April 2023


Dear Ones,

I am very excited to announce an addition to St. Mark’s. The
Reverend Deacon David Stickley has been appointed to St. Mark’s
by Bishop DeDe. David is appointed for a one-year trial period
starting 1 April. Please see David’s biography below to learn more about him. Deacon Dorothy Pierce will continue her ministry with All Saints’ in Johnson City.

Deacons are a specific order of ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. As noted above, Deacons serve under the direction of a Bishop and are appointed by a Bishop. Deacons are ordained to a special ministry of Word and Service. Deacons proclaim the Gospel, set the Table, and dismiss us in the Sunday liturgy. They typically also preach, teach, and offer pastoral care along with the priest of a parish. Deacons are a bridge between the church and the world. A Deacon is to interpret the church to the world and to interpret the needs of the world to the church as well as to assist the church in responding to those needs. This is why a Deacon is almost never employed by a congregation but generally has some vocation out in the world during the week or has retired from a career.

The specifics of what David’s ministry with us at St. Mark’s will look like is still being worked out.  This includes potential office hours and how David might best use his gifts for ministry with St. Mark’s. I look forward to having Deacon David with us at St. Mark’s. Please join me in giving him
a warm welcome.


Reverend Deacon David Stickley

Ordained a deacon in June 2009, David Stickley moved to New York after having been in the diocese of California nearly 25 years. David graduated from School from Deacons with a degree in Diaconal Studies and from Ithaca College with a degree in business management. He has worked extensively in Office Administration and Management, and in Retail and Retail Management. David currently works as the administrative person for the Department of Faith Formation in the national Episcopal Church offices. He has participated extensively in the Bay Area in programs serving unhoused people, from feeding and housing to pastoral care on the streets. He is currently beginning jail ministry with the Broome County Council of Churches. You may notice a thread of serving those who are marginalized and oppressed – this is always close to the deacon’s heart as one who helps the Church fulfil its mission in the world (ref Acts 6:1-6).
Please join us this Saturday April 1st for Spring Cleanup at St. Mark's.
We'll meet in the parking lot at 9 am.  Bring any rakes or cleaning supplies as we'll be cleaning inside and outside the church.  Let's pretty up the place for the Resurrection!!
Palm Sunday -- April 2 -- 9am -- at St. Mark's with a dramatic reading                                                       of the Passion narrative. 
                                          11am -- at All Saints  (Does All Saints' do a                                                         dramatic reading of the Passion?)
Maundy Thursday -- April 6 -- 6pm -- Soup & Bread Supper
                                                  7pm -- Maundy Thursday Service

There will be a homemade soup and bread supper before the Maundy Thursday service in the Undercroft. All Saints Parish in Johnson City has been invited to join us. Please come at 5:45pm to meet our fellow Episcopalians! The supper will start at 6pm and the service will follow at 7pm. We hope you can join us!

Good Friday -- 7 April --12 noon  -- Virtual Stations of the Cross with Deacon Dorothy.  Join us at this link:
Meeting ID: 894 9468 0246
Passcode: 555160

                                        6 pm --  Good Friday liturgy at St. Mark’s
Holy Saturday -- 8 April-- 7pm --  at All Saints’ -- St. Mark’s and All Saints’ parishioners will celebrate the Great Easter Vigil.  A cookie and punch reception will follow.

Easter Sunday --  9 April -- 9am -- at St. Mark’s 
                                           11am -- at All Saints’

Invite a friend to join us as we celebrate the joy of Easter and Jesus’ Resurrection.
Partnership Steering Committee

The Steering Committee met on March 10th at All Saints in Johnson City. Carl Wright and Sue Phelps represent St. Mark's. Judy Horton and Debbie Thorpe represent All Saints. Various topics were discussed including ways to support Rev. Dawn, ways to create a bridge between the parishioners of All Saints and St. Mark's and the specific outreach programs each church participates in.
All Saint's has an open CHOW pantry 4 days a week and offers a soup and Sandwich lunch 1 day a week that they began 16 yrs. ago. They have seen increased need and anticipate more in the months ahead due to the decline in government funded programs. We discussed the outreach programs of St. Mark's as well.
In order to encourage socialization between the parishes, a soup and bread supper is planned at St. Mark's on Maundy Thursday, April 6th at 5:45 in the Undercroft to precede the 7 p.m. combined service. All Saint's will host a cookie and punch reception following the Easter Vigil planned for April 8th at 7 at All Saints.
 The Committee plans to meet again on April 14th.

