October  2010 Issue No. 24

Another Special Edition of Mark This Word

We are one month late and really miss Shelia Vaudrey who still has health problems.
Please remember her in your prayers. 

Joy Bowerman and Lorne Bowerman offered to publish another special edition of the Newsletter to highlight things that are happening in the Parish.


We should be in the practice of counting our blessings, and offering thanks to God. I am blessed this year by family and friends who surround me with joy, a vocation to do what I love doing, and the health to enjoy it all.

I am very much aware of those in our parish family who are facing challenges at this time. My daily prayers include those who are underemployed, undergoing treatment for life-threatening disease, and those who are in the process of dying. In one way or another, each of these individuals inspires me. The way they live life to the fullest in the midst of death, the way they rely on those who support them to get past obstacles: I often leave a visit feeling as if I'm the one who has been ministered to!

Earlier this summer, John came by the church again. He was living in our parish, but had no way to get to work. I took him to a transit station and bought him a bus pass. He came back just last week to let me know he was doing well. I helped him a bit more, and I hope to hear from him again before he goes back home to northern Ontario. While there are many social service agencies that enable people to overcome obstacles, what makes a church different is our ability to engage in relationships with those who come to us. They are not clients or patients. We are all friends in Christ, and we all reflect the face of Christ to one another.

I encourage each of us at 8t Mark's to take some time at this time of year, traditionally a time of harvest, to count our blessings. Having done that, you may feel the urge to make a thanksgiving offering. The ministries of 8t Mark's are funded primarily by the offerings of our parishioners. Thanks to the generous support of those who have gone before us, we have some trust funds, but these are not enough to pay our staff and maintain the physical plant.

This year, we are looking for $169,000 from regular and special offerings, of which we have received just under $111,000 to date. We also need an additional $9,927 to balance the budget this year. We are keeping expenses down to a minimum, but that won't be enough.

The average Canadian Anglican gives approximately 1% of their income to the church. I know there are several households in this congregation who give far more than that and many others who contribute selflessly of their time and God-given talents. But the reality is that we are blessed to live in a country of freedom and prosperity. And having been blessed, many of us have the opportunity to give back to God. If we were able to raise the level of giving by even just another 1%, imagine the creative ministry we could do!

Please, count your blessings. That's the most important part. When you have done so, also consider whether you have the means to make an extra contribution to God's work at 8t Mark's this year. I think you'll find that the more you give, the more your blessings will become your greatest treasure.

In Christ, 
- The Reverend Brian Kauk, Incumbent

Lectionary Service Bible,
Dorothea Kirby Bells & Trinity Monument

Thanksgiving Sunday, 2010: Memorial Dedications

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name,
in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

On Thanksgiving Sunday, nature blessed us with a sunny, crisp autumn day. During the 10:00 am service we remembered Robert Gillham, Dorothea Kirby and John Kirby, as gifts were presented in their memory and dedicated in the memorial garden.

It was a joyous occasion for giving thanks for their lives and their service within our parish and the community at large, and the church was filled with members of both families and the parish family.

The processional hymn, sung during the dedication, was very appropriate. Holy, holy, holy! … God in three persons – Bob, Dot and John - a ‘blessed trinity’ in their own right at St Mark’s. Trinity symbolism is also represented by the three-yearly cycle of the lectionary, the three bells and the bell housing triangle is the Trinity Monument.

Bob’s memorial is a Lectionary Service Bible, given by Betty and family. The bells were given by Sharon (Kirby) and Marc Lacasse in Dot’s memory, and the Trinity Monument through memorial donations to Dot and John and memorial gifts from family and friends.

Thanksgiving Sunday, October 10, 2010 – the 10th day of the 10th month of the 10th year – and the 1st Thanksgiving Sunday of the 1st year of the 7th decade in the history of St Mark’s. A time to be thankful for the many blessings we have been given.

Now thank we all our God …

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
the Son, and him who reigns with them in highest heaven;
the one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore;
for thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

- Cynthia Greer & Margaret Lodge
2010 Memorial Committee

NB in case you were wondering why one bell is 'at rest', by the time the monument was ready for installation, only 2 bells matched with full yoke, the third bell was incomplete. To prevent further delays, it was decided to maintain the design with the three bells and to place the third one in the ‘at rest’ position, and to further beautify the monument with seasonal flowers. 

St Mark’s Mothers’ Union
and friends say a fond farewell to Kay

On Monday, June 21, 2010, we lost a very dear friend and sister - Kay Peever.

Kay was a woman of a quiet, simple, but amazingly strong faith: an active member of St Mark’s, for nearly 40 years, and Mothers’ Union member for 25 years.

Three years ago, Kay had a tracheotomy, and started the final stage of her life’s journey, but although her physical system gradually broke down, her spirit and faith never did, and she remained an ‘active’ parishioner right to the end. Even her last few months, when she had to rely on some one to do everything for her, and had lost her ability to speak, Kay never gave up, and was always part of our ‘conversations’ , often the peace-maker, and made sure we ‘heard’ what she had to say.

