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12.29.2012 - The Tower Spire Returns!

12.29.2012 - Advent Gift Trees

12.19.2012 - Christmas Cookie Baking

12.19.2012 - Kids Night Out

12.16.2012 - Scenes from A Christmas Carol

12.2.2012 - Advent Wreath-making

11.30.2012 - 1st Communion & 3rd Grade Bible Milestone

11.7.2012 - Honoring all the Saints

11.7.2012 - Blessing of the Keys - Riley Weber

10.25.2012 - Celebrating Consecration Sunday

10.25.2012 - Off to the Farm!

10.18.2012 - Blanket Sunday - Harvest Home Sunday Celebrated

10.6.2012 - St. Mark's Adds Members

9.26.2012 - Fall Bazaar a Success!

9.16.2012 - Catechetical Studies Underway

9.9.2012 - Confirmation 2012

9.2.2012 - Sunday School Kick-Off

8.30.2012 - Milestone: 70 or more years of praising Christ

8.5.2012 - Progressions Milestone Celebrated

7.31.2012 - Disaster Strikes St. Mark's Steeple

7.15.2012 - Bardo Baptism Milestone

7.4.2012 - Popcorn & Hot Dogs on July 4

6.22.2012 - Synod Assembly Report

6.22.2012 - VBS in Babylon

6.5.2012 - Scenes from the Summer Picnic

6.3.2012 - Fishing!!!

5.27.2012 - Hershberger-Hieber Wedding Milestone

5.27.2012 - St. Mark's Women & Children Dinner

5.9.2012 - Register for 2012 VBS!

4.29.2012 - 2012 Annual Report issued

4.7.2012 - St. Mark's annual Easter Egg hunt

3.23.2012 - "Spoon of Doom" Returns to St. Mark's

3.17.2012 - St. Mark's Lions Basketball

3.10.2012 - Confirmation Trip

3.9.2012 - Iron Chef Williamsport Challenge Issued & Accepted

2.14.2012 - YouthQuake Zone 2012

2.7.2012 - Languages Milestone Awarded

1.28.2012 - Commemorating Baptism with Faith Chests

1.28.2012 - Lenten Study Schedule Announced

1.28.2012 - Acolyte Training

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Pastor Elkin, Chef Ditchfield, Gary Weber, Bernadette Jones"Spoon of Doom" Returns to St. Mark's

Iron Chef Williamsport raises funds for Family Promise

Pastor Morris, Mark Tilburg and Dennis WeaverThe fourth annual Iron-Chef Williamsport competition to support Family Promise took place on Sunday evening, March 18, 2012, before a large and lively crowd. In a hard fought battle, St. Mark's recovered the title it lost to the St. Joseph the Worker team, in 2011.

Balls Mills team at workThis year, St. Mark's was challenged by an all male team from Balls Mills United Methodist Church.  The Balls Mills team, nominally led by Pastor Jay Morris, included Mark Tilburg and Dennis Weaver.  Pastor Morris seemed to be relegated to stirring the creamy barley risotto, as Mark and Dennis put together a meal of turkey marsala topped with mascarpone cheese, zucchini with a creamy sauce, and dessert made from a toasted tortilla shell,  strawberry amaretto pudding and a chocolate port wine reduction.  The meal was served with Balls Mills Naval Academy mint tea.

Making pastaRolling black pepper pastaThe St. Mark's team included regulars Pastor Elkin and Bernadette Jones, and new member Gary Weber.  The team combined two of their required elements (turkey and pasta) into a ravioli.  The turkey was seasoned with fresh herbs, cheese and a mid-eastern spice called za'atar, stuffed into black pepper pasta and covered with a lemon cream sauce.  This was served with Brussels sprouts served in a chicken broth and cream sauce.  The dessert, blueberry Jengo, was most challenging as it included home-made blueberry ice cream, fresh blueberries, puff pastry and whipped cream, all flavored with hints of lavender honey and Limón cello.

Chefs Hess, Zerbe & GroveThe spoon of doomArea chefs judged the teams on taste, presentation, and originality. This year's judges were Peter Zerbe, Executive Chef of Lycoming College Dining; Chris Grove, Sous Chef of Williamsport Country Club; and, Angela Hess, Pastry/Sauté Chef of Williamsport Country Club.

The foodNicole Walz, of the country club, and Mike Ditchfield, of LeJeune Chef, refereed the event, while local entertainment personality Mike Cashera emceed.

The crowdIron Chef Williamsport had two aims: to raise money and friends for the Family Promise program and to bring folks together for mutual enjoyment and community-building in friendly competition. The contest was projected on the large screen on stage, in Fellowship Hall.  More than $4,000.00 was raised for Family Promise.

The competition was friendly.  All the participants enjoyed the challenges involved in preparing and serving an exotic meal in one hour.  The cause was a good one, well worth the effort.

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