We worship in a light, airy, and air conditioned space, celebrating the Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:00 am on Sunday mornings. We are generous in welcoming new people, active in outreach, and a very diverse group of Christians. Our Music Director and Choir present glorious music, and the Spirit of God is present in the congregation.
Members of our congregation include Africans, African Americans, Caribbeans, Caucasians, Indians, Koreans, Latin Americans, and Native Americans - a fair representation of the Teaneck community.
Our mission is “Celebrating God’s Inclusive Love,” by which we mean that our central work is to love everyone, without exception, who enters our personal or community sphere, to love them in a way that they would recognize as loving, and to extend ourselves to give assistance where assistance is needed; for God is love, and where love is, there is God.
Come to see us! We will welcome you with open arms!
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Please Join Us for a Weekend Celebration of St. Mark's Day
Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2016
The Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist is a Holy Day of celebration in the Church, and of course St. Mark is also the patron saint of this parish, so we'll be marking the occasion this year with some special events. Please come and join in the celebration:
ATTEND A REHEARSAL OF ST. MARK'S CHOIR - Saturday, April 23, at 10:00 am
All parents and kids are invited to atch and interact with professional musicians as the choir prepares for St. Mark's Sunday. This is a wonderful opportunity to be "up close and personal" with members of our choir and guest orchestra. Mark your calendar and plan to share the event.
ST. MARK'S GOSPEL - Saturday, April 23, at 7:30 pm
A solo performance of the Gospel according to St. Mark as it might have been given in a private home in first-century Rome. Performance-artist Christopher Johnson will present Mark's complete original text as an after-dinner entertainment, the form in which it was most likely "published" in first-century Rome. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the earliest gospel as the urgent "good news" it was meant to be: a thundering yarn, with unforgettable characters, lightning dialogue, and a hero who may be God but is most certainly man. Tickets for this event are $20.00 ($15.00 for students and seniors) and may be purchased in advance online. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund.
A SPECIAL CHORAL EUCHARIST - Sunday, April 24, at 10:00 am
The choir and orchestra celebrate at the 10:00 am service. Be sure to "bring the one next to you" and experience the joy of singing the great hymns of the church with a full orchestra. A festive coffee hour follows the service. Another wonderful opportunity to bring friends and neighbors into the St. Mark's experience.
Please Help St. MArk's Keep Its Prayer Chain Current
St. Mark's is a community of believers and seekers. The prayer chain is composed of people committed to pray for the "necessities" of others, for health and healing, for strength, recovery, guidance, wisdom, to offer praise and thanksgiving. Anyone wanting prayer for self or others, or to join the prayer chain, please contact: prayerchain at stmarksteaneck dot org. Please help keep this list current with names of those who are in particular need of prayer. Thank you!
Change for Change
Each Youth Leadership Sunday (third Sunday of each month)
About a month ago our Atrium youth set a goal to do something to help homeless families, pets in shelters, and those others who are disadvantaged across the globe.
An idea arose. Each Youth Leadership Sunday (third Sunday each month) the Atrium children would collect coins to be used for projects of their choice to further their goal.
Sunday, November 15, is our kickoff for Change for Change where the children will ask congregants to dig into their pockets and purses to empty them of coins for this worthy cause.
The children and Atrium staff will keep everyone informed of our actions.
Tuesday Morning Prayer Services include Organic Juicing and Qigong to Start Your Day
Tuesdays, 9:00 am
Join us on Tuesday Mornings at 9:00 am for Prayer, Juicing, and mild Chair Qigong exercises. Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention (meditation or spiritual thought). The chair exercises are designed for most anyone who can raise their arms.
The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. More information is available from the National Qigong Association.
Through gentle movement in a spiritual environment, we will seek to breathe new life and energy into our bodies while nurturing our spiritual selves. Morning prayer (from the Book of Common Prayer Daily Office) lasts about 30 minutes, the Qigong chair exercises will last approximately 15 minutes to be followed by sharing freshly made organic juices. Please feel free to bring organic fruits and vegetables to share, if you wish.
A great way to start any day! For more information contact Brenda Allen at bjstarx at gmail dot com or at 201-281-8845.
Altar Flower Donations Needed
Altar flower donations are needed during the summer. Please consider making such a donation in thanksgiving for or in memory of a loved one. We will need flowers beginning November 2 through December 21. The cost of flowers is $50.00 and payment must be received in the parish office the Friday before the Sunday you designate. Please make checks payable to St. Mark's and be sure to note "Altar Flowers" in the memo section. A sign-up sheet can be found on the table at the entrance to Carroll Hall. Please indicate the date for which you would like to donate flowers, your name and contact information, including email address, and who you would like the flowers donated in memory of. You will be contacted to confirm your donation. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Hibbard at eehibbard at gmail dot com or 201-357-4384. Thank you!
The Transportation Guild is Looking for a Few Good Drivers
Calling All Cars! Did you know that St. Mark's has a Transportation Guild? If you, or a parishioner you know, needs a ride to and from church, please let guild members Barbara Kist (email: kistbarb1 at aol dot com) or Michael Accordino (email: michaelpaccordino at gmail dot com) know and they can assist. The Guild can also use some new members willing and able to provide rides for this important ministry to those who are unable to drive to participate in our worship services. If you are called to join this ministry, please contact Barbara or Michael. Thank you!
Looking for a Great Ministry? Consider Hosting Sunday Coffee Hour!
Each Sunday Following the 10:00 am Service
Coffee hour is an important part of worship and fellowship, a weekly opportunity to relax and share in building a "beloved community" at St. Mark's. To make this happen, we need coffee hour volunteers. Coffee hour can be as simple as bagels and coffee (preferably), or something more elaborate, according to your preference. Given the economic times, we strongly suggest that simplicity be your guide. What is most important about coffee hour is the time it provides for fellowship and togetherness as we share in the many gifts of the Spirit, so please consider being a coffee hour host. There is a sign-up sheet on the table near the entrance to Carroll Hall. Thanks!
Prayer Chain Requests - If you would like to make a request to the prayer chain, please contact Sheri Urinyi. Both intercessions (prayers of need or hope) and thanksgivings are appropriate. All prayer requests are confidential.