September 2007 Issue No. 12



THE PASTOR'S POSTSCRIPT 

THE LAST CHAPTER


Pastoral Care Pot-luck Picnic: June 26, 2007
Fr. Roger was presented with a print of the
Rideau Canal as a retirement gift.
Skating is one of Roger's many hobbies.

The Letter of Paul to the Romans is the one letter he wrote that was to a church he did not found and had never visited. The last chapter (16) is all greetings and instructions. It is fascinating to read of all these persons Paul had met through his ministry and come to know personally, who for one reason or another had found their way to Rome: Prisca and Aquila, Epaenetus, Mary, Andronicus, Junia, Ampliatus, Urbanus, Stachys, Apelles, Herodiaon, Tryphaena, Tryphosa, Persis, Rufus, and the list goes on! I love trying to pronounce many of these strange names. This chapter reminds us of how we are connected through worship and ministry in Christ's name, in a Holy Communion. Jesus is the One Who bridges every chasm in our relationships with God and one another, Who brings reconciliation and healing, Who unites earth with heaven, the human with the divine, time with eternity.

As I move into my last chapter with all of you at St Mark's, many names also go through my mind and my heart - people in this parish and other parishes in which I have served over the past 35 years in the same Holy Communion of which Paul was speaking so long ago.

St Mark's in fact has been my last chapter in the service of full­time parish ministry. And you have been a rich blessing to me through your love, support, and faithfulness in worship and service in Christ's name. It has been a mellowing and maturing time for me among you in this parish for the last eleven years.

We are soon to begin a new chapter, you as a parish and I in my personal life and ministry. Although I will soon be "retired," ministry is never something from which one retires. Ministry is never about "being successful." It is always about being faithful. It is always about continuing to follow our Lord Jesus in faithful lives of discipleship, which build up the Body of Christ (the Church) in faith, hope and love.

Our mutual prayer for one another can be that God's Word and Spirit will strengthen us in our faithfulness as Jesus' disciples, in worship and service, in prayer and fellowship, in Spirit and truth, wherever the Holy Spirit leads and guides us in our life in Christ.


Roger's other picnic gift: a retirement beer stein

I would like to make Paul's last words in the letter to the Romans my last words to you in this final newsletter message as the Incumbent of St Mark's:

Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faithto the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever!   Amen.

My love and prayers are with you always, as a parish and the unique individuals who are part of the Body of Christ at St Mark's

- Roger Steinke +




The NURSE'S NOOK


Eucharist Window

given to the
Glory of God
by the Mulligan family

As I am writing this there is only one more week left in the summer, and I can hardly believe how fast it has gone by. We were blessed with many days of beautiful weather, so I hope you were able to enjoy the beauty of God's creation at some point this summer.

For many at St Mark's the last year has been difficult. We have lost several much-­loved, long- time church members, and many are grieving their loss. The congregation continues to age and many are facing significant health challenges that need support, including some of our most faithful volunteers. As I visit people, I also hear the anxiety and sadness around the departure of Roger, who is much loved and respected by all. In planning for the upcoming year, I am being mindful of all of these issues.

To start with, I encourage you as I do every year at this time, to think of how you can improve your health - mind, body and spirit. Regardless of your current age, it is important for each of us to reflect on how we aging. How can we grow older graciously?

First, we can remember that all of our days are a gift from God. Second, we can respect the life with which God has blessed us. This includes doing things to promote our physical, emotional and spiritual health. Third, we can accept that life means change. Except for the unchanging love of God, everything changes over time. If we can develop a flexible and positive attitude, often our adjustment is easier. Fourth, we 'can value the past and learn from it. Finally, we can keep giving of ourselves to others  and receive love and support from them. Our lives are meant to be lived in relationship with others (Oates, 1999).

In October, we are planning a presentation on depression, and we encourage all to come out and discover how to prevent/treat this disease that touches so many people and their loved ones. Please watch for upcoming advertisements for the date and time.

