THE CAT’S MEOW

 St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope

The Baptism of the Lord (Year B)                               10  January 2021

The First Sunday after Epiphany

FLOWERS THIS WEEK

We will print the dedications for flowers that would have been placed in the church each Sunday.

Jan. 3.  Given to the Glory of God and in memory of Isabella and Harry Peel, Violet and John Foster, and his late wife, Audrey Peel, by John Peel.

Jan. 10. Given to the Glory of God and in memory of William A. E. Bullen by Eileen Rose.

THIS WEEK’S READINGS

Should you wish to follow the Lectionary at home, here are the readings:

Genesis 1: 1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 10 : 1-7;  Mark 1: 4-11

  PRAYERS

Through The Cat’s Meow we can gather in the names of those who are suffering in body, mind or spirit at this time and for whom you have a special concern and we can each undertake to lift them up in prayer before God.

For those who are living in fear for whatever reason;

For nursing homes, rehabilitation centres and other long term care facilities: May God encourage the lonely residents and strengthen the staff members who help them; prevent further spread of infection, and comfort families who can no longer visit their loved ones. Remember those fighting outbreaks at Port Hope’s Hope Street Terrace long term care facility and Cobourg’s group home, Christian Horizons. We give thanks for the end of the outbreak at the Golden Plough Lodge.

 For the lonely and forgotten in this time of social isolation;

 For those who are living on the margins of society;

 For those whose burden is too deep for words.

 For all in any kind of need. 

 For Molly Mulloy, (Tom Lawson’s daughter), Gail Rowe and her family, Gail Varey, Terry Moore, Pat Paddon,

For the souls of all the departed,

and for those who mourn. remembering Diane Nisbett and for family and friends who mourn her passing.

 Let us have names by next Friday and they will be included in the next issue.

 

COVID UPDATE

 As COVID cases continue to surge, the province remains in lockdown until January 23. In addition to the protocols imposed by the province, St. Mark’s is also subject to guidelines issued by the Diocese. Under these guidelines we are not permitted to gather for indoor services, meetings or events until we receive notice from the Bishop. Only essential personnel are permitted to use the church or parish hall.

Colin Furness, an expert from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, has offered an explanation as to how our Canadian winter supports the spread of the virus. Our cold dry air allows the virus to hang longer in the air and helps the virus remain active and able to transmit. The cold dry air also thins our mucus membranes making them less efficient at filtering pathogens. These factors support the wearing of masks outdoors, especially when social distancing is not possible. Gathering indoors also creates higher risk of transmission from shared air, even when social distancing is observed.

Limiting transmission is the responsibility of everyone …sanitize, mask, social distance…stay safe.

 

Gwen for the COVID Response Team

Fare Share Christmas Donations

Sincere thanks to all parishioners who supported Fare Share with your monetary and food donations.

2021 Church Calendars

 We have in stock 10 more Church calendars.  They have gone quickly this year, especially because of Anne Oram’s two photos: one of St. Mark’s and the cover photo of St. Paul’s, Perrytown.

 

Here is the link for tomorrow’s service at St. John’s:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx7Waj2REi8&feature=youtu.be

 

 

For 2021, Coldest Night of the Year is a COVID-safe, family-friendly blended event. Walk virtually or in person on February 20, 2021 – there’s a place for everyone! We walk to raise money for the Green Wood Coalition, working with people experiencing homeless-ness, hurt, and hunger. Our Team, “The St. Marks Marchers” is set up and ready for members to join or you can donate to our walkers. Go to www.cnoy.org to “register to fundraise” or “donate”, then “find your location” (Port Hope) and follow the instructions.  Call Phil Redford if necessary (905-376-4771) The need is now greater than ever, so please remember…

It’s cold out there.

From Cathy Carlyle:

Now that the New Year is here, I thought it a good idea to again request sponsors for my participation in the Coldest Night of the Year.

https://cnoy.org/donate. Please remember that I am on team St Marks Marchers (no period, no apostrophe).

OR make your cheque payable to Coldest Night of the Year and write my name on the memo line. If you have already left a cheque in my mailbox in the parish hall, just let me know. Thank you, in advance!

 

Renew Your Membership

St. Mark’s Heritage Foundation

For present members, now is the time to renew your Membership for 2021. You will have received a letter or email. For St. Markers who are not currently members, please consider joining. All monies go to the repair and

restoration of the church building. In this disrupted year where fund-raising is difficult, it is very important to maintain the mandate of the Foundation. Extra copies of the membership renewal form are available from Peter Kedwell  905 885 6706

 

The Cat’s Meow:  For inclusion, contact Marion Thompson at marionwhitevale@gmail.com before Friday morning.  905-885-0787

 

Internet Services

Provided pro bono to St. Mark’s by:   Jim Corkery at Corkery + Co.

289-252-0215

 

A 25-minute DVD video of our Cantate Chimers ringing favourite Christmas Carols is available. A generous donation has supported this project, filmed by the amazing Tyler Matoff (‘Holy Spires of Port Hope’) and Dennis Gagnon of New Oculus Imaging.

The DVD is available at Furby Books $10 or people can order copies from Randy Mills (905-373-0867) $5 each