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Sunday, November 19, 2017
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
8AM Rite I Holy Eucharist
9AM Rite 13 Meet; J2A Meet (vestry speakers); no YAC this week
10AM Rite II Holy Eucharist & Sunday School
We welcome Rev. Canon Leroy Lyons who will be joining us this Sunday while Father Rick is at the Alpha Retreat
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:
Did you know that we’re up to $215,000 in pledge for 2018? Thank you so much to the 58 families who have pledged so far. We still have a way to go to get to 2017’s level, that was $296K and we have goals of:
Increase to 2017 pledge:
3% increase: $305K
5% increase: $312K
10% increase: 325K.
When we all join together we can achieve great things. Please bring your pledge in this week so that the vestry can plan for next year’s budget. Your generosity truly makes a difference to St. Mark’s and it’s our opportunity to thank God for all the blessings that we have.
Check out the postcards on the noticeboard in the Link to see how St. Mark’s feeds our soul, here’s a taster…
St. Mark’s brings me closer to God. The weekly worship brings me a sense of peace and helps me to put things in perspective.
No matter what the week has brought, St. Mark’s is the place I regroup with God.
It is also the place that brings me great fellowship, has provided me an opportunity to make a difference to others, and lift my spirit and my daughters’.
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.
Giving Gardens at the Ross Farm
We made it! We have now harvested over 2100 lbs of fresh produce from our Ross Gardens -- a ton of fun and good food for those in need!
With just a few more weeks left for this season’s growth, every day at Ross is a blessing, which is best shared with many.
Community Hope - Hope for Homeless Veterans
Please bring your donations by this Sunday
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 (
Holiday Ham, Turkey & Chicken Collection for Food Bank
Please bring your turkey donations by this
Sunday for Thanksgiving
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.
Flower Guild Request
The Christmas Season is upon us!
Please remember to place your weekly flower memorials & Christmas flower offerings with the church office.
Our coffers are light & we will be filling our church with fresh wreaths, beautiful decorations, live poinsettia's, Christmas trees & other supplies.
Please call Ann in the church office to make your offering.
With thanks & in faith, Patti Pierson, Flower Guild Chair
Holiday House Tour Fundraiser
Our first-ever St. Mark's Holiday House Tour Fundraiser is scheduled for
Saturday, December 9th from 2:00-6:00p.m.
where you will be immersed in all things Christmas in two beautifully decorated homes for the season.
Visit the Pierson Family’s house at 347 Grist Mill Dr., Basking Ridge
from 2:00-4:00 p.m. where you will enjoy light nibbles.
Visit the DeFeo Family’s house at 54 Church St., Liberty Corner
from 4:00-6:00p.m. where you will enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres & libations.
The event is open to ALL St. Mark's parishioners, their families & their friends.
Be sure to invite members of your book groups, golf foursomes, PTO, etc. & make it a festive day all around.
The cost of the event is $30 per person & registration is required through the Church Office with
check or cash payment.
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.
Canadian Brass & Somerset Hills Chorus
Christmas Time is Here
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 7pm
Canadian Brass is, quite simply, the world's most famous and distinctive all-brass chamber group. In the 47 years since it was founded, it has traveled the world many times over; its recordings have sold more than 2 million albums worldwide; and it has brought the sound and excitement of brass to new audiences everywhere. Its repertoire is enormous - from settings of the baroque and Renaissance masters to ragtime, Dixieland and jazz favorites; from great marches and patriotic songs to sacred music and Broadway hits; from classical to definitely-not-classical.
On Saturday, December 2, Canadian Brass will be at the Bernards High Performing Arts Center in Bernardsville to celebrate the holidays with a program of brass music. Joining them for part of the concert will be our own Somerset Hills Chorus, as well as the Bernards High School Concert Choir.
For more information and to purchase tickets: go to
Group Sale tickets will be available. If interested, contact Jenny Phillips at 908-451-9638.
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.
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 17 at 5:30AM