07-29-17 News of the Week

Dear Friends:

This has been an exciting week!  Brian and family have arrived in the Quiet Corner and are settling into their new home.  He has walked around campus, visited one home bound parishioner, asked lots of questions and had meetings with the parish musicians, the senior warden and your parish administrator.  It has been busy.  And, oh yes, he celebrated the Eucharist yesterday at noon.  He is looking forward to meeting so many of you this Sunday.  A reminder:  there is only one service this week, at 9am.  A full church is a joyous place.

Other news and information for you:

  • Please wear your name tags this Sunday to help Brian, Susan, and Sophia get to know you.
  • The Last Sunday Offering this month goes to the Holy Family Shelter in Willimantic to help women and children get the job and life skills to help them live independently. Thank you for your generosity.
  • There is still time to register your child for Vacation Bible School which is held at Storrs Congregational Church from August 7-11 from 9-12:30.   To register:  tinyurl.com/2017StorrsVBS
  • And to celebrate VBS, there will be a combined service at Storrs Congregational Church on Sunday, August 13 at 10 am.  The only service at St. Mark’s that day will be at 7:45am.
  • Needed:  A chalice bearer for the 10am on Sunday, August 6.  Please let me know if you can serve.
  • Involved in other community groups?  Please share their posters/flyers on our Community Events bulletin board outside the office door.  Hoping for a busy fall and crowded bulletin board.
  • Please remember a non perishable food item for the Covenant Soup Kitchen.
  • Gratitude of the Week: Have you noticed? Can you tell?  Our sexton, Ted Urbanski, has been working very diligently to super clean the building–windows washed, carpets shampooed, blinds dusted thoroughly, new toilet paper and soap dispensers installed, upstairs bathroom painted, some weeding done, kitchen floor waxed, light bulbs changed to brighten each room, and a start made to clean out   all the nooks and crannies that have squirreled away stuff for years. He even found a missing guitar donated more than 15 years ago.  Minor repairs done–pictures hung, curtain rods replaced, window framing restored.  All this and more has been done with endless good cheer and enthusiasm.  Thank you, Ted.

Best, Linda

Update from Tom Smith of UConn Planning Design on the construction and dealing with it, which requires our endless good cheer:
Although the project has experienced some unexpected existing conditions since construction began it is still on schedule. At this time the project will complete the work from Discovery Drive east to the Cemetery, as originally scheduled, in mid-August with the exception of  some sidewalks and lawn areas immediately in front of the North Residence Halls.
At the far east end of the project from approximately the Islamic Center, east to Route 195 the road will be nearly 100% complete from sidewalk to sidewalk with only some landscaping work remaining.
The central segment north of the jersey barriers in-between the Islamic Center and the North Residence Halls is on schedule to be completed later in September as originally planned.  Work on the south side of road in this segment will begin at the west at Hillside/Discovery and move east with a scheduled completion of December of this year, also as originally planned.  There will be some work that can’t be performed until the spring because of weather dependencies, but it will have little to no impact on either pedestrian or vehicular traffic.