Little Roar 9-22-17
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
8AM Rite I Holy Eucharist
9AM Youth Groups meet
10AM Rite II Holy Eucharist & Sunday School
World renown Northern Irish author, philosopher, and theologian, Peter Rollins will be at St. Mark's next weekend. On Saturday, from 10AM-4PM he'll be leading "Building on Fire" and then from 7:30-9:30 he'll be leading "Pints and Parables." On Sunday morning he'll be preaching at the 10AM service.
St. Marksers - and their friends - get 50% off tickets which you can ONLY get here: comegrow.org/peterrollins
The HVAC work for the Sanctuary continues and should be completed by the end of next week.
Our Stewardship Campaign is coming up and we’re excited to “
Bring in the Harvest on our journey to generosity
Our Stewardship Kickoff is on
Sunday October 1
. We have some great speakers lined up with their Ministry Minutes – their story of what St. Mark’s means to them. By the way - what does St. Mark’s mean to you?
We’ll have hot soups that day at coffee hour – bring your appetite and pick up your pledge commitment letter!
Altar Guild Members Needed
Currently our Altar Guild committee consists of only three people - very dedicated people, but still only three.
As a volunteer, you would be asked to show up on your scheduled Saturday to set up the altar for the 8am service on Sunday and then arrive on Sunday prior to the 10am to prepare it for the second service. After the 10am service, you will be expected to clean all vessels and take the linens home to wash and press. Anyone one of us would be very happy to talk you through the process of setting up the altar, the care of the linens, and other details.
We are an equal opportunity organization – everyone is welcome, men and woman alike.
Serving in the Altar Guild is a ministry that can only be carried out with a song in one's heart.
Please contact Jeanne Wyatt, Anne Post, or Lauren Walker for more info.
"Alpha" Coming to Father Rick's "Forum" this Fall
Beginning on October 8th and running through mid-December, we will introduce
during the Sunday Forum sessions.
Alpha is a series of discussions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks, including a weekend retreat. Each session looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha has been attended by millions in countries all around the world, and anyone is welcome.
Sign Up Here.
We are in need of additional ushers for our Sunday services. It is an easy responsibility and we put together our monthly schedules based on your availability to avoid any conflicts. Please contact the office or Jim Martucci directly if you are interested and can help out. All are welcome to serve. Thank you.
Giving Gardens at the Ross Farm
We have harvested 1400 lbs of fresh produce from our Ross gardens, and still growing!
Please mark your calendars for future garden work days for St. Mark's,:
Sept 30, Oct 21.
Our church partners would welcome your help during their assigned weeks.
Back to Nature has been a wonderful partner, so please stop in and make your garden purchases there.
Buildings & Ground Projects
One of this year’s goals of the Buildings and Grounds commissions is to complete many items on our “to do” list. If you have not seen it yet, there is a poster on the Parish Hall wall near the kitchen that lists all the items that we are trying to complete. To complete these items, we need your help.
Each item has a rough estimate of what the cost would be to complete the item.
Some items need to be done by a contractor, some can be done by a work party, and some can be done either way.
Each item needs an owner to coordinate the parts of the item to completion. This could involve getting estimates from contractors and working with the contractor to complete the item. It could be getting the necessary materials to do the item and organizing a work party to complete the item.
What you can do:
You can volunteer to fund part or all an item.
You can volunteer to be the owner of an item to make sure it gets completed.
You can volunteer to help the owner of the item.
So please look at the list and let me know if you can help any of the above ways.
Best way to initially contact me is through email
. Then we can discuss details and your thoughts on the project.
Come and join us for painting or other arts and crafts on a Tuesday in the Arts Studio downstairs. We usually arrive at around noon and finish by 4:00pm. Come for as long as you like. We work on our own paintings, have a great time together and help each other out. For more info contact Jenny Phillips 908-451-9638.
On Sunday morning, October 22, our Sunday School kids and teens will once again work together on an Outreach issue. In April, we held Seed and Feed Day to work on activities focused on hunger in our community, followed by Community Hope Day in May, when we highlighted the challenges of homelessness in our local veterans community. With this third joint community service Sunday, we will focus on international relief, working together to fill “Christmas for Children” boxes for Samaritan’s Purse. These boxes travel all around the world to benefit kids in great need, so what a great message for our kids to think about as the holidays approach. How can you help?
We would welcome donations of toys (not war-themed), small pieces of new clothing, hygiene items, and crafts and school supplies, suitable for a girl or boy in these age ranges -- 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14 yrs old.
All donations need to fit in shoe-sized boxes. Please do not donate liquids, chocolates or other perishables, breakables, fruits and drink mixes, or medicines and vitamins.
We would also appreciate monetary donations to purchase these items, so watch for our basket at our picnic and in the Narthex throughout September and early October
Of course, if you would prefer to fill a box yourself, we have them available. Many thanks, as always, for your support of our kids and outreach programs!
Thank you from the Rummage Team
Thank you St. Mark’s for another successful Rummage Sale. Your donations were fantastic, your help invaluable, and your baked goods delicious. Throughout the week, so many of you graciously assisted us, and we shared great fellowship.
We are pleased to announce that the Fall 2017 Rummage Sale netted over $10,000. The yearly Spring and Fall Rummage Sale total is about $23,000 – our best effort yet! As this is one of St. Mark’s biggest fund raising activities, everyone should be very proud of the success it has achieved.
Again, many thanks. Your participation was greatly appreciated.
Harry, Kit and Annabelle
Sent by Rick Morley on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 5:00AM