St. Mark's E-News

January 13, 2023
Today’s gospel opens with further reflection on Jesus’ baptism. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and the one anointed by the Spirit. In the liturgy we come and see Christ revealed among us in word and meal. We go forth to invite others to come and worship the Holy One and to receive the gifts of grace and peace made known among us.(from Sunday and Seasons).

2nd Sunday in the
Season of Epiphany

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Worship with Us In-Person
Sunday @ 10AM
Service of Holy Communion

Worship with us online!
Not able to attend in-person or still not comfortable in larger group settings?  Join us for worship online by watching the livestream of the service on YouTube. Just click the button below to watch. Note that the service is recorded and can be watched at time more convenient to you.  Again, just click the button below.
Worship online Sunday, January 15 @ 10 AM
Worship Resources
The Online Worship page on our website has links to the following worship resources:

Click below for links to the following worship resources:
  • Appointed scripture readings
  • Prayers of the People
  • Children's bulletin

At its November meeting, the Congregational Council decided it would be prudent for St. Mark's to align with the advice of the medical community by strongly recommending the wearing of masks while inside the building.. To be clear, mask wearing is still optional, not mandated. A box of masks can be found on the information table in the Parish Hall for those who arrive without and wish to wear one.
Those to Remember in Our Prayers
Adeline Adams, Brenda Adelman, Geraldine Adelman (Brenda's mother)Jose & Gloria Ayala (Ludvigs & Andrea Ayala's parents), Mel Berg, Shannon Braun St.Clair (Roxanne Duguay's friend), Renee Brickner (Chris Lewis’ friend), Martha Corzo (Daniel Corzo's mother), Rob Dojack, Roxanna Duguay, Michelle Emond (daughter of Iris Daniels-Rowe), Tim Fennell (Kate Fennell's husband), Randy Fiks (Brenda Adelman's brother-in-law), Larry Fuhl (brother of Darlene Trindall and Eileen Burt), Terry Hercus, Dwight Hermiston (friend of Wade Quehe), Chris Hlady, Alfred Hoas, Emil Hoas, Evelyn Hoas, Eleanor Janke, James Juce (Esther Juce's brother), Bill Palmer, Dorothy Penner (Rudy Roman’s sister-in-law), Diane Pero (Alma Juttner's daughter), Sylvia Reagh, Don Ross (Kris Wegert's friend), Brian Rowe,  Margaret & Victor Santa (Lori Nelson's step mom / father), Harold Slippert, Earl Skundberg (Inga Skundberg's brother), Jane Talnicoff, Christina Taylor, Gerald Toupin, Joanne Yager and the family and friends of Rev. Bruce Gelhorn.
Passing of Rev. Bruce Gelhorn
We are all deeply saddened by the passing of Rev. Bruch Gelhorn. Pastor Bruce was the long-time spiritual leader of Grace Lutheran Church here in Winnipeg and only recently retired. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Elaine and the rest of the Gelhorn family.

A funeral service will be held on Monday January 16, 7:00pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 211 Kimberly Ave, Winnipeg, MB. 
Masks are required in the building. The service will be livestreamed. The link to the stream can be found here: or 
We continue to pray for friends and family at this time.
"Let's Talk: Again" continues 
Session 2 happens this Wednesday, January 18 at 1 PM in the Parish Hall.

You are invited to join in the conversation as we resume the study of the New Testament. If you are interested in history and the theology taught to us through the New Testament, this is for you!
The New Testament is a fascinating book, in fact 27 different books, which offer an exciting opportunity to investigate and discuss Christian practices, conflicts of belief, the institution of the Church and of course Jesus of Nazareth.

This Wednesday:  Churches in Crisis in 1 – 2 Peter and Jude
Along with James and the three letters of John, 1-2 Peter and Jude are known as the “catholic” or general epistles because they are addressed to multiple congregations, or Christians, in general. See what these most resent books of the New Testament tell us about mature and growing religious movement
Get a head start by reading 1-2 Peter and Jude.

