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Welcome to St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Teaneck!

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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St. Mark's is accessible to the disabled for both worship and ministry. Use the entrance on Chadwick Road.
St. Mark's doors are open all day and all evening every day for people of all faiths or none.
Parking is available in Holy Name's physicians' lot Sundays and Holidays. Follow the red parking signs to the driveway just south of the church on Grange Rd.


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Events & Announcements

From Easter to Pentecost at St. Mark's

April 5 through May 24

All are welcome to join us at St. Mark's as we celebrate the wonderful season of Easter and the Lord's triumph over death. The Easter season is a 50-day period culminating in the feast of Pentecost on May 24, when we commemorate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the whole world. We celebrate the Holy Eucharist on Sunday mornings at 8:00 am and 10:00 am, plus other activities during the week (see below for details). The Easter season coincides with Spring, and signs of renewal and new life are all around us. You're welcome at St. Mark's, so please join us!

Tuesday Morning Prayer Services and More: Spring Cleaning for your Body, Mind, and Spirit

Tuesdays, 8:30 am

Join us on Tuesday Mornings 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.

Volunteers Needed for Family Promise the Week of April 19-25: Are You Called to Serve?

April 19 through April 25, 2015

Most of you know that Family Promise is the program that replaced the Inter Religious Fellowship for the Homeless, providing housing for homeless Bergen County families. Families reside in local churches and synagogues for a week at a time. They are provided with a place to sleep, three meals a day and a place to store their belongings. St. Mark's is one of the supporting congregations to Temple Emeth, which houses the families. Temple Emeth is hosting the families this year from April 19 through April 25th. St. Mark's has been asked to take full responsibility for greeting guests, preparing and serving the meals, and sleeping over on Tuesday, April 21.

We need volunteers for the followings jobs:

  • 2 to set up/clean up and greet
  • 2 cooks
  • 2 to sleep over, preferably a male and female

For those of you who have done it, you know it has been a very meaningful experience. We all pitch in and help out. If you are interested in helping out with this very worthwhile cause, please see Liz Hibbard or contact her at 201-357-4384 or by email at eehibbard at gmail dot com. Thank you!

St. Mark's Tricky Tray Fundraiser is Saturday, May 2 - The Tricky Tray Committee Still Needs Donations

Tricky Tray on Saturday, May 2

St. Mark's Tricky Tray fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, May 2. For those St. Markers who would like to contribute but are on a tight budget, consider donating a small denomination gift card ($10-$15), such as:

  • Cold Stone
  • Starbucks
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • McDonalds/Burger King
  • iTunes


The following medium-sized donations are needed:

  • $50 Applebees Gift Card


For those who can contribute a larger gift, please consider:

  • Soda Stream (Staples or online) - $80, which can be found at Staples or Staples.com
  • Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker: $90, which can be found at Amazon.com
  • Picnic Basket Set (browse online)
  • Juicer


Other Gift and Basket Ideas (Medium or Large) - if you don't have basket, it is OK to just contribute contents and the Tricky Tray committee will assemble:

  • Summer Fun Basket (Towels, beach toys, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Gardener's Basket (seeds, bulbs, tools, gloves, etc.)
  • Barbecue Basket (tools, sauces, etc.)
  • Tool Kit
  • Crockpot


If you have any questions, please contact Jenny at 201-543-9467 or at jwilson at maplestreetfin dot com.

Ingathering for the 2015 Stewardship Season Continues - Please Support St. Mark's!

 

We are now collecting pledge cards for the 2015 pledge drive. St. Markers are being challenged to give in response to their love for God. We believe this is a decision between you and God. The budget that funds the upkeep and ministries of St. Mark’s is computed based on what we receive in pledges, but the act of pledging is a spiritual practice. So we invite you into this spiritual practice by pledging your time, talent and treasure to God through a financial and time commitment to St. Mark’s. In other words, each pledge card is like a vote for St. Mark’s. For while pledging is a spiritual practice, our giving does enable St. Mark’s to operate as a church and to serve the community and the world. So please, give as you are able. Turn in your pledge cards and vote for St. Mark’s! Pledge cards are available in the foyer or from any Vestry member. For more information, contact Stewardship co-chair Jackie MacLeod or the Priest-in-Charge, The Rev. Bob Shearer.

St. Mark's Book Group, "Reading Between The Lines," Continues on Saturday Mornings

Saturdays, 8:30 - 9:30 am

The Book Group began meeting again on Saturday, September 20th, in Carroll Hall (Room 6), at 8:30 am, and will continue to meet during the program year. We are currently reading Simone de Beauvoir's "The Coming of Age." The book and our conversation explores age, especially old age. The Amazon Website blurb says of the book: "What do the words elderly, old, and aged really mean? How are they used by society, and how in turn do they define the generation that we are taught to respect and love but instead castigate and avoid? Most importantly, how is our treatment of this generation a reflection of our society's values and priorities?" Come to the meeting and join the conversation. There is no requirement to be old to participate in the group. The Book Group's only rule for membership is to show up at the meeting. Reading the book is optional. See Tom Crotty if you want information on getting the book or more on the Book Group. All are welcome, so please join us!

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!

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