St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope

The Third Sunday after Epiphany (B)                      24  January 2021 



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

The Jan 24  and Jan 31 dedications will both appear in the Jan 31 issue.   We apologize for any inconvenience.


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

Jonah 3: 1-5, 10;  Psalm 62: 6-14;

1 Corinthians 7: 29-31;  Mark 1: 14-20.


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.

Tomorrow is the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Today, we pray for The Church of Bangladesh, and, in our Diocese, we pray for the Canadian Council of Churches.

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.


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 Merle Carlson (Gwen Duck’s aunt), 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.


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

next issue.


The State of Emergency Orders for the province remains in place and an early trend in the decline of new virus cases suggests these orders just might be working. There has been a decline in the 7 day average of new cases, but Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario, states, “it is still too high to relax restrictions.” He would like to see cases reduced to 1,000 or less per day. If you feel like I do, any positive news is good news! There is more good news for parents as elementary schools, other than those in lockdown or red zones, reopen for classes on Monday. This reopening is strongly supported by a Sick Kids report on the importance of in class learning for social and mental health reasons.

There is no change in the status of churches as determined by the Diocese. Father William and others are working very hard to keep us all connected and supported during these difficult times. Last week’s zoom service featured excellent readings by a number of parishioners and music by Randy, Deborah and Kate. It was an exceptional effort and I hope more people will take the opportunity to find some calm and comfort on Sunday morning. Staying connected is so important and the sound of the human voice is much more powerful than the email. I challenge you this week to pick up the phone and call a friend or family member … a brief 10 minute conversation can provide a spirit boost at both ends of the line.

Stay safe, stay the course, together we can make this happen.

Gwen, for the COVID Response Team.


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 is available in the rack on the wall at the back of the church (right side above table).


Have you always hankered for a career in public service?  Well, here’s your chance!

Both Gary Potter, People’s Warden, and Marion Thompson, Rector’s Warden, are stepping down this year after two years and four years respectively of service to St. Marks in these positions.

The People’s Warden is an ELECTED position that takes effect at the annual meeting of Vestry (Feb 28 this year).  Nominations should be made known to Fr William and the wardens, showing the name of the candidate and the names of the TWO nominators.

The Rector’s Warden is APPOINTED by the Rector, in this case Fr. William.  If you wish to be considered for this position, please make yourself known to Fr. William and the Wardens.

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about process or the positions.

Don’t delay!  Your Church needs you!

Proposed VESTRY meeting date:

Sunday, February 28

Format will be Zoom

Details will follow.

Due to the recently declared Provincial Emergency, Stay-at-Home Orders and the reduction of social gathering to 5 individuals, Coldest Night of the Year has moved to a fully virtual status across Ontario.  All teams and participants will still be able to register and fundraise as usual, online via the site and can walk in solidarity with our community’s hungry, hurting, and homeless on the night of February 20th (or any night of choice in February!). The walk will be a self-organized route that walkers can undertake solo, with a team, or with a small group of their choosing. We will be having a virtual send-off (either on Zoom or Facebook Live), will be cheering on virtually, and of course, walkers still receive a CNOY toque if they raise a minimum of $150+ for adults or $75+ for youth.

Our Team, “The St. Marks Marchers” is set up and ready for members to join or you can donate to our walkers. Go to 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.

Don’t forget to sponsor Cathy Carlyle! She is on team St Marks Marchers (no period, no apostrophe).

Make your cheque payable to Coldest Night of the Year and write her name on the memo line.


A 25-minute DVD of our Cantate Chimers ringing favourite Christmas Carols is available- people can order copies of it from me, Randy Mills  (905-373-0867)  $5 each


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

Internet Services

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


Durham Northumberland Deanery Christian Education Team

Reminder to  Register for Upcoming Programmes


Living Through the Losses of Covid-19:  A Guided Conversation

Date and Time:  Wednesday, January 27, 10:00 to 11:30

Facilitator:  Suzanne Lawson

Register with Sara Lawson at

Zoom information will be sent to you


( Storytelling Format)

with John Bird, the Rev. Canon Laverne Jacobs and Rev. Mark Loyal

Monday, February 8th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Register by contacting Patricia Sinnott by February 5th,

by email or phone in order to receive the Zoom link prior to the event (905) 885-0805


How to Lead when you Don’t Know Where You’re Going : Leading in a Liminal Season

A Guided Conversation

Dates:  Thursdays February 11, 18, 25 and March 4

Time:    Morning Group.   10:00-11:30

Afternoon Group.   1:30- 3:00

Facilitator:  Suzanne Lawson

* register with Sara Lawson at

  • buy the book, and
  • read at least the first two chapters before the first session.  

Zoom information  will be sent to you


Journey to Jerusalem  

Dates: Monday Group February 22 – March 22 at 1:00

Tuesday Group February 23 – March 23 at 7:00

Facilitator:  Val Whalley


We find ourselves unable to travel because of Covid 19, so the Durham Northumberland Christian Education Team invites you during Lent to journey to Jerusalem with us virtually. Zoom information will be sent to you.