CHURCH BRIEFS – Express Chronicle

St. Mark’s Episcopal

At Saint-Marc, we have so much to be grateful for. Our new priest, Columba Salamony, has energized our parish and our spirits far more than we could have expected. As many have seen flowers and gardens wither and struggle with summer drought, only to be revitalized by the rains of the past few weeks, so has our parish. We don’t know how many activities we could have done by rote, but Columba’s spirit revitalized us like the rains on the gardens.

Our activities and our commitments, both inside and outside the church building, are renewed after the long months of Covid. The diocese recently authorized a return to the common cup. Before Covid, the tradition was always to receive bread and wine. When we returned to in-person service, we enjoyed the bread, but the wine was not shared. We are so grateful to be able to return to the traditions of the past. In-person meetings at the church are held daily. Wednesday morning Bible study, Thursday morning communications committee, acceptance, belonging and community meetings and vestry meetings are all going on with great joy. Sacristy members who have found themselves extending their time on the sacristy due to the pandemic are eagerly awaiting a new slate of sacristy members to take their place.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, our annual turkey dinner, one of our biggest fundraisers, will take place on September 21. It’s now too late to pre-order for this event, but not too early to expect to do so next year!

We are so grateful for the activity and the life we ​​share with each other in Saint-Marc. We invite you to join us on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. for our Sunday service or at one of our other upcoming events. Please contact our office at 315-536-3955 for more information.

• Rector’s Bible Study – Every Wednesday at 11am

• Compline – Every Wednesday at 8 p.m.

• Welcome of new members – Sept. 18 • Sacristy meeting – Sept. 18

• Nursing Home Hymn Singa-long – September 18

• Turkey Benefit Dinner – September 21

• Nursing Home Service – October 2

• Community Prayer Service – October 4

• Animal Blessing – October 9

• Second Sunday Stone Soup Supper – October 9

• Acceptance, Belonging and Community Series, A Discussion on LGBTQ+ Issues – October 11, October 18, October 25 and November 1

• Nursing Home Hymn Singa-long – October 16

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Witnesses are knocking on doors again – Jehovah’s Witnesses have resumed their door-to-door ministry since September 1, when a two-and-a-half-year suspension of the work was officially lifted, just in time to launch a worldwide campaign with a new program of interactive bible study.

The decision to resume their door-to-door ministry marks the full restoration of all pre-pandemic in-person activities for the 1.3 million Jehovah’s Witnesses in the 13,000 congregations in the United States. Houses of worship (known as Kingdom Halls) reopened on April 1, witnessing in public places resumed on May 31, and in-person conventions are again scheduled for 2023.

Local Penn Yan devotees are “thrilled and excited” to return to their door-to-door ministry. The suspension of the prosecution was a proactive response by the organization to ensure the safety of communities and worshipers.

“We believe the early decision to close all in-person activities for more than two years saved many lives,” said Robert Hendriks, U.S. spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “We are now ready and eager to reconnect with our neighbors – person to person, face to face. It’s not the only way we preach, but it has always been the most effective way to deliver our message of comfort and hope.

The move coincides with a global campaign to distribute a new interactive Bible study program for free, available in hundreds of languages. Launched in late 2020, the interactive study platform combines text, video, illustrations and digital worksheets to help learners of all ages.

“This new curriculum is designed to meet the learning needs of the 21st century student,” Hendriks said. “We are excited to start sharing it with our neighbors as we resume our personal visits.”

For more information about Jehovah’s Witnesses, their history, beliefs, and activities, visit their official website,, whose content is available in more than 1,000 languages.

Jerry B. Hatch