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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

Advent and Christmas at St. Mark's


All are welcome to join us for the following upcoming Advent and Christmas celebrations in this holy season. Please come and invite your neighbors and friends to share in the spirit.

Sunday, December 20, 4:00 pm - Greening of the Church, followed by Potluck Supper - Our annual church greening is a fun time for all participants as we get the church ready for celebrating Christmas. We then gather together for a wonderful potluck meal and fellowship in Carroll Hall. Please join us!

Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
  • 7:30 pm - Christmas Pageant and Service of Holy Eucharist

  • 10:30 pm - Community Carol Sing - Join your voice as we sing Christmas carols together.

  • 11:00 pm - Candlelight Service of Holy Eucharist with Choir - Joyful Eucharist with harp, organ, choir, and soloists followed by a festive champagne celebration.

Thursday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
  • 10:00 am - Service of Holy Eucharist

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.

We have collected several catalogs from organizations such as Heifer International, ChildFund International (formerly Christian Children's Fund), and Food for the Poor. There are also local organizations who will benefit from our children's altruism.

The children and Atrium staff will keep everyone informed of our actions.

Gifts For Life: Doubling Your Impact On Human Suffering In Advent


Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is an international relief and development agency responding to human suffering on behalf of The Episcopal Church. This year ERD commemorates 75 years of giving to the needy around the world. Their gifts transform lives and have a lasting impact by providing food, micro-loans, livestock, poultry, clean water, and other relief. Their work to heal a hurting world is guided by the principles of compassion, dignity and generosity.

They take their mandate from the words of Jesus, found in Matthew 25:37-40, that call us to feed the hungry, care for the sick and welcome the stranger. They appeal to us all to hear God's call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human being, bringing together the generosity of Episcopalians with the needs of others around the world. ERD faithfully administers the funds that are received from the Church and raised from other sources. It provides relief in times of disaster and promotes sustainable development by identifying and addressing the root causes of suffering.

During this Advent season - between now and December 31st - ERD will double any donations, providing you an opportunity to do more. Donations can be made through their web site or through the Change for Change collection of our Atrium children on Youth Leadership Sunday, December 20th.

Holiday Music Transition - Welcome to Mark Paulson

Starting November 22 through Advent, at the 10:00 am services

On November 22, our house organist George Wesner will return to Radio City Music Hall for the holiday season and Mark Paulson will serve as our interim keyboard musician for the Christmas season. Having begun his music studies at the age of five, Mark went on to study church music at Crown College in Minnesota, receive an Associate of Religious Arts degree from Northeastern Bible College and a degree in piano performance from Montclair State University. He is comfortable with both popular and sacred music and has been an entertainer and church musician for over 35 years. Mark was the Director of Music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Orange for 13 years, and now maintains a private piano studio, teaching students in Glen Ridge, Montclair and the surrounding communities. Mark, his wife and three children make their home in West Orange. Welcome Mark!

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 Transportaation 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!

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