Upcoming Meetings and Gatherings in our Parish

Messy Church Core Team Meeting – Wednesday, September 26th at 4:00 p.m.
Midweek Eucharist – Wednesday, September 27th at 10:00 a.m.
Youth Event and Sleepover – Friday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m.
Choir Thursday rehearsal times:

  • Children’s Choir – 4:30
  • Chime Choir – 6:30
  • Worship Choir – 7:00

Visit our Calendar of Events page for a full listing of activities at St. Mark’s.

An Urgent Request

A family from the St. Mark’s community has found themselves in need after losing their home in a fire early Wednesday morning.

Matthew and Kirstie Sweeting along with their children Adelaide and William escaped unharmed from their home around 2:30 a.m. this morning.

We praise God that everyone is safe and we ask that you keep the Sweeting family in your thoughts and prayers over the next few weeks as they begin to rebuild.

At this time the Sweeting family is in IMMEDIATE need of a 3 bedroom furnished apartment or home for their family to temporarily live in. If you are able to help with this please contact Christine in the office at 519.752.6451 or office@stmarks.on.ca.

If you would like to make a financial donation to the Sweeting family, please feel free to do so through St. Mark’s Church. Please indicate ‘Sweeting Family Fund’ on your financial donation.

A Go Fund Me page has also been started to help the family at this time. Please find the link here if you wish to donate.

Thank You,
Rev. Tim Dobbin

St. Mark’s Golf Tournament

The tournament on Sunday, September 17th was a tremendous success with over 35 participants for golf and dinner. Not only did we have a great afternoon of fellowship, we also were able to share in a great meal, give away some terrific prizes and hear some hilarious stories from Walter Gretzky about days gone by. The golf tournament raised over $770 for St. Mark’s ministries. Thank you to everyone who came out and took part in the event, to those who generously donated prizes for the event and to the Fundraising Committee for organizing the event.

Pictures

Do you have any pictures of St. Mark’s activities over the last couple of years that would be appropriate to include in a video to be used in our church? Contact Dan Walker.

Season of Creation at St. Mark’s

From September 1st to October 4th each year many Anglicans use the Season of Creation – also known as Creation Time – to pray and celebrate with creation, focus on the story of the Earth, and commit to a ministry of healing the Earth.
To celebrate the Season of Creation a day by day calendar has been provided to help you make the most of this time.

A link to the full Season of Creation calendar can be found here.
A link to Season of Creation prayers can be found here.

From the Christian Generosity Team

We are extremely grateful for the 32 people in our parish that have volunteered to deliver packages to the homes of families in our congregation. This group will be contacting you to arrange a time when they can deliver the information to you. There will be an orientation session for all volunteers after the 10:30 service on October 1st. Visitors are asked to contact Christine in the church office (519-752-6451 or office@stmarks.on.ca) to indicate whether or not you are able to attend. Lunch will be provided and the meeting will last for less than one hour.

Ladies' Guild

Pie Making

We are making more pies! Come help the members of the Ladies’ Guild on Thursday, September 28th at 10:00 a.m., followed by a luncheon meeting. All women of the parish welcome.

Women’s Fellowship Group

The Women’s Fellowship Group will begin their monthly meetings on Tuesday, October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Carrie Thiessen. Carrie is a pharmacist from our congregation and she will be highlighting some of the more commonly prescribed medications. She will also explain some of the natural medications available and how they may interact with prescription medications.

Harvest Thanksgiving

Our Harvest Thanksgiving service will take place on Sunday, October 8th. As is our tradition, the church will be decorated with fruits of the harvest and donations of grocery and produce items are greatly appreciated. All contributions can be delivered to the church on Saturday, October 7th by 10:00 a.m. All donations go to the Food Bank

Our Church Can Thrive

A deanery workshop presented by the Diocesan Stewardship Committee

Where: St Mark’s Anglican Church 155 Memorial Drive Brantford
When: Sat Oct 14 9.30am – 2pm (lunch provided)

Description:
This workshop is designed to inspire and encourage churches to learn what we all need in order to thrive and to discern the practical steps we must take to help our particular congregation to flourish. It will explore ways of promoting a culture of generosity as a component of Christian discipleship in our local context. The workshop will provide opportunities for reflection on our parish mission and ministry, teaching on the practice of generosity and ideas and resources for encouraging people to grow in giving.

