St. Mark's Episcopal Church!
We are glad you found us and are interested in learning more about our community. Visitors, newcomers, inquirers, and members of other faiths are always welcome to take part in Sunday services, educational opportunities for children and adults, and a variety of outreach and social activities. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey - doubting, full-of-faith, or in between - you are welcome at St. Mark's.
PLEASE NOTE: New Hours for the Church Office are Tuesday through Thursday 7:00 am to 12:00 noon
St. Mark's parking lot is located on the corner of East Main and Church Sts. You may enter for worship at the side entrance or at the front entrance.
Services of Holy Eucharist are at 10:30 am. The Rev. Canon Colleen O'Connor is our priest, with Diocesan priests and our Deacon Susan Firestine often presiding. It's a blessing to have them celebrate the Eucharist with us and to hear a variety of preaching styles! In addition, one service each month is the service on Morning Prayer, led by lay leaders.
Music is by organist Dennis Mellander with other special guest musicians participating
Our upcoming schedule for Sundays is:
- August 28 - Morning Prayer
- September 4 - Morning Prayer
- September 11 - Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Colleen O'Connor, assisted by Giselle Jackman. Flash Mob Day! We welcome other Episcopalians from around the Genesee Deanery; coffee hour following.
- September 18 - Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Nancy Guenther
- September 25 - Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Cathy Dempsey-Sims
SUMMER LUNCH for children & teens 2022 - A Thank You!
St. Mark's just completed its 13th summer feeding program for children and teens. We served 2,053 lunches from our side door! We were able to do this because we had 25 volunteer workers--from St. Mark's and from the community. We were fortunate to receive a Blood Foundation grant that allowed us to make improvements in the kitchen and to purchase our food and supplies. Additional funding came from St. Mark's members, anonymous donors, and memorials for the late Joy Cooney. A special thanks goes to our menu and kitchen coordinator Jessica Shelby. She does an awesome job setting up the menus, overseeing the preparation and packaging, and seeing that everyone is doing the right thing. We are also fortunate to have assistance from the LeRoy Central School cafeteria in allowing us to make bulk food purchases and to store food in their refrigerators/freezers until needed. A shout out to Woodward Memorial Library for Miss Angelina's visits with book give-aways and program infomation this summer.
We are so appreciative of all of this support, and we enjoyed serving our friends and neighbors!
ADULT STUDY AND DISCUSSION / COMMUNITY FOR UNDERSTANDING
The full schedule is listed under Upcoming Events!
Many people around LeRoy have noticed that the carillon at St. Mark's is not playing music as usual at 11:00 am, 3:00 pm, and 7:00 pm. This has to do with a problem in the equipment that also controls the sound system within the church. We are in the process of finding a technician to work on this particular equipment.
Protecting God's creation
Keep ink cartridges out of landfills! About 350 million used cartridges end up in landfills each year. Instead, bring them to St. Mark's! There's a collection box outside the door on Church St. as well as a larger bin inside the side door (office hours are M-Th 7:00 am to noon; Sundays 9:00-11:45). Sorry--we can't take toner cartridges. The cartridges are sent in each month for recycling and re-use.
"Stitch-In" for the children of Ukraine - a success!
We held a "Stitch-In" on March 12 and had 15 people participate in person to raise money ($1435 in total) for UNICEF's Protect Children in Ukraine fund. An additional 15 people stitched at home, and 11 people just donated.
Are you interested in stitching? We're planning to restart our Needlework Group, which is open to all and to all kinds of stitching!
This primitive cross-stitch folk design of “Forest Foxes” is by Ukrainian stitcher Kateryna (stitchyprincess on Etsy; stitchy_princess_black on Instagram) who lives in Kyiv.
Details: Why stitching? Embroidery and needlework are a large part of Ukrainian cultural heritage. Supporting a Ukrainian cross-stitcher through the purchase of her pattern also supports a local inhabitant, who has posted through her Instagram account that she has used her additional sales to buy food and medical supplies for her family and her neighbors.
If you would like a time of prayer and meditation at the end of each day, please look at the following options from Forward Day by Day: https://www.forwardmovement.org/Pages/Item/15054/Our-Podcasts.aspx
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Stained Glass - The window project is on hold.
St. Mark's window repair started in the summer of 2021 with plans to finish during the summer of 2022. You will notice wonderful changes on the rose window facing Main St., as well as the front door surround, and the large windows facing Church St. The windows on the west side of the building still need work. This project is on hold while the craftsman in charge recovers from an accident. Funding came from several sources, including generous donors, and a grant from Sacred Sites. Donate to this project through PayPal
The Daily News published this article about the ongoing work.
And here's an article detailing the $10,000 Sacred Sites grant being awarded to St. Mark's from the New York Landmarks Conservancy:The Batavian - St. Mark's Church in LeRoy
Thank you for your support!
An Experiment for the Sake of the Gospel
Our dioceses (The Episcopal Dioceses of Western New York & Northwest Pennsylvania) are on a journey to discover how collaborating can help us transform our congregations and communities through the power of Jesus Christ. In our churches, everyone is welcome, without exception. (St. Mark's hosted Bishop Sean Rowe on Sunday, October 20 at the 10:30 am service.)