Little Roar 5.19..2017
Sunday, May 21th
Sixth Sunday of Easter
8AM Rite I Holy Eucharist
9AM Youth Groups will meet this week in Parish Hall with Father Rick
Sunday Forum this week
10-10:45 Sunday School Classes
10AM Rite II Holy Eucharist
Charter Day - Tomorrow!
The annual celebration of our town’s charter is set for Saturday, May 20th.
Our St. Mark’s Church booth will be a flurry of activity & we need volunteers to spray paint hair, distribute flyers and make & sell baked goods.
Teens and families are welcomed to volunteer!
Please sign-up via Sign-Up Genius:
Giving Gardens at the Ross Farm
May 21 is planting and garden blessing day
after church for St. Mark's, St. Bernard's and St. John on the Mountain, starting at noon. We'll have refreshments, the kids will plant their seedlings that have grown from the seeds they planted recently at "Seed and Feed" Day, and we'll have additional seedlings so all can join in. Please come to church dressed for the occasion and stay for the Rock the Barn concert afterwards!
Back To Nature has been wonderful to us with donations and sponsoring our garden fundraiser again this year! Please shop there for your gardening needs and let them know you are a parishioner at St. Mark's. Thank you!
Come and See - Invite a Friend -
That is what Jesus said to his first disciples in the Gospel of John. And he says the same thing to us today as he invites us to discipleship.
This is the name of our Church Membership Growth Campaign.
We are designating Sunday, June 4th (Family Service Day) for friends of parishioners to Come & See St.Mark’s Church.
Please sign up on the Come & See poster located in The Link & pickup a few postcards to hand deliver or mail to those you wish to invite.
Book of Joy - Save the Dates
See Father Rick’s intro to this delightful book written by Archbishop Desmond Tuto and the Dalai Lama in May’s Lion’s Roar, here:
We’ll be meeting in the Heritage Room to take a look at this book on:
Monday May 22, 7PM Day 1: The Nature of True Joy
Monday June 26, 7PM Day 2 & 3: The Obstacles to Joy
Monday July 10, 7PM Days 4 & 5: The Eight Pillars of Joy
Yoga and guided meditation with Teri Passarello will follow.
This would be a great time to come, experience joy, and perhaps even bring a friend who you feel could use some joy in their lives.
Hope for Homeless Veterans
Memorial Day is approaching quickly, which means it’s time once again to
make donations in support of Community Hope, the wonderful folks at the VA here in town who help homeless veterans
restart their lives. Twice each year, we at St. Mark’s donate generously to female and male veterans whose lives have been shaken as a result of hardships they have experienced while serving our country. “These phenomenal men and women deserve the very best we can give, because they’ve given everything they have to keep our country strong and at peace,” says Emie Williams. This year, Emie would like to work with St. Mark’s youth of all ages on May 21 during morning class time to pack individual bags for vets and to decorate these bags and include notes and drawings, to add a personal touch to our giving.
Parents, it would be wonderful if you would send your child or teen in with a donation on May 14th or 21st so they feel like they're really helping.
It would be very helpful if everyone could donate individual (not travel or jumbo) sizes of these items:
Soups, cereals, toothpaste, body wash or soap, lotions, wipes, shampoos,
and socks for women and men
Alternatively, Emie would be happy to shop for these items, so please watch for a donation basket in the Narthex beginning this Sunday, April 30, drop a donation in the collection plate during May or stop by the office. Of course, we’re happy to have larger sizes of goods, as well.
Parish Meeting - Sunday June 11th
We will hold a Parish Meeting in the Chapel after the 8am service and meet in the Parish Hall after the 10am service on Sunday, June 11th. Our topics will include:
Triennial Vision and Goals
Growth at St. Mark's (Small Groups & Alpha)
Music Program Update
Picture Days for our New Directory - Slots are filling up!
We are updating our directory and need your smiles! Lea O'Shea will be setting up her equipment in the parish hall on
6/11 and 6/18
and taking shots for our directory which will be available for your purchase, if you wish. (More times were added to 6/18 as we are beginning our "summer schedule" on that date - Rite II begins at 9:15am)
Lea is generously donating her time and talent for this project and making it a fundraiser for St. Mark's. Please click
to download a form. You will also need to visit
to register for a time slot. (It will just take a couple of minutes)
This project is very overdue...thank you Lea!
Morristown Soup Kitchen
We will be serving lunch at the Church of the Redeemer in Morristown on Wednesday, May 31st. Sign up sheet is in the link. Thank you!
Save the Date for VBS
Our Vacation Bible School will take place each morning (M-F) the week of August 21st. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information!
Tuesdays at 12pm. Come and join us with any art or craft.
Questions? Contact Jenny Phillips 908-451-9638
Somerset County Residents Can Help ‘Curb Hunger’
You can help “curb hunger” in your community!
Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer has announced that the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the county Recycling Center, county and municipal public works crews, the Food Bank Network of Somerset County and Curbing Hunger Inc. are conducting the
23rd Annual Curbing Hunger Month
food drive throughout Somerset County.
Orange plastic bags
are distributed to all households in May – look for one tied to the handle of your recycling bucket. Or, you can use any plastic grocery bag – just mark it with the word “Food.”
Please place canned food donations in the bags and leave them at the curb on your regularly scheduled recycling collection days from June 5-30.
This gives every household two opportunities to donate. The food is distributed to the Food Bank Network and to other food pantries in the county.
The “most needed” list includes Parmalat milk, canned meat and fish, “meals-in-a-can” such as pasta, stews and meaty soups, canned tomato sauce, canned fruits, and peanut butter and jelly in plastic jars. Perishables and food in glass containers cannot be accepted curbside.
Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation may send a check payable to Curbing Hunger, Inc. at P.O. Box 202, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.
There also is an online donation option at
Curbing Hunger Inc. has partnered with Amp Your Good so that anyone can purchase food online and it will be delivered for them directly to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. The online-donation system includes the option to donate much-needed fresh produce.
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Sent by Rick Morley on Friday, May 19 at 5:00AM