I also encourage you to look at your fitness habits at this time and fmd a way to include physical activity into your schedule. Exercise is the number one thing you can do to ensure your health, so over the course of the year I plan to have education sessions on fall prevention and keeping active and strong. I can obtain resources and support you with any of your fitness goals.

As a follow-up to the University of Ottawa students' project from last year, I will continue to stay updated on the latest information and resources available on emergency preparedness and pandemic planning. If anyone needs support or information, please let me know so that we can make sure you are on a contact list. This is particularly important if you are feeling isolated or vulnerable, especially in the event of an emergency. I continue to be available 12 hours per week for health education, health counselling, referrals, and other health needs you may have. I will be working every Wednesday as well as either Monday or Thursday each week. You can reach me at 613-224-7431

- Patti Robillard, RN


St Mark’s Memorial & Gifts Committee Proposal

Memorial Garden & Trinity Memorial Sculpture



A Memorial Garden is being proposed, as a peace garden – a quiet, cool retreat, where people may gather. A more detailed ‘graphic concept’ is in the church link or at memorialgarden.html

The proposed garden will be in the south corner facing Fisher Avenue, from the front door, along the link wall, along the ladies washroom wall, curving around that corner and shaping back to the path. Colours for all components will be toned to the present church wood and brickwork.

Memorial Garden: this will incorporate the present garden and plantings, and be expanded to include donated perennial high/low shade plants and shrubs.
Trees: the present crab-apple tree will be the central point and provide shade.
Memorial Pathway: the rest of the ‘garden’ will be a paved pathway with interlock pavers where ‘granite-like’ memorial stones can be installed.
Memorial Benches: two 2 - 3 ft length, 18" d x 18" h benches made of granite/stone/brick uprights with cedar wood slat seating.


Trinity Memorial Sculpture: a gateway to the garden, the sculpture will represent the Trinity, and be dedicated as a memorial to past and present parishioners. It will be a low-rise, free-standing structure - an A- frame - following the style of the church roof-line, with a height of * 9ft x 11ft wide, plus base, and house the three memorial bells, with room for dedication plaques. The proposal is for a steel/concrete core for strength, clad in cedar wood for esthetics to match the church, and mounted on a granite/stone/brick base.

Dot Kirby Memorial Bells: each bell is *13" x 16" base plus yoke / framing the three bells will be hung within their own triangular housing

Funding: funds for this total proposal, for pathway, pavers, plants, benches and Trinity Memorial Sculpture to house the bells, will include present undesignated memorial funds, the Bell memorial fund and also on-going memorial donations and directed givings. This could also be a fund-generator project where parishioners could ‘buy’ bricks.

Please note these are ‘concept designs’ and approximate sizes only, and at the request of Corporation, the Memorial Garden & Trinity Memorial Sculpture proposals by the Memorial & Gifts Committee, are to be presented for parish approval at the February 2008 Vestry. Actual landscaping, sculpture, design and construction, will be put out to tender. Estimate costs should be available soon.

For details contact: Cynthia Greer, Margaret Lodge, Coralie Sheehan or Jean Cobb.

A Message & the Vision
from the
Parish Visioning Process

St Mark's wants to be a praying Church, to uphold the Lord our God, the Creator. We are stewards of an imperfect world that was perfect at creation. We spoiled this world with our sinful nature; this world which was created that we should be treated as equals. It was intended that we would look upon each other with joy, love, friendship, grace and humility. With faith and friendship, we would multiply then inherit all that the Lord has granted, giving thanks in prayer and praise for what He has done for us.

Love the Lord, for He is great. He has heard us and listened to our prayer. He has heard us each time we cry to Him. We shall walk in the presence of the Lord and in all the land He will hear our cries.

