The Lion's Pause


Rector's Ramblings

When I looked outside through the window of my office on Monday morning, I noticed that the trees had leaves on them once again.  I’m fairly certain I could only see a few leaves on the trees last Friday.  It seems like the leaves appeared almost overnight as if someone had gone around the neighborhood last night gluing them on the branches.   

Of course, I know that the leaves did not just appear.  The buds formed weeks ago.  Slowly, the trees were preparing this new display of green.  Quite a few things were going on inside the trunks and the branched preparing for what is now springing forth.  

Spiritual life and spiritual discipline are a lot like that.  We read scripture.  We pray. We come together for worship.  There are times when it looks like not much is happening, when it looks like no transformation is taking place.  In such times, we must not become discouraged.  If we offer time to God, we can be assured that God will not neglect to give us good things in return.  Or, as St. Paul wrote, “If you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.” (Galatians 6:8b) 

Then, there are times when it feels like new life is springing forth.  There are times when peace, joy, and love seem to come easy.  In these times it is appropriate to give thanks to God for these gifts of new life.  The preparation that was taking place in what seemed like the winter of our spiritual growth is bearing fruit and God has given the growth. 


Sunday, May 5:

8 and 10 a.m.



Live Stream

Wednesday, May 8:

Zoom Evening Prayer, 4 p.m.

Bulletin Zoom

Yoga with Beth 6:30 p.m.


Mark your calendars now for Morning Prayer services to be held in the Betty Fortney Sanctuary in the Woods!  Three services have been planned, with food and fellowship following!  

June 9 - Morning Prayer followed by cookout and Strawberry Social

July 14 - “Sermon on the Mount” followed by our traditional picnic/cookout

August 18 - Intergenerational Service and Blessing of the Backpacks

 Yoga with Beth

  • Beth Julian, CYT 200, will guide you through deep breathing paired with slow, relaxing yoga stretches and guided muscle relaxation. Think of it as a moving meditation, more than “exercise,” so if you can breathe, you can do yoga!
  • Join us for any, or all of the four sessions on Wednesdays in May: May 8, 15, 22, 29 from 7-8:15 in St. Mark’s undercroft. 
  • Cost is $10 per session, cash, check, or PayPal to
  •  Limited to 15 participants
  • Doors open at 6:40 to allow time for paperwork and settling into a meditative mind. 
  • Bring your own mat. Yoga blocks and strap are helpful but not necessary.
  • Questions? Text or call 330-705-4359 or email


My mission is to cultivate the joy of yoga, harnessing its transformative power to relieve stress and promote holistic well-being. I believe in the gentle, nurturing qualities of yoga, tailored to embrace and support bodies of all ages. Through accessible practices, individuals are invited to discover the profound benefits of yoga, fostering a lifelong journey of health, vitality, and inner peace. 

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From time to time, St. Mark's experiences unexpected expenses just as we all do.  Most recently, our water conditioner needed a complete rebuild costing $2,816.  If you would like to help with this cost, please note "water conditioner" in the memo line of your check.  

Thank you, Geoff Gordon 


Another fine gathering of St. Mark’s women was held on April 23 at Carrabbas’ Italian Grill.  All women are invited to attend and we had a great turnout of about a dozen women.  This is a great time for fellowship and lively conversation, and some great discussions were held for some future social events.

ECW LUNCHEON - We discussed plans for an ECW luncheon to be held the end of June.  A planning meeting for this event will be held this coming Sunday at 9:00 AM (between services).  All women are invited to attend, and are needed to help plan this luncheon, so please join us on Sunday to plan the details.

PROGRESSIVE DINNER - Thoughts are churning for a Progressive Dinner to be held sometime in September!  Stay tuned for more information on this fun event!  



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May Birthdays

2 Benjamin Clark

9 Chris Arnold Arnold

10 Dave Kiesling Jan Hudson

12 Jane King

15 Derek Gordon

19 Connor Pelger

24 Justin Crowl 

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Bob's Music Notes

Ever since my first Florida encounter (age 12) when my dad was awarded a trip there, I had thought it would be a good place to retire. Since my brother was a resident of Venice, Kathleen and I decided to rent a condo for four months to see what living in a tropical paradise was like.

