March 2023

Dear St. Mark's Parishioners,

St. Mark’s and All Saints' Shared Ministry

On March 1, 2023 St. Mark’s and All Saints' will embark on a new venture, which the Vestry of each church finds very exciting. Dawn-Victoria will begin to serve both churches. It will be a ⅔ to ⅓ split of time, with the ⅔ amount being at St. Mark’s and the ⅓ at All Saints'. How this time will be spent will be determined by Dawn-Victoria. At this time Dawn-Victoria will be in the office at St. Mark’s on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9am to 5pm. Wednesday will be an office day at All Saints'. She will be available to members of either parish by cell phone at any given time.

Church Services will be as follows:
Saturday 5:00 pm  at All Saints'
Sunday 9:00 am at St. Mark’s
Sunday11:00 am at All Saints'

Please feel free to attend any service that interests you at either church. All Saints' does offer music at the 11:00 am service on Sunday. Church programs will be open to members of both parishes and may be offered on-line or in-person at either church building. Watch the bulletin, emails, and the Lion’s Roar for details. All Saints' will be contributing financially to this arrangement. The Vestries see this as an opportunity to build community between the two churches. We hope this is a positive experience for all.

A steering committee has been formed consisting of Sue Phelps and Carl Wright from St. Mark's and Debbie Thorpe and Judy Horton from All Saints'.   This committee will meet on a regular basis to discuss how the Shared Ministry is going and to iron out any difficulties. They are available for comments and suggestions.  

God Bless,

Lenten Offerings

Deacon Dorothy Pierce is leading two offerings for St. Mark’s and All Saints’ parishioners this Lent: 
  1. A Lenten Study on Tuesdays at All Saints' Church from 4-6pm starting 28 February.  Soup and bread will be provided.  This is an in-person offering.                                                                                     
  2. Virtual Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 4pm via Zoom               Here is the Zoom link for Stations of the Cross                              Join Zoom Meeting:                                                                            Meeting ID: 894 9468 0246                                                              Passcode: 555160

Entering a new “Realm”

Greetings!  As most of you know, St Mark’s uses the software program “Realm” to manage the administration of St Marks.  We’ve updated our subscription to both keep costs to a minimum while keeping the functions that we need. 99% of what we currently use remains unchanged.  The mobile app with online/text giving remains unchanged.  Everyone who uses the App to see their giving history and profile information will still be able to do so.

Starting 1 March 2023, the Realm group functions, congregation Check-in, and Volunteer Management are being discontinued.   (We did not use these functions, so no one is being affected by the change).

One aspect that may affect SOME is the Communication portion of Realm.  If anyone used Realm Communications services via the App or website to send messages to other members of the congregation or to Rev Dawn-Victoria—that function is being discontinued 1 March.
Rev Dawn-Victoria’s eNotes, and other St Marks email information will, of course, continue to all using “regular” email services (ie Gmail, Outlook, etc).

Any questions—please email us at or give us a call at (607) 648-4400.

Youth Arty Party

Join us as we have fun painting and crafting on Sunday, 5 March from 4-6pm at St. Mark’s.  Snacks and drinks will be on hand to fuel our artistic efforts. 

Feel free to bring your own crafting/art supplies.  A variety of supplies will also be on hand.

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!


Lent Madness is back!!!! 

Grab your Scorecard, read up, fill out your bracket to join in the Madness.  St. Mark’s is hosting a friendly competition.  Complete a card with your name and who you think will win the Golden Halo.  The winner will receive a St. Mark’s t-shirt.  Must enter by 12 March.


Ladies Brunch Bunch 

Tuesday March 14th, 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.

Video Volunteers Needed!
We are still looking for people to record Sunday Service.  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 email your desire to serve to to volunteer.

Text STMARKS2020 to 73256, followed by your gift amount, to give online through text. Convenient enough to do while in church!

Standard text message and data rates may apply.

March Birthdays

3/4      Trina Cooney
3/6      Jim Rosar
3/8      Faye Johnson
3/8      Jane Buchinsky
3/10    Marcia Valenti
3/14     Rev. Dawn-Victoria
3/16    Carol Pease
3/18    Dorothy Pierce
3/21    Dana Deyo


3/22    Gavin Lenga
3/24   Abigail Beston
3/24   Emily Phelps
3/25   Pat Henderson 
3/25   Jordyn & Jonah
3/28   Carole Petley
3/29   Nancy Cady
3/30   Barb Fisher
March Anniversaries
3/14/1998   Troy & Mandy Black
3/14/1970   Don & Sandy MacDuffee

St. Mark's Calendar -- March 2023

2 Mar    Thurs    Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm
3 Mar      Fri       Virtual Stations of the Cross with Deacon Dorothy
                           4pm on Zoom
 5 Mar   Sun       Holy Eucharist - 9am
                           Youth Arty Party 4-6pm
7 Mar    Tues     Lenten Program w/Deacon Dorothy at All Saints 4pm
                           Compline with Rev. Dawn-Victoria (FB) 8pm
9 Mar    Thurs     Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm
10 Mar    Fri        Virtual Stations of the Cross with Deacon Dorothy
                            4pm on Zoom 
12 Mar    Sun      Holy Eucharist - 9am
14 Mar    Tues     Ladies Brunch Bunch 8:30am
                           Lenten Program w/Deacon Dorothy at All Saints 4pm
                          Compline with Rev. Dawn-Victoria (FB) 8pm   
16 Mar  Thurs    Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm
17 Mar   Fri         Virtual Stations of the Cross with Deacon Dorothy
                            4pm on Zoom 
19 Mar   Sun     Holy Eucharist - 9am / Vestry Meeting - 10:30am
21 Mar  Tues     Lenten Program w/Deacon Dorothy at All Saints 4pm
                           Compline with Rev. Dawn-Victoria (FB) 8pm
23 Mar  Thurs    Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm
24 Mar     Fri        Virtual Stations of the Cross with Deacon Dorothy
                             4pm on Zoom 
26 Mar   Sun       Holy Eucharist - 9am 
28 Mar    Tues     Lenten Program w/Deacon Dorothy at All Saints 4pm
                            Compline with Rev. Dawn-Victoria (FB) 8pm
30 Mar   Thurs     Compline with Deacon Dorothy (Zoom) 8pm
31 Mar    Fri         Virtual Stations of the Cross with Deacon Dorothy
                             4pm on Zoom 

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