(A written synopsis of the Professor David Brakke video we will be viewing will be available from the information table in the Parish Hall.)
Another Gem from our Archives
From 1987, the plans for a progressive dinner put on by the "Young at Heart Group". Of course, we all want to know how Ron and Judy shoehorned 47 people into their home for appetizers.  
Support our Urban Meals program
During the COVID pandemic, Lutheran Urban Ministry (LUM) transitioned from offering sit down meals to distributing bag lunches.  St. Mark's has a long history of participating in this program.  Once a month, volunteers gather at the church to prepare and pack bag lunches.

Aside from all important volunteers, the Urban Meals program depends on extra-mile giving by St. Mark's members.  Donations are used to buy the ingredients that go into the bag lunches.

You can make a financial contribution towards the Urban Meals program through your regular offering envelope or via e-transfer to  Please remember to add a notation on your envelope or in the message box of the e-transfer that the donation is for Urban Meals.

For more information, about the Urban Meals program, contact Ed Mann.
Free to a Good Home
In cleaning up and re-organizing the sacristy and some other nooks and crannies, several items have been classified as surplus or no longer needed.

Said items are on display in the Parish Hall. See something you think you can use?  They're free for the taking.

Items not claimed after the service this Sunday will be donated to charity.
Servant Opportunity: World Council of Churches
The World Council of Churches offers young individuals ages 18-30 years old the opportunity to be part of their Stewards Program. These individuals from various church traditions and countries will have the opportunity to serve as stewards in the next central committee meeting on June 21-27, 2023 in Geneva. Young individuals will also have the opportunity to engage in discussions and learning and perform different tasks to help the meeting run smoothly. The stewards in this program are not merely observers of the meetings they attend; they are the respiratory and circulatory systems of the ecumenical movement, and they play a vital role in its development. More information is provided in the application form which is available in PDF and Word formats. Deadline for applications is on January 20, 2023.
Season of Lent Study Opportunity
For some, Lent is a time to take on a spiritual discipline, or commit to relearning.  Pastor Zsofi is offering an opportunity for the people of St Marks to revisit and relearn (or visit and learn for the first time) Luther's Small Catechism once a week on Friday evenings during the season of Lent in preparation for Easter.
The entire course is built around three kinds of source material that we see as essential to a meaningful experience of Luther’s Small Catechism.
  • Scripture and Tradition. For example, the Ten Commandments as cited in Exodus 20 or the Apostle’s Creed as we have it from Christian traditions.
  • Luther’s explanations of the scripture or doctrine from Christian traditions.
  • The "backstory" of Luther’s own life and times, the fertile soil of the Reformation itself.
If you are interested in this study, please speak with or send Pastor Zsofi an email indicating your interest.
Need a copy of the church directory?
Over the past few weeks, several members have received emails from someone posing as Pastor Zsofi. We are unsure as to how member email addresses have fallen into the hands of scammers.  As a precaution, we have removed both the telephone/email directory and pictorial directory from the church website.

If you would like a copy of either of these directories, please contact the church office and an electronic version will be forwarded to you.
You can find out what's happening at St. Mark's in the coming weeks by viewing our online calendar.

CLICK HERE to view the calendar.

To have something added to the calendar, contact Lori in the church office.
E-News Submissions
Brian Lorch has temporarily assumed the role of E-News editor.  Please send items for inclusion in the E-News to him no later than 2 PM on Thursdays. Brian can be reached by telephone (204-489-1054) or email (
Lighter Side
Contact us . . .
Pastor Zsófi Schmiedge
Melissa Gingrich (Music Ministry)
Lori Nelson (Office Administrator)
Wei-An Lau (Youth Leader)
Haiden Werboweski (Sunday School)
Signe Jewett (Council chairperson)
By telephone 204-452-4326
Office Hours 
Tuesday-Thursday 9AM - 4PM

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