's Thanksgiving proclamation read,
"Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."
Even in the good old days they were wordy.
As we approach Thanksgiving I stopped to reflect on all there is to be thankful for at St Mark's. Rick has done a fabulous job keeping us together, providing pastoral care, and delivering relevant multimedia messages through challenging times. St Mark's has managed to welcome new members and remain on sound financial footing, and we have retained outreach efforts. Most of all I am thankful for you. None of this would happen without our parishioners, who with grateful hearts prioritized stewardship, outreach, fellowship and togetherness in times calling for distance and fear. God bless and have a great holiday.
Jeff West, Senior Warden
My first thoughts as I write this note is regarding the well-being and safety of all of our parishioners. I recently got my COVID booster shot and the after effects reminded me of how this virus can really impact people who contract it, although only for about 36 hours, so I hope you are all doing well and doing everything you can to protect yourselves and your families.
s we head into the holiday season, we can look back at a year so far where we have come such a long way from the complete COVID shutdown we were living in at the beginning of this year. We don’t have to go much farther than to see the wonderful gathering we had with the food trucks in the parking lot on October 24th to see the incredible community we have in what we call the St. Mark’s family. We had about 120 people come out and listen to beautiful music, fun food (I was an especially big fan of the shake with the donut on top) and great fellowship (including the Morley chickens and Jeff’s dog). For those who have been able to attend the past couple church services, either in-person, or remotely, you were also able to see the tremendous video presentations by our Stewardship chair, Shirley Baker. The idea of providing cash envelopes to parishioners who can use them to do something for somebody else has already brought inspirational stories of how we can make a big difference with small gestures in others’ lives. It has really touched a nerve in me and I hope it has with all of you too.
Plans are still in motion for this coming holiday season on how we want to try to continue with our annual traditions (turkey giveaways around Thanksgiving, the Mid-Advent brunch, Creche service and, of course, our Christmas Eve services. This is an exciting time of year for all of us and I am looking forward to our church’s efforts to try to get back to whatever new normal we can establish and still maintain our priority to serve Christ and do so in a safe environment for all of our people.
Sean Gogerty, Jr. Warden
Holiday Turkey & Ham Collection
Please help make the holidays complete for families in need by donating turkeys or hams. You can also make a monetary donation and we will do the shopping for you!
Turkeys or hams can be placed in the cooler outside the church beginning 11/7 or in the large freezer in the kitchen. Thank you for your kindness!
Donations for the food bank are being accepted through December 15th.
We had the “Blessing of the Rockets” on Sunday Oct 24 at the 5 pm service so we are not all set for Launch. The tentative launch date is Saturday Nov 13 or Sunday Nov 14 mid afternoon at Ross Farm launch pad. We will be reaching out to see which date works best. If you did not get to build a rocket, I will have several available for kids to launch. If you need help finishing your rocket let me know and I will make a house call. Questions? Need more info or rocket building help? Reach out to John Lyga at
Twice a year we have a thorough inspection and maintenance of all of the HVAC systems in the Church, Halls, and Rectory. You can imagine we have a fair number of units that must be regularly checked. We recently had this done and received a clean bill of health. Yea! Unfortunately, some of our wooded structures are not in the same shape. We had some leaking during the recent rains and need to get the section of roof repaired where the Fellowship Hall connects to the Chapel roof. This section of roof shingles will likely need replacing soon. There are also a number of smaller projects that need some TLC and many can be done by parishioners. Much of this work falls to Martin Hale our Parish Sexton, he is a miracle worker but cannot do everything that comes up.
If you are handy or just want to pitch in and help out and learn, send an email to the office or John Lyga at
There are a number of small projects including painting, weather stripping, floor tiles needing replacing, upgrading some room lights, and some repair work in the rectory. Lots to go around!
Question of the week
: Why is one of the restrooms closed outside the Heritage Room?
One of the restrooms is being converted to a shower room to provide more flexibility for how we use our facilities. For someone who spent a career working in chemistry labs, accidents happen like in the kitchen and having a shower close by is nice to have. Also having a shower would open up our facility to help those in need of a short term place to stay, something we have not been able to do, yet there is great need. There is currently a small team being established to work with the Diocese to see what we can do to help. Reach out to the church office for more info.
Sunday School Happenings
We had our first session of the new Sunday School program held every other week during the 5pm Sunday service. We all watched a short Pixar video clip called LOU watching how a school playground bully can change with a touch of kindness. The kids went on to work on our rock “Kindness Project” (see photo) https://www.thekindnessrocksproject.com/.
We will be meeting in Bryans room every other Sunday at 5 (the same Sundays that we will be having the dinners provided). Everyone is welcome. Need some information? Want to help out with Sunday School? Reach out to John Lyga at
Laughter in the Pews
Nov 1 Scott Graff
Nov 2 Jennifer Phillips
Nov 3 Brian Woolford
Nov 5 Rachel Wojnar
Nov 7 Jackson Barna
Nov 9 Annabelle Wilmer
Nov 11 Laura Graff
Nov 13 Julia Nelson
Nov 14 Harry Woods
Nov 15 Hope Wiatroski
Nov 16 Liam Thoma
Nov 17 Andrew Phillips
Nov 20 Grace Murray
Nov 21 John Snyder
Nov 23 Natura Sant Foster
Nov 24 Ana McKoane
Nov 25 Jack Smythe
Nov 26 John Lyga
Jayne van der Valk
Anne Marie Woolford
Nov 27 Jacqueline Taylor
Nov 30 Kathryn Daut
Nov 3 John & Sandy Lazo
Nov 14 David & Linda Aul
Nov 16 Steve & Anne Marie Woolford
Nov 17 Webb & Martha Winter
Nov 24 Bruce & Julia Nelson
Keansburg Soup Kitchen
We are headed down to Keansburg again on
Wednesday, November 3rd.
to view our needs list as we require some (you guessed it!) meatloaves.
Please drop off your meatloaves by Tuesday so everything is all set for the team on Wednesday morning. You can drop them off at the office or directly to the kitchen (place in the white refrigerator only)
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
on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 6:00AM