Following the tracheotomy, Kay’s MU friends saw the need to provide some respite for Lawrence. We started a weekly ‘Kay Sitters' group, augmented by her former co-workers and St Mark’s  Prayer group. We also started holding our monthly MU meetings at her home. Always a quiet and private couple – we were allowed to just ‘walk in and take over’. Their faith and trust in us was amazing.

Kay always thought of others, putting their concerns above her own, and last year she came with us to pray for and with Gillian Morris, who was seriously ill in hospital. Gillian, a Kay sitter and MU member, wanted to give back that caring.

Gillian knits. She had read an article in a Mothers’ Union magazine about the Prayer Shawl  ministry, making shawls with prayer for the sick, and was inspired to do one for Kay. She started knitting and praying, as part of her own road to recovery.

On Kay’s last Saturday with us, when she was already in a  semi- coma, the ‘Kay Sitters’ gathered to sing and pray and laugh and remember. We also blessed her prayer shawl,  lovingly knitted and prayed over by Gillian, with our own prayers tied in with bows. This shawl, the first of St Mark’s prayer shawl ministry, was with her when she died. 

Little did we realize, when we started sharing this final stage of Kay’s journey, that SHE would be the one giving us the strength and courage - by example - to keep on going.

In our pastoral ministering to her, Kay also ministered to us. She was the kind of friend who inspired us to do what our Lord taught us - to reach out and care for our neighbour. We have been blessed in having her as our special friend and sister.

- St Mark’s Mothers’ Union

St Mark's Prayer Shawl Ministry

What is a Prayer Shawl Ministry?
In 1998, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women's Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in Hartford Connecticut gave birth to the prayer shawl ministry. They combined their studies in spirituality and the love of knitting/crocheting into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. Many blessings are prayed into every shawl. The shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way.

Some Uses For the Shawl
Shawls can be used for: undergoing medical procedures; as a comfort after a loss or in times of stress; during bereavement; prayer or meditation; commitment or marriage ceremonies; birthing, nursing a baby; bridal shower or wedding gift; ... there are endless possibilities! (www.shawlministry.com)

The Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Mark’s
The St. Mark Prayer Shawl Ministry started developing last spring, as a few happy coincidences came together to make us think the timing was right for us to try and get this going at St. Mark’s. I had attended a parish nursing conference where this ministry was highlighted and wondered if this might work at St. Mark’s, Emmanuel United Church began this ministry at their church a year ago and the parish nurse there whom I meet with, gave me lots of information about how it was working there. Gillian Morris from St. Mark’s came up to me one day to show me a book she had on prayer shawl ministry and a few other parishioners also asked me if I had heard of it. We decided to see if there was an interest at St. Mark’s.

After speaking about it at some of the services, putting announcements in the bulletin and on my bulletin board, we did get a very positive response and many stepped forward to express their interest. We had a meeting in June and the knitting/crocheting began. Gillian Morris agreed to coordinate this ministry. We gave away four shawls over the summer. They were blessed in a small ceremony at the church. They were gratefully received. One crocheter spent the hot month of July on her balcony to escape the heat and crocheted 15 shawls for us as she was sitting out there so we have a supply of shawls to give out now. We had our official launching on September 26th with a blessing of all the shawls made so far. We plan to bless any new shawls made the last Sunday of each month. 

How Can You Get Involved?
If you are a knitter or crocheter and want to make shawls let us know. We can supply wool for you if needed. If you have wool to donate or money for us to purchase wool that would be wonderful. Finally, and most importantly, if you know someone who would benefit from receiving a shawl please contact us. For more information you can call Gillian Morris at 613-723-0418 or call the parish office. Also, please go to www.shawlministry.com for inspiring stories, prayers, and patterns.

- Patty Robillard     Parish Nurse

Church Roof 

We knew we had a problem with our church roof because we are losing far too many shingles each month. The problem is basically that the nails that were used to hold the wooden shingles are rusting to the point that they no longer are holding shingles. When you look at the place they came from, there is nothing of any nail remaining except for some rust staining. That cannot go on forever. Another problem is the build-up of moss, which was not a problem for the first roof.

We were hoping to get forty years out of the wooden shingles that were installed in 1992, but we will be lucky to get twenty years. On top of that, during a service, water starting to drip from the place where the highest roof joins the lower roof and it landed right on the altar. It was a bit of a shock for all concerned. We now have plastic covering the altar except during services.

At the present moment, the best choice for a new roof would be a metal one. They are durable and less expensive than wooden shingle roofs. If there is a problem with them, it is that they are noisy during a hard rain or sleet storm.

Do you remember Roof 97? Do you remember the leaking roof and the buckets and kid’s swimming pools used to catch the worst and with many mops and pails to clean up the water? That was no fun.

We hope this time to do the repairs a bit earlier to avoid that kind of mess. Stay tuned!

PAR - a greener way to give

PAR is the acronym for Pre-Authorized Remittance, which is the electronic funds transfer from your bank account to the Church’s bank account. It is done electronically as a non paper transaction PAR givers are given envelope numbers, in the 200s, but no envelopes, so that saves trees as well.

The funds are transferred on the 20th of each month so it is money that we know is coming in. As well it has the bonus that our counters do not have to count and deposit it and as a further bonus, the Envelope Secretary only has to enter  it once each month.