There is no charge. However, registration is required with Christine Fournier:
phone: 519.752.6451
email: office@stmarks.on.ca

Sunday School

Sunday School Information

Our regular Sunday School classes have now begun. Sunday School registration forms can be found at the church office as well as on our website via this link.  Completed forms should be given to Pat McMillan or handed in at the church office.

Greeters Needed

If you are interested in joining our team of greeters for the 10:30 service, please speak with Rick or Judy Newson. The schedule is made up for 3-4 months at a time and the time commitment is usually one scheduled duty about every two months.

Urgently Needed

Clean, like-new baskets needed for gift basket making for the Holly Jolly Faire. Please bring them into the church office during the week or contact Vicki Corke.

Brant Anglican Study Series

Turning to Christ is a seven-week study about learning and exploring our faith and equipping us to share what we believe with others. This series is led by Rev. Brad Johnson and Rev. Tim Dobbin and will be held on Wednesday nights beginning on October 11th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s. Registration is required. Call the church office at 519-752-6451 or email office@stmarks.on.ca to reserve your spot.

Anglican Fellowship of Prayer – Fall Gathering 2017:
Praying Into the Calm: Creatively Responding to Life in Flux

The Rev’d Laura Marie Piotrowicz hosts on either October 7 OR October 21, 10 a.m – 2 p.m. When the world around us seems often to be in confusion and our daily new brings stress and distress, we are called ever more strongly to enter into careful and intentional prayer. Join us as we discuss with Rev’d Piotrowicz, parish priest and AFP (Canada) Executive member, theoretical and practical aspects of prayer to calm the mind and soul, and to live in that transcendent peace promised by Jesus which passes our human understanding. Click here for more information about this event.

Events and Courses

Beginning in October, Renison Institute of Ministry in Waterloo is offering one-day events for individuals and parish teams focusing on liturgy, social media, theology, an Advent quiet day and a course about the New Testament or Mysticism. No previous study is required. For more information or to register, see uwaterloo.ca/cape/rim or contact Marilyn Malton at mmalton@uwaterloo or 519-884-4404 x 28628.

Flowers and Candle

Those interested in putting flowers on the altar or lighting the sanctuary candle should check the black binder on the Information Table for available dates.

Gift Cards – A Fundraising Initiative

Orders for gift cards for the fundraising programme are going to be placed every Monday. Check out the information on the poster and stop by the Information Table to pick up a list of retailers or talk with one of the members of the fundraising committee and consider placing an order.

Click here to view the poster.

Messy Church

Thank you to our many volunteers who faithfully arrived on Friday night to help with setup, crafts, meal preparation and cleanup. You are truly appreciated. Our next Messy Church night is Friday, October 13th.

Messy Church is a ministry that brings the gospel to families who cannot attend formal services on Sunday mornings. All-age sessions take place on the second Friday of each month in the church halls and focus on Bible story themes. The programme provides theme-related activities and crafts, a short worship celebration with prayer, music and story-telling, the sharing of a hot meal, and significantly, kids and adults work together in every aspect. Please share this information with others. Hope to see you there!

Visit our Messy Church Page for more information.

Your Help is Needed

Help the members of Bethel Christian Reform Church make diapers for little babies’ bottoms overseas by donating your used flannelette sheets. Please place your donation in the laundry basket in the hallway. Thank you!