A Prayer
Lord, we will lift up to You the vision You have for Your people which You have placed upon our hearts. As we share all our visions of Your great glory, we put our trust in Your promise that when two or three are gathered in Your name, You are there. Your commitment and our love will help us to continue our walk in a praying ministry, and the missions You have placed before us. Our commitments of talent and time will be absolute. You will show us how to put that into action and to continue to grow in the Spirit. How can we repay the Lord for all of these benefits? We shall lift up the cup of salvation and call upon the Lord's name. We shall return to Him in the presence of His people gathered in the Spirit. To Him we shall bring a thank-offering, and call on the Lord's name. Through His Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

- The Experience Something More Prayer Group
 

Frugal Culture Connoisseur 

Budget restrictions are a fact of life for most of us, but they should not restrict our exposure to culture. Fortunately, they don't have to. Ottawa has an amazing selection to fit all price ranges. There are various events taking place that might interest a lot of people and that cost next to nothing. Bob Ryan makes a point of searching out interesting demonstrations of local talent. The following item is sponsored by Mood Disorders of Ottawa.

The Ottawa Storytellers meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at The Tea Party Restaurant, 119 York Street. Creative narratives begin at 6:30 PM, with coffee, tea and treats.

Power of Prayer Workshop

This will be held on Saturday, October 27, from 9:00am to 3:30pm in Bishop Reed Hall. The leader is Paul Dumbrille, the Ottawa Representative for the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer. 

Please bring a bag lunch; tea, coffee and juice will be provided.

All are welcome.

Register directly  registration  
Early registration is encouraged. 
A contribution of $12.00 would be appreciated (this covers the cost of the workbook).

For more information:
Contact Sheila Pitt (613-723-8559) or Claudette Gravelle (613-224-7431)

An Interesting Occurance ...

About 8:45 AM on Tuesday, August 21, Connie Bowerman and Helen McGill were weeding the front flower gardens while I was tying up pruned tree branches under the Linden tree just north of the front walk at the Church.

A young woman walking north on Fisher Avenue turned in to the front walk at the Church. Her facial features were like those from India, although her clothes were typical Canadian (whatever that is). She walked up to the Church's front door, looked at it, and then knelt down quite obviously in prayer.

Connie, Helen and I just kept working.

After a few minutes, she rose and proceeded up Fisher towards Meadowlands Drive. I said hello as she passed and she nodded in reply. I did not recognize her at all.

For me it was a startling and moving act of faith.

How many of us who bask in the glory of the Anglican liturgy and the splendour of our hymns would be satisfied with kneeling at the front door?

- Lorne Bowerman

The MOTHERS' UNION

Mary Sumner began the Mothers' Union in England in 1876. As a clergy wife, she recognized the need for mothers to support one another in raising their children for God. The Canadian Mothers' Union was established in London, Ontario in 1888. The first Canadian National Council was formed in Winnipeg in 1919.

The Mothers' Union, or MU, is an international society of prayer and mission. Its vision is to share Christ's love by encouraging, strengthening and supporting marriage and family life. The aim of the Mothers' Union is the advancement of the Christian religion within the sphere of marriage and family life. In order to carry out this aim, its objectives are:
- To uphold Christ's teaching on the nature of marriage and to promote its wider understanding.
- To encourage parents to raise their children in the faith and life of the Church
- To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service
- To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children
- To support one another through adversity.


Who can join the Mothers' Union?
If you are a Christian and believe in the importance of family life, you can join the MU (men and women, married and unmarried, parent or not). To join, you must have been baptized and agree with the Aim and Objects. Membership is open to all denominations. For more information, visit www.mothersunioncanada.ca


Mothers' Union Prayer

Loving Lord
We thank you for your love
so freely given to us all.

We pray for families around the world.

Bless the work of the Mothers' Union
as we seek to share your love
through the encouragement, strengthening
and support of marriage and family life.

Empowered by your Spirit,
may we be united in prayer and worship,
and in love and service reach out
as your hands across the world.

In Jesus' name.

Amen.