If you want to give anything extra, or a special donation, a PAR user can put it in a plain envelope, print their name on it and put it on the plate. You don’t even have to remember an envelope number if you do not wish to do so.

If you are comfortable giving once each month, then please consider moving to PAR. If we have your information by the 10th of a month, the transfer can be effected on the 20th. If you wish to cancel PAR, then let Lorne Bowerman know by the 10th of any month – 613-225-7904.
from the TREASURER

Our current financial situation is not a pretty picture. To the end of September, our current year's expenses have been $25,000 more than our current year's income. This is more than the expected difference of ~$19,000. It is not because we have been spending wildly. 

Our current expenses are within $500 of our budgeted expenses. The biggest difference between actual and budgeted has been in the collections income. At the end of September, we have received about $12,700 less than we had budgeted for. During the first 3 months of the year, we actually received more than we had budgeted and were cautiously optimistic that we might not end the year in a deficit. During the next quarter, we received less than expected but held steady with about $3,000 less than expected. During the third quarter, we have been falling behind about $3,000 per month. We are looking at a large end-of-year deficit with serious implications for ministry at St. Mark's if this situation is not reversed.

– Joy Bowerman   

BAZAAR  2010 

November 6  -  10:30am - 2:00pm

The bazaars at St. Mark’s have been a ”must attend” tradition for many years. It is a time for fellowship and meeting new people. It is a time to greet old friends. It is a time to look over the many excellent items that are available for sale.

A very popular sales point every year is our Lion’s Needleworks of specially designed sewn items. Matching sets of quality placemats, napkins, tea cosies, and aprons are great gifts for family and friends. These are all produced by Parish members in a “cottage industry” organization. One person pre-washes all the material, another irons them, another cuts every one out and assembles the packages, and then a number of sewers use their skills to produce the final quality product.

If you fancy older things, we have an excellent selection of vintage linens available for sale.

The two busiest tables are always the Baking and Preserves. Our pies, breads, rolls, cookies, squares, and turkey pies sell out quickly. The Preserves table features jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, and our famous Winter Soup mix. Every year since Connie Bowerman found and Joy Bowerman adapted the recipe, the number of mixes sold has increased. We even offer  sauerkraut, made in the pioneer tradition of Prince Edward County.
Knitting, sewing, crafts make great gifts for grandkids. We will have very attractive note- cards for sale donated to St. Mark’s by a very talented local painter John Topelko. The note- cards make an excellent gift for any occasion.

Of course, what would be a bazaar without the famous Christmas Puddings of St. Mark’s. They are mixed and steamed by Circle 2 of the Guild. Circle 2 offer as well knitting and sewing items.

If you wish a snack or lunch, that is available from our Café. Try out a bowl of our famous Winter Soup; then go back and buy some mixes.

Our downstairs features items that are being recycled and there are always great bargains. The Attic Treasures have a good selection of household items and Christmas decorations. If you really want some bargains, we have a 25¢ stage – everything is 25 cents. 

Although we never know until the last minute, we usually have a good selection of plants.

Jewellery, scarves, books, puzzles, and toys are popular tables in the basement.

– Joy Bowerman   

The Tradition of Musical Excellence

In 2010, the music tradition is still very strong at St. Mark's. We are very proud of the St. Mark's connection with the Choir of St. Barnabas Anglican Church Ottawa which won first prize in the 2010 National Competition for Church Choirs. Wesley Warren the Organist and Choirmaster at St. Barnabas is an alumnus of St. Mark's and started his organist training under our Organist at the time, Fred Graham. Joy Bowerman and Ray Davidson, who are regulars with St. Mark's choir, augment the St. Barnabas choir. Norma Mellon is a former choir member, and Don Marjerrison is a former choir director and organist. Quite a St. Mark's connection!

The original caption from the September 2010 Crosstalk read:

“The choir of St. Barnabas, Ottawa, recently won first prize in the 2010 National Competition for Amateur Choirs, co-sponsored by the Association of Canadian Choral Communities (ACCC) and CBC/Radio Canada, in the Church Choir category. Announced at ‘Podium’, ACCC’s biennial conference, held this year in Saskatoon, they were broadcast on CBC Radio on May 23 and on Espace Musique on May 24. “This is a very important award for our choir and Organist and Choir Director Wesley Warren,” said the Rev. Canon Stewart Murray, incumbent at St. Barnabas. 

In the photo above, the choir sings at the Corpus Christi service on Thursday, June 3, 2010.
From left: Wesley Warren (Organist and Choir Master), Norma Mellon, Carmen Francis, Milaine Chrètien,  Kathryn Missen, Estrelle Duez, Joy Bowerman, Peggy Robinson, Laurel O’Connor, Maureen Hutchinson,      Marg Pippy, Ray Davidson, Ryan Hofman, Peter McRae, Ronald Bentley, Loïc Paulin, Bruce Patterson, and  Yves Boily (seated).  Absent: Patrica Kell, Suzanne Marjerrison, Devin Crawley, Gary King, and Don Marjerrison.”

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

1606 Fisher Ave, Ottawa, ON K2C 1X6
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