 

From The Rt. Rev. Barbara Andrews, Bishop Suffragan, Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior/Territory of the People      

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this wearisome time in the Central Interior of BC. At this time, all of our efforts are put into immediate response to those communities which have been most directly impacted by the fires. Other communities are evacuation centres and our people are working hard to assist those of our neighbours who are displaced. There has been lots of lost property but until some of the major fires are out and the smoke clears we will not know the full extent of the loss and where we will need to help out. If you or your community is looking to support us you may do so in the following ways:

  • Pray for us.
  • Donate to the APCI Fire Fund. Monies that are donated to this fund will be allocated toward helping the parishes and individuals effected by the fires. If an individual or parish donates to this fund, they will receive an income tax receipt for their donation. Cheques should be made payable to the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior and marked “Fire Fund” and sent to the Diocesan Office at 360 Nicola Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2P5

Musicians Needed

Volunteer musicians are needed for Praise and Pizza at Grace Church, Brantford. Once per month on the first Saturday of the month, there is a short worship provided for the needy, hungry, homeless and lonely followed by an amazing dinner. Please call Helene at Grace Church (ext. 21) to volunteer. Ext 21. The next worship and meal is on October 7, 2017.

 

 

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One Body, One Spirit – Live a life worthy of your calling!

Link to the 176th Synod summary report.

Prayer List

Each Sunday, we pray for individuals for whom prayers have been requested by members of our parish family. We have a short term list (4 weeks) and a long term list (6 months). As members of our parish family, we join with you to remember the needs of your loved ones. Names can be added to the prayer list by filling out a request form found in the pews. Please keep us up-to-date on the needs of those on our prayer list.

Scented Products

Due to the health concerns arising from exposure to scented products, we ask that all who enter our building be considerate of those in our parish family who experience scent sensitivity. Chemicals in the fragrances can trigger reactions such as respiratory distress, headaches, nausea and skin irritations. Your cooperation is appreciated to accommodate their health concerns.

Cambrie’s Little Boxes

If you have been wondering what to do with greeting cards that you have received throughout the year, you might want to consider donating them for a worthy cause. A group in Brantford meets one day a week at Grace Church to make boxes to sell to support cancer related charities. The old greeting cards are used to decorate the boxes. The boxes sell for 50 cents each and 100% of the proceeds goes to cancer charities. You can support this group by adding your used greeting cards to the box on the Information Table. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Used Eye Glasses

St. Mark’s will be sending over 400 pairs of used eye glasses to Africa for those in need.

Material Required

We have received a request from a group of ladies who meet at Faith Lutheran Church each Tuesday from 9:30 – 3:00. This group makes quilts and sundresses from sheets (including flannel), pillowcases, tablecloths, drapes, etc. for those living in refugee camps. All contributions can be left in the box by the Information Table. Additional helpers are also welcome. More information is available from Anne Porr at 519-754-0753. 

Flower and Candle Chart

There are still numerous opportunities available for those who would like to remember loved ones/special occasions by putting flowers on the altar or by lighting the sanctuary candle. Information brochures and sign up sheets are available in the black binder at the Information Table. 

An Important Change in the Brant Community Healthcare System

Following a review of their privacy policies, the BCHS will only permit clergy to access patient information if clergy have the consent of the patient or family and have requested a visit. This change was effective Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Previously clergy were able to review patient lists according to faith group based on patient admission records, which was often how we clergy discovered our parishioners were in hospital. What this now means is that if you or a family member know you will be in BGH or find yourselves there, and would like a visit, either a family member or you will need to contact the parish office with the request (519-752-6451 or office@stmarks.on.ca). Whilst it places another task on the patient or family, the change is one already in place in many other hospitals in Southern Ontario, and reflects the commitment of our health care system to protect their patients. They recognize that not all patients want their faith communities to be aware of their hospitalization. The Spiritual Care department at BCHS has temporarily increased the hours of its Part Time Casual Chaplains to help with the transition. Please feel free to contact John Arthur, BCHS Lead Chaplain, or Tim if you have any questions.

 

Licentiate in Theology

Are you…

  • Seeking deeper understanding of faith in this world?
  • Contemplating Ordained Ministry as priest or deacon?
  • Or simply interested in further education for personal development?

Take the opportunity to deepen your knowledge through courses toward the new pre-degree diploma program at Renison College, the Licentiate in Theology. Flyer is available here.

Choral Evensong

During the academic year, St Paul’s Cathedral Choir sings Choral Evensong at St. Paul’s at 4:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month.
This evening service uses the traditional language of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer. Choral Evensong resumed Sunday, January 15th.