St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope

The Fourth Sunday in  Advent (Year B)                    20 December 2020

Christmas Services

Dec 24 @ 4 pm Community Christmas service All families and children welcome. Special guests.

Dec 24  @ 8 pm  Nativity Story and Holy Communion with Organ

Dec 25 @ 10 am  Christmas  Communion outside the Parish Hall side deck

Dec 27 @ 10:30 am First Sunday after Christmas ‘on the Feast of Stephen’

Reservations are required for these services only.  Information to follow.


‘For this season in the life of the Church, the mask should be seen as a liturgical garmentworn as an act and symbol of humility, service and love.’  +Andrew



December 20: The flowers at the lectern are given to the Glory of God ..


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

2 Samuel 7: 1-11, 16; Canticle: Magnificat (Luke 1:47-55;

Romans 16: 25-27;  Luke 1: 47-55



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 patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, and their families;

 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 Gail Rowe and her family, Gail Varey, Terry Moore, Joan Moss, 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.


Email Sale of Items for Christmas

We have decided to offer items for sale via email that you would have seen on our St. Mark’s table at our Christmas Artists and Artisan Sale in late November. Every parishioner with email will receive a listing of items from Dorothy Geale. Scroll down the list to view all items and click on each item to see the description and price. To purchase an item, email Peter Kedwell (pkedwell@icloud.comor phone 905-885-6706.

First come, first served.  Proceeds to ongoing operational costs of the parish



COVID cases continue to rise in our area and we are now provincially classified as Yellow (protect). Our guidelines from the diocese are very strict and we will not see any changes at church. You will see some in the community, including a caution not to travel to Red (Durham) or Grey Lockdown (GTA) zones as the contagion levels are very high. Your best protection is still to wash your hands, wear your mask (it must cover your nose, mouth and chin to be effective) and distance 6 feet from those not in your household. The Canadian winter has set in and the virus, like us, thrives in warm, cozy conditions. Please keep yourself and your loved ones protected by observing these three simple guidelines.

People differ in their approach to dealing with the virus, some are more casual and others follow very strict protocols. Don’t hesitate to say “no thank you” to invitations to visit or socialize in situations that make you feel uncomfortable or ones that may compromise your health safety.

Stay safe. Stay the course…better times are coming (and so is a vaccine!)

–Gwen, for the COVID Response Team



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 homelessness, 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 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.


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).




The 2021 boxes of envelopes, for those not on Pre-Authorized Remittance, are at the back of the church. NOTE: If you would like to go onto PAR instead of having envelopes, please contact either Cathy Carlyle, 905-885-2651 or Jenn Mitchell, 905-885-4071.

(If you know of parishioners who are unable to be at church before the end of the year, it would be helpful if you dropped them off their box.)


2021 Church Calendars

We will shortly 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.


The link to this Sunday’s service from St. John’s:


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.


 Finally finished the production of a 25-minute video of our Cantate Chimers ringing favourite Christmas Carols. 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 arrived on Friday December 18 – people can order copies of it from Randy Mills (905-373-0867) $5 each

 “I have come to believe that by and large the human family all has the same secrets, which are both very telling and very important to tell. They are telling in the sense that they tell what is perhaps the central paradox of our condition—that what we hunger for perhaps more than anything else is to be known in our full humanness, and yet that is often just what we also fear more than anything else. It is important to tell at least from time to time the secret of who we truly and fully are—even if we tell it only to ourselves—because otherwise we run the risk of losing track of who we truly and fully are and little by little come to accept instead the highly edited version which we put forth in hope that the world will find it more acceptable than the real thing. It is important to tell our secrets too because it makes it easier that way to see where we have been in our lives and where we are going. It also makes it easier for other people to tell us a secret or two of their own, and exchanges like that have a lot to do with what being a family is all about and what being human is all about.”


― Frederick Buechner,               Telling Secrets


“Our capacity to know and understand, to decode and analyze bewitches us. We imagine that we can see our life whole and clear, and know how to act wisely. Such a capacity for clarity seduces us into being very sure. We end up knowing exactly who we are and who God is and what God wants. It makes us sure and often strident – frequently so sure as to be destructive…We act as though we know fully, too fully, the mind of Christ. Such a neat little morality does not allow for the largeness of God’s hidden way, which is more generous and more merciful than we can imagine.”


~ Walter  Brueggemann