Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Mid Lent Update


This email is part of an ongoing effort to keep you informed of things happening with St. Mark’s. We are
now about half-way through the season of Lent. As the days get longer and warmer, the snow is rapidly
going away and my thoughts turn to spending more time out of doors, (including being able to ride my
motorcycle). St. Mark’s continues to offer opportunities to worship God, fellowship together and help
you in your walk with Christ.
Regular Sunday services continue at 11 a.m. and a short mid-week Eucharist service is held on
Wednesdays starting shortly after 5 p.m.
This Sunday, March 31st, we will be focussing on the PWRDF. In many ways it is a traditional Anglican
service, but it will have a bit of a different flavour than you may be used to. It is also an opportunity to
learn about this particular ministry of the Anglican Church. I hope to see you there.
The end of the season of Lent brings a number of services. On Sunday, April 14th we celebrate what is
traditionally known as Palm Sunday. Maundy Thursday, when the Lord’s Supper was inaugurated, is
celebrated on April 18th with a service at 7 p.m. The crucifixion of Christ is the focus of Good Friday,
April 19th. There will be a Stations of the Cross service at St. Mark’s also at 7 p.m. There will be other
services in the community on Good Friday including an Ecumenical 10 a.m. service at the Alliance
Church. Christ’s resurrection is the focus of our Easter Sunday 11 a.m. service on April 21st.
We do other things besides worship services.
• The Food Bank and Soup Kitchen continue to run on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Your ongoing
support is most appreciated. If you would like to know how you can be more involved, please
talk to me.
• We will be having a Movie Night on Thursday, April 25th at 7 p.m. The movie for this evening is
“Doctrine of Discovery, Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts”. Donations will go to support the Diocese
of Abyei.
• Bishop David will be with us on Saturday, May 11th, from 9:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. This will be a
Visioning Day for our Parish and this part of the Diocese.
I believe that it is important to be as open in our operations as we can, including how we are doing
financially. All of our bills are up to date including stipend and our contribution towards diocesan
operations. The amount built up while we were without a minister has been used up. Our average
offerings do cover our average regular expenses (offerings average $28 per week more than expenses)
but there is no room for the unexpected or to take on new activities.
I mentioned donations to help support the Diocese of Abyei. This is an Anglican diocese in South Sudan
(in Africa). Bishop David has asked all parishes in our Diocese to consider a special collection to support
their bishop, Michael Deng Dol, and mission and ministry in that diocese. Bishop David shares:
Bishop Michael is envious of our Cathedral, ministry and life. They live in a harsh climate, with
very little resources. They proclaim the Gospel while being challenged by radical Islamic
neighbours. The ministry there is hard, and martyrdom a very real possibility.
Our current Bible study will end around Easter. I would like to run one more before taking a break over
the summer. Possibilities include looking at “The Parables of Jesus” or “The Apostles’ Creed”, or another
topic. If you are interested in participating or have a topic you would like to suggest, please let me
know.
Finally, I will be attending our Diocesan Clergy conference in Prince Rupert. I plan to leave after the
service on Sunday, April 28th and returning Saturday, May 4th. Please keep me and all participants in
your prayers, for safe travel and being renewed and refreshed at this event.
Your brother in Christ, Pastor Don
Upcoming Events at St. Mark’s
• March 31st PWRDF Sunday, 11 a.m.
• April 14th Sunday service of the Passion with the Liturgy of the Palms, 11 a.m.
• April 18th Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m.
• April 19th Good Friday service, Stations of the Cross at St. Mark’s, 7 p.m.
• April 21st Easter Sunday service 11 a.m.
• April 25th Thursday Movie Night! 7 p.m.
• May 11th Visioning Day with Bishop David, 9:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Other Events
• April 12th Fraser Campbell Concert at the Alliance Church, 7 p.m.
• April 19th Good Friday Ministerial service at the Alliance Church, 10 a.m.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

SUNDAY SERVICE AT 11 AM 
with Sunday school

Holy Eucharist normally on 1st and 3rd Sundays

Morning Prayer on 2nd and 4th Sundays

Wednesday Mid Week Eucharist service @ 5:10 PM ( starting Nov 7th )

Soup Kitchen 

every Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Food Bank 

1st & 3rd Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Lent Update

We are coming to the end of February and approaching the start of Lent.  Christians originally used this as a period of prebaptismal preparation, later of public penance. Finally, it became a forty-day devotional preparation for Easter traditionally based on Jesus’ wilderness fast.  The Anglican Book of Alternate Services (BAS) Ash Wednesday liturgy invites us “to observe a holy Lent by self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, and by reading and meditating on the word of God. 
Over time this developed into “giving something up” for Lent; including fasting (reduced food, perhaps one meal a day) and abstinence (no meat).  More recently some church leaders have suggested “taking something on” for Lent. There are a number of devotionals geared to the season (see below).  Possibilities you could consider include: spending time with God on a more regular basis; in prayer, Bible reading, more regular attendance at worship services, attendance at additional services, such our Wednesday mid-week Eucharist, and participation in a Bible Study, such as our “Road to Coronation” series.
The “Road to Coronation” series is a combination video and workbook examination of the Passion Narrative in each of the Gospels.  Each week there is a video by Harry Wendt of Crossways International and time for discussion of questions included in the workbook.  It is intended to be “a fresh encounter with our Risen Lord and Servant-Messiah, who calls us still today to find life by giving it away.”
Another tradition which is connected to Lent is Shrove Tuesday.  It is the last day before the more serious, penitential season of Lent.  In some countries this led to “carnival” or “Mardi Gras”.  In other countries the desire to use up (and not waste) rich, fatty foods; such as milk, eggs, bacon and sausage, led to feasting, with pancakes and similar dishes.

Small Group Study for Lent


Ash Wednesday Service


Monday, 17 December 2018

December/ Christmas service schedule

I hope that you are experiencing a meaningful time as we look towards Christ's coming again and the celebration of his incarnation at Bethlehem.
 
The schedule of services at St. Mark's for the rest of December is:
 
December 12 - 5:10 pm, mid-week Eucharist (this is a short said service)
 
December 16 - 11 am,  Lessons & Carols (come hear the Christmas story told in scripture and song!)
 
December 19 - 5:10 pm, mid week Eucharist
 
December 23 - 11 am, Eucharist, 4th Sunday of Advent
 
December 24 - 4 pm, Family Christmas service
 
December 24 - 11 pm, Christmas Eucharist
 
December 30 - 11 am, Eucharist using the Book of Common Prayer
 
We are also involved with two services which will be held at Rotary Manor:
 
December 20 - 7 pm, Candlelight inter-denominational service
 
December 23 - 3:30 pm, Carol service
 
You are most welcome at any or all of these events.
 
I know that many are travelling at this time of year and I pray that all will arrive and return safely, without incident.
 
May you experience the love, peace, joy and hope of Christ in a special way during this season.
 
You brother in Christ,
 
Pastor Don