Little Roar 11-3-17
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
All Saints Sunday
8AM Rite I Holy Eucharist
9AM Youth Groups Meet in the Chapel
9AM Alpha - 9am in the Heritage Room
10AM Rite II Holy Eucharist & Sunday School
Our teens and Sunday Schoolers worked together on Sunday to make 65 boxes for Samaritan Purse’s Christmas for Children collection!
Many, many thanks to everyone who donated to make this day such a huge success. We began by watching a 6 minute video that brought tears to eyes and a hush to the room, and helped our kids really understand what joy their special gifts could provide to other kids around the world who might be receiving his or her first gift ever.
Given the kids’ responses to this international relief day, we would like to extend our collection for another week or two. You may take an empty box home to fill. You can bring in additional items for inclusion in boxes that the kids will continue to fill each Sunday. Or, we would welcome a monetary donation to cover shipping and handling costs of $9 per box. The kids are still striving to send 100 boxes overseas this year!
Thank you all!
to read this week's stewardship message,
Exercising a Generous Power
Thank you for bringing in your pledge. If you are still thinking, this is the time to reflect on your blessings and what St. Mark’s means to you, and how you can give back to God. It also helps our Vestry to plan next year’s budget, so your pledge really does make a difference. We hope to have all pledge forms in this weekend.
Check out the Link to see how St. Mark’s feeds our souls…
St. Mark’s provides a place for me to love all people – parishioners, guests, and those I get to serve in the world through outreach opportunities.
The chance to love feeds my soul.
St. Mark’s is the gas station for my soul. I come fill up with grace and goodness and the love of Jesus, so I can burn that love and grace brightly on the outside world. The words of Father Rick give me strength, and his ever present support, gets me through trials.
Thank you to Jim and Eileen Barna for sharing what makes St. Mark’s special for them.
Save the date for our
Stewardship Celebration Brunch in Advent
Sunday December 3.
A time to celebrate and show our gratitude for all you do for St. Mark’s.
"Alpha" 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.
Wreath Sale Fundraiser for Youth Groups
Order forms are available in the link for Christmas Wreaths, select 16" for $15 or 24"for $25. You may send your order via email to Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving Gardens at the Ross Farm
We have now harvested 1800 lbs of fresh produce from our Ross Gardens, and our Fall plantings are thriving!
Looking ahead, please mark your calendars for St. Mark's next assigned week beginning October 21, and our church partners would welcome your help during their assigned weeks if you keep an eye out for notices of dates and times."
Community Hope - Hope for Homeless Veterans
Please save your excess Halloween candy for the Vets - they love it!
With Veterans Day and the holidays coming up quickly, it's time again to remember the brave men and women veterans at Community Hope, the wonderful folks at the VA here in town who help homeless veterans restart their lives. These phenomenal men and women deserve the very best we can give, because they have given everything they have to keep our country strong and at peace.
I would like to collect beginning this Sunday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Nov. 19.
I will deliver our donations early the week of Thanksgiving.
Here's what is especially needed now: (individual, not travel or jumbo sizes, please)
cereals, oatmeal and noodle soups
new socks (men and women)
shampoo, conditioner, soap, powder, shaving cream, toothpaste
(Please remember if you're donating clothing of any type, the VA can only accept new clothing.)
Thank you for your wonderful support of this project and for helping to keep St. Mark's in the hearts of our veterans at Community Hope!
Emie Williams (
Blood Drive - Sunday, November 19th
Congregation B’Nai Israel
Sunday, November 19, 2017
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
40 Whitenack Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Appointments are preferred!
Go to redcrossblood.org and type in sponsor code:
Holiday Ham, Turkey & Chicken Collection for Food Bank
As we do each year, it is time once again to extend the blessings of the holiday to those in need by helping to fill their holiday tables with joy and good food. This year
, we will collect hams, turkeys and roasting chickens from
Sunday, Nov 5, through Sunday, Dec 17
to help the Food Bank Network of Somerset County have enough donations to give out at their various locations throughout the season. We will have a cooler by the front door each Sunday, or you may place your donations in the refrigerator or freezer in the St Mark’s kitchen at any time. Don’t forget that many supermarkets are offering hams and turkeys to their loyal customers at this time of year. We will also have a collection basket in the Narthex.
For many years, members of our parish have visited elderly parishioners who are no longer able to get out on their own. We would like to formalize this activity: Would you like to help out? Do you know of an elderly parishioner who you feel might benefit from visits? If so, please talk with Nancy Brangaccio or Jan Williams.
Morristown Soup Kitchen - November 29th
Servers are needed for Wednesday, 11/29 when we again will be serving lunch at The Church of the Redeemer in Morristown. Sign up sheet is in the link.
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.
Looking for a Roommate
Blanca Ibanez is looking for a roommate to share her 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment. $800 a month. If interested, call Blana (732) 629-1088.
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.
LONJ - Pattermania
Light Opera of New Jersey is proud to announce its 23rd Season of operetta and musical theatre! LONJ kicks off its season of Humour & Heroism with
a special revue of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most daring tongue-twisters and famous songs. Directed by William Corson,
is a delight for the whole family and a chance to share the joy of operetta with friends
The talented cast will be accompanied with orchestra so attendees will enjoy the full sound of Sullivan’s score with Gilbert’s humorous lyrics.
November 3 at 8 pm
November 4 at 2 pm and 8 pm
to purchase tickets
St. Luke's Holiday Fair
Holiday Fair at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Saturday, Nov 18, 9 am- 2 pm. The fair, a tradition dating back to the 1950s, includes shopping and activities for the whole family: handcrafted ornaments and knitted items, floral topiaries and wreathes, home baked goods, frozen gourmet foods, a children’s boutique (which allows only youngsters to shop for family and friends at appropriate prices), photos with Santa, and more! Lunch is sold from 11:30 until 1. Admission to the fair is free. All proceeds from the Fair are used to fund mission programs such as the Community Soup Kitchen, Interfaith Hospitality Network, and From Houses to Homes . The church is located at 182 Main Street in Gladstone. For directions, visit our website at
or call 908-234-0002.
Sent by Rick Morley on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 5:00AM