June Lion's Roar
The Lion's Roar
A Message from Father Rick...
On May 22nd we joined with our friends at St Bernards and St John on the Mountain to bless the Giving Garden at the Ross Farm. It was a stunningly beautiful day, and it’s always fun to gather with our brothers and sisters from neighboring congregations.
The mission of the Giving Garden is as necessary as it’s ever been. With rising gas prices and inflation, people have less wiggle room in their budgets. For people who had no wiggle room to begin with, this is a crisis. AND, the number of people who have been making regular donations to the Food Bank is also down significantly—for the exact same reasons.
So, demand for food is up, and the supply is down. So, for the garden to be able to produce 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of fresh produce for the local Food Bank and other local pantries can go a long way towards helping our neighbors in this time.
Another ministry that is critical is Curbing Hunger—which was founded right here at St Mark’s— and which raises food during the summer months when regular food donations are lower. Please fill the bags on your recycling cans with nonperishable food—and encourage your friends and family to do the same (if they are in Somerset County).
There is a link to the online Curbing Hunger drive right here:
where you can purchase food and it will be delivered to the Food Bank for you.
Please do what you can, and spread the word—and even consider coming to weed, tend, and pick at the garden—so that our neighbors won’t go hungry this summer.
Weekly Offerings in June
10am Morning Prayer via Zoom
9am Holy Eucharist Rite II in Post Chapel
5pm Holy Eucharist Rite III
8am Holy Eucharist Rite I
10am Holy Eucharist Rite II
June 5th 5:30PM-7PM Youth Groups Meet
June 1st & 15th Keansburg Soup Kitchen
Visit our website
for links and schedules to all upcoming services, bulletins, music offerings, signups, and more.
Ah June, the promising month filled with graduations. I would like to take a moment to congratulate our seniors graduating from high school this month. Jackson Barna, Andrew Hargy, Ryan Hargy, Daniel Ittycheria, Zoe Morley, Chris Possanza, Kenny Sinofsky, and Sydney Spindler. Your church wishes you well on your next pursuits, and we look forward to seeing you again.
Here at St. Mark’s, at the June 12 service at 10:00AM, we will be having a presentation of our three-part campaign to address the top to bottom needs of the church – to put on a new roof, to improve the organ to a praise-worthy condition, and to strengthen our financial foundation by eliminating mortgage debt. As you recall, a video presentation was shown on March 27 as to the current state of these Vestry goals. (
You can view the presentation here
So, mark your calendars for the June 12 service, or join us on-line that morning, to hear the latest. You won’t want to miss this, as there is some big news to report.
We could use a couple more ushers for our 10am services (9:15 summer schedule). Even if you can help out one Sunday, it would be very helpful. You would only need to serve once every 5 or 6 weeks, Please email Jim Martucci at
if you are interested. Thank you.
2022 Year-to-Date (YTD, through April) Financial Results
Operating Income is $177K, $11K (or 7%) favorable to budget, driven by full and partial year pledge income received year-to-date, offset partially by unfavorable Donations income. Net income from April’s rummage sale was almost $12K.
Operating Expenses is $131K, -$10K (or -8%) unfavorable to budget, driven by Buildings Maintenance expenses (burst pipe / flood damage) and timing of expenses.
Operating Net Income is $46K, $1K favorable to budget, driven by favorable operating income cited above.
Laughter in the Pews
God's Giving Garden
We had a spectacular garden blessing on May 22 (see pic below). Our Giving Garden is now fully planted for early-mid summer. We have already donated over 94lbs of food. Amazing how much such a light plant can weigh in bulk!
Garden work sessions are Tues, Thurs and Sat mornings 9-noon, throughout the summer and Fall. Come join us!”
Charter Day, 2022
Charter Day, 2022
After two years of Hiatus due to
COVID -19, Charter Day 2022 was back on Saturday, May21st. This year we decided to have an open house in St. Mark’s main building, featuring the newly decorated Zach’s treehouse, which was guided by the youth. We’ve also opted out of renting space from the township; instead, we set up our own tent right in front of the church door since we have the advantage of location. Most people stroll down the street and pass by our church on the way to the vendor’s area. On Saturday the weather was so warm it hit 90 degrees before noon. Marliese’s little friend let us know how she felt from the bottom of her tiny heart.
I am most grateful for all the helpers, people who hung out with us under the heat, including our very talented youth, who did a great job on hair spraying. A picture is worth a thousand words.
