The Epiphany and St. Mark is an Anglican parish serving the community of Parkdale and parishioners in Greater Toronto. We are an inclusive and vibrant community of God's people in Parkdale. The church is located at 201 Cowan Ave between Queen and King Streets. Services are held on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
Advent and Christmas Services
We are looking forward to celebrating the Birth of Christ at Epiphany and St. Mark. Please reserve the following dates and times and join us to celebrate this great Christian Feast.
Advent 4 – Sunday, December 20
10:30 am – Holy Eucharist
Guest Musician – Sharon Theisson, Cellist
Christmas Eve – December 24, 2015
7 pm – Family Service
10:30 pm – Carol Sing
11 pm – Midnight Mass
Guest Musician – Steel Pan Drummer, Ian Jones
Christmas Day – December 25, 2015
10:30 am – Christmas Communion and Carol Sing with Guest Musician, Scott Drakeford
First Sunday of Christmas – December 27, 2015
10:30 am – Holy Eucharist and Carol Sermon – ‘All Poor Folk and Humble’
Jazz Christmas Music with Roger Sharp & Mike Milligan, piano & bass
EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Clergy/Warden Team - meets on the first Tuesday of every month. If there are issues you wish to have addressed, please bring them to their attention.
Annual Vestry Meeting 2016 – Our Vestry Meeting will be held on February 28, 2016, noon till 2 pm. Note that reports must be submitted, preferably electronically, by the deadline of January 17. Many thanks!
Stewardship Intention Cards – Please note the stewardship intention card inserted in your bulletin today. The wardens invite you to consider it carefully and submit it on the collection plate or by mail by Sunday, December 20. We need everyone’s participation in order to fulfil our mission and ministry goals which were approved at our recent Special Vestry Meeting. Also available today are applications for Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG). If you wish to join the growing number of parishioners who are organizing their giving in this way, you must fill in the application and submit it accompanied by a blank, voided cheque. Note that those already using PAG, who wish to change the amount of their donation this year, must also fill out an application form. Many thanks for your generous support.
Church Calendars – If anyone would like to order a 2016 Anglican Church Calendar, please add your name to the list at the back of the church.
Evangelism and Discipleship
Christmas Carolling – Wednesday December 23 – Come and join members of the congregation for a wander through Parkdale and a chance to sing carols at Elm Grove Living Centre, the Bickle Centre and places along the way. Time to be announced.
Green Witness Community – The next gathering takes place on Toronto Island at 2 pm on Saturday, December 19 to mark the winter solstice. Let Father Stephen know if you are interested and we’ll make arrangements to get you there.
Photography Exhibit – The photographic art of Walter Sawka will soon be moving on. Take a look and remember that if you are interested in purchasing one of the beautiful photos of the sanctuary of our church, you must sign the list at the back of the church. Photo sizes and price info are also there.
Raffle in Aid of Syrian Refugees – The Social Ministry Committee is raffling one of Walter Sawka’s framed photographs. Winner gets to choose their favourite!
Cost of Tickets: 1 for $5.00 or 3 for $10.00. Sales will continue until December 27, when the draw will take place. Note that all proceeds will go towards Syrian Refugees.
Sunday School Bake Sale – Mark December 20th on your calendar for the Annual Sunday School Bake Sale! During the next couple of weeks, Jamila and Nicole will take pre-orders for turnovers and sweet bread. Be sure to let them know.
Creativity and Crafts – Did you know that there is a community craft group meeting each Tuesday evening from 6 – 8:30 pm in the Jeremiah space? It is hosted by Greenest City and folks who come have access to loads of ideas and materials for creating amazing things. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Come and join the fun!
Warm Clothing, Toiletries and Small Toys to Decorate our Christmas Tree
Each Christmas, donations of winter scarves, hats, mittens, socks and other gift items are delivered to the Christie St. Refugee Centre and to Council Fire, an aboriginal community group. Take a look at the suggestions on the bulletin board and bring in your gift for our tree by the deadline date of December 13. Deliveries will be made before Christmas.
Syrian Refugees – Last week, 19 men and women representing 7 deanery parishes met at our church to discuss the possibility of sponsoring a Syrian refugee family. It seems that this dream could become reality – especially if we join forces to share the financial cost and our human resources. The group will be meeting again on Saturday, December 19 at 10 am here at Epiphany and St. Mark. If anyone is interested in learning more and attending this meeting, please speak to Claudette Taylor or Dorothy Peers.
Worship and Prayer
Festal House Communions – The next House Communion will take place on Wednesday, January 6 at the home of Esther and Kennedy Marshall. There is a list at the back of the church and if you would like to attend please sign the list and let us know what you will bring for the pot luck supper that follows. Hope to see you there!
Altar Guild Request – The Altar Guild would appreciate your help in preparing the church for Christmas. Please purchase a poinsettia plant in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving for blessings received. Donation envelopes are available today from members of the Altar Guild and must be completed and returned no later than December 15.
Parish Prayer List - Our prayer list is getting too long. In an effort to hold up those who need our prayers while at the same time, keep our list up-to-date, the following plan has been devised.
1. There are cards at the back of the church for you to fill in when you wish to add a name to our weekly prayer list. Please print your own name and phone number as well as the name of the person for whom you would like us to pray and put the card on the collection plate at the time of the offertory. Prayer requests must be submitted in writing and must include all the pertinent information.
2. These names will be added to our prayer list and will be remembered at our Sunday Eucharist for 2 weeks. Following this, the names will be held up in prayer during our weekly Morning Prayer services for an additional two weeks.
3. At the end of this month-long cycle, you will be contacted to see whether the name you requested can be removed from the list or whether you would like prayers continued for another month. We are now beginning to build a new prayer list. Please follow the procedure above to reinstate the names of those who need our prayers or to add new names to the list.
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