St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope

 Second Sunday of Advent                                                               Sunday 9 December 2018    


Morning Prayer–Thursday and Friday at 9.30 in the rectory.

Centering Prayer–Thursdays at 3.00 in the mezzanine.

The Sacrament of Anointing will be available today during the Eucharist.

Five Minutes Monthly—Meet TODAY . In the library following the special vestry.

Eucharist & Pot Luck–Lucia Day. We have a Lucia Girl, so come out this Wednesday, December 12, at 5.15, supper following. A sign-up sheet is available today at the back of the church. If you don’t have time to prepare something, come anyway, there’s always lots.

The Flowers this week are given to the Glory of God and in memory of John Brandford by Fr. Graham Cotter

Christmas Flowers.  You are invited to donate to the cost of the Christmas flowers. Envelopes are in the pews. Indicate if you wish to have names in memory or thanksgiving listed in the bulletin. Make out cheques to St. Mark’s Church and add ‘Christmas Flowers’ in the memo line. Members of the Chancel Guild will be decorating on Saturday Dec 22

Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas — Dec 23 at 4 p.m. Reception at the rectory after.

 Christmas Eve Worship  December 24, at 5 p.m.

Christmas Day Worship December 25, at 10 a.m.

TODAYSpecial Vestry to approve the 2017 Audited Financial Statements following the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

 Thank you to everyone who helped last weekend with the Crèche Display. – Jill & Frank Walkingshaw

Our 5th Sunday book sale/exchange will take place on Sunday Dec. 16 (instead of Dec. 30) at our annual parish Christmas Chili Lunch.

This is NOT an opportunity to unload your library but please bring 3-4 books that you are willing to part with. Donations may be left in the library prior to the event date.

 A Request from the Convenor of the “Christmas at St. Mark’s” Artists and Artisans Sale When you are unpacking or packing up decorations (ornaments, wreaths, and the like), consider passing on any gently-used items that you no longer want.  Donations of this kind sell well at our St. Mark’s table. Please contact Peter (905-885-6706 or if you have questions.  Yes, we have storage. Donations (well marked) may be left in the library and will be moved to the mezzanine storage.

 CEFTI (The Graham & Evelyn Cotter Endowment for the Incumbency) now has charitable status and we can accept funds for this endowment! Any donation made will be matched by the generosity of an anonymous donor on a two for one basis. For instance, if a donation of $1000 is made then the anonymous donor will contribute $2000, resulting in a $3000 overall donation. See Jacob’s Ladder for more details.– Les Robling

The Giving Tree St. Mark’s is taking a new approach to our annual support of The Giving Tree. You will find in the pews a special offering envelope. We ask you to please prayerfully consider helping the Salvation Army and 20 community agencies within Northumberland County by giving a monetary donation towards the purchase of food and toys. If donating by cheque please make payable to St. Mark’s, with “The Giving Tree” on the memo line.Our deadline for receiving donations is TODAY.

Tuesday, Tea, and Theology Led by Fr. Patrick, the next meeting will be on Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. We are reading C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy

Jacob’s Ladder , Advent issue. Publication is anticipated for today!

FOOD BANK DONATIONS: Don’t forget our neighbours! Thank you to all who give regularly and place non-perishable items in the basket inside the church entrance. Cereal (hot and cold), pasta sauce, canned goods, peanut butter, Kraft Dinner, Ensure, pet food, etc., are always welcome. Personal care items are needed: toilet tissue; diapers; shampoo; toothpaste and toothbrushes..

Cinema St. Mark This Friday December 14, 7.30 in the mezzanine Diva. Jean-Jacques Beineix, dir., 1981. Kaleidoscopic images of sex and action unfold when bike courier Jules makes a bootleg recording of his operatic idol Cynthia. Diva’s distinctive New Wave look is as much a part of the film as its observations on alienated youth in 1980s France.

January 18, 7.30Monsieur Hire (1989).

January 25, 7.30Choose Me (1984). .

2019 Church Calendars are in!  Get yours now at Coffee Time or the office! Still a must-have bargain at $5.00


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

Office Hours are Tuesday to Friday,

       9 a.m. to noon. 905-885-4071

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