The Aug Lion's Roar
The Lion's Roar
There’s a lot that’s gone on in our world over the last six months, but one of the most promising (and interesting!) is the re-imagining of community.
As a church community, over the last 150 years, we’ve built a lot of habits around how we gather and what we gather to do. Coffee hours, fundraisers, choir practices, women’s groups, progressive dinners, 8AM services in Rite I and 10AM services which turn into 9:15 services in the summer.
And, all of that has been totally upended. But, it’s not just that everything has ended, but we’ve had to invent new ways of being together. Morning prayer. Zoom “coffee” “hours”, Music with Mike, Fridays at Five, Prayer Groups, Facebook Live, and Zoom book studies. Some of these have changed, or ended along the way. And somethings continue, or continue to develop.
It’s been a strange time, but my life has been enriched by our book study with our Jewish friends, our conversations on Race, seeing and responding to comments made during online services, sharing prayer concerns via text and email, and being led in prayer by some of you.
We could have just shut down and figured that we’d do something when the storm passed. We could have done the absolute minimum. But, we chose to be together—just differently. And, together, we’ve had rich conversation, we’ve had rich prayers, rich music, and rich love for each other.
It’s been a strange time, but I’m grateful for all we’ve done, and I’m looking forward to see how we choose to be together in the fall and into Advent and Christmas. It will probably be very, very different. But, if the past is indicative of the future, it will be new and rich.
"Lemonade Hour" provided by
Hello sweet friends,
What do you do when life gives you lemons? YES, you make lemonade, lemon bars AND have a socially-distanced "Mask-Parade" party to celebrate my birthday!
Feel free to stop by my home, 24 N. Finley Ave. on Sunday, August 2nd any time between 11:00am - 1:00pm. Enjoy a glass of lemonade and a sweet treat to go.
No need to get out of the car! We'll provide curbside delivery with a smile :-)
I'm excited to see your lovely faces and to get a wave, a beep and a smile!
With much zest,
August 1 & 2
Weekly Offerings in Aug
7:00pm Music with Mike
10am Holy Eucharist Rite II in the Sanctuary (signup required)
12noon Midday Mindfulness
5:00pm Holy Eucharist Rite II in the Garden (signup required)
10am Holy Eucharist Rite II in the Sanctuary (signup required)
Visit our website,
for links and schedules to all upcoming services, music offerings, signups, and more.
SIGNUP IS REQUIRED FOR ALL IN PERSON GATHERINGS
All LIVE broadcast services can be seen
from the front page of our website
Please make yourself familiar with our current
for participating in in-person gatherings at St. Mark's
Food Bank - Donations Welcome!
As you know, the Foodbank is in great demand these days. You can help by making a monetary donation by
. This will allow the staff to purchase much needed food to deal with the increase in demand at their door. Thank you!
Red Cross Blood Drives Continue at St. Mark's
We have two more drives scheduled for this month - Aug 9th and Aug 17th
Our next blood drive will be:
follow this link to sign u
LOTS OF SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE!
Please consider donating - you could be saving a life.
Ross Farm Giving Garden
Drum roll please... the current harvest is over 625 pounds!
We wanted to let you know that our giving garden is alive and thriving. And we are looking forward to the time when we can safely welcome each of you back to work with us. We hope it will be soon! Jan Williams
Laughter in the Pews
8-1 Adelene Sant Foster
8-2 Carole Pasquale
8-3 Danielle Lupo
8-4 Bill Coffin
8-6 Samantha Glass
8-7 Morgan Defeo
8-11 Bill Walsh
Claudia Van Loo
8-12 Lisa Keenan
8-13 Sarah Post
8-14 Jean Kendall
8-16 Soren Van Loo
8-17 Emma Laneese
8-18 Robert Buesser
8-20 Bonnie Kelly
8-21 David Taylor
8-22 Sophia Donelan
8-25 Bruce Walker
8-26 Jessica Solon
8-27 Hannah Richardson
8-28 Kevin Lazo
8-31 Matt Lanese
8-6 Mike & Ann Millan
8-9 Robert & Jennifer Phillips
8-10 Joe & Lorri Layton
8-15 Peter & Kathryn Daut
8-27 Bill & Betsy Coffin
8-28 John & Theresa Wojnar
I hope you are getting the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather we have had in the last month. I often catch a glimpse of many of you out and about around town, on social media or our various online events, but it all does seem a bit surreal sometimes. As I hope you have probably felt, the pandemic may have kept us apart physically but not spiritually, so I hope you continue to feel connected to our church family circle.