But, as it turned out, what brought me the greatest fulfillment was an association with composer/organist Robert Christian Hebble, who, at age 16, became associated with organ virtuoso Virgil Fox. Fox was my first organ teacher when I was 14 at Peabody in Baltimore. Hebble lived in Lake Worth FL, which is close to Palm Beach. 

So, I was surprised to get a phone call from Hebble inviting Kathleen and me for a cruise on F. Lee Bailey's yacht. Turns out that Bailey's mother was a close friend of Hebble - Grace Mitchell, who, in her 80's was still active as an educator in early childhood development. F. Lee Bailey was a criminal defense attorney who gained notoriety with the trials of Sam Sheppard and O. J. Simpson.

On the appointed day we drove across the Florida peninsula to the Palm Beach area and were welcomed by Hebble and Mrs. Mitchell on this luxury vessel. We were anticipating a nice cruise on the Atlantic Ocean, but, alas, this didn't happen. The captain told Mrs. Mitchell that, due to high winds and rain, it would be unwise to venture from the pier! So, for the best part of that day, we stayed anchored to the dock - no cruising this time.

But this turned out to be a blessing. Hebble asked me to join him at his Lake Worth Congregational Church for some duets! High honor indeed for me to have an association with a noted musician like him, a fellow who had studied privately in Paris with the most famous teacher of the day, Nadia Boulanger, mentor to Aaron Copland, Philip Glass, and friend of Igor Stravinsky. She guest conducted every major orchestra worldwide. (When George Gershwin approached her for lessons, she chatted with him for a while, and then said "I can teach you nothing!")

Little did I realize at the time how fruitful this association would become.

Prayer Concerns

Have compassion on:  Pastor Marilyn, Ten Gall, Vonda Temelkoff, Henry Aegerter, Jim Weaver, Jane Schutrum, Ron Brookes, & all those who suffer from any grief or trouble.

For those who have died:  Kit Caspar (brother of Carol Hayn);  Jeff Stutz (brother of Beth Bletzacker); Those in the Armed Forces

Family & Friends:  John Fortney (brother of Cindy Brown); Bletzacker/Stutz families (death of Beth’s brother, Jeff); Joel Harris (friend of Derek & Emily Gordon); Pastor Marilyn from Hope Outreach; Doug (friend of Marcia Tirpak); Joanne C. (Florida friend of the Kieslings); Tom (brother-in-law of AnJane McConville); Jody Shumway (Co-worker friend of the Rand’s daughter); Dr. Mallamaci (acquaintance of Bobbi Zollinger); Jolonda Mull, Kirk Schuring, Pam Lagodich, & Bill Allen (sister-in-law & friends of the Mulls); Earl Hoot (father of Joe Hoot); Ashley Stockman (friend of Katie & Ryan Kuceyeski); Tim Swihart (friend of the Gordons); Larry Aclaska & Judy Heisser-Turner (acquaintence & sister of Bert Heisser); Lee, Theresa, and Chuck Boone (friends & cousin of the Hixons); Nori Shawk (friend of Brynn Pelger); Johnny Willoughby (grandson of the Willoughbys); Heather Armington & Mark Osterhage (friends of the Watters); Elaine Campbell (friend of the Turners); Sammy Coates (friend of Leslie Redmon); Melanie & Trish (friends of Paulette Frech); Pat Walter & family (friend of Barb Whitehouse); Alycia Geis (Karen Violand’s friend’s daughter); Don & Janet Sheatzley-Morgan (husband & sister of Barb Siegfried); DaNay Jackson (friend of Ron Brookes); Allison Cornell-Hood & Anne Higgins (daughter & friend of Diane Cornell); Finnigan Savage (friend of Pam McCarthy); Jimmy Little (son of Sue Little); Yanette Pysher (Vonda Temelkoff’s cousin); Tony Donahue (friend of the Boyds); Marc Hostetler (brother of Susan Hostetler); David (acquaintance of the Nadels).


St. Mark's has a group of prayer warriors who pray for the specific needs of those on the prayer chain. If you would like to place yourself or a loved one on the prayer chain, please contact Bobbi Gordon at

Prayer requests may be placed on the private Prayer Chain or on the Prayer Concerns list appearing in The Lion's Pause and Sunday bulletin or in both places. Please let Bobbi know your preference. Unless otherwise instructed, names will be listed as we receive them. Please update Bobbi or Katie on the status of your friends or family members as to when they may be removed from the prayer lists.

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