June 1 Megan Sinofsky
June 2 Zoe Morley
June 6 T.J. Lazo
June 7 Jane Nishimura
June 10 Jody Hough
June 11 Nicky Sant Foster
June 12 Kenny Sinofsky
June 14 Martin Hale
June 18 Brian Marston
June 20 Joe Lyga
June 21 Taylor Keenan
June 25 Reid Marston
June 27 Hannah Timm
June 28 Anne Snyder
June 30 Henry Snyder
June 9 Roger & Adi Conover
June 10 John & Marilyn Lyga
June 12 Eliot & Millicent Knight
June 13 Jim & Patty Lunny
June 18 Norm & Joan Graff
Dev & Anju Ittycheria
June 19 Bruce & Lauren Walker
June 20 Sean & Sandy Gogerty
June 24 Matthew & Emma Lanese
June 24 Rick & Karen Morley
June 26 Bill & Susan Richardson
June 28 Chuck & Dawn Knill
Our Online Directory
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Give the office a call if you need any assistance.
Rector: The Rev. Richard M.C. Morley
Senior Warden: Sean Gogerty
Junior Warden: Martha Heiner
Buildings: John Lyga
Christian Ed. Kristine Hauser
Comm. / Evangelism: Marliese Knill
Fellowship: Sandy Gogerty
Finance: Matt Seitz
Grounds: Steve Kugan
Membership: Lily Chan
Outreach: Jody Hough
Stewardship: Gerald Creighton
Warden Emeritus: Jeff West
Treasurer: Teri Passarello
Recording Treasurer: Doug Post
Assistant Treasurer: Bruce Walker
Sunday School Director: John Lyga
J2A Coordinator: Chip Rubendall
Music Director: Mike McCormick
Parish Admin: Ann Millan
Sexton: Martin Hale
Buildings & Grounds News
Thank you to the volunteers that continue to refresh and repair!
Thank you all who have contributed to working on building projects this year. We have nearly 20 assorted projects completed so far. Wahooo! One area of our facilities that has not received much attention is the Rectory. I would like to focus on the Rectory over the summer and am looking for VOLUNTEERS to help. If you feel you are not that handy but want to learn how to do some maintenance projects, training will be provided.
St. Mark's Repair Projects May 24, 2022.pdf
On June 1st we start the much needed reroofing project which is planned to be done in three phases as funds are raised.
Phase 1 will include the roof over the kitchen and chapel area (Blue section) as well as the Link and Parish Hall connector (Pink section). These areas have current leaking issues which need to be addressed first. We will also be replacing the skylights in these areas including the skylights over the kitchen area bringing light to the chapel stained glass window and also the skylights in the Link. We will be removing the two lower skylights in the Link entirely to eliminate future leaking problems from rain water run-off from the steep church roof.
Phase 2 will be replacing the main church roof (Yellow) as it has hundreds of small patched holes from the old solar panels. Phase 2 will also include replacing the skylights over the altar area. Phase 2 is planned to be done in 2023. Phase 3 will be replacing the Parish Hall roof (white) and finally the Heritage Roof (Green) along with replacing the gutters and leaders to finish the project. Much thanks go to Jeff Hooper for working with the roofing contractor to select a top quality shingle and accompanying materials which should last us well past mid-century.
Church Kitchen Project
Do you enjoy organizing? Have you enjoyed watching any of the organizing shows such as Get Organized: The Home Edit or Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, and wanted to try it out? One of the building projects includes cleaning up and re-organizing the kitchen. If you have interest in being a part of this project please email Marliese Knill at
for more information.
: Check out the newly refurbished Memorial Garden Lighting. The system was converted to low voltage with 12 v LED bulbs that fit the existing fixtures which were cleaned and repainted. We are just waiting for the 12 v LED spotlights and the system will be complete. Thanks to John Lyga and Ollie who helped with the digging.
Thanks to our Sr. Warden Sean, the siding and Garden steps were all power washed in May. Sean seemed to have a lot of fun!
Save the Date...
On Saturday, July 9th, there will be a memorial service for Pat Hall who passed away in February of 2021.
Save the Date: Sunday, July 3
Outdoor Service at Moorland Farms
Last year’s combined outdoor Holy Eucharist service on July 4 weekend with the Conover parishes was so lovely! If you are in town that weekend, please join us for worship at 9am at Moorland Farms, 50 Route 202, Far Hills, NJ. There will be a large tent providing shade. Choir members are welcome to participate in the combined choir. The service will be followed by brunch. Feel free to invite friends and neighbors, too.
on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 10:42AM