June 2009 Issue No. 19

In the Beginning ...

One of St. Mark’s greatest treasures is the wealth of memories guarded by our more senior members. On our sixtieth anniversary, it is appropriate and delightful to look back on some of the anecdotes they recall from our earliest days.

For instance, parishioners worshipped in the Kindergarten room of Carleton Heights Public School while waiting for the church building to be completed, and in those days the services were ecumenical (with Anglican, United and Presbyterian priests presiding). At least one gentleman preferred the ecumenical services so much that he was hesitant to transfer to the newly-constructed, Anglican-only St. Mark’s.

In order to help raise money for the building of this new church, various events took place from time to time, among them a spring bazaar at Carleton Heights School. Once it was horribly muddy, and the tables had been set up outside, so one couple stood there in the field on bare feet to avoid ruining their shoes and socks.

St. Mark’s has long had a proud tradition of hosting the local Scouts troop. We were not always so discriminating: the 81st Company of Girl Guides also used to meet in our basement.

On at least once occasion there was a Strawberry Tea where girls from the Sunday School (ages five to ten) were dressed up as strawberries and taught the proper way to serve tea to the guests. Of course, in those days no self-respecting lady would attend any such function without a proper hat, so the girls wore the same – only their hats looked like little green leaves.

The very first organ in the new church didn’t have pipes – it used a vacuum-cleaner bag. That organ was salvaged upon its replacement and resides to this day in one of our parishioners’ homes.

If anyone else would like to share similar reminisces with us, please contact the Editor so that those of us who weren’t present in those days can better appreciate our roots. Such memories can be traced through our history like threads of gold.

– courtesy of Gail Gillespie, Enid Thompson and Lorne Kelly

  
St Mark's Day Potluck Supper (photos Paul Greer)

The Pastor’s Page

Life in the Eucharist ... Easter 2009

Every now and then it is important to for all of us, of every age and stage of life, to renew our understanding of God’s gift of Communion experienced in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. This Easter, the parish family of St. Mark’s took part in a six-week program called ‘Life in the Eucharist’. It was an opportunity for all of us, and for parents and children in particular, to experience and reflect on the presence of Christ among us when we gather in worship, hearing God’s Word of Life and acting out the Kingdom of God in response to that shared experience.

I firmly believe that every human being, regardless of age or developmental stage, has access to the fullness of God’s grace. Certainly, in the years since I was baptized, church practice around sharing communion with small children has changed, and changed again. Spiritual development and cognitive development do not progress on the same timetable. Children naturally ask questions about the bread and the wine. When they begin to wonder why some children receive communion but others do not, that’s the best opportunity to prepare them to receive communion with the rest of God’s family.

From my perspective, the only ‘requirements’ for a child among us who wishes to receive communion are:

• Holy Baptism in any church that uses water and the name of the Holy Trinity
• You are ready for your child to receive
• Your child is ready to receive
• I am ready for your child to receive

I have noticed over the years that the smallest of children, taking cues from their parents, develop a strong sense of God’s love and grace by taking part in communion. A two-year-old who brilliantly and faithfully exclaims “Amen!” when I give them the bread is deeply inspirational! As a general guideline, I often tell parents that when your child is picking up Cheerios off the high chair table, it’s time for us to talk.

At a Teaching Eucharist held on May 24, the Seventh Sunday of Easter, some of the children in our parish family started taking communion. They were free to do so at any time, since they were already baptized. However, we rejoice with Thomas, Josh and Owen Pilson and Quinn McGill, who have stepped forward into this part of their baptismal journey. By the time you read this, St. Mark’s will have welcomed three more people into the household of God through the sacrament of Baptism. Zooey Topp, aged 5 months, Ashlynn Marshall, aged 4 years and Brian James, aged 57, will all have received communion at their baptism. When Zooey is older, her parents and I or someone who follows me will have a chat about her taking communion on a regular basis.

The feedback I received from this program was that it was excellent, and that we should do it again, probably on a regular basis. I agree. In the meantime, however, if you have children or grandchildren who are asking questions, we don’t need to wait for this program to come around again. We can work one-on-one to get your child ready. And when we do run a parish-wide program again, we’ll all be taking part. 
I’m only ever a phone call away. You can reach me at:

• The office – 613-224-7431 – even if I’m not in at the moment, Claudette can usually put you in touch with me right away.
• At home – 613-838-5467 – please leave a message. Like many commuters, I don’t actually spend much time at home, but I do get the message eventually.
• On my mobile – 613-325-7967 – outside the parish office, I actually prefer you call this phone number, and not just for an emergency. If I can get the message before I leave for the day, I can do something about it in a timely manner. I know it’s a stretch for some, but please – go ahead. Just try it. Really, I don’t mind.

