THE CAT’S MEOW

St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hop

The Second Sunday of Easter                 28 April 2019

Next Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of our Patron, St. Mark

Morning Prayer: Thursday and Friday, 9:30 in the rectory.

Centering Prayer: Thursday, 3.00 in the mezzanine..

Wednesday Eucharist will be at St. John’s in May, 10:00.

Eucharist & Potluck: May 15.  Eucharist at 5:35 followed by supper.

Prayer List: If you wish a name to go on the list in May, print the name in the red binder located on the back shelf of the church.

You are welcome to join us for the Regina Coeli following the postlude at 10.30. Icon table at the back.

Prayer Book Choral Evensong will be led by the Junior Choir this Wednesday, May 1st at 4:30 p.m.

The flowers this week are given to the Glory of God: At the lectern in memory of Mary and Lyle Mills given by Randy Mills; At the font in memory of Ben Lloyd  by Jane Pinchin.

Thank you to everyone who came out last Saturday to help Spring clean and decorate the church for Easter. Your help was very much appreciated. — Jill Walkingshaw

Coffee Time Snacks. Please sign up to bring the munchies! The list is at the back of the church. Don’t worry, the coffee will be made for you!

The next Greenwood dinner will be on May 1st. The menu will be meatloaf with vegetables, salads and desserts. Please sign up at the back of the church.

Town Hall Meeting with Bishop Riscylla Shaw. Durham-Northumberland Deanery.   Open Dialogue with the Bishop. Thursday, May 2, St. John, Port Hope, at 6:30 p.m.

Town Hall Meetings With Bishop Asbil. St. James Cathedral, Toronto: May 1, 2.00 pm; St. Andrew, Scarborough:, May 2, 7.00 pm. St. Paul, Uxbridge:, May 4, 2.00 pm. https://www.toronto.anglican.ca/2019/03/11/bishop-to-hold-town-hall-meetings/

My Life, Our Faith, My Choice: The Challenge of Medical Assistance in Dying, with Canon Douglas Graydon & Celia McBride. Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch included. St. George’s Anglican Church, 10782 County Rd #2, Grafton.

Register before May 4 at 905-372-3442 (St. Peter’s Church Office).

Training in the Sexual Misconduct Policy of the Diocese. All parish volunteers are expected to attend a session every three years.  Those in high risk positions, that is those working with children, vulnerable adults or finances, are required to attend The workshop is booked for Sat. May 4th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Mezzanine. Ann Smith will be in touch with those who must attend.

The Loaf and Ladle lunch, Silent Auction and book sale will take place May 5 following the 10:30 service. Lunch includes a wide variety of homemade soups, cheeses, breads, desserts, coffee, tea and a glass of wine. Tickets are $15 cash at the door. We have a dozen items offered at the Silent Auction and the book sale format is ‘ bring a few and take home a few’. Help us plan by signing the list at the back of the church – we will finalize numbers May 1. Family and friends are most welcome at this spring fundraiser.

The St. Mark’s Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce a return engagement of the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir with guest soloist (our own) Ellen Torrie on Sat 11 May 2019 @ 2 pm. Tickets are $30 pp and available from Jane Pinchin & Peter Kedwell. Reserve yours soon as the 2017 performance was sold out in advance.

Cinema St. Mark

May 3, 7.3045 Years (2015) Andrew Haigh. On the eve of their 45th anniversary, the serene life of a couple in the English countryside is disrupted by the arrival of a letter. As its contents intrude and haunt, the fissures in their marriage appear in small yet nerve racking increments

The Cat’s Meow: For inclusion, contact Marion Thompson through the office or at marionwhitevale@gmail.com before Friday morning.

Office Hours are Tuesday to Friday,

 9 a.m. to noon. 905-885-4071

office@stmarksporthope.ca

Internet Services

Provided pro bono to St. Mark’s by:

Jim Corkery at Corkery + Co.

 289-252-0215

 

Discussion Point

 Excerpt from an interview with Bishop Michael Curry (TEC) in the May-June 2019 issue Harvard Business Review

Average Sunday attendance at Episcopal churches has dropped by 24% in the last decade. What strategies are you using to reverse that tide?

None! Questions about church attendance and church decline are second-order questions. The first-order questions are whether we are helping our people—Episcopalians— to have living relationships with God and with other people. If the answer is yes, then issues of church growth will take care of themselves, or we’ll figure out how to handle them. The first Christians—the first followers of Jesus—never had a discussion about how many people they had at church on Sunday. But they kept following Jesus and his teachings, and eventually they turned an empire upside down.

What do you think?