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Pastoral Letter – April 3, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of St. Mark’s,

     I pray that all of you are safe, staying at home and following all the CDC guidelines.  Joanne and I are coming in to the office on opposite days to limit our exposure to each other and keeping Mark and Maggie entertained.

     I hope that you are using the liturgies I have either sent or emailed to you the last three weeks.  I am working on sending you something for each day of Holy Week so that you can travel with Jesus on his journey to Jerusalem.  We now have a Zoom account and my learning curve will be high next week as I learn how to use it.  I would like to be able to do a special service on Easter Day and we can experience a Spiritual Communion together.

     Please let me know if there is something that you are missing liturgically and , if I can, I will help you.  This is the perfect time to know that we need God’s help through all the changes to our routines, all the concern about our own and each other’s health and well-being, and the anxiety we are all feeling. Rely on God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in whatever way is comfortable for you.  Know that you are surrounded by their love no matter where you are or what you are doing.

Love,  In Christ,

Mother Nancy

March 25, 2020 Pastoral Letter from The Reverend Nancy L. Threadgill

March 25, 2020


Dear Members and Friends of St. Mark’s,


It has been a week since my first letter to you during this unsettling time. I pray that you are doing well, staying at home, washing your hands and just being as careful as possible. During a zoom meeting with the bishop and the other clergy of the diocese this morning, it was mentioned that so far, Pennsylvania has been “flattening the curve”. Let us do all we can to make that continue so that our medical facilities are not overwhelmed, and fewer people get sick.


I received a call from Bill Horner today which certainly brightened my day. He and Doris are on their way home from Florida. So far, they have made it to S. Carolina and expect to be in Johnstown by Saturday afternoon. Doris is doing much better although she will continue to need assistance walking until she gets stronger. She is moving everything and talking. Bill and Doris are both very appreciative of all the prayers and good wishes that have been sent their way.


I will be sending out the Morning Prayer booklet for this Sunday. Some of you will receive it by snail mail and some by email. Along with it, I am sending out the Great Litany which we usually do during Lent but hadn’t done yet. If you want to use your BCP, it is on p. 148. At the end of the Great Litany is a section called The Supplication. I had forgotten about it until today. It is suggested that it be used during a time of great national anxiety. I think now is one of those times.

I continue to pray for each and every one of you. Put your faith in Christ and stay strong.


Love, In Christ,
Mother Nancy

A Message from The Reverend Nancy L. Threadgill, Priest-in-Charge of St. Mark's Episcopal Church

March 19, 2020
Dear Members and Friends of St. Mark’s,
What a crazy Lent this has turned out to be! Bishop Curry and Bishop McConnell have asked all Episcopalians around the country, including the Diocese of Pittsburgh, to cancel church services through Easter (April 12th) and, possibly, beyond. This is in response to the risks presented by Covid-19 world- wide. This whole situation is mind boggling. When I talked about fasting on Ash Wednesday, I never imagined fasting from church, much less fasting from community altogether. But that is what we must do to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe.
All church activities are hereby cancelled. The rest of the Lenten Lunches have been postponed. Bible Study and Book Study are also postponed until the risk of Covid-19 has abated.
The church office will be open Tuesday through Friday 10am – 2pm. Joanne and I will be taking turns being here in order to limit our exposure. (We will also be caring for Mark and Maggie.) The Pet Food pantry is not scheduled until April 14-16. We will evaluate how we will handle that when we get closer to that time. Unfortunately, it will be needed then more than ever.
I urge all of you to wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, stay away from crowds, stay 6 feet from other people and limit your excursions from home.
Please contact me at any time for prayer and/or assistance either here at the church, by email (revnancy-stmarks@atlanticbbn.net) , or by cell phone (251-422-2689). I will be praying for each and every one of you every day as I usually do.)
I will be preparing a booklet each week to send to those who do not have access to computers to assist them in worshipping at home. It will also be sent out by email. To those on our email list or those with access to the internet there will be information on our web page and on Facebook page on where to find church services from the diocese and from the National Cathedral so that you may worship digitally at home.
During this stressful time, please look after your neighbors, family and friends who are living alone. Check in on them frequently and help them if they need assistance. Also, please continue to support the church as you are able.
You may be asking: “Where is God in all of this?” My answer is: “Right here, right now, every second of the day and night.” The scientist in me believes that God is working things out at the cellular level; always under our radar. The priest in me believes that God is assisting all of us to cope, giving us wisdom and faith to see us through the complicated days ahead. The Christian that I am believes that Christ gave us eternal life when he was resurrected after that awful Good Friday. That is the Easter promise that we will celebrate with great joy and thanksgiving our first Sunday back together.
Yours, In Christ,