I know many of you are disappointed that we will be unable to host the Fall rummage sale. Many of you have already donated (or have been keeping donations) since the spring, so we appreciate your patience. The spring and fall sales are one of our biggest opportunities to come together as a community for the good for the church and its mission, and the loss of these important fundraising opportunities is a significant hit to our budget for the year. So we sincerely appreciate remembering St. Marks for any pledges, donations, or any other help you can offer during the summer; every little bit helps. One area we had some success with was taking certain donations for the rummage sale and selling them in some of the familiar social media marketplaces, so if you have any particular donations you would like to offer please let us know.
My direct email is
if I can be of any assistance.
Keansburg Soup Kitchen - Aug 5
We are heading down to Keansburg to serve lunch to the clients of the Community Soup Kitchen. Please visit our
if you are able to help make a meatloaf or two.
I hope you all are enjoying the summer even with the mask requirements. Although vacation plans may be unhinged by the pandemic it is great to be able to be outside and perhaps participate in some social distance barbeques. Now that we are all familiar with online Church it also makes it easier to participate in the service while on vacation. It is very quiet around the St. Mark’s building during the week but the garden is still a nice place to relax. We have been walking from home to St. Mark’s and back and taking a breather on the benches around the fountain.
We are all disappointed that the Fall Rummage Sale will not occur but believe it is the right move. We don’t want to endanger our volunteers or customers.
Hopefully we will be able to use our buildings soon for social gatherings.
Have a great summer and stay safe.
Look closely, that is not an elephant stuck in the Rectory chimney but the work in progress of installing a needed liner in the main working chimney. This is part of the focus this year in continuing much needed repairs to an aging heating system in the Rectory. The pinch point in the liner installation was maneuvering a tight bend in the chimney which required making several openings in a bedroom wall. All was repaired, good as new, just ahead of the Moreys return from their vacation.
In addition to the liner, a number of repair projects were completed by our dedicated group of volunteer handypersons. In the rectory, work was done on the bathroom replacing the medicine cabinet, cleaning and caulking the tile, and repainting the radiator. In one bedroom a long broken closet sliding door was replaced with new bifold doors, and work was started on repairing the second floor bannister. In the church, the breaker panel controlling the lights was relabelled to make it much more clear and repair to one of the rusting external doors to the garden was started.
We have a long list of small repair projects available to anyone interested in helping out. Just send an email to
and I will add your name to our Building Repair Sign up Genius. Many thanks- this month goes to Norm Graff, Martin Hale, and Roger Conover for taking on repair projects.
Finance Report as of June 2020
2020 YTD Financial Results (through June)
Operating Income is $205K, -$19K (or -8%) below budget. Full and partial year pledge income received earlier in the year and higher donations have been offset by lost income from the cancellation of the March Rummage Sale (due to COVID-19 social distancing), reduced Building Use Donations (due to COVID-19 and generally reduced utilization), and reduced plate income (due to no in-person worship services from COVID-19).
Operating Expenses is $175K, $12K (or 7%) below budget, driven by Buildings and Grounds favorability (snow removal savings, insurance), reduced worship expenses (no in-person worship services), and timing of expenses.
Operating Net Income is $31K, $-7K (or -18%) below budget, driven by COVID-19 induced shortfalls and lower building use donations.
Above financials exclude the favorable impact of the Paycheck Protection Program. As communicated previously, St. Marks received a loan of $35,900 via the US Cares Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). PPP enables small businesses (including non-profits and faith-based organizations like St. Marks) to access federal funding via forgivable grants and loans and loan deferrals to alleviate the adverse financial impact and uncertainties caused by COVID-19. St. Marks believes the full loan amount will be forgivable; effectively eliminating any potential liability.
GroGo - a new grocery delivery service in town
Looking for a local grocery shopping service? Visit
and check out their site. Under "Our Team" you may notice a familiar face. Good luck with
your new business,
Rector: The Rev. Richard M.C. Morley
Senior Warden: Joan Graff
Junior Warden: Jeff West
Grounds: Pete Kochek
Buildings: John Lyga
Outreach: Lea O’Shea
Finance: Matt Seitz
Stewardship: Gerald Mcdonnell
Christian Ed. Laura Mooney
Comm. / Evangelism: Eileen Barna
Fellowship: Sandy Gogerty
Membership: Marcie Hanhart
Warden Emeritus: Jim Lunny
Treasurer: Teri Passarello
Recording Treasurer: Doug Post
Sunday School Director: John Lyga
J2A Coordinator: Chip Rubendall
Music Director: Mike McCormick
on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 5:00AM