The October Lion's Roar
The Lion's Roar
Click below to hear Father Rick's message,
October 24 & 25
Blessing of the Animals - Harry Dunham Park
Father Rick will hold a Blessing of the Animals at 3pm this Sunday. Bring your walking shoes - a group dog walk around the park to follow.
J2A Confirmation Class - 10/4
Confirmation Zoom classes will begin this Sunday evening, Oct 4th, at 7pm. Follow this
to join Father Rick and Chip Rubendall.
Weekly Offerings in Oct
Morning Prayer, on Facebook and YouTube
7pm Devotion, on Instagram
9am Holy Eucharist Rite II in the Sanctuary
7pm The Forum - The Stars Beneath Us
12noon Midday Mindfulness on Facebook
5pm Holy Eucharist Rite II
8am Holy Eucharist Rite I
10am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Confirmation Class, 7pm via Zoom
All our services are also broadcast on Youtube and Facebook. In addition, they can be seen directly from the front page of our website.
Visit our website,
for links and schedules to all upcoming services, music offerings, signups, and more.
Please make yourself familiar with our current
for participating in in-person gatherings at St. Mark's
October is Curbing Hunger Month
We are going orange this month!
You should have all received orange Curbing Hunger bags this week when recycling was picked up. Please fill those bags (and others you have at home) with non-perishables and place them out with your recycling during the month of October. They will make their way to the Foodbank for our neighbors and friends who need services during these trying times.
You may also make a monetary donation through this link,
Donate to Foodbank
Thank you for your generosity!
Food Bank of Somerset County General Needs
We checked in with the Food Bank and they are in particular need of mini-boxes of cereal, as well as instant and ground coffee. If you are willing to donate, please place in the link and Jackie Taylor with pick up and deliver (thanks Jackie!).
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!
Laughter in the Pews
10/3 Noelle Luongo
10/4 Kristi Phillips
10/6 Boyd McKoane
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
John Lyga's Local Honey is Back!
John has delivered several jars of his delicious honey to St. Mark's and says it is especially yummy this year! Please let us know if you would like to purchase a jar and we will put it aside for you. All proceeds benefit the Ross Farm.
10/22 Ella Hargy
10/24 Ally Denechaud
10/26 James Post
10/28 Adelaida Conover
10/30 Karen Morley
10/31 Chip Hughes
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 Chip & Claudia Hughes
Ben & Winny Hargy
10/21 Gerald & Christina Creighton
10/23 Philip & Rebecca Moussally
10/24 Jim & Carol DeCoste
Jim & Eileen Barna
My dear friends,
In these times of masks, lock downs, and virus infection concerns, it is easy for all our us to feel disconnected and, I am sorry to say, sometimes alone. It has not been an easy 6 months and we still have a road to travel back to normality. Many of you have been challenged not only by the pandemic, but by your own health and well-being challenges. You have been in our thoughts and prayers. But despite these drawbacks, there has been many opportunities for us to feel ‘together’ although just a little more separated (or virtual) than we would like. We have remained together spiritually.
I see many of you out and about in Basking Ridge, especially during the summer and even periodically in person at church as we tentatively returned to ‘normal’ service. Service, prayer, and mindfulness sessions have still continued online and often in the open air. I know many of you have enjoyed and been challenged by the online book discussions during the year. We have also continued to do great work at Ross Farm, for Curbing Hunger, the Food banks….to mention but a few. I, for one, am optimistic and look forward to the rest of 2020 and the challenges of 2021...together.
For these reasons, we are entering into this years season of stewardship with the theme of togetherness as a congregation. We will get through this together. We sincerely appreciate your ongoing financial support to the mission of St. Mark’s in 2020 and we hope we can depend on your support for 2021. For the next month, please take the opportunity to consider pledging to St. Mark’s. As we develop a budget for 2021, you have our commitment to faithfully apply your pledge to continue our mission. You should be receiving pledge cards in the mail during October and please join us at Sunday service for some regular updates during the month. I look forward to seeing you virtually and hearing from you.
The Forum: Stars Beneath Us
Four evenings with professor, astrophysicist, and ordained minister, Paul Wallace
Usually, when one thinks of faith, science, and the Bible, the opening pages of Genesis come to mind. However, cosmic themes appear throughout scripture, and perhaps the strangest such appearance is found in the book of Job. When the character Job is beaten down by a series of terrible losses despite his morally unimpeachable life, he pleads to God for justice and God responds with the longest divine speech in the Bible. This speech does not explain or defend suffering, nor is it an apology for Job’s afflictions. It is instead a tour of the cosmos unlike anything else in the Bible. Job is presented with a universe that stands in accord with certain aspects of modern scientific thought: it values experience over tradition, offers a radical critique of anthropomorphic views of God, and removes human beings from the center of all things. Please join the class as we read through Paul Wallace’s
Stars Beneath Us
, which combines Job, personal narrative, humor, science, and theology as it promotes open and constructive dialogue between the Jewish and Christian religious traditions and modern science.
Wednesday October 7, 14, 21, 28 at 7PM on Zoom
A zoom link will be available shortly on our website
Copies of the book
Stars Beneath Us
are available in the office.
We will be joining with our friends at Congregation B’nai Israel for this Forum.
September 20th opened our first fellowship gathering of the season with the annual picnic/coffee hour at the 10 AM service held at Dunham Park. Over 40 parishioners were able to attend, keeping socially distanced with masks on, to enjoy Father Rick’s service for St. Mark’s on a beautiful fall morning.
Upcoming events will keep in mind CDC and local health department guidelines. Please keep your fellow parishioners in your thoughts and prayers as we grow to increase connections during this difficult time.
Upcoming events: hiking and walks, cookie exchange, small group caroling, silent auction with in-person viewing. Stay tuned!
Yoga with Chris Marston
Warm autumn greetings dear friends! I hope this finds you well. If we’ve never met, hello there! I’m Christine, delighted to be a parishioner for 15 years or so. I’m a yoga instructor and holistic health coach and I’d love to offer yoga classes in our parish hall. These are challenging times and the practice of yoga will serve us well; body, mind and spirit. Explore and experience a deeper sense of calm and boost your immune system at the same time! All classes will accommodate all levels, no prior experience necessary!
I’d like to start by offering four classes per week throughout the month of October and see how it goes. The tentative schedule is as follows:
in the parish hall
lunch hour yoga in the parish hall
in the parish hall
Signups are required for all classes, including Zoom session
Each class will be limited to 6 participants who will have over 10 feet of space around each mat. We will wear our masks on our way to and from the mat, masks during the practice will be optional. The investment is $15/class when 4 classes are purchased up front. One class at a time is $20. 10 percent of proceeds go to our beloved St. Mark’s. Scholarships are available.
If the interest is there, but folks need other class times or prefer the zoom option, we can explore that as well.
Please contact me directly at
or 908-745-8001 or reach out to Ann our parish administrator.
Saturdays in Somerville
Thanks to all of the Saturdays in Somerville volunteers for distributing food to those in need. The process was different this year - but the results were the same!
Keep a look out for holiday turkey and ham collections for the holidays.
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
Assistant Treasurer: Bruce Walker
Sunday School Director: John Lyga
J2A Coordinator: Chip Rubendall
Music Director: Mike McCormick
Take A look at what we’re doing here at St Mark’s to keep things as safe as we can.
on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 5:00AM