Mother Nancy

March 2020 Special Observances and Events

Pet Food PantryTuesday – Thursday
March 10 -12, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
We provide free pet food for
dogs, cats, puppies, kittens,
hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs,
rabbits, and birds in order
to help low-income
pet owners care for their pets.
Coffee Shop Bible StudyEvery Tuesday morning at
10:00 a.m.
We meet at The Mill House Café 
at the corner of Diamond Blvd. and Luzerne Street in Old Westmont for study and fellowship. All are welcome.
Lenten Learning SeriesEvery Tuesday evening during Lent
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
We are studying Beloved by Toni Morrison. We meet in the Church Conference Room. Everyone is welcome.
Ham Loaf SaleDeadline for ordering is Wednesday, March 4. Call (814) 535-6797 or email stmarks@atlanticbbn.net to order.A 2-lb loaf is $14.00. A 1-lb loaf is $7.00. Loaves are sold frozen with glazing sauce and baking instructions. Pre-ordered loaves can be picked up after March 17 in the Church Office Tuesday through Friday 10:00a.m. – 2:00pm.
Community Common PrayerThis event has been postponed due to the Covid 19 pandemic.The theme of this month’s service is “Celtic Prayer.” Everyone is welcome.
Lenten LunchWednesday March 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Parish Hall. Take-out Only
The meal consists of
chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, vegetable, beverage, salad, and dessert. Price per meal is $9.00. Call (814) 535-6797 or email stmarks@atlanticbbn.net to order.

February 2020 Special Observances and Events

Pet Food PantryTuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
February 4 – 6, 2020
We provide free pet food for
dogs, cats, puppies, kittens,
hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs,
rabbits, and birds in order
to help low-income
pet owners care for their pets.
Coffee Shop Bible StudyEvery Tuesday morning at
10:00 a.m.
We meet at The Mill House Café 
at the corner of Diamond Blvd. and Luzerne Street in Old Westmont for study and fellowship.
Book StudyEvery other Tuesday evening 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Check the Calendar for dates.We are studying The Time is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage by Joan Chittister.
Ham Loaf SaleOrder now through March 4, 2020. Pickup after March 17.A 2 lb loaf is $14; a 1lb loaf is $7. Sold frozen with glazing sauce and baking instructions.
Community Common PrayerSunday, February 16, 2020
6:30 p.m.
This month’s service is a Taize Service.
Ash Wednesday Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Ashes to Go 7:30 – 9:30a.m. & 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Worship services 12 noon & 6:00pm.
Ashes to Go will be available in Central Park, downtown Johnstown. Worship services will be held in St. Mark’s Lady Chapel.
Lenten Quiet DaySaturday, February 29, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The topic of this year’s Lenten Quiet Day is “What is Jesus’ recipe for love?”

January 2020 Special Observances and Events

Pet Food PantryTuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
January 7, 8, & 9, 2020
9:30 a.m. -12:30p.m.
We provide free pet food for
dogs, cats, puppies, kittens,
hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs,
rabbits, and birds in order
to help low-income
pet owners care for their pets.
Coffee Shop Bible StudyEvery Tuesday morning
at 10:00 a.m.
We meet at The Mill House Café 
at the corner of Diamond Blvd. and
Luzerne Street in Old Westmont for 
study and fellowship.
Book StudyEvery other Tuesday evening
from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Check the Calendar of Events
for exact dates.
We are studying The Time is Now:
A Call to Uncommon Courage
by Joan Chittister currently.
Community Common Prayer (CCP)Sunday, January 19, 2020
at 6:30 p.m.
The theme of this month’s CCP is “New Zealand Night Prayer.”
Special Parish MeetingSunday, January 26, 2020
following the 10:00 a.m. service
We will review and vote on the proposed 2020 parish budget, congregational approval to balance the budget, and congregational approval of revised by-laws. We also will elect Deputies to Diocesan Convention. All parish members are encouraged to attend this short meeting.

December 2019 Special Observances and Events

Pet Food PantryMonday, Tuesday & Wednesday,
December 2 – 4, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
We provide free pet food for
dogs, cats, puppies, kittens,
hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs,
rabbits, and birds in order
to help low-income
pet owners care for their pets.
Coffee Shop Bible Study Every Tuesday morning
at 10:00 a.m.
We meet at The Mill House Café 
at the corner of Diamond Blvd. and
Luzerne Street in Old Westmont for 
study and fellowship.
Book Study Every other Tuesday evening
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the church
conference room. Check our
Calendar of Events for specific dates.
We are studying The Time is Now:
A Call to Uncommon Courage
by Joan Chittister currently.
Advent Quiet DaySaturday, December 7, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The theme of this year’s
Advent Quiet Day is
“A Celtic Advent.”
Community Common
Prayer Service (CCP)
Sunday, December 15, 2019
6:30 p.m.
The theme of this month’s CCP
service is “Blue Christmas.”
Greening of the Church
& Potluck Luncheon
Sunday, December 22, 2019
following the 10:00 a.m. service
Join us as we decorate the church
for the holiday season and enjoy
good food and fellowship at
our potluck luncheon.
Christmas Eve ServicesTuesday, December 24, 2019
6:00 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.
The 6:00 p.m. service is a Holy Eucharist
with instrumental music. At 10:45 p.m
a musical prelude is followed by an
11:00 p.m. Choral Holy Eucharist.
Celebration JohnstownTuesday, December 31, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
We will host the following entertainers
In the Sanctuary:
Tom Katz from 6 to 7 p.m.;
Josh Dunmeyer from 7 to 8 p.m.; and
Bo Moore & Brothers from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m.
In the Parish Hall:
The Master’s Puppets will entertain from 6 to 6:30 p.m.;
Hard Rok, KoKo & Joe from 6:30 to 8 p.m.;
Brian Harshberger from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m.
Refreshments will be available for sale in the Parish Hall