– Fr. Brian Kauk

Silence Truly is Golden

On behalf of the 60th Anniversary Event Planning Committee, a heartfelt thank-you to the following services, companies and individuals who reached out to help make our Silent Auction such a success. With approximately 30 in attendance and a few private donations, we were able to raise $2,000.00, which will be split amongst our outreach charities and a few others. The wine and cheese and presentation were great, so kudos to all who collected and helped with this one. 
Corporate Gift Donations:
Advanced National Carpet Cleaning
Big Daddy’s Crab Shack & Oyster Bar
C. & G. Painting & Decorating
C.G. Plumbing & Heating Ltd.
C.I.G. Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd.
Canadian Tire (Merivale Rd)
Canadian Tire (Orleans)
Commercial Roofing Inc.
Connolly & Son Flooring Ltd.
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Gabiani Hair Moda
Gabriel Pizza (Baseline Rd at Fisher)
Greek Souvlaki House Restaurant
J&D’s Upholstery
Keyesbury Distributors Ltd. (Carleton Place)
Lone Star Restaurant (Fisher Ave / Baseline Rd)
Minto Staff of Parkwoodhills East
N.B. Carpet Care
Parqizrs (Nancy Williams)
Personally Yours (Billings Bridge)
Queensway Door Service Ltd
Stadholder Restorations Inc.
The Emerald Turtle (Sheila Vaudrey)
The Latin Brush
Tosca Ristorante

Individual Gift Donations:
Wanda Bowman
Judy Corbishley
James Erskine
Keith & Heather Guild
Brian Harrison 
Isobel Lorrain
Jenny Morphew
Gillian Morris
Michael & Janis Perkin
Cicely Richardson
Sinclair & Gail Volk
D&D Whitman


Coming up on June 27, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, is the Strawberry Social and High Tea with Hats, so get your favourite hat out of the box and bring along some friends. Come stroll our lawns (weather permitting) and enjoy the tea and fresh strawberries in Bishop Reed Hall. 

On Saturday September 12, there will be a wonderful Pasta Dinner; stay tuned for more on that one. 

The main Anniversary Dinner and Celebration will take place on October 10, for which plans are in the works. 

The Cookbook is in the review and correction stage of 225 recipes, so if all goes well we should be ready for first print within the next two to three weeks.

Blessings always,

- David & Dolores Whitman


The Nurse's Nook

“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart.” (Colossians 2:2)

On Tuesday, June 16th, you are invited to our “Friendly Visitor Invitational.” Come and learn about the ministry of Friendly Visiting, a simple act of service that ensures we all feel connected when life’s challenges get in the way. Participants will have a chance to practice some of the skills of Friendly Visiting and to volunteer for this important ministry if you feel it is right for you. If you are unable to attend that night but still interested in helping out, please contact us at the church office.

“Perhaps only a smile, a little visit, …writing a letter, finding a pair of shoes, reading for someone; this is only a little bit, yes, a very tiny bit, but it will be our love of God in action.”  Mother Teresa of Calcutta

H1N1 Update: Although there is less media attention the last few weeks, there continue to be more cases and we do need to remain vigilant to do our part to stop the spread of this illness. As of June 4, 2009 the number of individuals who have tested positive for the H1N1 flu in Ottawa now stands at 56. The H1N1 flu (swine flu) is a respiratory illness that causes flu-like symptoms. Symptoms may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, fatigue, severe headache, sore throat and lack of appetite.

If you experience these flu-like symptoms, you are advised to:  

• Stay home from work, school or public gatherings until you no longer have a fever and are feeling better;
• See your health care provider if you are experiencing severe symptoms;
• Limit contact with other household members and wash your hands frequently;
• Use self-care measures such as increasing fluid intake, getting adequate rest and treating yourself for your symptoms. Avoidance of tobacco smoke and the use of cool compresses may also be helpful.

If you are well, you are encouraged to go about your business as usual while adopting these simple prevention measures to minimize the risk of becoming infected:

• Wash your hands frequently and well; 
• Cough and sneeze into your sleeve instead of your hands;
• Stay home when you are sick.

For updates, go to:
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php
http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/health/conditions/swine_influenza_en.html
or check my bulletin board in the link at the church.

I continue to work Mondays and Wednesdays and can be reached at 613-224-7431. If you need support or know of someone who is ill, please let me know. Since I only work at St. Mark’s two days a week, I sometimes am not aware when someone may need to hear from me, so please do not hesitate to call.

– Patti Robillard, RN


Welcoming New Members:

Are You a Living Bible? 

Through the wonders of e-mail and the Internet, this arrived in my mail box the other day. As a member of St. Mark’s Membership Committee, which has been asked to look at hospitality in our church, I wondered…. What if this was St. Mark’s? What would we do?

