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May 2021

St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Chenango Bridge, NY


Worship Schedule for May

May 9   --  Morning Prayer with Lay Minister Courtenay McKeon
May 16 --  The Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Canon Carrie Schofield-Broadbent

All services will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Sundays. We will be taking reservations by phone and online.  Please call 648-4400 to make your reservation.  If you leave a message, Kathy will return your call to confirm your reservation. Or you can reserve online at: or email your request to  Please be sure to note the number of family members attending in your reservation.  Your patience and feedback are paramount to the success of our in-person gatherings. 

Please be mindful of the following:

Everyone must wear a mask of that completely covers your nose and mouth.

If you have recently been unwell or have developed COVID-19 symptoms (including a high temperature, cough and/or a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste) you may not attend services.  In the event you develop any symptoms during or after the service or if you test positive for coronavirus you must notify the church office immediately.  Those who are at higher risk & medically vulnerable should not attend in person without first consulting with their doctor. 

We need to maintain a 6 foot physical distance between different households for our gathered service.  The sanctuary and adjacent areas will be set up with a clearly identifiable one-way system; everyone will enter through the glass doors and exit through the red doors.  All doors will be held open, preventing the need to touch them and ensuring rooms are well ventilated.  Windows will be open in the sanctuary for the same reason, so please dress appropriately.

Upon arrival, everyone will be provided hand-sanitizer, have their temperature taken and complete a health assessment before being seated in the sanctuary.  Please arrive early so we can accomplish these tasks and start the service on time. 

To attend church services, you must book your seat in advance as stated above.  This system enables us to both manage numbers and maintain a register for the purpose of track and trace.   We will begin taking reservations on Thursday for the following Sunday and you will need to book week by week.  Please only book if you intend to come and contact us immediately if your plans change or you feel unwell and need to cancel.  We will work to provide an opportunity for everyone who wants to attend in person.

We are not currently allowed to have congregational singing at our in-person service but music will be part of our worship. Our services will continue to be recorded and/or streamed for those who cannot attend to meet the challenge of ensuring that we are effectively serving those engaging online as well as those gathered in the building. 

The Eucharist (when offered) will be bread only.  There will be no kneeling at the rail--instead a single line will form at the center aisle--while maintaining 6 foot distance as marked on the floor.  Please keep your mask on,  receive the Host, walk back to your pew, then remove your mask briefly to consume the Host.  

There will be no coffee hour or Sunday School and the undercroft will remain closed.  The collection plate will not be passed but will be placed at the back of the sanctuary to be available upon your departure.  

You are encouraged to leave the building promptly to minimize the length of time spent indoors.  Ushers will assist in guiding parishioners into and out of pews to maintain social distancing.

Per Diocesan guidelines, individuals who have received the COVID-19 vaccine must still follow all masking, hygiene, and physical distancing protocols when attending St. Mark's sponsored in-person gatherings. 
For our collective health and safety, rest assured that we have, and continue to take, every reasonable precaution so our building and gatherings will comply with Diocesan COVID-19 guidelines.  Thank you all so much for your patience and prayers as we move forward in these uncertain times.

Volunteers Needed for May 16th 

Please consider volunteering for our first in-person celebration of the Holy Eucharist.  Give Theresa Brom a call at 743-7760 to volunteer.

Here are the volunteers needed:
  • Crucifer, 2-Acolytes, 1 lector, 1 psalmist
  • 1-Check-in Table
  • 2-Ushers
  • Videographer

Ascension Day
May 13, 2021 

The Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, also known as Ascension Thursday or Ascension Day, commemorates the bodily ascension of Jesus into heaven. It is one of the seven major Anglican observances, and is one of the ecumenical feasts universally commemorated by almost all Christian churches. Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter (from the account in Acts 1:3), though some churches move it to the following Sunday (7th Sunday of Easter). 

The observance of this feast is an ancient tradition. At the beginning of the 5th century, St. Augustine says that it is of Apostolic origin and he speaks of it in such a way as to indicate that it was a universal observation of the church long before his time. Commemoration of this feast reminds us that before Jesus ascended into heaven, he reassured the disciples that this is necessary, and he leaves them, and us, with the promise of the Holy Spirit. 

The three days before Ascension Thursday are sometimes referred to as Rogation days, meaning that they are days of prayer and fasting. 

Altar Guild Needs Your Help
St. Mark's Altar Guild needs your help.  Due to COVID, the number of our volunteers has dwindled.  Please consider volunteering.  Contact Sue Phelps at or call 237-5261 for details.  Now that we're open for Sunday Services the Altar Guild is also in need of donations.  You can mail it in, or text: stmarks2020 to 73256, then click the link that comes up and choose Altar Guild.  You can also donate online at:  Thank you.  

Search Committee Continues to Work
Please continue to pray for St. Mark's Search Committee.  They are continuing to work diligently to find a Priest-in-Charge for our church.  As you know, this is a laborious process and the committee needs our support as much as ever.  Show them some love!  

Ramp-It-Up is on for 2021
The Ramp It Up program is underway for 2021 and St. Mark’s is committed to build a wheelchair ramp Friday, August 20th and Saturday, August 21st.   We are looking for interested youth and adult members of St. Mark’s to help.  Minimum youth participation age  is 13.   Please contact Dave Surgent (, Jeff Jacobs ( or Kathy Lasicki at the St. Mark’s office ( with questions or to express interest in volunteering. 
Free Furniture
Maralys Swart is donating some furniture that's only 2 years old and rarely used. Please call the church office at 648-4400 if you're interested.  You must be able to pick it up & take it away.  

The items include:  glider rocker & stool (cranberry colored cushions)
                                porch furniture--loveseat with tan cushions & a                                     glass topped coffee table
                                hi-top table & 2 folding chairs  (24" square top/ 3                                    ft. high)

May Office Hours
The church office will be closed May 24-June 1.  The office will reopen on June 2 at 9 a.m.  Kathy will be on vacation so please contact Senior Warden Laura Wright with any questions.  
May Birthdays
           5/2      Stephanie Crandall
5/2      Gail Flood
     5/2      Patrick Rowe
       5/3      Virginia Gruver
     5/4      Chris Brewton
        5/4      Melissa Rowley
  5/5      Jayce Laine
         5/6      Liam Van Kleeck
5/6      Gerry Hilla
         5/8      Lisa Ericksen-Hrehor
 5/9      Susan Phelps
5/11     Patrick Cooney
       5/14     Declan Mayo Easton


5/18    Ken Pease
5/22    Lauren Gagnon
5/23    James Stento
5/23    Nicholas Blaise
 5/24    John Spear
 5/24    Steve Bodine
 5/25    Janet Zapata
 5/26    Kayla Sweet
 5/27    Emily Beston
 5/27    Chuck Praefke
 5/27   Kevin McCall
 5/29    Sabrina Laine 
  5/29    Eric Brom
May Anniversaries
5/11/1991      Larry & Karen King
5/18/1956      Carol & Ken Pease
5/19/1979      Dan & Audrey O’Brien
5/20/1995      Jeff Jacobs & Caroline Thomas
5/20/1978      Chris & Lorraine Allen
5/26/2018      Laura & Carl Wright

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