The Lion's Pause


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Rector's Ramblings

In the collect of the day for last Sunday, the second Sunday in Lent, we asked God for the grace to, “embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son.” That is an interesting phrase. The collect does not say, “the unchangeable truth of the word of Jesus Christ your Son.” It says that Jesus Christ, the Son of God is the Word of God.” 

To understand this, it is important to understand something of what the first chapter of the Gospel According to John means when it calls Jesus the Word. The Word is not just a spoken utterance. The Word is the Logos, or the reason. We get our word logic from logos. 

When we look at Jesus, we see two things. First, we see the nature of God. When Jesus said things like, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many,” (Mark 10:45) or, “The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost,” that is a revelation of who God is. God is not waiting for us to find Him. God is actively trying to bring us back to Himself. 

Jesus is also a revelation of the true human. We find our meaning is self-giving love. Jesus came to serve because we were created to love one another. Jesus was not simply a great moral teacher. Rather, he embodied what we as humans were created to be. 

Christian truth is personal. It is found in the person of Jesus Christ. The more we become like Christ, the more we will become what we were created to be. As we become more what we were created to be, as we hold fast the unchangeable truth of the Word, Jesus Christ, we will find more joy in life.  

Fr. RJ+

Sunday, March 3:

Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10 a.m.



Live Stream

Monday, March 4:

Leadership Meeting, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6:

Vestry, 5:30 p.m.

Lenten Potluck Dinners:

March 6, 13 at 6:30 p.m.

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Deadline for Easter Lily Orders

This is your last chance to order lilies and/or make dedications for the Easter Sunday service March 31. Please turn in your order with a $20 payment for each plant/dedication by Sunday, March 3. Order forms are available at church. Mark if you expect to take home a plant after the Easter service you attend. Thank you for contributing! 

Altar Guild

SOMEBUNNY will be collecting items for the baskets for the women and children housed at the Y.W.C.A. homeless shelter over Easter. Our marked container is in the narthex. Please bring your toiletries, emery boards, razors, small paper items, playing cards, snack food, children’s toys (ages 7-mostly 10)  to the church. We will be packing on Thursday , March 28. At 1pm.   Cash donations accepted.    Thank you for your donations. E.C.W.

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March Anniversaries

4 Richard and Marcia Tirpak

13 Geoff and Bobbi Gordon

21 Christopher and Tasha Smith

22 Carol and John Hayn

27 Sara Strattan and Tom Burns


March Birthdays

1 Ken Jaeb

4 Sandy Paradis

6 Charlie Kiesling, Chuck Violand

7 Leslie Redmon

8 Beth Bletzacker

10 Kathy Sloan

11 Brooks Deuble, Colin Jenkins

12 Geoff Gordon

13 Carol Hayn

14 John Wise

18 Emmett Arnold

21 Brad Kaustinen

26 John Werren

28 Joe Hoot, Sue Little

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Bob's Music Notes

After hearing Vronsky and Babin play two pianos at a Peabody concert in Baltimore where I was a student, I took note that they played Knabe pianos - in fact, all the pianos in the Preparatory Department and the Conservatory were Knabes, made in Baltimore by a German immigrant who partnered with one Gaehle. Francis Scott Key, author of "The Star Spangled Banner," ordered a Knabe/Gaehle square grand piano with lots of ornamentation for his home. Upon his death in 1843, the piano went to the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. And, at the opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891 Tschaikovsky himself played a Knabe Grand.  

The piano is marketed today under the name of Samick. My late piano man Fred Balzer (who rebuilt my Mason & Hamlin) loved Samick pianos and recommended one for Westbrook Park UMC when Mark Alan Thewes was their musician.

I remember, as a youngster at Peabody Prep, having to appear in student recitals. It was such a delight to sit at a nine-foot Knabe and feel those ivories and hear such rich sounds.

Canton has some great pianos. Trinity UCC owns a nine-foot Baldwin to die for. Christ Presbyterian has a dandy Steinway in Westminster Hall and a Bosendorfer in the Sanctuary. Crossroads UMC downtown (my former church) has a 1949 Steinway given by the Cope family and signed by one of the craftsmen. And I believe St. Tim's in Massillon is refurbishing their Steinway. 

St. Mark's, where I now am, has a nice Janssen upright in the choir room, a little Cable-Nelson spinet in the undercroft, a Yamaha studio upright in the chancel, and, right beside it, a K. Kawai Grand that came from the home of the late Pat Evans Bartchy. Pat had been in my downtown choir and when she was about to sell her home she asked me to look at her Kawai and, thanks to Father Sloan, we bought it - and now we have two pianos in the chancel - makes me so happy! Malone's former piano department head Sandra Carnes has played the downtown Methodist Steinway as well as St. Mark's Kawai.

Sally Little lately has enriched our music by playing the Kawai with her flair for improvisation.

Massillon Woman's Club has a venerable nine-foot Steinway. And Canton Woman's Club has a splendid Steinway upstairs where the late Elaine K. Miller, who taught my son Scott, presented her recitals. Elaine was a master teacher. I used to scan the notepad she sent home with Scott and it covered technique, scales, repertoire - everything a pianist should know. I remember Scott learning the Beethoven German Dances, but, his love of flying has eclipsed his keyboard skills. He still plays the famous Bach C Major Well-Tempered Clavier prelude that Gounod adapted for "Ave Maria," (when I can twist his arm).

Prayer Concerns

Ten Gall, Vonda Temelkoff, Henry Aegerter, Jim Weaver, Jane Schutrum, & Ron Brookes

Family and Friends:  Kit Caspar (Carol Hayn’s brother); Jody Shumway (Co-worker friend of the Rand’s daughter); Father Amjad & Molly Samuel (acquaintance of friends of Father RJ); Dr. Mallamaci (acquaintance of Bobbi Zollinger); Jolanda Mull, Dr. Sandy Lopater, 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); Mitz Cushing, Harold Freedman, & Tim Swihart (aunt of Bobbi & friends 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); Jane King; Elaine Campbell (friend of the Turners); Sammy Coates (friend of Leslie Redmon); Bob Rownd (friend of John Werren & Anne Coen); 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).

For those who have died.

For those in the armed forces.


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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