October 2022


Dear Ones,

“At 211*, water is hot.
At 212*, it boils.
And with boiling water, comes steam.
And steam can power a locomotive.”
One degree makes the difference between boiling water and steam powerful enough to run a steam engine.  I first heard these words as a volunteer hospital Chaplain.  I was part of a leadership conference the hospital was hosting.  Leaders from every floor and department were represented.

After we watched the short video, “212*: The extra degree,” we spent time in discussion around our tables.  What would it look like if we each gave that one extra degree?  How would that impact our floor or department?  What would the overall effect be upon the hospital?

Followers of Jesus often talk about giving in terms of giving of the time, talents, and treasures God has entrusted to our care.  Of how you and I are only temporary caretakers of what God graciously entrusts into our care.

What would it look like if each and every one of us gave one degree more?  How would that impact St. Mark’s?  What would the effect be on Binghamton, NY and Broome County?  How might you and I implement the one degree principle:
  • Take your church attendance up a notch.  If you attend one or two weeks a month, consider attending three or more Sundays.
  • Take your participation to the next level.  There are many ways to get involved at St. Mark’s—CHOW, canteen, Bible study, worship ministers . . .
  • Take your financial giving higher.  If you currently give five percent, consider increasing your giving to six or seven percent.

Faithfully Yours,

Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 2nd at 2pm is Blessing of the Animals.  We'll gather in the side yard (weather permitting) to give thanks to God for our special animal companions and offer a blessing over each one.  If the weather is inclement, join us in the Foyer.  Please have your canine companions on a leash and your feline friends in a carrier for the safety and comfort of all.  Pictures and plushies are also included.

Youth Group Pizza Party

The Youth Group will have a kick-off event on October 2nd from 4-6pm.  We'll enjoy pizza and plan some fun activities for the year.  All middle and high school youth are invited.  Feel free to bring a friend.  RSVP to Dawn-Victoria so we have enough pizza and drinks.

Directory Updates

Has your address, phone or email changed?  We're preparing to update the St. Mark's Directory and there have been many changes this year.  Please submit any new info............or if you're unsure......send us your info anyway.  If you'd like your information removed from the directory, let us know that as well.  Please send us your updates by October 15th.  
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.
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.  Easy Peasy!!  
September brings back St. Mark’s Bible Study group.  We’ll gather from 7-8p on Wednesdays, both in person in the Lounge and via Zoom.  If you have any suggestions on topics, books of the Bible, peoples of the Bible, or religious-themed books you’d like us to consider, please let Dawn-Victoria know.  The first Bible Study will be on Wednesday, 7 September.  A Zoom link will be sent out earlier that week for those who’d like it.  You may also contact Dawn-Victoria for the link.

Ladies Brunch Bunch 
Tuesday, October 11, at 8:30am 
Join us in the undercroft with a dish to pass........or not.....we always have plenty.
Beverages provided. 
Please Donate to Altar Guild

Prices for flowers has gone up (along with everything else).  Please consider donating to the Altar Guild to help them with this expense.  You can also submit a form to dedicate flowers to loved ones past and present.  Forms are located on the bulletin board.  
Volunteers to Video

We are still looking for people to record Sunday Services.  We stream to FB and YouTube and need people to fill in on Sunday morning.  We will train you on using the cameras and iPad to record.  It's as easy as turning on the cameras and hitting the record button.  
Please contact Kathy at 607-648-4400 or to volunteer.

In Broome County, NY Community Level is MEDIUM.  

Dawn-Victoria is moving!!

This past year I have been truly grateful to our friends at All Saints’ in Johnson City.  They have been graciously allowing me to live in their Rectory while they are in between priests.  Their kindness and generosity have been a blessing to me.

I will be moving into a townhouse in Legacy Bay starting 27 September. 

My new address will be:

The Rev. Dawn-Victoria Mitchell
1 Ely Park Blvd.
Binghamton, NY 13905

St. Mark's Calendar

2 Oct     Sunday           Holy Eucharist - 8 & 10 
                                     Blessing of the Animals - 2pm
                                     (Side yard of the church)
                                     Youth Group Kickoff -- 4-6pm 
                                     (Undercroft -- pizza & drinks provided)
4 Oct      Tuesday         Compline with Rev. Dawn-Victoria (FB) 8pm
4 Oct                             DVM+ Clergy Retreat in Oswego
5 Oct      Wednesday    Bible Study - 7pm in the lounge & online
6 Oct      Thursday        Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm
9 Oct      Sunday           Holy Eucharist - 8 & 10 
10 Oct     Monday         National Indigenous Peoples Day -- Office Closed
11 Oct    Tuesday         Ladies Brunch Bunch 8:30am -- Undercroft
11 Oct                            Compline with Rev. Dawn-Victoria (FB) 8pm
13 Oct    Thursday         Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm
16 Oct     Sunday           Holy Eucharist - 8 & 10 am -- Vestry Meeting at 11am
18 Oct     Tuesday         Compline with Rev. Dawn-Victoria (FB) 8pm
19 Oct     Wednesday    Bible Study - 7pm in the lounge & online
20 Oct     Thursday        Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm
23 Oct     Sunday           Holy Eucharist - 8 & 10 am
25 Oct    Tuesday          Compline with Rev. Dawn-Victoria (FB) 8pm
27 Oct     Thursday        Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm

30 Oct    Sunday            Holy Eucharist - 8 & 10 am
October Birthdays

10/1       Dave Gridley
10/1       Liam McCall
10/2       Amanda Reid
10/8       Christopher Furrow
10/8       Lynne McRae 
10/10     Lorrie Spear
10/12    Dana Holcomb


10/13   Evan Jacobs 
10/13    Brian Pease
10/27    Jane Sweet
10/29    Rayma Wilson
10/29    Carolyn Hill
10/29    Andre Blaise
10/30    Kathi Holcomb


October Anniversaries

10/7/1989      Ron & Kristen Bertram
10/11/2008    Ben & Amanda Reid
10/11/2003    Kevin & Brooke McCall
10/21/1989    David & Stacey Gridley
10/21/1978    Mark & Joan Tymeson
10/23/1999    Oliver & Dalya Blaise
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