Enter the AngliCat

I listen to the argument through the haze of my heavy-lidded weariness. It's been an absolutely exhausting day for me - from my strict regimen of exercise to my regular duties as Household Security officer. I may only be a tender five months of age, but I can already run dozens of laps from the living room to the kitchen (cursed be he who invented tile!) and back again. With all due modesty, I must confess that I'm a good-looking girl.

Wait, who am I kidding? I'm a CAT - I don't do modesty. I'm in top form and fighting fit.

Speaking of fights, I lazily open one eye to view the battle currently in progress between Mom and Dad. They seem to be debating what it means to be "Protestant." They both claim the title, although one sometimes pronounces it "Anglican" and the other "Presbyterian." [For the record, I too like to protest things; does that make ME a "Protestant?" I frequently lodge complaints against the torture device Mom calls "Nail Clippers," the fact that the flushing mechanism on my litter box is always broken, and the mobile gulag which transports me to the maniacal Mr. V-E-T.] Their arguments cite none of these evils, however. As a result, I am supremely indifferent to their rampant rhetoric and impressive (if somewhat involuted) grammatical structure. They're not paying attention to ME, ergo their current behaviour is irrelevant.

In fact, I think I'll have to side with God on this one: I love them both regardless.

~  Teya, the AngliCat


Sale of the Rectory ...

At a special meeting of the Vestry in April, Corporation was mandated to obtain an appraisal of the Rectory property.

This summer, after examining the alternatives, Parish Council voted to sell the property intact rather than sever and retain the rear portion.

This process is ongoing and the Parish will continue to be kept informed.

The proceeds of the sale will generate income to help pay for the housing allowance for our next Rector. Thanks especially to the members of Corporation for all their hard work.

YOU ARE INVITED

St Mark's will hold a
farewell party &
pot-luck supper for
Roger & Karen Steinke
Saturday, September 29, 2007
at 5:30pm

Please join us in Bishop Reed Hall for an evening of food and fellowship as we give thanks for the ministry that Roger and Karen have brought to our family for eleven years. We will launch them into their new life with our best wishes and God's abundant blessing.  For any further information, speak to the Wardens.

Personal Thanks

As the Editor, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to Fr. Roger for all the copy, the proof- reading and the endless support he has provided in the creation and publication of Mark This Word. This is just one of the many ways in which we as a parish will dearly miss him.    

 ~ Sheila Vaudrey

I WISH YOU ENOUGH...

This month, rather than write a meditation for Mark this Word, I thought I would share with you a poem which was sent to me. Some of you may already know this poem, and I think it merits meditation by all of us.

I wish you enough good things to sustain you.
I wish you enough sun
to keep your attitude bright
No matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain
to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness
to keep your spirit alive and everlasting .
I wish you enough pain
so that even the smallest of joys in life
may appear bigger
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss
to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos
to get you through the final good-bye.

They say it takes
a minute to find a special person,
an hour to appreciate them,
a day to love them and then
an entire life to forget them.

Take time to live.
To all my friends and loved ones
I wish you enough.

- Submitted by Marion Stalter
original author not known.

Mark This Word
SUBMISSIONS ...

Any and all contributions are welcome. It is a great convenience to receive files electronically,
but I shall willingly transcribe for people who do not have computer access.
The best method for e-files is to save them in Rich Text Format (RTF) and email them to me.  Hard copy can be mailed or handed to me on Sundays at St Mark’s.

Next submission deadline:  November 18, 2007

- Sheila Vaudrey  Editor
e-mail:  jubilate@magma.ca

The Parish of St. Mark the Evangelist
Anglican Church of Canada

1606 Fisher Ave, Ottawa, ON K2C 1X6
Tel: 613-224-7431  *  Fax: 613-224-7454
e-mail: stmarks@
stmarksottawa.ca
www.stmarksottawa.ca


Newsletter editor:  Sheila Vaudrey


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