 Respectfully submitted,
 Sue Phelps

You can donate to St. Mark's via the app or online.  Give it a try!
If you have any questions or need help setting up autopay, contact Kathy and she'll walk you through. 

Hike at State Park
Join us on Sunday April 2nd as we stroll around Chenango Valley State Park and enjoy a picnic lunch.
We'll start at noon and go to around 2 or 3pm.   

Sunday School & Nursery Returns

Lent Sunday School and Nursery will be offered at St. Mark’s starting on Sunday, 26 February.


Easter Flowers

“Sponsor an Easter Plant” in memory, celebration and/or thanksgiving on Easter Sunday, April 9th.  Donation is $20.00 to the Altar Guild.  

You can take a plant home after the Easter Sunday service.  There will be a variety of lilies, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, etc.  Fill out the form in Sunday’s bulletin or e-mail Sue Phelps at 

Thank you for your support!


Ladies Brunch Bunch 

Tuesday April 11th, at 8:30am. 
Join us at St. Mark's undercroft for food & fellowship!  Bring a dish to pass or just yourself. We always have plenty.


St. Mark's Chow Pantry needs our help!! 

Please donate canned soups and fruits. 

Coffee Hour is back!!  Please be sure to sign up to host.  Just bring some sweets or other treats and leave them on the table in the undercroft.  Coffee, hot water, and bottled water are always available.  Make it fun and pair up with a friend -- easy peasy!! 

Dawn-Victoria is now blogging!!  You can catch her blog at  A new blog comes out about every other week.  She covers a wide range of subjects including Episcopal trivia, liturgical matters, and general musings about church life.  Sign up and follow her today!  Feel free to suggest a topic for her to cover.

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April Birthdays

4/2     Ryan Black
4/2     Diane Weiss
4/3     Frank Ruf
4/5     Alan Blythe
4/5     Nadene Sevara
4/9     Robert Deyo
4/12   Layla Laine
4/12   Bonnie Guzenski
4/17   Ann Dohanich

No anniversaries in April.

4/17   Alexandra Blaise
4/18   Madison Laine
4/21   Eric Laine II
4/23   Jill Andrews
4/26   Drew Allport
4/28   Jim Stasko
4/29   Maralys Swart
4/30   Pam Carr


St. Mark's Calendar -- April 2023

 2 Apr  Sun       Holy Eucharist - 9am -- St. Mark's
                                                       11am -- All Saints'
                                                       2-4pm  Youth Group Hike at                                                                 Otsiningo Park 
4 Apr   Tues       Lenten Program w/Deacon Dorothy at All Saints 4pm
                           Compline with Rev. Dawn-Victoria (FB) 8pm
6 Apr   Thurs     Maundy Thursday Service -- 7pm -- Soup & Bread
                           supper at 6pm

7 Apr    Fri         Good Friday --12 Noon Virtual Stations of the                                                              Cross with Deacon Dorothy
                          6pm -- Good Friday Liturgy at St. Mark’s

8 Apr    Sat        7pm --The Great Easter Vigil 
                           St. Mark’s and All Saints’ will celebrate the 
                           Great Easter Vigil at All Saints’ at 7pm.  A                                             cookie and punch reception will follow.               
9 Apr    Sun      Easter Sunday -- Holy Eucharist -
                            9am at St. Mark's 

                            11am at All Saints' 

11 Apr    Tues    Ladies Brunch Bunch 8:30am
                          Compline with Rev. Dawn-Victoria (FB) 8pm   
13 Apr  Thurs    Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm
16 Apr   Sun     Holy Eucharist - 9am -- St. Mark's / Vestry Meeting
                                                      11am -- All Saints'

18 Apr  Tues     Compline with Rev. Dawn-Victoria (FB) 8pm
20 Apr  Thurs    Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm
23 Apr   Sun     Holy Eucharist - 9am -- St. Mark's
                                                      11am -- All Saints'

25 Apr    Tues     Compline with Rev. Dawn-Victoria (FB) 8pm
27 Apr   Thurs    Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm
30 Apr   Sun
       Holy Eucharist - 9am -- St. Mark's
                                                       11am -- All Saints'

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