November Lion's Roar
The Lion's Roar
A Message from Father Rick...
Two years ago, when the “COVID Thanksgiving” was rapidly approaching, and I knew that many people were going to be missing family members or eating Thanksgiving alone, I wanted to do something to bridge the loneliness and bring us all together. So, my mom and I baked a bunch of cinnamon buns, so that no matter how empty the Thanksgiving table was that year, at least the St Mark’s family could enjoy a sweet treat, and gather on Zoom for conversation and a shared, albeit virtual, breakfast.
In 2020, I felt it did what I wanted it to do for that very specific time But, in 2021, even when most of us were planning for “normal” Thanksgivings, I still felt like the cinnamon buns were a good thing. And, who knows, maybe sometime in the future this project will have run it’s course—but I don’t think it has yet!
So, I’m going to start preparing and baking a few hundred cinnamon buns—for anyone in our extended parish family (that includes family and friends) who would like one. And, we’re going to gather on Zoom on Thanksgiving morning to enjoy our sweet treat, talk amongst ourselves, and then pray Morning Prayer as an act of Thanks.
To sign up for your buns,
click the link here
Weekly Offerings in November
5pm Holy Eucharist Rite II, in the Chapel
8am Holy Eucharist Rite I
10am Holy Eucharist Rite II
9am The Forum, Joseph Novella
10am Morning Prayer via Zoom
9am Holy Eucharist Rite II
7:30pm The Forum, Joseph Novella
Nov 6 & 20 Youth Group & Sunday School, 5pm
Nov 2 & 16 Keansburg Soup Kitchen
Nov 27 First Sunday of Advent
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“In a few words, describe the Sweet Sweet Spirit you find at St Mark’s.”
This is the question we’re asking the whole parish this Stewardship Season. We’re hoping you’ll ponder that question, and then ponder who you can support St Mark’s with a pledge for 2023.
Fr Rick put together a “Stewardship 101” video.
Here is a link to the online pledge card.
As November begins, I am so honestly thankful for this whole year and the remarkable things we have been able to accomplish together. At the start, the Vestry set its sights on three major goals and started to shape the Moved by the Spirit Campaign. We are happy to report that $465,000 has been committed by pledge to the Campaign. As we moved through the year, we accomplished the portion of the roof that was actively leaking, and we have reserved the monies necessary to complete the organ (currently waiting on parts but well under way). In mortgage news, just as our interest rate was increasing from 4.5% to 6.625%, we recently prepaid more than half of the existing mortgage and are restructuring the remaining principal to a more manageable payment until such time as we can pay it off completely (2023 or 2024). A collective “Thank you” seems barely sufficient to express to all who generously committed resources, and to those who are committing their time and talents. Surely this campaign was aptly named Moved by the Spirit and wondrous things are happening here.
I would also like to mention how great it was to see everyone at the Food Truck gathering event. I’m not sure if my favorite part was the awesome weather, reconnecting, the margherita pizza, or witnessing the looks on faces of all ages as they received their ice cream through the window of the Scream Truck. There is a Sweet, Sweet Spirit in this place.
At the end of the Book of Genesis is the story of Joseph—sometimes called the “Joseph Novella.” This story was made incredibly popular by the Broadway musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In this course, we’re going to explore the story itself—which is rich with meaning and insight. And then we’re going to look at the story as a transition piece between the time of the patriarchs to the Exodus. We’re going to examine how it fascinatingly relates to other stories from the Ancient Near East that you’ve never heard of before. We’re going to look how the story reflects some of the fascinating politics of the Israelites who wrote this story down centuries and centuries after the events it describes took place. And we’re going to look at how the story of St Joseph—Mary’s husband and Jesus’ adopted father—is prefigured by the story of Joseph the patriarch. You’ll come away from this course knowing the story well, knowing a lot more about the culture, economics, and politics of the Biblical world, and knowing how the story of Christmas is enriched by our understanding of some of the more obscure corners of the Old Testament.
Sunday Mornings a
2022 Advent Wreath Contest - Get Your Wreath Designs in this Month!
The first Sunday of advent is November 27. To help celebrate the Advent Season this year we encourage and invite all parishioners, families large and small, on-line or in person, to make your own Advent Wreath. To make sure we get everyone involved we will have an Advent Wreath Contest. Anyone can enter. The rules are simple.
1. The advent wreath must have 4 candles that can light up (candle or electric or digital)
2. The design should reflect the Advent Season
3. The winning design must be appropriate for display in the Church service
4. The Wreath cannot be a fire hazard
5. Creativity is encouraged
6. There will be 4 winning wreaths to use each Sunday in the church during advent
7. Our youth group will select the 4 winning wreaths
8. Entries must be constructed and photos submitted by Thursday November 24
9. Only one entry per family, group, or single individual
10. The winning wreath will be either lit in the church or you can keep it at home and submit a video of you and your family lighting the wreath for the Sunday service.
