On October 2004 the Hope Lutheran Church at the above
address came up for sale. Some serious consideration started on the
part of our Church. Asking price was $550,000. The action started
when Abouna Marcos and some of the Church members viewed the
premises, and then was followed by a visit by the Church Council .. And
an offer to purchase was submitted which was rejected by the owners.
A few weeks later another offer was submitted which was more open to
discussion. After a few counter-offers back and forth, the offer was
accepted and the Lord granted us a new home for St. Mark at the
wonderful price of $350,000
In late November the original owners allowed us to hold the first Liturgy
in the building. This served as an introduction to the new building for the
entire Congregation. While the documentation and financial
arrangements were progressing, New Year’s Eve, Nativity Eve and
Christmas Day was celebrated at the New Church to be.
On January 16, 2005, the last Liturgy was celebrated at 303 Lakewood
and immediately following the Service, the entire Congregation
participated in moving our effects to the new Church, including the Altar
and the Icons. This made the new place feel like home.
Abouna Marcos started looking for a design for building an Iconostasis
so that the Church would start adopting the Coptic style.
In the summer of 2005, Abouna Marcos obtained a computerized design
from one of his acquaintances in Ontario and took it to a cabinet factory
in one of the adjoining towns. The factory milled the parts and they
were assembled on site. The construction was done under Abouna’s
supervision and active participation on his part, in painting and mounting
the structure (an engineer!!). The work was completed in a few months
to evolve into the beautiful piece of work that exists today. This gave the
Church an authentic Coptic style. May the Lord bless all who
participated in this labor of love.
Abouna Marcos’ Arrival to Winnipeg
The date was January 3, 2004, a cold and snowy night in
Winnipeg. It was so cold that the luggage compartment of the plane
would not open. Abouna Marcos and his family: Tasoni Miranda and
daughters, Madona and Maria, Abouna’s late mother, Madame Wadiaa,
and his brother-in-law, Eng. Sherif arrived accompanied by Abouna
Reweis Awad. Abouna and his family were greeted with wreaths of
flowers and banners and they were transported by limousine to the
Church. (to their surprise, they were asked to give back the flowers they
received before leaving the airport. (The flowers would have frozen had
they worn them outdoors).
At the Church, Abouna entered accompanied with the proper joyous
Alhan, he knelt before the Altar and started the Prayer of Thanksgiving
and the rite of receiving the Altar of the Church was fulfilled. After
congratulating him, everybody proceeded to a hall at a neighboring
a hotel where a reception dinner, speeches and a slide show of a brief
history of the Church was enjoyed by all.
The following morning, which was a Sunday, Abouna Marcos (khadeem)
celebrated Holy Liturgy with Abouna Reweis Awad taking only a
supportive role. After lunch, Abouna Reweis held a meeting and gave
some advice to the congregation.
Next came the Nativity Paramount and Nativity Eve and in both Services,
with the grace of God, Abouna Marcos took a full charge in a very
an admirable and efficient way for a newly ordained Priest.
Abouna Marcos did not waste any time before organizing and
developing the services in the Church and took the lead with no