Little Roar 5.26..2017
Sunday, May 28th
Seventh Sunday of Easter
8AM Rite I Holy Eucharist
9AM Youth Groups will not meet this week
No Sunday Forum
10-10:45 Sunday School Classes
10AM Rite II Holy Eucharist
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.
Giving Gardens at the Ross Farm
Many thanks to everyone who came out to make our garden planting and blessing day a big success this past Sunday! It is wonderful to see so much growing already before the end of May! Here's garden news to be aware of:
St Mark's is up to tend the garden this coming week, so please come join in our
work sessions Fri (5/26) 1-3 pm, Sat (5/27) 10-12 am, Wed (5/31) 3-5 pm and Fri (6/2) 9-11.
Back to Nature has been a wonderful partner, so please stop in and make your garden purchases there.
Jared Mahone will be playing at the Ross Farm on Sat (6/3), starting at 7 pm. Bring family and friends, blankets or chairs and come join in the fun!
Barbecued Robs for the Food Bank
Again this year we will be helping some of our less fortunate neighbors in Somerset County celebrate July 4th as many of us are able to do by donating pre-cooked barbecued ribs to the Food Bank for their holiday meals. We have made arrangements with ShopRite of Bernardsville to make available for us at a discounted price whatever quantity we would like, in time for delivery for the 4th. Last year, the St. Mark’s family donated more than 125 packages of pre-cooked ribs, at about $12 each, and this year we’d like to set our sights even higher.
If you would like to participate, please make a donation to St. Mark’s for this project as soon as you can and by June 26th at the latest, and we will purchase and deliver to the Food Bank. You can send a check to the office or drop it in the collection basket, just please write “Ribs” on the memo line. And there will be a basket in the back of the church for cash donations.
Book of Joy – save the dates
We had a wonderful turnout for our first meeting. A special thank you to Terri Passerello who led us in yoga after our joyful discussion. This is a great chance to try some gentle yoga and feel some joy. All are welcome for our dates in June and July.
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 June 26, 7PM Day 2 & 3: The Obstacles to Joy
Monday July 10, 7PM Days 4 & 5: The Eight Pillars of Joy
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
Thank you for yourdonations, and a special thanks to those of you who gave your time to help makeup personalized bags for the veterans. When I delivered our gifts, many vetscame out to help carry them inside. One veteran pulled me aside, smiledwhen he read one of the cards the kids had written, and quietly thanked us foralways remembering them in such generous and thoughtful ways. He made myday -- hope we made their holiday special!
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.
movement on social media! Let's get people to donate the kind of food those struggling with hunger really need – healthy food.
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Sent by Rick Morley on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 5:00AM