Keansburg Soup Kitchen - 11/2
On Wednesday, 11/2, we are heading down to serve lunch. Please visit our
if you are able to contribute a meatloaf (or two!). The recipe for our Keansburg meatloaf can be found on the link.
Please drop off them off by Tuesday evening so we are all set to go in the morning. Thank you.
2022 Year-to-Date (YTD, through September) Financial Results
Operating Income is $298K, $18K (or 6%) favorable to budget, driven by full and partial year pledge income and donations received year-to-date, offset partially by unfavorable Buildings Use Donations.
Operating Expenses is $280K, -$7K (or -3%) unfavorable to budget, driven by higher utility (energy) costs, building cleaning expenses (note St. Mark’s has returned to its pre-COVID full cleaning schedule), Buildings / Grounds Maintenance expenses, and timing of expenses.
Operating Net Income is $18K, $11K favorable to budget, driven by favorable operating income cited above.
Sunday School News
Hello St. Mark's Families with school-age children. We are going to try something new for Sunday School for the rest of the fall season. When Youth Group meets on Sunday nights every other Sunday at 5 pm for dinner, we also invite families with pre-K to 5th grade students to join us for dinner and we'll have some Sunday School instruction and activities after dinner while the youth meet with Fr. Rick and Hannah.
Our first gathering was Sunday, Oct. 23, at 5 pm and we had a nice turnout. If you or your child plan to attend, please let Kristen Hauser (
) know so we are sure we're ready for you for dinner - or sign up below.Thanks,
Local Wildflower Honey Available
limited quantity, available in the office or the narthex this Sunday.
Bee-made from neighborhood flowers collected at Madisonville & Ross Farm Apiaries.
$20 (pint jar)
All sales to benefit Ross Farm Giving Garden
Laughter in the Pews
Pizza and ice cream on a Saturday night? Yes please! Our Food Truck event last Saturday was awesome!! It was great to see everyone.
Come Join the Fun!
We are looking for a few new members of the Buildings and Grounds team. We are charged with keeping our St. Marks buildings and Grounds in tip-top shape. If you like to tinker with home repair or gardening or if you would like to learn more about how to do home repair and grounds work projects, we welcome you all. Please join us at the next Buildings and Grounds Commission Meeting which will be Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 pm in the church hall. This will be our last meeting of the year where we plan and prioritize the larger projects we would like to accomplish for 2023.
Featured Buildings need for Novembe
r - Lightly stain and polyurethane two sections of the Link. We had the two lower skylights replaced in July in the Link and need someone to stain and polyurethane the underside. If you like to paint and are not afraid of using a tall step ladder then YOU are our handyperson. Just send a note to John Lyga or come to the Buildings and Grounds meeting on November 8. It would be nice to have this done by Advent.
Monthly Brewery Touring Group
A group of 11 St. Marks parishioners spent an enjoyable evening at Glenbrook Brewery in Morristown one very rainy Thursday evening last month. We had a blast (
see photo below taken by Beth Kujan
). We plan to visit a different Brewpub each month on the second Thursday. All adults are welcome, St. Marks and friends.
Our November meeting of the “Traveling Team” will be at the Twin Elephant Brewing Company in Chatham on Thursday November 10th at 7:30. Please send a note to John Lyga (email@example.com) if you are interested in attending or sign up below. John has reserved a table for 15. Cheers!
Twin Elephant Brewing Co
Thursday, Nov 10th
Count me in!
God's Giving Garden
As we wrap up our eighth season in our Giving Garden, it has been clear that this continues to be a blessed activity in a magical place. We are blessed with an amazing group of dedicated volunteers who care passionately about our garden and the people we serve. We are blessed to have a restorative place like the Ross Farm in which to grow. And, it is hard not to feel God’s presence and blessing in a year like this that has allowed us to
donate 5100 lbs of fresh vegetables and herbs to those in need of healthy, fresh food. Two and a half tons! More than our prior two years combined!
Wrapping now for this season, as we enter November, we realize how very much we have to be thankful for and what a joy it is to be part of this amazing undertaking.
Many thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to all from the Ross Farm Giving Garden Team
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 16 Liam Thoma
Nov 17 Andrew Phillips
Nov 18 Anji Centolanza
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 16 Steve & Anne Marie Woolford
Nov 17 Webb & Martha Winter
Nov 24 Bruce & Julia Nelson
Rector: The Rev. Richard M.C. Morley
Senior Warden: Sean Gogerty
Junior Warden: Martha Heiner
Buildings: John Lyga
Christian Ed. Kristen Hauser
Comm. / Evangelism: Marliese Knill
Fellowship: Sandy Gogerty
Finance: Matt Seitz
Grounds: Steve Kujan
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
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.
on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 10:12AM