eNewsletter from St. Mark's Niagara-on-the-Lake NOVEMBER AT ST. MARK'S

After such a warm and beautiful October with so much to be thankful for, we turn the page into November with several significant events to remember the past and live into our future. Thanks to all who opened and reviewed our St Mark's 2020 Priorities and Plans moving forward, with the committed lay leaders helping to make them happen.

Now in these last two months of 2019 we ask for your support to Invest in St. Mark's: To Grow, To Nourish, To Serve as we move into a new decade. See below all the ways in which you can participate and contribute to the life of St Mark's with our belief that the God who 'has been our help in ages past will continue to be our hope for years to come' .
Sunday and Special Services in November
All Are Welcome
November 3 For All the Saints (Eastern Standard Time)
8:30 am Holy Communion
10:30 am Festival Eucharist with Baptism and celebration afterward
4 pm Choral Evensong for All Saints
Wednesday the 6th at 8 am Men's Communion and breakfast

November 10 Remembrance Lest We Forget
8:30 am Holy Communion
10:30 am Sung Mattins with Reflections on War and Peace
Monday Nov 11 at 11 am at the Cenotaph

November 17 Pentecost XXIII
8:30 Holy Communion
10:30 am Choral Eucharist

November 24 The Reign of Christ
8:30 am Holy Communion
10:30 am Choral Eucharist for the ending of the liturgical year
4 pm Revive Retreat at Mt Carmel to Monday at 4 pm
Tuesday November 26 at 8:30 am Women's Breakfast at Golf Club

Dec 1 First Sunday of Advent
8:30 am and 10:30 am Holy Communion
4 pm Advent Carol Service
Thanks to the vision and work of the Rev'd Dr. Canon Dawn Davis, the Formation Coordinator for the Diocese , we have access to one of the most important programs that we at St Mark's can be involved with. And thanks to the 22 parishioners who came out on Oct 27 at 4 to hear Dawn and learn first-hand about the nature and benefits of REVIVE for spiritual growth.
The program always starts with a retreat, followed by three six-week sessions, ending with a final retreat.
We have booked Mt Carmel for the first retreat Nov 24/25 and will also have a full day session at St Mark's on Monday Dec 8 for those who cannot make the opening retreat. We will then begin the first module of six week sessions in January. Contact the office, or the Rector directly for more information
Synod of the Diocese of Niagara
November 9 and 10
The Rector together with the two lay delegates Doug Hunter and John MacBeth and alternate Jane De Munich, as well as Bishop's appointee Allan Magnacca will be attending Synod on behalf of St Mark's. Top of the agenda is the Mission Action Plan for the Diocese that will complement and reinforce much of our own Vision 2020 Priorities and Plans. More information about the Synod is linked here. Below is a 2017 graphic showing all the ministries we support through the Niagara Diocese.
Public Forum with our three parishioners councillors Saturday November 17 at 10 am
A lot has happened since Gary, Clare and Gary were elected just over a year ago to local and regional councils. They have agreed to come together for an open public forum to reflect on the past year, discuss some current issues and look to what lies ahead. We don't have a church basement but Addison Hall is available for all to come and be a part of this community discussion with them.
Gary Zalepa, Regional Councillor
Clare Cameron, NOTL Town Councillor
Gary Burroughs, NOTL Town Councillor
Music Niagara Choral Festival
November 16 to 25
Music Niagara is presenting nine choirs in eight performances over seven days. Six of the concerts are at St Mark's . For more information and tickets click here.
Bravo presents Ofra Hornay at St Mark's Saturday Nov 30
World famous cellist Ofra Harnoy comes to St Mark's for a rare appearance in Niagara-on-the-Lake that will push the boundaries of traditional classical repertoire. Ofra is one of Canada’s most celebrated personalities and is Member of the Order of Canada. For more information and tickets click here.
Other News of Note
* The Bakhit Family II has arrived safely and, thanks to the local committee and many others, are setting into a house in St Catharines. Thanks to all who have supported this effort. A reminder that gift certificates to Ikea, Walmart are most appreciated.

* The Rector and Music Director have new email addresses as of Tuesday November 5 to be used for parish matters. William is now at rector@stmarksnotl.org and Jim is at musicdirector@stmarksnotl.org .

* The Rector's two seminaries (Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge MA and Union Seminary at Columbia in NYC) have merged now into EDS@Union . He has been appointed to an Alumni Task Force to assist the Board, and will be at meetings with them in NYC November 19 to 22.

* Beginning Nov 5 a six week series on Nobel Prize Winners is being presented at Tuesdays at 2 at the Library and features talks by many of our parishioners. For more information click here,

* The Bishops Company is hosting a wine and cheese fall reception on Friday Nov 29 at 7 pm at the Cathedral to which all are invited. For more information click here .

* Celebrate the Season at St Mark's is the theme for this year's Advent Christmas December events, beginning wth the Advent Carol Service on Dec 1 and ending with Revels and Roast Beef on Sunday Dec 29. To assist or volunteer come to a meeting on Saturday October 26 at 10 am or call the office.
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