His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant, kind of profound, and very, very bright. He became a Christian while attending college.

Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church. They want to develop a ministry to the students but are not sure how to go about it.

One day Bill decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt and wild hair. The service has already started and so Bill starts down the aisle, looking for a seat.

The church is completely packed and he can’t find a seat. By now, people are really looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything.

Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit, and when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet.

By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick.

About this time the minister realizes that, from way at the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill.

Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair and a three-piece suit. A godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane and, as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves that you can’t blame him for what he’s going to do.

How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor?

It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy. 

The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man's cane. All eyes are focused on him. You can’t even hear anyone breathing. The minister can’t even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do.

And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficulty, he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and worships with him so that he won’t be alone. 

Everyone chokes up with emotion. When the minister gains control, he says, “What I’m about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget.”

"Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read!"


What if this was St. Mark’s? What would we do? Would we be a welcoming church?

– Margaret Lodge
St. Mark’s Membership Committee


Gail’s Psalm

1. Heavenly Father, when I contemplate the      beauty of your world,
2. I can’t find language lovely enough to tell  you.
3. My heart and mind are bursting with awe and wonder,
4. But finding expression for the feelings escapes me.
5. The Hallelujah Chorus or a breezy sunshiny spring morning almost does it,
6. But there’s so much more to be uttered.
7. Even praying in tongues just scratches the surface.
8. And yet in my bed at night, between  wakefulness and sleep,
9. My mind wanders into ugly thoughts and places.
10. I try to think back to the beauty of the day, but my mind rebels and
11. Goes down dark tortuous paths of ugliness and unrighteousness.
12. Father in Heaven, deliver my mind and soul from evil.
13. Remove the temptations to supply my mind and world with
14. Satanic dreams and ideas.
15. They are not of our Lord!
16. I wish to think only of the beauty in Your world,
17. The beauty of all nature around me.
18. The love of friends, family and pets,
19. And the knowledge that I take You into my daily round of work.
20. Your grace is all-sufficient;
21. Help me to be your sufficiency for others.
22. Praise You and thank You for the grace You have shown me.
23. Keep me ever grateful and grace-full.
Amen!

– Gail Gillespie, former parishioner
(written in May 2009 - first-year EFM course)

The Frugal Culture Connoisseur

Budget restrictions are a fact of life, 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.

Jun. 19-21: Dragon Boat Races, Mooney’s Bay. Music and entertainment provided as well as food and beverage tents and fun activities for children.

Jun. 23: Wild West Stories at the Tea Party Café, 119 York St., by the Ottawa Storytellers. Free event; pay for your own tea and snacks.

Jun. 26-30: The RCMP Musical Ride at Canadian Sunset (Sandridge Rd. and St-Laurent Blvd), 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Free.

June, July and August: Carillon Concert, featuring the 53 bells in the Peace Tower, starting at 11:00 AM. The July and August shows are 1 hour. Special guests will be featured in June. On Canada Day,  9:00 to 9:25 AM.

Canada Day Events: all day on Parliament Hill, Wellington Street and Major Hill Park, all free. 

July. 1: Summer Music at the NAC’s Southam Hall at 10:00 AM. It starts with children singers, for a total of 400 voices “Unisong” across Canada. Free.

July 1: The Ottawa Jazz Festival in Confederation Park, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  Free.

July 1: The NAC Orchestra concerts throughout the day and evening in Southam Hall, starting at 2:30 PM. No tickets are required  – it’s free.

Scripture to Go

When we open the Gospel, each of us can say, “These words of Jesus are rather like a very ancient letter written in an unknown language. But since it is written to me by someone who loves me, I am going to try to understand its meaning, and to put into practice right away the little I have grasped.”

– Ray Davidson

 

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:August 30, 2009

- Sheila Vaudrey  Editor
NEW e-mail:  jubilate.sv@gmail.com

Pause for Thought
... and Thanks

On behalf of the Ecumenical Chaplaincy at Carleton University, I would like to express my thanks to all who helped support the Pause Table at Carleton during the spring exams.

Students express their thanks to us without any hesitation and/or reservation.  They are truly grateful that we are there.

The following text is an e-mail that we received from one of the students:

My name is Sarah.  I was passing through the atrium today (going from one exam to another) and you offered me some food.  I was completely starving, had forgotten to eat that morning, and was too busy to sit down and grab a bite.  I just wanted to say THANKS!!  It was really kind and warm of you.  It really made my day (and definitely stopped my stomach from growling during my exam).

If you ever need any volunteers for anything (including baking!) I would love to give back.
Sarah

So thanks to St. Mark’s for your support.  On that day we served almost 600 students.
 
– Marion Stalter
Chaplaincy Administrator



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


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