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ENewsletter from St. Mark’s Niagara-on-the-Lake
OCTOBER IS FOR THANKSGIVING
BRING THE HARVEST HOME
‘Come ye thankful people come, Raise the song of harvest home’
are the words of the great Thanksgiving hymn concluding with,
‘Lord of harvest grant that we, wholesome grain and pure may be’.
In a time of wars and rumours of war, of earthquakes, hurricanes and homelessness for millions around the world, we in Niagara and at St. Mark’s have so much for which to be thankful.
This October month of Thanksgiving we celebrate the harvests and share abundantly in the gifts around us. We all have needs and suffer from disappointments and failures. Thanks be to God that we are not left to our own isolation and devices, but invited to feed at the table of Great Thanksgiving.
Read on to learn all about the services, special events and ways in which you can participate and grow in this community of faith. Join us as we bring forth much fruit and bring the harvest home at St. Mark’s Niagara-on-the-Lake.
October 1 Parish Life and St. Francis Day
Sunday October 1st
at 8:30 and 10:30
We begin this month giving thanks for all who contribute in so many ways to our Parish life. Come and learn about the many volunteers, ministries, and opportunities for involvement and growth in our Parish Life Day.
Blessing of the Animals @ 4: Come with your furry friends, pets and canine companions for a celebration of St. Francis and the Blessing of the Animals. All are invited to the Rectory afterward for a corn roast and hot dogs – BYOB. Stay for a showing of Franco Zeffirelli’s Brother Sun Sister Moon – a favourite film for the whole family.
October 8 Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday
With Harvest decorations adorning every inch of St. Mark’s, all are invited to come with family, friends, relatives, guests and visitors for our special offerings and many gifts to be shared.
Congratulations to all the NOTL contributors and volunteers for winning in the International prize for Communities in Bloom.’ For the beauty of the Earth’!
Building Capacity: Making a Difference
The Rector Wardens and Parish Council are committed to inviting and encouraging parishioners to learn about and join in the many initiatives and diverse ministries of St Mark’s. There are many involved already as Servers, Greeters, Altar Guild, Finance and Archives. But over the next few months we want to encourage teams, groups and committees to build the capacity we have in making a difference in the world around us. Some of this will be discussed at our Parish Like Day on October 1st. Ask about how you can participate and support some of these, for example:
The Hospitality Group
The Outreach Team
The Communications Network
Pastoral Care Visitors
Adult Christian Education
Buildings and Grounds
As you get to know the Rector, Wardens and Members of Parish Council, ask about how you can add your gifts, skills and experience to help us Build Capacity and Make a Difference in and through St Mark’s NOTL.
Read the Wardens’ Monthly Letter Click here
Parish Council meets Tuesday October 17 at 7 pm
Two Choral Masterworks This Month
Michael Tansley our Music Director and Organist is retiring at the of this year, but not before he goes out in a blaze of musical glory. Plans for a Christmas concert on December 15 are in the works – so save that date. But in October there are two choral services you won’t want to miss.
Sunday October 22 at 10:30 Choral Eucharist will feature the works of Henry Purcell (1659-1695). His splendid Hymn tune – Westminster Abbey, aptly named since he was organist at the Abbey is the only hymn attributed to him. The Choir will sing his haunting setting of “Thou knowest Lord, the secrets of our hearts” – from the Burial Service, and two contrasting pieces – the gorgeous 8-part setting of “Hear my Prayer”,to be sung by the Lord Simcoe Singers, and the secular work, “Come ye Sons of Art” with soloists Annie Slade and David Levesque, as duelling Trumpets in the famous aria “Sound the Trumpet”.
On Wednesday, Oct 25th at 4.00pm St.Marks welcomes the House of Bishops for Evensong. The Introit is Bruckner’s “Locus iste” (This is God’s house); the Canticles (Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis) in a setting by Thomas Walmsley, the Anthem is Elgar’s setting of “Ave verum corpus”, and the final evening prayer “O Lord, support us” composed by our organist, Michael.
Meet the Canadian Bishops
There are 42 Bishops serving the Anglican Church of Canada, and they are having their semi-annual meeting this year in Niagara Falls. They have responded to our invitation to come to St. Mark’s to experience our life and ministry here on the occasion of our 225th Anniversary.
On Wednesday October 25 all parishioners are welcome to come and meet them. At 1:30 BIshop Ian Douglas, a representative to the Anglican Consultative Council, will give a talk on “Network Ministry in a Post Christian World”.
Than at 4 pm we join with them and our St Mark’s Choir for a Choral Evensong as described above. More to be thankful for this month.
Meet Bishop Ian Douglas of the Diocese of Connecticut who is an inspiration to William with his pioneering Ministry Networks.
And greet Bishop Melissa Skelton BIshop of the Vancouver area, and William’s BIshop and friend while he was in New Westminster Diocese.
Our own BIshop Michael Bird has announced his retirement as of June 1, 2018. In his letter to the Diocese he describes his decision and next steps. You can read the letter by clicking here.
We will see him here with the House of Bishops on October 25, and have times to say farewell over the next months, as the Diocese plans for an Electoral Synod in the spring. We thank him for his ten years of service as our Bishop.
On Monday October 16, The BIshop’s Company is having its annual dinner in Hamilton with the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson former Governor General as speaker. The Rector and Rector’s Warden are attending To join us, you can find further information by clicking here.
Dr. Bill Brown’s Seminar ‘Science in the Crosshairs’
Beginning Thursday October 19 at 11 am in the Rectory and continuing for six sessions, Bill will lead us through the many challenges of new breakthroughs in science and engineering. The pace of such change and these breakthroughs are enormous, and often advancing beyond our social and moral, even religious understanding.
The full description of the series you can read by clicking here. More information is forthcoming. Register by emailing the office at stmarks@cogeco.net
Thanks to all who contributed to William’s 50 km Ride for Refuge, in support PWRDF. There is still time to add your donation to further exceed his goal of $1000 by clicking on here.
St Mark’s Anglican Church NOTL, ON L0S 1J0  905 468 3123 stmark’s@cogeco.net
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