Little Roar 1/11/19
The First Sunday after the Epiphany
The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ
There is a Saturday evening service this week in Chapel at 5pm
8AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
9AM The Forum (Adults & Youth Group)
10AM Holy Eucharist & Baptism Rite II & Sunday School
Fr. Rick's Blog
Rick continues to blog the Sunday scripture lessons. This week he writes about the words that God spoke during Jesus’ Baptism. Read his entry at stmarksbr.org/blog
The Sunday Forum
This winter we’re exploring The Way of Love—the model of Christian living that our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, talked about during the royal wedding. There are seven parts to the Way of Love: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. This Sunday the adults and the youth will gather together to talk about what it means to Turn.
Calling all teens and parents.
As part of our Youth Group collaboration efforts with St. Bernard's and St. John on the Mountain, all teens and their parents are invited to attend "Be Encouraged & Be a Good Encourager,” a four-week series designed to build strong support interpersonal support systems by helping to develop the fine of art of listening and presence. This interfaith program begins on Sunday, 20 January and will run every other week through 24 February from 4:00 - 5:15 PM at St. Bernard's. Refreshments will be served. RSVP's are not necessary but would be greatly appreciated. The cost is free. Please see Tammy for further information and/or flyers.
For weekday/weeknight events and activities, we will follow the Bernards Township Board of Education. If school is cancelled, or if school evening activities are cancelled, then St Mark’s will be closed during those times as well.
For Sundays, barring some catastrophic event, there will ALWAYS be at least a 10AM service. All parishioners are strongly urged to use their best judgement, and not to attempt any feats of heroism to get to church. On occasion we will cancel the 8AM service while roads and walks are cleared. This will be communicated by email by 7AM.
The 10AM service is nearly always broadcast live on Facebook:
Every effort will be made to ensure that snowy Sunday 10AM services are indeed broadcast.
Please be sure that you are on the St Mark’s mailing list, as any cancellations or notices will be communicated by email. You can sign up for the list on the website, or by calling the church office at
Come and join us for painting on a Tuesday, 12pm to 3pm in the large Sunday school classroom. We work on our own projects and help each other out. It’s fun, relaxing, and we’re a friendly group.
Any questions, contact Jenny Phillips
Lost & Found
We have a basket on the shelf underneath the Usher's area that contains hats, gloves, glasses, etc... Are you missing something?
Sunday School classes resume on January 6.
We are continuing to use the Digin program. We are starting a new module this winter
, Digging Into Discipleship
. Digging Into Discipleship brings a fresh approach to growing a lifelong relationship with God. As kids explore God’s character throughout the Bible, God transforms them from the inside out. Kids discover what it means to reflect the heart of God in everyday life.
As a reminder to new families; children preschool up to 5th grade meet in the large classroom by 10 am. We start our Chapel service at 10 where we are joined by the youth groups R13 and J2A for a brief service and singing then back to the classroom for our weekly short video and lesson and most often a fun craft or science project related to the bible lesson. Children are back with their families ahead of communion.
All children are welcome, regular members and visitors alike. Adults of all ages are welcome to help or teach a class. All materials are provided and lessons are available in advance on line.
Alpha is a great way to learn about the Christian faith, talk about it with other people without judgement and without the constraints of an organized religion. Each night begins with fellowship, where we enjoy dinner together. It is followed by a 30 minute video of Nicky Gumble discussing the topic for the week including Who is Jesus, Why and How do I Pray, and How Does God Guide Us. Then we break into small groups to discuss the topic in an open and easy way – share if you want to, or don’t.
Join us on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 7:00pm for dinner and to learn about Alpha. You’ll see a taste of the format and hear an introduction to the program. You can see if you would like to continue through the program
Questions? Email Lea O’Shea (
) or Gerald Creighton (
). We hope to see you on February 12th!
Keansburg Soup Kitchen
We are heading down to Keansburg on Wednesday, 1/16. Please visit our
if you are able to help provide a portion of the meal.
We have a supply of loaf pans in the St. Mark's kitchen closet if anyone needs some.
Thank you for your support!
on Friday, January 11 at 5:00AM